Archive for the ‘Locations’ Category

Greetings! A long time has passed since our last official “blog” post, but if you have been following us on Facebook and Flickr you’ll know that we haven’t lost our love for photography.

We recently traveled to Beijing and Shanghai in China for a 10 day vacation during the Thanksgiving break.

China is beautiful, rich in tradition and customs.   In the last two decades, the country have become more democratic and opened up to Western culture.

It was our first time visit to both of these cities. Even though our stay was short, we have some beautiful memories to share with everyone. Enjoy!

Lelan and I at Tian’anmen Square with the Forbidden City in the background.

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Beautiful Architecture line the building’s roofBeijingShanghai2010-112410-021

Inside the Forbidden City, the moat inside the city has 5 bridges for people to travel over.BeijingShanghai2010-112410-047

Lelan catching a break from all the walking.BeijingShanghai2010-112410-076

Every main door had these lion heads as doorknobs

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This was the view inside a temple. Mind you, this was all handmade and hand drawn work .BeijingShanghai2010-112410-112

We headed to the Summer Palace, a place where the emporor and empress would spend the summer at. These boats were nonoperational this season, but made for a great symmetric shot.BeijingShanghai2010-112410-135

Shot at the long corridor towards the back of the Summer Palace.BeijingShanghai2010-112410-143

This building housed a 4 star restaurant, but we never had the chance to go there.BeijingShanghai2010-112410-147

Next stop was the Great Wall of China. Here you’ll see the top of one of the towers. Notice the snake of people on the right most and left most side of the wall. (that’s where the guard rails are hehe). The steps were steep and worse of all, uneven.BeijingShanghai2010-112510-003

We caught a break inside the top tower to do this shot. All natural light.BeijingShanghai2010-112510-035

Wilson at the end of the long trip. Boy was he glad to get on top!BeijingShanghai2010-112510-041

Sacred Way. A tranquil place for those who have passed.

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Yong He Gong Temple. More beautiful buildings.

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Temple-goers pray with burned insence for health, good luck, and prosperity. I bet this temple will be packed during Chinese New Year.

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We saw the sun rising above the roof guardians and this is what it turned out to be.BeijingShanghai2010-Day3-07

Insense burning away.

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A glimpse to a back alley street of the old China. Called an HuTong, this is what life was before the civilization.

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Pandas items being sold at the Beijing Zoo gift store. A lot of Pandas.BeijingShanghai2010-Day4-002

A real life panda chomping on bamboo. They said that a Panda eats 12lbs of bamboo everyday! It’s so fluffy!

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Lelan at the Beijing ZooBeijingShanghai2010-Day4-006

Inside the Water Cube at Olympic Park. They were setting up for some Plaroler show. Incredible architecture. Very modern.

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Outside the Water Cube. The membrane of the water molecule.

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Night Market at Wanfujing. They sell and cook all sorts of crazy things.BeijingShanghai2010-Day4-021

At DaDong, this master chef was cutting a Peking Duck with a butter knife. The skin was crispy and the meat was soft and succulent. So good!BeijingShanghai2010-Day4-025

At FangBang ZhongLu, a tourists’ favorite beverage can be found mix in with old school Chinese heritage.

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The buildings lead themselves into photographs taken like this one.BeijingShanghai2010-Day6-08

Inside a building, shops line the tourist’s eye and wallet.

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We waited about 30 minutes for this delicious Shanghai Dumplings. They were that good and nothing in America could compare to them.BeijingShanghai2010-Day6-16

A pond filled a bounty full of koi fishes. BeijingShanghai2010-Day6-19

Though our visit was short and sweet, we will tour China again. Who knows, in another 10 years, the place that we thought we knew would have changed.

<3 Wilson and Lelan

P.S. More blog posts to come! I promise.

San Francisco.. and beyond!

October 11, 2009

First off, I love love love anything Pixar! Especially Toy Story! One of my friends from college invited us to his campus to watch Ice Age 3 (a non Pixar) movie, ironically. We had the chance to tour the campus and stumbled upon these famous characters. Does these two items look familiar to you?

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I'm larger than life!

I’m not a native to San Francisco at all (Lelan is a native San Franciscian) but growing up in the Bay Area allowed me to enjoy the hundreds of benefits of living in a melting pot of America: Good food, good people, beautiful weather, accessible transportation, technology!!. You name it, the Bay Area has got it!

