Friday, April 17, 2015

News Digest

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The scene presented itself when I walked past this sitting out area around a corner.  How the light fell on the folk and his newspaper caught my eye and snap snap snap the camera shutter went.  I have been taking photos daily still, and am brewing an idea for a project to enter into a photo contest.  This Saturday I will be attending a prize presentation ceremony for finalists of a photo contest held by a local radio station.  It feels good to put some value in the efforts I’ve been making as a hobby.

Don’t stop taking photos, mates.

Monday, March 23, 2015

In the Shade, Find the Face

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Will you manage to find the face? Tip: It is not in the shade.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What Camera for Street Photography

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I am with a local photography group but I haven’t really taken part in its shootouts. Recently the members had a street photography meetup and there were some nice shots. What I found interesting was how some used intimidating, at least that’s what I think, big DSLRs for shooting on the street. Those cameras are the least ideal for shooting candid images. And the zoom lens mounted on them would do nothing but make the photographers feel little need to go into where the action happens for the images, which is the gist of making street shots tick. For that reason, if you do street photography, use a compact and a prime lens.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


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One of the most common online images is of people walking in the street, which are so ubiquitous to the point of being monotonous. There is one dumb-proven technique in making one such shot that may stand out. It is shooting a scene where people are going in different directions. This always works.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Camera, Daily Must-have Item

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I have been slacking off a bit posting here but not for shooting. Bringing along my camera remains a daily must. This has become so built-in that I will feel very insecure without it when being away from home lest a previous photography opportunity will present itself around the next corner.


My GR mounted with the converter gives me even greater stealth in making candid shots in the street coz the converter screens the protruded lens when turned on.


The customisable slots are set with a variety of stylistic modes. I named them like Underground, Street, Light Painting, etc. What a fun camera!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


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The locals are gradually returning to their normal lives after the Chinese New Year week. Since it is based on the lunar calender, the Chinese New Year day falls on different days between end January and end February each year. Besides the usual celebrations, lots of protesting have been going on during the week this year as the influx of Mainland Chinese buying out necessities has caused an outcry from the community.  They come over to Hong Kong to snap up items from staple food to dog food. Worst of all, their bad habits and manners like here and here are what frustrate the locals most. CNN has recently reported on the issue here. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Composition and Atmosphere

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I trust that you have read a lot about composition. After all, there is no lacking of self-confessed “experts” teaching photographic skills on the Internet.  But those teachings are mostly telling you how composition is done for composition’s sake. I honestly don’t buy that idea since there is a reason for a specific composition.  I seldom read any writing about interpreting composition in relation to the intent of the photographer, say, to complement the intended atmosphere.  Let me put it this way: Composition is a tool to use for a purpose, but not a tool to use for showing people that you know that tool.