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Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured, MyPhotos, Photography | 0 comments

2013 Favourite Shots

2013 Favourite Shots

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In 2013 I’ve bought an Olympus OM-D E-M5, and because of it’s small size and lightweight, I carry it with me more often than I use to compared to my Nikon D7000 (which I sold to fund my Olympus) and I took more photos than before.

So here I’ve picked 10 of my favourite shots in 2013. Photos are not arranged in any order. You can click on the images to go to the Flickr page to view larger versions and also check their EXIF data.

1. My Nephew, Joel

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I love to photograph my 2 nephews, Johann and Joel. This shot is taken on Johann’s 2 years old birthday celebration, after dinner, outside the restaurant at Desa Park City. Shot using Nikon D7000 with 35mm f1.8G.

2. My Sweetheart, Celine

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This was taken in Sabah. A holiday with Celine and friends. Shot using Nikon D7000 with 35mm f1.8G. You can watch the video I shot and edited for the trip here.

3. My First Mechanical Watch

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Bought this watch 2 years ago, it’s the first watch I buy with my money, not a gift from friends, not from parents, or brothers, and to me, it’s expensive. Shot this to test my new camera and it’s kit lens’ macro abilities. Olympus OMD EM5 with 12-50mm kit lens & YongNuo YN560 II flash.

4. Warp Speed

Warp Speed

In 2012 I started working as a junior graphic designer in an agency. And I travel to work by commuter to save money from car petrol and parking fees. And after some increment, and also sometimes I have to work late, and many other reasons (Malaysia’s KTM commuter service is unreliable), I decided to drive to work.

5. Bon Odori Festival

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Obon (ใŠ็›†) or just Bon (็›†) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. In Malaysia, the festival is celebrated on a much smaller scale in Penang, Selangor and Sabah, and is less associated with Buddhism and more with Japanese culture. Held mainly to expose locals to a part of Japanese culture, the festival provides the experience of a variety of Japanese food and drinks, art and dance, with the vast number of Japanese companies in Malaysia taking part to promote their products. (Taken from Wikipedia)

My first time going to Bon Festival, the highlight of the event was the fireworks in the end.

6. Church (The Bridge 35th Year Anniversary)

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The Bridge Communications, is a local Chinese Christian publisher. They produce Chinese Christian magazines and books. This was shot during the 35th anniversary celebration. I like it because it’s from a perspective that I seldom see. You can view other photos I shot on that day here.

7. Jayson’s Proposal

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Shot at Sekeping Serendah. We went there in the afternoon to decorate the place and prepare dinner for the dinner. At night, Jayson went to fetch Rachel here and she shed tears of joy when she saw the place we decorated, she knows he’s going to propose.

8. My Nephew, Johann

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My eldest brother’s son, my first nephew. This shot was taken after dinner with family. I’ve taken thousands of photos of him, you can check out this video I made using only photos of him here.

9. A Walk in the Park

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Wanted to try shooting ourselves without another photographer. I set the timer and used a tripod for this. Shot at Lake Gardends.

10. Colours of Sunrise

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Went to Genting with friends without my girlfriend. I woke up early in the morning because it was too cold. I was unable to shoot the sun as it was on the right and blocked by the hotel building, but I like how God painted the sky, so cropped the photo to remove the building. You can watch the video and photos I shot during this trip here.

I photograph to document my life, to record moments, to remember the times we’re enjoying ourselves, having fun or events, to share my stories.

My passion in photography is growing stronger than my passion for design or music. I spent more hours on photography or camera related websites and blogs than design websites. In 2014, I will be shooting more, would like to be a great photographer one day.

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in blog, Featured, MyPhotos, Photography | 0 comments

First Time Using Olympus OMD EM-5 for Wedding Dinner

First Time Using Olympus OMD EM-5 for Wedding Dinner

After months of not shooting weddings or events, I decided to sell off all my DSLR equipments, Nikon D7000 and lens, and got myself a lighter system, and there was the EM-5 hype and I bought it.

Last week is my first time using the EM-5 to shoot a wedding. I had some doubts like, will people belittle me for not using a big DSLR for the job? What if my camera malfunctions? But I found this link How to overcome fears using Micro 4/3rds cameras in a professional environment, and so I took the leap of faith to shoot a paid event without DSLR.

Morning session I’m the second videoman (Yie Meng’s the main videoman for morning session), and at night I’m the main photographer.

I prepared 2 bodies, EM-5 with 12-50mm kit lens and YongNuo YN560 II and EPL-5 with 45mm f1.8, I end up using only EM-5 99% most of the time.

One problem about small cameras is the grip. I find it difficult to hold with the YN-560 flash mounted on top. I plan to buy a grip when I have the extra money for it. And I need more spare batteries. I already have 3 batteries now, but I prefer to have one or two more just to be safe if I’m going to shoot for the whole day.

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Using EM-5 for video

Here’s the same day edit Yie Meng did, it was played during the dinner. There’s only about 20% of footage that’s from my EM-5. Most of the footage is from Yie Meng’s Canon 60D.
Watch Ray & Terrie SDE on Vimeo.

There’s plus and minus using EM-5 for video shooting. There’s the EM-5’s in body stabilizing system, which is great for video mode. But during video recording, EM-5 can’t change exposure in manual video mode, which I find is a bit of a let down, because sometimes we move from indoor to outdoor, it’ll become overexposed. If I use auto video mode, it’ll change the exposure itself, but I still prefer manual controls.

Conclusion

Overall I wont say that this set of photos are great, but I give myself a passing mark. It’s been too long and I didn’t do my homework at improving my skills, if there’s another chance, I’ll do better than this.

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2010 in Information, MyPhotos, Photography | 0 comments

Macro Photography on a Budget

Macro Photography on a Budget

Macro photography is fun, but the price of the lens are very expensive.
In this post, I’m gonna share with you how to shoot macro photography, without spending hundred or thousand of dollars for a lens, instead, weโ€™re just gonna spend a few dollars on a reverse ring.

There’s 2 types of reverse ring. One is lens to body, the other is lens to lens. I’m using the lens to body reverse lens.

Reverse ring on Canon 400D

Know your lens’ diameter, and get the right ring size for it. I bought the 52mm diameter ring to use with my 50mm f/1.8 and 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. It’s better to use some old lens or cheaper lens because the other side of the lens will be exposed to dust and stuffs, and you don’t have a filter for that. (Or you can DIY your own filter for the reverse side of the lens… Hmm… I might try that.)

Search on eBay for reverse ring.

Here are some shots I took using the reverse ring, with my 38-76mm lens and Canon 400D.
Macro 1

It’s best to shoot in bright daylight. Sometimes if it’s too dark, I use my camera’s built-in flash to light up the subject.

Macro 2

When using the reverse ring, it’s hard to focus on the subject. Sometimes I have to use a tripod to avoid camera shake.

Macro 3

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Macro 7

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View larger images and other photos shot using reverse ring on Facebook or Flickr.

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Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in MyPhotos | 3 comments

Photo shoot at Lake Gardens

Photo shoot at Lake Gardens

I borrowed a prime lens, 50mm f1.8, and I test it at orchid and hibiscus garden and the butterfly park at Lake Gardens. All shots were taken with that lens and my Canon 400D.

Shooting butterflies was not easy. Can’t get too close to them, and I have to snap fast. I’m glad that there’s enough sunlight throughout the day.

Oh, and at the orchid and hibiscus garden, I was afraid of bees or wasp that might sting me.

Click on images for larger view.
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Flowers
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Butterfly 2
Yellow Flower
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Black Blue Butterfly
Red Dragonfly
Orchid
Water Lily

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