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We didn't get to linger inside the Marble Mountains for long, unfortunately. These shots of gentlemen playing an ancient board game are my favourites! The subdued lighting, the rock formation, and the lack of crowds (!) made for a perfect photo opportunity. . Did you know? The caves within the mountains hold many secrets, including bullet holes from when the Vietnamese troops used to spy on the US soldiers relaxing on My Khe Beach below and in the buildings within the caves and grottoes. . Shot at 14mm (35mm equivalent), f/2.8, 1/30s @ ISO 3200 . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #MarbleMountains #mountain #cave #caves #subterranean #statues #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Inside the Marble Mountains, you look everywhere to soak up the atmosphere. This view looking upwards was most impressive! Doesn't this look exactly like the scene in one of the "Dark Knight" movies, where they show a cloud of bats flying up a cave, exiting through a hole at the top? . Did you know? According to ancient folklore, a dragon emerged from the water on Non Nuoc Beach and laid an egg. A thousand days and a thousand nights followed before the egg hatched, and out stepped a beautiful girl. The fragments of the shell were left on the beach and eventually grew into the five mystical Marble Mountains. . Shot at 14mm (35mm equivalent), f/4, 1/40s @ ISO 640 . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #MarbleMountains #mountain #cave #caves #subterranean #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Every visitor to Da Nang must make a trip to Marble Mountains. There are numerous caves and tunnels to explore. Our stay was rather brief; I would have loved to spend the day exploring the tunnels! This goddess greets you at the entrance. I should have included some people to give a sense of scale: the statue is huge and imposing. The subdued lighting is quite dim, but can produce nice photos if you don't mind bumping up the ISO. . Did you know? Marble Mountains is made up of five mountains, each named after the five elements: Kim, Thuy, Moc, Hoa and Tho. . Shot at 14mm, f/2.8, 1/40s @ ISO 2500 . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #MarbleMountains #mountain #cave #caves #goddess #statue #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Elevated Home". We came across this neat display of elevated huts during our walk along the canal in Da Nang. "Cool!" I immediately thought as I raced around, trying to find a good angle before my group wandered away from me. (Such is life when travelling with a bunch of non-photographers!) I speculated at the time that the elevation was to protect against water or predators. . Did you know? I did some research afterwards and learned that the traditional stilt houses in Vietnam today are similar to what their ancestors built 4000 years ago! The stilts protect against flooding and vermin (I suppose it would't be of much help against predators... 😮). . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #huts #hutsonstilts #bamboohuts #streetscene #streetphoto #streetphotography #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Waiting" In Da Nang, we walked along this canal with colourful stalls and buildings lined up on both sides. This old woman caught my eye. She appeared to be waiting for tourists to hire her boat. Old and wizened, sitting there in the baking sun, perched effortlessly on the edge of her boat. She was quite the sight to see! I raised my camera and took a quick snap. Consider this my contribution to street photography in Vietnam! 😀 . Did you know? Da Nang Bay was the scene (1535) of the first landing of Europeans in Vietnam. The city was originally ceded to France by Annam in 1787 and became (after 1858) a French concession. . . . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #vendor #oldwoman #waitingfor #streetscene #streetphoto #streetphotography #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
@eclectic.shooter - This photo contains two of my favourite photo targets downtown: Harbour Centre (the UFO-shaped thing) and Canada Place convention centre. The only way to get both in the same shot is from the water--and I only get one crack at this per year! . The darkness and the swift speed of the boat meant I had to crank the ISO up really high (ISO 3200), but I'm pretty pleased at how my editing tools managed to tame the noise while preserving a decent amount of details. (Thank you Nik! er, Google. Thank you TopazLabs!) . . . . . . .
