Monday, May 04, 2015

A Bright Sunday Morning at Petaling Street

Any photographers exploring street photographer in Kuala Lumpur would most definitely do some sessions at the famous Petaling Street, or Chinatown of KL. I have mentioned that this is not my preferred street hunting ground, but it is also one of the most frequented, and shot locations by any street photographers out there. I was there this morning with Nick Wade and we attacked the streets and the cats we found along the way. 

Is there anything specific I wanted to achieve in my photography this morning? Or in any of my shutter therapy sessions generally speaking? No, not really. I think the main objective is having fun, and what better way to do that than clicking the camera away and shoot into the randomness that we chanced on the streets. Again, this time I armed myself with the Panasonic GM1. 

Special thanks to Frederick who has bought me some spare batteries so I can now shoot without being too conservative on the short battery life. 

All images were taken with Panasonic GM1 and Olympus M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8 and 17mm F1.8

Internet for All

Burried

Intimacy

Portrait of a Stranger 1

Blue Hoarding

Everyone Look to the Right

The Kids Know

Closed Doors

Chicken Rice Uncle

Hair is on Fire

Dress Code

City Street

Man in Yellow

Buses

Portrait of Stranger 2

Under the Table

Waiting

I did say we were attacking the cats, didn't I? Nick Wade in action. And yes, it was nice having Nick, since I was always the only one shooting the cats. 

With the few shutter therapy sessions I have had for the past few days, I finally felt like myself again. You know, the feeling of craving for one particular food and finally after a long time, you get to eat them till you are satisfied. Good shutter therapy sessions bring much satisfaction to me. 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Labor Day Shutter Therapy

It is a public holiday in Malaysia today, celebrating the Labor Day, and what better chance I can take than to go all out to have an awesome shutter therapy session on the street this morning. I decided to arm myself with the cute tiny Panasonic GM1 and attacked streets of Chow Kit, together with Jackie Loi and his friend, Eric. It was a hot, sunny morning, and I managed to get some photos which I am sharing here now. 

It was a slow, easy morning hence we had quite a fun, and relaxing walk at Chow Kit streets. 

I think many photographers struggle too hard to achieve extraordinary results. I on the other hand chose to do the exact opposite. If you have not noticed, all my images are focusing on very ordinary subjects, ordinary people in everyday places, nothing out of the usual, nothing spectacular. I have said this before, and I will say it again, as photographers, it is important to find beauty in ordinary things. Instead of going to find the elusive "moments", we have to open our eyes to realize that photography opportunities are all around us, all we have to do is grab the camera, go out and SHOOT. 

All images were taken with Panasonic GM1 and Olympus M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8 and 25mm F1.8

Start the day with Chilli Pan Mee at Kin Kin Restaurant. Almost every time I am shooting at Chow Kit I would have this as breakfast. 

Market Worker

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Randomness from Vietnam

Since I did not have any shutter therapy sessions lately I am out of new photographs to share here. Nonetheless, that did not stop me from digging some older stuff which I had, and I remembered I took like a thousand photos during my trip to Hoi, An, Vietnam last year and I found some photographs which did not make it to the previous batch of selection here (click).

Long weekend is coming, and I can't wait to hit the streets again. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko lenses 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8 and 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 kit lens



Sunday, April 19, 2015

An EPIC Weekend Adventure to Kuantan Shooting Stars, Sunrise and Anything in Between

Shutter therapy took an unexpected turn this weekend. I took a break from what I do normally and took on a journey to many firsts: 
1) My first trip to Kuantan, Pahang
2) My first time seeing the Milky Way and shooting it (I told dear friend Sameer I have seen it, but now that I tried to recall I actually have not seen it)
3) My first time shooting everything night sky, besides the Milky Way I also shot Star Trails
4) My First time using the amazing function in the OM-D, Live Composite setting
5) My first time shooting steel wool
6) Basically, this was my first all out landscape and night sky photography outing. 

I was travelling with a HUGE group of photography enthusiasts from Photographic Society of Petaling Jaya (PSPJ) to Kuantan, Pahang, a state on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. This was quite an adventurous photography outing, with activities planned to fill the shooting hours all the way till the darkest hours of the night. I departed with more than 30 photographers from Kuala Lumpur, driving about 3 hours to arrive at a sea-side location at ungodly 4am in the morning, and shooting started immediately with Milky Way beaming down on us in the dark, beautiful skies of East Coast Malaysia. The shooting went on non-stop with very little sleep in between and boy, what an exhilarating and fulfilling weekend, both for my photography self, and my soul!

After work on Friday evening, I headed home, packed up enough change of shirt for 2 days adventure, and brought along the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with several M.Zuiko lenses, 12mm F2 (primary lens for this trip), 9-18mm F4-5.6, 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8 and 75-300mm. I used all lenses  in this trip. I also brought along a tripod, which was an absolute necessity for almost all photographs shown in this entry. 

I will as usual, share my experience from the trip, with plenty of photographs taken, and also what went behind each photographs, what I have learned and what could have been improved. 

Let's start with the night sky. The Stars. It was a Sky Full of Stars (cue Coldplay song). 

12mm F2, 25sec, F2, ISO3200