2019

E Desert Inn | Las Vegas

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I’ve been in Las Vegas for 2 years. I love it more every day. It’s just such an interesting place to live. Sometimes I feel like I’m walking in a different time. I shot a condo in this complex this past week. The condo was a little gloomy, but look at that courtyard! Saying it’s seen better days is an understatement.

The building was built in 1963 and is located just a half block from the strip. I can just imagine rolling up in a Chevy Convertible and parking under the carport. The pool teaming with people drinking cocktails and smoking Pall Malls. Bebop music playing from one of the open doors of an apartment. I can almost taste the bourbon!

That’s why I like it so much here in Vegas. You can get transported back in time at any moment. I hadn’t done much “research” on this building before I arrived. But when I was led through that courtyard for the 1st time, wow! I told the assistant that met me there that I’d do the courtyard last. I wanted to take my time with it. Well, I took maybe 10 minutes and was able to get these shots. The pool area was actually closed off, so I shot the ground level shot through the fence. I really wish I could have gotten some tighter shots. For personal use only, of course.

I shpt these with the company camera, a Canon 5D Mark IV. Very nice camera. The lens I used is a the 16-35mm f/ 4L, the standard real estate photography lens. I processed these as single frame as I would any other personal photos. I actually used the -1 ev photo in the set of 5 photos I take to produce my HDR image. I wish I could edit like that all day. I’m growing weary of HDR. Anyway, days like that day (it was on a Monday) remind me that I really do love my job.

2019

Dana’s USA Citizenship Ceremony | Las Vegas

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This past Friday Dana received her citizenship certificate. It was a very exciting moment for the 3 of us. We’re very proud of Dana and how far she has come since arriving in the US 5 1/2 years ago. She aced her interview because she was so well prepared. I was amazed by the accuracy that she knew the questions with. Great job sweetheart! I love you!

This will mean we can now proceed with Feiya’s application. It should be a fairly easy process. We hit some bumps in the road with her Green Card, but this will be different. I am hoping we can get this done by the time Feiya starts 7th grade. That would be about the time her braces would be coming off. She could start school with a new smile and new name. Feiya Rowland.

Another advantage for Dana’s and Feiya’s citizenship is being able to get the coveted US Passport. Travel abroad will be mush easier with a US Passport versus a Chinese Passport. It would be hard to travel to countries like Japan with a Chinese Passport. There are many more countries that doesn’t require a Visa as well when traveling with a US Passport. There are far fewer countries that allow Chinese citizens travel without a Visa. Obtaining these Visas can be challenging. However, soon we won’t have to worry about that. No that we’re looking to travel overseas anytime soon. Just nice to know later down the road.

We had a great weekend celebrating Dana’s citizenship. Friday evening after the ceremony we went to the renowned Chinese restaurant inside the Gold Coast Casino, Ping Pan Pong. The food was great! Today, we celebrated a again with a late lunch at Sapporo Revolving Sushi. Again, an outstanding meal! We are truly riding high in Las Vegas!

I used my Ricoh GR II to take these photos. This is the camera I used in China last year. Small, powerful, and takes beautiful photos. Really love this camera.