A few photos from Huntington Beach Cherry Blossom Festival


The joy of taking photos using manual focus lenses

I have been learning to record moments of life during this era of digital photography, and it has been a joyous and fulfilling journey for my soul and mind.  My photography journey has been filled with digitally clean and sharp photos.  However, when I viewed my photos, they  seemed to be more technical than artistic.  Some of us had labeled these photos as clinical photos without souls.

Then, about two months ago, I discovered the joy of taking photos with vintage and affordable world-class design manual focus Leica lenses. I had bought my copy of 50mm Summicron-R which was built in 1970 at a local used camera store in Costa Mesa.  The photos that have been created by this vintage Leica lens are not as sharp as my modern Fujifilm lenses such as 23mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.2, but they carry my intended emotions. Perhaps, I have found a suitable tool for my artistic need which taking soulful photos to share with my friends!

Here is a photo which was taken during our beach walk using this wonderful Leica lens:



A response to daily prompt: Mystical


We, human beings, have satisfied many of our needs to understand our physical world.  However, there is one concept which is quite mystical to our scientific process, and it is ‘faith’.  By one of our English’s definitions, ‘faith’ is defined as “a (1) :  belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) :  belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion“.  So, there are are six main components in the aforementioned definition: a) belief, b) trust, c) loyalty, d) God, e) doctrine, and f) religion. Let’s take Buddhism without discussing the details of the variants of this religion’s doctrines, Buddhists believe and trust Buddha, and they are loyal to His teaching to  escape the cycle of suffering and rebirth.  In contrast of Buddhists’ beliefs, Catholicism teaches us that there is only one God, and there is no cycle of suffering and rebirth to escape from. Both of these teachings have been the spiritual foundation for billion of people to live as kind, compassionate, and productive people.   So, how do we explain the differences between these two wonderful faiths?  Faith is quite mystical, isn’t it?