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Man in prayer

I saw this man sitting on the pavement next to the Masjid Jame LRT Station in KL. I think I must have stood there observing him for about an hour. It occurred to me that this man may be, like so many others in KL these days, a professional beggar relying on people’s sense of compassion to make a living. I doubt it though because I could see his legs were not fully formed. I wanted to get in closer to give justice to the 50mm I was carrying but couldn’t quite summon the courage to. Next time, I must get closer. I thought maybe some of the images I captured were quite good though I am certain as I revisit them that they are not good enough and could have been better.

Leica M8.2
Voigtlaender 50mm f/1.1 Nokton


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The state of my photography…

I miss taking portraits.

Over the last one year, my body of work has shrunk tremendously. As I try to understand why, I realize that the main reason was a lack of desire. I have come up with lots of excuses- too much work, not enough time, not inspired, no interesting subject. Sort of like the same excuses I would use to justify the lack of entries on my blog. Life in terms of work has been tremendously rewarding though so I actually have no excuses.

I miss the human connection that portraiture work gave me.
I miss the challenge of getting the subject at ease with me so that I can capture their essence of who they really are.
I miss the exhilaration when at look at the monitor and more so when I print the portraits.
I miss the look of amazement when somebody gets a chance to look at my work.

Because of this, I feel a stirring in me and am now itching to get back behind the lens and implication, this blog…..

2 swans and a tourist
Bukit Tinggi, 2010
Leica M8.2
50mm F/1.1 Nokton


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I’ve done it…. Leica


After months of agonising, thinking, weighing pros and cons, research and just plain giving myself a migraine, I’ve finally done it. I bought a used Leica M6 TTL and a brand new Leica 50mm Summicron f/2.0. And the agony was worth it….

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Featured Photojournalism – Capoeira

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I had a chance to take photos of a capoeira roda last night. I didn’t want to take ‘clinical’ shots and preferred to have a lot of blurred motion so I had the camera on a slow 1/25 and the speedlite at rear curtain sync. Flash was on camera and the exposure was set on manual. The ISO was set on a high ISO 1600 to ensure enough level of the background crowd detail is captured. I like this image as the intensity of the capoeirist’s face combined with both his movement and the crowd in the background does give a the viewer the experience of the high energy involved.

You can view other images of the series here….

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Speedlite 580 EX II
f/4 1/25th ISO 1600 Manual Exposure Flash fired


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