I like going back to images taken I’m the past and applying knowledge of new processing technique. I took about 7 pictures of this girl on Cambodia in 2006 and I never really paid much attention to this image. There’s a kind of moodiness to her. A sense of longing.
I took these images today during a wedding I was invited to. I just can’t help bringing the camera. These 2 flower girls were getting ready to do their thing and I managed to snap a quick one.
I always thought the Leica ‘glow’ was a lot of nonsense but I take it all back. There is a kind of glow to the images I take with my M8.2. It’s not in all the images but when it’s there, it’s beautiful.
Is it the light? The aperture? The time of day? The subject? The mood? Is it destined to be completely dependent on luck?
Someone tell me how to replicate this?
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.
I love taking portraits of people. There’s nothing like that feeling you get when someone see a print of their portrait for the first time. The big smile, the sparkle in the eye. Whatever inhibition or shyness they have disappears when they see a beautiful portrait of themselves.
These are a selection of portraits I have taken. I have chosen portraits to show a variety of styles that I have pursued. Taking a picture is really easy but taking a portrait that shows the essence of a person requires more than technical knowledge. The most difficult (and on the other hand, the easiest) aspect I find is to get a connection with the person I am taking a portrait of. A portrait is not only an image of a person but is a reflection of who the person is.
Reza Ali is a photographer in Malaysia specialising in portrait photography.
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I am trying to find a niche in my photography. For me, its not a question of taking a nice picture. It’s taking a picture that nobody else would take. Something different. Something unique. I got a chance to exercise some creative license recently and I really pushed the boundaries in that one.
(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.
Leica M6 TTL
50mm f/2.0 Summicron
Fujicolour Pro 400H
50mm Summicron f/2.0 at f/2.0
Fujicolour Pro 400H
I went on walkabout today and went to Central Market hoping to see some unique characters. You can see a lot of artists here who make a living doing streetside portraits. This is one of them.
I wanted to show the changes and evolution I have gone though in my portrait work. Right from the very first portraits I took nearly 2 1/2 years ago until the very recent. What a journey. Lots of mistakes. Lots of learnings. Lots of fun. Lots of pain and anxiety.
So ladies and Gentlemen, I present you ‘My Journey in Masteting Portrait Photography’.
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…..