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Open Mic: Random Shots of an Amateur Photographer by Samuel Li

30mm f/4 1/500s ISO100

HDR Panorama 24mm f/4 1/1250s ISO125
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1 ASV)

35mm f/1.6 1/60s ISO400

35mm f/1.6 1/60s ISO400

35mm f/1.4 1/250s ISO100

24mm f/4 1/640s ISO400
An abandoned factory building


Meet the Photographer

How old are you?
I’m sixteen.

Where do you live?
I live in the city of Guangzhou in southern China.

What classes are you taking with TPS?
Right now, I’m taking Physics, Algebra 2, E3LS, and Photography.

What’s your favorite thing about photography?
What I like most about photography is that it allows me to see and appreciate beauty in unexpected places. When I take a stroll in the neighborhood, I never realize how beautiful nature is; I just feel so used to everything to appreciate beauty in them. But things change when I have my camera with me. My camera prompts me to intentionally look for beauty in life, and even though sometimes I might not feel particularly excited while I shoot, the photos always surprise me when I look over them again–the photo I thought to be of no value might prove just the opposite. To me, photography provides new perspectives through which I can better appreciate beauty.


  1. Wow, this is so good!! I like the fourth one best xD the doggie one
    I really like how you took our daily landscapes and changed it into a beautiful Masterpiece!!

  2. Oh dear, if this is ameteur, what am I. Great Job!!!

  3. Great job with this, Samuel!

  4. Top good Samuel…….

  5. Incredible! The title must be wrong though…these don’t look random or amateur xD! Great job!

  6. Great job Samuel! These are really pretty.

  7. Wow, these are beautiful, Samuel!

  8. Wow! These are beautiful shots!

  9. they are reallyy prettyy!! great job!

  10. Wow this is amazing!

  11. Naomi Hochstedler

    These are gorgeous! Great job!

  12. For an amateur photographer, you are really good!!

  13. Wow! I specially like the poinsettia and dog pictures. Well done @Samuel Li

  14. That’s so good! Great job!

  15. Ohmyskarg, these are absolutely breathtaking!! The composition is stunning!!!

  16. The one of the shadowed dog is so pretty!

  17. Wow! These photos are breathtaking!

  18. WOWIE

  19. Wow Samuel…these are absolutely amazing photos! The way you edit is really neat. (And that dog is SO cute!) I’ve really got to get better at photography haha.