Taking photos

Last Christmas, I got a Canon T3i for a present and I’ve finally started to really use it. I’ve read books about photography of all kinds, watched some videos online about how to take good pictures, even checked Lynda.com for tutorials about lighting and I’m constantly browsing Tumblr and Pinterest to see what “interesting” photos are suppose to look like.

I decided to stick some of my better photos on a blog so I can see if I’ve finally develop some sort of style and improved if any.

Here’s the link, if anyone’s interested.


Meanwhile, I’ll be accepting free feedback.




After drawing a few pictures for a story I’m writing, I thought I should take the time to doodle some. At first they were just going to be random squares, but then I thought, hey, squares have personality too.

Today’s illustrations

Illustration by Gaoli Moua

Taste of Athens 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I received last minute tickets from my editor to attend the 2012 Taste of Athens. I only had an hour to spend there, so my brother and I grubbed the whole time we were there. It was my first time at this annual event, which turned out better than I had imagined: there were over 50 food/beverage/service vendors present, volunteers at every corner and, most importantly, a wide selection of foods and beverages to choose from. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to try everything, but by our second plates, we were already full.

While I was busy eating and mapping out our next food stop, I only took these pictures (of my brother’s plate). I can’t recall the names of the foods nor their respective restaurants, but I do remember that they were all really tasty.

The blue and green of the world

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Greendale Farm in Madison, Ga. to get information and take pictures of the animals. They have pigs, lamb, chickens, cows and horse, and also make cheese.

Below are a few of the pictures that didn’t make the magazine (Athens Food & Culture).

I enjoyed the Heritage pigs as they didn’t smell nearly as bad as I thought they would. The piglets are quite cute, snorting and digging up dirt.

Although I’ve never dreamed of living on a farm, I wouldn’t mind seeing the blue and green contrast of the sky and earth. The lamb are grazing and lambing.

I’ve seen chickens before, since my dad and uncle have raised them, but the eggs were most intriguing. These eggs are the most popular items from the farm.

College student garb

I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile since I feel that most students in this area dress the same and some professors have also hinted at how most students look the same regardless of race/ethnicity.