Portrait – Girl In Kebaya

Girl In Kebaya

I was asked to take portraits at an event recently. 45 Portraits and I had to do it in 2 hours. Man. What a rush. I spent the whole day experimenting on lights to see which is th emost versatile and easy to set up. I literally had about 3 minutes for each portrait so I had to work fast. More significantly I also had to make the person relaxed and comfortable.

The lighting strategy was a 300w light fixed with a12 inch diameter honyecomb dish. For some of the portraits I used either a reflector or a shoot through umbrella as fill in. On others I forego the fill in to create shadows on the side which I felt really borught in the mood of the portrait.

Needless to say, they all loved it.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 85mm f/1.2 L
f/14 1/125th ISO 200 Manual Exposure

Featured Wedding Photography – Henna On The Wedding Day

Henna On The Wedding Day

Malay custom, though based on Islamic principles of marriage, are heavily influenced by the neighbouring areas like Jawa, Sumatra, the Indian sub-continent, China, the Middle East and the West. This is probably due to the strategic position for trade between the China and India and the heavy influx of immigrants from these countries in the early 15 century.

A malay wedding, for example, has many elements of Indian culture and one of the most viisible is the use of henna to decorate the bride. In the present day, the use of henna, though not as elaborate, remains a strong component of the malay wedding.

This picture was taken during a wedding affirmation ceremony (called the akad nikah). The lighting was not good but I didn’t want to use flash so that I can retain the softness of the image. I knew the Canon 5D handles noise at high ISO very well and I also knew that having some noise/grain may actually enhance the image.

Canon EOS 5D
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 200mm
f/2.8 1/100th ISO 800 Aperture Priority

Portrait – Bon

Portrait - Bon

I took a series of shots of my cousin Bon yesterday. This one was a very simple shot. The afternoon sun was streaming from the window on camera right and I had to carefully meter the exposure so that I capture all the details. I added a simple gradient from top frame right to bottom frame left to give a little bit more depth to the image. I also did some dodging and burning to the face to increase the tonal range.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 85mm f/1.2 L
f/3.5 1/200th ISO 320 Aperture Priority

Featured Photojournalism – The Buskers of Bukit Bintang

Moneybag2.JPGBukit Bintang is one of the commercial districts of Kuala Lumpur. Being one of the oldest shopping centres, it is smack in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and is one of the must go area for tourists. Every weekend, a group of people will congregate in one of the corners and play the didgeridoo. I’ve been there twice to take pictures, trying to find a story. How did they start? Why is the man in a wheelchair? Where did they pick this up? Why did they pick this up? The story still eludes me. Perhaps the pictures are worth more than these questions….

Click The Buskers of Bukit Bintang to see the photostory

Clash Of Times – Pete Sampras and Roger Federer Images

Click here for images from the Clash Of Times Pete Sampras V Roger Federer tennis matchIt was breathtaking to see some of the old magic of Sampras. The 200kph + serve is still there as well as the blistering passing shot down the line and the volleys. He may be a bit older and a bit slower than when he was world number 1, but he still has the shots. Though Federer was on form as usual and didn’t have much problems in defeating Sampras 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5), I was still solidly behind Sampras. The match was played at Melawati Stadium Shah Alam to a packed house.Its great to see world class in action…

Clash Of Times – Pete Sampras and Roger Federer

Brilliant. I just came back from Clash Of Times Tennis match between Pete Sampras and Roger Federer. I’m a Sampras fan and this guy can still make some shots that will make your heart sing…..Anyway, stay tuned for more shots of these 2 greatsClick here for more images of the Sampras Federer match…..

Click here to see pictures from the Rafal Nadal Gasquet Clash Of The Titans match .Federer ServeRoger Federer servingSampras ServePete Sampras serving

Featured Sports – Nadal V Gasquet

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f/5 1/320th ISO 2500 170mm

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f/5 1/250 ISO 1600 160mm

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f/5 1/320th ISO 2500 200mm

I watched the ‘Clash Of The Titans’ exhibition match between Rafal Nadal and Richard Gasquet last night at Stadium Melawati, Shah Alam, Malaysia. Armed with my EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS, I was hoping to get lots of keeper shots as the ticket I got was very good. Lighting was a problem and I couldn’t use flash. I had to bump up the ISO way up there between ISO 1600-3200 so that I can get the shutter speed above 1/1000th and even that was a problem. I didn’t want to go down to f/2.8 as I wanted to make sure features are sharp. One thing though, noise reduction would beautifully on the Mark III.

All images taken with Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. No flash was used.

Click here for more my images from the match…

Images from the Clash Of The Titans – Nadal V Gasquet

I went to see Rafal Nadal play Richard Gasquest last night. Wow. What a match. Nadal won 3-6 6-2 6 3. There were some spectacular diaply of athleticsm from the King of Clay resulting in some very fine shots.

For a report on the match see here…..

Click here for my images from the match…

Featured Portrait – Jaclyn


This is another in Jaclyn’s series. Lighting is based on a honeycombed beauty dish on camera right place above head height. 1 softbox on camera left to soften shadows. The white balance was done through colour temperature (7350k) on Canon DPP and I wanted the image to be very warm. This is a heavily cropped image resulting in the eyes to be not as sharp as I want it to be but there is no other way to get this compression effect on face portraits without using a supertele.

See here for other portraits of Jaclyn….

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 195mm
f/14 1/125th ISO 400 Manual Exposure