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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

Chasing your Dreams

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“The difference between a dream and reality is just doing it” —Cheeming Boey

A man without dreams is a man without purpose. To those working towards making your dream a reality, don’t stop. There is no better time than right here, right now. I’m in the progress of building something exciting but it takes time and is definitely not easy. You will hear more about it in due time when it’s finished 😉

A little update from my recent North Vietnam trip. This time I travelled with a friend with a new travel gear setup which means I was out of my comfort zone. It’s always a different experience travelling to different countries. Travel is definitely not for the fainthearted.

Vietnam was nothing short of amazing, the people that I met along the way and the majestic landscapes of Halong Bay and Sapa Valley were enthralling and captivating. No matter which country I have set foot in my travels so far, the experience has been enriching and the things that I learnt along the way allowed me to have a better understanding of my own strengths and weakness. My favourite part of travel is meeting and interacting with the locals and fellow travelers. I get inspired by the travel stories that fellow travelers shared and watching the local children play reminds me to be curious at heart and appreciate the simple pleasures that we have in life. These are things that we sometimes forget in the midst of the hectic life back home. Featured triptych is a small collection of the amazing Vietnamese children that I met along the way.

I wonder if they are just as curious about me as I’m about them. 🙂



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.

Keep Shooting

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I think there is a myth that every single shot that I take is a good shot or that every photo outing that I go gives me a great sunset/sunrise. The truth is that it does not work that way!

I was out for a sunrise shoot yesterday and I’m still contemplating whether to show the photos as the sunrise was not ideal and I was not particularly pleased with my shots. Sometimes it’s days like this that I question myself why I’m doing this instead of sleeping in my bed. Most people care about the results and I do care about the results I get too. It’s frustrating to show up and not get rewarded with anything. Things doesn’t go your way all the time. This is a fact of life.

This shot was taken last friday at Lim Chu Kang Jetty and it was frustrating as well because the sunset was beautiful yet I was unable to take more photos because of security reasons. Thankfully I still had this photo at least, the only one with the sunset view that I could keep.

So why do I keep going? Do I know for certain I will get a good shot each time I go out? Honestly I dont. I keep going because I know that if I don’t, I will never get a good photograph for sure. However if I go, I know there’s a chance of getting a beautiful sunrise or sunset and be able to make a great photograph in return. If you know for sure that there is going to be Aces in a deck of cards and great sunrises or sunsets in a year, will you keep flipping those cards until you get an ace or keep chasing the light until you get a good sunrise/sunset? I will. That’s what keeps me going.

I want to share with you, whatever you are doing in life or if you are facing lots of obstacles in pursuing your dreams and goals, keep going. Keep flipping those cards. Keep shooting. Never quit!

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.



Urban Beauty

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There has been a lack of updates as I was away on vacation to Cebu. Finally back and time to post more photos from my library. Here’s yet another photo of Chinatown taken a while back during the beautiful blue hour. As you know I’m a big fan of Chinatown as there is so many things to capture. Blue hour is when the city of chinatown lights come to life and the delicate balance between the lights of the city and the deep blue sky come together to create a beautiful sight missed by many people. The sacrifice one has to make like having late dinners is in my opinion well worth it.

Sometimes I get the sense that people get tired of seeing blue hour shots, kinda like sunrise/sunset shots that have become common with the proliferation of the internet. Personally I feel that I never get tired of seeing such pictures as there’s always something different about the shot. The sky is ever changing and each time we see it, it’s always a different sky. The tonality of the sky is always different, the hue of the sky, the intricate pattern of the clouds and the colours of the sky are always different which makes it interesting for me to see.

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

History on grass

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The padang is a beautiful place which hold many beautiful memories for me. This place always brings back memories of my 3 time participation in the Stan Chart full marathon as this was the end point of the race every year. The exhilaration of finishing a full marathon and the sprint at the final stretch is indescribable.

I manage to loan a Canon 5D + 24-105mm f4 L IS USM which I put it to the test for this shot. The combo was so much heavier as compared to my own and the controls layout took a while to get used to but I still get managed to get the shot. Really like how the shot turned out from the camera and an extra 2mm on the wide end really does makes a bit of a difference for landscapes shots like this. This is really making me consider getting a wide angle lens for myself.

It was a fun experience trying out a different camera and comparing it with my own. It really helps to critically evaluate my own camera gear and the future lenses that I might need to obtain. My Pentax camera has been a joy to use and it’s one of the reasons why I always look forward to bring it out and take photographs.

At the end of the day, the camera is a tool and if you cannot enjoy using the tool, you cannot enjoy photography.


Long Exposures

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Sometimes I wonder whether if it’s the thrill of exploring obscure places or the amazing view that excites me more. I believe both plays a big part in my enjoyment of photography and on friday, I struck gold at this 11th storey carpark! This place was located right in the intersection of Bugis and Suntec providing a great view of Suntec, Shenton Way, Raffles City and the National Library.

I think people who claims that Singapore is boring or have nothing interesting to shoot are not putting in the effort to explore and search for places to shoot. I still have a long list of places waiting for me to shoot and I wonder how long it would take before I complete the list.

I think my photograph didn’t do enough justice to the scene and I definitely will visit this place again another time to get a better shot. Till then!