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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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The week that was…

Farewells are part of life & we just need to be thankful for the times we had in between the hellos & goodbyes.

Thanks for all the comforting words that’s poured in after the last post.

I’d be flying to HK at end August to say my goodbye to my aunt.

But just as life have been for eternity, when one door closes another opens. I have been experiencing paradoxical weeks recently, of good & bad news alternating at an insane pace… making me all dizzy trying to comprehend. But again, all part & parcel of life.

Some snippets from the past week:

– accompanied my manager to get her first ever tattoo. It was quite an experience, despite me being a big fan of Miami Ink & seeing many people get their ink and of course, the stories behind it, my first experience of seeing ink in skin is still… different :) Somehow it’s just not the same but twas a fun process nonetheless. In case you’re wondering if I work for a mafia lady, I don’t. Here’s what she got:

The tatt before it was inked

Her daughter’s name, sooooooo sweet :)

The stuff made out of dreams...

– I’m going on my first ever overseas assignment shoot! Most of you will know I do a lot of travel photography, dabbled in planned shoots here & there… but come this Sept, I will be assisting the muscular fabulous Anna-Rina for a wedding reception in Bali :) I’m so excited when I saw the venue shots that I shuddered – super jaw-droppingly gorgeous place! Soooooooooo excited about my first ever overseas wedding shoot & back at one of my fave locations in the world – honestly did not expect this at all so am giddy with joy :)

– Speaking of shoots, I am also very honoured to be photographing the fantastic yoga studio where I get pretzeled weekly. BeYoga is the brain(heart)child of Ninie Ahmad & Azmi Sandjanga – both my teachers which I’ve been following since YZ days. They are some of the most cheerful & encouraging people, not to mention looking super smokin’ hot with their flexible ways ;) I am soooooo sooooooooooooooo soooooooooooooooooooo looking forward to it cuz I’ve been having all these images in my head when I practise at BeYoga. Can’t wait!

– On the work front, we are about 80% at the end of the race… really looking forward to see what the next steps are after 2 years of working on this project. My Masters-in-Europe dream hinges on it & it is indeed one of the most important keystone in my next career progression step. All these years of battle have made me a stronger & better person, and thankfully not a more jaded person.

– Also on the work front, an interesting opportunity has opened up… It’s not everyday that you get to meet individuals behind an organization that shares the same values as you do, as an individual so that was something I’m happy for. I am one person who don’t believe in lying to yourself & pretend to live a different life (my life so far has been testament of my frankness to meself & others) so it would be some very interesting times ahead…

– Of course, the most fabulous way to unwind a long hectic workweek will be to meet up with some mates & chillax… and chillax/camwhored/talkcock we did :D Finally got to meet the infamously funny Eeyern together with the usual suspects of MK, YY, Jon & Kenneth. Laughed & laughed we did, and as I get to know them more my respect for them & their craft grow even stronger… check out their fabulous work as linked above.

Three stooges

– Last but not least, I got to spend some quality time over the weekend with two of my most favourite people in the world, Woods & CC :D Twas some overdue catch ups no doubt, but in this life where the 3 of us are constantly spending lots of time in planes & hotels, it is this kinda meaningful catch ups which I cherish the most. I honestly don’t know where would I’d be without the support & love of them two, so it was really really lovely spending some time with them. As we speak, one is already overseas, one is flying tomorrow & the other will be eagerly waiting for them to return before she flies off herself :D

Three monkeys :D

Absolutely *heart* them soooooo much :)

In this long journey of life, it was what keeps you going that counts. Because had you not enjoyed the process of getting there, you would not have lived to begin with.

Have a good week ahead guys!

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