Our next port of call was the town of Da Nang, Vietnam. I'm starting off with the obligatory shrine shot, because there are lots of shrines in Asia! As a photographer, I am constantly drawn by the colours, shapes, and symbolisms in these shrines. . Did you know? Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam (so I really shouldn't be calling it a 'town'). It has many aliases, as the city is also known by the names Vũng Thùng, Trà Úc, Trà Áo, Trà Sơn and Đồng Long Loan. (Whew. Lucky "Da Nang" is easy to spell and pronounce!) . . . . . . #Vietnam #asiapics #DaNang #shrine #ceremonial #worshiping #religion #newcity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #travelbug #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #traveldiaries #wanderlust #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #omd #olympusem5 #m43movement #GoBewander #roamingnanny #gotravelkevin #lensculture #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Happy Sunday! We finally got a bit of rain last night (oh where have you been, old friend?) and the air is cleaner--and safer looking! Our Asia tour continues tomorrow as we visit the charming town of Da Nang, Vietnam. . . . . . . #flowerstalking #favv_flowers #floral_secret #floral_shots #funda_flowers #fm_flowers_ #ptk_flowers #bestflowerspics #ig_flowers #igscflowers #rainbow_petals #blooming_petals #ip_blossoms #phx_flowers #pocket_flowers #great_captures_flowers #international_flowers_ #traveling_garden #total_flowers #backlit #vscocam #RX100 #sonyrx100 #compactcamera #compactcameraclub #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Returning back to our ship from Sanya, I was struck by the sheer size of this thing! Somebody remarked that my other cruise ship shot made the boat look "small". Well, angles can be flattering and this view showing a solid wall of balconies illustrates just how mammoth this ship is! . Trivia: The Ovation of the Seas is a brand new "Quantum Class" (how cool a name is that?) vessel from Royal Caribbean. It has 18 decks and can carry over 4000 passengers. It is 1,142 feet long, which clocks in at just over 1/5 of a mile. . Did anyone notice? In my last post, I got so excited describing how old Sanya was. I accidentally said "two centuries" and I actually meant "two millennia". A slight difference in age. 😊 . Lens used: 16mm; 1/40s @ f/2.8, ISO 1250 . . . . . . . #cruiseship #cruiselife #cruiseline #cruises #cruiselover #royalcaribbean #ovationoftheseas #nightmagic #nightscene #nightphotography #GoBewander #globetrotter #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #memories #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #omd #m43movement #olympusem5 #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Back to more pleasant imagery. Our first port of call during our Asia cruise was the lovely port city of Sanya. This tropical resort town is China's answer to Hawaii--and it sure looked and felt like Hawaii! Sweltering heat even in December. . Our first views were of these striking buildings as our ship pulled into dock. Looking like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, these buildings turn into immense billboards at night (2nd and 3rd images)! One can only watch in awe at the kaleidoscope of colours and lights dancing along the height of the buildings! . . . . #Sanya #China #skyline #cityscape #cityview #cityscene #GoBewander #newcity #lovethiscity #globetrotter #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #memories #exploreeverything #my_journey #earth_portraits #earth_shotz #main_vision #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #architecture #architecturelovers #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Post Fireworks Bonus #2: I conclude my fireworks series with one final shot of the beautiful Vancouver skyline just before we dock. This photo contains two of my favourite photo targets downtown: Harbour Centre (the UFO-shaped thing) and Canada Place convention centre. The only way to get both in the same shot is from the water--and I only get one crack at this per year! . The darkness and the swift speed of the boat meant I had to crank the ISO up really high (ISO 3200), but I'm pretty pleased at how my editing tools managed to tame the noise while preserving a decent amount of details. (Thank you Nik! er, Google. Thank you TopazLabs!) . . . . . . . #nightmagic #nightscene #nightphotography #cityscape #cityscapes #cityscene #cityview #citylandscape #urbanview #exploreeverything #exploreearth_ #earth_portraits #main_vision #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #westcoastliving #vancity #604now #beautifulbc #CuriocityVan #veryvancouver #1minutevancouver #olympus #olympuscamera #getolympus #olympusem5 #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Post Fireworks Bonus #1: "Into the Darkness". We were all warm and fuzzy after witnessing another great fireworks show from the water. Our boat raised anchor and we sped home under the now-dark skies. I decided to wander onto the deck and peer into the darkness, inhaling the blast of cool air on my face. I was struck by the eerie orange glow from ship's lights, bouncing off the railings and reflected back from the polished metal walls. "Awesome!" I mumbled as I raised my camera to my eyes, steadied myself, and took a few snaps. . During post processing, I decided to amp up the glow of the reflection to emphasize its eeriness. For good measure, I blurred the lights in the distance to enhance the sensation of speed. My original title for this image was "Gloomy Gunwales", but I didn't want to end our fireworks evening on a 'gloomy' note! 😀 . . . . . . . . #nightmagic #nightscene #nightphotography #reflections #reflection_shotz #reflectionporn #reflections_pix #reflectionshot #reflectionphotography #reflectionpic #exploreeverything #exploreearth_ #earth_portraits #main_vision #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #westcoastliving #vancity #604now #beautifulbc #CuriocityVan #veryvancouver #olympus #olympuscamera #getolympus #olympusem5 #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
