Summertime in England

Photo Jul 13, 8 41 23 AM

Just returned from a quick trip to the UK. I’ve visited England more and more over the past several years, and while there’s always something new to explore, it’s begun to feel less foreign, and more like another version of home.

Fisheye

Trashing Photography

I bought the 4-in-1 olloclip lens for my iPhone 5s, which includes a fisheye, wide angle, and two macro lenses. I don’t use a proper camera at all anymore, so wanted to try a fun accessory for my phone.

I spent this holiday weekend up north — catching up with friends staying in Santa Rosa, kayaking on the Russian River (my happy place), and visiting my tiny house, which is currently parked in a yard in Sonoma.

Streets of Seoul

Hongdae Storefront

I recently had a long layover in Seoul and took the train into the city to wander for the day. With twelve hours, I did what I love most: explored a new city on my own, wandered down alleyways, hunted for street art, and got lost.

Scenes from Vietnam

Woman

I returned to Hanoi and Halong Bay, both in the north of Vietnam. As you linger in Hanoi, you become one with it — the pulse of the street, the ebb and flow of traffic.

Notes & Images from England, Ireland, and Sweden

An alleyway in Stockholm.

August was a busy month — weddings, time with family and friends, and exploring cities we’ve never been.

Instagram Has Ruined Me

Alhambra, Granada

Then I opened Instagram, ran a filter over it, and posted it — to send it off into the world to be liked and viewed for its moment of glory, and to shortly after join the stream of other Instagrams disappearing into our Internet wasteland.

The UK, Instagrammed

View from my bedroom. Brahan Estate, Scotland.

I present to you my past month’s adventures in England and Scotland, via iPhone 4. With the exception of a handful of shots, most of these are Instagrammed.

A Gallery of Elsewhere

Lisbon, Portugal.

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.

—Lao Tzu

Home, Instagrammed: San Francisco Through an iPhone Lens

Golden Gate

Yes, I write about not knowing where or what home is.

That something is missing, that here isn’t quite right.

Then I walk around. I explore where I live.

And I’m reminded that things, truly, are fine.

It’s All About Simplicity: A Few Things I’ve Learned About Instagram

Through a window

I love experimenting with filters on static and solitary objects, clean symmetrical or diagonal lines, uncluttered compositions, and off-center focal points (especially with the tilt shift effect). Simply put, the app magnifies the gorgeousness of simplicity.