Sunday, July 30, 2006

2 days

29 July 2006
Reach home at around 7am and woke up at around 12noon or so. Having less than 4 hours of sleep is definitely not enough for me. Did some editing of pictures here and there. Then I went to out to shoot fireworks for the National Day Parade. Found myself a good location – it was at a HDB flat. (Ask me if you want to know where or you want to join in to shoot the next time round.) However, other photographers were already occupying all the good views, so I had to take up a not so good position to shoot. Also, there are a lot of fireworks shooting opportunities upcoming too – the Firework Festival. Here are some of the firework pictures taken.

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Triple 9!!!

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30 July 2006
When to SLCC for my first lesson on basic photography because I realized that I should get some real training since I felt that I’m not getting anywhere even though I had 5 years of shooting experience. Basically, for today’s lesson, most of the things I had already know like my back of my hand already. After all, I’m not a total novice in photography even though I may not be a DSLR user. Some shots of the day…

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The "big head" cat...

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Makan at Bugis Street

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Yumm, yumm...

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AHhhhh....

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Someone's selling babies...

Saturday, July 29, 2006

28 July 2006

28 July 2006
Went to NUS for some talk. The speakers cracked some crappy jokes which I think are utterly nonsense and not funny at all. And so, I left at about 1pm or so. Had my lunch at Mcdonalds.

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Taken this in the morning at Jurong MRT station

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Taken at the canteen @ NUS

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My weirdo way of eating burger – I will lay the fries and eat them together with the burger

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After a bite.

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Taken at Bras Basa

Did some “product shoots” during the evening
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Went to DXO again for the Miss Bikini World Semi-finals. This time, I wasn’t as lucky because I don’t have a good location and that I can’t use my camera, hence I have to resort to using my camera handphone to do the shots. Here are some crappy pictures. Damn, I actually had a chance to be the official photographer one... see: http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=210459&page=2

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There was a good crowd of people there – at least the guys to gals ratio was not very large like those 8:1 in major clubs such as MoS. Also, the music and drinks were good there too; I think DXO has become one of my favourite locations. Clubbing till 3.10am, took the NightRider as usual. After about an hour of bus ride, I went to Mcdonalds AGAIN for breakfast and sat at the same sit as last Friday, but I had hotcakes with sausage instead this time.

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At about 5.30am, had my stomach filled up and satisfied, I decided that I should go round taking pictures again. I tried something very daring this time – I did self-portrait around. The theme was: “The drunken”. It was rather challenging to do self-portrait already, moreover, it is being done outdoor in an urban setting. I had to be thick skin enough to ignore how others see me when I’m doing the shots.

Presenting: “The drunken”
Disclaimer: Pictures and texts are purely fictional


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The drunken guy

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Feeling dizzy, he can't even stand up and he decided that he should just sit down by the side...

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Fell asleep after a smoke...

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Feeling cold, he rolled down his sleeves...

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Changed position...

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Another angle...

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He can't make it home...

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Fell down from the stairs...

Friday, July 28, 2006

Some pictures

Some pictures
Achievements??
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One of the entries to "Eye e City 2004" being published...

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One of the entries to "Eye e City 2004" being published...

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One of the entries to "Eye e City 2004" being published...

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One of the entries being exhibited at the Chinatown Community centre for "Chinese New Year Photography contest 2003"

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One of the entries being exhibited at the Chinatown Community centre for "Chinese New Year Photography contest 2003"

Trashed

26 July 2006
Supposedly to be off in lieu, but was forfeited. Sigh. Slacked at home until I felt like going out to relax. Went to MOS at 11pm plus – the dance floor was already hot. I downed the two standard drinks straight away quickly. It was rather boring – the music at both the R&B (cage) and techno (main arena) were horrible. Worse still, the drinks were yucky too. Can’t get high anywhere. Clubbing till club closed at 4.30am. Having time in hand, I walked around taking pictures using my K750i because I don’t have my camera with me. Here are some of the shots.

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I roamed around aimlessly to look for things to shoot...

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Saw lots of police cars...

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Still early...

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Waiting for the first train...

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27 July 2006
Reached home at around 7am in the morning, slept less than 6 hours – woke up by 12nn. Went to SLCC to pass the photos taken on 23 July 2006 to them so that the models can have the pictures. I hope they wouldn’t say, “Why you made me look so ugly?” or “Why you made me look so fat?” – that was my greatest fear. To me, the comments of the model(s) themselves weigh more that even a professional photographer’s critique.

Went to Singapore Art Museum to see the Singapore Young Photographer Award thingy at 7pm. Yah, I believed that my entries were now in the trash bin. Suffered from a total defeat – my works were no match against the winning pictures – nowhere near their standards. Feeling extremely down, not only because of the cost of printing the photos, the trouble of mounting the photos on the mounting board, but more of the efforts going down the drain.

Some shots at the Singapore Art Museum. The winners' works will be at display there...
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Some refreshments...

History of my photography journey
I started photography since 2001 with a consumer camera (Canon Powershot A10). It finally ended its service on 23 May 2004 after my waterproof bag failed during a kayaking expedition – it was seriously damaged from the seawater. I survived using a cheapskate camera (Hanshing Cam) till 28 Nov 2004, during Sitex 2004, I gotten my Fujifilm S5500 Digital Camera (Prosumer camera). 23 July 2006, the battery casing broke and it was a sign that this camera is going to end its service to me soon. What’s next?

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This is a crappy camera...

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My gone case Canon Powershot A10...

Never had gone through any formal training for photography, I learn the ropes by trial and error, from books, from magazines, Internet, forums and from people etc. I realised that this is not getting me anywhere and that I should go for some courses to really go into photography. After all, I truly love photography, and for these 5 years, I haven’t done anything really productive nor do I have any achievements. Took part in various competitions, but the results were always the same.
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28 July 2006
Went to the online forum and saw my posting kenan shoot jalat jalat again... Sigh...