Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Street Photo - Groups of Threes + Sixes

Groups of Threes + Sixes
Take a couple of minutes to look at this street photo. Take a closer look. What do you see in it?

An old man, a man with 2 dogs and a couple crossing the road and three parked cars. It's OK if those are just what you see in the picture. Nothing wrong about it. However, if you look beyond the photo and see what I saw at the time of taking this shot, then we're tuned to the same frequency. Or are we?

More explanations after the jump.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Uniquely Singapore Street Photo


Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor contrast adjustment in post.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Warm Morning Breakfast

Warm Morning Breakfast
Took this shot while I was having my breakfast. The man's orange T-shirt goes very well with the surrounding reds and that logo casting its own shadows on the wall also attracted me to take this shot in the first place. There are lines, curves, shapes and identical color tone all come into place to form this photo.

Samsung S3 on Daylight WB at Auto ISO. Cropped and post-processed in Photoshop.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Street Photo - Fashion Doggies

Fashion Doggies
Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with tonality adjustment in post.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Street Photo - Merry-Horsey-Go-Round

Merry-Horsey-Go-Round
Every year during the Chinese Lunar New Year, there'll be a carnival set up at The Float, next to The Esplanade; the same place we held our National Day Parade, for the past three years. I don't really fancy such place and hardly patronize every year. However this year I happened to be in that area as I was heading towards The Helix Bridge linking to Marina Bay Sands.

The carnival operates from afternoon till night fall. I was there in the sunny hot morning and the whole place was empty and I came across this Horsey-Go-Round machine. I walked around it and found this interesting signboard, shown in the picture above, that reads "LARGEST PERSON SITS HERE!"

I guess it is to be fair for any body regardless of age and sizes, to have the chance to enjoy the ride, though it seems quite intimidating. On the flip side, it's for their own safety as they are over-weighed and might cause damage to the Horsey seats and result in unwanted accidents.

The next interesting thing I noticed was the Seahorse character alongside with a Horse. According to Chinese zodiac, this year is the Year of Horse and hence they had these creatures featured together on this machine, which is nice. All these elements came into place and I believe they make a Horse-say (means wonderful in Hokkien dialect) street photograph, don't you agree?

Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment in post.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Street Photo - Girl With The Lotus Flower

Girl With The Lotus Flower
Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment in post.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"#FREE MY INTERNET" Protest


Singapore media regulators at Media Development Authority (MDA) on 1st June 2013 imposed new licensing rules on 10 news sites run by Yahoo’s Singapore unit and two domestic media companies, requiring them to apply for individual licenses, furnish a “performance bond” and comply with government orders to remove any objectionable content within 24 hours.

A week later, advocacy group #FreeMyInternet organised a protest at Hong Lim Park which attracted approximately 2500 attendees. The protest was part of an ongoing campaign calling for the removal of the new regulations and amendments to the Broadcasting Act made by the MDA.

The #FreeMyInternet protest was preceded by a blackout of more than 150 participating blogs and a petition to rescind the new rules which has garnered more than 4,000 signatures. More report here.

I was there to witness and to support and to take pictures. I did not stay till the end anyway here are just a few shots I took on that eventful day.







Saturday, March 8, 2014

Street Photo - Ice-cream Boy

Ice-cream Boy
Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor cropping and tonality adjustment in post.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Street Photo - I Love SG

I LOVE SG
Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with cropping + minor tonality adjustment in post.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Urban Landscape In Whampoa

Slanted Tree
I have been staying in Whampoa Drive for most of my life and it's a pretty small housing estate area with a small bus interchange terminal, a not-so-active Community Center, two hawker centers (one opens in the day and the other in the night where a number of food stalls selling good food) and a wet market, where all are just a couple of blocks away from my place.

If one looks closely and observe well, one can discover a number of interesting things in this small neighborhood. Well, in my case, I noticed this small little slanted tree, shown above, during my bus trip from Toa Payoh towards the bus-stop where I would alight. And I thought to myself "how come I've never seen this tree before?". So this morning with warm morning sunlight shining upon this open field where the tree is rooted right next to St. Michael bus interchange terminal. I walked there and made a few shots with my Seagull 205 RF as well as with my Samsung S3 mobile phone camera.

More pictures to show after the jump.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Street Photo - Snowman by the Red Altar

Snowman by the Red Altar
I was walking across the loading bay area between Peninsula Shopping Center and Funan DigitaLife Mall when I noticed this snowman positioned right besides a red colored Chinese altar. Without hesitation, I took out my phone camera and made a couple of shots. We don't really get by to see such scenario so I think it's worth to capture it before snowman is gone.

I posted the same image on my Facebook page with post and 16x9 pano crop in Snapseed app. Resized in Photo Editor for easy online post. However I did another proper post-process and cropping in Photoshop CS5 and this is what you see above.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Street Photo - Outside The Cafe

Outside The Cafe
Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment in post.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Street Photo - On Reading...

