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Mobile Photography

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Mobile photography has been quite a revelation for me, the use of mobile devices to make photographs allowed me to explore new perspectives on photography.

The image quality has been mush higher than expected, a testament to how far and fast technology has progressed. The ease of use and the various editing apps available means that I am able to contain the entire photography process within the ipad mini.

This photo was taken at Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, which provides a great vantage point for admiring the architecture of KLCC. This image was captured and edited with the ipad mini and while the image quality cannot be compared to what you will get from a DSLR, I find that I actually enjoy using my ipad mini to take photographs even though it makes me look like a awkward tourist snapshooter most of the time.

Here are some of my recommended photography apps that I used: Camera+, VSCO Cam, Snapseed and Camera Awesome

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when in doubt

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It’s been too long since I last took my camera out for a shoot and I decided to take a break from other things that I was doing and go for a sunset shoot. I was feeling a bit jaded prior to this and I needed to find my mojo back. Been wanting to go to Labrador Park for the longest time but it was not low tide at sunset. I went to Gardens by the Bay East instead via the Marina Barrage route and it was quite a walking distance under the blistering heat.

The sunset was beautiful which made me fell in love with photographing the beauty of nature again, it’s hard to explain why I get so much inner peace when I’m out photographing. Perhaps it’s the constant appreciation of all things that have to come into place when I get a beautiful sunrise/sunset. This was one of the rare times I did not get to experience blue hour as the sunset afterglow kept lingering which turned the sky pinkish. It was a sight to behold. Thankful that I was able to witness and capture it on camera. The view here might have been shot many times by other photographers but to me it doesn’t matter because the light is different everytime and more importantly this is my own personal take on this scene. For those who are sitting in front of their laptops and looking at photos like this and thinking that it’s over-shot and deciding not to go out and shoot, I rather “f/8 and be there” as opposed to missing out all the potential beautiful sunrises/sunsets.

When in doubt, do what you love.

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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.

 

 

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Before it turns dark

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What a week! Arts camp, seeing my work published in The Read, winning a pair of air tickets, the success of project strangers to friends, attending gupson on2 intro and finally hanging out with the crew. Tiring but fulfilling week!

It took me a while to find a this place to shoot Lau Pa Sat Market. When I finally decided on the spot, I must admit I thought there’s a high chance that this shot will not go public. The distance between the shooting location and the buildings meant that barrel distortion would be very obvious. The lack of a wide angle lens meant that I use the panorama method in order to get the image that I had in mind. The ledge also hindered the panning process, coupled with my many failed attempts to capture the light trails that I wanted, I thought it would be hard to combine three frames as the light was dying fast.

As expected, the distortion was a pain in the ass to correct and I  cannot remember spending so much time on restitching and restitching correcting the distortion. There is still imperfections in this final shot but more importantly this shot is a reminder that light is beautiful.

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Blue Hour Beauty

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This was taken quite a while back (check flickr for exact date) on one of the most beautiful blue hour that I had witnessed. This photo was sitting in my lightroom library unprocessed until recently when I revisited the folder looking for potential photographs to showcase on this website. Since this shoot, I have been on quite a few blue hour ‘hunts’ but I have not gotten any that came close to this beautiful shade of blue.

I guess this particular day was the start of my blue hour inspiration and my desire to witness such beauty again. I think the colour blue has a calming effect of the blue colour and it brings out the beauty of the subject. Guess I should take my portraits under a blue background.

I think it’s a pity that most people miss the blue hour everyday as it happens during 7.15pm-7.30pm where we are either on our way back home from work or having our dinner. So look up the sky once in a while and at times, you might just be amazed at the sight. 🙂

P.S I realised the photograph colour looks much darker on MAC so turn up the brightness level of the screen.

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24th Storey View

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Once again another shot from a high viewpoint. This place was near the place of my internship and I had the luxury of doing a reece during lunchtime prior to the evening shoot. The view at the top was amazing and this time I was not alone to catch the sunset. There was 2 other strangers who came shortly after I had picked my spot and since they were both friends and the space was too small for 3 persons, I decided to go down to the 24th Storey to get an unobstructed view.

The place was awesome as one could observe the sun as it sets and especially at the last few minutes before the sun disappears from the horizon, the sun would turn to a dark red, turning into a nice “egg yolk.” It was a pity that this spot was very far away from the sun, thus I could not get a nice close up shot of the sun. As I waited for the blue sky, I was surprised by what I saw soon after the sun had set. The sunlight had reflected back on the clouds and diffuse over the sky creating a beautiful soft glow of orange. It was breathtaking. After looking through all the photos, I decided this was the shot of the day. In order to focus on the beautiful sky, I did a crop to mimic a panorama from a single shot.

Landscapes shots always test my patience but the wait is always worth it. To feel the light breeze blowing in my face, watching the light changes at the top is one amazing feeling. These are the things that keeps me going, to continue to capture the beautiful scenes that I see which most people in Singapore might missed out due to their hectic pace of life. I want to share the beauty with all. Light is beautiful.

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Light is Beautiful

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I was well prepared for today’s shoot and arrived at Esplanade area with plenty of time to spare before the sunset, giving me the opportunity to scout out the area for the best vantage point. You could say that one of my favourite places to shoot in Singapore is here. There are so many different micro perspective one could choose to take as evident from the sheer number of photographers with their cameras along the stretch of esplanade. Add on to the fact that random passersby would like to initiate conversation with me makes this an enjoyable place to shoot.

As the sky start to turn into a beautiful blue hue, I deployed my tripod planning to do a panoramic shot of  Shenton Way together with the Marina Bay Sands. However as fate would have it, the light was dying off fast resulting in a near black sky over at the MBS area while it was still blue over here. I ended up stitching 2 vertical frames of Shenton Way which turned out to be one of my personal favourite shot of Shenton Way.

Everytime I look at this photograph it reminds me that light is beautiful. Singapore is beautiful.

Ken
ken@kenchuaphoto.com

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Rooftop surprises

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A week ago, I went on to recee for vantage spots around town area. I struck gold with this place as it allowed access to the rooftop and after checking out the place, I had a visual idea of the scene that I wanted to shoot and decided to come back a week later at sunset timing with my full gear to shoot.

I remembered being on the bus leaving school and along the way to buona vista mrt, the sun was setting and there was beautiful golden light with the sun hidden partly by clouds coupled with amazing rays spilling out from beneath the clouds. I contemplated alighting the bus to get a shot but decided against it as I was sure I would not make it to my rooftop spot in time for golden light if I had alighted and the uncertainty of finding a spot without obstruction given such tight timing dissuaded my logical mind.

Sometimes the split second decision you make will affect the rest the outcome and I’m glad I stuck to the original plan that I had crafted out a week ago. Reaching my destination, I was surprised to be greeted by the amazing glow of the sunset. It was totally unexpected and immediately I rushed to setup my tripod and my camera as I knew the light would only last for a few more minutes. Thankfully I managed to get my shot and sure enough the beautiful sunset disappeared beneath the horizon.

These are times where you find beautiful things in unexpected places.  This photo that I took will always remind me of the pleasure of witnessing such beauty and a reminder that I must always be prepared. It was a magical moment for me, seeing the beauty of Mother Nature and the beautiful light that spread out over the clouds.

 

Ken
ken@kenchuaphoto.com