Winter Road Trip: Day 2

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After a good night’s rest…well, sort of (due to how cold it got), we continued our adventure. Once we woke up, we made some breakfast and packed up our stuff to do some hiking in the state park we were already at, Big Trees State Park.

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We started to get really tired and hungry, so decided it was best to head back towards home.

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It’s crazy to think that something this close to home existed. People often take what’s nearby us for granted. There’s so much more out there if you search for it. So the next time you or someone you know says something such as, “There’s nothing to do around here” then take the time (to tell them) to do some research and the motivation to explore unknown areas. It’s not about being into the “outdoors stuff”, just learn appreciate the simple things in life.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF17-35mm f/2.8 + EF85mm f/1.8

Winter Road Trip: Day 1

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My friend and I spent our Monday and Tuesday along highway CA-4, also known as Ebbetts Pass. Ebbetts Pass is a very beautiful scenic road through the Sierra Nevada. Ebbetts Pass peak is at around 8,700+ ft! However, because of how cold it was, the rest of Ebbett’s Pass past Lake Alpine (7,000 ft+) was closed. We decided to camp at Big Trees State Park (4,700+ ft). After we set up camp, we headed east towards Lake Alpine for an adventure.

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The sun had started to set really early (around 4-5pm) and quickly, too. The temperature dropped rapidly too, so we made our way back to camp to get some nice warm dinner started._G5A3660 _G5A3690 _G5A3675

Though the daytime was short, it was well worth it. It was a race against time to capture photos of the beautiful scenery, and preparing some food then to getting ready to go to sleep was very satisfying.

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Canon 5D Mark III + EF17-35mm f/2.8 + EF85mm f/1.8

 

 

Journey Through Mt. Diablo State Park

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Sky Stories

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Each sky has its own story.

Everyday, you have your story too.

Just take the time to look.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF 18mm f/2

Fall Night Lights

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Most people carry expensive cameras nowadays. It’s only natural to be scared not to use it when it’s raining. However, sometimes you just gotta risk it to get that shot. It’s so satisfying sometimes to get out of your comfort zone.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF18mm f/2 + XF35mm f/1.4

On My Own

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Today, I decided to be a little more adventurous. With various necessities to pick up, I made an adventure out of what would have been considered as chores/errands. I made the time to pass through town and take some snaps with my handy Fujifilm X-Pro 1.DSCF5006 DSCF5007 DSCF5008 DSCF5010 DSCF5016 DSCF5019 DSCF5023 DSCF5024 DSCF5034 DSCF5044

I really love the lighting during this time. The slight haze really makes the light interesting. I love the way the shadows hit the buildings. To me, natural light really is best.

The same goes for pictures in black and white. There’s that classic feel about black and white on street photography that really inspires me and I love how this lighting gives lots of contrast.

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Everyday, we encounter tedious, stressful, and time consuming situations. I’d like to think it’s all in the mind, though. The saying, “using time wisely” is usually associated with time management, or scheduling. Perhaps there’s more to it than that. Perhaps it’s also making the best of time by enjoying it. What matters is that there is a positive drive because the truth is, there is excitement around every corner. There is adventure and surprises anywhere you go.

You never know who or what you will run into next, even if I’m on my own.

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Fujifilm X-Pro 1 + XF18mm f/2

Our Sunday

We started out our Sunday by going to the park at the south-end of Boston. Neither of us have been to The Arnold Arboretum, so it was a real joy in seeing the life here. It just so happened we arrived around the time when the sun was about to set. The fall foliage was absolutely stunning and so calming.tich1

After our walk in the park, we went back to the north end of Boston for dinner. After dinner, we decided to stop by the popular Mike’s Pastry. Yum!

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It was a wonderful way to spend my Sunday. I’m truly grateful for today.

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Canon Powershot S110

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