Landscape #2

Old railway truss bridge in black and whiteVictoria Bridge, a single-track railway truss bridge located in Kuala Kangsar, is one of the oldest railway bridges in Malaysia. Constructed between December 1897 and March 1900 by the Perak Government Railway, the bridge served as a crossing over the Perak River for the local tin mining industry.

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Watch for the golden hour – as the sun sets, the light grows softer and is not as harsh on your subjects. Colours are more vibrant and contrast is greater.
  • Create perspective with people – including a human element in a landscape photo offers the viewer perspective and helps them relate to the grandeur of the setting.
  • Reflect to expand – water reflections add incredible perspective and dynamics to an image. Aim for calm days when the water will be smooth and look for angles that will reflect as much of the landscape as possible.
  • Switch up your focus – see beyond eye level.

Tips from http://www.artifactuprising.com

 

 

 

Food #1

Fried chicken and nuggets
“Clogged Arteries”

I don’t know how it seems easy for some people take and post pictures of their breakfast, lunch, and dinner because I can’t get the hang of photographing food.  It’s difficult for me to get the right angle. This was taken during my (now ex) colleague’s farewell cocktail using the Hipstamatic app (Tejas lens + Robusta film).

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Choose your angle – where you place the camera will affect the type of story you’re trying to tell.
  • Surround your main subject – when shooting from the front of the food, try to keep a great foreground and background to play with. Surround your main dish with ingredients and props that relate to the dish.
  • Natural is best modified – light is king and poor use of light will ruin your story and immediately turn off your audience.
  • Hold the colour – when placing items into your food images, try selecting neutral tones, something that makes the food really pop against it.

Thank you to http://www.digital-photography-school.com for the above tips.

 

 

Architecture #2

Ubudiah Mosque
Processed with VSCO with 9 preset

The Ubudiah Mosque in Kuala Kangsar is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia. It was built in 1913 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak.

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Search for design elements – by opening our eyes and giving a more thorough look at the area, we can capture archways, staircases, doorways, windows, reflections, and a variety of plays on geometry that represent the vision of the architect.
  • Be aware of your surroundings – natural elements and external features can help bring out the beauty of any building. Keep an eye out for changes in light, adjacent structures that can create a contrast, trees that could make a frame around your building, or water features that can create a reflection.
  • Look up – using the worm’s eye perspective is one of the easiest ways to photograph taller buildings, indoors and outdoors, because it accurately represents the size and magnitude of the structure in the image. It is also a fantastic perspective to apply when your subject is a world-famous landmark and it is surrounded by people at all times.

Tips from Zayda Barros (www.clickitupanotch.com).

 

 

 

Portrait #1

Portrait of a mother and her two daughters

I rarely have my photo taken as I prefer to be behind the camera. But I realised that my daughters are growing up super fast and pretty soon they will leave the nest to start their own families and I won’t see them as often. These portraits (or rather, “selfies”) will be all that I have.

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Break the rules of composition – placing your subject in the centre can sometimes create a powerful image.
  • Expetiment with lighting – side lighting can create mood, backlighting, and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.
  • Shoot candidly – photograph your subject at work, with family, or doing something that they love. This will put them more st ease and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the situation they are in.

Thank you to Digital Photography School for the above tips

 

 

 

Objet Trouvé #4

Chandelier

I love this very unique chandelier that’s hung high in the ceiling of my favourite shopping mall (when you’re the height of a hobbit, you spend a lot of time looking up).

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Choose an intriguing background.
  • Select your angle.
  • Crop in tight.
  • Create a retro feel.
  • Frame a spectacular shot.

Hat tip to http://www.mobiography.net for the above tips

 

 

Landscape #1

Taoist temple

Visited this temple during the Chinese Lunar New Year. Image made with the iPhone’s native camera and Chrome filter. I like the vintage look of the filter’s yellowish tint.

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Maximise your depth of field to ensure as much of your scene is in focus as possible.
  • Look for a focal point – a building or a structure, a striking tree, a boulder or rock formation, a silhouette, etc. Think not only about what the focal point is, but where you place it. The rule of thirds might be useful here.
  • Think foregrounds – if foreground elements are placed as points of interest, they can set apart your landscape shots by creating a sense of depth in your image.

Thanks to Digital Photography School for the above tips.

 

 

 

Flower #2

Purple orchids

One of the very first images I made with my iPhone 7 Plus. The Housekeeper left this pot of orchids at my desk for my boss to see and all I saw was a pot of guinea pigs for my brand new phone. I turned the pot around so I could photograph the orchids from the back. Image made with the iPhone’s native camera with the Chrome filter.

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Change your point of view – get down on your knees or sit at the level of the flowers and really observe them.
  • Isolate your subject and keep the background out of focus.
  • Use contrasting backgrounds – using a background that has a different colour than the main subject helps to define what is important in the picture.

Hat tip to Jose Antunes for the above tips.

 

Street #1

Passengers on train
Argentum Camera. GW Filter Processed with VSCO with 1 preset

The daily commute. I spend 4 hours every day commuting to and from work (side note: any good samaritans out there who would be willing to pay me to lounge in street cafes in France and Italy, sipping coffee and eating croissants while I perfect my street photography technique?)

This was one of the rare mornings where the train was not full (it’s usually a sardine can during peak hours) and I took the opportunity to make the shot.

Street photography scares me to death (because I’m paranoid about being punched in the face by someone whose photo I had taken without permission) and yet I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. And I’m also aware that if the moth gets too close, it gets burned.  😖

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • The goal of street photography is to capture emotion, humanity, and depict a person’s character.
  • Get close to your subjects.
  • Take your camera everywhere – you rarely get a second chance in street photography, so be prepared.
  • Think outside the box – powerful ideas and emotions can be portrayed through the simplest of scenes.
  • To overcome your fear of street photography, find an interesting spot to sit with your camera. Observing from a comfortable setting will make you feel at ease and can wait for pictures to come to you.

Thank you to Drew Hopper (www.DrewHopperPhotography.com) for these tips.

 

 

Objet Trouvé #3

Oriental door knocker

Another image that illustrates the wabi sabi concept. This is a door knocker found on the giant doors of an ancient Taoist temple.  Interestingly, I found out that this genre of photography is called “found still life” or “objet trouvé“. Interesting to me because I’m studying French.  😁

 

NOTE TO SELF

  • Always compose to give the impression that your sole role was to press the shutter.
  • Your objective should be to present the images that feel as if movement and human activity has stopped.
  • To be interesting, found still life images must create an echo in the heart and mind of the viewer.
  • Found still life also relies on found light.
  • One underplayed type of found still life involves the use of shadows. You will be surprised how evocative the shadow of an unseen subject can be.

Hat tip to http://www.picturecorrect.com/tips/almost-found-still-life/ for the above tips.