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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Unboxing my brand-spanking-new Lomo LC-Wide

Last Thursday, I received a call from Lomography Hong Kong to inform me that my "toy" has arrived. So I was jumping around like a little kid getting some good news. I immediately rushed to their Sheung Wan store, which is just a stone's throw away from our house. After collecting the package, I went straight back home to unbox my long awaited toy. Here it goes:

Presenting: the Lomo LC-Wide!

Lomography warranty card with a free cotton ambassador bag

The LC-Wide package

Lomo LC-Wide stylish black wooden box

Side prints on the box

Side prints on the box

Ahhh! The smell of fresh air

Contents of the package: LC-Wide camera, 2 rolls of 35mm ISO100 colored film, 24x24mm (S) plastic frame, 17x24mm (HF) plastic frame, cable release, wrist strap, 2 hard-bound lomo books

LC-W kit

LC-Wide with a newly developed 17mm Minigon 1 ultra-wide angle lens

Ok, I'm all set now. I just need to figure out how to put the film into this contraption. Haha! Will post some pics later on if I'm successful. Tata! =)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Street Photography 101

Need a break from hunting! Job-hunting that is.

Been planning to go for another street shoot here in Hong Kong. The last time I did one here was almost 3 months ago.

So I was surfing the Net to look for inspirations and possible shoot spots, when I bumped into this site with these interesting and useful tips for street photography. Read on:

1. Don’t worry about the camera so much, just take the damn photo.
2. Ditch the zoom lens and screw on some primes
3. Carry your camera gear in a messenger bag (it makes your camera & lenses easier to access).
4. Go for the candid look.
5. Go for the shock factor.
6. Smile often.
7. When shooting from the hip, your first 1000 shots will be terrible.
8. Don’t make eye contact with your subjects when trying to be discrete.
9. Imagine that the world is your stage and people are your actors.
10. Feel free to ask people to take their portraits.
11. Try to refrain from taking photos of the homeless (as most shots can be considered as merely exploitation).
12. Crouch when taking your shots, it often makes for more interesting photos.
13. Get close. Now take two steps closer.
14. Shoot with an all-black camera with your logos taped up with black tape (to make your camera look more discrete).
15. Go explore—serendipity is key.
16. The less planning, the better.
17. Ideal exposure for a bright sunny day: f/16, ISO 400, 320th/second.
18. Pretend like you’re taking a photo of something else.
19. Be respectful.
20. Change your lenses to re-inspire.
21. Follow your own style, not trends.
22. Don’t worry about the fear of shooting in public. It will go away over time.
23. In my 4 years of street photography, I have only had two people to ask me not to take a photo of them. (Your experiences will most-likely be similar)
24. Most people like getting their photo taken.
25. If a policeman asks you to delete a photo, tell him that you know your rights and refuse to do so. (edit 9-29-10)
26. There are no rules in street photography.
27. Always bring your camera with you everywhere you go. EVERYWHERE.
28. Don’t take photos, tell stories.
29. Limit the number of street photographs you see from the internet. The more you see, the less you will value your own.
30. You will be called by others as “weird” for your street photography. Ignore them.
31. Look for the beauty in the mundane.
32. Take photos that make people laugh.
33. Street photography is best experienced alone.
34. Constantly experiment and innovate.
35. Street photography doesn’t always have to be in black and white (although sometimes it does look better).
36. Grain is beautiful.
37. Hold your camera with your hand, not your neck.
38. Don’t be afraid of offending people. Most likely you won’t.
39. “The night is often more vivid than the day” – Van Gogh
40. Some of the meanest looking people can be the nicest.
41. Don’t make excuses. Make photos.
42. Never delete any of your photos. Some of the technically-off images make the best street photos (think blurry, grainy, or dark images).
43. Always keep your eyes open for the “Decisive Moment”.
44. If you think your photos are boring, they most likely are.
45. Street photography summed up in one sentence: “I could have taken that photo but I didn’t”
46. The quieter your camera, the better.
47. Don’t be sneaky.
48. Wide Angle > Telephoto for street photography
49. Everybody in the streets has a story to tell.
50. Street photography is not just about the photos, but the experiences.
51. You don’t need to be in Paris to take great street photographs. Your backyard is equally as good.
52. See life through the eyes of your subjects.
53. A well-cropped image can often tell a better story.
54. Juxtapose.
55. Look for the light.
56. Go off the beaten path.
57. Have the mind of a child and wander. This is how you will find your best photographs.
58. Only show your best photographs. This will strengthen your images.
59. If someone says that you are “really lucky,” slap them.
60. The more photos you take, the better.
61. Your subjects are people, not prey.
62. Spread the love of street photography with your friends and family.
63. Less is more.
64. Get meaningful critique of your street photography from an online community. It will help you tremendously.
65. Street photographs are subjective.
66. Look at what other people aren’t looking at.
67. Do not stress over amazing shots that you may have missed. Simply more on and strive to take a better shot.
68. Create a series or a theme for your street photographs. They will help create a style for you.
69. See with your eyes, not your camera.
70. There is no such thing as the “perfect photo”.
71. Timing is key.
72. You don’t have to take a photo of everything. Don’t feel guilty for just enjoying the moment.
73. If you are a beginner, don’t worry about the settings too much. Just toss your camera on auto mode and go shooting.
74. Don’t look for photo opportunities. Have them find you.
75. Children cannot see your camera.
76. If you ask to take a portrait of a stranger on the street, ask them for their email so you can send them their image. (they will love it).
77. Don’t forget to look up and down.
78. No subject is too ordinary to shoot.
79. Always carry a spare battery and memory card on hand. This has saved my ass half a million times.
80. Don’t be afraid to push your ISO higher.
81. Learn how to shoot without using the viewfinder and make it a second-instinct. Thus also…
82. Practice shooting from the hip.
83. You will never encounter the same shot twice. Now swallow that fact and digest it.
84. Street photography is a lot like swimming. You have to do it to truly learn it.
85. Draw inspiration from other photographs, don’t steal them.
86. Street photography is a lot like fishing. Sometimes you catch a whole bunch, sometimes you catch none.
87. Getting one or two keeps from an entire day of shooting is a good number.
88. If someone asks you to delete a photo of them, just do it. It isn’t worth the trouble.
89. Be smart: ie don’t go shooting in the hood by yourself at night with hundred dollars worth of camera gear.
90. Some street photographs just look better in color. Don’t overlook this.
91. There are always photo opportunities regardless of where you are.
92. Less is more.
93. A street photograph is worth an essay.
94. Public transportation is a gold mine for street photography. Learn how to use it.
95. Always keep at least two backups of all your images. Technology is unreliable.
96. Keep a journal of your shooting experiences. Track your thoughts and development as a street photographer.
97. Get lost in your photography and lose track of time.
98. Think before you shoot.
99. Have fun.
100. Live life.
101. Just do it.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Freedom Climb 2011

