Happy Father’s Day – 2013 - happy father's day

To all the fathers out there and those who have left us, Happy Father’s Day. Your love, discipline, patient, spoken and unspoken wisdom and sacrifice have made us a better person today. Thank you.


A Blast From the Past

Life through the Lens - Photography by Hendra Lauw

I was going through my archive and found this image that I took at Sri Krishna Rajendra bus terminal in Bangalore, India in 2006. The man was lighting his cigarette as the night was fast approaching. It was almost 6pm and at ISO 1600 and f/2.8, I only managed to get a shutter speed of 1/60 sec. Shot with my very first full frame DSLR, the Canon 1Ds Mark II and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens. I took a lot of street portraits during my 2006 trip there. I miss India. Anyone want to sponsor?   :)MORE +

Barbers in India

I did think for a moment that my blog has become an iPhone Photography blog since I have been posting lots of iPhone photos in the past couple of weeks. But it’s not, it’s still a general photography blog and I still love my rangefinder M9, just as I like my iPhone 4s. But, you will see more iPhone photos here.

So, it’s weekend guys. It’s the time of the week, that we usually go around doing our errands, including having our hair cut. If you are in India now and happen to be in the city of Jaipur, Pushkar, Lucknow or Kishangarh Rajashtan, try one of these barbers. And from my previous posts, if you need barber in Bangalore or Hoskote, check them out too.

These are all shot with Leica M9 and Voigtlander Color Skopar Classic 35mm f/2.5.

Please send my regards to them.   :)

Have a good weekend and enjoy more photos below.MORE +

I Found Papa Smurf on the Street of Bangalore

Sorry for being quiet lately. Here is a quick post, taken with the M9 and Zeiss 50mm ZM f/2. I am off to India again tonight and this time I am traveling light. Only with the M9 and Olympus E-P3. Will cover Delhi, Rajashtan and Agra before heading to Lucknow to attend my friend’s wedding. MORE +

Waiting for Customers

All photos taken using Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2 at Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore, India during my June 2011 trip there. Enjoy the photos.MORE +


A quick post before I head out for lunch. Photos taken at the Sunday market in Whitefield, Bangalore, India, during my recent trip there. All shot with the M9 and 35mm Summarit f/2.5.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 +


I saw this painted wall when walking around the Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore, India. It attracted my attention, but I need a foreground subject. So, I stood on the road side for few minutes waiting for someone to walk. I didn’t want to have too many people in the picture, so I waited for the moment I wanted. This woman came into the picture and I clicked. MORE +

You Shoot Me, I Shoot You

I am getting in love more and more with street photography. There are still lots of things I need to learn and practice about street photography. While there are some basic technical aspects to be aware of, street photography is probably more a way of shooting rather than a genre in photography. You know, shooting landscape and macro photography will require two different techniques and most of the time, two different lenses. But shooting street photography is different. The technique could be perfect, but the outcome may not be interesting. To me, a good street photography need to have the followings:MORE +

Me On the Street of Bangalore

I shot my own reflection on the rear glass window of a tricycle when I was walking around the Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore, India. I shot it using Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2.

By the way, after using the Leica M9 for few weeks, let me share what I think about the camera. I won’t talk about the technicalities of the camera or the lenses, just some practical observation. I may write more later as I use the camera more often.MORE +

Inside a Barber Shop in Bangalore

I have been very busy since I came back from India. So, my apology for being quiet here in the past one week. I am back now and excited that I may be able to go to India again in October. Not for work !!!!!  I also have other thing I am excited about, but can only share when it really happens. For now, only hoping it will happen.  :)MORE +

The Tomato Man at Shivaji Nagar Market


One the first few things I learned when I started photography as a hobby almost ten years ago was to explore different angles when shooting (even only) one subject. These photos of the tomato man at Shivaji Nagar market in Bangalore were taken with Leica M9 and Leica 35mm Summarit f/2.5 lens. I first saw the man from the street level and took the first shot above. MORE +