Meet Me at the Muddy Confluence

Where the River Gombak meets the River Klang — that’s where you’ll find Kuala Lumpur (KL), which is Malay for, literally, “Muddy Confluence”. As an enthusiast of etymology — especially regarding the names of our world’s cities — I find the meaning of “Kuala Lumpur” to be one of the most fascinating. KL is a…

Where the Cranes Reign (Factoid #6)

SEATTLE FACTOID #6 Seattle has erected more cranes for construction than any other city in the United States for three consecutive years since 2016. The downtown core of Seattle continues to evolve ad infinitum. Believe it or not, the majority of the high-rise buildings and glass towers in the lower three-quarters of the image above…

A Needle Like No Other (Factoid #5)

SEATTLE FACTOID #5 When the Smith Tower was erected in 1914, it remained the tallest building not only in Seattle or Washington State, but on the entire West Coast of the United States! In 1962, the record was broken by yet another structure in Seattle, one that has become world renowned and probably the most…

The Tallest Tower for Roughly 421,000 Hours (Factoid #4)

SEATTLE FACTOID #4 When it was erected in 1914, Seattle‘s Smith Tower was the tallest building along the West Coast of the United States. Smith Tower would remain the tallest for nearly 50 years until it was eventually usurped by another building in Seattle for the same title. Which building was it? Tune in next…

Deciphering the Significance of “Singapore”

The City The name “Singapore” was adapted by the British from its original Malay name, “Singapura”, which means “Lion City”. I had often read books and magazines about the great Lion City, established on an island at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. I was fascinated by its history and how it transformed itself…

Our City of Shikaakwa Today

Established 184 years ago, the city named “Chicago” is derived from a French rendering of the Native American word shikaakwa, translated as “wild onion” or “wild garlic”, from the Miami-Illinois language. The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as “Checagou” was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir…

Timelapsin’ 2009 to 2014

After plenty of research and a few experiments, I have put together my first “real” time-lapse video. I recently purchased a wireless intervalometer and have been experimenting with some time-lapse photography! I call it the “first real time-lapse” because I discovered in my research that I was not compiling the exposures properly in previous videos!…

Seattle’s “Fog Affair”, The Sequel

In January and February 2013, Seattle experienced some major low-lying fog for several consecutive days. When the fog descended upon Seattle, it literally transformed the city into something rather exotic and, to some extent, alien. Needless to say, it was quite exciting for TIA to capture several scenes around Seattle with this new, obscure ambiance…

High (Dynamic Range) on Houston

Enjoy a photo of Houston, captured on a taxi ride on an early August morning in 2010.  Since we were going at 75 miles an hour,  I had to set the ISO to 500 with aperture at f/2.8.  I have posted the original image below.  Some photographers are purists, meaning that they subscribe to the…