I spent my childhood days in Keramat. Stayed here since 1980. From there on, I moved away to few places – Taping for boarding school, Cheras A Levels and UK for my degree. And now I am residing in PJ in my own place. Datuk Keramat is definitely an older place than where I used to stay. I am not sure what's the history, but I know for a fact that when I moved in, the only school that operates is Sekolah Datuk Keramat – that's where my sister went to school.
Anyway – long story short, me and a group of friends decided to go to Kampung Datuk Keramat for a quick shoot this morning. Obviously I came up with the idea. Seriously, I did not know what to expect – just come in armed with OMD and 12mm lens to shoot away 🙂
Another one of the photos which is shot whilst in Klang.
Ray of light, Klang
The original intention of this photo was to shoot the ray of light going thru the smoke that's burning the incense stick. Good idea I supposed, but it was not an easy task as the morning was quite windy. And being next to an opened window, naturally the wind will be blowing the smoke away.
There's a few ways that one can go thru this, but I guess I am not patient enough to wait. It was not some prize winning shot that I think worth waiting for. Well, that's part and parcel of shooting pictures in such places.
Personally, I am more of a people person shooter. It's a lot easier to shoot people than shoot static objects like this as people are more easier to control. Plus. The effort putting the thinking behind the story of the picture is so so much easier! That's perhaps the reason why I am more of a person that will shoot pictures like this:
Fish market, Tawau
There's not much story there though, its just a lot more fulfilling to have a nice chat with a other guy while you trying to shoot his life away(not mentioning posting it on Internet). Sometimes, it gets tricky because you don't converse the language, something like this:
Coffee factory, Klang
I definitely don't speak Hokkien, and conversation will need to go through translator a.k.a Francis da lawyer. Appreciation of the subject is limited to my visual observations and explanation from Francis. It's even tricker when you don't even have a form of speech communications with the subject, something like this –
The picture above was shot in Bangladesh, about 2 years ago in my trip there. The only medium of communication was my smile 🙂 and of course the LCD screen of my camera. You'll be amazed at how far a smile and LCD screen can bring you.
Rice mill, Bangladesh
Though sometimes, taking shots like the above could be damn risky. The photo above contains a subject which is extremely sensitive. It's child labor. If you notice the shiny skin, that's because the room that the kid is standing in is at the side of a hot oven. The kid was supposed to shove those rice kernels into the fire so that it'll burn. Was there any communications involved, definitely no. I guess the kids was more stunned looking at me carrying the big ass camera pointing at his face.
Temple, Siem Reap
Seriously, I always enjoy taking shots of people on their most natural way. There's just so much character and happiness all around 🙂
In fact, this was the shot that made me started years ago. A photo of a homeless man, who lost everything.. And now resorting to people's donation to be alive….
It has been a long while since I actually ride my bike. Probably almost a year. Likely because I’ve been spending most of my workout mornings on bootcamp. But I think on the back of my mind, it’s the news in accidents.
I guess, it’s time for me to go back on the saddle. I kinda miss cycling. All the sweat and pain on the butt, is something to crave for! So what I am doing now is to start indoor cycling 🙂 using my old indoor trainer, which is it so smooth, but does the job. As expected, the butt is kinda in pain now, but well it’s parts and parcel of cycling.
Here’s the view of my setup 🙂 putting the bike right in front of the TV for me to enjoy my tv series whilst cycling on my own.
Yes yes, we shall see how long this gonna last….. It’s not as fun as cycling outdoor. Hopefully two weekends from now I’ll be out hitting the roads.