Embrace foggy situation in Hong Kong

On my last post, i was talking about the fog in Hong Kong. I mentioned how about the downside of the encounter with it. How i adjust my mindset to turn it into a more enjoyable and positive experience.

On that same trip, i make a journey to visit the largest seating Buddha in Hong Kong, “Tian Tan Buddha” in Chinese. This is one of the main attraction points in Hong Kong on Lantau Island. `

Unknown to the foggy situation again, i happily took the MTR from Hong Kong Island to Lantau Island. Then i brought the expensive ticket for a glass bottom, rounded trip on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car – only to find that i am surrounded by thick fog. “What a great way to begin my adventure again”, i thought. For your info, on a clear day, the top offers a stunning 360 degree of panoramic view.

Rather than being sian (bored), i only can embrace this kind of weather presented to me. There is always a positive and negative side to everything. My positive end was to see the moment in a different manner, i quickly learn to see the street/travel moment differently in this type of foggy situation. The fog presented me in a unique way for me to see and photograph.

I remembered having a delicious vegetarian food for a small price at Po Lin Monastery. I enjoyed the atmosphere as i loved to blend into the local culture. If i can speak a little Cantonese i would be able to blend in better, it wasn’t a big problem anyway.

After filling up my stomach, i have the strength to move around Big Buddha area. I see the area in a very quiet way, mainly because there was not much of tourist crowd in this foggy condition. I almost have the entire place to myself. My pictures here were seen in a blurry state. I only can focus on a single subject in the scene, i later realize that single subject stand out well in this heavy fog rather than having different layers of scene. The weather was so foggy that I can’t see the Big Buddha even from a mere 100m until i climb up 268 steps up.

2 nuns were standing there having their conversation for quite a while, i stood there to make some pictures, I was hopeful to be a ninja infront of them. :p

On the platform of the Big Buddha looking up, seems like everything happen for a reason in life.

The bronze statue of the six Devas making offering to the Buddha, another three on other side.

A woman putting her palm together and walking around the huge circular platform in a quiet and respectful manner.

Wisdom Path transported me to the old Chinese dynasty.

You know what – i would love to return here again on my next trip to do a bit of trekking. Most likely i will take a bus up instead of the cable car unless the weather is in super blue hue. It is worth the money to take the cable car for the first-timer, but you are strongly advised to pre-book a ticket through the website as it may get really crowded on a good season. Another reason is there will be maintenance day or even bad weather where the cable car station will be closed. You wouldn’t want to have a wasted trip. There are other option to go up by a bus or taxi.

If you are heading to Hong Kong for the first time to make travel pictures. I have many awesome Hong Kong travel photography pictures if you like to see and be inspired.

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Blurry Victoria Peak in Hong Kong

I was traveling in Hong Kong back in May 2013. It was an impromptu trip as i mainly wanted to visit the Bun Festival on Cheung Chau Island. The rest of the days i basically wandered around places acting like a local. Many times i had tourists came up to ask me for direction.

One of the days i visited The Peak on Hong Kong Island, again. A very popular destination for tourists. The queue to buy the ticket for the tram can be quite long at times. However, upon reaching the top, i was horrified to see the peak was covered in thick and grey fog. What a party spoiler.

It is annoying when fog appears during your travel trip. First, you don’t get to see the sunshine, minimum light provides too little or no contrast/flat for photography. Adding on, the surrounding is pretty dull and grey. Second, the fog will reduce visibility from a near to a far distance. Weather is something that is inevitable at the time.

I had my gears ready to take pictures and this happen? After wandering for a while; feeling a sense of defeat, an idea pops up. There is no way i can get rid of the fog, and i don’t want to come back another day. I might as well do something different, photograph the fog? Yes, that’s what am going to do. Instead of sulking, i might as well try to enjoy it.

The fortunate part was the weather was in absolute cooling condition. Walking in the midst of fog on the mountain seems very dreamy as well. The original plan was to walk up to Victoria Peak Park (google map). I stick to the plan, i basically trek on Mount Austin Road.

Two expats with a dog were on Mount Austin road during my walk up.

I did a slow walk to enjoy the fog, i think it took me about 15-20 mins to reach the top. Along the way, cars were moving in and out, the super expensive residential area was seen. It was a very nice greenery walk, a hidden road away from the super touristy venue nearby.

