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Legong Kuntul Dance

Legong Kuntul dance in Ubud Bali Indonesia

I shot these images of Legong Kuntul dancers in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia using a slow shutter speed. It was either 1/3 sec or 1/4 sec. I have other images of the dancers where they appear sharp (shot with high shutter speed), but I prefer the ones that they don’t. It’s quite a fast moving dance hence I prefer to see the ones that show movement of the dancers.

So, when you are shooting a dance performance next time, try something different by using a slow shutter speed to capture the movement. You can have the subjects appear sharp while still showing the movement if you have a flash that is set to a rear-curtain sync mode. Try that too if you like using flash, but be mindful that the flashes of lights could be a distraction to the dancers especially if you are close to the subjects. I did not use flash to shoot these images.

All shot with Sony A7 and Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f/2. Enjoy the images.MORE +

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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The Boss

The Boss at Geylang Serai Night Market, shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm at f/2. Here is another one without the two ladies in the foreground. MORE +

Romance by the Bay

“I love you honey!”
“I promise that I will always be with you.” (“hihihi … promise?”)

Leica M9 and Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2 lens.

One Morning in Jaipur

I shot these in front of our hotel in Jaipur, Rajashtan, in the early morning of our second day there. People started their day by having tea, setting up their roadside fruit stalls, sweeping the street, etc. under a cool October morning weather.

All photos taken with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2. The first few were taken by shooting into the rising sun. Enjoy!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 +

Sleeping and Concentration

The guy in the middle fell asleep while the two men were concentrating on their game. Shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar 50mm ZM f/2 lens.

White Shadow

I first saw the scene, which was the big poster with images of people walking from across the street of Elizabeth Street in Brisbane last week. I just needed one more element before I clicked the shutter button, hence I waited for few minutes before the guy in black came into the picture, walking. Do you see his “white shadow” now?   :)MORE +

100 Strangers Project – No. 14

His name is Iain and he is my stranger no. 14. Iain, who is an engineer, came from Scotland and is now living and working in Australia. He was having his cigar and a glass of Scotch whisky when I saw him in Brisbane last Thursday night.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 +