Mobile devices and photography

Jul
15
Streets of Vietnam with a mobile phone

Photography is about having the ability to see and capture a particular moment in the best way you can.  Capturing a moment should not be limited to what photographic technology you have with you at that particular time.  While there are a plethora of ways in which a moment can be captured the intent of this blog entry is to talk about capturing the moment, through photography, with mobile devices and processing the resultant photo.  It is not an argument for or against the various ways of capturing the moment and which method is the best.  There will always be t

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A portrait or two in Vietnam

Jul
10
Tra in Hanoi

This blog entry is a little different to the other entries that I make.  I though I would share with you my recent day of taking portrait photos in Vietnam.  I have a number of good friends in Vietnam and it just happened that we all had time off to catch up with one another on my recent visit there.  Deciding what we would do for the day is never too difficult in Hanoi as there is always so much to do - even if it is just to take it easy around the main lake or west lake.  We decided that we would spend the day taking some portrait photos and while I did not hav

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A couple of days in Vietnam and a little street photography

Jul
09

Vietnam has to be one of my most favourite countries to visit for both work and to catch up with a few good friends. The food is always good and the local people very friendly. My visits there are often quite disorganised and unplanned at the best of times - but they just work out to be such great fun. This last trip (nearly 2 weeks ago now) was no exception and while I had my latest camera in for repairs I was left with an old Olympus E-PL2 to play with on the streets. This is not usually my choice of camera for street photography but I will work with whatever I have at the time. For most of the street pics that I took on the streets of Vietnam I used a wide angle 12mm f/2.0 Olympus lens and occasionally the 45mm f/1.8mm lens or the voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 lens.

I often hear people talk about needing to use a specific lens for street photography (and some are very adamant about their choice), however, I believe in thinking about where and how you are shooting and what sort of a story you want to tell at the end of your day on the streets. My favourite lens for many years has been the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 lens mounted on either the Olympus E3 or E5, but this was the first travel abroad where I had decided to travel light and use all micro four thirds gear (shame my Olympus OM-D E-M5 died only 3 days in to the trip).

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A few random photos around Kuala Lumpur

Jul
08
Petronas Towers

After being on the road for the last couple of weeks I am finally starting to catch up on a little editing and processing of photos - including a little film processing.  The following photos are just a few random ones I found in my collection that captures more of life in and around Kuala Lumpur.  They are not what I would classify as my best photos, but then the aim of this blog is not to only depict my very best work but rather a collection of photos from a particular moment in time. 

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Out and about at Pudu and the Pavilion

Jul
03
All in orange

Saturday morning I was back in Kuala Lumpur and it was time to catch with some great friends Robin Wong, Luke Ding and Kelvin Ng for a little street shooting at the Pudu markets and then later at the Pavilion, after a little food and chatime (a recent drink addiction).

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Awesome Olympus Service and a faulty OM-D E-M5

Jun
30

This post is a little unusual for my style of writing here, but because it got me thinking about what you buy when you buy a camera, I thought I would share my experiences with you.  Being a person that travels internationally regularly, the two things I do look for in a camera is reliability (or toughness) and great after sales service. You could probably add a lightweight system to this as well, but sometimes my Olympus E3 and E5 really did become heavy).

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Out and about in Bukit Bintang

Jun
29
Orange Hair in Bukit Bintang

About a week ago I had the pleasure of catching up with Robin Wong (see his version of the story at http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2012/06/night-shooting-with-visitor-from.html) another fellow Olympus shooter based in Malaysia.  I originally sent him a message online asking where to get film developed in Malaysia as I knew he was a street photographer based in Kuala Lumpur and I had decided

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A day at Chow Kit Markets and Old Town PJ

Jun
18
Chow Kit Markets

Over the years I have had the opportunity of getting to know Malaysia while visiting for both work and a little down time – it has consequently become one of my favourite places to visit.  I am again in Malaysia for a few days and decided that while I have a little down time I should wander the markets and streets with my camera and enjoy a little of the local food on the way.

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The underwater portrait photographer vs the sightseer

Jun
10

About a week ago I organised an underwater adventure for scuba diving and of course underwater photography at the North Solitary Island. The North Solitary Island is located about a 4 ½ hr drive south of Brisbane in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is then a 13km boat trip offshore from the small town of Wooli (popular for its Goanna pulling championships – see http://www.goannapulling.com.au). The island forms a part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park and offers some very spectacular diving. There are many awesome diving sites located in the area, though some of them are quite difficult to access due to weather and/or currents.

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Photos of the transit of Venus

Jun
06
Transit of Venus

One of the most talked about events for 2012 in terms of astronomy is the transit of Venus across the Sun.  Perhaps one of the most significant reasons for this is that it will be a "once-in-a-life-time" event for many (unless you saw it in 2004 when it last happened).  It is predicted that the next time it will occur is in December 2117.  The transit takes place when Venus passes between the earth and the sun and is seen as a small disk or black dot moving across the face of the sun.

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