On the very top of Victoria Peak, i was greeted with a much denser fog. The local told me that on a clear day, this place offers a spectacular scenic view. That day, i was offered the lousiest view i can ever get. However, the place was not crowded. A sense of peacefulness surrounded me. I started to make whatever pictures i can explore.

A pavilion looks deserted in this foggy weather

This stall sells the best curry fishball. However business was brisk. 

Tips on capturing the fog on a technical term, using the “right exposure” meter by the camera will turn out to be darker. I need to overexpose by half to one stop in order to capture the detail. I was using a 5D Mark II and a 16-35mm lenses. ISO was set to 400 and aperture were in F2.8.

Is quite fun to see the pictures turned out to be rather soft. There is no contrast to any part of the scene. I had turned a negative experience into a positive one. By the end of the trip, i had a series of foggy pictures of Hong Kong when i went to another destination, which i will share on my next post.

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Architecture Exploration in Shanghai

I was in Shanghai in 2016 during the Aug period. This has always been a dream trip for me. This was mainly a couple trip to celebrate our 1 year anniversary together. Our plan was to arrive in Shanghai, immediately head to Hangzhou for sightseeing and back to Shanghai for the remaining days. Am not diving too deep into the details for now.

Shanghai is a city with a population of more than 24 million. About 24 times more than Singapore, absolutely crazy i know. I just read that Shanghai is China biggest city and a financial hub, i thought Beijing was the biggest. Browse a few pages of the travel guide where to visit in Shanghai and you will discover there are so many places to visit! How many days should you stay if you asked me? Well, you need to take at least 5-6 days of leave, stay least 5 nights to explore this populous city in general.

If you have been following my blog closely, i have been sharing tips on how i work on my architecture photography. This time is a different ball game. First, this is an overseas holiday, not the plan to explore and wander to make pictures. Second, i got no time to do any location scouting for any architecture picture taking – the focus of this trip was more on bonding as a couple, spending time together. I did my research of the city but it is quite hard to visualize or imagine how does it feel to be on the ground. Basically, i explore like any tourists do. Move around the city and capturing nice pictures that caught my sight, immersed into the local culture and atmosphere.

The architecture set am sharing is Bank of China Tower, Shanghai (simplified Chinese: 上海中银大厦) No particular reason why i choose to capture this building. Built by Nikken Sekkei Ltd, a Japanese firm. I ponder, “why is it a Japanese firm that designed it? Very interesting.” Another reason i want to take pictures of this building is that of the weather – the lighting is acting in my flavor. I took the opportunity, at the right place and time. More importantly, the entire structure stands out from the rest of the neighbor. This makes me more attracted to it. Guess i have some good luck which i often doesn’t have.

Bank of China Tower is located in Pudong, a district of Shanghai located east of the Huangpu River across from the historic city center of Shanghai in Puxi. The elevated, magnificent architecture in China is more modernized than it seems to be, i immediately felt how China has quickly expanded in the last 2 decades into a very powerful country today.

Bank of China Tower is a 53-storey modernism skyscraper, exterior mainly tinted in blue color. Mainly is used as a commercial building. Completed in the year 2000. The structure remains in harmony with the surrounding for many years till today.

Close up of the curtain wall and facade

During the process. I try to keep sight of Bank of China Tower even from far. I wanted to capture a different perspective, together with the surrounding environment. Another problem i am facing is not having any local knowledge – where are the spots to go, where is the high ground i can find etc. That is why pre-scouting is included in the quotation for overseas job. Is very important to be familiar on the ground.

Lenses i am using that time were the 17mm tilt-shift and a 70-200 F/4.

Found a great view (pic below) to see most of the large-scale buildings lining up in Lujiazui.

Mission Impossible III was filmed there as well. Tom Cruise made a bungee jump and landed on the steep slope of the facade. What a stunt it was!

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Visit an Ancient City – Kirtipur

About 5km away from the city in Kathmandu, Nepal. The taxi arrived at the entrance of a rustic city. I thought i was in a time machine; transported back to the beginning of an old era. It felt kinda of unfamiliar when i stepped on the sandy path of Kirtipur. Oh ya, i had this feeling of a cowboy stepping into the town, yes that’s the feeling. Yes, i am going to spend a day here in Kirtipur!

