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unearthing the hatched

me and sarah celebrated our 1-year anniversary together with a breakfast at “hatched”. when we entered, i suggested that we take the seat beside the windows, where soft morning light was coming through. i know – such photographer behaviour.

we had “bacon rap” to start —

followed by “burly benedict”, which is eggs benedict but with wagyu beef. delicious.

and to top it off, we had a waffle. i can’t remember what they called it, though they have got some special name for it. love the way they presented the butter and the maple syrup.

and to really top it off, a couple of quick portraits with the gorgeous window light. sarah’s comment on the picture right below: “i need a haircut”.

through the drinking glass —

after stuffing ourselves, we went to coffee bean at guthrie house to study (yes, i do study). rather anti-climatic but this is the exam period.

i am sure i have said this before, i am so thankful that i have sarah in my life. she is a real blessing to me, and i am most struck by how supportive and loving she is when it comes to my hopes and fears.

i only pray that i don’t let her down, and all the other people around me who care as well.

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day @ the park

went cycling with sarah at east coast park today. i guess it is a positve change from the usual eatout/catch-a-movie outing.

i also wanted to scout 1-twenty six, where i will be shooting jeffrey and jasmine’s wedding this coming saturday. pretty swanky location, i have to say. am really looking forward to it.

the premises of the old “big splash” have been converted to a nice dining area, including a carl’s jr with its gigantic yellow star screaming at passers-by.

i shot a bunch of photos at bedok jetty and below are my favourites from the grab today.

this one was shot right at the end of the jetty, facing inland. shooting into the sun allows opportunities to create silhouettes, which was what i did here by knocking down the exposure and killing a bit of the ambient light. a small aperture gave the light source a distinct “star-burst” effect. applied a bi-colour treatment in photoshop for the finish.

the fishermen at the jetty were kind of uninteresting so i shot their bait instead. i have always wondered what’s the fun in hooking teeny little fishes in the hot sun. to each his/her own idiosyncracies i guess.

shot a quick portrait of sarah. with the strong sun illuminating her i could drop the exposure a little to get the skies in the background a little bluer. my only gripe with this photo is that i can’t really see her eyes since it is uncomfortable with the sunlight right at them. love the wind-swept hair though.

grabbed this one with one hand on the handlebar and one holding the camera as we were headed back out. i was trying to match sarah’s speed on the bike and track her at the same time with a slow shutter to record the motion. was not able to get her sharp, but the expression and the feel of the photo is priceless nonetheless. applied a film effect in photoshop to add that little touch of nostalgia.

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food nation!

i am really inspired by peter frank edwards’ work and so i have decided i will try shooting some food too!

^ one happy eater!

if you have me on facebook as a friend, i will be posting food pictures to my newly-created “food nation!” album, so look out for that.

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the birthday present

since i put in so much effort in wrapping sarah’s present and making the card, i thought, why not do a still-life shoot of them? could be an excellent pictorial record after the wrapping paper gets torn to bits. it did get torn to bits. i hope the card is fine.

here is the set-up for the first picture:

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main light used was a sb-800 through an umbrella with removable backing half removed to control spill of light. grid spotted canon 430ex gelled blue to create the “halo” of blue as well as light the background. the 430ex was powered 1 – 1.5 stops over the main light.

gift was sitting on a  piece of black construction paper with a white corrugated board as the background. both these items just happened to be lying around.

guess what was used to prop the background up?

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the set-up for the second shot just required a quick switch-around:

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main light in pretty much the same position, just that it was shifted off a bit to the left. silver reflector on camera right for fill. what you don’t see in this frame is the position of the backlight. here it is:

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same grid-spotted canon 430ex for highly-directional light. a gold gel was used for the final picture instead of the blue as seen in the picture above. i was experimenting with the colours. the 430ex was powered 1 – 1.5 stops over the main light.

photos were then touched up a little in photoshop.

there you have it – simple strobist 2 light setup that you can also do in the comfort of your bedroom.

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sarah’s twenteenth

last friday a few of us were at sarah’s place to celebrate her birthday a day in advance. she is 20 this year but she keeps insisting that she is twenteen. nice.

sarah’s mom whipped up quite a dinner for us. there were lamp chops and steaks hot off the grill (ooh, the lard!). add ceasar salad, asparagus wrapped in streaky bacon and vienna sausages and you have a meal fit for a king.

look at them just begging to be eaten.

embellishing the dine with some wine.

one happy eater.

after dinner we went down to the basement to hang out. i have to say, it is one hell of a basement, with the wood panels, heavy drapes and ornate furnishings. the photo above looks much brighter than the scene actually was because i bounced my flash off the ceiling.

i never thought playing “polar bear” (a cuter variation of the game “murderer”) could be so exciting – the mock accusations and the blatant denials. besides, the low-key, almost noir-like setting added to the mis-en-scene (take that, com227!)

to give you an idea of how dark the basement actually was, the next series of photos were shot at iso 3200 wide open at f1.4 with my 50mm prime. i managed to yield only a shutter speed of 1/40 – 1/50. did not want to use the flash as i felt it destroyed the mood and the feel of the scene. for the non-photographers, well, you just have to take my word for it.

sarah’s cousin, etienne, got this shot. great timing i say.

sarah’s shot of me trying to make her sister’s prosumer work in the extremely low-light situation. some things are not meant to be.

austen, the resident dog. his bark is surely bigger than his bite. shot by rachel.

instead of trying to fight the noise generated by the use of high iso, i decided to process the above photos to black and white, ramping up the contrast. they worked together with the grain-like noise to produce the fast film kind of look.

after a while in the basement, we went upstairs for cake and presents. etienne had  to do the birthday song for sarah in french because he is half-french after all.

lide and the girls got sarah a pair of heels from guess. it was rather amusing how they tried to disguised the gift as something cheap. they stashed the shoes in a box from mondo.

a couple more obligatory group photos to end off the evening.

sarah and family.

was a really enjoyable evening on the whole. great food, great company, what more can you ask for?

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