Saturday, January 31, 2015

Street Photo - Habitual Pattern II

Habitual Pattern II
Apply iPhone 6 Plus on Noir mode • Flash & HDR off • Post in Snapseed • Vignette added in SimplyB&W

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Night Street Photo - Night Alley

Night Alley
Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/30sec. E.V.+5.0 AWB ISO 1600 Spot Metering. Mono-conversion in Photoshop.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Night Street Photo - Pre-Occupied II

Pre-occupied II
Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/60sec. E.V. +5.0 AWB ISO 1600 Spot Metering. Mono-conversion in Photoshop.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Street Photo - Old Cinema Tickets Book

Old Cinema Tickets Book
Apple iPhone 6 Plus • Flash Off • HDR Off • Post in Snapseed with additional Vignette efex in SimplyB&W

Street Photo - Pongal Festival

Pongal Festival 2015
It's that time of the year for harvest and the local Indians are celebrating their Pongal Festival. Light decors were set up along the newly constructed Campbell Lane.

The rising hot sun shone its blazing light upon this street and I positioned myself where the green colored vase-shaped lamp blocked the sun, hence created such halo glow.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus • Flash Off • HDR Off • Post-processed in Snapseed.

Night Street Photo - Pre-Occupied

Today let's talk about night street photography. The above photograph was posted on my other night photography blog site and I thought it would be good to post it and many other night street photos here.

For night street photography, I walked and took photos just the way I do day time street photography but with many great challenges like low light ambience, focusing issue, etc. I've tried auto-focus and manual focus with different camera settings. There's no fixed settings for every street scenery. Just have to pre-adjust when the situation calls for.

Here's how I got the above night street photograph. I was taking some shots of the Clive Street coffee shop (in the background shown above) when this Indian gentleman came along and stood still right in front of me. He stood there for a few moments, looking at his cell phone and I took a few quick burst shots when suddenly he looked up, paused and turned to his left side. From the look of his eyes in this street photo, his mind seems to be pre-occupied. Soon after he walked away.

So I considered myself pretty lucky. Luck is quite important when doing street photography. This Indian gentleman didn't even bother whether I took his photos or not. I bet he didn't even notice me in the first place as the spot I was standing on was in low light condition and I was wearing black T-shirts. My camera was set to Manual Focus mode and I literally had hard time focusing on him. But in the end I managed to get it.

Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/60sec. E.V. +5.0 AWB ISO 1600 Spot Metering. Cropped and mono-conversion in Photoshop.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Street Photo - Locksmith at work

Locksmith at work
Last Saturday I decided to sign up for a new Home Fibre Broadband Plan as well as a Mobile Data Plan which I changed my Samsung S3 to Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The main reasons are that my former Home Bundle Broadband Plan has had long expired slightly over a year now and S3 has been giving me a lot of storage space problems. Certain apps are lagging due to lack of storage space because with every update on Android OS, Samsung embedded its own apps which are super duper lame and unnecessary and useless for my usage. Obviously I don't need those apps at all and they are taking up too much hard disk storage space which annoys me, even speaking about it. I couldn't even uninstall them selectively. Samsung should reconsider some flexibility to resolve such issue.

On the other hand, my new iPhone 6 Plus works great though it has its own pros and cons, but I wouldn't talk about it here because I'm not that kinda of tech gadget geeky guy. I'm just a simple street photographer blogging about my street photos. iPhone 6 Plus' camera and image resolution quality is awesome. With its new lens stabilizer feature, taking sharp images has never been easier. I truly impressed by it.

So during my lunch break today, I took the opportunity to take some street photos at the nearby hawker center. Well not many. Just one shot only.

I came across this locksmith stall and saw the locksmith was engrossed in his work. I switched my iP6+ to silence mode and activated the Camera and set to Noir mode, which I find this feature produces good contrasty tonalities. For post-process, my number one go-to app would be Snapseed which I have been using it since my Android days with Samsung S3. It's a free app downloadable for both Android and iOS Smartphones.

Another favorite go-to app would be Photoshop Touch which I had it on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet; pre-installed. After 3 years of usage, the tablet battery went bloated and it's way too expensive to repair which ridiculously cost more than SGD$600. Yes my Note 10.1 tablet died on me. So I was left without Photoshop Touch to post-process images. On iOS I have to purchase. I believe I will get it sooner or later, but meantime I want to try out some free photo editing apps first.

By far, I have downloaded and installed the following apps - Photoshop Express, SimplyB&W, Aviary Photo Editor and SimpleResize. For the above photo, I used Snapseed to enhance the contrast and ambience with some sharpening. No cropping as I composed it well on the spot.

Next I opened the photo in Aviary Photo Editor for watermark. Lastly, I down-sized the photo to 1200 pixels on the long side in SimpleResize and the photo resolution and quality are still good. Impressive.

By default, iPhone 6 & 6 Plus camera create a 3264 x 2448 pixels digital image with image size measured at 1151.47mm (W) x 863.6mm (H) resolution at 72 dpi (dots per inch). After resampled the image without altering the pixels size, the whole digital image is slightly smaller than a A4 size (297mm (W) x 210mm (H)) which is 276.35mm (W) x 207.26mm (H).

Basically sending the image to the photo lab to print on a 8R or Super 8R size (even slightly smaller than the resampled image) is not an issue at all. Now I am able to send my iPhone images to print postcard size photo paper on my Canon Selphy printer.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus on Noir mode. HDR mode off. Post in Snapseed. Watermarked in Aviary Photo Editor.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Kodak Single Use Camera Series: Street Photo 8 - Girl Amongst The Pigeons

Girl Amongst The Pigeons
This is the eighth and last street photo from Kodak Single Use Camera series.

More pigeons are gathering outside Takashimaya Shopping Center. As children walk by, most playful ones would chase after the birds for pure innocence fun. Last year I had captured a shot that considered one of my best and favorite street photos, of a little happy girl chasing after a walking pigeon.

This year I managed to capture the above shot. Not the best nor favorite but just want to share this photo. And this marks the end of the Kodak Single Use Camera Series. I hope you have had enjoyed viewing and reading my photography blogs here. As we have ushered into 2015 and today is the first Sunday, I'd like to thank all my readers for your kind support and I eagerly looking forward to this new year with many more street photographs to be made as well as for my night photography. Likewise I wish you all the best in 2015 and remember - stay focused and keep shooting!

Next Sunday onward, I'll be showcasing my night street photographs I made in 2014. I hope you do come back here to view them from time to time. If you like my work and want to keep up with the latest updates, do subscribe to my blog site.

Happy 2015! Cheers!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

GOODBYE 2014, HELLO 2015!

As we usher into the year 2015, let's make this new year a splashing colorful and exciting one to be remembered.

I hereby thank all my friend and blog readers for all your kind support. I wish you and your family in good health, peace and happiness in 2015. Cheers!