The beautiful pictures of Kirtipur i have reviewed on travel books and the internet; seems like miles away from what i had imagined. Only the best visual picture is selected by the editor to make it into the travel guide, online pictures that have good keywords and most visited website will reflect immediately on top of the search engine. Trying to give a good impression.

“Is adventure time”, i thought. One of the first sights i witness was the living condition of the local community. Houses there were truly made of bricks from scratch. I wonder how long have these houses stood over time? I was questioning myself can i even live in here? But what matter is to have an open-minded mind and soak in this atmosphere.

 

The neighbourhood (pictures above) was almost dead quiet, even though there were clothes hanging out. I guess people in the household are out for work in the city.

I met a local woman (pic above) along the way, with a sickle in her hand. Her back was carrying a basket of vegetable, i guess she may have just finished her work in the field. I boldly approached her for a picture and she kindly agreed.

I basically wandered around without any specific location i wish to go, but try to keep track where is my bearing. Weather in Dec is basically cooling, i was barely breaking a sweat after much walking in the valley. I stumbled upon a temple (pic above); known as Kagyu Institute for Buddhist studies (KIBS). I strolled into the premises to have a curious look. Surprisingly, i was welcome by a local nun. I made my usual prayers in the temple and was invited to their dining hall to have a lunch – i met a group of people in the hall and they were speaking in Singlish and Mandarin, i chatted with them and confirmed my guess they are from Singapore. Damn small world! I would never have imagined seeing people from my country coming to this part of the city for a trip, it seems so surreal at that moment. We exchanged pleasantry before they head back for their religion study. While i had my meal, wash up the culinary, make a donation before i leave. At least i have some good energy for more wandering in this ancient city.

 

Met a local man had this thick bamboo stick shouldering on him. Smiling for my camera while he walked past. To make someone smile, you must always smile first to make the first connection.

 

 

 

A local tiny provision shop that packs all necessity for the local market demand.

 

 

 

 

A pond filled with the alga.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic animals such as rooster, ducks, and dog captured along the walk. (pic above)

A man standing at ease standing so close to the fence viewing his city

This was the beautiful scenery (pic below) the man was viewing

Kirtiour is not the most exciting place to visit, but if you love a good walk of a rustic and charming ancient city, this is the place you must go if you visit Kathmandu, Nepal. Is only less than a 30 mins drive to reach. I wouldn’t mind coming back again if the opportunity arises. Less than a day spent here is sufficient. I ride on a local bus back to Kathmandu as advised by the local, it was a very squeezy, bumpy journey i can never forget; great experience.

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Raise from the East, Set in the West

The weather in Singapore has not been the friendliest for many weeks since mid-Sept 2017. I am dreading to have a good day of blue sky weather. Unfortunately, each morning is almost a full cloudy condition. The afternoon duration was basically showered with light drizzle or thunderstorm for a few hours (At least our reservoir had a good supply of water).  Then came evening, the cloud was moving very slowly, covering a large portion of the skyline. The magic hour seemed less magnificent.

4th Oct 2017

This mark the day of Mid-Autumn Festival, in the lunar calendar, is Aug 15. The moon was in perfect circular shape, the light reflected from the sun is making the moon shining ever so brightly. As time ticks, the moon made its journey to raise from the thick cloud without trouble, it was a gorgeous sight, it seems so near to me – almost touching it, yet knowing how far it can be.

I witness some families bring their kids out to have a walk – kids carrying paper lanterns, father and his kid lighting up the candles to appreciate the light moment. Is nice evening for to nibble on mooncakes or have a sip of tea. Honestly, it was less rowdy and fun as compared to the old days.

I even came across the entrance of a house was beautifully decorated, but no one was at home.

5th Oct 2017

The sky was clearer, some stubborn cloud remains. Is been a more than a week since i made a night scene image. Despite knowing the weather is going to be cloudy. I knew the moon is going to be clear once it raises high above the cloud. I made a gamble to travel up to the northern part of Singapore to take some pictures in the evening. The previous night i already did my scouting and i thought the view was a stunner.

6.25pm

I reached my first location after a quick dinner. Hastily made my way up to the first location. There was no cloudy above my head, but from far there was cloud hovering. I was surprised to see the sunset setting down in the west without any obstructive view. I quickly took out my 70-200mm to make a few frames, then decide to set up the tripod for a more consistent composition.

