Portraits- Altin Tafilaj

Portraits - Altin Tafilaj

This is a new friend of mine Altin Tafilaj who plays the viola. I offered to take his portraits and we had a fantastic time trying out different poses and positions. He was most patient with me when I was figuring out the lighting strategy. This one is my favourite.

He is part of a chamber music group Chromarte Duo and you can see more of him at the Chromarte website.

I had brought my 85mm f/1.2 L with me but it was too long as the room was quite small. Out came the 50mm f/1.8 which proved to be a lifesaver. I am feeling that there is a niche here, portraits of musicians. Hmmmmm

Carlos Kalmar conducting the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar at the DFP

I was fortunate enough to be asked to take pictures at the Malaysian Dewan Filharmonik Petronas with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra playing. The guest conductor was Carlos Kalmar. What a night. The intensity and energy of Maestro Kalmar was amazing…..

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The Right Eye

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(see the image in the original context .)

This could possibly be one of the best picture of me. Taken by my cousin Faizal. Many thanks Faizal…

I don’t have the Leica with me at the moment (it’s a long story but let’s just say it’s in someone’s safekeeping). Nowadays I’m taking pictures with the Pentax LX and 50mm SMC f/1.2 which is a nice combo as well. More opportunities for low light photography.

Freeze

Mr Freeze

Walking in Bukit Bintang you can sometimes see strange and wonderful things. This fellow created quite a stir when he started his act. He just stood there motionless sometimes for minutes. Once in awhile he moves to a new position. I would love to see his eyes but I suppose he keep it hidden to hide the pain of discipline…

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In the woods

In the woods

Leica M6 TTL
50mm Summicron f/2.0

This came from an extremely under developed film. I scanned it and push levels up in CS3. Although the image quality leaves much to be desired, it still retains my original vision when I took the shoot. 2 people walking in the woods. Pity about the developing. Sigh…

Believe it or not this is in KLCC Park.

To M8 or not to M8?

I have fallen in love with rangefinder shooting and film. Ever since I got my Leica M6 TTL I’ve taken about 50 rolls of film. There’s just something about it that makes you want to make any excuses to take pictures. I still have my dSLR and lenses and use it to take pictures but I have to admit that its losing its appeal. I can still make great pictures with them and I’ll probably continue to use it but I now feel the lure of the Leica M8.

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