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Another throwback from Tokyo

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Konnichiwa

I’ve been uncovering a lot more of gems after figuring out how to edit street photos!

The photo above taken while I was walking around in the morning shows a lady waving to me. I assume so!

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Flat Badak

My photo library is filled with bunch of treasure which has not been unearthed. Many of the photos that I shot, ended up to be on the hard disk because I am just too lazy to process them.

The think about digital photography is that you will need to work on the photos that you shoot afterwards in order to get those really pretty photos. Unlike those film days, the work that you do is limited to the creative handy work in the darkroom. With technology, that work itself can be pushed to a very high limit – which is your creative brain power (and your technical skills).

The photo above is shot at the behind of Flat Badak.

Drying the clothes

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Bun Dau Shop – Fermented Shrimp Noodle

Another throwback weekend – where I am looking at my crossing bridges photo from back in 2006!

The photo above is a shot from the road side where I took a photo of Bun Dau shop, which means (based on google as fermented shrimp noodle!).

I never tried this dish, but what intrigues me is that I managed to take this photo despite not having an eye for street photography. In fact, during this period, I am more interested in shooting portraits and as what I’ve mentioned earlier, my trip was some what wasted because I am just focused on shooting headshots, rather than shooting a “story-like” photo.

This photo is probably one my first few photo that I start indulge in street photography. Yes – I’ve been doing a lot of street shoots but to be honest, I am not good at it until Eddie (friend from Singapore) said that I need to have a story. Which is then how I started thinking on how I should be shooting street.

Things has changed, and now I am a far better photographer (and picky one too!).In fact there are times when I go out for a walk and not shoot anything (lol). But I guess, that’s part and parcel of street shoot.

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Revisiting Yangon Photos

I need to build a habit of rating my photos. Most of my photos are not rated, I just process which ever that I feel like processing and letting it be. The problem with this is that, I don’t have a view of what I have done right or wrong, and especially when I come and revisit the images, I would not know which one are the ones that I have “picked” versus “rejected”.

Yangon trip was one of the first full trip that I diligently accepted the photos. The reason being is that I had so many “usable” street shots that I needed to pick and choose which ones that I wanted to use. I really need to go back to Yangon. Really love the country. A lot of places to visit and shoot. In fact, maybe in one of my short trip in August, I pop over to Myanmar. Likely to go to Bagan to shoot some great photos up there.

Bogsuke Market
Bogsuke Market

Picture above is one of the photos that I have not chosen (I think). After revisiting the album, I saw something that I think can be used. In fact, in my usual days in street shoot, this could probably be one of the better ones!

Fruit seller discussing their daily sales
Fruit seller discussing their daily sales

Photo above is another nice photo of the Bogsuke Market. A whole bunch of sellers congregating talking about their daily lives!

I thought both photo were great, and worthy to be published here. I do want to shoot and blog more, so let’s see.

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Ginza Backstreet

When I was in Tokyo last year on my solo trip, I stayed in Tokyu Stay. Not far from the main Ginza street. This has been my favourite place to stay. It is smacked between Tsukiji Market and Ginza. Was easy for me to walk to Tsukiji for breakfast, and back in hotel in 5 mins (for those usual morning “runs” in the toilet).

The photo that I am showing below, I think taken from my hotel room. I think! Not particularly sure because I cannot remember and there weren’t any gps tagging as I was indoor! But anyway, I suspect, its not far from the hotel as I don’t remember being on any observation tower in Ginza. The best was on top of Matsuya Ginza (I think!).

Ginza Backstreets
Ginza Backstreets

The other good part of staying in Ginza is that, when you wake up in the morning and do my street shoot, there are always an abundance of subject to capture. I don’t need to travel far to start utilising my rangefinder.
Ginza Street
Ginza Street

I remember back in 2016, I stayed in Minato. Yes it was much cheaper, but the access to public transport was a bit far, and there weren’t much subjects to shoot around there. But then again, I might be wrong as I have not gotten back to rangefinder and hard core street shooting back then. In fact, that trip, I just used my iPhone if I am not mistaken!

