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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Street Panorama – Weekend Shopping No. 3

Weekend Shopping No. 3
© 2013 Martin Liew Photography

Here I was at the same spot outside Mustafa Shopping Center, facing the road junction of Syed Alwi Road and Verdun Road. With camera all preset, I kept on waiting for any interesting character to come by, and yes this African fellow walked right into the street scene. I had spotted him on the other side of the junction. He was on his cell phone as he crossed the road and halted right in front of me. I lifted my camera to my face, looking through the viewfinder. Then I saw an Indian man walked by heading to my left, also on his cell phone.

I anticipated as I got the composition right and ready to press the shutter release button when all are in positions. This is the fun part of street photography where we have to anticipate based on our close observation and knowledge of body language.

Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 8 minutes 20 seconds | Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 | Post-processed in Photoshop

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Street Panorama – Weekend Shopping No. 2

Weekend Shopping No. 2
© 2013 Martin Liew Photography

Here's another weekend shopping street panorama from my photo archive. I re-visited this location spot on numerous occasions and for the above street photo, I went back 4 years after a series of first attempts in 2009, as shown in the last blog post.

Like before, I waited at this particular spot for almost an hour, I think. An ideal spot for panorama photography where I had a clear wide view of the road junction and passing-by pedestrians. As I was waiting, I observed the street scene unfolded before me. Constantly on alert and trying to keep a lookout for interesting characters, or something out pf the banal.

This is one of the many ways of doing street photography, which requires lots of patience and perseverance. My patience paid off when this Indian gentleman with a well-groomed white beard appeared. Yes he looked into the camera as he walked by, merely out of curiosity of what I was doing.


Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 8 minutes 20 seconds | Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 | Post-processed in Photoshop

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Street Panorama – Weekend Shopping

Weekend Shopping
© 2009 Martin Liew Photography

Just another hustle and bustle day at the cross junction between Verdun Road and Syed Alwi Road in Little India precinct. I was standing outside Mustafa Shopping Center, watching people passing by. Many people came by to do their weekend shopping at Mustafa. Shoppers were seen hailing for taxi. Yes it's a common sight here on most weekends.

I was hoping to capture some interesting street photos with my swing lens panorama camera on Kodak Tri-X 400. This is one of the many shots I took on 13th December 2009, Sunday. A few more to come. Do come back here or subscribe for new updates.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Street Panorama – THIS FASHION

THIS FASHION
© 2009 Martin Liew Photography

Here's another street panorama photograph from my photo archive. Not too sure if local Singapore ladies do remember this retail store. This Fashion was once the largest fashion retailer in Singapore with more than 60 outlets and over 350 employees. They’ve made a pretty huge impact on our Singapore women lives before H&M and Uniqlo. Unfortunately its abrupt disappearance almost overnight back in 2011 has stumped many Singaporeans.

Notice the two old trishaw riders? It was a common sight eleven years ago to see them resting at this spot. This spot is located at 108 Middle Road, Bernhard Schulte House, right next to Bugis+ building. Currently, this retail space is operated by a cafe, Mellower Coffee.

Trishaws today have become part of Singapore’s cultural heritage. As trishaws are no longer a common means of travel for locals, the passengers that trishaw riders now ferry are predominantly tourists who employ their services as a means of experiencing the Singapore of yesteryear. As such, most trishaws are now found operating in tourist areas such as Chinatown and Bugis.

Unlike those licensed trishaw riders, these two old riders are sole proprietors who operate their own trishaws at their own time.  It was tough for them to make a living Fast forward to present days, it's scarce to see them around as they might have retired. Currently, it is mandatory for all trishaw riders to operate with a licence.

Photo Info:
HORIZON PERFEKT | 28mm | settings not recorded | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film developed in Kodak D76 1:1 dilution for 7 minutes 36 seconds | Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 | Post-processed in Photoshop

Friday, May 1, 2020

Street Panorama – Protection

Protection
© 2009 Martin Liew Photography

Found this panorama photo in my photo archive and I recalled the time when there were many kiosk stalls set-up along the walk-way of Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall. It was a blazing hot afternoon and the vendors would set up numerous umbrellas as shelter from the heat wave protection. There was this adult store and I thought the umbrellas are often juxtaposed with condoms for safe sex protection. Hence I positioned myself for this street composition and snapped away with my Horizon Perfekt swing lens panorama camera on Kodak Tri-X 400. Film developed in Kodak D76 of 1:1 dilution for 9 minutes. Negatives scanned on EPSON V700 and post-processed in Photoshop.