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.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Stories from the streets : Penang 2015 Hot Air Balloon Festival

Penang 2015 Hot Air Balloon festival

Post of the day will be about 2015 Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival.
This is the first time Hot Ait Balloon Festival held in Penang, Malaysia.
This is also my first time to see hot air balloon in real life. There is a yearly 
Hot Air Balloon festival held in Kuala Lumpur but I never manage no attend it..
So this time, I am lucky enough that is it held in Penang and the festival is held so close to my house.
So let drop by for a photo walk.
In the beginning, I planned to ride the tethered hot air balloon and have some shoot from the top but I am not lucky enough to get a ticket. We went there at 6.15 but it was not early enough to get the ticket. Finally, I can only stayed ground and shoot from low angle but it is still a very nice experience. Enjoy 2015 Penang Hot Air Balloon Festival from MY view.

They are the first public passenger for the hot air balloon ride

Joy from the Balloon
The photo of the first public passenger of the Hot Air Baloon Ride.
I can see jot,excitement and hope in this photo. This also remind me on the cartoon, UP. 

So that is all for Penang 2015 Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Hope you enjoy it.

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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