Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 3 - OH!

This is the third street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

I was on the public bus heading towards the city area to do street photography. I deliberately chose this seating because of the inverted words "24 HOURS..." - a bus advert tagline for a local supermarket. I lifted up my camera and looked through the viewfinder, trying to compose my shot with the inverted letters 'H' and 'O' which form a "OH" into the frame.

Usually when I do street photography, I do not set out with a project or theme in mind, but there are times that I wanted to be creative. Hence I pre-visualized of a street character who would be making facial expression e.g. mouth wide opened suggesting a yawn or in astonishment. An unique street character that would fit into the frame in juxtaposition with the "OH" word.

Along the bus journey there wasn't one ideal character. Then it dawned on me that I was blinded by my own judgement and vision in wanting to achieve something that was beyond my controls. Street photography is about life that is unpredictable on the streets; unforeseen and unexpected events unfold itself, calling for spontaneous responses from the photographer with as much anticipation as possible. Now I truly understand that, the more I desire for the "perfect" and idealistic street photo, the slimmer or zero chance of attaining it.

It was just a couple of bus-stops away from my destination and I wasn't ready to give it all up yet. When the bus came to a halt at a traffic junction, I spotted a small group of 5 Indian monks waiting at the pedestrian crossing perhaps attempting to cross the road or to hail a taxi. After a few moments, the monks started to walk against the traffic towards my direction.

Upon seeing this, I already got my camera ready to make one decisive snapshot, and that was how I got this shot. The blob of light reflected on the glass window came from the camera built-in flash. Due to the last shot with flashlight, the capacitor had some leftover flash power stored and it fired in the next shutter release. Well I took it as a blessing in disguise. Lights and monks can be tied in relation to Buddhism concept of Enlightenment. Luck and chance are 2 important factors that are helpful in street photography. In the end I'm still happy with this snapshot.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 2 - Public Runway

Public Runway
This is the second street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series. You don't get to see such street scene often, especially in downtown Orchard Road area. I think this couple are tourists. The way they carried themselves care-freely in public space, and their contrasting clothing are just as eye-catching and quirkier as they can get.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Video on How To Mount and Frame Your Photo Prints

Just came across this nice DIY video on mounting and framing photo prints demonstrated by Tony Roslund. Thought it would be good to share with my fellow readers.

I used to mount 27"x40" movie posters on 5mm thick single-sided adhesive kapaline boards or single-sided adhesive compressed foam boards in my former company. Kapaline board is a lot more rigid and doesn't warp over time compared to the soft foam board. Prices vary for each type of board used.

The hard rubber roller prayer is really useful to squeeze out/flatten out the air bubbles/pockets, which is a pretty common occurrence. If you do it right, none will occur. The method I used was quite different from Tony's, which of course, Tony's mounting and framing work is skillful and requires precision as he's dealing with client's photo print.

For my case, I'd make a shallow slit on the adhesive side of the board and remove the protective layer sheet. With the adhesive part exposed, I position and place the whole poster right onto the board where the middle portion is sticked onto the adhesive part. Next, I'd use the roller to roll over to assure that part is securely sticked on. The reason for doing so is to minimize air pockets when I start to mount the rest of the poster.

If I position and stick the top of the poster onto the adhesive board and working my way downwards, it would create uneven mount with many air pockets, or worst of all, ruin the whole poster with disastrous "twinkles".

Starting out from the middle is 100% safer. So in the next step, I would tear out the adhesive protector sheet on either side; top or bottom, bit by bit as demonstrated by Tony in his video on the rolling part. Once completed, I check that everything is good and flattened. Then I'd use a OLFA knife (the type loaded with snap-off blades)  and a super long metallic ruler to trim the poster to size.

Mounting job completed. Needless to say, mounting and framing do require a huge sized table and space, so no other unnecessary stuff lying around and obstruct the work. So it's good to start out with smaller prints of 8"x10", as mentioned by Tony in the video.

Happy mounting and framing!

Kodak Single Use Camera + Street Photo

Some time in mid October, I bought this Kodak single-use camera a.k.a. disposable camera at a neighborhood photo lab for $15.90SGD. I got an interesting and fun idea about using this type of camera, which I would not talk about it yet on this blog today. What I want is to share with you readers some of the "I-considered-good" street photographs I took using this camera. The photos will be posted here on this blog every Sunday morning 9:00AM (SGT).

Not in black and white but in color. So make the jump to see the first photo post.

Street Photos Published On Magazine

Excerpt from Inspired Eye eZine
A few moments ago I received an email from Inspired Eye in which I was notified that my street photos were selected and published in their magazine Issue #15 under Inspired Readers gallery section.

Two out of the three street photos I submitted are published as seen on the excerpt above. This is the one they did not select which I believe they found the above two photos have stronger visual impact. I wouldn't agree more.

It's always great to see my work published on foreign magazines. Inspired Eye is a monthly magazine on Street Photography, with subscription fee at a reasonable $4.95USD. I was surprised that they did include URLs to respective readers' photography website, perhaps as a token of appreciation for photo submission. It's great and helpful in drawing more traffic to my website.