Sunday, September 30, 2012

Little Lucas

With a bit of guidance...he picked the camera finally in the right pose..
Its always intriguing for kids to play with the big toys...but well, i didnt dare to let him play with it either...
Just a few pictures before i took it back from him :)




Bronica SQ-Ai, PS 80mm f2.8,
Fuji Reala 100

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lalang field

Its been a long while since i last shoot with my DSLR..
I realised that a camera is just a tool to help create a story and it should be put into good use...
Buy with intend, shoot with purpose...


Canon 60D, 35mm f2

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Seeing thru the viewfinder

I was quite inspired by Vivian Maier's pictures lately, so much so that i had my TLR with me every weekend.
Sometimes i wonder how did she managed to capture so many pictures especially in the 60's where people might not be as friendly as to have their pictures taken by a stranger and yet, most of her works are mostly executed nicely.

Well, i guess you just have to shoot more and more in order to create your own style.


Minolta Autocord,
Acros 100, R09

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Kota Kinabalu

A short travel duty...



This roll of film gotten some emulsion issues..nonetheless, its a really nice place

Minolta Autocord, 
Acros 100, R09

Friday, September 14, 2012

Loving the Nature

Took a stroll in the nature and enjoy the serenity of the place...

An unexpected shot with the green filter gets you an unexpected results...thats life isnt it?

Bronica SQ-Ai, 40mm f4 PS
Provia 100F

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lunch time @ Orchard

A short walk during lunch time at Orchard





Leica M2, CV 25mm f4
Colorplus 200

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hanging there

I love street rules, no restrictions and lots of interesting characters on the streets...
Especially during days where you just feel like walking the streets to catch a little breath out of your normal routine life...

Here's one interesting doll like baby with big deep blue eyes...The blue eyes baby

Leica M2, CV 25mm f4
Kodak Colorplus 200

Monday, September 10, 2012

Documenting a Chinese Opera Part II - 戏剧人生

The stage was constructed using the traditional wooden plank and everything on the stage remains as it was in the early 80's. I vaguely remembered seeing some of these stuff at my granny place when i was young.
The laminated wooden cabinet, the mirror, and the stool...Everything on the stage seems to carry a story...

黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

It was actually raining heavily that day and the mood was just right for everything.
黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

As the time draws nearer, they started putting on their make-up. This lady was the first to start. She said she needed a longer time and you could feel her respect for her role with every stroke she took.
黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

This uncle was probably the eldest among the rest in the troupe, given his age, there wasnt any sign of grouchiness. Instead, he was very hospitable and even offered me porridge.
He was moving slowly, sitting at a corner by himself and doing his own make up.
As i moved toward him and took some pictures of him, he kept chanting that his make-up wasnt as nice as the others...
黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

黑白摄影 - 戏剧人生

When he was done with his make up, he told me to go to the front of the stage to take some pictures...
The short 2 hour session at the backstage was indeed a true experience of commitment and passion for their roles...
Sadly this is a diminishing trade that would be gone in a few years time..

Mamiya C220, 80mm f2.8
Trix 400, R09

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Documenting a Chinese Opera Part I

This is my first time going up the back stage of a local Opera troupe, all thanks to Eddie for the invitation...
Initially, i was a little worried if they will allow me to go up the back stage but the fear was gone when i met the friendly folks there...
They actually invited us to the backstage.

I chose to shoot in my Mamiya TLR for this session as there wasnt other photographers around and i could take my time to compose the shots...the bellow on the Mamiya for close focusing was pretty handy in the space restricting area.

The Artist putting on make up

This lady is a Thai chinese... 戏曲人生




The youngest member..(a little pity that i didnt nail the focus well here)

Views from the stage front..

I spoke to some of them and was told that this troupe would be gone soon. As the members get older and lesser people appreciating these cultural acts, there is very little chance that this trade get pass down.

Still in roll of B&W which i will post in my next entry...

Mamiya C220, 80mm f2.8
Kodak Portra 400

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mysterious her

A random shot while waiting in the queue....

img087 who is she

Leica M2, CV 25mm f4 
Delta Ilford 400 @ 1600, HC 110


Its always good to see how travelers love our airport as much as we do...
Its just too cozy everywhere in Changi isnt it...

Totally exhausted

Leica M2, CV 25mm f4 
Delta 400 @ 1600, HC110

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Shooting from Behind

Its not that I am shy of shooting a subject from the front..but sometimes back views do carry strong emotional feels as well...

Shooting from behind

Sometimes it gives you more attention..
Shooting from behind

More rooms for imaginations..Shooting from behind

You dont need to always shoot from the front, sometimes looking from behind has its own beauty...

Leica M2, CV 25mm f4
Delta 400 @ 1600, HC110

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Creativity in Streets Photography

Some says that street photography is like gambling, with good luck or nothing..but there are times where you can create the shots you want...

With a little imagination and creativity...
The Ad

*Dang Dang*
The Ad 2

Leica M2, CV 25mm f4
Ilford Delta 400 @ 1600, HC110 Dil H

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


There was a time when im particularly love taking shots of flowers...the pastel and vivid colors of flowers never fail to brighten me each time i see the scan...

Sadly...these negative wasnt fully dried when the shop owner passed to me, which resulted lots of water marks on the film and i guess its a matter of time before the negative is much as i can, i tried scanning these in higher resolution for safekeeping..

Under the indoor ambiance lighting, it just looked pastel on the much so like some paintings...
Flowers in pastel

Flowers in pastel


Olympus OM1n, 50mm f1.8
Kodak Ultra 400

Karang Guni

Probably one of the friendliest Karang Guni man that i have came across...
Not only did he allowed us to see how the activity is carried out, he was also okay to let us document the process..

Karang Guni

Karang Guni

Bronica SQ-Ai, 80mm f2.8 PS,
Acros 100, R09

Monday, September 3, 2012

An old estate - Kallang Airport

I was a part of this neighborhood when i was a kid. Remembered the times where we visited our grandparents and the many gatherings we had in this tiny little flat.


Now, most of the resident has vacant away from this estate and soon, these old flats will make way for new high rise buildings...

An old estate

The old playground

An old resident who stayed here for awhile and gladly poses for us...
An old estate resident

Took me awhile to focus on him...

Bronica SQ-Ai, 40mm, 150mm PS lenses
Acros 100, R09

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Female shooter

After shooting for awhile with quite a few female shooter, i realised that their style of shooting is really different. Being a less gear freak like us, they can take nice things regardless what camera they are using...

They focus more on the feel that they wish to express...

Here's one that i follow

Saturday, September 1, 2012


There are alot of first time in this entry.

My first visit to Woodleigh despite staying so near...
My first time shooting in a cemetry area
My first time using a green filter
& My first scan with Epson V600..

I had a great experience with all of the above...
Woodleigh is a place to get away from city noise and to experience nature..a place that is good for a stroll, or jog but definitely not a place for picnic...(With all the crawlies and non maintenance) ..

It was a good place for big camera users like the large format group where they had the luxury of time to set up their big cameras...except for some joggers, the place was pretty much left alone...

The start of the path

The old trees were a sight there...and i love the sky that morning



Bronica SQ-Ai, 40mm f4 PS with Green filter
Acros 100, R09