Featured Portrait – Man from Bus

When I remember my experiences in Cambodia and India and compare the feeling I get when I take pictures of people, I can say that it’s actually quite tougher in KL than anywhere else. Of course, a lot of it is made up in my mind as I feel so self conscious when I go around with my camera in my home city. That’s probably why I have been obsessed with finding a small and discreet camera like the Leica M8. Going around with a pro body and a big lens just doesn’t cut it for me at the moment. But sometimes it does…..

Portrait - Man from bus

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Canon versus Nikon

Well. I don’t normally fall into the ‘trap’ of comparing camera systems especially between the Nikons and the Canons of this world. I have long ago passed the equipment obsession mode so many of us (in fact maybe all of us) seem to go through. I am happy with my Canon gear though I must admit I did go through a stage of contemplating the switch when the D3 was announced. The main reason for switching was the 200-400 f/4, the 200mm f/2 and the nicely priced full frame D3. I decided against it because I asked myself whether my photography would change as a result of the switch. I’m not one to go pixel peeping and comparing noise control especially between pro-level bodies. They all have their strengths and weaknesses and in the end, it just wasn’t compelling enough (especially because Nikon doesn’t have anything to complete with my EF 85mm f/1.2 L).

But making that decision to stick doesn’t stop me from being a bit envious of Nikon users and a bit peeved at Canon.

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The other part of Right Eye

One of the things I hardly write about is my other life which is to provide training and consultancy services. It’s something that I enjoy doing and is right up there with photography as my passions in life. And I have to say I have been getting excellent results so far. One of the programmes I do is training in presentation skills. At the moment it’s called powerful presentations. Not very original I know so I am now embarking on a complete revamp of all modules (including the branding).

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Featured Portrait – Little Zein

Through The Looking Glass

This one was a tough one to get right. It was in the middle of the day and the sun was high up and harsh. I set the shutter at 1/200 and aperture at f/10 so that the light from the sun was controlled. I then placed a speedlite 580 EXII directly to the boys left (camera right) at a power output of 1/8. Triggering was done with the China triggers.

You can see the shadows made by his arm. This is the first time I am using off camera flash outside in these conditions and I am quite happy with the results.

Note: This image has some manipulation done to it ( brought down the brightness of the sky and combined it with the same image). The magnifying glass is totally as is.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II at 16mm
Speedlite 580 EX II at 1/8 power
Radio triggers

1/200 f/10 ISO 200 Manual Exposure

Sigh

I’ve been so uninspired to write anything lately. Maybe because things are a bit depressing with the world oil prices and food supply problems. The political drama doesn’t help either.

I think the more you leave it, the more difficult it is to get back into the groove. So I will start getting back into the groove.