Posts made in June 2011


June 29, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

20110629 Spectators

I am undoubtedly a spectator in this surrounding that I have photographed. And here is a picture (Photo 1) showing the entrance of one of the halls that showcased an oil painting exhibition. The main focus on this blog, however, was another thing, as shown in other pictures.

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Photo 2

There were spectators all throughout this area. Sometimes, they are more interesting to look at than the exhibits. Is that a cliché? Anyway, some of them were keen to walk around while others were just staring at anything that moved. As for me, I shot anything that moved or breathed, except the photo that shows the area as a reference (Photo 5). I also shot myself for your reference. You can find me, for sure. :)

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1 1

Creative kid photos in different scenarios

June 27, 2011 10:29 am HKT No comments

Alex got some unique tips in child photography that will best show their characters.

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Elevator and bicycle

June 24, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

20110624 Elevator and bicycle_Cactus v5

I always say one flash is enough, coupled with your creativity and passion. So here is one example of that (Photo 1). Some time later, my friend came to visit me at my office. He brought along his big toy— his expensive bicycle— and asked if I could shoot him right away. Without a second thought, I led him to the elevator outside the office along with the gear you see in the photos below.

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The gear here included a Cactus KF 36 on V5 set on a light stand placed inside the elevator as a key light; another Cactus KF36 with a soft box (60 x 40cm) on V5 was set on another light stand as fill light. In fact, they were set up as cross light, as you can tell when looking at the set up photos. The final image (Photo 2) has its focus on the hand, as you can see, which made my friend quite satisfied, along with other shots that showed him as he is, obviously.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1
Flash Cactus KF 36 Manual Flash 1 2
Flash Trigger Cactus V5 Wireless Flash Transceiver Duo 1 1.5
Light Stand 1 2
Soft box 60 x 40 cm 1

Sheet metal houses

June 22, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

20110622 Sheet metal houses

What’s it really like to get older? I guess it’s like when your “color” is fading…well, yes, I mean when you feel like the color in your life is gradually fading. It is the same with photos, actually. Old print photos lose their colors day by day— like getting yellower, so to speak.

The picture here (Photo 1) gives me this feeling that the olden days are gone, slowly fading away. It is taken at around 5:00 in the afternoon; you can see a gleam of yellowish sunlight dominating the area at the background. The place in the picture was in fact one of the stalls in a market where I spotted an old fashioned straw holder and a Chinese-style calendar, the one you can find in every old fashioned grocery store in Hong Kong. The subjects here are good, thanks to the yellowish soft ambient light coming from the right side of the frame, giving them the right kind of “lighting” to look “old.” A special thanks as well goes to the soda company, which gave out classic straw holders on one of those days.

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The area behind this market is a small community made up of sheet metal houses, the worst kind of housing you can find in Hong Kong. You can have a brief look at them in Photo 4 below. For your information, I lived in one of those public housing estates near the place I pictured here, since birth. And seldom do I come to this area simply because the alleys are dark and filthy. But here I am at this moment to picture it, because it will soon be demolished. You can see mailboxes here and there (Photo 2 and Photo 3), as well as a barbershop with a big sign hanging above this old lady in purple. I was scolded by the owner of this barbershop. He threatened me, saying that it was his private premise and he told me to leave the place right away. I dared not argue or anything simply because I guessed he was actually pissed off by the fact that the area was going to be torn down. I hope my camera did not hurt anybody though.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1

Shanghai Express: Tips and Techniques for Interior Photography

June 20, 2011 12:21 pm HKT No comments

Alex is going to share with you the tips on interior photography through his trip to a nostalgic Shanghai restaurant.

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