Self-exploration around Gardens by the Bay, as well as sharing some of my thought processes while creating my best cinemagraph yet!Read More
Happy new year! Ops I'm late. Just a reflection post about my journey as a photographer and a videographer.Read More
There are times when I don't realise how significant a moment is until I've captured it, edited it and uploaded it. That moment is the photo above.
I had 2 graduation shoots before the concert, and to be honest, the idea of traveling down to 'Pulau' NTU made me question if I'm over-committing myself to school events even after graduation. Thankfully, I went.
It's the best concert I've seen in my life, and it'll probably be the best concert till the next Dancetitude. This is saying a lot seeing that I'm watching the bulk of it through my camera lenses!
The combination of both videos and dances made the storyline extremely easy and exciting to follow. The energy of the dancers kept me rooted to my seat (front row btw, perks of being a photographer) and I didn't have time to think of moving around the front of the stage like I always do for fear of missing out any crucial part. I did not come for the rehearsals nor the show on Day 1, so I had to predict what's going to happen next and estimated the settings needed for the lighting. So apologies to the choreographers and dancers if there are any scenes that I missed out.
Back to the main photo at the top of this post. I attempted to follow the storyline as much as possible while paying attention to what I shoot. I still remember when this scene appeared, I was still shooting with a 90mm and immediately thought, "Something's happening." Learnt it from army (I'm serious!) that I need to keep both eyes open when shooting or else I won't be aware of my surroundings, and sure enough, the 2 leads started walking to each other and the spot lights are at the perfect angles. Switched to my 24-70mm and started snapping away!
Wanna see the coloured version? Here you go~
You see the difference? Not just in terms of the colour, but the whole feel of the photo changed when I made it B&W. I went with my gut feeling for this edit and it not only added focus to the leads, but also brought out the dancers in the background softly.
Shortly after uploading it, I was caught by surprise when the choreographers (Chin and Candice) and the dancers commented that they love the photo and thanked me for capturing this moment. People usually said that my photos look nice, but rarely have I heard that my photos mean something to them. So it made me feel warm and fuzzy knowing that this photo is meaningful to a group of people, represents their efforts in the past year and that it'll live on as a memory of their dance journey.
Seeing the reaction to my photos really gives me the motivation to carry on with my craft. This week has been chaotic, and I've received a lot of discouragement on the path I've chosen. Still, I'll push on for more moments like this, where I can create images that are not just nice to see, but meaningful to the people I encounter along the way.
Thank you Dancetitude, I hope to see you all again in 2 years time.
I've been friends with the Nanyang Business School Pageant committee since last year, when I re-shot their swimwear photos after they had a rather disastrous shoot for their casual and swimwear. Networking helps a lot in my line! It's great to hear from them again in the beginning of 2015, asking if they could engage me for this year's pageant shoot.
This year I'm back to produce a BTS video again! In fact, I'm currently posting this live from their boot camp, where they will be spending 1 week to train up on their dance, catwalks and talent performances. I'm trying a different approach to showcasing their training, hopefully it works out!
In the meantime, enjoy a few sneak peeks of their casual photoshoot below! The photos for voting will be uploaded on NBS Pageant 2015 FB page by tomorrow.
Had an impromptu cinemagraph shoot while resting in their club room.
We joked that CSC should just sign a contract with me to shoot all their graduating batches annually. This is the 3rd year that I've been shooting for them, and they've always been the most enthusiastic bunch!
In the process of digging up my photo archives, I get to see (and reflect) on my progress throughout the past 3 years too. I hope I've improved? Been putting in more effort in the way I shoot and edit now, but the results are for you to judge.
Here's a look back at the past year photos:
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
As for this year's photos, I've yet to edit them. There're two more cinemagraphs coming up as well, so I'll upload them together at a later date!
For now, here's a sneak peek!
Somehow my Sigma 10-20mm gives this very unique flare. It's like a rainbow explosion, figured it's something different from the typical flares you see.
Maybe just a little overkill. Heh.