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Portraits of Affy and Amy

This post is basically a more detailed accounts of the long day in June posting. 

So this portrait sessions for the day was arranged specially for a friend Tay Zhong who was in town from Singapore for a few days. He had arranged a shoot with Amy scheduled for the afternoon and evening. I somehow manage to get myself to offer to arrange another shoot in the morning. Lucky for me Affy was available. So for the day it was me, Alvin, Tay Zhong, and Goh.

Group ShotIt was the second time I had a portrait session with Affy. Strangely both session were nearby each other. I could not understand why. Regardless it was a good session, it was bright and sunny Saturday morning.

Portraits of Affy

Lets see some of my fav shots of the session. Not much post processing involved. Just resize and watermarking!

1) love the greens2) Good expression & love the bokeh! 3) Just nice4) She has lovely long black hair5) Probably a tighter shot would have been good. But this is good as well I think.6) Just catching her in a pocket of light from the heavy shadows from the trees7) I need to improve on this shot, anyone got UWA for me?8) Strangely even at f/2.8 I didn't get much bokeh, I wonder why9) It was super bright but they camera was able to keep pace. Good stuff10) I found this kind of amusing, tripod, photographer, tripod, photographer, tripodFor MORE photos of Affy, please head to the gallery link here

After the morning session we went for breakfast at about 11 am or so. Then I rushed home to clear the memory card. Lucky I live in Kuching where home is nearby. Had a nap and then headed out for round two with Amy, Tay Zhong, Goh and Alvin.

Portraits of Amy

11) This was posted 26/06 on the day of the shoot. It was my fav's mistake of the dayPhoto #11 was my fav, then after reviewing the set again today I realize the #12 was not bad as well. LOL! cant decide! 

12) Amy's silhouette, pp, increased contrast.13) The sun was scorching and it was so bright that we could not even open our eyes, let alone asking Amy to look into the direction of the sun. The harsh sunlight was casting harsh shadows on her. I tried to come up with a quick fix, which was ok, but may have limited our creativity?

14) Feels slightly out of focused? 15) Bokeh! Not enough? Lets add some more ! 

16) xD17) CTO + SB80018) We tried to do the hair thing, but it didn't turn out19)20) 1/5 of a second, hand held, LOL shake shake! To see more of Amy's photo point your browser to the gallery link HERE

After that we headed back down to town. Where me and Alvin had dinner and left, while Tay Zhong and Goh continued shooting thru the night! 






Portraits of Ming Yan

I was quiet apprehensive on this shoot actually. Probably because it was at 7am in the morning and I did not had much sleep, fearing that I would not be able to wake up in time. But thankfully I was able to wake up on time and for the few rare occasions reach the destination on time. 

The session was organized by Desmond Ong aka Boo Boo Photos. Attended by myself and Alvin Jong. And our talented young lady for the day was Miss Ming Yan

For the most part, I normally shoot portraits with the 17-55 and 80-200 lens. While I do have the 50mm lens I barely use it. But just to test out the bokehlicious f1.4 lens I decided to try and use it more. It was the first time I was working with Ming Yan, who turned out to be a really fun and bubbly girl. Who does not mind trying new things. Good stuff. 

Anyways here are some of the shots which I liked.

1) I was shooting thru some leaves, the AF seeked for about split second before finding focus.2) Bokeh-licious background3) Love this one, calmness 4) Leaving...Now lets get some color into the pictures! Her second outfit was a gorgeous purple dress. Must show the color.

5) Purposely to show the bokeh power of f/1.4 lens6) Found a gorgeous green background xD7) Lucky shot, Ming Yan was on the phone, I just put my camera low tilted it a bit and fired 2 shots. Both were in focus at the right spot :)8) Ming Yan strumming her sorrows away xD9) I think this is worthy of some sort of CD cover hehe =P10) Took me a while to get this shot, I was shooting thru a small space. Could not even aim properly.Eventho I did not have enough sleep and was hungry. I knew I had some thing different in my memory card. Different from my usual photos. I guess the lens does really make difference. f/2.8 vs f/1.4. 50mm is not my cup of tea but its something I would use more from now onwards. Maybe a 85mm in the horizon?

Thanks Desmond, Alvin and Ming Yan for a good session! 

Full Gallery at LINK!

Gears used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8



Portraiture of Bibiana

At the end of February, I woke up early to meet up with Pazuzu and Foosi at ta-wan-kung for breakfast and waited for our model to arrive. The model for the session was Miss Bibiana.

^_^This was my 3rd time organizing a portrait outing with friends. Small group where everyone takes turns to take photo, and others helping out with light.


There were two location for that day, the other was my friend's new house. Sort of moved, we will get to that later. Now for some results of the 1st location which I liked. All the picture were not cropped in anyway, its out of the camera with post processing done to 'enhance' the photos.




Love the catchlight in the eyes.

Love this image, shot using the 50mm f/1.8 lens. The eyes are extremely sharp!

After that we went to my friend Clarissa's house. She just moved in before CNY 2010. Its some what furnished, so I thought it may be a good location to shoot. So we headed over here are some of my fav results xD. Really cracking the brain trying to mold the light xD

Shot with SB600 and SB800 speedlightsIt was quite interesting as normally when there are more people in the shoot we do not have much time to set up the lights. But this round we could as we took turns helping each other out. Awesomes.

Shot with one speedlight.The above shot was quite an interesting one where I squad at the side of the door and another speedlight was held by Foosi about 30 feet away outside, as I wanted to get the shadow of the grill and the door frame. 

Initially I wanted to shoot the chandelier at my friend's house dinning area. But its a bit too high so in the end I just used the walls as backdrop. 

One SB800 SpeedlightOne SB800 SpeedlightI seldom edit photos to this degree, but I think this turned out not too bad.

Here are some shots that were shot in the staircase. Shot with both SB600 and SB900 behind a diffuser.

mermaid pose =)

We ended our shoot for the day around 3pm. 

We were trying to pose like her... failedStill failed

After that we packed our gears said our good byes and then myself, Foosi and Pazuzu went for our lunch and McDonalds.

Pazuzu's eyesFoosi's eyesHahaha! it was a great outing! I hope there is more to come! 


All photos were captured on Nikon d300 using 17-55mm f/2.8,  50mm f/1.8 and 80-200mm f/2.8