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Greetings and welcome to my gallery!

Like you, I truly appreciate this great site that allows us to so easily share our work, travels, and ideas. While it quickly becomes obvious that TE will greatly improve your photography and appreciation of different types of photography all while learning about fabulous travel locations, it doesn't take too much longer to appreciate the opportunities it provides to forge friendships with like minded travel and photography afficionados. Compactly said, time spent on TE is very rewarding on many levels.

About me: I live in sunny Laguna Beach California in the United States with my wife Hang, and as of very very recently my new son Jackson. Being a first time father is very exciting and of course very demanding. Perhaps I won't be posting too many new photos for a while, but I certainly have plenty of old ones to post :)

I also maintain a personal site at

When I'm not changing diapers or taking pictures, I also enjoy outdoor pursuits like hiking, backpacking and mountain biking. And now with the birth of my son, I've renewed my interest in classical guitar. I also like to follow politics, which to most people probably makes me strange.

Career-wise, I work in Information Technology specializing in Web Applications development, so I have a good sense of what it takes to run and maintain a site like TrekEarth and thus, appreciate even more that the site is free and how it all began.

Photo Interest:
My interest in photography grew out of a desire to capture and share vivid memories of the great places I'd been fortunate enough to travel to. The emphasis for me has always been on the actual taking of the photos and living in that moment as long as possible. So I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of post-processing since that implies me being behind a computer but since this is a large part of the digital workflow, I learn what I can. I also really enjoy the anticipation part of photography, which to me is researching/studying your locations as well as planning the trips and shoots.

While I appreciate the many styles of photography I see here on TrekEarth, landscape work will always be my favorite. In addition to looking at your photos for inspiration, I also like to study the work of great outdoor landscape artists like David Muench, Larry Ulrich, and Jack Dykinga.

But if you take a look through my gallery, you'll see I like to shoot a variety of subjects. My travel and photography philosophies synchronize on this one theme, take the type of subjects your location at hand has to offer and make the most of them. Another guiding principle is to look for those shots that embrace the particular essence or important point of a place.

About Points: Although I acknowledge there's some truth to the arguments that frequently show up in the forums to the effect that point totals are driven by popularity instead of quality, I really turn a deaf ear to them.

My thought is if the photographer has made an honest attempt to produce a good photo (and good of course varies by photographer) and clearly communicates to us something informative about the subject, location, or culture, then he/she gets my points. There's no need for the photo to be perfect. Among my many motivations for using TE is to get information on potential travel locations. I don't need a magazine cover quality photo to do that, sometimes a superb note can be as effective as the prize-winning photo. When so few things in life are NOT free and costly, these points Adam has given us are free, so why not be generous with them?

Also, I would add that just about every successful endeavor in life has some element of it being more "about who you know" than your particular talents. Life is about forging relationships with other people so I don't necessarily see that as bad. Just my 2 cents :)

Doug Arrasin
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