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.
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.
Dug this one up from the archives. This shot dates back to 2010 and was taken with my very first DSLR camera, the Canon 500D. The image was part of a street photography exercise when I was taking a beginners course in digital photography.
On the day, there were some sort of celebrations taking place in the grounds of the Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah near Arab Street. This damsel was part of a group of women all dressed up in similar attire and leisurely walking around the park grounds. The reds aren’t just limited to her dress but also seem to seep through her visage on the lips as well as the rouge foundation.
Her slightly contemptuous glance and regal adornments prompted me to dub her “The Red Queen”. Although I’m sure she must be an angel in person, that title has somewhat stuck ever since I clicked the image.
And with this image I strike off Red from my RainBow Series. Three down. Four more to go. Yay!!
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.
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.
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.
The theme for this week was an easy one. Well at least the possible subjects for the theme were quite obvious. So it became a tad necessary to make the image a tad different with the aid of post processing.
I shot this one with the telephoto lens and intentionally kept only a single flower in the frame. To accentuate the lone blossoming flower, I de-saturated all other colour channels except for yellow and a tinge of green.
Amsterdam is famous (or rather infamous) for having a rather risqué nightlife. But the city isn’t only about getting freaky. Amsterdam is home to a large number of students and budget backpackers. And these folk come together and bring a truly contagious energy and enthusiasm in the evenings with their group performances. Usually you can find such communal performances at the city’s social epicentre, Dam Square.