This year, I’m thankful… even though I cracked camera my camera screen?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This year, I’m thankful for the camera that I own.

Just over three years ago, I purchased my first personal camera with the money I had saved up working at a children’s summer camp. I bought a Sony A57 SLT camera, which was Sony’s version of a beginner DSLR.

This can be difficult to explain. However, because of a specific “SLT” translucent mirror technology Sony used at the time, it was different than the normal mirror technology that other classic brands like Canon and Nikon use. An important part of the camera is the view finder, which allows photographers to look through a sort of scope on the top of the camera. Normal DSLR cameras use an optical viewfinder (OVF), which is essentially a periscope that looks through the lens. Sony’s new technology decided to implement an electronic viewfinder (EVF), which is essentially another small screen inside the viewfinder showing the same thing as the LCD screen on the back of the camera.

Why is this important? About a month ago, in New York City, I simply dropped my camera. The screen landed on the sidewalk concrete.

It looks like this:CrackedScreen-1-2.jpg

This was during the same NYC trip I wrote about just two weeks ago. Check it out here! 🙂

With the screen broken; well… it’s a broken screen. However, because of the electronic viewfinder, I’m still able to take pictures, view photos, delete photos, and use any function my camera had looking through the viewfinder. I look kind of stupid sometimes, but my camera was still MOSTLY fully functional, looking through the viewfinder.

This wouldn’t be possible with an optical viewfinder (OVF) that Nikon and Canon DSLRs have.  I’m not necessarily saying that EVFs are way better than OVFs (I think it’s more of a preference), but if my camera didn’t have an OVF, it would be pretty much impossible to use with a broken screen.

Right now I’m planning to figure out a way to fix the screen, as well as saving up for a future new camera, but by being able to use my “broken-screen-camera,” I didn’t have to rush into buying a new camera, or live life camera-less for a certain amount of time.

In this one month using my broken-screen-camera, I’ve taken many pictures for many events that have occurred at school and at church. These events include the latter half of the NYC trip (burger picture above was taken with the broken screen!), a hiking trip, a church coffeehouse, a “Jesus Awareness Week” prayer and revival initiative at Rutgers University, a youth group retreat, a CCF fellowship class potluck, and so many other occasions.

The following pictures were all taken with my “broken-screen” camera. These are pictures of moments I’ll always remember, and that’s why this year, I’m thankful for my old camera for being able to capture these joyful memories.

I’m thankful for food. Who isnt’?!

I’m thankful for nature, and autumn hiking trips.


I’m thankful for my wonderful friends at Rutgers Community Christian Church, and the times of fellowship I get to spend with them. I’m thankful for the R8 college community as well as the Young Adult Fellowship.

I’m thankful for “Jesus Awareness Week,” and the unity it brought to the large christian community at Rutgers University through prayer and praise… and many all nighters.

I’m thankful for the junior high students that I get to spend every Friday with. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be their counselor, watching them grow and doing my best to guide them in the right direction through the gospel.

I’m thankful for the fellowship and companionship that I have had with various others serving alongside me for our junior high youth group.


I’m thankful for Chinese Christian Fellowship. I’m so thankful that God softened my stubborn heart and arranged my schedule so that I would attend this fellowship for the first time. Without that happening, I would not have met and befriended so many great people.


I’m thankful for the night sky. And the moon and stars.


Of course, I’m thankful for my family and friends. And lastly, I’m thankful for the opportunity God has given me to have these life experiences. However, more than that, God has given all of us the opportunity have fellowship with others through Him – a fellowship that will last forever because of the salvation that He’s given us through His son’s death and resurrection.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone. I’m also so very thankful for anyone who has bothered to read about the joy I find in photography in my blog. Thank you! 🙂

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18




R8 Post-Joaquin Hiking @ Point Mountain – 10/10/15

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10/10/15 – Second hiking trip to Point Mountain, Washington in a month.

This time i went with my home church’s (Rutgers Community Christian Church) collegiate small group: R8. It’s named R8 after Romans 8, a chapter in the Bible. Our goal is love God, serve the church, and to impact the community with the good news of Jesus’ love.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” – Romans 8:35, 37, New Living Translation.

WARNING: Photography Jargon START

After dropping my 50mm f/1.8 prime lens off the cliff last month, I decided to invest in a refurbished lens (low budged). I went with a 30mm f/2.8 macro prime lens.

This 30mm macro lens has slower aperture than the 50mm prime, but it’s much better at close-up pictures because the macro lens has a minimum focus length of around 6 inches, compared to the 50mm prime lens, which focus length of 24 inches. This means that the “new” macro lens that I bought can focus on an object when I hold a much smaller distance than my other lenses. Do you know how when taking a picture even with your phone, once you get too close to an object it won’t focus? Exactly that. In other words, this “new” lens made look pretty funny when I was holding my camera super close to random small objects during the hike.

Being so close to an object makes it really hard to focus on a small object. Any tiny movement of the object, my camera, or my camera’s focus ring could make the image blurry. It takes a lot of patience and it takes many tries. However, when taking close-up pictures of nature, it’s so peaceful that the extended time doesn’t bother me. It does leave me far behind the rest of the hiking group though, haha!

Photography Jargon END

The following pictures were taken along the hike. I used mostly my “new” 30mm f/2.8 macro lens with my Sony a57, but I also used my 75-300mm zoom lens as well.

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I took a lot of pictures that beautiful Saturday. Here’s a gallery of all the photos I took: