Doodlebug….

Portraits- Liz Jasri

Meet Liz Jasri. I bumped into her (or actually she bumped into me) at Alexis, Great Eastern Mall. We got to talking over lunch and I found out that she and another friend of hers, Dura, is starting a child activity center called Doodlebug.

It’s a very interesting concept. Basically, parents can send their kids to Doodlebug during the day and have them join activities such as painting, dancing and gardening. Activities will be planned for the entire day all year round. You just look at the schedule of events and register your child for it. Very different from a day care center which I suppose is a place where people take care of your kids for the day. I’m thinking of how I can add photography to the list. How do you teach a bunch of 6 year olds about photography…

Anyway, do visit Doodlebug’s site. They should be in full operations by April. Can’t wait to see how the response is….

Featured Portraits – Danic

Portraits - Danic

Sometimes the best portraits I have taken are the ones which had the least preparation, the least amount of thought and the least amount of expectations.

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Portraits- Ayah Lang

This is my 82 year old uncle from Singapore. The one thing I remember about him is that he always had a camera with him. Ever since I can remember he would be taking pictures. I see him on family occasions nowadays and as always never without a camera, an old Minolta.

We had a huge family day last week where 450 people turned up (yes, I have a huge family) and Ayah Lang was there with his camera. His once steady hands shakes tremendously now and he takes a longer time to take a picture while he steadies his hands and I realised at that time what he meant to me.

He is the kindest and gentlest person I have ever know and I am happy that this portrait captures that essence of him.

Portraits – Wirdalina

Wirdalina

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L at 46mm
1/300 f/4 ISO 100

Learning to utilise off camera flash has given my portrait work a new dimension. The easiest and quickest setup for me is to use 2 speedlites, 1 master mounted on camera as fill and the other as a slave acting as the main light. The master defaults to group A and set the slave as group B, set the speedlites on eTTL-II and control the ratio between the groups, make sure the main is placed to give a nice shadow effect relative to the fill on camera flash and there you have it.

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There’s an interesting story about this image. I had taken some pictures in RAW and was going to process it on the MAC so I took out the CF card from the camera and I thought I had put it in my pocket. But I’ve now been looking for 3 days and I can’t seem to find the CF card. Luckily I had made sure that each image I took was also saved in low jpeg format in the SD card.

This one is processed and converted into black and white from the JPEG low resolution. I’m sure I will find the CF card somewhere and when I do I’ll reprocess the RAW version of this image. I am sure the image will be better.

This was taken with the flash bounced on a wall directly behind me.

Canon EOS 1d Mark III
EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L
f/2.8 1/40 ISO 800 Manual Exposure Flash fired and bounced

Featured Wedding Portrait – Aimi

Aimi

I love taking pictures at weddings (though I don’t like being hired to do so). Haven’t taken any wedding photos for a long time so it was nice to be able to do so at my cousin’s wedding.

This one was a quick one as I was not the official wedding photographer. I just brought my EF 85mm f/1.2 L on my 1D Mark III. She was sitting on her bed with her face facing the window on the her right. Available light only and no flash was used as fill in. I find that knowledge of light and how to use it has been the single biggest contributor to improvements in my photography (and it also the single biggest obstacle).

I have been getting a lot of dud shots with the 85mm f/1.2 lately especially when shot wide open. Not only is careful focussing is needed, careful positioning of the lens relative to the face is also required.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III EF 85mm f/1.2 L
f/1.2 1/250th ISO 400 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 Portrait – Jaclyn

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

Featured Wedding Photography – Father and Daughter in Prayer

Father and Daughter in Prayer

I captured this wonderful moment during the akad nikah (affirmation of vows) ceremony held at the Masjid Wilayah Kuala Lumpur. It is usual during this ceremony for people to put their palms together in prayer for the newly weds. This one just jumped at me and I only had time for 1 shot. My speedlite flash was mounted on my 5D which had on the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II which was too wide for the shot I wanted so I had to use my MIII with the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS which had no speedlite. I pushed the ISO all the way to ISO 2000 (MIII high ISO control is fantastic and the IS on the lens is a lifesaver) and snapped.

Thankfully, everything just ‘clicked’ and that one shot was the winner.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 200mm
f/2.8 1/100th ISO 2000 Aperture Priority

Featured Portrait – Girl At Wedding

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I have never seen such compelling eyes in such a young child. Very deep and very strong. I took this picture during a wedding. This one has the strongest impact (but it sure was tough choosing it). I decided not to use flash to keep the mood and I think it worked out very well. The eyes have it. When I took this picture she just stared deep into the lens. This was a tough one to take because of the whites involved.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
85mm f/1.2 L
f/1.8 1/250th ISO 800 Aperture Priority