Thursday, December 27, 2012

Short trip to Singapore

Had some time over the weekends, so my family and I went over to Singapore for a short visit. We flew straight from LCCT to Changi airport as the air tickets weren't too expensive.

The last time I visited Singapore was actually just over 3-4 weeks ago, having to attend my brother's ROM over there. Never expected to go back so quickly until my mother suggested that we fly over for the weekend to spend more time in Singapore.

We stayed over at my brother's place for a few nights. It was quite a relief as the accommodation in Singapore can be pretty expensive.

Didn't do much for the first day after touching down at Changi airport, just did some walking around and having dinner. The area around my brother's Condo where we are staying the night at, is pretty nice. There are nearby public transportations (MRT,bus,taxi stands), places to buy groceries and a lot of eateries.

For the 2nd day, we went over to Universal Studios in Sentosa Island. Spent the entire day there going for rides after rides. At one point, I was quite shaken after taking the Cyclone roller coaster. The twists and drops were unbelievably scary. Not to mention that I wasn't wearing my spectacles, so I couldn't really see (I have bad eye sight lol).

And thank God, I didn't bring my camera equipment, if not, I would be dead tired by the end of the day. In this sort of situations, it would be great to have a small, portable camera with you. Something like a mirrorless camera from Sony, example is the NEX F3 which goes for about RM2.3k only for a set with twin lenses! And it has a APS-C sensor!

Photo credits to google lolz

Or an even more compact camera like the Sony RX100 which has a 1 inch sensor, though much smaller than the NEX F3. Comes with a bright 28mm f/2 lens and its size is only slightly larger than a Canon Powershot S110! Brilliant!

 Photo credits to google lolz

A little bit tempted to get such small form factor cameras to be honest for the convenience of course.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Joe and Carmen Actual Wedding Day

Had another opportunity to shoot an actual wedding day, this time it's Joe and Carmen's very special day. Thanks Daniel and Edwin for the opportunity to shoot alongside you guys and thanks Joe and Carmen for the chance to capture some pictures of your very special once in a lifetime day :)

p/s: The entire album was shot with a Canon 60D with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC and a Canon 580EXII speedlite.

The usual thing for all actual wedding day shoots for photographers, getting up super early at around 5.30am, getting ready the gears, have a shower and off to the bride groom's place. Brought along my trusty Canon 60D, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 HSM and the Canon 580EXII speedlite. We were also a bit rushing so we didn't have any breakfast but we did manage to grab some food at the groom's place :P



So when we reached the Joe's house, we didn't waste much time and started shooting away. Saw these cute soft toys and was intrigued by all the nice details on them. This shot was taken with flash, diffused and slightly bounced by the walls around the soft toys, which in return creates a soft light on the subject.


After Joe changed into his suit, then there was the tea ceremony. The mum looked pretty energetic in the morning but did seem a little emotional when being served tea by her son. Understandable yeah :D


Joe was all prepared in the car to depart to the bride's house. Managed to capture this shot of him when he was looking back at his mum (reflection on the left) just before the car was about to leave. His expression was like he was telling his mum... "Wish me luck!". 


It was long journey, close to 2 hours from Cheras to Melaka, to Carmen's house. But it was well worth it when we were greeted by ever cheerful and smiling bridesmaids. I wonder why? Perhaps they're giggling as to what the best men are to face in the gate crashing activities! :D

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Voon Keat and Eli's Actual Wedding Day


 I had the upmost pleasure to have the opportunity to capture Voon Keat and Eli's special day with their friends and family. Shot alongside my friend Edwin Ng and thanks for the shoot!

p/s: Wall of pictures lol :P



Monday, August 20, 2012

Looking for a gaming rig? Look here! [Updated: 6th April 2013]




The peeps over at Lowyat Hardware QnA forum asked me to help contribute on rig suggestions for various budgets, mostly for gaming since this is what most of the requests are usually for. So, this is my personal opinion. So don't need to flame me yeah! CnC is also welcomed!

