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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.

An afternoon chat at a sarabat tea stall

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I spent about half an hour sitting at a sarabat tea stall near the junction of Bussorah street and Baghdad street. After a long walk, I had two glasses of iced milk tea. One of the owners sat at a table next to me, resting. We talked in Malay. He told me his legs were no longer strong. His name is Anwarul Haq. I hope I got his name right. He is now 74 years old and has gone for Hajj in 2003. He was 64 then. May God bless him with good health. These two photos were shot with Olympus E-P3 and Olympus 45mm f/1.8 lens.

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Back in June, I visited them for a tea break and took some shots using my iPhone 4s. I talked to the other owner, Haji Abdul Mualam. Again, I hope I got his name right. He told me that they have been in the business for 44 years now. Haji Abdul Mualam is the one on the left.MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 26

100 Strangers Photography Project - by Hendra Lauw - No. 26

His name is Diego Resurreccion and he is my stranger no. 26. I met Diego on board the Star Virgo cruise ship couple months ago. He is from Makati, the Philippines and works as a chef at the ship’s Taverna restaurant. This friendly guy told me that his work arrangement is 10 months on board the cruise ship and 2 months off.

Chinese Opera – Backstage Shots

These backstage shots of the Chinese Opera were taken about two months ago in Little India during the hungry ghost month. I was allowed access to the backstage by the kind lady who prepared herself to go on stage. What a joy! All shots with Leica M9 and Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2. Enjoy the photos.MORE +

Just Woke Up – A Medium Format Portrait with a Rolleiflex TLR

Ola, have you seen those big 6×6 cm negatives lately? I shot this using the Rolleiflex 2.8F which I borrowed from a friend. I like the big negative. It doesn’t curl as much as the 35mm, and since I scan the entire negative by simply placing it on the scanner surface, this is a good thing.

The film used as you can tell from the scan above is the Fuji Pro400H 120mm.

And just for your viewing pleasure, here is the black and white version after I converted the scan result in Adobe Lightroom and removed the film information on the black border.MORE +

The First Flip Over

I was just browsing some of my old photos when I found these photos. It’s a series of images of my daughter doing her first flip over on June 2, 2005. She flipped over from her back to her tummy. I was lucky that I was with my camera then. They were shot with my Canon DSLR. I need to check the EXIF of the individual photo whether it was my 20D or my 1Ds Mark II. The photos have been archived on DVDs. I don’t archive my photos on DVD anymore due to practical reason and the dropping price of hard disk. MORE +

iPhone Pacifier

pacifier |ˈpasəˌfīər|
noun
a rubber or plastic nipple for a baby to suck on.

But hey, this is 2012. How many times have you seen or experienced yourself, that what it takes to pacify a baby or a little kid is a mobile phone? :)

By the way, you probably can’t see it clearly, but I like the quote printed on his t-shirt, which is a quote from Charlie Chaplin:MORE +

f/1.2 at 112 Katong

Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2, shot at f/1.2 in front of 112 Katong Mall. Do they rhyme?  :)

I tried to convert the original color version to black and white and I like both, so here it is the black and white version.MORE +

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 ASPH V2

I am currently testing the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH Version 2 on Leica M9. The images here were shot in RAW and then converted and resized to JPEG for web viewing. No other post-processing done. All were shot at its largest aperture of f/1.2 and closest focusing distance of 0.7m or close to that and under tungsten light. I will do some more test today or tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone.MORE +

My Best iPhone Photography

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Here are my favourite and best iPhone photography / best instagram images .. so far.

Camera phone still cannot beat its big brothers, like the DSLR or even some of the compacts. Maybe it never will, but who knows, technology will only get better. But for now, the convenience of having a good little camera in my pocket all the time is wonderful since I cannot always be carrying the DSLR or the M9 or even the smaller Micro Four-Thirds camera, like the Olympus E-P3 or Panasonic GF-1.

Oh, by the way, thank you to those who have been asking about my mum. Thank God that she is now home, recovering well.

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My Love

Shot with Olympus E-PL3.
I unfortunately forgot what lens I used, but I know for sure it’s one of the old manual lenses I bought from eBay. I believe it’s the Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7. MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 8

His name is Azmil and he is my stranger no. 8. This cool looking guy is a student of one of the Polytechnics here in Singapore and lives somewhere in the north of Singapore. He was waiting for his friend for dinner when I met him. I like his hat and his glasses.  :) MORE +