Saturday, January 30, 2010

Best thing about rain

Is how clean the air is after, and how shiny everything is when the sun finally peaks back through.

I have a soft spot for bicycles as well as scooters.

I forgot what this kid was setting up, but I think he was selling something.

Friday, January 22, 2010

It's raining

One more from the river bank.


And here's a pic I took after a showering of rain.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My faves

Probably some of my favorite captures from my Vietnam trip occurred here. Something about the light quality made everything come out flat and painterly.

I like the way the candycane pole is bent. It would have been perfect if that shadow in the left corner weren't there.

Love how this turned out almost as a duotone. Would look great printed as a poster I think.

I wonder what they're selling.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


When I travel, my excursions are usually split up into two categories: Sights, and Food. Here are some pics from a food expedition in Saigon.

Light was harsh getting to this place so no pics of the journey here. This place was supposedly known for their pork and rice dishes. It was really good.

Walking towards the river.

Freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. This was probably the best deal and quality we had the entire trip.

Ridiculously cheap and good.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Leaving Cat Ba

Thinking back, it was a surreal experience doing the Ha long + Cat ba island combo. I think its remote location coupled with the strangeness of being on a boat for that long made it seem like I dreamed the whole thing up.

Took this waiting for our van. The kid was diggin her panda ballon.

Wished I had a longer lens to capture her face better.

Back on the mainland. Love the miniature trucks

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cat ba island

We arrived when they were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their leader. We didn't really participate in the festivities other than eat fresh crab.

View from the hotel room.

The fair below.

Wall fan. Check.

Plate o' crab. Check

Monday, January 11, 2010


Missed Christmas in Toronto this year, but had the chance to at least spend New Years there.

Starving Artist. I had eggs benedict with waffles on the bottom. Pretty good!

Poutine's. I liked their simple and homey interior.

The Verdict? It was a different kind of poutine than I've ever had before. Smokey fries, and peppery gravy. The cheese though was perfect. I think my favorite plate of poutine fries is still at the cafe on top of Mont Tremblant in Quebec. Could have something to do with being starving after skiing though. There, the gravy is lighter in color and much saltier, with the fries being the more generic, but crispy fast food fries.

Expect to wait, but Guu is pretty fantastic.

Sadly, no food pics, because it was too dark, but it was probably my best meal in Toronto.

A really great mushroom soup at Ravi's Soups. What kicked this up to awesome was the truffle oil, crispy shallots and the cheese biscuit.

A break

As a break from the never ending Vietnam pics, I present to you Seattle:

Waiting for my plane at the airport. I came silly early due to the recent terrorist attack.

First stop. Sandwich heaven.

The Porchetta sandwich.

Inside the cheese shop at Pike's place.

Some great light inside.

Name says it all.

My touristy photos.

The Pier.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Year

...Same story. Still on the Vietnam pics.

Took a lot of this "island". You'll probably recognize some of the features of the rightmost peak.

I'm continually amazed at how well this lens handles shooting into light.

There were cool rays of light hitting the water. Someday a camera will be able to capture that. Not mine.