Winter Sunrise in the Park with iPhone HDR

I am consistently impressed with the iPhone’s HDR camera function. By combining different exposure into one, it captures lighting conditions that otherwise would have been lost in a single exposure JPEG image. If I did not have HDR turned on here, the details and the colour of the skys would have disappeared. The HDR function also generally does a very good job in combining the images. The thing that it will have problems with is movement, either of the subject or your hand. I have a bad habit of forgetting to keep my hand still until the shutter sound finishes. You can see in my images, there is some ghosting in the hair of the old lady and the trees. But the result is still very nice considering it is just a phone camera.

No Matter What

No matter how many dog leads, bag straps and car seat belts you have chewed through, I still love you.

A low shot from the carpet level of Louis Kwong on the left and Brusky the Chocolate Labrador on the right. Both were lying on the carpet and staring at each other.

Bubbly

I was out in the park with friends and their boys. We came across a few people making giant bubbles. The boys loved it and had so much fun chasing them. The youngest boy tried to burst every single bubble as soon as they were created much to the disappointment of the other spectators. That was why in one of the shots, his brother was holding him back. I opted for black and white treatment here because it was a very dull and overcast day. Even though the rainbow coloured surface of these bubbles were interesting. Colour did not do their form justice. As soon as I changed to black and white, the bubbles seemed to pop out the photos.

Waiting in Line

I took this candid shot while I was in Gare Du Nord, Paris. They must love red.

View from the first floor platform of the Gare Du Nord station, Paris' Eurostar train station.  It over looked the hustle and buzzle of the platforms below.. A woman was leaning on the railing with her back to the camera. She had a large red hand bag placed on the railing. She casually glanced at her two daughters, who were sitting on their red suitcases. All three characters looked bored as they were waiting for their train to arrive.

Spring is here

Despite the current cold and wet spell, when the sun do eventually show his face, Spring is undoubtedly here.

New leafs growing from a tree against a backdrop of the blue sk

Sunset from the Platform

I did a photoshoot near Loughborough Junction Station. On the way back, on the platform I was greeted by a beautiful view of the sun setting behind a few council estate blocks. Luckily, this time I have my Mark II with me.

A view from Loughborough Junction Station. The sun was setting behind a few multistory council estate blocks.

Campaign Butterfly poster (final and concept)

A woman standing with one hand on her chest and the other on her abdomen. Ribbon like butterfly wings sprouted from her back. The text says "Know your history. Screen your genes. Fight against hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer. Campaign butterfly. Logos of Breast Concern Action and Hong Kong Hereditary Breast Cancer Family Registry. asiabreastregistry.com. enquiry: (852) 28357823. enquiries@asiabreastregistry.com

This is a poster for a large lightbox display for a Breast and Ovarian Charity event. My concept here was to use a ribbon-like brush to paint a set of butterfly wings. The wings mirrored the butterfly logo of the Breast Ovarian Cancer Programme. It is a cancer charity so ribbons are symbolic. The pink and teal are the colours of the Breast and Ovarian cancer ribbons respectively. I wanted to show a woman caught unaware by the photographer, lost in her own thoughts, at peace with herself. The hands’ positions emphasised the two body areas that the charity is concerned of. You can see the concept storyboard below. It always good to have a storyboard prepared for the model and the team. It helps people visualise and keeps everyone on the same page thus speeding up the photoshoot. The final poster as you can see, was fairly accurate to how I had visualised it and this was with me directing the shoot remotely using Facetime in the UK while the shoot was taking place in Hong Kong. For this shoot, much credit has to go to creative director Enrico, top photographer, CK and top model, Amanda S. Without them, the project would not have run as smoothly and swiftly.

Rough sketch of a woman with one hand on her chest and the other one cradling her abdomen. Pink and green ribbon-like butterfly wings sprout from her back.

Walkabout in Cologne 2010

I took these photos in 2010 in Cologne. I only just got around to process them. It is interesting as a personal note on how my sensibility and style has evolved over the last two years. If I had processed the same photos in 2010, I definitely would not have toned them this way. My skill in using Lightroom had something to do with it as well. As I got ever more familiar with the program and its tools, more possibilities opened up for me. I am a big advocate of Lightroom. As far as I am concerned, it is an absolute essential program for any photographers; amateur or professional. I cannot wait to upgrade to Lightroom 4.

Forced HDR Processing

I am not a big fan of forced HDR processing especially on portraits. Most  forced HDR portraits that I see online were over exaggerated and unnecessary. Not only did it not add anything to those portraits, it actually detracted from the photos by taking the attention away from the narrative.  However, if you do find an image that works, and some photos of architecture do work very well with added HDR effect, it does make the image ‘pop’. Still, personally, I prefer to use it sparingly. Even if I decided to use it, I tend to tone down the severity of the effect.

A forced HDR image of an L-shaped building with a glass lift shaft in Cologne's Rheinauhafen docks

An image of an L-shaped building with a glass lift shaft in Cologne's Rheinauhafen docks without forced HDR