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Putu piring at the night market

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A pasar malam (night markets) is a kind of bazaar food, clothes and ornaments usually held once a week at any location. The the traders there would often rotate from pasar malam sites all over the particular locality. Read the rest of this entry »

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Street Portraits 12 January 2010

Street Portraits

One of the biggest change in the way I take pictures when I bought My Leica M8.2 was how easy it was to carry around. Gone are the days when I had to struggle with a zoom lens and another one in my backpack. I now carry a small cloth shoulder bag with some tiny M lenses and an extra battery. Not having equipment get in the way is like a breath of fresh air.

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Girl in Cambodia

I like going back to images taken I’m the past and applying knowledge of new processing technique. I took about 7 pictures of this girl on Cambodia in 2006 and I never really paid much attention to this image. There’s a kind of moodiness to her. A sense of longing.

 

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What is this Leica glow??

I took these images today during a wedding I was invited to. I just can’t help bringing the camera. These 2 flower girls were getting ready to do their thing and I managed to snap a quick one.

I always thought the Leica ‘glow’ was a lot of nonsense but I take it all back. There is a kind of glow to the images I take with my M8.2. It’s not in all the images but when it’s there, it’s beautiful.

Is it the light? The aperture? The time of day? The subject? The mood? Is it destined to be completely dependent on luck?

Someone tell me how to replicate this?

2 Flower Girls

 

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You improve your photography not only by taking pictures but by studying what pictures you have taken…

Take all of the images you have taken and select the best 100. From the 100, select the best 20. From the 20 select the best 6. These 6 images becomes your all time greatest images you have taken so far. Ask yourself the question, ‘what do these 6 images tell the viewer about me’? I learnt more about my photography by doing this then I did taking thousands of pictures.

For me I always return to these 3 image I took in Cambodia,

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Cambodia December 08, 2007-261-Edit

Cambodia December 08, 2007-107-Edit

There are more ‘happier pictures’ that I took in Cambodia during that period but they are less memorable to me. What does it say about me?

 

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Just use any camera available

It’s almost impossible for us to be without a camera. Whilst some of us would insist on taking pictures with a dSLR and no trust anything else, we should remember that that it no longer required.

I recently write on my Facebook page about,

‘What’s the ideal camera for you? It’s the one you already have. Whether tacebook pait’s in a phone or a small digital compact or even the old film camera you left in a box somewhere. Master that one first before you start thinking of buying a new one. Cultivate your vision and imagination first then find the equipment to bring your vision to reality’….

If you enjoy photography, there is no need to go gear crazy. Just use whatever you have.

This picture was taken with the iPhone 3GS. Effects supplied by the Chase Jarvis’ iPhone apps Bestcamera which is a great little app…

 

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The Leica Man

After a long hiatus from writing, I’m finally back and am determined to maintain a semblance of commitment to writing.

Life is a little bit more exciting since my latest acquisition. After months of deliberating and anxiety I finally went ahead and got my Leica digital rangefinder, a silver M8.2 and a very nice Leica 35mm f/2.0 pre asphalt Summicron. I knew from the first few pictures I took that I should have done this a long time ago.

I also bought the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar and the 50mm f/1.2 Notkon (which is still way less than what I paid for the 35mm Summicron). These 3 lenses satisfied 90% of my lens requirements though I am tempted to fill in the other 10% with a longer lens probably a 90mm Summicron.

I took the M8.2 out for a spin to take pictures during my cousins wedding. What a difference it makes. I can immediately see that my whole photography has changed and the picture taking experience is so much more satisfying. Though metering is still a bit tough for me (I’m pampered by the whole slew of metering from the Canon EOSes I’ve been using), after awhile I am sure it will come naturally and I can’t wait to use it for an actual assignment.

Below is a portrait of my cousin taken during the wedding.

Wedding portrait

Leica M8.2
Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 Nokton
Processed in Aperture
Black and white conversion in Adobe Photoshop CS4

 

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