Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week’s photo challenge is Rule of Thirds.

I learned this rule very early but have basically forgotten about it when taking pictures.

I would like to think this is a rule for the novice so as to get them away taking photos with subject of interest exactly at the center.

Composition is a complicated subject, only by taking photos with the subject of interest at the third points rigidly is not a panacea.CIMG4363

The picture here was taken by my wife while travelling in the South West of USA, visiting many national parks.

On this picture, the tree trunks are taken at almost the third points, leaving a lot of “empty” space to show the background – in observance of the rule proposed by the Challenger.

Unfortunately, this is the only one picture I can find right now fitting this week’s theme!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity (at Hokkaido)

The theme of Serenity runs through my blog.

Here is the Serenity Prayer:

Serenity Prayer – God Grant Me The Serenity – Full Version

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference. 007
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.


Prayers For Mom

I rarely talked about my family in my blog.

But on 11th Thursday my mom will be operated to have her malignant tumor in her colon removed.

To have a surgery at her old age is not very common and the complications it may attract are just worrying.

Here, I hope my mom’s operation will be a successful one and that the good Lord will have mercy on her guiding her to recovery.1549548_840359995981142_1744007377_n

I hope she is just like the green bamboo in this photo, evergreen and have a lot of  will to survive.

She has sacrificed and so much for us when we were young. May the good Lord bless her and listen to our prayers.

PS Photo supplied by my classmate YM Chan to whom credit is due.

Ju Ming’s Sculpture for Mother’s Day

Have I been insensitive to upload a photo about Marriage is like being inside a cage when today is Mothers’ Day (at least, in our part of the World)?

Ju Ming is great in portraying the human side in his carved wood sculptures.

This photo is for Mothers’ Day.DSCF0038

Ju Ming shows how much we have been cared for and how much we would like to cling to our mothers when we were children.

Happy Mothers’ Day 🙂

Ju Ming’s Sculpture – Marriage

Just went to the local Art’s Museum to have a good look at Taiwanese Ju Ming’s sculptures.

This one is quite thought provoking – it shows a couple within a cage.DSCF0052

I suppose those outside the cage may like to be married and bounded by the cage.

Though at the same time, some people inside would like to get out of it.

In any case, it is up to you to choose whether you want to be in the cage or not.

The door lock (not clearly shown in my picture) is inside the cage, so for those who want to go out, they can do so at their own discretion.

PS The figures are carved in foam.

Positive Living from Negatives

Someone says:

Beautiful pictures are developed from negatives in a dark room. So if you see darkness in your life be reassured that a beautiful picture is being prepared.

Sometimes, negatives are as good looking as the original picture.DSC_0119B

The beautiful negative above is based on an image of the beach, palms, sky, islands etc. taken in Langkawi.

It looks like the sun is setting and the sky is glowed with orange.DSC_0119

The original picture is also shown.CIMG0404B

The negative of a mosque in Istanbul is also shown. It looks mysteriously blue.CIMG0404

The original is also depicted.

In my view, negatives can be as beautiful as originals.





The Clouds Outside My Window

For many a time, I just sat in my living room, gazing out of my window.

I am particularly intrigued by clouds.

This dramatic image was taken last Summer. It shows white clouds vs black clouds.CIMG1839

There seemed to be a tug of war between fine and rainy weather; sunlight and darkness, hope and despair or maybe even between good and evil.

Maybe I am just too imaginative . . . . . . . .  maybe, just maybe . . . . . . . . . . .

In the end, the white cloud will conquer.

Zen and the Lotus Flower

DSC_0589B” From within the lotus flower grows, up through the mud and the muck bypassing all that threatens to taint its emerging beauty and glory. Then it springs forth without spot or stain opening to the world around it to become a new light. This is the lotus flower and it comes from within you, it is the flower of the Buddha, your inner Buddha.”

Venerable Retsuzen Shikata 2011

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year!

Best of Health in the year of the Horse 🙂CIMG3706

This is my wish to all readers, families and friends.

Calligraphy of four letters prepared in gold ink and traditional red paper by my calligraphy  teacher Mr. Fung Man Yu for the new year starting today. Top two characters mean body, lower two characters mean healthy.

PS  Within this new year holiday period, there won’t be posting until Monday 3 February.