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.
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.
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!
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.
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!).
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.
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…
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!
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.