The sun quickly disappeared into the thick cloud that was caught in-between my framing. I thought, “if only that cloud was not there.” But hey, this situation was expected, not much of disappointment. Well, this is the fun of photography, there is a hiccup in the process – is about trying to make it happen or have a go again. The picture title, “A Dark City” came up to my mind when i was capturing it. The feel was kinda of dark because everything is backlighted. An industrial factory nearby was omitting combustion gases from the industrial chimney, for a moment i felt living in an over-polluted city for a moment. The buildings below is a development from Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

6.45pm

I need to make a decision, should i stay or should i go? Because on the other block i will need time to prepare. The type of nervous moment to make an immediate answer. My final answer is to leave immediately because that sunset view is not my priority.

I quickly wrapped it up. Dashed from one block to another. Popped out of the lift to see this amazing sight, the sun finally emerged from the thick layers of clouds, blended with a mixture of red and orange colors. The mist in the foreground continues to build up in the surrounding.

 

 

 

 

Just so good………..

 

 

 

7pm

I had set up my tripod, this is the first time setting up this position as you see in the picture (right). The purpose is to have the camera extend out a little more than the usual. I was worried that it would drop, is normal to have such feeling. I double check to ensure everything is in the right order – tighten the knob, check the whole set up is very stable before i mounted up the little black digital box.

After the camera is mounted up, i did the necessary micro adjustment for the composition. I was more eager to see how the exposure turned out, this picture (left) was the first image capture.

You can see the moon in the sky is shining so brightly. It seems like the cloud is moving towards the moon’s position. You can try doing a long exposure for a min or two to get the motion effect of the moving cloud, that also depends on how fast the cloud is moving, ND filter is recommended if you want to expose a longer period.

715pm – 725pm

The sky is beginning to turn deep blue as the sun set, i wish the cloud wasn’t a hinder that evening, not complaining as it was expected. As i said earlier i went to this location is because of the full moon. The picture (below) is my selected picture among 10 frames. Honestly, this is not my favorite picture because of the big patch of cloud in the center portion of the framing. But i may never know, this may be the best picture because if i return in future the weather may be even worse.

 Exposure: F/14, ISO400, 30 seconds

730pm

I usually stayed put after the magic hour ended. From my experience, photographers usually started to pack up. There was this once i stayed back longer and i was rewarded with a great picture beyond my expectation.

I decided to wait for the moon to surface out from the cloud again. My patience yield result. I was greeted by an even brighter moon in the sky. The surrounding clouds were very soft, many areas of the night sky were visible. I love the good balance between the foreground and background from my exposure. This was the picture (below) that i like!

The entire photo shoot ended after 830pm. Landscape/cityscape photography can be rather busy because of the fun finding a good balance of exposure and micro adjustment, the 2 hours may seem like a very long time, but it was a whizzed to me.

7th Oct 2017

The sun never seems to shine lately. If i did not wake up at 4.30am for an intense workout. I may not have seen this glorious view.

Morning light passing through the foliage, if not for the low temperature and the dew in the air, this would have never been seen.

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A short holiday in Ho Chi Minh City

My partner was very generous to give me a free air ticket to Ho Chi Minh City as my birthday present. Thank you dear!

I haven’t visited Vietnam since 2015 i think. This is the first time we are traveling to this Ho Chi Minh City. Much has changed in the city, the familiar walkway i used to travel is going to be removed soon, the Japanese restaurant i often patronize was gone, many shops were starting to close down, all these are due to the development of underground train.  Is kinda of sad, but the country needs to continue to develop to improve the life of the local.

I bought a DSLR camera and a tilt shift lens with me on the trip, nothing more. I was more interested in the local architecture since i took more interest in architecture after my last VN trip. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t the best throughout the trip, i didn’t bring my camera out most of the time. I only managed to make less than 15 pictures on this entire trip, and only a few pictures barely can make it.

My mindset from the start was the outcome of the picture was least important, i already knew the weather was going to be less friendly. But i want to see the local popular architecture through my camera using a tilt shift lens, i want to have a feel of it in overseas. Other than that, it was mainly bonding time, my partner and i were tasting lots of very delicious local dishes, gosh this is another food heaven country.

Only 4 pictures of architecture from Ho Chi Minh City to share and one night scene from my hotel swimming pool

A very interesting building that is filled with cafe and living space, can be seen along the street of Nguyen Hue

Palace Saigon hotel along the street of Nguyen Hue

The very famous local landmark must visit is Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon

The Myst Dong Khoi is an upscale hotel with a rooftop bar and swimming pool. I love how the building is embracing greenery all over it.

