Saturday, December 29, 2012

.last post of 2012

Merry Xmas to you...

It's another year-end... And there are much to be thankful for. Not because of anything special, but we've learned to appreciate more of what we had and what we are blessed to do.

This year has been rather quiet for us as you can see by the number of posts in 2012. Time is always a constraint, but more importantly, we have been trying to consolidate our work and define/focus more on what are really important to us.

Anyway, this supposes to be our last post in 2012. There is no usual entry of "favorite photos in 2012" since many of our photos/film have not been developed and the projects are still on-going. However, there are some news we want to share before closing this year - 2012.

Our profiles on Light & Composition - Minh Nghia & Mai Phuong

Last but not least, we would like to let you know about our new portfolios. Please pay them a visit at your spare time and let us know what you think. Your feedback will be much appreciated. The sites will be the main channels to share our photos in different genres of photography, since Flickr with its photo-stream style seems a bit messy for that purpose.
Travel Portfolio :
Street Photography: 

It is just lovely to have more than 16000 views of this blog by 2012. It means a lot to us... Thank you so much for stopping by!
May next year 2013 be a another year of happiness, joy and success to you and to us.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

About portraiture


When making a portrait of someone, you see yourself in that portrait, like looking into a mirror. I read something like that from an interview on American SuburbX (of Richard Avedon, maybe).

It's trust or doubt in the subject's eyes.

It's a cold or warm feeling toward the photographer.

It's not only the subject but your own interpretation of him/her. 

I've just created a blog, Faces @ Not really a "portfolio", just a place I come to see the face of someone again, or just to see myself..


Sunday, August 5, 2012

40th anniversary of OM system: Offenbach, Germany

Our next stop: Offenbach, Germany. Not a recommended place for tourist but it is the place in Germany that I'm most familiar with.

The Marktplatz

Street in Offenbach
Street in Offenbach
Blue sky
Saturday Market

On a foggy morning, here is the bus stop at Offenbach Ost station

Foggy morning Offenbach
Foggy day

Old street in autumn


Scene by the Main river

Playground by the river

Rolling sunset

Rolling Sunset

A bit of modern scene

Lastly, sunny afternoon when I came back to the apartment from work. It was not a sunny blue sky though :)

Sunny afternoon

2011 was a last time I visited Offenbach. A simple city but an important part of my memory...

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"In Transit” - The intertwined landscape of Singapore

In the past 6 months, I tried to bring my camera around as often as possible to complete my project "In Transit", which is to mark my 10-th year of staying in Singapore. In such a small island, nature scenes have been combined with the modern cityscape to maintain the balance. There is no magnificent mountains, lakes or long beaches as ones often admire, but rather the intertwined land-scape of Singapore and the different races makes it so intrigued.

The photos included in the project tried to capture Singapore's landscape, to that extent.

Here are some highlights:

Train in Singapore Floating pool Back to battles Seal with a kiss Lines Fashion City Shadows and Light Poetic Light & Shadow Late hourDancing in public Night market Part of ongoing project - "In transit" Part of ongoing project - "In transit"
Project link is here. As it is still an ongoing project, I would appreciate very much your constructive comments and suggestions. Thank you! :)
Best view in monitor, not your iPhone, plz ;)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Family portraits. Again.

I planned to write a post on some "existential questions" about photographs, but then decide not to, as you guys are probably bored with that topic already. Anyway, I saw the scenes of people laughing when looking back at their family photo album in the movie. It got me thinking - we don't do that often anymore, do we? Maybe because we have so many photos these days that make it hard to select, to print and keep in an album. Maybe a life of a photograph ends when it is posted on Facebook and will be forgotten completely in a year, or just a week.

These photos of my family were taken in only 30', just before I was leaving to the airport, back to Singapore. Strangely enough, it is the only time where I can have everyone gathered and a good lighting in the morning to shoot with.   

And they make me smile, happily.

Film: Kodak Portra NC 400 (discontinued)
Camera: Ricoh Diacord G 
Lens: 80mm f3.5

Family Portraits
My sister
Family Portraits
My sister too
Family Portraits
My aunt
Family Portraits
My mom
Family Portraits
Mom & Dad


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Travel buddy

She reads maps to get us to the nearest station
She reads travel book for places to eat
while I'm running around, taking photos
... Think I'll be lost without you, buddy


Thursday, March 1, 2012

40th anniversary of OM system: Heidelberg, Germany

Useful tips for using film camera on travel:
  1. Carry two bodies: one loaded with normal film (ISO 100-200), one with fast film (ISO 400-800). Or one with color, one with BnW film.
  2. Use sunny-16-rule: "On a sunny day set aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to [1/ISO film speed] for a subject in direct sunlight". Meaning for the pic below, I shot at 1/800s, f/16 for Fuji NPZ 800 film.
  3. Use hyperfocus: meaning that if I use a 28mm lens at f/11, set the focus at 3m, then everything from 1.5m to infinity will be in focus.
No shutter lag, time to focus, metering, etc... With these rules, it is even faster and easier than shooting by Point-n-Shoot camera, I guess ;)
Anyway, previous post on the series "40th anniversary of the OM system":
Our next stop - Heidelberg, Germany

City by the River Neckar
Over the bridge
Heidelberg Heidelberg
Beautiful view from the Philosophers' Walk
Heidelberg Heidelberg