many thanks once again to jeffrey and jasmine for making me a part of their big day. the pressue of covering a wedding and creating images that capture the essence and the memories of the important day is great, though at the same time a very rewarding experience.
below are my favourites from the day (you would have seen some of them in the slideshow above) with the accompanying captions.
the day started at the grand mecure roxy at roxy square. the sky was just starting to light up with a bluish hint and i thought that the warm lights of the hotel contrasted nicely with it.
went on to do some make-up shots and capture some details as well.
the groom arrived shortly after with his brothers to “crash the gate” (except there was no real gate in this case). the door games then began, orchestrated by the bride’s sisters. they included:
having to consume a variety of food items that normally have no place together (think wasabi replacing kaya in sandwiches). a true gastronomical experience;
the brothers taking turns to “act the goat”. they had to behave and sound like the animals they drew. what kind of sounds do giraffes and earthworms make?
the groom then had to sign a treaty that was unfairly favourable to the bride. girls, you can get away with a lot on your wedding day so better milk it dry!
after singing a cantonese love song, jeffrey was finally granted access.
we then headed over to the groom’s place for the tea ceremony and some of the other customary activities. i like the way the sidelight caught the bride’s veil. gives the photo a luminous quality. oh, the sign for context.
some more details.
we then went over to a park nearby to do a little photoshoot. did not really have a lot of time to do it and it was midday so the light was not exactly the best so had to make do and see what i could do in post.
the couple with their crew.
played around with the cross-processed look for the series of pictures above. the one directly above was used as the closing slide of the slideshow.
was actually hoping to do a few more photos at east coast where the dinner was to be held at 1-twenty six. great light approaching sunset but as with all weddings, time is of the essence so as usual, just made the best of what i had to work with. and of course, grab a few portraits on the fly, such as the ones below.
an idea of the setting…
above is charlotte, having a go at the rings. got to thank her for getting the restaurant to get me some food before the proceedings started because i was feeling really hungry!
the light started to fade and go dim after the first march-in and frankly, it was technically really challenging to shoot. the place was lit only by some spots and candles, with no white or even light-coloured ceiling to bounce the flash off. great ambience, not so great for the photographer though, haha.
thankfully, i had my homemade foam bounce card and a couple of fast primes. the 5d performed not too badly at iso 1600, though many times i wished i had the 5d mark 2! dragged the shutter as much as i dared and mixed that with the flash.
it was lovely to see jeffrey and jasmine perform. i think the gift of music is amazing, and even more so when 2 people in love play it together.
my very best wishes to jeffrey and jasmine once again! remember – love, life, laughter!
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went out to bukit timah railway today to shoot in in the fading light. i was hoping to get the sweet, peach-pink light that i saw the previous time i was there shooting dapper. no such luck though. oh well, that’s the way things are i guess.
i was nearly hit by the train above while setting up my tripod beside the tracks. didn’t expect it to come from the direction it did. thankfully, i heard the horn in time to get out of the way and crouch. as the train passed by, something just compelled me to point my camera at it and shoot. good thing that happened.
anyway if you are thinking of shooting at the railway, a train will pass by the station at about 6.15 – 6.20 pm. try to make sure you are well clear of the tracks then. another thing to avoid would be the guard. he usually comes out of his post in the station to switch the tracks at about 7 or so. stay out of his sight then or risk being chased away.
the obligatory detail shot.
i saw this kiddie chair as i was walking along the tracks towards the station. it was a strange sight. you could just imagine some 2 year-old, all strapped in, giggling and pointing as trains speed by.
stayed till it was nearly dark to try some long exposures. this one was about 10 seconds, i believe. i like the way the colours contrast.
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you can only turn 23 once in your life, and i thank God for seeing me through thus far. having said that, you can only turn a particular age once in your life. there’s that for the bad philosophy.
i spent my 23rd birthday in school during the day and then had dinner with sarah in the evening. sarah brought me to this wonderfully quaint and old-worldly russian restaurant called shashlik at far east shopping centre. the waiters and waitresses there were all in their 40s to 50s and they probably have been with the restaurant for a long time. in fact, we were the youngest looking pair in the place.
sarah said that her parents used to bring her there when whe was little, and she thought that it might be a great idea to eat there since she missed the food and she did not want to go to another typical restaurant. perhaps even favourite restaurants can be a kind of family heirloom.
we started off with borshch, which is a tomato-based stew with beef and vegetable. it was served with a dash of sour cream and needless to say, delicious and extremely satisfying. i then had a beef fillet with russian salad while sarah tucked into her steak with mushroom sauce. i think it is a place that we will go back to again in future.
after dinner it was off to botanical gardens for cake and just to have a nice, quiet place to hang out. sarah got me cakes from canele which were some of the best i have ever had in my life. i am not exaggerating. try them yourself.
of course, the birthday celebration is not complete without the present. sarah got me a… HOLGA!!! actually, i already knew beforehand but nevertheless it was a pleasure when i opened the box and held the toy camera in my hand. i am inspired by a certain david burnett, a photojournalist who is so good with a holga that his pictures shot with that have been published in international news magazines, even picking up prestigious awards along the way. time to get some black & white 120 film now!
to end off, i want to thank all for the birthday greetings. sorry if i don’t personally respond to all but i truly appreciate the wishes.
on turning 23, i have come to appreciate a lot of why things are the way they are in my life, and have learned to be more contented.
i have also come to realise that i am truly blessed to have a wonderful girl by my side, driving me on with her love and support. for this i love you sarah.
it is funny how the weather never smiles on me when i intend to do outdoor shoots. went to chinese garden for a walkabout under a sky that threatened to burst into song any moment.
standing right in the centre (i believe) is the 7-storey pagoda strategically obscured by trees, which is why i did not managed to get any decent wide shot. so i went up close and personal for a little exercise in abstraction. i employed the hdr technique with blending in photomatix and a little tweaking in lightroom and voila!, ‘pagoda rising’ and ‘stairway to hell’ were born.
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