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!
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
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.
This is the second entry of the series, as I was not entirely satisfied with the collection I had in the previous post. This should be viewed together with the previous post to get a better picture of the number of mainland tourists in Hong Kong during the “Golden Week”.
According to some studies, the tourists will be spending most of their money during the middle of the Golden Week (i.e. yesterday and today). I have to agree that I see a lot more of them on the streets, more people queuing outside the shops, more of them sitting on the streets, more hand baggage being pulled around.
This is one of my recent documentary projects.
29th September, the start of the “Golden Week” in China, where almost all of the working class in Mainland has more than a week of national holidays. This also leads to a large surge of Mainland Chinese tourists arriving in Hong Kong.
Canton Road is one of the main shopping streets in Hong Kong for luxury items, and I took the opportunity to shoot some snaps along the road to capture the typical Mainland Chinese big spenders.
I am currently taking the Documentary Photography course with Open University HK. Its a rather interesting course, as it encourages students to do “mini-projects” of their own topics. Most enthusiasts mainly think in terms of getting THE perfect photograph, yet in documentary, its about getting a series of photographs to convey a strong message, its not just about the technique, but the story behind the project. This course requires students to do just that.
The mini project below was taken a few years ago during Cantonese Opera Day in Hong Kong, each photo captured different emotions, just by looking at the subjects’ eyes. Try to come up with mini project topics of your own and go shoot it!
I have always been trying to improve my photography skills, and I have reached a wall where I don’t seem to be able to further push my skills. I showed my portfolio to my instructors in OUHK, and all of them gave me very similar advice, break the rules.
All of them thinks that my technical skills are pretty much up to scratch, what can add the “x-factor” to my work is to break all the rules I have learnt, the composition rules, the white balance, the shutter speed/aperture size, the focus…. Stop being “correct” and let things happen.
This is my current challenge for myself, be wrong and shoot freely. The above shot was actually taken before my challenge, yet I guess it is a good start for myself. These types of shots only make up 0.1% of my portfolio, but I will try to shoot like this more. Somehow the above shot looks very interesting, something very unlike my usual works, yet gives a great feel to it. Wish me luck as I try to break my boundaries, and take my shooting to another level.
One of the techniques I like to use is simplify. This idea was further consolidated during my OUHK class, “Photography Lighting Techniques”. The teacher introduced the idea of noise, not the unwanted colours and spots when you shoot at high ISOs, but the unwanted and distracting objects in your frame. They will make your photo concept “fuzzy”, which is worse than a fuzzy image (out of focus).
Anyway, the above photo was another evidence for my love for simplification. The hippo was yawning, with a quarter of its body out of the water. The photo was so simply construed, that all the attention will be focused on the hippo alone. Then the slight reflection of the grass on the side of the pool gives some context of the location.
Less is more, it applies to photography. Think clearly about what you want to show before pressing the shutter button, and make “clear” and “sharp” images; remember its the concept that counts before the quality of the photo!
Another piece of assignment for the lighting techniques course for OUHK. The flash was aimed at the white wall behind the cup. I also placed two black clothes on both sides of the glass to get more accented outlines.
I admit that I am more of a natural light photographer I tend to minimize the use of flash. For me this course really encouraged me to shoot more with my flash guns (in this case one Canon 580 EXII was used), and experiment on different lighting techniques at home, a more systematic approach towards fill flash, gobos, reflectors, diffusers etc.
之前講到Digital and Photo Literacy 嗰堂令我對攝影o既態度改變左。其中一個原因就是因為一條好簡單嘅問題，”點解要影相？”
過左一段時間之後，花花草草，移動中嘅單車汽車，model，海傍，中環夜景都影左唔少，慢慢就失去新靈感，覺得香港影來影去都係咁。不過之後開始左幫啲朋友影pre-wedding 同wedding day，咁又搵番一種由挑戰帶來既靈感。
近排上 OU 嘅堂時被問到影相為乜，細心一諗發覺最好feel 嘅相就係可以表達故事嗰啲。譬如話影pre－wedding同wedding，除左靚之外仲要表達到幸福嘅感覺；新人嘅故事，影海傍就係表達香港嘅繁華之類之類。個課程裡面嘅功課就係想不斷深化呢個概念，譬如要同學用五幅相講一個完整嘅故事，或者用相表達七宗罪。。。聽起來好像好簡單，但係其實都幾有挑戰性。
開左個新blog, 想分享o下早排o向OUHK 上完o既 Digital and Visual Literacy (Professional Certificate of Photography 第二個module) 既感受。