From my hotel, Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel. I placed my camera on the ledge to capture this night scene, probably the most difficult thing i ever did because there is no auto focus on my lens, no cable release, no tripod. Extremely hard to compose as the live view from my 5D MK II old camera is spoilt.

There are lots of hotels and budget hotels in Saigon, depending which area you wish to stay. If you are not really on a low budget, want to stay in a mid price but a good hotel. I would like to recommend you to stay at Liberty Central Saigon Centre Hotel. Is only less than a min walk to Ben Thanh Market. Lots of delicious food around the streets, In my opinion, this hotel is very centralized for me as i can head to many places easily. In the past, i was staying in backpacker street and i have to walk a pretty far distance to Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica and so on. This was also my first time swimming in a hotel pool on the roof, the view is really scenic in the night.

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Monochrome pictures at Pandan Reservoir

I decided to convert some color pictures into basic monochrome effect (black and white) which i had pre-visualize during my photo walk at Pandan Reservoir in Singapore.

A monochrome photograph is usually seen in an old tradition picture that tells a story of the past. However taking pictures without colors force you to think and see a subject differently.  Black and white scene changes the way you look at lighting and contrast, changes the way how you compose a picture differently, changes the way to portray a story in the picture. Black and white often offer a timeless and classic feeling that evokes emotion.

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Stunning Sunset in Singapore

This beautiful blast of sunset happens on 22 Aug 2017.

Is been a while since i make pictures in the evening, i told myself i got to do this once a week. But i was busy with other important matter. Anyway, i went up to one of the high blocks i know of on the 38th storey. I wanted to create more pictures facing south, from the corner of the block before it is covered off by a metal shade to block the specular view of the city. I already knew the sky is heavily cloudy, but this is the last chance to do it and i got to give it a go without having regrets later. Unfortunately, i did not get a single image i like due to the construction of the shade, and also the bad weather. But..

Earlier on as i was preparing my tripod, the western part of Singapore caught my eye from a limited sight of view. The sky, seems to be in burning in flame. It was an absolute stunner (reminds me of Stone Cold Steve Austin). The sky hue is deeply saturated as the sunset was in progress. I knew i can get a full view of the sunset on the other block down the road. but that would be another 8-10 mins walk and preparation, that magical moment would be long gone by then. I know i can’t take that risk to rush out and head to another block. I think hard what can i do? I recalled the corner of this block i may see more of the landscape. I quickly charged down to the other end, pushed opened the door, double steps down the stairs and set up everything in a fumble.

*Click*

Quick chimp

Adjust composition

*Click*

And so on…

I think i got the most stunning view of the sunset in Singapore. 

I thought, “while the Americans were thrilled over the recent eclipse. I am in another part of the world to witness another miracle.” I still wish i was on the other block, but i can’t complain. It is meant to happen this way.


This was the spot i placed my tripod, the block in the center of the picture was the better location, but i can’t risk it because i am sure i won’t be able to make it in time. Unless i am a Spider-man.

Coincidentally 22nd Aug 2017 marks the beginning of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. In Chinese tradition, the beginning of the Ghost Festival for a month, the hell gate is open, ghosts or spirits came out from the lower realm to visit the living. This is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in Asian countries.

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Travel Photography of Cats in Melaka

I went on a Melaka trip with a good buddy a couple of years back. It was my first time exploring in this artistically UNESCO historical city of Malaysia – the city has numbers of beautiful wall murals, good contrast of colors, the morning light was extremely beautiful. Of course being me who likes to explore around, adventuring around a city truly excites me.

Travel photography is perhaps one of the most difficult subjects to do in all photography. Travel photographer needs to have a very good eye to see the environment differently.  My goal in travel photography is always to do my best to capture the best view i can in general, within the given time frame i had. Not forgetting to savor many delicious local foods and visiting popular attractions.

There are so many beautiful and captivating pictures to share about Melaka city, and to share it all at one go might not be too digestible to you. I have decided to break it down into portions for your to enjoy what i had captured on camera.

If you are similar to me, that like cats. This is the perfect blog post to read on for travel photography tips.

