Friday, July 31, 2009

.back but not really.

it's over.

all those days of pining under the blanket, of cowering under the pain feeling cold, those lifeless hunger but yet not feeling like eating an ounce of bread. all those are over.

i woke up yesterday feeling better. it has been a roller-coaster ride. i was engulfed with love from FB and phonecalls (albeit I don't really pick up calls during sickness... I'm more of an emo person when it comes to being sick. I keep things and occurences to myself.)

anyway, not being able to go online and not having the mood to go online has its pros. i was just so sick and tired of being online that FB looked bleak. even Flickr, my source of inspirations. the all familiar pitter patter of alphabets and letters suddenly seem distant and i no longer have the energy to press on these alphabets which used to express everything I feel. As some of you might know, I even feel lethargic holding up my camera. it suddenly felt so alien to me. This capturing device which I've been using without fail every day.

work, don't get me started on work. the piles of emails on my pc is finally getting on my nerves. i feel so crowded, suffocating.

i just need some time off. get better, enjoy life. take a stroll more often and go back shopping. I'm out of good t-shirts.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Day One Hundred Seven - Dressed up.

#107 Dressed up - view on black

OSIM - Oh Shit Its Monday.

I skipped work today. Not sick, just some problems.

It feels weird spending the whole day at home surfing, catching up on TV and blogs... Its almost like we've spent all our time on work that we forgot how to go out and spend a day alone.

Anyway, my eyes are itching. I think there's an infection. My throat too. I've been coughing for the whole day. Nothing much to blog about today... is being holed up in my own house something interesting?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Day One Hundred Five - The Ride.

#105 Ride - view on black

I didn't sleep. I partied @ Slippery Senoritas up till 3AM and headed back to edit/upload Day 104.

After that, mom woke up and I had to fetch her to the airport. I readied my camera cause I knew as soon as I'm back... god forbid who knows what time I'll wake up.

God Bless ISO400 & 50MM F1.4 lenses.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day One Hundred Four - Bon Odori

18th July 2009, Penang held a day of celebration for the Japanese Ghost Festival. This event is held every year with fireworks at the end. The fireworks are spectacular and hundreds of people flock to the field and gather around to watch both the graceful japanese dances as well as the fireworks.

Strobistas: WYSIWYG. No strobes used.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Day One Hundred Three - DSLR vs Camera Phone

#103 DSLR - view in black

Digital Single Lens Reflex. I think they're overrated if you don't understand how to use them. If you do, they make a very good arsenal for spectacular images. However, if you intend to make them a snap n' shoot, you're better off with a very high megapixel camera phone. I love them high megapixel camera images.

I worked with crazy lightings today. Colours were bouncing off everywhere in different shades.

Bon Odori or rather Japanese Ghost Festival pictures will be up by tomorrow. Now? I'm off to a club for some liquor and hopefully a crazy time.

Friday, July 17, 2009


#202 Gundam RX78 - original image

just something I thought I'd share cause I spent painful amounts of time... like... an hour in front of the Mac editing this pic. Did not turn out exactly the way I want it but I'd post it up just to give you all a telltale of how day one zero one gave me shit.

TGIF! My eyes are throbbing. Its like it has a brain of its own demanding some shut eye. Well, not today. I've got like a gazillion amount of work to finish. Tomorrow who's to Bon Odori?

"You know that romantic notion that all the garbage and the pain is really healing and beautiful and sort of poetic? It’s not. It’s just garbage and it’s pain. You know what’s better? Love. The day that you start thinking that love is overrated is the day that you’re wrong. The only thing wrong with love and faith and belief is not having it. " Haley (One Tree Hill)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

.songs I could listen to on replay.

image via here

Listening to Gwen Stefani - 4AM

Everytime I listen to this song on the radio, I slow down the car and turn the volume higher. Its crazy how much I still love this song after so long. The video must've really got to me. It came during a time when I could really connect... the song I mean.

Now I'm hooked on her.
Shit. I'm in love with a rock star.

Screw it, who isn't.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I woke up...

image via here.

I miss sleep-ins and weekends. Don't get me wrong, on weekends... I still wake up looking like above.


Oh, and it's been more than three months since I started THREE SIX FIVE and now I'm on Day One Hundred.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

.its easy to fall.

image via here.

Walking... and so I will.
Thank you god, I think I know now what I am supposed to do.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Sabtu lepas gua ada workshop Alpha flash Sony. Organizer kata nak tembak orang dekat pantai masa "Sunset". Gua pun daftarkan diri. Terhegeh-hegeh sebab sunset memang cantik.

Jadi Jumaat lepas gua pun buat persediaan. Check camera, check lensa, check flash, check memory card dan check bateri. Bateri tinggal 15% sahaja. Jadi gua pun charge.

Sabtu pagi gua dah bersedia. Masukkan semua benda dalam beg dan bergegas bertemu Ndru di Ferringhi. Kelajuan kereta gua masa itu agak perlahan, jadi tidak hairan kita sampai di workshop 15 minit lambat. Apa nak hairan, istiadat orang Malaysia lah... Tak standard sampai cepat, nanti orang ingat kita tak penting.

Gua tengok workshop belum mula lagi. Gua duduk di sudut belakang dengan Ndru. Memang terasa macam universiti sekali lagi. Sambil menunggu gua tengok pekeliling, ramai orang yang datang. Semua pakai camera. Kenapa takde orang pakai Sony Ericsson ke? Compact camera ka? Apa? Tak leh guna flash ke kalau pakai Sony Ericsson atau compact?

