Weekly Photo Challenge: Tiny

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Taipei (Taiwan)

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Athens (Greece)

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Shenzhen (China)

I’ve always enjoyed tilt-shift photography, also known as miniature faking or diorama effect. It is a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is made to look like a photograph of a miniature scale model.

The conventional way to achieve this is to use a tilt-shift lens. However, such illusion can also be simulated by post-processing software. And, in recent years, there are even smartphone apps or camera features that can fake the tiny toy town effect right away.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

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Santorini (Greece)

I was shooting into the sun and glad that everything aligned well. My response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

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Ginzan Onsen (Japan)

Wooden inns, gas lamps and heavy snowfall all add to the nostalgic ambience in Ginzan Onsen, a famous hot spring area in Japan.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

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Machu Picchu (Peru)

My quest for Wonder … the ruins of Machu Picchu. Just like many things in life, there is an easy way of getting there via a 20 minutes bus ride and there is also a tough way of doing a 3-day hike along the Inca Trial. I took the latter option.

I want to make a photo, not just take a photo. I do not need another postcard shot. I do not want myself in the picture. And I do not like to see colorful tourists dotting the ruins. So I decided to shoot it in black/white to illustrate the mysterious nature and rawness of the ancient site.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo (Japan)

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror

Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame

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Jaipur (India)

Hawa Mahal (Palace Of The Winds) used to house the royal ladies, whom did not appear in public or in front of strangers. There are small windows on the building’s facade which are angled to over look the main market and central boulevard. Each window allowed the women to observe the daily life of the city whilst staying unseen from the street and commoner level. The outside world as small as the frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

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Morning boat ride on Ganges River

Varanasi (India) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Boating down the Ganges River during sunrise is a main attraction. The whole place is colorful and chaotic. It is a melting pot where both life and death come together … the sights, sounds and smells are just not for the fainthearted.

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Washing clothes and themselves

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Picture-perfect?

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The holy city of Varanasi

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Busy morning

In response to Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning