Saturday, July 27, 2013

Reasons to shoot

Leica M-E. Summicron-M 35mm f/2.8 1/350 ISO 160

There's nothing special in this photo, maybe even boring, to most people.

What made me shot it? 

  1. That's a nice bench; notice it only has 2 legs?
  2. You can't find benches like this in KL... Too hot, too close to the traffic (you'll either run over by the buses or robbed by the snatch thieves, or choked to death by the buses' and lorries' exhausts).
  3. I like the slight blue shinny refection of the shirt on the bench.
  4. The iconic City Circle Tram!
  5. Just nice amount of lights.
  6. Love the tilt of the photo, I think it gives some sense of movements, and 'life'.

So now you see how I usually make myself happy with whatever crappy photos I shoot?


Monday, July 1, 2013

Multi Gears

I used to carry several cameras/lenses for many reasons; my main 'justification' is each of them has different characters.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Nikon D100. Sigma 11mm f/13 0.6s ISO 1000

I do use app filters to enhance/alter the photo's mood, but I find it can't beat the original photo created by the camera itself.  Some may disagree, but I appreciate the camera's characteristic, and think my cameras tend to tell the story differently.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Nikon D100. Holga 60mm f/8 1/180 ISO 1000

Point the camera to the same direction, but a wide glass and a cheap plastic lens give a total different perspective.  

But lately I find the weight of several cameras and lenses is taxing to lug around, and not really helpful to my aging back...  Perhaps the days of multi-gears (big camera bag and straps and belts, and stuff) are over for me.  I should maybe stick to 1 camera with 1 lens based on the photo locations, and enjoy more in shooting and editing my photos, instead of nursing my backache after each outing ;)

Morning Glory
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
iPhone 4. Auto

... and of course always have my iPhone with me too!