Every Once In a While

Every once in a while, a photograph I take stands out from all the rest. Sometimes it’s the composition, sometimes it’s the subject itself, sometimes it’s dynamic or interesting lighting, or sometimes it’s a strike of imagination that I catch off the cuff and I capture it. When I shot my friend’s twins’ 2nd birthday party at a jungle gym play place two weeks ago, this photo is a combination of all of those criteria in one.

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Canon 70D Settings: f3.2, 1/40 seconds, ISO400, Bounce flash.
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Here’s a photograph I captured while strolling the Ocean Grove boardwalk in New Jersey on a breezy brisk (late) winter afternoon.

One is the Loneliest Number

There is something about the beach that words cannot quite capture. It’s a feeling. Through the salty air and cool breeze off the water, there’s a restorative value in it that nothing else can quite emit; a calming factor that tells us that everything is going to be okay. It recharges the batteries and invigorates the mind and soul. It was here before me and will be here after me, and in this very moment, I know it’s all going to be okay.

Art within Art within Art (Art Inception)


This is arguable the most “artistic” and meta of the photos I’ve taken this calendar year. Here’s the set up for this image. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I wake up before the wife since I’m on teacher schedule and I’m lucky to sleep until 7am. I’ll come out to the living room, and while it’s still dark and quiet inside, we get morning sun and the sunshine shoots into the room. The tone changes per season, as a fall morning would look differently from our window than a winter morning than a summer morning.

This morning I walked out and saw this very image on the wall, and something dawned on me (forgive the pun). I hardly come across a family who does not hang some art or photos on their walls, as we do here. However, upon seeing this, I thought that there’s very little art on our walls which could compare to the beauty of nature and what’s going on outside. In other words, it doesn’t matter what we have on our walls, because there’s a beauty outside which simply cannot compare to a decorative painting or a photograph. Capturing its reflection through the photos on our wall further emphasizes how it outshines the rest of the art on our walls.

…And then I shoot myself in the foot and contradict this whole sentiment because rather than simply leaving it at this observation, I go ahead, grab the camera, and create a photograph out of it.