Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I was packing up my photo equipment for my trip to Korea and Japan, and I came to the realization that I have a lot of lenses. Too many, arguably.

When I fret over which lens to bring with my, I simply waste time staring at my equipment instead of shooting. To ensure that this doesn't happen out in Asia, I will keep my 28mm mounted on my dslr. I will keep my 50mm in my backpack as a reserve. No accessories, flash units, fancy lens hoods, or anything of the sort.

It'll be me and my camera (and whatever food I pick up along the way). If I can't take good pictures with just those things, then clearly I fail as a photographer - because getting more expensive lenses isn't really going to get me anywhere.

See you all in a few weeks.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Just dance.

Just finished up with the Winter Collegiate Ballroom Showdown at Pomona this past weekend. My partner and I took second in Waltz, which is fairly cool.

These pictures are more for those of you who have no idea what ballroom looks like. I was running around the floor all day taking pictures of amazing couples from all over California and Arizona, and had a wonderful experience seeing a high quality of collegiate dancers with a few pros and other higher level dancers thrown in.

Winter Showdown 2009

Possibly the most awesome move on the floor, which they almost got disqualified for because it was off-syllabus.
Winter Showdown 2009

Winter Showdown 2009

These two used to be former members of the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company (CCBDC), but have since graduated and moved on to greater things. Seeing their top-quality (and incredibly passionate) latin dancing and realizing that they came out of the same company that I did is inspiring. I now have some sort of benchmark of awesomeness to move towards (awesomeness didn't have a red squiggly in spellcheck, btw).
Winter Showdown 2009

Winter Showdown 2009

We also had the privilege of watching a professional showcase with some of the top dancers in their respective areas. I believe this couple is ranked second in the world in International Standard, or something of that sort. Great.
Winter Showdown 2009

It seems that Ballroom has become another area in my life where I must strive to attain awesomeness, or something along those lines. Lovely.