The trip to Hong Kong in May 2013 was quite a surreal experience. With the fog clouding in the city, hardly able to admire the cityscape with wonder. It was a different experience from the usual trip. Since most of the places i visited were foggy. Pondering how to turn this disadvantage situation into a winning situation for me. New idea pounce in quickly, i started to capture a series of foggy images which portrays a surreal feeling. A situation where the local people are inhabitable to the surrounding.
One of the biggest challenge of a travel photographer is working on a bad weather condition. Cruel to be true, but one have to turn crisis into a opportunity in order to keep myself motivated to capture interesting images. You can check out the rest of the Foggy Hong Kong .
We have been reading news of Beijing suffering from air pollutions in recent years. Latest report indicate that there is a drop of China’s tourism since the smog takes toll. China has seen sharply fewer tourists in 2013 due to the worsening of air pollution, partly to blame for themselves.
Water and air pollution from factories and cars is the outcome of successful economic development. It is difficult to control because it is different or politically infeasible to identify responsible parties. Excuses?
I visited Beijing back in 2009 during Oct period. It was good a year after the 2008 summer Olympics. The air was clean, the sky was blue most of the time, simply beautiful. Admired at various sightseeing location to capture many wonderful Beijing travel photography images. Below am going to share the beautiful outdoor scenery i came across with unforgettable memory.
I wouldn’t mind going back to Beijing for further visit in future, but judging from the current condition and very little effort by the people to curb the pollution situation. I guess the smog is going to hover on the sky for a very long time.
Mail Online in UK recently published a Singapore’s photographer personal work. Please-Mind-The-Gap-Singapore
From what i understand the British didn’t like their pictures taken in the street unknowingly. I have read many horrible stories how photographers got abuse, beaten, and sue for snapping pictures of the public in secrecy. If discover there is consequence, sadly. Street photographers practicing the art of street photography undertake courage, stay ignorance from the public eye, and an eye for moment. It should not be a skill to abuse it, snapping sensitive images and later shine it to the public via social media platform to claim it’s throne.
I came across this Singapore photographer captured a series of commuters caught in an unguarded moment images. Crossing from the platform to the train or vice versa. Is a mere second to capture the moment of what commuting process. I thought it was an enthralling in opinion.
Anyway, the comments from the viewers weren’t too optimistic about it. Viewers find it offensive and meaningless of such work. The choice of images weren’t pleasing the crowd as the people of the country fiercely safe guard their own privacy at all costs, nothing wrong at all if they dislike it. Unfortunately the pictures were put up on an unfitting platform.
There are so many ways to look at a picture depending the genre of work the photographer wish to portray, or an idea. A picture can honorably reveal history by studying it. Or, a picture can ideally share creative inspiration to others. Is a very subjective form of art worth debating, but in a friendly and open minded approach would be deem as respectful of the creator.
You can view more pictures of “Please Mind The Gap” here.
Earth Hour is here once again. A meaningful world wide started by World Wide Federation, currently an international event to raise social awareness of climate change since 2006 that kick started from Sydney, Australia. Everyone plays a part in making the world a better place, the ability to change the world we’re currently live in. Is encouraging to see business around the globe turned off their lights for an hour to save an abundance of energy. Long term commitment is the crucial key for a desirable future sustainability.
This year Earth Hour on 23rd March 2013 is located at The Floated @ Marina Bay. Feel free to join in the event to educate yourself of energy saving and what individual can do to make it happen. It will be a good picture opportunity for people who are into photography of such event in the public. Last year i documented the outdoor event for WWF Singapore, images was later put up on the website for archival purposes. Below is a series of pictures i capture, print screen from their website for your viewing.
Feel free to visit Capture Asia Earth Hour gallery for the full series.
Do encourage your friends and relatives to switch off the light for 1 hour, maybe light up a candle to slightly brighten up your surrounding. Have a thought about the importance of energy conservation. Is really not so bad after all. Hope to see many supporters at The Floating platform then.
Have a great weekend!
Whether is shooting for Singapore company annual report or corporate client. It so happen recent images capture were required to superimposed into a cleaner background for design purposes. Here i am sharing one of the image i worked on to show you the before and after effect. I was working on a cover page for L’oreal Singapore for their internal newsletter few weeks back. I was required to capture a group picture in a more lifestyle pose for the client. The challenge is group picture usually is do in horizontal format. However due to the design of the magazine the client requested a vertical shot with plenty of headroom. Arrange everyone in the best possible way to look lifestyle inside a training room.
After which image was decided to edit. I need to transform the background to a clean look so the designer can work on the wordings around the space given to give the best look. There are a few ways to superimposed the images nicely. In Photoshop software, i was using MASKING method, easily brush off the unwanted for general background, but the challenge of brushing the edges is the most painful part. The constant need to zoom in to check whether did it “spill” over the subject to achieve the edge out effect. I recently give up on using masking since my editing requires to edit so many people at one go.
I start to explore other method. There’s a tool call LASSO. Where you can outline the subject completely and paste it on a separate background. In the past i disliked using lasso as i don’t have patience to draw around the edges, one mistake and i need to start all over again. I start to explore other lasso tools such as magnetic and polygonal for fun, hoping to discover something. After various trial and error, polygonal lasso suits me the best, it goes in a straight line from one click to another, but i can adjust the line to suit the curve of the edges by clicking on the mouse to fit in nicely, brilliant i thought! The best part is takes about 5 mins to complete the process, depending on the size of the edge out.
Below is a sample of what i just explained. Hope you like it.