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

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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.

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.

Light Topography

Inside RiverShadows of TomorrowEmotional PlaygroundMother's LoveWe All Become HumanEnjoy the Silence
REM DreamDays of Our LivesNazgul's Private MomentWeb of DreamsPrivate SunshineWatching the Lights Go Down

Light Topography, a set by jannepaint on Flickr.

Recently saw some of these photos, which is rather inspiring (creepy also!)

Another type of shot you can do even when you are stuck at home… 🙂

TL

Family Outdoors

Let’s take a break from the my wildlife photography experience, where I want to share another type of photography, family photography.

During such events, I will position myself more away from the subjects.  This will allow the family to act naturally, so that I can capture the true emotions of the family interactions, just like a series of a snapshots.

Most of the times when we receive jobs and assignments from clients, it is easy for us to dive right into the action and start directing the models to pose.  Of course with that technique you will get the standard shots that you want, but if you want your photos to feel the way it really happened like a candid shot, why not try to capture the moments without directing your models, let them roam free.  And more often than not, you will be rewarded greatly.

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

Wildlife x Snapshot

During my trip in Africa, I also tried to apply my snapshot skills to work on wildlife photography.

I realise that animals display a lot of emotions and behaviour similar to humans (maybe the other way round?!).  I try to capture these snaps throughout the trip, and the above photo looks to me like a pair of arguing couple.  As humans, the wife had the upper hand and the husband shows his frustrations with no chance of winning :P.

TL

Landscape x Wildlife

The perfect image in my head before taking this shot was that the cheetah looking towards the right with its head held up high.  However, after shooting wildlife for a few days, I realise that luck plays some part in great wildlife photography.  You are unable to predict what exactly will they do, and it is very very difficult to get the photo you were expecting.

I was very lucky that we followed the cheetah for a bit, and it climbed up on a fallen tree, make the scene almost a perfect frame of Africa.

Looking at this photo brings back happy memories of my trip!

TL

Portraits in Wildlife

Shooting a lion has never come across my mind before.  It seems so distant and its rare to see them in the open (usually they are behind cages!).  During my trip in Africa, I have a lot of opportunities to have close encounters with them, and allow me to shoot them at very close distances.

The frame above was to try and mimic a portrait of a person, with a very tight crop, eyes looking at the camera and nice even/soft lighting.  The closeness gave this photo almost an unbelievable feel.

Try to link different styles of photos together, like portrait x wildlife, and you may get some interesting results.

Hope you enjoy this!

TL