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Fountain Fun!

 

Captured at KLCC.  They show this “Bellagio” style light and music show every night.  The kids go crazy and try to get wet without getting wet.  It’s very fun to watch.


Going home…

…from KL again.  I love this city.  There are some weirdnesses, and I’ve really never travelled away from the downtown core, but where I’ve been has been pretty sweet.

So, here’s the Petronas Towers once again.


Wow! Banks are pretty.

Well, this one is.

The fountains in the front definitely help.


Late Night Flowers

I went out for a walk tonight to see where Nikki’s Salon is, as I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow.  I brought “the beast” (my Pentax K20D) with me and snapped off photos all around the area where I live.  This was my first time out walking around after sunset (*the sun sets around 6:30 p.m. here every day – we’re pretty nearly on the equator) and the world doesn’t look too much different from day to night.

There are two very well stocked flower shops on my street – Kemang Selatan I – and both of them are right near my apartment.  My wife jokes that I can’t buy her flowers because we don’t have a vase in the house yet.  I think it best that I pick up one soon.

 


WordPress Photo Challenge: Regrets

 

So, this is one of the most frustrating topics from the WordPress Photo Challenge.  I don’t know exactly what to do with “Regret“.  There are many photo challenges where I’ve felt just that – challenged.  But this?  Well, here goes.

Now, if I make some decisions that I wish I hadn’t made, take action in the wrong direction and wish that I’d acted in a different way, then I feel regret.  If I conduct myself in my relationships in a way that breaks trust, that is unethical or immoral, then I feel regret.  If I leave my house without telling my kids and wife that I love them and live everyday as though it might be my last (because it might be), then I will feel regret.

But I see decisions and actions as footsteps in the snow.  Let me see if I can explain this.  When snow falls, there’s that moment where everything is pristine, untouched.  But there comes the time when someone takes a step into the snow.  There’s steps and missteps, there’s dirt tracked in and grass that suddenly shows.  There are those snow angels that never quite look angelic, but there was an attempt by some little devil to make himself better for a moment.

Here’s the cool part.  None of these things are permanent.  The snow melts.  Or new snow falls and covers everything over.  If I live with regrets, I spend all my time thinking about all those things that are left in the snow.  Even when they’ve been covered.  Even when they’ve faded and disappeared.

My philosophy?  Don’t live with regrets.  Make more angels.  Have fun making new steps in pristine snow.


Making waves

This is a local coffee shop, about a kilometer from my house, that serves the spiciest chai tea lattes.  Apparently, they serve coffee, but I hate coffee so I cannot comment on the quality of the java.

I was on my way home from picking up medications for my son – he just had his tonsils and adenoids out today – and I spotted this pretty little scene.

By the way, the red sign in the background is Maru Sushi.  It’s a great spot in south Chilliwack (Sardis) for really great sushi.  I don’t like them, but my daughter loves the palm-sized California Rolls.  Their salmon rolls are awesome.


Late night cows…

Yep.  That’s what they are.

I know this is a little late, but I forgot to schedule it and I was out watching Junior A hockey.  My son won tickets to our local hockey team’s game tonight, so we went to watch them pull off a great win.  Way to go, Chiefs!

Anyway.  Here are some cows in some strange lighting.


Astro Orbitor

The trick to a night shot with a slow shutter speed, without a tripod and remote shutter release, is a steady hand.  I don’t have a steady hand.  Instead, I leaned against a pile of rock, or rock-like facsimile designed by some imagineer, and shot as steadily as I could.

This shot of the Astro Orbitor at Disneyland was the best of the bunch.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 1600; 1/2 sec.


Fireworks

Our first day in Disneyland was a long one.  We stayed most of the day, from around eight in the morning until a couple hours after lunch.  After resting up at the hotel for a couple of hours we went back in and stayed for the fireworks.  We didn’t bank on the humongous lines, and ended up watching the explosive show from FrontierLand.  The shot above shows what we saw:  awesome fireworks with a foreground including one of our favorites, Big Thunder Mountain.

On a side note, the fireworks are far quieter in the park than they are when you’re in your hotel trying to sleep after a ridiculously long day of flying, shopping, walking and anticipating.  The night before, at 9:30, when the family was quietly sleeping, gigantic BOOMS began, as the fireworks were echoing outside the park.  I though we were under attack.  All part of the fun, I guess.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f6.3; ISO 1600; 1/13 sec.


Main Street

Nothing witty.  Just a photo of why I love this place.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f3.5; ISO 1600; 1/30 sec.


Pallets

Areas all over town are illuminated all through the night.  It seems a bit of a waste, as I can’t see thieves running off with handfuls of pallets.

Maybe I just don’t understand the criminal element.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 160; 1/6 sec.


Just milling around

I have to pass the Matsqui Penitentiary in order to get to the Abbotsford airport.  I was impressed with the lights and the incredible light pollution that place produces.  I promised myself I’d go back and shoot it some foggy night.

This is not the Penitentiary.  It is a feed mill.  There is no correlation aside from the night lighting.

Pentax K20D; Tokina 28-70mm; f4.5; ISO 1600; 1/5 sec.; +1ev