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

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

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.

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…

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

Challenging myself

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.

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