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