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Snow Birds Bring Good Luck - Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Out of all the possible dates/seasons, we headed into Yellowstone National Park when the biggest snow storm of decades descended in the area. For such reason, nothing ordinary remains that way anymore. To us, it means much more room on the canvas to flex our creative muscles.

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Dead-Tree-in-Snow-Canary-Springs-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

While at Canary Spring, my favorite elements were there for me to play with - the snow, the geothermal features, and… And, it must be our lucky day. On the day when the temperatures plummeted deep down in the negative zone, complicated by heavy snow fall which allows close to zero visibility, we met a small bird. This encounter reminds me of a time almost one year ago in Japan, when birds and snow brought me such joy and, consequently, much luck in an international photography contest. I now understand why yuki* (Japanese for snow ) has a special place in Japanese people’s hearts.

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Small-Bird-in-Snow-Canary-Spring-Yellowstone-National-Park-USA-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

As to the bird’s name? My first impression when I heard was that it’s such a serious name. And for me, serious and creative do not co-exist very well. By the time I was done creating, I forgot the name. Now, I feel lucky, but guilty. :P

* Yuki (
) also has the meaning of happiness.

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I had a Dream in Swan Land - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I had a dream, in which birds tipped around as if they were in Swan Lake, only with no tutus.  

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Red-Crowned-Crane-Performing-Swan-Lake-Kushiro-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

I then woke up, to a fairy-like land where birds float mid-air, with the snow flakes.  Those birds, they call them red crowned cranes.  

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Red-Crowned-Crane-Landing-in-Snow-Kushiro-Hokkaido-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

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What would you do for great photography? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

When it comes to making great sacrifices for photography, we've all learnt the tragic incidents of stepping too close to the edge of cliffs or backing one little too much over the top of the buildings.   

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Fighting-through-Snow-Kanazawa-Castle-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

On this fateful day, when visitors were scarce in the Kanazawa Castle Park and tracking my (ever-elusive) Assistante in snow flurry was impossible, I arrived at a scene where it was almost too easy to spot this couple.  They must have gotten into position in such a haste, their umbrellas dispersed in the only area where trekking through waist-high snow was not required.  They soon would be dusted with a layer of icing from the falling snow.  The chance of being dumped upon from the tree branches above was no problem.  The gaze from the observing eyes of the stand-by-photographer was not an issue.    All they saw was each other and the pursuit for great portraiture that they shared.

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Couple-Taking-Photographs-in-Kanazawa-Castle-Park-Kanazawa-Japan-Copyright-Jean-Huang-Photography

Somehow, this couple gained great respect from me after my relatively-short-probably-impatient gaze.  You see, it's easy to do something heroic once in a lifetime.  It's another thing to be consistent.  And I see this couple committing something similar over and over again else-where in the world.  Hooray, to the courageous two!  Hooray, from the supposed professional.  I'm reminded again why I travel.  So I learn and be inspired.  

On a separate note, I promised more "cotton candies" last time.  Keep the requests coming, and I shall be baaaack.

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