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

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

Mainlanders on Canton Road 2

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.

Mainlanders on Canton Road

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.

Landscape with Flare

We usually like our landscapes to be perfect.  Trees to be green, skies are blue, etc.  This time I try to process the photo so that the tones are cool, and there is heavy flare in the middle of the photo, giving it a little twist from the typical landscape photos.

I am actually very satisfied with the outcome.  A perfect sunset in Prague.

TL

Berlin Kiss

Another snapshot in Berlin.  Recently really like this tone.

TL

Slow shutter speeds

First try to step outside the comfort zone, using slower shutter speeds, catching the movement in the photos, even under bright sunlight.

The above photo was taken in Berlin, and I managed to capture a cyclist along the Berlin wall, with a clear wall drawing in the background.

I think its not a bad start for my challenge!

TL

The little things…

Sometimes it is important to include the little things that lead to your final shot.  Let me explain….

just like the photo on the top, it is actually the footprints of a cheetah which led to the discovery of the actual cheetah hunting for its prey.  These little pieces of information not only is an interesting photo on its own, but it also tells a story when combined with the final photo, the one below.

Photos is a media for you to express your feelings and to tell a story, always try to capture the interesting things around you (especially in this digital age), these little pieces may actually link up to a grand story!

TL

Capture the Moments

Have been busy with some pre-wedding shots, and not able to update my blog for a while…

Actually this topic applies to a lot of different photography styles.  I have discussed this briefly before, where the concept of “decisive moment” preached by Henri Cartier Bresson is used in documentary photography.  This actually applies in wild life where you have to notice the emotions and expressions given by the animals, its quite difficult given it is very hard to understand what they are thinking of (I am a wildlife amateur…).

For pre-wedding and wedding shots, it is very important to capture such moments.  If successful, those will be the shots where the couples will be most happy with, seeing their own smiles, the tears of joy etc.

Practice makes perfect, share your thoughts and shots!

TL

Simplify

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!

TL