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

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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.

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…

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

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

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