Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Too Cool



[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage



[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage

I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
- Derek Zoolander

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Then They Realized... "We Are Not Polar Bears"


Polar Bear Plunge:  A Celebration of Shrinkage
[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage


Polar Bear Plunge:  A Celebration of Shrinkage
[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage


Polar Bear Plunge:  A Celebration of Shrinkage
[3]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 11mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage


Polar Bear Plunge:  A Celebration of Shrinkage
[4]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage


Polar Bear Plunge:  A Celebration of Shrinkage
[5]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm | Flickr Link: Polar Bear Plunge: A Celebration of Shrinkage

I think the expressions of the people in these photos are hilarious. :)


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Taking The (Polar Bear) Plunge!


Taking the Polar Bear Plunge
[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 11mm
Post Processing: Used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0; Cropped for better composition; Changed camera calibration to Vivid
Flickr Link: Taking the Polar Bear Plunge



Taking the Polar Bear Plunge
[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 11mm
Post Processing: Used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0; Cropped for better composition; Changed camera calibration to Vivid
Flickr Link: Taking the Polar Bear Plunge



Taking the Polar Bear Plunge
[3]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/640sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 11mm
Post Processing: Used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0; Cropped for better composition; Changed camera calibration to Vivid
Flickr Link: Taking the Polar Bear Plunge



My husband thought that Bea and I were crazy for wanting to be at the beach in the winter just to take photos. But what we did is nothing compared to what a lot of people did that day. They actually took the plunge in the icy waters of Lake Michigan!

Brrrr...

But they are not crazy... They are actually doing it for a good cause. To find out more about it, here is the website to the event: http://www.chicagopolarplunge.org/Home_Page.htm

They are doing another plunge on March 7. I think I will go again! :)

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Monday, February 22, 2010

I Love You, Honey... But Do I Have To Do This?



Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400 sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm
Post-Processing: Used Lightroom Preset "Creative - B&W Low Contrast"
Flickr Link: I Love You, Honey... But Do I Have To Do This?




Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/400 sec at f7.1, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm
Post-Processing: Used Lightroom Preset "Creative - B&W Low Contrast"
Flickr Link: I Love You, Honey... But Do I Have To Do This?



In January, my friend Bea and I went to Oak Street Beach to take photos of the Polar Bear Plunge.

As people were getting ready for the event to officially start, I overheard this lady joking with her husband. She was saying something like, "Honey, you know I love you.... Do I really have to do this?"  To which her husband responded, "Yes!", with a big smile.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shadows on Snow


Shadows On Snow
[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/320sec at f8, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm
Post Processing: Cropped for better composition; adjusted saturation and brightness
Flickr Link: Shadows On Snow



Shadows On Snow
[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/250sec at f8, ISO 160 | Focal Length: 16mm
Post Processing: Cropped for better composition
Flickr Link: Shadows On Snow


We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unbreakable.
- The Dhammapada: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lilli Learns To Skate


Lilli Learns to Ice Skate
[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/125 sec at f1.8, ISO 100 | Focal Length: 50mm | Flickr Link: Lilli Learns to Ice Skate


Lilli Learns to Ice Skate
[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/125 sec at f1.8, ISO 100 | Focal Length: 50mm | Flickr Link: Lilli Learns to Ice Skate


Lilli Learns to Ice Skate
[3]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1.125 sec at f1.8, ISO 100 | Focal Length: 50mm | Flickr Link: Lilli Learns to Ice Skate


These photos were taken at the Oakton Ice Arena back in December. Ji brought Lilli to the rink to teach her how to ice skate. Lilli was nervous at first. She fell a few times, but she kept on trying. :)

By the time the hour was over, Lilli already learned how to skate, made friends with some of the girls ice skating with her, and was begging her mom to buy her her own pair of ice skating shoes!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Gong Hei Fat Choi Redux


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[1]Watch out!     |     Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[2]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[3]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[4]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[5]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[6]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[7]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[8]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[9]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Chinese New Year Parade 2009
[10]Flickr Link: Chinese New Year Parade 2009


Well, this year I was not able to go out and take photos of the Chinese New Year Parade. So... I am posting some more photos that I took of the parade in Chinatown last year!

This year is the Year of the Tiger. Below are some quick facts on how the the Tiger is regarded.

