street photography

Thinking of the next move

iPhone 4s.
Original version shot with the Hipstamatic app.
Cropped to a rectangular format instead of square.
Chinatown, Singapore.

iPhone Photography - Thinking of the next move

The Key Master In Joo Chiat – Singapore’s Vanishing Trade

The Key Master in Joo Chiat - Singapore's Diminishing Trade

He looked very focused when I saw him sorting out the keys on the floor. He didn’t seem to have problem looking at them from a normal reading distance. At his age of 78 (I believe that’s what he told me his age), he certainly still have pretty good eyesight.

Mr. Choo Kok Foo is a key master who has been servicing his customers for 40 years. He starts working at 10am and finishes at 5pm. I met him recently in Joo Chiat. Not sure if that’s the same place he has been at for these past 40 years, but you can find him at 92 Joo Chiat Road now. He allowed me to take some photos and I started talking to him in my broken Hokkien. He gladly answered my questions. There were some that I didn’t understand though. He also proudly showed me a newspaper article that featured him some time ago.

I will be going back there to give him his printed photos.

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Facebooking on Sunday morning


Some say Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends. But for these men, gathering on a Sunday morning is a great way to keep in touch.

Shot on iPhone 4s. Processed with vsco.

Kodak Ektar 100 in Bencoolen


I went out to shoot with my Olympus OM-1N loaded with Kodak Ektar 100 film this afternoon. Spent some time around the Bencoolen area and then sent the film for processing and scanning at Konota. I opted for a no-correction scanning so I can see how the original look. Not bad, I like the colors.

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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.


100 Strangers Project – No. 17

100 Strangers Project by Hendra Lauw

His name is Mohammed Hanif and he is my stranger no. 17.

Hanif came from Karachi, Pakistan about 9 months ago to work at his uncle’s carpet shop in Arab Street. He is now in his mid 20s. Sound familiar? That’s because Hanif is the older brother of Arif, my stranger no. 16. I met Hanif when I went back to the shop to give Arif his photos that I took one week ago.

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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 +

Fuji X100s does Little India

Fuji X100s in Little India

I brought the Fuji X100s out to shoot in Little India late last night and spent few hours there till past midnight. This time I set the camera to shoot in RAW + JPEG mode. All the images here are the JPEG files, straight out of the camera. No post-processing other than resizing them for web usage. All were shot at ISO 6400 except for two of them.

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Fuji X100s – First Impression

Fuji X100s

I rented the newly released Fuji X100s last weekend and had only few hours to play with it. But, that’s enough!!! Enough for me to rent it again today! Will play with it again some more. For those who are interested in renting camera and lenses in Singapore, visit this Camera Rental Centre near Clarke Quay.

So, that’s me shooting with the Fuji X100s near the construction site of the Jalan Besar MRT station. I managed to draw the attention of some people walking there.

All images here were shot in RAW format and then converted to JPEG with almost no post processing. I cropped two of them and converted one to black and white. I actually shot it in black and white but I don’t know why it’s showing in color when I downloaded it.

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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?

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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.