Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Macro at Botanic Gardens

I hardly shoot anything else other than streets so thought for a change, i should shoot more on my DSLR..and go for some nature shoot...
The nikkor 55mm f2.8 micro lens has been in the cabinet for nearly 6 months untouched...its time it shows its capability...


Do you know that dragonfly always fly back to the same spot? IMG_3666


I was cautious enough to not touch the web...


Well even if i cant achieve a 1:1 ratio macro...its still quite nice... IMG_3574


 Canon 60D, Nkkor 55mm f2.8 micro

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Ansel Adams thoughts

I was reading thru some of the quotes that Ansel Adams mentioned and i couldnt agree more.

"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into"

"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words"

which i believed that most people has gone way too technical when they comment about a picture as if they really know everything but to be frank a photo should be one that explains everything a viewer need to know...

I love exploring how other makes their photograph....and the way people view things...
This week, i came across this very nice photo blog...

Stock take

Well, after a little clean up of my cabinet and finally convincing myself to sell away 2 cameras...thought that i should do a stock take of what im left with...haha a little camera porn if not defeating the purpose of collecting....


Well the good thing is, im still without a Leica lens.....
This is definitely not all.....there are some in my office and some lying somewhere...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brightness, Happiness

Sparkles and Glittering under the good weather where the bugs celebrates...


Canon 60D, Nikkor 55mm f2.8

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Medium Format at Penang - Cultural Rich Chinese Heritage

I have always wanted to do a trip with my Medium format camera..but its always unlikely to happen especially if i were to bring my DSLR along. The medium format cameras are usually heavy and bulky and to bring it along with a DSLR seems rather impossible. So on my recent trip to Penang, i decided to forego the choice of Digital.

As i was with my family this trip to Penang, i had limited personal time for photography and whenever i could, i would try to capture as much as possible. This trip, i managed to finish a roll of Acros 100 and a roll of Fuji NPC 160 which was expired since 2002. The results was pleasant to me...

We stayed at Gurney Beach Resort(Located at Lim Chin Guan Road) and had the seaview of the Beach each day.

On my 2nd day there, the sky was blue and the water was clear. My family was resting in the hotel and I strolled down the beach alone to get some shots..
This is where most of the fisherman park their boats after their daily catch.
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In Penang, there are a few heritage trail.. Penang Khoo Kongsi is one of them and is a part of the ‘Goh Tai Seh’ (five big clans) that formed the backbone of the Hokkien community in olden-days Penang. Fuji NPC 160 (18)

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My little model which i spend a fair bit of time looking after him.. Fuji NPC 160 (20)

This place gets lighted up in the evening and the best pictures displayed for this Kongsi are actually taken at night..its a pity i cant visit it again in the evening..

 The Yap Kongsi temple is another clan in Penang. The forefathers of Yap families in Penang mostly originated from Fujian Province of Southern China .
 Looking for greener pasture was the main reason that made the Chinese migrated to Penang back in 19th century being coolies at the beginning and soon turned into traders at the bustling port city of Penang. Fuji NPC 160 (13)

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The famous Peranakan Mansion..
Built at the end of the 19th century by one of local history’s famous personalities, the ‘Hai Kee Chan’ or Sea Remembrance Store had once served as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though not a Baba himself, his Chinese courtyard house was much like a typical large Baba home of eclectic style, incorporating Chinese carved-wood panels and English floor tiles and Scottish ironworks. Having survived the many decades of neglect and decay, the mansion has now been restored to its former glory of a stately home.

 This was also where the Little Nonya was filmed. As i was on Acros 100, i was pretty restrictive on the shots i could take here...but the mood of the place is really nice from this negative. Acros 100 (3)

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While my family went to Praglin mall to hide away from the scotching sun, i made my own way along the streets of Penang George town.

Similar to Malacca, this place preserved its own nostalgic feel. Acros 100

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Coincidentally, i walked into another heritage landmark,
 The Goddess of Mercy Temple in Penang George Town or fondly known locally as 'Kuan Yin Teng' in Hokkien dialect. Being the one of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang, it was built in 1728 by Chinese settlers boasting Hokkien and Cantonese architecture. Acros 100 (11)

It was a small temple but bustling with activities here.. Acros 100 (12)

A beggar outside the temple Acros 100 (9)

A little distant away, situated along Pitt Street, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is Penang’s first-ever mosque built in the 19th century, which is also the largest and one of the oldest mosques in town. This was an unintentionally double exposure that was done due to the film advance jammed..i had a fright when this happened but glad that it gotten me something special here... Fuji NPC 160 (11)

Retook the shot. Fuji NPC 160 (12)

There are definitely more places to cover here...and my pictures might not be a good representation of the place. Penang is definitely an island of rich Chinese heritage.

 A last picture of the sea on my last day there before we depart back to Singapore. Acros 100 (4)

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Fuji NPC 160 (Expired 2002)

Morning shoot at Arab street

It was quite an impromptu session with the LF group.
It was kinda ironical that i have never been to Arab street before, despite frequently passing thru Haji Lane which was the street beside.

It has been awhile since i last brought my Mamiya C330 out..and as expected, i had a little hard time using it...and 2 of the precious portraits went out of focus here...but glad that the remaining turned out well.

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The famous mosque was the main attraction here... Reala 100 (7)

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Enjoying her cup of tea
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Ending off the session with some close up shots which the camera was good for.. Reala 100 (3)

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Definitely revisiting this place again, probably with my Bronica.

 Mamiya C330, 80mm f2.8, 55mm f4.5, 135mm f4.5 Reala 100

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gurney Beach at Penang

For the first time, I am glad that i brought a MF along for a trip.

This is the beautiful beach at Penang along Gurney beach road... The fisherman will park their boats along the shallow waters at the beach each day after their daily catch.. Fuji NPC 160

Yashica 124G, 
Fuji NPC 160 220mm(Expired 2002)

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Painters and Artist at Lijiang (丽江)

A cultural little town at Lijiang (丽江), so small yet so much characteristic that speaks for the whole place.
I was lucky to have visited the place twice. Once in the morning and the evening...and witness the 2 different ambiance ...

It was a good choice to cover this place in colors, flowers everywhere
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The pub for singles to meet.. Ektar (6)

A very nice place to sit in thoughts, while listening to live bands that filled the whole street with music Ektar (5)

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An old man dressed up in an ancient costume to pose for Tourist for a small fee.. Whole Frame (15)

The enchanting old streets of Lijiang...even small areas like this caught my attentionEktar (11)

Tourist gathers around to enjoy the ambiance alaskanEktar (12)

Lighting the candles here and releasing them to the streams for wishes and blessings..the lady helping us with itEktar (28)

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A diminishing trade of bricks carrying lady in Lijiang.. Whole Frame (36)

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 Painters and Artist who were drawn to this place to draw... Pro 160S (2)

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One last glimpse at this beautiful street in the morning before we left this place... Ektar (20)

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