Another take at Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah


Back in 2005, I made a visit to Kuala Terengganu as part of the Monsoon Cup. I can’t help it but stop at this mosque to capture the elegance of the mosque. Its amazing that I was able to find this mosque despite the fact that there wasn’t much adoption of Google and Google Maps at that point. I am quite sure if I was to turn back time, I would have planned it better.

I’ve covered this before on another throwback post here. Where the photo is as follows:

Today I decided to edit another set of those photos. Here is the new set. Doesn’t look as good as the one above though!

I can see that my camera was very dusty then. This was shot on D70 12-24mm.

Portraits from Hanoi


Another view of the portraits from Hanoi. This is one is and old guy. Shooting portraits is not difficult:

  1. Point your big guns
  2. Start shooting
  3. Pray that the person look at you

I was using D200 during my trip to Hanoi, thus it was at a crop factor of 1.5 which means that the longest range (200mm) is equivalent to 300mm on full frame. Which means that I am even further from the subject! Amazing.

Looking at my old photos, apart from putting a new round of flags on my old photos, but I also started to process the photo in a different way. If you ask me how I process photo, well – its different now and then. In fact, how I process really dependent on how I feel about the photo at that point of time. The same photo may look differently.

So here is a screenshot of the before and after

Below is another processing technique. In fact, this was taken from my old flickr side. I think it looks ok but it does not accentuate the character in the photo.

Old processing technique

Any – that’s all folks!

Hanoi – School Girls


After the trip to Sapa – I was obviously lazy and decided to not go Halong Bay and roam around Hanoi. The street shoot at that time wasn’t really fun. Not being a “street photographer” then, I was roaming around with a 70-200 and started shooting every damn thing that moved! Seriously.

Nowadays, when I do street shoot, the longest I carry is 35mm. Most of the time would be either 24mm or 28mm. Some instances, I will carry 21mm, but of course that is far more difficult to compose as it is very wide. In addition to that, my Leica will need an external viewfinder in order to compose 21mm. 24mm wasn’t so bad as I can just judge thru the original view finder.

Photo above, was shot from along the street. From the exif data, it was shot on 200mm, means that I was quite a distance away. Surprised to see the school girl can see me and looked at my camera. Not the best way to shoot to be honest!