Photography as a hobby – anyone?

I have been trying to learn photography, not so much I want to take professional-looking photos to impress others, it’s more that I want to take reasonably good pictures family activities, church events and my holidays. However, I always find it hard to pick up my camera. Time is such a scarce resource that I hardly find enough of it to rest, not to mention the luxury of taking a few hours strolling around with camera.

Someone told me when you have a will there is a way. I admit I don’t have enough passion for photography to sacrifice my other activities. However, there are specific times when we go for holidays. I would surely not miss the opportunity to experiment and try taking reasonable shots. If you are like me, hard to find time in your normal busy schedule to play with your camera set, don’t have enough passion to sacrifice others for this hobby – don’t loose heart, just learn the skills naturally when you are away from your normal routines – holidays and traveling. I am yet to form the habit to bring my camera along in my normal days.

I find the blog post below good for inspiration and motivation that we should not give up the hobby. You can find the original post here: http://digital-photography-school.com/3-tips-on-how-to-approach-photography-as-a-hobby/

One day we will be surprised that we can actually take good pictures that even amaze us.

Happy photographing! Continue reading

Beautiful landsacape at Zhangjiajie

SwedenBeautiful Landscapes

Recently I received an email informing me about an amazing book “Ten of the world’s most mind-blowing landscapes” (Press here to view) from Lonely Planet.

Some of the highlighted landscapes are so beautiful that you cannot imagine where on earth could you find such places. My photography friends told me that much of these beauties can only be captured if you are a professional and experienced photographer. I cannot agree more. To say the least, I can never take such beautiful landscape even I live there. 🙂

My interest in photography “happened” just about 3 years ago when my brother Soon Meng introduced it to me. He showed me some of his photos taken in his family trips. I noticed his pictures have much better composition and sharpness than what I could take from my “fool-proof” fully automatic camera.

As I mentioned in my previous post (read here), traveling is in my top list of interests and hobbies. Although it is not a cheap hobby, I have no regret to be thrifty in my ordinary days and save all I can, just to visit my dreamed cities and countries.

ZhnagJiaJie (张家界) in China

One of the best places I visited after I’ve got my semi-professional Nikon camera was Zhangjiajie (张家界) in China. At that time, I learned very little about photography (and with little improvement since then). I saw the majestic mountains and the beautiful landscapes. However, I could not capture 10% of their beauties and majesty using my camera.

I still think it is worth sharing a few pictures with all of you. If I have more time, I may share more next time. Please don’t laugh at me but I truly appreciate your feedback and comments about these pictures. Your comments will surely help me to improve my photography skills.

Glass Walk Way

Glass Walk Way

天门山 Mount Tian Men

天门山
Mount Tian Men

御笔峰 Emperor's Brush

御笔峰
Emperor’s Brush

将军列队 General's array of army

将军列队
General’s array of army

三姐妹 The Three Sisters

三姐妹
The Three Sisters

金鞭溪 Golden Wip

金鞭溪
Golden Wip

模仿土司雕像的英勇 A Hero of the Tsui clan

模仿土司雕像的英勇
A Hero of the Tsui clan

老院子凉亭乘凉的侠侣 Lao Yuan Zi

老院子凉亭乘凉的侠侣
Lao Yuan Zi

If you are keen to know more about Zhangjiajie, you may read it from the Wikipedia site (Press here to read).

Those of you who can read Chinese, this is a great article (which I read before I went on the tour) introducing the 10 best scenic spots in Zhangjiajie. (Press here to read)

I hope you enjoy all these photographs. I know there is nothing to shut about at all but they mean a lot to Julia and I. We truly enjoyed the trip – one of the reasons was that our two teenaged children were not with us – we did not need to take care of or worry about them. A great “honeymoon” trip for us.

Appreciate your comments on these photos – I am a keen learner and I want to shoot better pictures in our next trip.

Thank you.