When my friend invited me to join a tour group to Deqing in the Guangdong countryside, I jumped at the opportunity. It's easy to get sucked into the Shenzhen nightlife every weekend, and while it's fun to party, it's nice to get out of the city from time to time. Deqing is a small town beyond Zhaoqing, almost to the Guangxi border. The highlight of the trip was the hot springs, which were the nicest I have been to, by far. Each one had a different flavor of Chinese medicine.
First we hiked down a series of trails on a...Read more
I broke my shoulder a little more than two months ago while snowboarding in Harbin. This put a stop to my planned one month surf trip across SE Asia, but I took it in stride. Last weekend, I went to the beach for the first time in a while, as my friend wanted to try surfing for the first time. I didn't intend to surf, as my arm isn't completely healed, but ended up doing it anyways. Check it out:
Fooling around on the beach at night. Manually popping an external flash.
During the CNY Spring Festival holiday, I took a roadtrip with some friends along the southern coast of Guangdong, stopping in all the major cities. By far, my favorite place along the way was Zhanjiang. The people were the nicest, the old streets were interesting, there was a strong sense of local culture, and the city just felt pleasant. I wish I could have spent more time there, but the one night was a good one. Here is how it went down:
Seb in Red. Hitting the streets with bottles in hand.
One of my favorite things to shoot are portraits at night on the street using natural lighting. Natural in the sense you aren't using studio lights or flash guns, but finding light sources that already exist. You can find so many vibrant colors for backgrounds, and street lights can give great illumination to your subjects. I want to take this concept and develop it further, and to this end I'll be doing a wedding shoot on the gritty and grimy streets of Luohu soon, at the request of the bride and groom. Nice to have people ...Read more
I got a Canon S90 from my parents for Christmas. Some people are saying its the world's best compact. I'm happy with it, especially the control ring around the lens. I even dropped it one crazy night out and it survived unscathed. Here are a few photos I've taken with it over the past few months. All in Shenzhen:
The view from Seb's balcony. I work in the far background!
6 years ago, I took snowboarding classes during my senior year in college and loved it. Ever since then, I've wanted to go snowboarding in China, and I finally made it happen a few weeks ago. Here is an article I published about my trip to Yabuli, the best ski resort in China. The bottom line: highly recommended if you are a ski/snow buff. Here are a few pictures that didn't make the cut:
After waiting for months, I finally held my surf contest over the New Year's holiday weekend. What a great last minute call! A lot of people were already busy with NYE plans, but we jam packed a small bus full of people, dj equipment, booze, and headed to the beach in time to set up for New Years Eve. After drinking, dancing, mixing, and stumbling until 3AM, we crashed and woke up for a full day of surfing on the first day of 2010. With a free flow of beer, tunes on the beach all day, plenty of waves and wipeouts, and everyone in go...Read more
A famous photographer, Chase Jarvis, recently published a book called The Best Camera, in which all photos were shot with an iPhone. He says basically says the best camera is the one you have with you. I found myself approaching last weekend without a camera, so I decided to make the most of my iPhone as a photographic tool. Here are the results:
Hiking into the Tailongwan with my board
If you want to find some truly beautiful places in Hainan, get out of Sanya and head up the east coast. There, you'll find deserted beaches with mountainous backdrops and good waves. Here are a few pictures from my various surf trips down there in the past year.
I am super excited about a beach party I am organizing with my friends (& spinning as well). It'll be the first big beach party of the year here in Shenzhen. We did one last year, and despite only announcing the party one day in advance, got about 35 people (mostly good friends) to come and had the party of the summer. Never mind the fact we lost several hundred yuan; it was all good. This time we are doing things a little different, that is, planning and putting the word out a month in advance. But we are still keeping the co...Read more