Crying Rock in Right

Crying Rock in Right

Crying Rock in Right

by Hin Man, on Flickr

It was my 6th week after ACL reconstruction surgery and I hiked down the path to the right of the Crying Rock. When I reached down to the base with a sandy path to Slot Canyon, I looked back and I shot a number of pictures on the rock that I hiked down with a single crutch and I was not paying attention to the crying man in the rock until someone on Facebook and another different person on Flickr commented on one of the related pictures and sure enough, I see the crying man in the right side of the rock. 

Picture was taken in visiting Valley Of Fire State Park that is about an hour drive North East of Las Vegas that is borderline with Arizona. A fantastic place to visit when the temperature ranges from low 60 to mid 80. Earlier in spring time would have been nicer.


Lonely Tree In Sunol Glen

Lonely Tree In Sunol Glen

by Hin Man, on Flickr

I took this photo way back in 2010 where my two boys were studying in Sunol Glen. It has always been a pleasant drive along Sunol Glen seeing all the trees and the scene can sometime be spectacular with clouds forming over the tree's shoulder. I envy the tree for its solitude and breathtaking view while enjoying the sunshine with shades.

The shot was made with Exif on 85mm and I tagged it with 70-150mm, so it must be coming from my last 70-150mm MF zoom with Tamron Adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5 (20A) and I used it with Pk-A adapter and hence the exif are all intact. Somehow, no lens work alike with equal characters and sure enough when I trimmed all my other Kiron 70-150mm with 1 throw and 2 throws and in both M42 and K-mount, what I get now is a PK-A exif friendly zoom lens but I sure miss the sharpness along with quick focusing and a shorter build from the Kiron.


Loving Black & White along with Green Theme

Droplets in B&W

by Hin Man, on Flickr

Droplets In Green with Provia

by Hin Man, on Flickr

Droplets In B&W

by Hin Man, on Flickr

Droplets In Green

by Hin Man, on Flickr

These bunch of pictures were shot in 2010 with Pentax K-x and I shot them likely with the Kiron 70-150mm f/3.8 in M42 mount.

I no longer have this zoom lens and I have replaced it with Tamron Adaptall-2 70-150mm f/3.5.   And I do miss this Kiron zoom lens a bunch. The Kiron has charming characters in good sharpness and it is quick to focus making the lens well suited for street shooting in getting subjects closer from a distance.


As Good As It Gets Moments

I was in Golden Gate Bridge south entrance doing the usual in bringing relatives to the popular scenery in San Francisco bay area. And I have my camera in b&w mode avoiding the common red color seen in photos. It was about 6:30pm right before sunset time.

In a back-lit scene I saw a pair of young couple taking beautiful portraits with the guy on top of a concrete slap. My hearts was pounding and raising for the shots of my day

Introduction To Golden Gate Bridge


The Macho Post

Thoughts -- What's Next

Getting Ready

The Handstand

I have made two new good friends with Lukas and Elisa and I have picked the best shots shown above and send them over to the couple in email. Life is as good as it can get when we go out and live fully with passion. And in my case, that is with a camera and a friendly chat with my new friends after the shots.

I saw the couple full of energy and hope, vibrant with enthusiasm and courage. I wish I can go back in my youth and hang out with them in the concrete slab where their views are not blocked by others and they move as if there are new heights to reach. The young couple, the back-lit moments, the great scenery have made it a very memorable Saturday for me. The happy and vivid moments linger in my thoughts and I start my week with freshness and inspiration to try something unusual with strangers we meet. I have a couple of email correspondences with the couple and I hope our friendship goes beyond and that I have another chance to meet up with them.  Love the couple dearly as friends with Lukas & Elisa.

That is right, life is as good as it gets when we go out with passion on life -- be it a single picture or a simple kiss or a gentle hug with a stranger. I want to leave my boys and my blog readers with the message that we have to love and work with all our wills and passions and have the littlest regret as we can afford to keep.


