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Street Photography in Chengdu with a Fuji X100

Yesterday afternoon I got a Fuji X100 to take street photography photos in Chengdu. Today was my first day using it.

It has a fixed 35mm lens and an APS-C sensor inside a very small body. I love the fixed lens and 35mm is the perfect focal length for this type of camera so I decided to get it.

Nearly every day I miss opportunities to capture beautiful images of everyday life because I never want to take my SLR anywhere. It’s too bulky. That problem has definitely been solved now. Although this camera has it’s quirks and the learning curve is high – everything on the camera is manual – the feeling of using the X100 is not like anything I’ve shot with before.

This is the first time I’ve posted this kind of gallery on my blog, here’s the best way to use it:

  • Click on the first photo
  • Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to flip through the photos
  • Press escape or click away to close the gallery

Fuji X100 First Day Street Photos in Chengdu

Published on July 29, 2012

Climbing the Spiritual Staircase

All my life I’ve been pondering the connection between spirituality and religion. With an Episcopalian mother and a Zen father, I was challenged to decipher the meanings of each from a young age. After years of compulsory church, which starkly contrasted with the “Take it, if you wish” approach that my father and Buddhism in general take, I gravitated toward the latter. It was never the ritual or history that attracted me, but the principles of character that believers subscribe to. The pursuit of truth, and connection with my true self and the true universe.

This video encapsulates that well. Watch it.

Published on March 16, 2012

Friends of Tibet

I noticed this at the DMV in Tysons Corner as I went to renew my drivers license. After spending so much China, you get used to the idea that no one cares about what’s happening in Tibet. It’s good to know that this isn’t actually the case.

Published on March 5, 2012

Departing Chengdu

10:52am in the taxi and in classic Chengdu tradition, it is overcast and drizzly.

Published on March 1, 2012

Office Front Desk

We have a new front desk person this week who’s brought great enthusiasm with her. Everyday I walk in my office to signs like this.

Published on February 10, 2012