#Take52 Week 20: Selfie

Ah the dreaded theme!

I’ve never looked great in photos. Correction. I’ve looked absolutely completely, totally hideous in all pictures. I suppose its got something to do with the awkward body dimensions coupled with an equally disproportionate visage structure and god awful facial hair situation. Whatever the reason, I just don’t make for a good photo subject. So when this week’s theme was announced, I fell into a man-hole and decided not resurface.

But since the whole idea behind the weekly photograph challenge IS to challenge my own skills and push myself out of my comfort zone to work smarter and better, I decided to man up and face the music.

I was certain that I would not go for a straightforward selfie with me posing in all my (un)glorious self. There would need to be a certain creative streak to the image that would possibly help defect the attention from myself and instead to the composition of myself.

I had a few ideas which involved heavy use of Photoshop. But decided against using them on account of time, or the rather the lack of it. I’ll stay away from the details for now since I do plan to put those ideas into practise sometime in the near future and there’s no fun in ruining the surprise of you guys!

Then it struck me! Why not frame a shot with the device that caused the term “Selfie” to go mainstream; the hand phone. After all the term “Selfie” gained mainstream acceptance and usage thanks to the ubiquitous camera phones in the late 2000s.

I have taken shots with a DSLR or point and shoot in the past that capture the image as seen through the eyes of a handphone. So the setup was not something I wasn’t familiar with already. The trick was to ensure that both cameras focussed on me well enough for the main camera’s shot to be clear. Cue the handy tripod and the self timer on the Fujifilm to the rescue.

After setting the focus for the handphone screen, I clicked the shutter release button on a timer of 10 seconds to allow myself to position myself in front of the handphone. Fortunately it took very few attempts to get the shot. Although the background is kinda lacklustre I felt the overall composition was pretty close to what I had in mind so I went ahead.

Post processing involved cropping the image enough to allow the focus to remain on the handphone screen and the image therein, i.e. my ugly mug! Rendering it in black & white was a conscious one since there was a lot of light and very muted colours in the frame.

The Selfie
Fujifilm X-E2 | XF18-55mm 2.8 4 R LM OIS | 1/80 | f/2.8 | ISO 1600 | 18mm

And voila, there you have it, my Selfie!

Till next week, Adios!

The Pedestrian In Blue

Singapore Orchard Man In Blue

The second in the RainBow Series project. Shot this image at Singapore’s famous Orchard Road.
For all the fashion conscious folk, this street is Singapore’s retail Mecca. Lined with big brands such as Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and so many others, Orchard is always brimming with people, locals and tourists alike. As such you can always see people from different nationalities in this one square mile radius. Every photography enthusiasts delight! Street photography in Singapore does not get any more interesting than right here in Orchard Road.

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The RainBow Series

This isn’t an official image post. Rather an announcement of the start of a personal photography project.

The idea came to me after posting this image. I realised that the primary colour is one of the 7 colours of a rainbow – Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. So I began thinking of the possibility of following this post up with six more, each featuring people dressed up in each of the remaining rainbow colours.

The concept is simple, well relatively. The images would be of people dressed up prominently in each of the seven colours of the rainbow. To accentuate these wonderful subjects I’d render the remaining background in monochrome. And most important of all is the fact these images would need to be candid street shots.

Hopefully this pet project of mine will also help me improve my skills as a  street photographer.

So here’s hoping to working on this personal project this year and completing the RainBow series and also becoming a better photographer.

The PostsYellow | Blue | Red | Orange

 

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P.S. Oh and the mini cupcakes in the post are my way of saying thanks for sticking around. 🙂

#Take52 Week 16: Wet

Alright, so this week’s entry is a cheat, so to speak. I already had an image I had clicked that fit the theme almost too perfectly. This image wasn’t even taken this year though. In fact this particular shot was taken 5 years ago! But allow me to explain why I’m using this image for the challenge. This was the very first click from my very first DSLR camera. This was taken after a brief spell of rain in the park near my apartment. The dew on the leaf was absolutely picturesque and I was naturally drawn to the lovely texture of the leaf. As an enthusiast  starting out with brand new equipment, this was an absolutely stellar thing to happen. And it kept me motivated to continue clicking and improve my skill. Continue reading