Up On The Inside -- JawBone Up

Jawbone Up by hin_man, on Flickr

1/60 sec, f/1.8, 55mm, iso 125, -0.3 Ev
Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8, cosina 1:1 macro adapter, lens turbo
nex 5n, hand-held, wide open

Runs Like A Bunny
Sleeps Like A Piglet
And Eats Like A Turtle

The jawbone up band is likely the best gift that I have ever gotten from my company.   It keeps me Up on the inside with tracking on activity and sleep.  Though it claims to record your eating habits, it is kind of a gimmick as one needs to input manually over each meal.   Which is why the Turtle pose comes into play.  On my first trial with eating habits, it mentions taking a picture of the plate that I am taking -- I thought it couldn't be this smart.   And sure, it is anything but.  Someday, perhaps someday it will.   I won't be surprised some day the Up app can tell what we eat with a picture.    And where is the invisible watch that I keep raising my Up band to find?


Satay Noodle, K20D send off

It is an irony that today it is pouring rain outside but I have to drive to work on Saturday and likely need to work from home on Sunday. I brought out my bag with K20D and a newly acquired used of kit lens with WR. The bag has two other used lenses that I recently bought with Sigma EX 50mm f/2.8 1:1 macro and my favorite zoom with Tamron 70-300mm 1:2 macro. The whole package is a gift for my brother back in Macau and I was thinking to shoot in the rain but I chicken out due to no preparation with raincoat and the mundane day with lots of work to finish.

Had I had both the mood and time, I will take a Bart to San Francisco ferry building area with good street scenes with traffic lights and some normal scenes with people in and out of coffee shops. Perhaps scenes of the bay bridge traffic lights in long shutter with a tripod in the rain and a raincoat and good music for company -- that will be my best day to come with my Pentax gear.

And instead of the send off in the rain, I have my K20D in a noodle house that is my comfort food for the bad day or the good day -- it is likely one of the most unhealthy dish that I crave for and not meant for anyone with borderline glucose issue. I probably need to add 5 miles of walking the next day. What can we all do, we get one life to live -- fear don't get in the way and I always and I mean always jump for the instant joy of eating my Satay Noodle. Boy it tastes better than ever with my beloved K20D next to the wobbly noodle bowl.

All pictures were taken with Pentax K20D and Sigma EX 50mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro in f/3.5 with iso ranging from 640 to 1000. Shutter speed varies.

#1 Lime 

1/40 sec, 50mm, f/3.5, iso 1000, 0 Ev

#2 Tea & Hot Sauce
1/15 sec, 50mm, f/3.5, iso 1000, 0 Ev

#3 Satay It Is
1/15 sec, 50mm, f/3.5, iso 1000, 0 Ev

#4 Lime & Satay

1/35sec, 50mm, f/3.5, iso 1000, 0 Ev

I don't quite know why the Lime is there but I always squeeze out the juice to go with the Satay on the noodle. The spicy sauce in the Satay is not super-hot and I will challenge my two weeny boys to try it. Oh boy, I can't imagine the light up on their faces when they get the spices to kick in -- one can only imagine the very cutie face with a big O and hand-made fan around their cheeks. In truth, I add extra spicy sauce on the noodle. And I don't count myself as a spicy eating dude. A normal bite on jalapeƱo will be my type of spice that I can stand and love. I and perhaps many if not all can't handle anything habanero hots. The satay noodle is mild in that regard.

#5 Cucumber & Parsley Cool

1/50 sec, 50mm, f/3.5, iso 1000, 0 Ev

Almost every single time that I visit the noodle house, I forget to ask for more of the little cucumber that the shop puts into the Satay Noodle. I love the little cool mix of cucumber salad and a type Chinese parsley on the dish. It turns the noodle bowl into a great mix of mild spice of satay and with great flavor from peanut and coconut in the sauce. The small cucumber salad brings out the best hot and cold texture in the bowl which otherwise will not be as well balanced.