Bo Sang is village in the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand, filled with umbrella shops, silversmiths, artists, and other artisans. And every year, they hold a very popular Umbrella Festival.
I got to attend the first day of the 33rd Umbrella Festival on January 15th, 2016 and below are some of my photos from the festival.
It was nice way to spend a few hours – the festival is not very touristy and is filled with locals. But there also wasn’t that much to see beyond the parade, floats, bands, food stalls, and of course umbrellas! Continue Reading
We got 2 dogs in the past year, so I’ve been spending some time photographing them. I’ve listed below 5 tricks I’ve picked up while photographing them. (All photos were take using my Nikon D810.) Continue Reading
First stop on our Napa wine tour – Paraduxx Winery. There’s comfortable seating outside, really friendly staff, and some great wines from the same people that own Duckhorn for way less than Duckhorn (and easier to get into!).
What Paraduxx is known for: Blends. They don’t make any single varietals.
Review of Paraduxx: I loved the relaxing outdoor seating with great service.
Yomitan Pottery Village is quaint a community of artisan potters and glass blowers – you can wander around just admiring everything from huge glass pieces to cups, teapots, plates, and of course shisas (guardian dog/lion statutes, often found in pairs, that are placed on rooftops or outside doorways and gates in Okinawa to ward of evil spirits).
According to some websites, you can even take glass blowing or pottery classes if you ask the potters.
The friends we were visiting live just around the corner from Yomitan Pottery Village (also known as Yachimun no Sato), and so we turned up on a cold windy and slightly wet day!
Where is Yomitan Pottery Village?
The address on Tripadvisor is: Address: 2653-1 Zakimi, Nakagami-gun, Yomitan-son 904-0301, Okinawa Prefecture
But, here’s the Google Maps location:
Should you visit Yomitan Pottery Village?
This area is beautiful to walk around – each potter has their own home decked out with their wares and there’s a large glassworks studio as well. It’s not a huge area, so you can walk around it pretty quickly. If you like artsy things or want to buy some souvenirs, then this is definitely worth a visit!
There’a a very artsy feel to the village – one place even had an old bus that they used for storage:
Glass Blowing at Yomitan Pottery Village
I loved the glassworks place – we parked in the parking lot, which was right next to the glassworks studio. There was everything from function pieces like salad bowls and plates to decorative art pieces. Plus there’s a large structure near the road where you can see people do the glass blowing.
Even the outside of the glassworks studio is decorated with colorful glass.
Photographs of Shisas
Shisas are highly popular in Okinawa – in fact, it’s near impossible to not see them everywhere! I really loved how many different designs there were of them, and the photos below are just a few of the shisa designs I saw at the Yomitan Pottery Village.
During our stay with our friends in Okinawa, we took a trip via ferry from the main island to Ie Island (Ie-jima) one day. It was a bit of a rainy day, but the clouds made for some interesting photos. The beaches were also beautiful (just take a look at the photos below!). Continue Reading
Importing photos into Lightroom 5 is probably the first step to processing photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Below is a super short video showing you the steps, or if you prefer reading, then below are step-by-step screenshot photos.
How To Import Photos Into Lightroom 5
STEP 1: Open Lightroom and click on “Library” at the top of the software if you’re not already in the Library module.
STEP 2: Click on the “Import…” button at the bottom of the Navigator panel on the left side of the software (see arrow).
STEP 3: If the left side doesn’t appear, then the Navigator panel might be hidden. You’ll see a small arrow on the left side of the software (see arrow below). Clicking on the small arrow will make the Navigator appear.
STEP 4: After you click on the “Import…” button at the bottom of the Navigator panel, the left panel will change to show you the files on your computer and any hard-disks attached.
STEP 5: Find the folder where the photos you want to edit are and click on it. Check any or all of the photos you’d like to import into Lightroom to edit. Then click the Import button on the bottom right of the software (see arrow).
STEP 6: You can check the progress of the import by looking at the bar at to the top left of the software. When the import is complete, it’ll say “Task complete.”
STEP 7: That’s it – you can start editing (or developing) the photos by clicking Develop at the top right of the software (which will change Lightroom into the Develop module). To edit any specific photo, click on one of the photos from the bottom row of photo thumbnails.