Although the light was not great, I cranked up the ISO on my camera to 1600 and was able to get this photo of Lance Armstrong. This photo of Lance is on the opening stretch during the Prologue time trial race of the 2009 Amgen Tour of California in downtown Sacramento, which was on February 14, 2009.
To get the photo to look a little more interesting I modified it first with Lightroom and then with photoshop. This first version is the one I liked the best. The last version in the series was not modified in Photoshop.
One of our cats, Maestro, really enjoys jumping into and sitting in the front window. One day the light was shining bright enough, his tail happened to be sticking out, and I had my camera handy so I captured this image.
I took this picture of the Great Wall of China through a window in one of the towers, like the ones depicted in the photo. I used the flash to illuminate the window making the inside of the room stand out while you can still see the view of the wall in the distance. This particular section of the Great Wall is at Simatai. Although, it is less touristy than the Badaling section of the wall, there are still merchants on foot that follow you selling you water, t-shirts, etc.
When I saw a friend taking a picture of this drain spout, I also thought it could make for an interesting photo. The spout is ornate, the shadow makes it a little dramatic, and the red is bold. We came across this scene on one of the inner walls of the Forbidden City.
When you visit the Forbidden City, there are several exhibits within the wall that you can visit. This photo, from one of the exhibits, is a tea canister. If I recall correctly, it is gold and is supposed to look like a lion.