My all-time top five photos

Welcome to my top five. These are my top five shots of all time. From time to time, I will update the photos here. Some shots may be bumped off as I refine my skills but this doesn’t mean photos might not return. As I learn, I may realize some of the hidden gems in my collection and gain a new appreciation for former top-five photos.

Note that the photos are in no particular order. All images are linked to a full-resolution file in Flickr.

Hello window!

Lumix G9 & Olympus 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 | Taken on October 27, 2018 in Arches National Park, Utah

Hello Window! will always have a special place in my heart. This was the first time I took my Panasonic Lumix G9 to a trip for serious travel photography. Prior, most of my travel photography was tourist-y. When I finally had the Lumix G9, I found myself more interested in pushing the technical limits of my camera and new post-processing techniques. Combined with the ease of use of uploading via Wifi to post on Instagram, it made story telling and sharing really fun.

Hello Window! is a bracketed shot. I took 5 photos with 0.3 stops of changes and merged it using Photoshop Classic. These three things, the first photo-minded trip, the first shoot with my G9, and the first time actively uploading photos to my phone, it has a lot of memories tied to it.

View Hello Window! on Flickr.

First morning at the Grand Hotel

Lumix G9 & Olympus 12-40 mm | Taken on February 4, 2019 in Vung Tao, Vietnam

Vietnam was the first time I traveled internationally with my Panasonic Lumix G9. It marked the first time I had traveled to another country with intent to document not only the tourist events, but take scenic and creative photos too. It was also a family milestone with my in-laws. I spent a lot of time with the immediate and extended family and really felt at home thanks to all of them. Last, this was also one of the vacations were I felt really relaxed (after overcoming some terrible flight delays).

One of the flaws that I am interested in nailing in future shots is the focus. I mistakenly shot at f/2.8, but it looks like the focal length was wide enough to keep most of it sharp though.

View First morning at the Grand Hotel on Flickr.

High contrast doggo

Pen F & Olympus 45mm | Taken on March 9, 2019

This was one of the first photos shot when I picked up the Olympus Pen F. Even just shooting around, I fell in love with the monochrome profile 2 in their creative dial. One thing I hope to learn from the high contrast of this filter is how to use space to compose shots.

This is a photo straight out of the camera. While I do keep some .jpegs if I do some camera to phone to Instagram sharing, this was really the first SOOC picture I fell in love with.

View High contrast doggo on Flickr.

Final touches to Bun Thit Nuong

O-MD E-M5 Mk. II, Olympus 12-40mm | Taken on December 15, 2017

This is a photo that combines my wife’s love of cooking with my love of photography. Bún Thịt Nướng is a traditional Vietnamese dish. It is a rice-noodle dish, topped with grilled pork and accented with fragrant herbs such as basil and mint. These ingredients make it a colorful dish and helped my understand how to compose food stills. I’ve never really shot other food in the same way since this photography – but I’m really interested in recreating that interesting look.

This was shot using my E-M5 II & the Olympus 12-40mm. A Godox flash was used and the light was bounced off the ceiling.

View Final touches to Bun Thit Nuong on Flickr.

Queen Mary

O-MD E-M5 Mk. II, Olympus 12-40mm | Taken on May 17, 2018 in Long Beach, CA

This was taken while our cruise ship was docked before leaving. This was the first cruise I went to and I really wanted to capture a lot of photographs with my friends. I just ended up shooting this really crisp photo of the Queen Mary. I didn’t think it was much, but I always get compliments from friends and family when they see it in my photobook.

View Queen Mary on Flickr.


This was originally posted on 3/16/2019 with the following photos: Queen Mary, Final touches to Bun Thit Nuong , High contrast doggo, First morning at the Grand Hotel, Hello Window!.