Saturday, February 23, 2013

Street Photo - Walking On By

 Walking On By
I was walking in Chinatown one morning on Lunar Moon Festival 2012 and I took a break sitting on a small stairway and noticed this strip of light on a signboard. I begun to shoot by-passers and this is one of the best candid shots.

Made with Nikon D70s on Tamron wide angle lens. No cropping. Black and white conversion with minor adjustments on brightness and contrast in Photoshop.

Street Photo - Under the Violet Shade

Under the Violet Shade
I really love the simplicity of this photo. Upon alighting from a bus, I spotted this subject who walked past me The violet colored umbrella stands out prominently and nicely against the black and white hoarding board with casted shadows of trees branches and leaves. Moreover, her black top and white tote bag, all fit so perfectly. Intuitively I lifted my camera and made the shot.

Made with Nikon D70s on 50mm prime lens. No cropping. Just minor adjustments on shadows and highlights in Photoshop.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Street Photo - Sound Asleep

A young girl was sleeping soundly on a park bench right outside Singapore Management University (SMU). A couple nearby was laughing while I made this photo. They must have had noticed the girl too. What caught my attention was the girl's sleeping posture which reminds me of a sleeping bird.

Made with Nikon D70s on 50mm prime lens. Cropped and post-processed in Photoshop.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Street Photo - Cookie Monsters Inc.

Cookie Monsters Inc.

Spotted this family of four walking towards the crowded flea market in Bencoolen Street. Somehow it's scarce to see whole family wearing the same T-shirts, especially during the Lunar festive season in this popular street. Well it certainly caught my attention.

Made with Nikon D70s on Tamron wide angle lens. No cropping. Just minor adjustments on shadows and highlights in Photoshop.

Street Photo - Stilt Walker

Stilt Walker

A stilt walker was taking a break to unlace. Monsoon season during this year's Chinese New Year. A couple hours ago while it was still sunny, this stilt walker and another lady stilt walker dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes, were walking outside Takashimaya Shopping Center for a particular CNY event promotion. They decided to call it a day when it started to rain.

Made with Nikon D70s on Tamron wide angle lens. Black and white conversion in Photoshop.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Street Photo - Skateboarding


A kid is skateboarding along the sidewalk in a neighborhood. This photograph was captured with Nikon D70s on Tamron wide angle zoom lens, on a public bus. Color image is cropped and converted to black and white in Photoshop.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Street Photo - Walking in the Shades

Walking in the Shades

A couple is walking in the shades outside Plaza Singapura. This shot was taken from the top of a double-deck bus with a Samsung S3 LTE phone camera on burst rate. This is the best out of the seven burst shots. Cropped and converted to black and white in Photoshop.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Street Photo - Hey Señorita!

Hey Señorita!

Really love this portrait of actor, Benicio Del Toro for Prada. Look at his posture and facial expression. Mean and yet cool. Color image made with Samsung S3 LTE. Cropped and converted to black and white in Photoshop.

Street Photo - Keep Walking Johnnie Walker

Keep Walking Johnnie Walker

A man in black suit walking along Wisma Atria sidewalk. Can you see angular shapes in this photo? Yes lots of triangular shapes along with squarish, rectangular ones as well as circles. There are parallel lines; horizontally and vertically, all shapes and lines come together forming different patterns. The man's legs also form a triangular shape. He walks in big steps, on fast pace with clenched fists as though he is marching towards his destination. Somehow he gives an impression of tension and anxiety. At the same time, his walking pose reminds me of whiskey label, Johnnie Walker.

Taken with Samsung S3 LTE. No crop. Black and white conversion in Photoshop.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Official Finding Vivian Maier Trailer Released

The official movie trailer for the feature length documentary film Finding Vivian Maier is out!

I've been following Vivian Maier since 2009 which I blogged it here.. Her street photographs and negatives and many undeveloped rolls of film were found by John Maloof at a furniture and antique auction in Chicago. Vivian's work is so inspiring that I have had picked up my TLR camera and made some street photographs. Well using a fully manual camera with a waist level viewfinder on ground glass, poses great challenges besides focussing and composing shots of moving subjects. I've shared my shooting experience in a past blog here.

Through Vivian's street photographs of strangers, one can feels the closeness between Vivian and her subjects where she made good portratiures upclose and at the same time the subjects are relaxed and being natural. I think it's time I would try again on my TLR street photography.

OK let's watch the trailer.

Street Photo - A Pair of Triplets

A Pair of Triplets

One of three security personnels is hanging a vegetable in preparation for the Lion Dance auspicious ceremony, Cai Qing outside Paragon. Color image made with Samsung S3 LTE and converted to black and white in Photoshop.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Street Photography in 2013

Happy Lunar New Year to all my Chinese friends and readers. Here's one of the first few digital street photos in 2013 - a cyan white car parked outside Lasalle new campus. Taken with my Samsung S3 LTE phone camera. Cropped and post-processed in Snapseed app. I do not know much about cars so I do appreciate if any kind soul would be helpful to share some info. More after the jump.