Gua pun ambil keluar camera gua dan "ON".

15 minit kemudian, gua dalam perjalanan balik rumah. Kereta gua memecut dengan kadar 110km/j di basahi hujan lebat. Tangan gua tergetar-getar kontrol steering. Kaki gua berpeluh kontrol minyak dan brek.

Gua menjerit, "Tunggu gua bateri asam!"

Ya, gua lupa bawa bateri yang masih dalam charger. FML.


Day Ninety Eight - Side Light

Borrowed someone's flash light from the left of camera. The person was shooting and I captured it in that instance to create this side light.

Since it was a workshop and we were not allowed to strobe off camera, I had to resort to some trickery for this shot. She posed facing the photogs and I sneaked to the side for this shot.

Processed in Lightroom for B&W effect.

Strobist info: 1 flash (god knows what model @ what setting) on-camera left of camera (geddit?).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day Ninety Seven - A better man.

#97 Better man - original image

"You're a better man than I am." - jimmy.ang

Jimmy: If Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie walked into your life and upto your door. And she offered herself to you. Would you cheat on your wife?

Ndru: No.

Jimmy: You're a better man than I might ever be.

The top is one of the few questions I asked Ndru during our Sony Alpha Flash workshop. The workshop was crowded and amateurish to be exact, but I will share a picture I caught by leeching off someone else's flash light. I was amazed by free light. *_^

Friday, July 10, 2009

Day Ninety Six - Lemons & Tomatoes

#96 Lemons & Tomatoes - view original image

"If life deals you lemons, make lemonades. If it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys" - unknown

I don't know, I think strobing inanimate objects can never prepare me for the challenge of setting up lights for a real person. Without any assistant, setting up the flash, getting the exposure and at the same time, engaging the interest of the participant/subject is all too challenging. Believe, me... it will take practice to know what to go for and in a way I guess these inanimate objects strobes will prepare me to gauge the exposure setting better.

So bear with me...
Image OOC with Tungsten WB for the blue feel.

Strobistas : 1/16 on 1' camera left feathered with stofen cap @ 24mm.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day Ninety Three - Man in the mirror

#93 Man in the mirror - original image

Man In The Mirror - The late Michael Jackson.

They're airing the memorial service live today @ 1AM Malaysian time. I refuse to believe he's dead. This is not a tribute, but a dedication to how he will change me.


No fancy strobing. Simple desk light and high ISO.


Day Ninety Four - Stuck

#94 Stuck - original image

ASIMO returns. Personally, I did this because the leg broke off after extensive modelling. I need power glue or I just need to give the robot a break!

Strobistas: One HVL F42 @ 1/32 24mm on camera left with Snoot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

.more pictures from the Youth Football Challenge.

As requested by Ndru aka Andrew. I didn't put it up previously due to...

1. Laziness
2. Laziness
3. Yes, you guessed it.

Also, this part is not in my Flickr. Blogger might degrade the quality, if so, I'm sorry. :)
Enjoy. Click on pictures to enlarge.

Monday, July 6, 2009

.Youth Football Challenge.

I was commissioned for this event. After waking up at 10.30 feeling drowsy, I had to resort to COFFEE. Lots of them.

Anyway, the match was between Harimau Muda and another team. I was commissioned by the coach of Harimau Muda to shoot this event as this was their first match ever since they were formed. I found that I sometimes do love getting a view of these people in action i/o the usual portraits and stills. The kids were awesome footballers. Although they lost by 4-1, they were still cool about it. The coach however... was furious. :)

Note: Events are different from portraits. They position the photographer instead of the other way around. Working with light is also a problem. Actions and composition trumps light and quality. I would love to one day work with commercial photography creating action portraits. Any givers?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Day Eighty Seven - Especially you...

#87 Especially you... - original image

You're special. And today is dedicated to you.

Strobistas: Thousands or millions of tungsten/fluorescent/LED lights.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Day Eighty Six - Happy Birthday

#86 Happy Birthday - original image

My birthday yesterday. Documented.
No candles, no cakes. Just a big feast with family.

Strobistas: Strobe on glasses and bottles behind subject. Ambient on candle.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

.pick up line in cyberspace.

Something I encountered...

Boy 3 has entered the chat..

Girl 1: Welcome.
Boy 3: Hi Girl 1, ASL?
Girl 1 has left the chatroom.
Boy1: Real smooth mate. Seriously... ASL?
Boy 3 has left the chatroom.


Day Eighty Five - I <3 Penang

A continuation from I <3 KL done for #82.

Another shot taken at night using long exposure with no strobe. Hard to find this place. I scoured high and low for a place to shoot the bridge and finally found it when i was searching for my client's location.

Sorry, no HBW.

This concludes Day 85 and tomorrow is my birthday. Thus I'm going to sleep early and continue work like usual. LOL.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Day Eighty Four - Man's Best ...

#84 - Man's best... - original image

Best Friend vs Best Creation.

This shot is kind of a surprise. I came back with no ideas but found this darling little crystal toy poodle in a package for me. Its my first birthday present. Its so cute and perfect.

Thanks SiewChing for the wonderful surprise.

Strobist geeks: 1 Strobe top of subject handheld. Tweaked in Lightroom. Not OOC.

.random lessons.

When we look down, we know how big we are. When we look up, we realize how small we are. When we look in front, we see the obstacles and l...