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Spring at Descanso Gardens (Part 2) – Los Angeles Photographer

Spring is such an exciting season.  The nature has waken up from its dormant condition and everything seems to be alive, including me.

Meeting nature at its best, my camera couldn’t be happier – it wouldn’t stop blinking. 🙂

Check out the beautiful flower field:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

I’m sure my camera is not alone in exhilarating.  Oh, how I wish I can join this little girl:

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or be as elegant and colorful as this young lady:

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And you know I won’t give up an opportunity when there is a Japanese Garden:

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Let’s celebrate life, even if it’s the small things that are offered.

P.S. For Part 1 of the Descanso Gardens series, please click here

P.P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many ready to hang solutions to be recommended. 

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Let’s Come Together to Help All that are Impacted by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – Los Angeles Photographer

March 11, 2011 evening, I was doing my normal online checking before bedtime (you know what I mean, you social media addicts), a post came in.  Japan was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake, followed by a Tsunami.  The next hour, I was glued to the TV screen, trying to find out every bit of what the people in the area had to deal with.

It may just be me.  It feels that we have seen more than our fair share of the natural catastrophe in the last year or so.  

  • The Haiti earthquake in January 2010 that led to a death toll of 230,000 and 3 million people were affected. 
  • Weeks later, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit south-central Chile on February 27. The massive temblor changed the country’s landscape by raising the ground by more than 8 feet near the coast and sinking land farther inward.  
  • The Iceland volcanic eruption in March and April 2010 disrupted air traffic across the whole of Northern Europe, thus stranding many passengers and the aviation losses amounted to around millions of dollars due to the cancellation of the flights. 
  • Just as we thought we’ve had enough earthquakes in a year, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I have to admit that when these disasters happen in another part of the world, I get shocked at the news, follow it and talk about it for a while, then go back to my “normal” life.  When the same area in Japan was hit again with a magnitude 7 earthquake and a Tsunami scare on April 7, it occurred to me that (1) things will take a long while before they go back to “normal” for those that are impacted by this disaster and for some, things will never be back to normal; (2) we all have a chance to face the aftermath of losing the comfort of home and/or our loved ones to a natural disaster.

We don’t plan for these disasters and I hope that no one ever will have the need to.  But when a catastrophe struck, a small token of gesture, such as a warm hand, may make a world of difference to them.  Look at beforeand after images that Stack Jones put together.  What a peaceful and happy life people were leading not long before this devastating day.

I can never bring their houses back.  I can never bring their husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers or pets back.  And I can never bring their lost memories in the photo albums or toys from childhood back.  But I can do small things, small things that when acted upon by many of us, can be meaningful to those that, maybe one day, we will know exactly how much pain they feel when we are in their shoes.

I have donated two pieces of my photographic work to an online auction put together by Artists for Japan.  They are listed below for your convenience.  Click on the image to go directly to the bidding page.  

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang
Title: Serenity in the Japanese Garden (1)
Medium: Color print on Kodak Endura professional photo paper; lustre coating applied for UV protection (watermark will not be in the final product; frame not included)
Size: 6″ X 18″ 
Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $30.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.)
Retail: $100

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang
Title: Spring in the Japanese Garden 
Medium: Color print on Giclée Canvas; satin laminate applied for protection and easy cleaning (watermark will not be in the final product;  frame not included)
Size: 8″ X 12″ 
Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $50.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.)
Retail: $160

Bidding ends on May 2 (see Facebook page of Artists for Japan for details).  All proceeds from the bidding will go to Red Cross in their relief efforts for the Japan earthquake/Tsunami disaster.  

Just remember, in a helpless situation, a warm hand can mean a world of difference.  Let’s gather to do something meaningful.  As I always said, “together, we are stronger”.


How much intervention with nature is too much – Los Angeles Photographer

Spring is one of my favorite seasons for photography.  One, it comes after a life-less winter.  Two, it provides the fresh colors that no other seasons can.

Realizing that the season will come to an end before we are done enjoying it, I took out my camera and ventured into a garden, so close that it’s in my backyard. 🙂

My eyes were drawn by a cluster of geranium flowers, scarlet red on the edge and slowly fading into light pink to the center.  As I pointed my lens and ready to utter out “say cheese”, I froze.  It looks like someone else beat me to it.  Take a close look at this image and see if you could find any “irregularity”:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

As a human being, equipped with much more power and intelligence (supposedly), I could very easily destroy this little “infestation” and go on with my joy of capturing the intact beauty that nature has to offer.  But wait, isn’t this green incident part of nature?  If I do what my first instinct tells me to, would I still shamelessly complain that we don’t see butterflies anymore in summer?

As you see, I stood there and made the intelligent decision (I think) and the result is what you just saw.

Enjoy, my friend!  I hope you have a wonderfully natural weekend and I look forward to you sharing it here on Monday.


My first YouTube video about my life – Los Angeles Photographer

I’m not going to lie.  I have been thinking about posting videos lately.  And YouTube made it easy.  It’s so much fun making it.  And I hope that you have fun watching it.  What else would you get for 35 seconds of your life – a synopsis of my life (horror) stories. 🙂

If you watch this in your office, put on your head-phone.  I can’t help when you laugh too loud though. 🙂


Spring at Descanso Gardens (Part 1) – Los Angeles Photographer

We all know that spring is here when flowers are blooming everywhere and we have more than one Cherry Blossom Festival in one weekend.

This past weekend, I visited Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge for the first time and had a wonderful (flower) time.  As I’m processing the images, I can’t wait to share a couple:

The Japanese Garden:

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The Lilac Garden:

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And here’s a different processing of the same image.  Which one do you like better?


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P.S. For Part 2 of the Descanso Gardens series, please click here.

P.P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many ready to hang solutions to be recommended.



You think I’m cute? – Los Angeles Pet Photographer

It’s Monday.  It’s raining.  I need something to lift my spirit.  So here’s my question for you:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang What do you think?


How many faces does magnolia have? – Los Angeles Photographer

OK, so it’s Friday and it feels so spring.  In fact, there are Cherry Blossom Festivals in quite a few locations near where I am this weekend.  I’m thinking something pretty and spring-ish while my mind is on the images from the Huntington Library.  So, I tried my hand with the incredible magnolia varieties.  And you know what, like women, they are multi-faceted.  So this is to the flower-like women in this world that make it such an interesting and beautiful place to be in.

Well, here they are and you can be the judge:

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©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
Which side of women do you like? 😉

Have a nice weekend, my friends!

P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many easy to install solutions to be recommended.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Los Angeles Photographer

Friends, have a very green St. Patrick’s Day!  Best of luck finding the 4-leaved clovers!

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang


Serenity in Japanese Garden – Los Angeles Photographer

When I sank in the serenity in Japanese Garden of the Huntington Library, little did I know that a devastating disaster was about to strike the country the people of which are skillful in creating peaceful sceneries.  My heart goes out to all that are suffering from natural disasters in the world.  And I hope that these images will sooth the pain in your heart.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many easy to install solutions to be recommended.


Paying tribute to all those affected by the devastating disasters – Los Angeles Photography

I have to admit that this is unusual for me – to post twice within a day.  Shortly after I posted with an image taken from Vietnam, the horrible news broke of the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.  This image of cherry blossom was taken over the weekend.  I thought it’s a nice tribute to all those devastated by this and all other disasters.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

This disaster, as many others, reminds us how unpredictable life is and to treasure what we already have – people around us and things that we take for granted, like being able to go home every day after work.