Mount (Gunung) Panti, Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
June 11-12, 2011

For the 2nd time, we have joined the Annual Freedom Climb 2011 organized by the Alliance of Filipino Mountaineers, Inc. (FIMOinc) to celebrate the Philippine independence last 12th of June. This event also aimed to set a new Guiness World Record for the most number of mountaineers to summit different mountain peaks in different locations (Philippines, Malaysia, UAE, Canada, Japan, USA, Papua New Guinea, China, New Zealand, South Korea and United Kingdom) within a 24-hour period.

View full album here.

View our past Freedom Climb 2009 photos here.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

my first bikini shoot @ sentosa

Palawan Beach, Sentosa, Singapore
April 29, 2011

Last Sunday's shoot was another first for me. Together with my colleague, Jason Gomez, we went to Palawan Beach at Sentosa for a bikini shoot this time. The day started out gloomy, but ended up sizzling hot - literally and figuratively **a big devilish grin on my face** ;b. Enjoy!

Meet the lovely models:

Alexia - She's a mix of Polish and British decent.

Alexia 1

Alexia 2

Alexia 3

Alexia 4

Marcella - My favorite among the 3 models as she really knows how to pose for a good shot. She's from Brazil and she loves Sinigang (a Filipino Tamarind stew).

Marcella 1

Marcella 2

Marcella 3

Marcella 4

Marcella 5

Marcella 6

Marcella 7

Carla - Another Brazilian model.

Carla 1

Carla 2

Carla 3

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