Anyhow, I always enjoy my time in Japan. Looking forward for my next trip, but I am telling myself that I need to diversify the places that I go to! Let’s see…

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Evening Rush

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Evening rush hour is an adventure in Tokyo. Seen in the photo above, the metro are bursting with people pushing hard to get into the train and go back home. I wish Malaysia has infrastructure to allow us to take the train to work. Then again, yes – there are train for me to get to work, but I am too lazy to take it. Idiot me. Taking the train will allow me to “workout” because I will be forced to walk more. 10k steps will not be a difficult thing to achieve!

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Streets of Bangkok

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Last week – I was in Bangkok for a business trip. I couldn’t resist but to bring my camera along. Just an hour or two of morning stroll, help to keep my workout in check.

This photo was taken along Sukhumvit during morning rush hour. Can see the person peddling around his goods that he will sell for the day. The two bike with shadow was taken to provide perspective for the shot. Looks pretty good to me. In fact, before post, the image is already underexposed. Intentionally because as we have the shadow, it allows a more striking view of the composition.

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Burmese Condominium

As you walk along the streets of Myanmar, you will be able to notice a whole bunch of condominium mushrooming everywhere. The place where I stayed (Dagon) – doesn’t really have any luxury condominium. In fact – the most luxurious place that I’ve seen is the hotel that I stayed – which is Park Royal.

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The photo above – shows a typical frontage of a condominium along the back streets behind the hotel that I stayed. It looks like those old condominium that came from the 80s. One day I must try to go up and take some photos of it. Not so sure if its safe – but surely I need a local guide to help to do this.

Some of the condominium that I saw are duplexes. I didn’t managed to take a photo of it but it does seem that at some point of time, these condominiums were luxury accommodations.

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In my trip back to the airport, I did noticed that new condominiums are being built. And these are the modern ones and I believe that as the country continue to develop, new wealth will continue to spur luxury developments. And the income disparity between the rich and the poor will be wider.

 

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Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro is an integral part of the daily lives of Tokyo inhabitants. Without Tokyo Metro – the whole Tokyo will be in a grid lock. Despite mountains of people walking on the street, the commute between longer distances are done mostly thru Tokyo Metro. I have not taken Tokyo buses before but the Metro is my usual mode of transport whenever I am in Tokyo. The following are collection of my photos during my solo trip in Tokyo this year.

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Missed the train….

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Common scene where most of the people are hooked to their mobile phones while waiting for the train.

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Common scene inside the “empty train”

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Again… more common…

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Japan 2017: Tsukiji Market #1

One of my favourite place in Tokyo is Tsukiji Market. I definitely would like to go again to this place. It’s really fun..

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It has been a long while since the last time I rode my bike. Partly due to my busy schedule, and partly due to my minor home renovation. Now that everything is done – I took my bike out and do two of my hobbies which is motorcycle riding and photography. I remembered this place – Kerling during one of those my adventure days with Alex. We exited Lembah Beringin and then head over to road number 1. We came out thru Kerling. I remembered this place for having bunch of old buildings. Map below shows where Kerling is, and the photos of the shoot is in the attached gallery. Quiet town indeed!

Sudah sekian lama semenjak saya menunggang motor saya. Ini adalah kerana jadual saya yang amat sibuk dan pengubahsuaian rumah saya. Sekarang semua sudah selesai – jadi saya mula meluahkan masa untuk dua hobi saya iaitu menunggang motorsikal dan fotografi. Saya teringat tempat ini – Kerling, daripada salah satu pengembaraan bersama Alex. Kami keluar mengikut Lembah Beringin dan terus menuju ke Jalan Nombor 1. Kami tiba di Kerling. Saya teringat kawasan ini kerana kawasan ini mempunya bangunan yang lama. Di bawah ada peta kawasan ini, dan juga galeri gambar gambar saya. Pekan yang sepi!

 

Map to Kerling/Peta ke Kerling