The Golden Gate bridge is ALWAYS a sight to see — at least in my opinion. I’ve been to San Francisco four times already, and I still marvel at the sight of this man-made wonder. Some might argue that the view is cliché and over-shot — a sentiment I agree with to some degree; but I always feel that it’s worth the effort (especially since it’s a 5-hour drive from where I live and I don’t get to shoot often) to at least set up and take a few shots, trite or whatnot.
Getting a GOOD shot of the Golden Gate is another subject entirely. This visit saw extremely strong and chilly winds — I could barely open the car door. And it was overcast to boot, but as I always say, you make do with what you have.
I’ve decided to start a type of post I’m calling “Bits and pieces,” which are just one-shots of a particular moment I chanced upon or found interesting.
Here’s the first one, taken at Nami Island, South Korea.
Sometimes you come across a moment, and you just can’t help but take a picture. Here’s my 2-year old nephew, Paolo, entranced by a model train setup inside Petite France in Seoul, South Korea. He’s usually all over the place, running around, like many children his age. And yet he spent a few minutes here, quiet and still, just watching the train go around the set.
Having a 2-year old myself (who is just a month younger), I’ve come to appreciate these moments when I can see children exercising their innocence. They’re all growing up in a hard world, and I’m grateful (and envious to some degree, too) to witness them seemingly set apart from all that, and for a few minutes, existing in a time and place where all is good and well and magical.
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words. It’s like having something in mind, but you can’t put a finger on what exactly it is. You know what it is, but at the same time, you don’t. It might sound weird (and maybe a little silly) coming from a writer, but that’s just the way it is with me sometimes.
Ironically, that’s partly why photography always fascinated me. Like writing, people will always take it however they want to. Some will like it, some won’t, some will just say meh. But personally, it somehow fills in the gaps where my words can’t seem to reach.
So without further ado, here’s something from a fairly recent trip to Seoul, South Korea.
Shopping Spree | Myeongdong Shopping District | Seoul | 5D Mk2 + 24-70 2.8L v.1