by Fred Beauford and Kara Fox

The Amazing World of Henry Juh Wah Lee

Henry Jun Wah Lee is an international filmmaker and photographer, as well as a practicing  Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine. His life’s commitment is for all of us to live whole, powerful, and inspired lives.  His passion for art, nature and medicine, comes from his belief that the healing powers of nature can rejuvenate the body, open the mind, unlock the heart and free the spirit’s .energy.

Mr.. Lee is also a Qigong instructor..

Born in china, Mr.. Lee came here at age seven and was raised in Philadelphia.  From childhood, he always loved taking his camera everywhere. But it was only just recently that he decided to take photography seriously. His epiphany came on a day when he was soon to be on his way to visit that grand natural wonder, Yosemite National Park in Northern California.

All at once the thought popped into his head: maybe it could be worthwhile to invest time, and money, in a better camera.

So he brought a state-of-the-art Canon to take on his trip, which changed his life forever. Kara asked him a number of questions about his new life taking wonderful pictures.

 What is the process of shooting like?

There's a lot of planning involved before a shoot. First I figure out what kind of story I want to tell. What is my theme and how do I want to tell it? Visually what do I want to capture? Then I think locations. I do online searches of places I want to go to, check out photos and talk with photographers who have been there.

Weather is a huge factor. I go for unique shots, moments people don't often see, so I prefer going out in unfavorable conditions when common sense recommends staying home.

Phase of the moon is important, particularly for night shots -- full moon for well-lit landscapes or new moon for lots and lots of stars. I also like knowing where the sun, moon and Milky Way are rising and setting if I want to include them in the shot. The apps on my iPhone are indispensable for that.

 Then there's all the gear. Lots and lots of gear. Cameras, lenses, dolly systems. Sometimes I bring the 12-foot crane. Plus food, emergency stuff in case unexpected problems come up, etc.  Of course, shooting and capturing good footage is only part of it. Putting everything together and editing takes a good chunk of time as well.

What's next for you?

I'm going international this year. That includes a trip to Australia for a solar eclipse, then to Myanmar, then to Southwest China.  There's so much beauty in other parts of the world that are worth telling a story about. I also have an urban landscape film I'm trying to finish.  

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