Chinese Chess

I love shooting the people playing Chinese chess at Kreta Ayer market in Chinatown. These two were shot last weekend when I made a quick trip there. Shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2 lens. MORE +

Free Wallpaper – July 2011

My sincere apology for being late and thank you to those who have emailed me asking about the free wallpaper for July 2011. Here you go, the free wallpaper for July 2011 for your personal use only. The wallpaper has 3:2 format and has been re-sized to 1920 x 1280 pixels.MORE +

Which one is healthier?

Shooting in Chinatown is super fun. Lots of cool subjects to shoot. Just look around, see and be prepared to shoot. I was watching people playing the Chinese chess at Kreta Ayer market when I saw this. I first  saw the man with the pipe and then suddenly the second man came into the frame with his banana. He actually had a bag of them with him. The first thing that came to my mind when I was shooting the images was the title of the blog entry I would write for this. I would write “Which one is healthier?”.MORE +

Walking and Waiting at Shivaji Nagar Market

Black and white photography always has its unique charm. Not much color distraction as there are only black, white and shades of gray. One of my favorite images from my recent trip to Bangalore, India. A relatively slow shutter speed of 1/25 sec was enough to blur the man walking in the foreground. MORE +

Highlight and Shadow

I love this photo for a simple reason that it has strong highlight and shadow. It also tells a story of two men engaged in a serious conversation. Look at the hand gesture of the man on the right. The man on the left was listening while seriously looking at his notebook.

I saw these two men on the second floor of the Shivaji Nagar Market. The man on the left seemed to be the vegetables agent and the one the left seemed to be the customer, which could be a retail seller. When I first saw this scene, I was immediately attracted to it because of the sunlight coming in from the two windows and the shadow on the floor and on part of the men.

It’s important to take the exposure metering from the right spot in this kind of photo. MORE +

Bubblegum Fun

I still cannot do this until now. But my daughter was so determined that she kept trying for the past several months until finally, yesterday, when we attended the baptism of my friend’s baby at the church of St. Mary of the Angels, she showed me that she could blow the chewing gum’s bubble. I was at the church to shoot the baptism of my friend’s baby and I had my DSLR fitted with Canon 85mm f/1.2L. I was not the main photographer and hence the chosen lens worked well as it gave me enough working distance so I did not block the main photographer. MORE +

The Last Train From Tanjong Pagar

I knew there was already an agreement between Singapore and Malaysia about the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, but didn’t realize until the night itself when the last train was scheduled to leave for Malaysia at 11pm on 30th June 2011. I quickly rushed to go there at about 10.20pm and got there about 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The station was packed with people wanting to witness this historical and sentimental moment.

I first took the train from this station to Johor Baru in 2000. My wife (then a girlfriend) and I went to Johor Baru. We went to a shopping mall near the train station in Johor Bahru and ended up buying ribbons that would be used for our wedding invitation card.

So, enjoy the photos of the last moments before the train left and soon after it left.MORE +