2010 - Year of the White Tiger

The Tiger (associated with good fortune, power, and royalty), is viewed with both fear and respect; hence, their protection and wisdom is sought after. Many people believe the tiger, and not the lion, as the true king of beasts.
Position in the Zodiac:3rd
Chinese Name:Hu
Ruling Hours:3:00 am - 4:59 am
Season/Month:Winter/February
Similar to Western Horoscope Sun Sign:Aquarius
Planet:Venus
Gemstone:Sapphire
Lucky Color:Green
Lucky Numbers:2, 3
Direction of Orientation:East Northeast
Polarity:Yang (Male)
Fixed Element:Wood (But in 2010 - Metal)
Positive Traits:Agile natural leaders, alert, energetic, independent, far-sighted, charming, friendly, well-liked, loyal, intelligent, confident, courageous, powerful, strong, self-reliant, sacrificing, optimistic, relentlessly competitive, good strategists and tacticians
Negative Traits:Unpredictable, vain, distrustful, impatient, impulsive, quick-tempered, quarrelsome, rebellious, tend to risk their luck too often, often disregard others, are sensititive to criticism and have difficulty keeping their restless nature under control
Associated with Food:Bread, poultry
Associated with Human Anatomy:Respiratory system and lungs (Chinese Medicine)
Associated with Following Countries:Russia, Rumania, Spain, Turkey, El Salvador, North Korea
Very Compatible with Following Animals: Horse, Dragon, Dog and Pig/Boar
Incompatible with Following Animals: Rabbit, Monkey, Snake, and Ox
Ideal Careers for Tigers: Music, Acting, Writing, Advertising, Management, Aviation, Travel, Entrepreneur, Politics


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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wailea Coast



Flickr Link: Wailea Oceanfront


Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent.
- H. P. Lovecraft

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sunrise on Top of Haleakala


Sunrise at Haleakala
Haleakala: The House of the Sun


On our third day in Maui, we woke up at 3:15 so that we can join a tour that goes up Haleakala to experience what Mark Twain describes as "the sublimest spectacle" of his life.

Legend has it that the Demi-God Maui's mother Hina, would complain that the sun moved too quickly across the sky for her tapa cloth to dry. So Maui devised a plan to solve his mother's problem.

Maui climbed the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala, where the sun (named La) slept and hid in the night until the sun poked its head from the horizon. As the first ray of sunshine appeared, Maui used his lasso of twisted coconut fiber to stop the sun from its journey.

La (the sun) begged Maui to be let go but Maui won't allow it until La agreed to slow its trip across the sky.

~~~

As always, I would love to hear what you think of my photos (or posts, or this blog in general) so please leave me a comment or send me a message here.

- gracey

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Old Lahaina Vendors


Old Lahaina Local Vendor - Necklaces
[1]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/200sec at f4.8, ISO 360 | Focal Length: 52mm

Old Lahaina Local Vendor - Wooden Souvenirs
[2]Camera Body: Nikon D90 | Settings: 1/160sec at f3.8, ISO 400 | Focal Length: 22mm


These photos were taken in Old Lahaina just before sunset.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Found Shopping @ Kihei



[1]Flickr Link: Found Shopping at Kihei



[2]Flickr Link: Found Shopping at Kihei



[3]Flickr Link: Found Shopping at Kihei



[4]Flickr Link: Gifts for a Keiki
~ Keiki (pronounced "kay-key") is the Hawaiian word for "baby" or "child", literally meaning "the little one" ~



We went to Kihei town on our second day to do some souvenir shopping and I tried to sneak in some photography too! ;)

I was playing around with some presets in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom with these photos. What do you think of the edits? I really, really welcome any feedback on this, good or bad.

Please let me know how I can improve. :)

Thanks!

~ gracey

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wailea



[1]Flickr Link: Wailea Oceanfront



[2]Flickr Link: Wailea Oceanfront


Taken just before sunrise in Wailea, Maui.

Our room was near the oceanfront so I decided to wake up really early on our first day and take some photos.

These photos were taken with shutter speeds more than 20 seconds. The light coming from the right side is from a spotlight installed near the oceanfront.

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The Island of Lanai



[1]Flickr Link: Lanai Island


Last January, Mario and I went to Maui for the first time. It was the BEST vacation we've had so far. The island is absolutely beautiful! The weather was gorgeous and the people were very warm and friendly.

We learned how to just "hang loose" and relax.

This photo was taken in front of the resort we are staying at in Wailea, which is southwest of Maui. The island in the background is the island of Lanai, which is the smallest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands. It is also known as the Pineapple Island.

In ancient times, Lanai was thought to be overrun with evil spirits. A young man named Kaululaau, the son of a Maui chief, was exiled to Lanai to explore the island and deem it free of such spirits to make Lanai suitable for settling.

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