Saturday, July 26, 2014

An Ordinary Saturday Morning Out Shooting with Friends

It is the start of a long weekend, and I intend to make full use of this rare opportunity. What better way to start it off with a shutter therapy session at Pudu, one of my favourite hunting grounds. It was then followed by a morning coffee session at Pulp. What made it awesome was the amazing people I was blessed to be with. 

I was using mostly the Olympus 45mm F1.8 on the street today and I am continued to be amazed by what this lens can do. The ability to create shallow depth of field with this lens was much appreciated, as I was able to separate the subjects from the background. The contrast and sharpness of this lens is surely very good, and I practically have no complains at all. Perhaps next week I will have the opportunity to shoot with the Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 when Shaun returns to Kuala Lumpur, but even if that lens turns out to be better than the Olympus 45mm F1.8, it is still difficult not to love what this 45mm F1.8 can do. 

The second set of photographs (in color) taken in the coffee house, Pulp, was with the 25mm F1.8 lens. The lens is very sharp, and the field of coverage was just perfect for all kind of shots I was shooting in the coffee place. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic 14mm F2.5, Olympus 25mm F1.8 or 45mm F1.8

The Lorry Man

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KK... A LIttle Bit More..

I was flipping through the images I have taken during last weekend's trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and boy, I found a few more images which I thought are worthy to be shown here. I know I have overflooded the previous entry with more images than usual, but hey I do not get to travel to North Borneo that frequently, and even if I do I usually do not have the time to shoot that much. It was great to getaway from the busy city and immerse myself in a peaceful place, thinking nothing but photography, doing it together with like-minded friends. More importantly, they were all Olympus supporters. 

This image was taken with the 75-300mm lens. I needed that extra zoom (to about 100mm) to get this framing. It was an interesting composition which I rarely explore, where I placed quite a lot of elements within one frame. There was that man in the river looking for sea cucumber, a bird flying by on water, with the landmark State Mosque and the majestic Mount Kinabalu in as the backdrop, all this bathed in the magical morning golden sunrise light. And that mist hovering around the mosque was the icing on the cake. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

I was away from the city last weekend to North Borneo, where the beautiful Kota Kinabalu (KK) city was at. This trip was partly conceptualized when I was visiting KK last year, in a conversation with Dr Soon Ruey (an amazing friend and great photographer). Dr Soon volunteered to organize a trip for members (local Olympus user forum in Malaysia), inviting us to go to KK for a weekend of shutter therapy adventures there. 

Kota Kinabalu is such a beautiful place! Mount Kinabalu (opening images here, plenty of them taken at different time of the day) is the peak of South East Asia, used to be the highest mountain of South East Asia but has lost about 6 meters over the years. This was my first time being so close to the mountain and gosh, it was such a majestic sight to behold. The KK city itself is located by the sea, overlooking sunset. There were markets setup along the sea and the place was bustling with activities throughout from afternoon till evening. With whatever little time that we had in KK, we attacked these places and what a wonderful experience it was, shooting in a beautiful city with fellow Olympus users. 

People in KK never failed to amaze me. I usually do not chatter up with strangers that I shoot, but one dude took off his shades, and asked me "what can I do for you, sir?". I was shocked, and was speechless for a few seconds. Then we had quite a bit of chat. Surely this kind of warmth is a rarity in Kuala Lumpur, and I sure wish KK will remain as it is for a long time to come. 

Considering this was a photography-centric trip, I packed in more gear than I usually do. I have with me the OM-D E-M5 and PEN E-PL5, with 9mm F8 fisheye body cap lens, 14mm F2.5, 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8, and 75-300mm F4.8-6.7

Peak of Mount Kinabalu during sunrise

Monday, July 14, 2014

Panasonic Leica 42.5mm F1.2 Nocticron

Shaun is visiting again, and new, shiny toys be brought for us!

He brought along with him the Panasonic GH-4 and the Leica Nocticron 42,5mm F1.2, the first F1.2 lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. 

Shot at wide open, F1.2

It was a brief encounter, I did not shoot enough to make any meaningful comments. However, I will be seeing Shaun again soon and I will rob the lens off him and shoot for at least a few hours, and you will see a blog entry full of F1.2 photographs soon. I will make sure that happens.