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Journeys & the gems it has in store for you


Images courtesy of Sir TY

It’s been a long while yet again, with the season of being on the road returning. As a constant nomad, I actually looked forward to it. Very much so especially the last few months have been challenging beyond description… so it was a really good respite when I got to head to Vietnam for a little photo travel week.

Little did I know, a trip which I initially planned to embark upon alone could end up with so many pleasant surprises. Life, you are absolutely amazing :)

Long story cut short, the ways that people’s paths cross regardless where we are continuously astound me. Same love & views for life, perhaps yet again all you’ve been looking for will come to you at a time where you are not looking for it.

Met lotsa fun people, came back with lotsa images that will last me for a lifetime – it was really nice being able to get out there to shoot & not give a damn about what you might get to bring back with you. When the pressure is off, you can then let your heart do what it does best.

And my heart, my eyes, through my lens… all did what it did best – loved & lived it :)

What lies at the road ahead, no one knows. But certainly chances should be taken & present moments should be cherished.

Never go through life with regrets, for that is hardly living at all.

Even when I thought my heart was breaking into a million little pieces with the arrival of devastating news, I was glad that I felt at peace when we all met & practiced again. It showed that we are indeed living yoga – it is not the place that matters, as long as the people still love it & practices all that has been taught the best we can, wherever we are… making the most out of it.

Again, never more thankful to have a bunch of like minded Ashtangis with me, as well as some individuals that have proven time & again that we can, will & want to go through a heck lot more of life together, each time emerging even stronger :)

Thankful, for all the light & love I’ve been shown xxxx

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Serendipity

Could it be that the person you’ve looked for all your life has always been there, just that your paths have not crossed just yet?

I have always believed in serendipity, and being a logical rational person most of the time it’s always a tussle & a struggle to just be able to let go & let it come by.

But tonight, I just might believe in that a bit more :)

Life works in amazing ways, you just got to let go to let it come in sometimes. I’m still learning that lesson.

What it might bring, one could never predict but learning how to embrace what comes your way, is perhaps the best you can do.

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Photographic + life revelations

A post I wrote in my old blog, but still found it very relevant despite the lapse of time. What is your take?

A request I received again today has made me wonder – when do you draw the line when it comes to something done voluntarily/out of goodwill?

Yes, granted you have fun doing it & enjoy the satisfaction of achieving its objectives, but will you still continue to do it when you know clearly that you’re just a convenient/cheap/free way for the other party to get what they need?

The perils of knowing someone too well. Double edge sword, double edged indeed.

Knowing when to draw the line & keep your stance is one life skill you should never go without.

Are you locking yourself & your potential in?

In other news, yesterday was the day I really felt someone understands me photographically. Wth you say? Let me quote:

Within the Frame is a book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, specifically where people, places, and cultures are concerned. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible images, author David duChemin (of pixelatedimage.com) shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often not worth—and can’t capture—a viewer’s attention.

My epiphany is the very last line – the few close photographing friends of mine know I’m one shooter that cares little about technicality (I know enough to get me decent photos, not one to pour over hours of MTF data or pixel peep) & instead prizes ‘feel’ as something that I’m always after. For me, the essence of photography is to capture the moment the best you can then. Often we come back from a shoot, kicking ourselves in the head & saying ‘darn, I wish I got a better shot… I wish it was sharper… (the list goes on)’

But most often or not when you think about it, we just basically shot what we could under that circumstance. Yes, there are d’oh days where you forgot to switch your ISO/EV/WB/AF properly, but most of the time you just did what you could then. If you were too busy fixing all of what I mentioned above/changing lenses, likely you would have lost the moment.

I’m thankful that I’ve found glass that suits me best (disclaimer: for what I do) – I do not leave the country without my trusty Nikkor 18-200mm VR – it has to be one of the best, if not the best, all rounded wide-telezoom lens around for travel photography. As a fuss-free person, I like to have one thing that can do most of what I need it to, when it counts. And that is one lens that live up to the challenging expectations of such.

Yes, it’s not as super fast/sharp like the pro lenses are… but it saves me trouble of having to swap lenses & losing moments I’m suppose to be capturing. It comes to a point, a fine fine point called ‘compromise’.

Of course, my other love will be my prime lenses. I’ve got two, but since I got the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 , I’ve virtually never shot with the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 anymore. Guilty as charged of abandoning the old love =x I’m quite a people & random shooter so Siggy is fantastic for what I need it for.

Fast, quick AF, creeeeeamy bokeh & most of all, natural colour rendition – all of this in extremely low light conditions. Love love love it to bits.

So yes, those are essential the only 2 lenses I shoot with for the moment & they work for me. To each of his/her own, gear is a very personal thing. But to quote David, ‘gear is good, vision is better‘.

Damn straight. Who says your tiny point & shoot/old school film/iPhone/phonecams can’t shoot good photos?

Just make sure you get off your ass to go shoot to begin with :)

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