#Take52 Week 32: Perspective

As some of you know (well those who read my blogs), apart from the #Take52 Weekly photography challenge I am also working on a daily photography challenge on my Instagram feed under the hashtag #AG365in2015. And since it’s Instagram, the challenge is executed using only my handphone, i.e. the iPhone 6Plus.

The Instagram challenge was something I had planned on doing since 2013. Ever since I saw the hashtag #365PhotoChallenge images I was bitten by the daily challenge bug. So when I set out to list of challenges I wanted to accomplish this year, I decided to include the daily challenge as well.

The daily challenge has helped me become more aware of my surroundings and perceive mundane objects and street scenes with a unique perspective. Lot of the images in the feed are everyday objects or places with a little filter magic in a square frame.

If there’s anything I’ve learned this year it’s that my handphone is a great camera when I’m not carrying the dedicated photography equipment. I’ve enjoyed my previous smartphones (ALL HTCs! All six of them!). But the images that I have been taking with the iPhone are simply put, stellar in comparison. And the fact that each image is taken with almost complete automatic settings, it is indeed a commendable feat for a camera phone.

This shot is taken on September 4, 2015 and is of the Australian Federal Police building and Travelodge hotel at Alberta Street in Sydney. Something about the way the two structures seem to face off each other caught my eye and I decided to capture the shot.

So although this image was not shot exclusively for the weekly challenge, it seemed to fit the theme of “Perspective” rather well.

iPhone6 Plus

For those who are curious, here’s my Instagram feed.

#Take52 Week 22: Hostile

Playing catch up (once again!) with the theme from way back in June.

There were quite a few military and armed forces inspired images from the Singapore National Day Rehearsal that I thought of using for this particular theme. A number of them would have conveyed the essence of the theme quite well without any additional editing or processing.

Instead I chose to use an image that would need some processing to make the cut. The structure in the image is St. Mary’s Cathedral near Hyde Park in Sydney. A magnificent structure, the cathedral attracts tourists from all over and is a hot spot for photographers especially the wedding and prenup specialists.

However I felt that the imagery could be manipulated to render this holy building into a tad more unnerving and well hostile. Since it was overcast the day I shot the image, the skies above the cathedral gave me the idea to darken the skies with a little desaturation and the gradient tool. The end result makes the holy cathedral look a little like the Bates Motel! Well at least a “hostile” haunted cathedral.

The Cathedral
Fujifilm X E2 | XF 18-55 f2.8-4 R LM OIS | f/6.4 | 1/250 | ISO 200 | 23.3 mm

#Take52 Week 2: Local

So this week’s theme (well actually last week’s theme, i’m still playing catch up!) was something that was pretty interesting (then again each theme is!). Many fellow photogs posted pictures ranging from local food, local landmarks, seasons, etc. All stellar pics by the way. I had a few interpretations of the theme that I wanted to try out. And since I had two different ideas, i decided to go with both interpretations and post both pictures. Local Architecture Picture 1 is a more literal interpretation with a composition of a Peranakan house rooftop. Singapore is a cultural hotpot with many nationalities calling the tiny island country home. However the true indigenous  populous can trace its ancestry to the Malays and Chinese. As a result many of the older houses are built on the Peranakan architecture style. These houses are distinct in terms of their roof styling and elaborate curves and wood sculpturing. Truly photography worthy! This particular rooftop was shot at Emerald Hill, which is probably one of the more well to do residential spaces in the city. Well to do because most of the drive ways had either a Lamborghini, Ferrari or a 7 series BMW!

Technical details of the Image:

Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 250
Shutter Speed: 1/180
Focal Length: 19.6mm

Local Trinkets Picture 2 is a slightly abstract interpretation of the theme. The image is composed of various local trinkets that the wife and I have collected over our travels across South East Asia. The focus of course is on the iconic symbol that screams Singapore, the Merlion. The other trinkets in the image (albeit slightly de-focussed) are  –

  • Miniature rice hats from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Surf board momento from Bali, Indonesia
  • Replica of the Petronas Twin Towers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Replica of a Chinese Pagoda from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Decorative plate from Krabi, Thailand
  • Buddha statue from Borobudur, Indonesia

Technical details of the Image:
Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 640
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 48.4mm