Happy Sunday and bonus fireworks! Our 2017 "Celebration of Light" fireworks show ended last night with Team Canada taking the stage, but so far I've only been posting my past shots to pay tribute to this spectacle. Now here are some shots I took this year, when Team UK performed Wednesday. Same boat ride, same great vantagepoint! . Question to my followers: Which do you prefer--these ones or the "Team Canada 2015" finale burst I posted yesterday? I just learned an advanced technique that involves using neutral density filters for fireworks, allowing for longer exposures and longer light trails. . . . . . . . #celeboflight #CelebrationofLight #HondaCelebrationofLight #fireworks #fireworksshow #fireworkshow #lightshow #nightmagic #summerevents #exploreeverything #exploreearth_ #earth_portraits #main_vision #splendid_xposure #allbeauty_addiction #Vancouver #vancity #604now #beautifulbc #EnglishBay #CuriocityVan #nightscene #veryvancouver #olympus #olympuscamera #getolympus #olympusem5 #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
On this stay-at-home Sunday, I imagined: what does our flowers see when they look out into the world? We spend enough time looking at them in the garden and photographing them from that perspective. So I decided to crawl into my wife's garden and shoot outwards using my fisheye lens. This is what our flowers see when they look out across the driveway, into the smiling sun. (Side note: I continue to be impressed by how flare resistant my fisheye lens is when I shoot directly into the sun!) . . . . . . . #flowerstalking #favv_flowers #floral_secret #floral_shots #funda_flowers #fm_flowers_ #ptk_flowers #bestflowerspics #ig_flowers #igscflowers #rainbow_petals #blooming_petals #ip_blossoms #phx_flowers #pocket_flowers #great_captures_flowers #international_flowers_ #traveling_garden #total_flowers #backlit #vscocam #fisheye #fisheyelens #wideangle #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Futuristic Ocean Liner" After Shanghai, we departed for a 7-day cruise from Hong Kong. Here is our ship, the brand new "Ovation of the Seas" from Royal Caribbean Cruises. The ship was only 6 months old and there was still a "new carpet" smell! The big "hamster bubble" thing is their NorthStar arm. You pay extra to have this thing lift you several hundred feet in the air, for a panoramic view of the ship and its surroundings. We didn't ride this, as the weather was dull and dreary for most of our trip and my wife is deathly afraid of heights. Still, it looks pretty cool! 😀 . . . . . . #cruiseship #cruiselife #cruiseline #cruises #cruiselover #royalcaribbean #futuristic #GoBewander #globetrotter #worldtraveler #traveltheworld #seetheworld #travelawesome #beautifulworld #memories #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #omd #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Shanghai: The Other Side, Part 2". The side streets of Shanghai, just adjacent to downtown, where the "regular" people live. A quick Google check reveals startling (but unsurprising) articles like "The gap between China's rich and poor is growing". Statistics like "the richest 10% earn about 10x the income of the poorest" (which is actually not that bad I think). Another: "The top quintile of earners now pulls in nearly half of total income while the poorest quintile of earners account for fewer than 5%." And this despite great attempts by the Chinese government to redistribute wealth and address poverty. . . . . #Shanghai #China #urbanphotography #travelphotography #humblelife #sidestreets #backstreets #instapassport #vsco #vscocam #travelgram #wanderlust #igtravel #traveldiaries #explore_earth_ #olympuscamera #getolympus #olympusomd #microfourthirds #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Picture Perfect". My beautiful home town Vancouver, BC, Canada, from 500 feet up. We had brunch at our iconic revolving restaurant "Top of Vancouver" (delicious) and I had a field day snapping photos (naturally). It was my wife's job to remind me that our main purpose there was actually eating... Still, how can you sit still with this beautiful panoramic view scrolling by you? This is a bird's eye view of one of my favourite photo targets, the convention centre, with a cruise ship docked. . . . . . #beautifulbc #explorebc #604 #vancouverisawesome #veryvancouver #vancity #vancouver #vancitybuzz #yvr #topofvancouver #revolvingrestaurant #topofvancouverrevolvingrestaurant #viewfromhigh #beinspired #lovethiscity #hdr #hdrphotography #lookdown #nofilter #olympuscamera #omd #getolympus #olympusomd #olympusem5 #microfourthirds #m43movement #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Gliding into Dusk". Had a chance to stroll around the lake at the Harrison Hot Spring Resort during sunset, when I spotted these two paddle-boaters gliding peacefully in front of us. "What a wonderful idea!" I thought. Well, if I can't be on the lake, at least I can use my camera to capture this memory for posterity! . . . . . #sunsetlovers #sunsetporn #sunset_madness #sunset_pics #dusk #silhouettes #harrisonhotsprings #paddleboat #paddleboats #relaxingatbeach #lake #beautifulbc #explorebc #nature #604 #Chilliwack #Agassiz #justuptheroad #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere
"Dehaze Magic". Several people expressed interest in the dehazing that I did for my "850 Feet" post, where I used the Dehaze filter in Lightroom to clear up the view of the ground below. Here are a few more examples of this miracle filter! These were taken from atop the Orient Pearl Tower in Shanghai. Lightroom veterans will see this filter as old news, but those new to photography or Lightroom will open their eyes in amazement. This filter can perk up any photo, whether haze is present or not. It is especially powerful when used with the Adjustment Brush. . . #Lightroom #dehaze #dehazefilter #clarity #photoediting #rescuephoto #OrientalPearlTower #tower #Shanghai #landmark #shanghailandmarks #buildings #skyscrapers #coolsites #igtravel #worldtravel #travelawesome #instatravel #bewander #letsgosomewhere #exploretocreate #highup #viewfromhigh #viewfromtop #CarlLumPhotography #FindBeautyAnywhere