Mammoth: Part Deux

hiked up duck pass trail with my awesome camera bag. who needs water when you hike especially when you have a bag like this one? (hah. you dont see my face in this picture but i was dying). a little bit of hiking, a little bit of fishing, a little bit of rowing…here are some pictures of mammoth through my lens.

By | August 23rd, 2012 | Mammoth, Photography, Travel | 8 Comments

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

i am currently toggling two photography books: understanding exposure by bryan peterson and the digital photography book by scott kelby. my overall thoughts of the two books:

  • understanding exposure is very informative and goes into detail about shutter speed, aperture, etc. it also has amazing photos (which makes me realize that i might never take an awesome photo like any of the ones in this book). it definitely is a must for beginners, who want to understand what is going on with your camera. i have to admit that when i started reading this book, i was a little overwhelmed. i recommend reading this book and going out and using your camera right after or else you it will go over your head. (4.5 stars. 229 reviews)
  • digital photography book – let me start by saying that scott kelby is hilarious. this book is more of a tip book for photography beginners. the author prefaces by saying that he gives you tips on how to get “the shot” and does not go into how it works mechanically. i find this very useful since given the insight you get on what a photographer does, buys, needs, looks for, etc. this book pushed me to invest in a good tripod and get rid of my old cheap one (best money spent, ever). (4.5 stars. 803 reviews)

these are the two books that have the most reviews and recommendations on amazon.com (yes, i am a huge advocate). since these two books had such positive feedback, i needed to buy and read both of them for myself! i highly recommend both. i think they work well together.

so one of the things mentioned in both books is how to take a picture of a waterfall. enter: my canon t3i and mammoth lakes. i have been waiting 8 months to go to mammoth just to take these waterfall shots (which turned out to be MONEY). here is what i took away from both books on how to take these pictures:

  1. “shutter speed controls the effect of motion in your pictures” to capture motion, use a slow shutter speed. to freeze motion, use a fast shutter speed. simple, huh?
  2. since you are trying to capture motion, you need a tripod to eliminate movement from your shaky hand.
  3. set the appropriate shutter speed and snap away.


picture 1: cotton effect. lens 24-70mm. shutter speed: 1/10. f/22. ISO 100.

picture 2: freezing motion. lens 24-70mm. shutter speed: 1/500. f/2.8. ISO 100.

i’ve been waiting so long to take these two shots. i admit that i spent quite some time (a couple of hours) taking pictures of waterfalls. dont worry, these are not the only two photos i have. next post will be dedicated to time well spent on our hike up duck lake (we didnt make it all the way to duck lake because i spent too much time at the first waterfall i saw).

By | August 20th, 2012 | Mammoth, Photography, Travel | 0 Comments

Summer Canteen | Toluca Lake, Ca

what would we do without summer canteen? this is our go-to dinner spot. when we first moved into this area, we decided to come here one random Thursday night not knowing it was an eclectic asian (though mainly thai) restaurant.

Summer Canteen | Toluca Lake

i want to say on average, we come here once a week… not only because it’s fast, easy and down the street but because it is delicious! we have spread the word to our family members and friends who now hit us up when they have cravings!

our normal dishes:

  • curry noodles (“kao soi”) – the curry noodles are a must try (if you like curry)!!
  • summer fried rice – surprisingly delicious. who knew raisins in rice would be great?!
  • panang curry – get extra curry on the side and with black rice
  • pad see ew – we mainly get this dish with beef.
  • pad thai
  • black pepper sole – so, so good.

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  • service: 5 stars. i read the other reviews below me who had remarks about the service here, but every time we have gone here, everyone is super nice and attentive. we know everyone on the staff pretty well. very friendly and attentive.
  • ambiance: 4 stars. very nice modern decor. casual.
  • parking: ample parking down in the garage. never had a problem.
  • overall: we freaking love this place. food is delicious. casual atmosphere. it’s our fav.

Summer Canteen
4444 Lankershim Blvd
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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By | July 18th, 2012 | Food, Photography | 4 Comments

Flour + Tea | Pasadena, CA

we found the cutest little tea place in pasadena called flour + tea! it was on a whim that we even stumbled upon this gem. we were meeting our friends after obon and turned to yelp for a quick meeting place and bam. i cant rave about this place enough! the staff there is amazing! cute decor + amazing staff + almond milk tea = greatness.

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Flour + Tea
238 S Arroyo Pkwy Ste 110
Pasadena, CA 91105
Neighborhood: Pasadena

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By | July 17th, 2012 | Coffee, Tea, & Bakeries, Dessert, Food, Instagram | 2 Comments

the city.

we spent all of sunday walking through manhattan. two things we really wanted to see: 911 memorial and high line. for dinner, we grabbed dinner with his cousin at artichoke and then dessert with my cousin at chikalicious!

i had to post this picture of me trying to hail a cab because #1) i have ever done this, #2) it’s more intimidating than i thought and #3) i obviously did not pay enough attention to sex and the city where this was done ALL throughout the show. i used the “i need a ride” hitchhiker thumb signal! mistake. kyle was mortified. lesson learned.

artichoke pizza in the east village. we ordered a medium artichoke pizza. flippin’ fantastic! highly recommend.

we joined my cousin at night for some dessert at her favorite spot, chikalicious in the east village. absolutely delightful. chikalicious is owned by a japanese woman named chika and her husband (who wears bow ties)! for $16, you get a pre-fixe with an amuse, your choice of dessert, and assorted petite fours. we got:

  • fromage blanc island “cheese cake”
  • toasted almond ice cream with poached cherry and warm almond cake
  • seared pluot on creme anglaise with basil sorbet and sweet basil seed
  • yogurt panna cotta with pineapple sorbet
By | June 29th, 2012 | Food, Photography, Travel | 12 Comments