On Reading...
Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with cropping + minor tonality adjustment in post.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Return of WOCA 120G!


It's been a long time since I last loaded a 120 medium format roll film into my WOCA 120G plastic toy camera, which is similar to my HOLGA 120GN as shown above. The last time I uses my HOLGA was in 2012, which I was taking some shots of an old school playground which had long been demolished. The results from that outing was pretty bad I must admit. I believe it got to do with the overcast weather on that day. Despite of the 2 lighting modes - Cloudy (f/13) and Sunny (f/20), a shutter speed of approximately 1/100 second and a mounted flash light, these plastic toy cameras still require a large amount of sun light to make a proper exposure. With that said, choosing the right film speed is important too. 

I really like these two new models over those other fanciful models, mainly because the lenses are made of glass. The lens on the original Holga 120S (which I used to own one) is plastic. Well you'll see the results from WOCA 120G after the jump.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Penang Street Photo - On Reading...

Old Gentleman On Reading...
During my Penang trip last December, a local friend brought me and my friends to Penang's popular hang out place for local artists and many expatriates and tourists likewise. The place is called ChinaHouse. 

It's cosy and has a good atmospheric decors. We walked through from a pub, which is the back part of ChinaHouse, to the main front cafe, and in between it's this nice quiet garden with red strips of fabric hanging on the surrounding trees and a miniature house placed on the edge of a pond (as shown below).

In the garden, sat an old gentleman who was enjoying his book until we came along and disturbed his peace and pleasure which I believe he found it annoying. He had the whole garden for himself. Anyway he carried on his reading.

As the saying goes "At the right place at the right time." Everything came into place as the lighting was great and I took a few shots of the quiet wall-mannered gentleman who was so engrossed in his reading that he didn't know I was taking his photographs.



Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed on Kodak D76 1:1 for 500 seconds. Scanned on Epson V700 with tonality adjustment and cropping in post.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Penang Street Photo - Kek Lok Si

Kek Lok Si
While visiting the famous Chinese temple in Penang, Kek Lok Si (极乐寺), I was wondering around and in hope there's an interesting subject set against this colorful temple. In my mind's eye, I pre-visualised a monk or nun is sweeping in the yard. Well it turned out that an old civilian man came down from the stairs and started sweeping. Without hesitation, I took a few frames and this is the best shot.

Nikon FM10 on Tamron 17-35mm | Kodak Portra 400 color negative | Developed and scanned at Whampoa Kodak Colour Centre, along Balestier Road. No further color adjustment and cropping in post. Below is a monochrome conversion for a different visual effect. I think the color version works great.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Street Photo - Three Burmese Monks

Three Burmese Monks
Nikon FM10 on 50mm lens, shot on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in Kodak D76 for 405 seconds. Scanned on Epson V700 with minor burning and tonality adjustments in post.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Street Photo - On a Raining Day

On a Raining Day
Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 456 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment in post.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Street Photo - On Reading...

On Reading...
Nikon FM10 on 50mm lens, shot on Ilford Pan 400. Developed in Kodak D76 for 360 seconds. Scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality in post.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Penang Street Photo - Lorry Passing Through

Lorry Passing Through
Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed on Kodak D76 1:1 for 500 seconds. Scanned on Epson V700 with tonality adjustment in post without crop.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Street Photo - Santa and 4 Little "Christmas Elves"


Santa and 4 Little "Christmas Elves"
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas everyone! Here's an early Christmas greeting from me with this image of four "Christmas elves" rushing Christmas gifts delivery for Santa Claus. Hope you like this street photo. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy  New Year! May all prosper in 2014!

Seagull 205 RF on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 456 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with cropping and tonality adjustment in post followed by digitally hand-coloring.



Vivitar PN2011 on Kodak PJ100. Expired color negative was sent to Whampoa Kodak Colour Centre, Balestier Road, for developing and scanning. Minor cropping and tonality adjustment in post with Christmas greeting text super-imposed.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Street Photo - One Way or Another

One Way or Another
Nikon FM10 on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 600 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment in post.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Guard by the "Bitch" (Beach) - Pun Intended

Guard by the "Bitch" (Beach) - pun intended
Seagull 205 RF on FujiFilm Neopan 400. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 500 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with cropping and tonality adjustment in post.

Street Photo - Last Wash at Old Stadium

Last Wash at Old Stadium
Nikon FM10 on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 for 540 seconds. Scanned on Epson V700 with minor crop and tonality adjustment in post.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Street Photo - Cross Cultures

Cross Cultures
Nikon FM10 on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in 1:1 Kodak D76 540 seconds and scanned on Epson V700 with minor tonality adjustment.