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fotograf by imran…

Boring Singapore? Lack of subjects? I should say not.

For photographers who feel that Singapore is lacking in good subjects for their shoot should take a look at “fotograf by imran“. Believe me when I say that all these pictures are of places in Singapore. The breathtaking results that he come up with for things that many of us take no notice of are truly works of art.

He has this ability to appreciate what we take for granted everyday. This is very admirable and something I believe many photographers, including myself, in Singapore should develop. You can also literally feel patience oozing out of his pictures. To be able to capture scenes like that not only takes a huge amount of leg work but a considerable amount of patience as well.

So I suggest going to his site to immerse yourself in his works and understand more about this person behind the camera. Be awed and inspired by what he can do, who he is and I believe he will inspire you to bring your love of photography into another level. Happy shooting!

Old photos…

Sky line... Red House

Changi Airport Deep Blue Ocean

Fishing Boat

Found some old photos that I took in the 90s. Photos were taken using negatives then. Scanning technology was poor at that time and I had to make do with what was available. It’s such a pity now that I can’t find these pictures anymore, only got the above digital copies left. emoticon

A matter of presentation…


Travel time!!!
Originally uploaded by I@n.

During a shoot this morning, I brought along a Nikon D70 and a Nikon D2H and was shooting with the D70. One of them asked my friend, "Why got big camera he don’t use? Why use small one?". Think what she was trying to say is that the bigger camera (D2H) looks more impressive. Somehow the size of the camera does matter when it comes to the presentation of the photographer… Hee…

I’m such a sellout…

Taking wedding event pictures is a real hassle. It’s a lot of hard work and it’s most of the time, a thankless job. I’ve told myself so many times that I’m going to quit doing that ‘cos I feel so tired and frustrated after the shoots especially when I look at the cost / benefit analysis of it all.

I believe that one should take on such assignments only when one is truly interested in wedding pictures. But alas, every time I get paid, I feel so much better and I take up another assignment. I’m such a sellout. What have I become???

Suggestions anyone?

I’ve been trying to find a way to carry my laptop as well as my camera with 3 lenses and 2 rolls of film. But till now I’ve yet to find a way to carry all that without breaking my shoulder or the straps of my bag.

The bags I’ve seen that are able to do that are usually very bulky or they don’t provide the necessary protection for my camera. So suggestions anyone?

What’s wrong with the picture here?

Wedding couple calls up looking for a wedding day photographer. We arrange to meet up to view the portfolio first. They can also view them online.

Choices available for them, just normal snapshots with record of event or photojournalistic style. Chances are, they will usually want the photojournalistic style. Next, the prices. Market rate, $450-600 for the snapshots and around $1200-$6000 for the photojournalistic style.

Eyes would pop, jaws would drop and then, “You know, we’ve already spent alot of on our album shoot, cloths, dinner and videographer, so could we can’t afford to pay you that much, anyway we just need a record of events, no need too fanciful stuff.”

So do you all see anything wrong?

Cursed batteries!!!

Sunday, 6.45pm.

It was drizzling outside as we sat chomping at our whoopers inside Burger King. We’re contemplating if we should proceed to One Fullerton for the fireworks display. The weather was pretty bad but I would hate to leave without getting a shot after lugging my gear around.

We decided to give it a shot. Seems like the sky’s clearing. At around 7.30 each of us found a spot we liked and started to setup our gear. I parked myself at a 45 degree angle behind the Merlion. My tripod was up in a jiffy and I setup my camera on the tripod and adjusted for a composition that I like. I attached the cable release, tested a few shots and waited for the start of the fireworks show.

The wind was starting to pick up and I could feel a drizzle starting. I did what I could to cover my camera at the same time hoping that I got the position correct. If they launch the fireworks at the other direction everything will be for naught. The crowd was gathering in strength and the air was charged with anticipation.

8.10pm…

The fireworks went off! I looked through the viewfinder and a sense of jubilation came over me. The composition was exactly what I had hoped for. I waited for the next round of fireworks to fire off and gently squeezed the cable release for 4 seconds.

ERR

To my absolute horror, instead of a postview of the shot, the 3 alphabets “ERR” was showing on the display. My mind just went blank. Batteries flat!!! What to do? Instinct kicked in.

