Monday, May 31, 2010


Nepal, without double one of the most photogenic countries, and one of my most favorite. I made a recent trip back to Nepal in March, shoot many pictures during the trip - mostly focus on people, not that the nature is not great, it is, but unfortunately the weather is not nice and many of the splendid high mountain range is not visible.
This one, shot on the first day of the 8-days trip, in the famous Swayambhunath Stupa, or known as Monkey Temple, with Canon 1Ds III + EF 100/2.8L Macro IS. a perfect example of the people of this beautiful country, no shy of camera, and my recommendation - take you time for your shot, get close if you can.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Object of appreciation

Image produce for SK Jewelry, shot with Canon 1Ds III + EF 85/1.2L, one of my most often use lens for portrait such as this.  One might say the 85mm is more or less like a 50mm normal lens with a closer look, sometimes it does, but I like the look of 85mm particular for this kind of shot, close but not too close, away but not too much away.  
The object here is certainly the jewelry, but no jewelry will look better without a person to wear it.

Monday, May 10, 2010


A portrait shot made for a cosmetic brand, USTAR, using Phase One P65+ on Hasselblad H2, with HC 150/3.2 lens, a common set up in my studio. Here I use 150mm lens rather than the HC 100/2.2 I normally use for a simple reason to get the feel of shot of a slightly longer distance, so the overall look is a little more glamours than friendly, which I usually shot a little closer.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Composition in digital capture and production went far above the film base capture. Composition still means the arrangement of elements inside the picture, whereas it is achieved by using certain focal length of lens, angle of camera, the object to camera distance, the use of right depth of field.....all account to composition. Of course, in a single shot base photography, it might also cover as how one puts elements into where it needed, or direct the talent to move to achieve the desired visual effect. In digital capture, it also means the final assembly of multiple captures of images, something like playing the Tamiya toys.
A single example here, the talents in this image displaying the lingerie in 3 different ways. The use of mirror helped to exhibit the details of the lingerie the talent wears, to reduce further complication of adding one more model in the image; so I can use single model to get an otherwise too-common final image.
The composition is not necessary the result of a shoot, rather, it can be a preparation in photographer's mind or vision, and the camera just do the work the photographer wants it to do. This image, composed of 2 single shots, by using Phase One P65+ back on Hasselblad H2 camera, with HC 100/2.2 lens.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


One of the images recently shot, primary use Canon 1Ds III for still and the motion images were captured using Canon 5D II, which is a brief record of one of the set I did for the shoot.
Modern image making using the latest digital tools has increasingly blurred the line between still and motion pictures, which gives the lighting equipment a different challenge, or, the challenge for the still photographer or cinematographer to make use of the light source.
Something for sure, the general public is definitely benefitted.
A video scoop during the still work, captured using Canon 5D II.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Color Mix

A recent work on SK Jewelry, the image was taken using Canon 1Ds III using a frensnel lighting set up, which is ideal for both still and motion, with both still and motion output in mind, so quite naturally the choice went for continous lighting, and probably where the industries is moving to.
Digital capture allows the use of lighting in a much more creative way, in terms of prepraing the shoot and after the shoot, something would not be possible in those days of shooting film.  But of couse, as many people in the industries would say, and trying to achieve, to maintain the look of film capture, particular the motion picture sector.
This image however, went a little furher by blending few layers of positive and negative images together to achieve the interesting color mix. Shot with Canon 1Ds III with Makro EF 100/2.8 L IS, processed with Capture One Pro.