Small Hand, Big Mouse

I know it is not yet time for my monthly picture of Chong Chong, but I really like this picture and want to share it. ;)

He’s standing quite well (almost walking), and loves reaching up to “use” my mouse and keyboard. A simply wonderful distraction when I’m working at home.


The shot was taken with my DMC-GX7. I would’ve preferred to have crisper focus on his hand, but I think the softness might help to convey a sense of movement (and, well, if he’s awake, he’s moving). A fair amount of cropping and straightening, with increases in contrast and clarity, and large decreases in highlights and shadows. I also took the liberty of removing some scratches from my desktop, thankyouverymuch.

Oh, and I like how the keyboard and glasses help to frame the shot.

Plant Delivery

Photographed  in front of some restaurants (including Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut branches) across the street from my apartment complex. I took the shot with my iPhone 4, and then spent a fair amount of time developing it with Lightroom (tight cropping, increase of contrast and clarity, decrease of vibrance and saturation, and spot removal).

Looking North

This shot, was taken from a pedestrian over-crossing outside my apartment complex,¬† is looking down Hui Xin Xi JIe as it crosses over the North Fourth Ring Road. On the left in the background are three structures that I’ve previously photographed: the abandoned building, the golden potato, and the smokestack.

On the right, is the entrance to an extremely convenient subway station. A bit farther back is a building under construction.

Proof once again that, although we certainly have our days of bad traffic and horrible air pollution (and even days with both), we still have days like Chong Chong’s grandmother remembers from her youth.

Toilet Delivery and Installation

This contractor had stopped at a street corner near my apartment complex to ask for directions when I snapped the photo.

I really like how low the carbon footprint is for him. I mean, everything on an electric bicycle. In the US, this would be “big truck” work.