Monday, January 31, 2011

San Diego Harbor

San Diego Harbor
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
View from my hotel across San Diego harbor. I used Tilt Shift Generator on my iPhone to give it that miniature effect. Beautiful colors and a beautiful view from Coronado Island.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, Ca.

Sunset Cliffs
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Watched the sunset here today. Millions of years of waves constantly crashing into the rugged cliffs make for a spectacular view. I noticed joggers stepping dangerously close to the edge in their attempt to stay small slip and they would tumble to the rocks below, ironic.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paris Hotel Casino in Las Vegas

Paris Hotel & Casino in Las #Vegas using Tiltshift Generator to saturate the colors and blur the background to give it that miniature effect. Taken from our room at the Bellagio. The iconic half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower sits in front of the property.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dinner Party in Shenyang, China

My Ling at a dinner party in Shenyang, China. This was taken at Traders Hotel downtown close to the Liaoning Provincial Museum and the Shenyang Cultural Palace.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Ling in the courtyard of her condo in Fushun, China.

My Ling in the courtyard of her condo in Fushun, China.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dinner at a Japanese Restaurant in Fushun, China.

Dinner at a Japanese Restaurant in Fushun, China.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Temple at Summer Palace in Beijing, China.

Temple on Longevity Hill.
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Temple on Longevity Hill at the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy (Beiyang Fleet), into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Diptic Challenge no4.

Diptic Challenge no4.
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
What common phrase can you make from these pics? I used the Diptic iPhone application to arrange the pictures, then I used an Instagram filter to post it.

Answer in comments below.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Me and my Ling.

Me and my Ling.
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Me and my Ling at the Marriott hotel in Beijing, China.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Beijing Terminal

This is the new transportation terminal at the Beijing Airport. You can catch the express subway train here and go anywhere in Beijing for 25 RMB, or about $3 US. Quite a bargain compared to the hundreds of RMB the taxi will charge.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Man Man

More from our motorcycle ride in Fushun, China. This was her first time on a motor bike and she was truly afraid. She is literally covering her eyes here. She kept saying MAN, MAN, which in Chinese means Slow, Slow. So I took it slow.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Ling and I on her brothers motorcycle in Fushun, China.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Ling and I riding bicycles through the farm fields in Fushun, China, near her families home. Thr air was quite fresh compared to in the city, and the lush green countryside was a perfect setting.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tea House at Beijing Airport

This is the Tea House upstairs at the Beijing Airport. We usually go here to wait for our plane. They have a variety of different tea, and the red lanterns really set the mood, and make you feel like your somewhere other than the airport.

Monday, January 17, 2011

My Ling in the Sun.

My Ling in the sun.
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
I took this in Lings apartment in Fushun, China. The sun was coming in the window and looks just right on her. I used an iPhone App Aisu Sepia to make it sepia-tome.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Conservatory

Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
The Spring flowers in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Their horticultural staff changes the display 5 times per year, the displays are made from live plants or other organic materials. Its a must see in Vegas.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Encounter Restaurant at LAX Airport

This iconic building contains the space alien themed Encounter Restaurant. It was designed and built in 1962 by the Walt Disney Company and it is located in the middle of the LAX Airport. I've eaten there several times and I can say the food is good, and the view is spectacular.

Friday, January 14, 2011

My Ling in Traditional Chinese Clothing.

This was a shot Ling sent to me shortly after we met. She is wearing traditional Chinese clothing, which she wears very well by the way. This was take by a professional photography studio in China. We would go there often to get printouts of all our digital shots.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blown Glass Art Sculpture at the Bellagio in Las Vegas

Beautiful, colorful blown glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling of the lobby in the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. Artist Dale Chihuly's Fiori di Como is composed of over 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers. Using the Lomo Filter in Instagram to make the colors pop.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles

Beautiful evening at Manhattan Beach just south of LAX. We ate dinner here overlooking this great view, then took a little walk along the beach at dusk. Can still remember the smell of the warm salt air.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Boryeong Mud Festival

This was taken at the Boryeong Mud Festival in Dalian, China. We used the mud to keep us cool and protect our the skin from the sun. It was a blast getting covered in it. We rented the little blow-up floaters and I was amazed at how many people there used them. Dalian is a popular vacation city on the east coast.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The White House

The White House
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Took this from Pennsylvania Ave outside The White House, the home and office of every United States President except George Washington. The White House was damaged and set on fire during the War of 1812 by the British. The White House gets its name from the white paint that was applied to mask the burn damage it had suffered. Using Instagram X-Pro II filter.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Temple in Fushun, China

This was taken at a 1200 year old temple in Fushun, China. It amazes me to be in some place that old. Fushun is the origin of the Qing Dynasty, at a site known as Xingjing City, and it was the first capital of the Late Jin Dynasty. More recently, Fushun was occupied by Russia until 1905 and by Japan until 1945. Source: Wikipedia. There are lots of places like this still around.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

CNY Decorations in Fushun, China

This shot is of Chinese New Year (CNY) decorations on a store front in Fushun, China. Red lanterns are up everywhere and the celebration lasts about 2 weeks. Fireworks every night. Red envelops of money for the children. Dumplings is the traditional meal.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Pearl River in Guangzhou, China

This shot is from our celebratory dinner cruise along the Pearl River in Guangzhou, China. All of the buildings and all of the other boats are covered in neon lights. It's really quite spectacular. What are we celebrating? Ling got her Visa earlier that day which allows her entry into the United States. I wrote about that process here.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Top floor Inside the Luxor

Top floor inside the Luxor
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
More experimenting with Tilt Shift photography. This is from the top floor inside the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. I used Tilt Shift Generator on my iPhone to blur the edges and keep the center point in focus. I get to Vegas about 3 or 4 times a year, stayed in most of the major proprietress on the strip. I have posted details about some of my Vegas trips on my Poker Blog.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Boardwalk in Atlantic City

Boardwalk in Atlantic City
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Took this at Caesars Atlantic City looking south down the Boardwalk. I used Tilt Shift Generator on my iPhone to give it that miniaturization effect, blurring things in the distance and keeping the closer subjects in focus. A great example of this effect in this video Miniature City Shanghai. Got a lot of comments about this one on Instagram.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

My Beautiful Wife Ling

My Ling
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
My beautiful wife Ling, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. I used an Instagram filter to give it that older summer vacation effect. My work takes me to Atlantic City a couple times per year, it's great when my family can travel with me. She likes the ocean and shopping along the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and Ocean City as well, and I like the casinos.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Monday Morning DC Commuter Train

I get on this train everyday for my hour & a half commute to DC. I's not a bad ride, I usually sleep or listen to podcasts for a good portion of the ride. Only slept through my stop twice. It's nice getting on when its empty. Fills up about halfway to DC, standing room only on Fridays before a holiday weekend. They have a pretty good website that provides real-time location updates for their trains so you can tell where the next one is while you are waiting at the station.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Washington Monument on a Winter Day

Took this from Independence Ave in DC, love how the tree provides a silhouette. No filters or color editing, this was how the sky looked at dusk. The lower half of the monument is a slightly different color from the top half. That's because construction was halted in 1854 for 25 years due to the Civil War, when construction resumed in 1878 they used marble from a different quarry.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Chinatown in DC

Chinatown in DC
Originally uploaded by ObieVIP
Using Instagram to edit and share some photos and trying to improve my photo skills. I'd like to publish a picture each day, so here's one to start off the new year. This is Chinatown in Washington DC, went there to pick up some Mulberry tea leaves. Chinatown offers many Chinese restaurants, a couple of them offer authentic Chinese food, not the westernized version, and a few shops to pick up imports.