Portraits Of Cambodia

Portraits Of Cambodia

I love this image. The colours have popped out very nicely and the background is very ‘rusty’. This was part of a series of shots I took of the kids in Cambodia. They were lining up one after another and I told them to just squat down and look at the camera. It was mid afternoon and the sun was blazing so I had to be careful with the lighting. The sunlight bounced of the ground under me to the girl who was in a shade and she was standing about 3 feet from the wall behind here. I really enjoyed taking these pictures and it was so uplifting to see their reaction when they were shown their picture.

Canon EOS 30D EF 70-200mm f/2.8 at 110mm
f/2.8 1/200th ISO 100 Aperture Priority

Cambodia Portraits

Cambodia Portraits

After over a month of coming back from Cambodia, I have had a chance to reflect on the photography and the images I took. Well over 5000 pictures were taken and I believe I have a few real keepers that stands out. This is one of them.

Taken with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS on a 30D (why 30D? I’ll write about it when I recover) this one was a classic case of everything just falling into place. The light and the shadow was just perfect and the look was just sublime. I had to be quick to capture this one as everyone just seems to smile whenever they see a camera pointed at them.

The post processing was tricky as I wanted to make sure I got the details of the wall. A lot of heavy dodging and burning.

Canon EOS 30D
EF 70-200mm f.2.8 L IS at 70mm
f/2.8 1/640th ISO 400 Aperture Priority

Featured Wildlife – The Ant’s Journey

To See A World In A Grain Of Sand

This was one of the first pictures I took when I started to gear up more than a year ago. I bought myself a Canon EOS 30D, a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM as well as a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG (all of which I sold in favour of the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L – more on why later).

I was taking a break from conducting a workshop in Batu Rakit, Terengganu on the East Coast of Malaysia. While working outside with the camera, I saw some branches of a banana tree. I actually wanted to take pictures of the repetitive branches and was trying to find a good angle until I saw this lone ant walking quickly on the branch. Snapped and got this image. I literally had 2 seconds before the whole image changed. The lesson here is actually to not think about the picture. Provided the setting was right (and in this case it was), just let your instinct take over and the image will ‘appear’ to you.

This one was taken with the wider zoom at 55mm. Aperture priority f/5.6 and the camera had no problem metering for the image. The blue background is actually underexposed blue sky and the ‘road’ are branches.

To me the strength of the image comes from the simplicity. This one looks really great printed on stretched canvas and hung on the wall.

Canon EOS 30D
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG
f.5,6 1/1000th ISO 100 Aperture Priority

Featured Landscape – Rainbow Sky

Rainbow Sky

I find rainbows incredibly difficult to take as they pop up without warning in the most unlikely setting. I was driving along the highway and I saw this rainbow. So I stopped to take a quick picture. I think I overdid the processing in an age without colour correction and certainly with no photoshop sophistication. Must re-process this image.

Canon EOS 30D
Sigma 24-70mm F-2.8 EX DG 45mm
f/8 1/400th ISO 100 Aperture Priority

Featured Portrait – Johnny Moreno


This was taken at a time when I didnt know how to use the speedlite properly and didn’t know how to use the manual exposure mode (so I took at Aperture Priority). Johnny is a great friend of mine and he consented to have his pictures taken by me. I placed him underneath a shaded area and used the flash is fill in. The 5D is a great camera for this kind of stuff. I regret selling it off.

Check out my picture Johnny’s daughter, Jana, here….

Canon EOS 5D
85mm f/1.2 L
f/1.2 1/200 ISO 100 Aperture Priority
Speedlite 580 EX

Featured Architecture – Windows of The High Courts

Secrets Out

I took this image in 2006 with my 30D and the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8. This image comes from the Sultan Abdul Samad building which used to house the High Courts of Malaya. I think this is one of the pivotal buildings in Kuala Lumpur as it was here that the independence of Malaya was declared in 1957. I am pleased with the tonal range of this image which came out brilliantly in black and whit though I wished though that I had taken at f/8 or even f/11 to ensure a wide depth of field.

Canon EOS 30D
Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM at 200mm
f/2.8 1/5000 ISO 100 Aperture Priority