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…
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.
Have been rather lazy for the past few weeks (I think its at least a month since I wrote a post)…
Haven’t been shooting a lot recently, as always a lot of excuses, being busy, tired, distracted, procrastinating etc… I’ve got to be more disciplined.
Well, not that I have been totally stopped thinking about photography. I have been trying more new things, shoot in a way I never shot before. Using new “techniques”, angle of approach to places where I have been to thousands of times. Trying to make the subject looking like something else.
The above was shot in the middle a local wet market. It is a busy street, and people around me kept looking above their heads, being curious about what I am actually shooting. Well, the buildings are actually rather close to each other, and looking up with my fish-eye actually made the street looked like an eye…
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!
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.
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!
The sun was setting and the rays made a golden line on the sea. The fisherman’s boat met the golden line, highlighting the boat. On the other hand the bridge in the foreground becomes another straight line, linking the two lines is the horizon in the background, making it an inverted triangle composition.
Be aware of the “lines” in your frame, and you may be surprised by the simple shapes it makes; these shapes will help your composition significantly.
Its not an everyday scene to see fisherman at work, in particular that I live in a big city. The above photo was taken on a beach, with some parts which seems to be remaining of an old bridge. The fisherman’s boat was moving along and I managed to capture it. There is a modern ship in the background, and also high rise buildings further away.
This black and white photo showed the depth of field with the different shadow tones, and the fisherman’s boat is shown with a silhouette. Sometimes its not the clarity of your subject which matters, but its how you present the overall idea.