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.
When I saw this week’s theme, I immediately knew what I wanted to shoot. The Night Sky. In fact astrophotography is one of the 52 challenges I have set out to accomplish this year. So on reading this week’s theme I was thrilled that I would be able to finally have the motivation needed to check that off my list.
The temptation to make our pictures vibrant and colourful is understandable. After all colours make images pop. But there are times when going the other direction makes the image stand out even better. I’m of course talking about rendering pictures in monochrome, specifically in black & white.
This week’s post evoked memories of several pictures I have taken since I start wielding a camera. Few landscapes are as enticing or exciting to click than pathways. Taking pictures of trails, roads, rail lines, sidewalks and even alleys, ah the memories.
The theme for this week sounded very simple and I thought it would be a snap to capture the perfect image. As it turns out, nothing in this world of ours is as simple as we perceive it to be initially.
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.
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.
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 →
Last weekend (April 18, 2015) I set out on a mission, candid street images. I headed to Orchard Road, the retail mecca within the bustling metropolis of Singapore. The photo walk yielded some really great images, one of which even made its way to my weekly photography challenge post.