52 Project – 3: Return of the Film

OK, I am now 2 weeks behind schedule in the 52 project, but quality counts right?

Am I inspired by Daido Moriyama…?  I am not so sure, I didn’t go to his exhibition earlier (I really should have, but just didn’t).  Yet with the high contrast, grungy look, seems like this is another copycat work of his…

The truth is I was using a roll of ISO50-200 Lomography Redscale film.  Its the first time I used it and I wasn’t expecting it to be sooooo red!  Anyway its not a bad try and achieved some decent results.

This roll was mostly street snaps, as you may realise…  Given the convenience and the autofocus of the modern day DSLR, using the old Nikon F3 on the streets make it this much challenging and rewarding.  I still love the feeling of anticipation, waiting for the film to be developed and seeing if I got any good (or bad) stuff… unlike the DSLR world where you just see what you shot, and re-shoot if needed.

This is also my first go at multiple exposure with film (I never really tried this with photoshop either).  Great fun.  Colour temperature was awful, still need to work out how to use the film.  Another excellent experiment.  Enjoy and comment!

TL

52 Project – 2…

Ok, so I have failed to keep up with the weekly shooting and posting on the second week.  To make up the short fall, I went to shoot with one of my classmates around Hong Kong.  This trip was a good experience to shoot raw street photography.  I used a few new (to me) techniques to shoot under low-light situations.

Another new step was to have conversations with strangers before shooting them.  It was really interesting to know the story of the tailor and his shop; I feel that the photo shot afterwards really was taken to another level.

Great fun!

TL

Robert Tran & Hidden Gems photo exhibition is up and running!

After a lot of planning and preparation, the show is on!

Pulling an all-nighter, setting up the shopping mall venue, the show has successfully been launch and started!  Anyone in the area please go and visit!

Preparation Video

Behind The Scenes

Enjoy!

TL

Photo Exhibition in 3 days!

As posted earlier, Johnny and I will be participating in a joint photo exhibition, with details as below:

Date:  11th-16th Jan 2013, daily from 10am-10pmVenue:  Ocean Terminal Main Concourse, Harbour City, Hong Kong

For those who will be in Hong Kong, please drop by to enjoy the work for some local photographers!  Hope to see you there!

TL

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52 project – week 1

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I always admire people who can successfully complete the 365 projects (taking 1 photo each day for a full year). For me, I set my target lower at 52 project (weekly photo) for this year. Let’s do it! TL

Photo Exhibition

Great great great!  First post in 2013, starting with a piece of good news!

The two editors/contributors to this blog post will be participating in a public photo exhibition this month.  It will be held in a rather prime venue, with a lot of traffic.

I think photography (and art in general) should be shared, although some pieces you may want to be kept private.. yet I think to show your hard work and let others appreciate it is very important in the journey!  Show it to the world!  Organize exhibitions for paintings/photos, publish photo books, play in gigs to show your music, whatever, just let the world taste your art! :)

Rather excited about this, more details to follow!

TL

1 Jan 2013

2012 is almost done…

This is the first full year blogging with wordpress (first post on 30Jan2012).

Has been a rather fruitful year in terms of photography.  Tried things differently compared to previous years, although there are still so much to improve on.  Yet seems to have improved my eye for critique.  A lot more practice shooting different ideas.  This year I shot less landscape, and more documentary and portrait, which was very challenging.

One of my new year resolutions for the WP world is to write more frequently… gotta remind myself indeed.  The below attached is a sharing of the statistics for this page, as a reminder for myself also :)

Happy new year to all!

TL, 31 Dec 2012

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Where is my DSLR?

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This was taken a while back when I want to Kaohsiung, Tainan.  It was actually taken after my breakfast, I left my DSLR in the room and I only had my point & shoot with me.  The view and light was excellent and so I just shot the photo in Panorama mode in the Sony DC (it was a TX-10), the result was pretty pleasing.

I did some post processing adding some noise and tweaked with some curves to get the film effect.

As cliche as it is, the best camera is the camera you have with you; of course you can say you will return to the place 30 mins later, a day later, a week later…  but it will never be the same, so shoot it when you see it.  Even your camera on your smartphone will suffice…

Enjoy!

TL

Simplicity

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Haven’t posted for a while, recently entered into another period of consolidation, trying to shoot things in a new way.  Do something I rarely do before, approach in new ways, new cropping, new lighting, new composition etc.  It actually worked rather well and I am pretty happy about the result.

I actually shot this in a cafe, with large windows lighting from the back.  The setup is extremely simple, the props, the subjects are simple, it looks so clean, a style which I always wanted to try.

TL

Creativity beats skills

http://10steps.sg/inspirations/photography/70-strange-photos-that-are-not-photoshopped/

Once again this shows the excellent creativity and the concept behind the photos.  The skills behind is surely the icing on the cake, yet the conceptual creation is surely the main entree!  enjoy!