This is the start of a series of classic wedding images I intend to post, pictures I believe that can last forever with no expiry dates tagged, images not overdone with photoshop effects. Though they may not catch the common eye with a SHOCK, and make them crack their heads thinking, “how did he ever do that? what lens? strange effect. he must be really good!” My images are meant to show off as much as possible, the true essence and ambiance of the actual scene captured through my eyes and NOT to show off my equipment or my knowledge in photography gimmicks. I’d rather choose the path of faithfully creating real and honest photography. Well, that’s the direction I’m taking now.
PART 1: (the rest will follow soon…) Enjoy…
1. I quit shooting weddings after weddings, which is what I have been doing for many years, no time to think of what I really want to achieve artistically, neglected many clients in my busy schedule which I feel bad till today.
2. I quit from the repeated routine of shooting weddings. Artists need to break their usual routine, that’s when they can breathe some fresh air, and mature in their thoughts and feelings, thereafter reflected in their works.
3. I quit following the world in believing being rich and famous is an essential. There are just too many things in life that money cannot buy.
To all who cares for me and love my works, don’t you worry. I still shoot weddings, just that I only shoot a certain number of weddings per year. 38 weddings per year is way too many for me. I am a part-time wedding photographer, freelance teacher, freelance editorial and non-profit community photographer now. I love training people, believe in effective personal training and mentoring, enjoy the sincere company of my few associates from 1 Avenue Photography.
It’s amazing how photography has developed since the introduction of digital cameras. Respect for photographers has dropped tremendously over the years since digital has started to make photography “easier and easier”.
With the latest advanced technology in today’s DSLRs, more and more “photographers” arise, snapping thousands but choosing just a handful to put up in their blogs. Furthermore, images are tweaked(or repaired) using easily-available software. We are depending on “Chance-Shots” more than ever before!
It is no longer easy to judge a photographer’s real strength anymore since we hardly read the “whole book” (thousands and millions of multiple-shots) but only read that “few sentences” on websites and blogs. Talking about not to judge a book by it’s cover? (For my full set of proofs to read my “whole book” – click here).
Yesterday we took painstaking effort even in family snapshots, cause it’ll cost you a dollar or more if you make a mistake on film. Today, we snap away like nobody’s business leaving tons of trash images in our computer unedited, unseen for years. It’s time to really re-consider photography.
Art or Junk? Vision or Chance? Switch to your camera’s “continuous-shots mode” and click away non-stop like nobody’s business OR think, imagine, previsualize and feel before you shoot?
Digital shooters, it’s time to slow down and ask yourself who you really wanna be.
Images from Michelle & Aravind’s Kampar Wedding.
These are the gallery prints I could have put up during the previous joint-exhibition held by “hiplist” magazine at Times Bookstore-Pavilion KL. Only two of the following were exhibited, printed for the first time on HP Canvas. Well, I’m still perfecting my printing skills, but I must say, though the canvas were impressive, I still prefer Epson printers for it’s tonality, gamut and details.
The above are the 2 canvas I exhibited at Pavilion Times Bookstore. The one that attracted most attention is exhibit-1. I truly enjoyed the workshop I conducted there on a Sunday and enjoyed making new friends through the workshop like Andy from Penang, Joo, Juliana, etc. Keep your photography passion growing, guys! And not to forget, a “Big Thank You” to the 1 Avenue bunch who came to support me.
One of the toughest environment to shoot when you wanna preserve the beautiful candle-lit moods and yet keep the faces exposed correctly.. Fun!
Or Kodak moment you call it.. why not Fuji moment, Canon moment, Nikon moment.. aiya.. cut the crap.. it’s… “ta dah”… Baby Chloe’s moment!!! (not her real name).
I must say – the bride, Lizi’s favourite drink is the above and probably her only drink since Hin Tong gotta used that to get into her room in the morning 🙂
The following are some images from Michelle & Aravind’s wedding recently, a beautiful Indian wedding. Life is not always at F16 sharp all the time. We dream, our imaginations run, we all have a child in us who love to daydream and linger in our own little world at times… and my best time is when I’m on my potty.. ha ha 🙂