The drill was the same but I’ve got only a window of minutes before the display end. Not a problem, I will have plenty of time left. The first finger on my right hand flicks the switch to the off position and my left hand reached for the release knob of the battery housing. With a light twist the battery housing pops out of while the right hand now reached for the spare batteries in my bag’s side compartment.

Sliding my left hand to the end of the battery housing, the first finger knocked the first battery out of the housing and with a firm knock against my thigh the rest of the batteries dropped out. At the same time, my right hand finds the spare battery case and thumbing the case open I feel the palm of my right hand fill up as the batteries dropped out of the case.

Loading the battery housing like a season soldier loading his M16 magazine, I cursed like a sailor silently under my breath. Last one loaded, I re-insert the battery housing, flicked the switch to the on position and I squeezed the cable release once again.

NOTHING… ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! Somehow my spare batteries have gone dead as well! No lights, no sound, nothing, at this moment the camera was as useful to me as sand is to a person dying of thirst in the middle of a desert.

With resignation, I sat down with the rest of the crowd to watch the remainder of the show. Looking up, I pondered over how this could have happened.

What makes a good portrait?

What is a good portrait? Why makes one portrait different from another? I’ve been asking these questions for a long time and only recently did someone answer those questions for me. A good portrait is one where it causes the viewer to take notice of the portrait, to want to learn more about the person in the portrait and after which that, leaves with a yearning for more.

That answer led me to think about portraiture in general and why it’s a very difficult art to master. There are guidelines and rules in portraiture photography that will help you enhance the picture so that it’s pleasant looking, but the ability to capture the essence of the subject in the portrait to a point where it will arouse interest is something else totally. How do you take a portrait that would bring these questions to mind? Questions like, who is this person? What does this person do? Why did the picture of this person invoke this feeling in me? Why?

To be continued…

Photographers and their names…

What’s with photographers and their names? If you move around enough in the photographic circle you’ll notice one thing, a huge majority of them who have companies or websites always name it after themselves.

Be it a grotesquely famous photographer or a wimpy, scrawny little nobody, be it someone who have great works or if their photos looked like they were shot by a 3 year old who happened upon a broken camera, they will still name the sites and companies after themselves. Why?

Is there an innate lack of self esteem among photographers and they have this insatiable need to put an EMPHASIS on their names or are photographers a pretty egoistic bunch in general?

A little help from Leica…

This happened to me while I tried to bring in my camera bag into a convention. There were ushers stationed at the entrance checking bags for security reasons and soon it was my turn.

I opened my bag and the usher saw my DSLR and very firmly but politely said, “Sorry sir, your camera cannot be taken in, it’s a professional camera. We don’t allow professional cameras in here, only small little cameras and yours is a professional camera. You have 2 options, either bring back to your car if you drove or, you could deposit it into one of the lockers by the entrance.”

It felt pretty ridiculous to me so I asked, “Are you sure?”. She got kind of worried and pulled another fellow usher over. He took a look into my camera bag and I got the same reaction. It’s a professional camera, cannot bring in…

I got my M6 down in one of the secluded corners of the bag and decided to try something. I pulled the M6 out, dangled it by the strap in front of me and asked, “So this small little camera can bring in?”. Her face immediately lit up and with a big cute smile on her face cheerfully replied, “Can! Can! No problem! This little camera can bring in one, no problem!”.

So I sling the M6 over my shoulders, took out all my M lenses and a couple of rolls of film, deposited my bag in the locker ‘cos I dun drive, entered the convention, shot what I came to shoot and left without a problem.

Nigel Parry

Born in Yorkshire, UK in 1961, Nigel Parry and his works were introduced to me by Wesley of Memphistwest. I searched the net and found his portfolio and I was blown away. I really like how he brings out the character in each of the subjects he shoots.

Take a look at his works here.

Zosia Zija

Born in 1975 in Poland, I chanced upon her work in usefilm.com and immediately took notice in the way she capture her subjects in their portrait shots. Don’t know how to describe the feeling those pictures gave me maybe one has to look at them and come to the conclusion themselves.

You can find her works here and here. Do take a look and tell me what you think.