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Bloodscapes

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It’s officially a year since the first post marks the start of this journey of this website. Looking back how it was like in the begining, the profile picture is still unchanged, but the camera and lens have all moved on. I’m getting older in age and the portfolio link has not been updated at all. A total of 56 posts and a total of 2473 unique visitors from 48 different countries have visited my website but I wonder how many people were inspired by my photographs. I feel I have so much more to learn and to improve on my photography, so much more that I need to know in terms of technical knowledge and even more so to train my photographic eye and to see creatively. It seems like I been so long on this journey already yet it seems I am only still at the tip of the iceberg with regards to my photography skills and knowledge.

I was told that the only guarantee for failure is not trying at all. In landscape photography, it’s a numbers game, some days you get a good sunrise/sunset and some days you wont get any good sunrise/sunset. The only thing that I can do is just to keep going and showing up to shoot and see what I’ll get in the end. You just got to keep trying and I always believe that I will get rewarded in the end so I kept trying no matter what. I thought it was not going to be a good sunset as the sky looked dull on 5th May. My journey to Punggol Beach took much longer than expected and I wanted to switch to a nearer location, thankfully I did not as I thought I should just give it a try anyway since Punggol Beach is a new location for me. It was already sunset when I reach and I was in a haste to setup before the light dies off.
And out of nowhere, the sky lit up, burning almost the entire sky, burning red. It was an amazing sight which totally caught me by surprise. A pleasant surprise indeed. I’m glad that i followed through with my plan to go punggol beach after all. I wished I had done better with the composition though, was about knee deep in water and decided not to change my tripod position as I was afraid the light will die off anytime. The burning red sky lasted for less than 5 minutes and it went away as quickly as it came.
This post is title bloodscapes because I literally shed blood for this. Pure recklessness on my part, went in barefoot and assuming that the beach was safe, as it became dark and I was walking back to shore my feet were just feeling their way back and I stepped on some pretty sharp rocks and got multiple cuts trying to get a gripe on my balance. Finally reached the shore with bloodstains on the sand and it was super painful. It was quite a walk back to the nearest toilet to wash my wounds. In a way Punggol Beach made my first experience there highly unforgettable. Definitely will wear my shoes into water no matter where I go next time. Lesson learnt: There are more important things than keeping my shoes dry.

Monochrome Landscapes

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Sunset at Lower Pierce Reservoir was great yesterday (3rd May 2012). It was a sight to behold and after a day of rushing to different places all around it was great to be rewarded with the beauty of mother nature. It’s always interesting to visit a new location for photography as there are many unknown factors. I met a large format user who was there earlier than me, which means I was not able to move as freely as I wanted around the shooting area. The tide was high and most of the rocks were not very stable which made trying to isolate a single rock hard. I almost lost my balance at one point in time. Took off my shoes and empty my pocket after that in case and thankfully no more such close shaves. I was also using a new tripod and trying out the hitech 3 stops GND filter for the first time. In a way, you could say that I was not well prepared for the sunset.

With so many things to get familiarise with, I was also trying out what Yadi Yasin has taught during the talk and to take a few frames and move on for more angles. I kept forgetting to take landscapes photographs in portrait orientation out of my habit and both Yadi and the Ngee Ann exhibition has hammered home the importance of doing that to me. Hence I was making a conscious effort to challenge myself and compose in portrait format as well.

The results from the sunset pointed out many things that I still need to work on after looking through the photos back at home and interestingly my favourite shot is this (as featured) which is something that is not commonly seen in my landscape work. Landscapes shot in portrait orientation and in black and white. The black and white idea actually came about as I was talking Julian (large format user) and he was shooting the sunset using black and white film. I thought why not I try it out as well during the editing process and it turned out much better than the colour version. Turns out to be what I considered as my best shot of the day and my only keeper.

Enjoyed the sunset, time to chase more of that beautiful light. Light is beautiful!