Mostly gaming rigs, that is prioritizing graphics card over other components first, then only the other parts =)

And ohhh, some might be asking, is 500W really enough? Answer is YES. Modern graphics cards nowadays (2011/2012) uses a lot less power compared to years before, usually in the range of 200-250W at maximum. With the other components, total system consumption is usually less than 400W. So a 500W PSU is sufficiently enough for a single GPU setup. Would be good to have a good 150-200W 'headroom' as  it's better to not have PSU to have high load all the time

However if you're into stuff like overclocking your CPU to the max, it may not be enough.

Credits to Tomshardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-670-test-review,3217-15.html


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to landscapes again!

Didn't update my blog in like ages already because I'm damn blardy lazy to write a lot and not too good at writting either hahaha

But anyway, about a month ago or so, I organized a landscape outing to Kuala Lukut with several of my friends, most of them being lowyat.net forum members. Had always wanted to come to this place after seeing some pretty breathtaking landscape pictures from landscape photographer, Melvin Tong who's work I admire a lot.

We had great fun during the trip, got my legs messy as the shooting spot was super muddy, got some cuts on my legs and my t shirt and pants dirty. What a day! But at least I got back with a keeper.

LOL yes, landscape outings ain't like portraiture shoots where you can get like 20+ keepers in just a 2 hour shoot. You're lucky if you can get like 3-4 shots for one session of landscape outing. That's why landscape photography is a field of photography that requires a lot of patience and timing. Many well known photographers like Mr Liew Wk make many trips to landscape locations just to get that one great shot, with the perfect weather condition and the correct tide (seascape) and just the right, dramatic clouds. So yeah, landscape photography isn't something that you can get it right the first time you attempt on it. So, there's no need to be really feel down if you don't get keepers on your first try! :)


As you can see, it was very low tide! High tide was probably around 8-9pm so yeah we got it wrong. Perhaps towards the end of the year, we can expect higher tide at around 5-6pm or so.

And for the picture above, I have to apologize because I didn't quite apply hyperfocal rule especially when you need to have the foreground and background to be in focus. I was quite blur that day as I totally forgot about the rule.



A shot of my friend as he was shooting the sunset towards the right. I personally like this shot a lot, maybe I'll try to do such shots more in the future :P

And that's probably it hahaha. Few weeks later, my friend and I went to KLCC to capture the Twin Towers. It's mostly to teach my friend (in the picture above) about the basics of operating a DSLR and the functions of each element, as he's still pretty new to the DSLR world.

I brought along everything but when we reached there I noticed I forgot my tripod head. FML

So, I had to rush back to my house (about 15 minutes away), endure the traffic jam on the way and take back the tripod head. FML

We were lucky that the lights of Suria KLCC were still on when we were there around 11.30pm. It's reported to off the lights at around 12am. So we started shooting.

And that's all for that day.

And just the last weekend, I attended a Landscape workshop by Mr Liew. He started off by showing a slideshow, teaching about the basics of photography which were aperture, shutter speed, hyperfocal length, basic compositions&ideas, and many more. And after that, we all proceeded to Pantai Jeram for a sunset shoot. It was originally planned for the shoot to be held at Sekinchan but the place had to undergo replantation and thus, the venue had to be changed. Another muddy trip! Unfortunately no, as there's really no need to go into the mud, though I would love to if it is well worth it!

Took quite a few shots, mostly just to play around with the composition. Bracketed most of my shots, but in the end didn't use them at all. Here's what I got:

So yeah, I'm pretty satisfied with what I got here. Using a Ultra Wide Angle lens, I'm able to exaggerate perspective by making the bridge as if it were really big and long. But in reality, it's a bloody tiny bridge! hahahaha!

Back to PC Fair 2012 again

This time round, it's not really to take pictures but more to meeting up with friends. But take lah, since it's quite the trend nowadays. And I believe there are lots of people online who love to see them hahaha :P


Cyril Takayama is in Town!!


Sonia and Adrian Couple Shoot


Shin Yee


Friday, March 2, 2012

Fashion themed Shoot

So, recently, I did a fashion type shoot over the weekend. One of the styles of portraits that I've been wanting to do so badly!

Location was at an abandoned building structure, just beside the Sungai Buloh KTM station.

Gears used this time round is the usual Canon EOS 550D with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC and my newly acquired 50mm f/1.8 II and a 580EXII attached to a Demb Diffuser Pro. Great stuff!