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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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.

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

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.

Cantonese Opera

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!

Eye of the City

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…