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Portraits- Ayah Lang

This is my 82 year old uncle from Singapore. The one thing I remember about him is that he always had a camera with him. Ever since I can remember he would be taking pictures. I see him on family occasions nowadays and as always never without a camera, an old Minolta.

We had a huge family day last week where 450 people turned up (yes, I have a huge family) and Ayah Lang was there with his camera. His once steady hands shakes tremendously now and he takes a longer time to take a picture while he steadies his hands and I realised at that time what he meant to me.

He is the kindest and gentlest person I have ever know and I am happy that this portrait captures that essence of him.

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Vegetarian Food Corner of Brickfields

My Little Corner Restaurant

I love this picture. If you go to Brickfields there is a little corner which has a small tiny little vegetarian restaurant. The kitchen, sink, counter, cutlery, pots and pans are all contained within the one wall. Ikea would have been proud of this effort.

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Black and white portraits

I am itching to take more black and white portraits especially using 120 film. There’s something about the effort it takes to take black and white in film and then developing it.

I took this shot of my friend Sam

Portraits- Sam

I think its a cool portrait and catches him in a light mood. The sun was just nice and we were in the shade (Starbucks shade in Berjaya Times Square to be precise).

Leica M6 TTL
50mm Summicron f/2.0
Ilford Delta 100
Ilford ID-11 for 10 mins @ 24 deg c

 

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On the streets with an artist….

Taking a break

Leica M6 TTL
50mm f/2.0 Summicron
Fujicolour Pro 400H

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0 at f/2.0
Fujicolour Pro 400H

I went on walkabout today and went to Central Market hoping to see some unique characters. You can see a lot of artists here who make a living doing streetside portraits. This is one of them.

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Building confidence with the Leica M6

Boy at KLCC
Leica M6 50mm Summicron f/2.0 Kodak BW 400CN at f/2

I spend the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) Park today. I wanted more time with the Leica M6 as part of my efforts to get to know it better. My pictures have not been all that good since I got it 4 weeks ago. I must have shot 20 rolls since I got it and my success rates is less that 10% (not good). I’m going to Thailand in a couple of weeks time and I’m considering not lugging my Canon dSLRs with me. This time I brought my Canon Powershot G7 which acted as a reference for metering and exposure. The flow was simple. Meter with the M6 (or use the sunny 16 rule) and use the G7 to check it. Using this method I was able to make sure that I get the correct exposure based on the effect I wanted. I shots 2 rolls of Kodak BW 400CN and 1 roll of Fuji Pro 400H.

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Portraits – Daud

Portrait - Daud

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0
Kodak BW400CN
Scanner Canon 4400F

I have finally figured out the best settings for my scanner. And the best setting is to let the machine do its job. When I started scanning a couple of weeks ago I launched the scanner driver and started meddling with brightness, contrast and all that other good stuff and the pictures came out horribly. The scans were blurred, colour was awful and the images were just not worth the time. But I finally figured it out….

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Hello Bird

Peek

I caught this image when I was traveling in India earlier this year. One of the places I visited was Fatehpur Sikre, 1 hour out of Agra which is the home of the famous Taj Mahal. I can’t wait to travel again as I think I have made some progress in the last 9 months with my photography. Certainly if I were to visit India again (and to the same places) I htink my images will be very different now. Definately the equipment will also be different.

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