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7th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition

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As I approached the one year mark since the first official post of this photoblog on 8th May 2011, I am truly thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that have come my way and also all the people who have a play a part in helping me to where I’m am today. I am extremely honoured to share with you guys another piece of good news. Two of my photographs have been selected and are currently exhibited at the 7th Ngee Ann Photographic Exhibition 2012. The exhibition is open from 26th April till 7th May, 11am to 7pm daily at 97 Tank Road Teochew Building (Main Exhibition Hall) S(238066) with many other amazing photographic works from other accomplished and talented photographers. Do drop by to check out the exhibition if you are free! My photographs will be made available for sale as well through the exhibition and this is limited to a single print and I will not make any more prints of this two photographs for sale in future. You can get in touch with me at ken@kenchuaphoto.com if you wish to enquire more details with regards to the sale of the prints.

Finally went done to see my prints in person on sunday as I wanted to make sure everything was nicely in place before I share about this. The whole process took quite a while, I submitted four photographs and the above two are the ones that got selected. Making the prints was harder than I thought as I went to a well renowned printer but I was not pleased with the print and I had to make another reprint at another shop before I got a print that I was satisfied with. The whole process of this exhibition had me making three trips to Teochew Building and another four trips on different occasions to get my photographs printed. After looking at my exhibited print, I wished that I choose a larger size of 12 x 18 instead of the 10 x 15 as it looked kinda small when placed in the big frame. The exhibition was lovely and the many other photographic works were inspiring as well which gave many insights and things to learn about from. I will definitely strive to get better works exhibited next year and hopefully find buyers who are interested in buying my prints.

I’ve seen a influx of visitors to my website recently but I don’t know who you are, so if you like to get in touch or just say hi to me do drop me an email to ken@kenchuaphoto.com as I will really like to get to know more about the people that visits my website. I promise I wont bite 😉


one year of kenchuaphoto

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Wow, it has been a year since I registered this domain www.kenchuaphoto.com. Found out about the exact date because I got the reminder to pay for my domain name and hosting renewal LOL. Yes I paid already so whether you like it or not this website will be here for another year!!! I cant believe a year has passed so fast and even my role in NUSPS is also coming to an end soon :(

Although the first post was only done on 8th May (I went to check my archives) marking the official launch of this website, I feel that celebrating 22 April as the birthday is more appropriate because it was the moment when I decided to just whack and register and pay for this domain. I can still remember it was quite a big decision for me at that point in time. Had this idea of my own website, thought of a good domain name, after that went to do research and find out how it’s done. Finally signed up and voila got my website. This whole process took a few days and I’m glad that I decided to pull the trigger in the end. :)

This website was truly the catalyst to my growth in photography, a year on I still feel I have so much more to learn and improve on but I’m glad that I never quit and keep walking down the path of photography. In return photography has given me so much rewards, both tangible and intangible plus the joy that I always get when looking at the beautiful sceneries and looking at my photographs which helps me to remember that moment in time. Where do I start? From my experience at Asian Geographic, I’m truly thankful for the wonderful opportunity and the mentors that I had. Where you find a company who send their intern to Cebu for company trip and let me stay in Shangri-La Hotel, air ticket and hotel room all paid for?!?! After I came back, I was reward with a free Silkair ticket which I made used of it to go to Nepal in December. Seriously where to find such opportunity?! I can’t express the amount of gratitude towards the people at AG especially to John and Jeff.

Following which I stood for NUSPS elections, even though I was gutted that I did not have a challenger, I was extremely happy to be elected nevertheless and working with the rest of the 43rd MC has been a wonderful experience. I learnt so much photography knowledge from the rest which helped me in improving my own photography. Shall not name the names now (will leave that to when I step down). Over the past year, I thankful for the chance to hear and learn from people like Jino Lee@Montage 2011, Geoff Ang+Russell Wong+Tay Kay Chin @SOAP, Alex Soh+Chow Chee Yong @SYPA event, Yadi Yasin+Kevin Lee+Kim Lau+Liew Tong Leng @CS Anniversary, Raymond Phang @VJC Expose, Tristan Yeo @Edgefield Pri. I hope I get more chances to listen and learn from other photographers and I’m definitely looking forward to Montage 2012 and learning from all the great photographers that will be there. :)

This post is getting too long and I shall end off by giving a teaser for what’s coming soon. Of course Montage 2012! I will be heavily involved. Check out www.montage.sg!!! Things that are confirmed: I will be heading to Hanoi in end June for a photography trip! Super excited! Also will be giving my first public talk at 2 of NLB’s libraries in May (stay tuned for updates!), not sure how it will turn out but I try not to think about it until the time comes. Oh yes lastly my Nepal ebook still in the process of converting written text to word document, hope to finish it soon! (so far about 4,000 words already converted)

To another great year ahead for kenchuaphoto. Cheers!


iLight 2012

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This is an long overdue post, been wanting to post this a few days back but many things have happen since and I’m not sure what I should write about. iLight 2012 was amazing, glad that I went in the end to shoot and I realised that you will definitely need more than a day to really appreciate and shoot finish all the amazing light installations.

Enjoyed myself and the sunset was great as well, thankfully I did better this time after learning from the mistakes I made at Henderson Waves and I chose to feature this photograph from all the rest because even though this is still not the perfect shot, I enjoyed how much it speaks to me. This is the first time I am back here to shoot this view with my wide angle as previously I had to rely on my kit lens 18mm for landscapes shots. Seeing the CBD area at 10mm view for the first time was amazing. I wished the waters were smoother but I did not go for a longer exposure as I wanted to retain the nice details in the sky instead of smoothing the sky out. The sunset was perfectly on the right side which gives the photo an illusion of 2 worlds split into half in the center of the photo and I really liked that a lot. To me the photo has a great sense of duality which I feel that portrays the struggles that I go through a lot. For example do I want to be spending my time during sunset in the CDB office or do I want to be watching the sunset together with my camera? So which side will triumph over the other in the end?

This website is coming to a year now and I’m glad I started this which made me shoot more and subsequently reaping the rewards from photography, hopefully in the coming months, I will be able to shoot even more. 2012 will be an pivotal year to me and let’s see how things go.