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Picture This

If you’ve ever taken photos and proceeded to color correct/white balance/edit, you’ll know that it’s arguably one of the most frustrating and time consuming things ever. And as sad as it is to say… the processing afterward is what actually deters me from taking pictures in the first place. But after chatting with Jose at FD & revisiting Tim’s work on my desktop everyday, I decided that I had to do something to overcome this immense dislike.

Two weekends ago, Neil and I ventured to Seattle/WallaWalla for some fresh seafood, brisk air and overall change of pace. I love LA and NY to bits, but more often than not, each city tends to think that it’s the center of the world. I love escaping to a place where people spend more time at the farmer’s market than in their cars and blackberries reign supreme as fruits, not as pieces of technology.

Between cramming for midterms via countless 4×6″ index cards & driving around Washington, I forced myself to bring my old, uncalibrated 20D everywhere and hopefully capture whatever caught my eye. In the days to follow, I probably spent more time dreading the editing process than actually fiddling with Photoshop, but hey, it’s a start! :)

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Canadian born Chinese currently living the American dream. Massively passionate about all things beautifully designed, sports+fitness and unique stories that help shape our perspectives of the world. Life-changing meals and exotic passports stamps are some of my greatest vices.


  1. 26/10/2010 at 12:51 am

    Nice shots!

    On the contrary, I LOVE the post processing side of taking photos. When I’m out shooting, I’m always thinking about the post processing that will go a long with the shots, no matter how little or how much I will post process a set of shots. I think it’s the computer geek side of me, but I just love learning new ways of editing, fiddling with software and being at my desk in my world applying different touches to photos.

  2. 26/10/2010 at 1:46 am

    Awesome pictures!! Was wondering what changes you made to your camera to get such vivid colors! Thanks

    • 26/10/2010 at 9:04 am

      thank you all for such kind comments!
      i dont have any specific settings on my camera – i believe it was on auto white balance and a stop or two underexposed. normally i dont enjoy editing but this time around i fiddled with levels, curves, white balance and sometimes brightness/contrast.
      seattle’s pike’s place market is filled with so many fresh veggies, fruits & seafood – i have to attribute the beautiful colors to the environment, not my camera! :) happy shooting!

  3. Adam SWE
    26/10/2010 at 3:07 am

    Sweeet pictures :)

  4. 27/10/2010 at 11:35 am

    nice photos! how do you get away w/ shooting candids of strangers?

    personally, i try to minimize any post production. just adjust levels and call it a day. i have a lot to learn, thanks for the inspiration!

    • 27/10/2010 at 7:14 pm

      im w/you on the post production tip ronnie, but never hurts to try something new!
      as for the strangers… im just a creeper 😉 hehe