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The Iron Mountain

June 7, 2010

The view from atop the Iron Mountain;

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Battle ground for the worlds toughest motorcycle endurance race, the Red Bull Hare Scramble !

Lake Fuschl

May 26, 2010

Still waiting for the weather to clear here in Fuschl am See.

Week 01 – Salzburg to Venice

May 25, 2010

Its been raining since I’ve arrived in Salzburg and I wasn’t going to spend the first long weekend hiding in my pathetic little room.(see previous post) So its off to ITALY !
Why i got lost day 1
The place gets to you…
..even these guys cant help themselves…
solo emo traveller shot ! ( waited a looong time for people to stop walking past)
Obligatory gondola shot. Almost impossible to get one not overloaded with tourists!
One more of the waterways that weave through the city of Venice

Made a mistake this trip though. The more gear you bring, the less pictures you will take.. so true.. sigh…

Jet lagged photo exercise

May 20, 2010

3 Days into Austria and still jet lagged. The cold rainy weather also means most of work time is at the desk all day. Thought I’d have some fun in the room with all the gear thats been stowed away in the closet. 3 speedlites all triggered with PWs. Shot on the 15mm 2.8 fisheye on a 5D mark 2 on 10sec self timer. ( which was hardly enough to run from camera to crossed legged pose) 300 f2.8 L lens on my shoulder is purely for showing off.

To be more specific:
1 speedlite gelled green aimed at the ceiling behind camera left for fill.
1 speedlite gelled red and aimed under the tv table to create alil more depth to the image.
1 speedlite with full cut CTO aimed at the laptop screen as key for myself.

New site for 2010 !

May 12, 2010

Finally the new site is up and running ! I’m no web design expert so everything is put together in the most basic Dreamweaver setup.

Simpler and slicker than the old site but most importantly its easier to update ! Check it out the new images and videos. Gotta keep them coming !

Trailblazing at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

April 15, 2010

This was actually the last stop on our hike up the 6km bike trail at the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Lugging 2 bags of camera gear and light stands through the dirt trail wasn’t pretty and to top things off we no one remembered the insect repellent ! greeaatt…

Series after series of muddy slopes and 1 wooden bridge later, we finally came across the fallen tree pictured below and setup for some Mountain Biker action! Maaaad props to Jonathan for repeatedly working his obstacle clearing moves till I got the shot !

Essentials for the shoot:
1. Athletic assistance ( doubled up as talent)
2. D.I.Y Ball bungee and lights
3. Extra Batteries and double checked equipment
4. Ice cold Red Bull
What we forgot
5. Insect Repellent

( Not pictured is the pre-shoot Beer. Feel free to experiment with Chang or Tiger)

More pictures and details on the setup after the jump !
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Shooting in the Shade with Red Bull Streetstyle Champ Azri

April 13, 2010

Big bad Sun VS little canon speedlites…NOT the fairest match up. Good thing was that the Red Bull Streetstyle Champion Azri Trickster ( Check his facebook ) was down with the whole grimy back alley thing. Camera set to maximum sync speed ( about 1/200 sec), bare Canon 580ex2 speedlites set on 1/2 to Full power, back pack of cold Red Bull and we were ready to go !

With the big contrast between the sunny areas and shadows, the idea was pretty much to get Azri in the shade before “bringing him back” with the off camera flash. Kinda like setting up for a silhouette then adding in the other lights.

Had either an ND4 filter or Circular polariser for the first image due to the lack of shade in that spot. Shot in RAW and colour/tone mapped( whatever you call it) in PS for effect.

My ghetto light stand

Radikal Forze Jam 2010 Highlights

April 12, 2010

Bigger and better with each year ! B Boys and B Girls from around the globe converged in Singapore for the MASSIVE 2 day showdown. Check out some highlights from the event and stay tuned for more updates over the next few days !

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Less Is More

April 8, 2010

Digital or film ? Black&White or Colour ? Hasselblad ? DSLR ? Lomos ? I spend 10mins putting my luggage together and another 45mins thinking about what camera gear to bring on my trips. ( The camera gear debate actually begins days before I start packing which is usually the night before take off)

In the words of the great Jay Maisel, ” The more equipment you take, the fewer pictures you’ll take” I’m glad I stuck to this mantra ( at least for this trip) and packed only my 5D Mark 2, 50mm 1.2, 35mm f2, a Canon Speedlite off camera sync cord AND one of those free gift mini tripods ! Very handy for converting trashcans into camera tripods or light stands. ( for this trip converting a rock at the Pinnacles into a tripod)

With a little planning ahead and some basic editing tools from PS (Photomerge is awesome for creating the huge panoramas! ) The sky’s the limit !

* always pack extra batteries

A shot of the gear ! And it all fits into the average sling bag !

Tone mapping at East Coast

March 23, 2010

Not sure if this “technique” is indeed called Tone Mapping but Im guessing the idea is the same. Using multiple exposures of the same scene to create a composite image that has the different exposures painted in/out ( or mapped) according to the scene.

More details and the raw images used to create this image after the jump !
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