Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Shooting in the middle of night with some dust and dance

Dancer had always been a very good model to shoot and work with in a photoshoot.
Most of them are always cheerful and active and that is definitely a good criteria for modelling.
I am always looking for a chance to work with a dancer and this time, 
I am lucky enough to found one as my model. Model of the day will Glades which is also a dancer.
For this photoshoot, my aim would be to deliver of strong and powerful feeling.
Modern dance are actually quite powerful most of the time so this fit the idea perfectly.
Next, I always experiment with different lighting, environment and emotion. 
Hence, I also would like to try something new and along my idea search,
I found out powder photoshoot. Powder photoshoot is basically photoshoot thats uses powder as a medium of expression. Combining powder with modern dance is awesome.
From the lighting wise, I would like to try something dramatic. 
So I would like to shoot at dark area because I would like to use the dark surrounding to
make the powder effect more dramatic and clear. Next, a darker area can also create more contrast for the model and he motion of the dance. However, I did not have a dark and huge studio so
my solution is to find an open area in the middle of the town that is not well illuminated and I successfully found such area. That area is great because, it is dark, wide open and it has a quite dramatic surrounding. However, the light coloured wall is bit of a pain.
Since the place is all dark, the entire shoot will only be lit by using my flash.
Hence, this photoshoot is also a form of light painting and the light coloured wall
will cause reflection and affect the result of the photo and that is the reason why the light coloured wall is pain in the a**. Since we want a dark surrounding, we shot at night
and it was quite late. So this photoshoot was rather short but enough to get the job done.
The photoshoot is done with Fujifilm X-E1 and Fujinon 18-55 along with flashes.
Before, the photos, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Glades and also 
Foo Tong for helping me out. This photoshoot would never work out without them.
They are awesome powder thrower and dancer.
Enjoy my little experiment :)

This look like she have magic,cool

Jump higher

Since, I ran out of powder I also tried some stroboscopic motion photo since the surrounding are quite suitable. But the light coloured wall cause reflection of light created ghosting effect.
Anyway, the photos turn out pretty interesting but tired out the model.

 So that is all for this photoshoot. I hope you can feel the powerful emotion of these photos.
Other then that, we should also feel the Glades and Foo Tong emotion,
because they are all covered in the powder after the photoshoot,haha. Chao.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Adventure in the waterfall

The last portrait post from me was about me myself and it quite long ago.
So I think is time for a new portrait session. This time, let do something crazy and get adventurous.
So let see how crazy I can go. Previously, I tried putting my model on top of a tree,into the river,into between some stone but it is still not enough. I wish for more because I think there are much more to be explored and express and finally I came out with this Idea. 
Lets create something like a scene from the movie or movie poster. These day, movie poster are often very dramatic and powerful. We are also filled with a lot of action packed movie and it definitely make me thinking on re-create some of the awesome scene.
So, let's begin this action portrait session. Next, I am lucky enough to find a great model,
Anelice but I am not sure if she is ready for was she sign up for.hahaha.
At the end of the day, I can say that she is an awesome model.
The great news continue because for this photoshoot I also found a great make up artist to work with and she is Melody which is also one of my model for my previous photoshoot.
Action and adventure will be the main theme of the shoot and I think a waterfall will be great enough to fulfilled the condition of action and adventure. 
Now that we know the location will be a waterfall, one important task on that day will be to convince my model to be comfortable enough to pose and move under the waterfall and be wet. Not to forget, it will be very cold as well. With that, we are have everything and ready for this photoshoot.
The entire photoshoot is done with Fuji X-E1 with Fujinon 35mm 1.4 and the Fujinon 18-55.
The lighting was done by using two Yong Nuo flashes but is sad that one the the flash batteries die off in the middle of the shoot and I miss out one set of the batteries. 
However, the show still goes on with only one flash. Let's get wet.

So, this is it for this photoshoot. I love the effect from the photo and working together with
Anelice and also Melody. At the end of the day,  Anelice was all wet and cold, and it was also very dangerous when she move and pose in the waterfall and she did it gracefully and beautifully.
Of course, I end up wet as well and along the photoshoot as to show posing and to get close up shot since my lens are not long enough.
Anyway, I love this crazy photoshoot and will definitely try more.

Monday, 26 January 2015

MY Photo : MY 2014 review

A Japanese touch

Hello everyone. Post of the day will be about my review of my 2014.
2014 was already over almost a month but I think is never to late to review it. Last year is the year I focus a lot on portrait and streets photography. Most of my portrait session are done with speed light or flash photography. I started to be focus more on flash photography. I started from one flash  then to two flashes and currently three flashes. I started from one Yong Nuo 560 and now I have three Yong Nuo 560 flashes which is one Yong Nuo 560 mark 2 and two 560 mark 3. Of course there are also multiple flash modifier and flash stands which are very essential for flash photography. So all this is what I call MY mini flash system. I also invested in a few lenses this year such as the Helios 44m 58mm 2.0, Super Takumar f1.4, Fujinon 18-55 2.8-4 and also Fujinon 23mm 1.4. I am still using the same old Fuji X-E1 but my system do grow a lot compare to last year and that do make huge difference. Still loving my Fuji system but still hating the quirks in the camera though.LOL....but it will get the job done at the end of the day.  

 Next, a lot of my portrait session are based on the theme of lost and nature. Lost is definitely not a positive feeling but then it do provide me inspiration to a lot of my photoshoot in 2014. Most of my photoshoot also connected to nature such as tree,stone,river,sea and so on. They would provide some feeling of lost or serenity which I am searching for. Next, I also tried some element that is more different and might be dangerous such as tree and river which is to provide more diversity for the setting in my photoshoot.  Of course there are also other type of portrait photo along the year such as fashion shoot, in door shot and so on.Not to forget I also work with multiple models and friend that are very professional and awesome. I also did collaboration with a few party to produce some beautiful and fun work. Along 2014, I experimented with different type of lighting style and trying to find the suitable lighting style to set a feel and emotion on every photoshoot. I believe lighting is definitely one important element in photography or maybe the most important since photography is about capturing of light anyway. I learn a lot from all the photoshoot I did and all the people I work with so I would like to thanks all those that work with me and supported me along 2014 and I also hope I did share something with all of you too. Enjoy some of my work below and check out here if are interested to check out all my portrait work.

The collection of my portrat photoshoot in 2014

Other then portraits photoshoot, I also did a lot of streets photography. Most of my streets photography are done in the event that is held in Penang. My aim in streets photography would mostly aim on emotion or happiness from the streets and also different composition style. Most of the time, I was attracted to capture kids and children because their happiness are very real and pure. Maybe also because they wont probably beat me up after I snap them. LOL. Of course,happiness does not only come from kids and they happen to adult as well. I am also attracted to odd thing that happen or available in the streets but what I find odd or special will be very subjective and different from one person to another and that is how it become special. Below will be my streets photos collection in 2014.

2014 streets photo collection


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