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375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 156, taken May 28, 2010, Yonghegong, Beijing, China.

Construction workers building modern versions of traditional hutong housing are backdropped by Beijing’s Lama Temple, which was first built in 1694.

This shot appeared in video format in the introduction of Part I of The Fate of Old Beijing. To learn more about this project click here.

This temple is also about 100 meters from my current house.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 164, taken January 4, 2007, South Lake Tahoe, California.

Photo 164 features the smug mug of one Lee Alexander Martin. This was around the time when I first started using off-camera flashes. Here one positioned on the ground shooting straight up below Lee’s face gives that “camp fire horror story effect.”

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 158, taken January 15, 2008, Reno, Nevada.

President Barak Obama, weeks before become the 44th President of the United States on the campaign trail in Reno, Nevada.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 277, taken June 11, 2009, Oran, Algeria.

This is a journalist from my office in Algeria at La Voix de l’Oranie, a French language newspaper I spent some time at in 2009. Most women I met at the newspaper were very camera shy, but over time some of them became more comfortable with me till the point that a lot of them wanted quasi-glamour portraits. With full air brushing and post production, they wanted their images to look like they came out of fashion magazines.

At the time I was taking a lot of classes at Lynda.com and after some requests for toning like this, I took a class in Fashion Retouching

I’ve found Lynda.com to be an invaluable source of information and while toning like this wouldn’t be ok for most newspaper uses, for commercial images and client requests its very useful knowledge. Check out the class here.

For more photography from Algeria click here.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 327, taken March 12, 2012, Dubai, The United Arab Emirates.

The world’s tallest structure building, Burj Khalifa, towers above nearby buildings in Dubai. The building reaches a height of 829.84 meters (2,723 ft) and unlike some of the other very large buildings in the world, the Burj doesn’t really have too many tall buildings next to it.

This gives it kind of a surreal look, as its just so much taller than anything near it.

Also, unlike The Patronas Towers, a building who once held he title “tallest building in the world” getting next to this building is not so easy. You can pay $100 USD to go up, but my attempt to stand next to it and look up, was thwarted by security guards who told me only residents can stand next to the building.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 382 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 292, taken August 28, 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Oh — how far backpack technology has come. While this seems to work, it doesn’t look so comfortable. And thinking about walking through the very hectic and crowded streets of Kathmandu with this rig seems even more daunting. But for this person, carrying stuff around like this is just as normal as me grabbing my backpack.

For more photography from Kathmandu’s crowded streets click here.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 382 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 150, taken July 7, 2008, Stateline, Nevada.

NBA Great Michael Jordan smokes a cigar in Stateline, Nevada. Over the past ten years I’ve come across a lot of celebrities. These days in Asia, I usually don’t know who they are, but in the past I’ve had to take portraits or simply be around celebrities who I grew up with, watching on TV.

At first it was a bit daunting, but the more you do it, the more you get used to it, and the more normal it becomes. However, out of people who I still become awestruck with — Michael Jordan is certainly on that list.

Growing up watching the NBA, Jordan was always on the top of my “cool” list.

And here he is, decades later smoking a cigar and playing gold in front of me.

375 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 375 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.

365 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS

While I am very involved in the blogging world and the microblogging world, a while back I started dabbling in the Tumblr world. I needed to see what this platform was about and what it had to offer.

First, I must say I’ve been very impressed with the fine tuning or narrow casting Tumblr has compared to the general blogasphere. It seems to fall somewhere in between the blogasphere and microblogasphere; however, people seem to stick to themes very well.

Tumblr blogs narrow down topics to things like Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Beiber, or Kim Jong Ill Looking at Things, Awesome People Hanging Out Together.

In the general blogasphere its common to see themes like photography or China. However, Tumblr seems to be dialed in one notch hire.

The Tumblr crowd seems to be a bit more young as well. I have no facts on the demographics of users compared to that of Wordpress but in general, or with circumstantial evidence, Tumblr seems to attract a younger crowd.

While I started exploring this world, and posting infrequently, I noticed my Web site’s daily web traffic was actually increasing to a significant amount via traffic from Tumblr. So not only was I enjoying the platform, it also seems beneficial to some greater goals I have.

So jumping on a band wagon - I’ve just looked through some archives and found 365 pictures that have found homes on hard drives but don’t see much light beyond that. While my blog will feature recent videos and photography, I’m going to post one photo a day for the next year here to give some old photographs, some new light.

Tumbl on …

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS - Photo 314, taken March 15, 2012, 30,000 feet in the air, someplace.

People often ask me how I get my gear around. Well, the answer is a combination of Pelican cases and camera backpacks made by f-stop gear. In fact, I like f-stop so much, I give my bags the window seat.

Ok, thats a bit of a joke. Only when the seat next to me happens to be empty. But the bags are fantastic. This is a Kenti, one of the smaller mountain series bags which I absolutely love. The bag sits very close to your back, unlike many other similarly sized photography backpacks. This is great if you are walking around, riding bikes or doing anything where the bag will be puting weight on your back. Its also the smallest bag I’ve seen that can hold as much gear as it can.

Look to blog.jonahkessel.com for some more in depth reviews of this bag soon.

382 DAYS - 365 PHOTOS is a series of photographs from the archives of jonahkessel.com. Photographs span over eight years and include locations from all around the world. They fall in no particular order, but their own.

For an explanation of why there are 382 days in this photo series instead of the traditional 365 days, see this link. To make bets on how many days will actually pass by the time it takes Jonah to post 365 pictures, see this link.