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Following his Coffee Tour, I had the chance to meet up with the one and only Lawrence Chan again of Tofurious fame along with many, many photographers in one of the best place to live. We talked photography, the internet over some delicious egg tarts from Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown and refreshments provided by the Hilton in San Francisco (Thanks @bullysaurus for picking them up)

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Tofu + Egg Tarts = BLISS!!

I can’t wait to work with some of these photographers in the future so I’ll start mouthing off some of them now and some that I want to work with in the near future even if they aren’t from around here. They are all truly wonderful people and we hope our creative juices will mix one day to create an breathtaking cocktail~!

Lawrence Chan – The one and only that needs no introduction
Marin Kristine – One of my new photog friends who specializes in boudoir and engagements and weddings
The Memory Journalists – Well established business which I hope to shoot with someday
Adeline and Grace – They shoot both coasts of the United States
Rebeca Wilkowski Photography – San Francisco based photographer
Jessie Cho Photography – An up and coming photographer in the east bay
Dave Shilling Photography – Sacramento based photographer
Jules Wiegand – One day our paths will cross and hope to shoot with Jules

Cheers,
Wilson

PS. – I’ve waited an hour once for the egg tarts! YES. It’s that good!
P.P.S – Anyone can guess what the light and a ball are famous for?

Lelan and I went to the California Academy of Sciences at Golden Gate Park last week to check things out. The landscape and architecture inside and outside the new multi-million dollar facility is truly state of the art. Not only is it a substaintial growing and living place, but you can really tell that everything was thought out for the future.

If you haven’t went there yet, you should plan to spend a good day there! We got there early in the morning and didn’t finish the museum until they closed at 5pm. That’s how great it was.

For now enjoy the pictures!

COLLAGES

The lusious landscape inside the rainforest dome

The courtyard, with solar panels and connect-X style ceiling above.

Animals within the sphere’s habitat. The sphere had numerous exhibits displaying different part of the region that carries these animals. Such as Madagascar, Tahiti, and other region of the rain forest. Here’s just a few shot.

Atop the living roof, where you find flowers and grass growing on top of the museum.

The UFO looking lights are stimulating sea life and reef creation !!

INDIVIDUAL PICTURES

A single orchid growing in the lust rainforest (say that 3 times fast!)

It was freaking humid in the rainforest. Look at the steam!

Those red petri dishes are what the butterflies flock to for food. Kinda like what we humans do when we see food.

See the iguana?

Bird living within the sphere.

Reminder to all you folks going to a rainforest or a museum to NOT wear anything that insects would attract to… like a shirt with floral arrangements. The lady on the right had a good time with the butterfly that wouldn’t fly away after a couple attempts to brush it off. =)

The Teletubbies would be proud of this architecture achievement.

The reflective 3-D glasses is irresistable to take a picture of myself. These are glasses used for the 3-D Bug show. The show was awesome and something you don’t want to miss out when you’re at this museum.

Seemed like everyone ignored the fossil of the T-Rex …

For this fenced show case, they explicitily had a sign that said “NO PICTURES”. No flash or AF light assisted. But look what I captured without any flash. Love the look of the girl on the left! Woah…WTH.. it’s REAL!

The huge rectangular structure inside the rainforest, is an elevator that brings you down to the aquarium located underneath the sphere. Nice design and idea of a tour.

The pathway loops around the globe until you hit the elevator above.

Deep sea divers cleaning up things in the morning. Very brave of them to swim around sharks and baby sting rays.

Moon Jellifish. Not as orange as the ones in Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The Steinheart Aquarium enjoyed by many spectators. I loved how they incorporate the aquarium like a theatrical setting. Sort of like a amphitheatre except you are entertained by live fishes swimming in front of you while you sit on nice comfortable curved benches.

Those UFO lights from below!

The ceilings reminds me of Connect-X, the game you play to connect sticks together to form a structure.

Viewing the dome from the outside.

At the Bugs 3D show. Their 3D glasses were just waiting for a reflection shot

People writing solutions and messages about global warming

Pendulum that proves Earth rotates.

Art deco chairs

Purple hue glow from the Planeterium. The screen had 6+ projectors in HD filling up the giant wall.

I could only imagined how difficult it must of been to connect all of these metal rods when they constructed this food court.

Funny Shots.

Craving for Sushi???

This is the world’s biggest flower. It tasted me and I guess I was left alive!! ahaha…

Being a kid, imagining within the sphere.

This Polar Ice exhibit was an interactive game where you had to move your body to display your shadow in the screen room to save a Polar Bear from the melting ice. You can get a great body work out waving your arms and jumping around to block the sun rays when it hit the foating ice.

Ta’ Ta’ for now. It was fun at the Academy of Science. =)