Cat photography is one of the most fun subjects to photograph. There are so many different ways to take really amazing cat pictures. From what i have generally observed, most people would take pictures of cat from a top down angle, or squat down to make the picture. Some will use the zoom in function to do a close-up shot of the cat.

I am going to share some cat pictures in Melaka that i have captured. Further sharing with you about some cat photography tips – the method or thinking process when capturing these fluffy little cats.

I was roaming in the street and was surprised to come across these group of cats behind a gate. All of them were looking at one direction with their head in parallel with their body position. I simply got no clue what they were staring at, hope is not something scary that i can’t see. Anyway, the gate grill opening was suitable for most of my lenses to poke through. I quickly changed to a fixed focal length of 50mm lenses. I made a gentle squishy noise to get their attention, four of these cats turned their head around and i quickly made many frames from it. Their expression seems to have the same serious look, maybe annoyed because i had disturbed their focus on “something”. I love how that ginger cat hiding behind the gray cat with it head peeping up to glimpse at me. The background wasn’t too messy which is a bonus. The environmental colors were a bit flat because of the lighting condition, but this makes the group of cat stand out really great in this picture.

St. Paul’s Church is another sightseeing venue in Melaka, i was surprised to see many cats “station” up on the knoll. This picture is the church ruin interior. I saw this cat was sitting on the ground looking around, not be too concern about the flow of the crowd. Instead of doing close up, i did an interior picture with the cat relaxing in the foreground, to showcase the height of the place and how small the size of the cat was. Maybe i shall title it as “Cat relaxing in St. Paule’s Church”.

There were quite a few kittens been very playful. Judging from the size it must have been a few months old in this world. Been curious about their new environment and flexing their agile nature is these little creature’s innate. Is very rare for me to see kitten climbing up a tree in Singapore. But here, the cats were truly a Kampong cat – chasing and pawing each other. It was a wonderful sight to witness these little creatures in their most natural behavior. For the photography part, i will observe the habit of this cat before taking pictures. I need to understand their movement, then pre visualize what to do before i spring into action. In this case, the cat were moving quite fast. I need to have a faster shutter speed to get a sharp frame. I saw this kitten loves climbing up the old wooden pillar, it went up and jumped down, then went up again. Such a playful little one. So i position myself and hope for the kitten to make its next jump, and it did! I quickly capture many frames and different compositions. For this picture, i love the depth behind which showcase the stone slabs in the background. I like the overall  balance of  shadow and lighting. The raw bricks on the left frame were probably smeared with a layer of concrete, showing much age of this 15th-century church. The color were rather brownish which is very balance. I feel a large print of this picture would truly justify the quality of this cat in action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing the cats and kittens running around with such great mood. This cat went into the shallow drainage for a little adventure. I quickly went forward, get down really low to make some pictures. Surprisingly this curious cat suddenly popped its body out of the drain, standing on the hind legs looking at the camera. I would be disappointed if i miss such a rare moment. Look at this, the cat was making an eye contact with the camera for a moment. Its right paw was resting on the surface maybe to balance itself. Maybe i can title this “Portrait of a Melaka cat”

The last one was this fluffy small kitten flushing its body parallel with the ground. It seems scared. I used a telephoto lens, standing further away not to scare the little creature. I put my camera between the drain, switching on the live view function to get this shot. I was in a very awkward position to take a picture, luckily no one was around to see my silly position. I love this shallow depth of field. The focus is on the kitten’s face. Sadly the cat looks either too scare or was hungry, it has this death stare.

I hope you like the story and my very own cat photography tips of these amazing animal.

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Travel Collection – 5 in Vietnam

Four weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam back in 2011.

Was visiting a local famous temple for prayer. The art director wanted some pictures of the locals selling prayer items. So been a non Vietnamese, i can’t speak their native language. The art director spoke to them to get them agree for pictures. Vietnamese always love to have their picture taken, i wonder why, something that still mystify me till today.

I’ve composed in a way to capture more of the background environment in what they are selling, rather than focus just their close up portrait. It depends what story you wish to tell. As this was done indoor, i turned the subject around to the available natural light source. No flash was require to capture the 2 different scenes.

I liked the pictures because both ladies were very pleasant and i like the various details in the background of their work place.

I can see their life is not easy, but their smile showed hope and calmness in life.


Feel free to check out other of my travel collection articles
1 in Beijing
2 in Bangkok
3 in Sri Racha
4 in Nepal