Lamp posts

I took these series of images from the car whilst driving back home. A bit precarious I know. All I did was to set the camera on aperture f/8 and focussed at the hyperfocal distance. Using the sunny 16 rule, I set the shutter at 1/250 (2 stops over the 1/100 at ISO 100 and …

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Vegetarian Food Corner of Brickfields

My Little Corner Restaurant

I love this picture. If you go to Brickfields there is a little corner which has a small tiny little vegetarian restaurant. The kitchen, sink, counter, cutlery, pots and pans are all contained within the one wall. Ikea would have been proud of this effort.

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Black and white portraits

I am itching to take more black and white portraits especially using 120 film. There’s something about the effort it takes to take black and white in film and then developing it. I took this shot of my friend Sam I think its a cool portrait and catches him in a light mood. The sun …

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Bird in flight

Sometimes, you walk around and something happens in a split second. You have to be ready to take that shot. When I’m just walking around I always have my camera in a ready position which is simply setting it at f/8, adjusting the shutter for correct exposure and focussed at the hyperfocal distance. When something happens I allow myself to react instinctively. Point and shoot. If I have the time I refocus to get maximum sharpness. Most of the time the moment is lost and a second shot is either not possible or not interesting enough.

This is one such occasion. I was at Batu Caves the other day and was about to go home. Batu Caves has a lot of pigeons flying around and I saw a pigeon about to land about 5 meters in front of me. I quickly took my camera to eye level and snapped this shot.

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Walkabout 22 October 2008

I went on walkabout today. Filled my bag with lots of film and just drove to the middle of Kuala Lumpur, parked the car and went walkabout.

During the walk, I went to Chow Kit Road which has a large market and people sell all sorts of stuff. It is also a place where you see a lot of disabled people sitting with small packets of tissue paper to sell. You buy them for about RM1.

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On the streets with an artist….

Taking a break

Leica M6 TTL
50mm f/2.0 Summicron
Fujicolour Pro 400H

Leica M6
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.

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Building confidence with the Leica M6

Boy at KLCC
Leica M6 50mm Summicron f/2.0 Kodak BW 400CN at f/2

I spend the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) Park today. I wanted more time with the Leica M6 as part of my efforts to get to know it better. My pictures have not been all that good since I got it 4 weeks ago. I must have shot 20 rolls since I got it and my success rates is less that 10% (not good). I’m going to Thailand in a couple of weeks time and I’m considering not lugging my Canon dSLRs with me. This time I brought my Canon Powershot G7 which acted as a reference for metering and exposure. The flow was simple. Meter with the M6 (or use the sunny 16 rule) and use the G7 to check it. Using this method I was able to make sure that I get the correct exposure based on the effect I wanted. I shots 2 rolls of Kodak BW 400CN and 1 roll of Fuji Pro 400H.

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Portraits – Daud

Portrait - Daud

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0
Kodak BW400CN
Scanner Canon 4400F

I have finally figured out the best settings for my scanner. And the best setting is to let the machine do its job. When I started scanning a couple of weeks ago I launched the scanner driver and started meddling with brightness, contrast and all that other good stuff and the pictures came out horribly. The scans were blurred, colour was awful and the images were just not worth the time. But I finally figured it out….

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Pasar Ramadhan

Pasar Ramadhan at Taman Melawati

Leica M6
50mm Summicron f/2.0 wide open
Fuji Superia X-Tra 400
Converted to BW in CS3

Taken at the Pasar Ramadhan of Taman Melawati. During the month of Ramadhan, Pasar Ramadhans (or Ramadhan Bazaars) mushrooms in all housing areas in Malaysia. Something about not eating or drinking the whole day makes us famished. The problem is that most of the time, I’d be suffering from hunger pangs by the time I go to the bazaars and I end up wanting to eat everything.

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