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A Pear

iPhone Photography by Hendra Lauw - a Pear

An attempt to produce something artistic with a pear and an iPhone 4s. Shot with a camera app 645Pro and converted to black and white using FilterStorm app (both the Black and White conversion and Curve). MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 27

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw - No. 27

His name is Md. Basheer and he is my stranger no. 27. Mr. Basheer is a retired photographer who shot interior design and food during his 40 year career shooting for magazines in Singapore. He is now driving a taxi but still teach photography sometimes. Mr. Basheer has six children and seven grandchildren. He was going to meet some of them for dinner at his son’s place after he sent me.

I took the photo using my iPhone inside the taxi. The only light source was the overhead lamp. My apology for the digital noise on your otherwise white shirt, Mr. Basheer.

The Unexpected – a Film Photography Project

The Unexpected - a Film Photography Project by Hendra Lauw

I am starting a new photography project, a film photography project. I call it “The Unexpected”.

How?
I will shoot a roll of film, either color or black and white, and when all the 36  frames have been used, I will rewind the film and load it again into the camera and shoot something else using that same roll of film. So, each frame will be exposed twice and the frame for the second shot may not be fully aligned with the first shot. I obviously can’t control what I will get, but I hope I will get one or two nice double-exposure images per roll. Let’s see.

The best things in life are unexpected – because there were no expectations. ~ Eli Khamarov

What you see in this post are the first batch of images from this project, shot on black and white Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film at the beginning of this month using the Olympus OM-1N camera and Olympus Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. Enjoy and come back again to check more images from this project.

Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. ~ Masaru Ibuk

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Morning Ride in Joo Chiat

Hendra Lauw-Morning Ride in Joo Chiat 2

Hendra Lauw-Morning Ride in Joo Chiat 1

Images shot two weeks ago in Joo Chiat. The morning low angle sunlight created nice shadow and highlight effect on the shop door and the cyclists. Shot with Olympus E-P3 and Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7.MORE +

iPhone Photography – Abstract

iPhone Photography - Abstract

We know that energy can not be created nor destroyed but can be changed in it’s form. If it can not be formed then it can not exist. We may not exist. ~ Mohammed Ali

The above are the screen shot of thumbnails of abstract images I took using iPhone just now. I pointed the iPhone to some light sources outside of my apartment and started shooting by moving the iPhone in a circular motion. Shutter speed was set to 1 sec using the 645Pro app. Just having some fun before I go to bed after spending hours working from home today.

Hope you all had a great weekend.

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Mobile Street Photography in Singapore – Raining in Bugis

iPhone Street Photography

I was making my way to the Bugis train station from Bencoolen when it rained that night in September last year. I stopped in front of a shop, took shelter from the rain and started taking panning shots of people walking with their umbrellas and shopping bags above their heads using the Hipstamatic app on iPhone 4s. The ‘film’ and ‘lens’ combination was John S Lens and Blackey SuperGrain black and white film. My favorite Hipstamatic combination for black and white images. What’s your favorite Hipstamatic setting for black and white shots?

Enjoy the rest of the images below.

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Men in Black

Men in Black - a Hipstamatic shot on iPhone 4s

Men in black walking along the promontory at the Marina Bay. Shot with iPhone 4s, Hipstamatic app, John S Lens and Blackey SuperGrain film.

Moving

iPhone Photography by Hendra Lauw - Moving at Changi Airport

iPhone 4s shot using SlowShutter app and converted to black and white using Noir app. Taken at Singapore Changi Airport early this year.

Lo-Mob – Black and White iPhone Photography

Lo-Mob - Black and White iPhone Photography

I downloaded the Lo-Mob app for my iPhone 4s few months ago, but have not really used it yet, until now. I played with it by shooting my Olympus OM-1N and some boxes of Ilford black and white film in the background. Focus was on the word “Olympus” and look at the bokeh produced. Not bad at all. I then applied one of the black and white filters that comes with the app, 30’s Contrast 2. It has a slightly hazy and vintage black and white look. Love it!

The Sea and Sky

High key photography - The Sea and Sky

This high key photograph was shot one morning in 2010 at Changi Beach. It was a hazy morning and the contrast between the sea and the sky was high. I wanted both the boats and the aeroplane, but the sky was too bright, hence the compromise to lose details on both. The boats were almost in silhouette as I had to take some exposure of the sky too. Just in case you ask, no I did not have my graduated ND filter with me that morning. Original photo was shot in color and converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom 4.

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My Home My Playground

I returned to the Manila North Cemetery in May this year after visiting the place few times between 2006 and 2008, I just wanted to come back and see what might have changed. I did not take a lot of photos but spent more time talking to some children and adults living there.

The photo above was taken using my iPhone 4s when I saw the little boy playing on a tomb. The cemetery was both his home and his playground.

I have written about this place and my experience when I first went there in another blog entry, so I will not write about it anymore here. If you have missed that one, here it is, Sharing Space with the Dead.

Johnnie Walker and Chivas

Canon P and Canon 35mm LTM f/2 on Kodak black  and white film Tri-X 400.

Keep walking, Johnnie. Go find the Black Label.

A Toast to a Happy Life Forever and Ever

I posted this on my Instagram few days ago and have wanted to post it here, but wasn’t able to until now. I took this photo using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone 4s while I was having my breakfast at a coffee place in City Hall. They could easily be in their 80s but they look pretty healthy.

The man was reading newspaper while his wife was having her toast. Once a while he would share with his wife what he was reading. I saw there was only one cup on the table. The man has either finished his, or they share or one of them don’t take coffee or tea. But regardless, there was love. I could feel it from where I sat.

Now, I would like to share with you a story that I read before. There seems to be some variations to it, but the message remains the same. Happy reading.MORE +