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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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taste of failure

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I wanted to write this post since about a week ago because it has been an extremely trying week for me and I tasted how bitter failure is. Things were not going the way I wanted and I’m glad that I have this space to write about my thoughts and clear them out of my mind. It keeps me focused and rid myself of all the negative energy inside of me.

My website was hacked last week and I lost access to wordpress database. I feared the worst. Rebuilding the entire site from scratch and losing my one year worth of postings will have been a nightmare. Thankfully it all got resolved after about two days of working together with my webhost and kenchuaphoto is back up again like the way it was before.

Montage 2012 has been overwhelming and I’m not even halfway done yet. I eat, sleep and breath Montage 2012, everything is constantly running through my mind with all the issues to coordinate and settle. Sometimes in the midst of it all, I wonder if I’m any good in being a leader at all. I have my flaws and I’m prone to making mistakes as well even though I try to learn as much as I can about being a good leadership. This constant struggle has been tiring me out and whenever I’m close to a burnout, I’m glad that I have photography as a way to take my mind off matters temporary. Whenever I’m in doubt or losing my way, I always remind myself to just “do the work” and “keep learning”

The shot was taken at Pandan Reservoir and it was the first time that I visited the place. A friend brought me here and it was lovely with a great view of the sunset. Unfortunately we were late and the by the time we reach to this spot, the orange golden light of the sunset were mostly gone. I was taught a harsh lesson that light waits for no one and only those who are there early will be rewarded with the light. This shot was my favourite of the day as it’s one of the rare occasion that I could include myself in the shot with the help of my friend pressing the remote shutter. It was a great experience amidst the hecticness to just appreciate the beauty of life.

The quote that inspired me during this difficult week:

“‎It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt

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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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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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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
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