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A Life Shot In Black And White

Gears: Nikon FM2 and Nikon Nikkor 50/1.4 AI lens | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film Location: Under Kuala Ibai bridge, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

FM2 | 50/1.4AI | Tri-X 400
Chendering Fisheries Complex, Kuala Terengganu (2007)

One of the best things about street photography is that it is like going on an unknown voyage. You just never know what you are going to find, or what shots you are going to make. Maybe a real nightmare for the average coordinator but such a treat for those who dislike any form of planning. And mind you, most other forms of photography demand heaps of preparation in advance. So there! A life shot in black and white.

Gears: Nikon FM2 and Nikon Nikkor 50/1.4 AI lens | Kodak Tri-X 400 Film Location: Under Kuala Ibai bridge, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

D50 | 50/1.4AI
First day of Ramadhan, Tok Jembal, Terengganu (2009)

Many people believe it is necessary to study arts and design in order to come up with a satisfactorily constructed picture.
But since photography is a tool for both documenting and self expression, the design of a photograph is inferior in importance. The composition of a photograph should be spontaneous to the scene and employed by the photographer’s vision not by a set of rules for correct design.

Not that a basic understanding of composition and design could hurt anyone, but don’t let that bother you too much and definitely don’t let it be the main factor when making your choices.

Next I’d like to quote an article from a young photojournalist, Lizane Louw, where she described how her passion in photojournalism has affected her life very much. This is what she had to say,

Gears: Nikon FM2 and Tokina RMC 135mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 Film Location: Under Kuala Ibai bridge, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

FM2 | Tokina RMC 135/2.8 | Tri-X 400
Under Kuala Ibai Bridge, Kuala Terengganu (2007)

“In my job I meet many influential people. Sometimes my road crosses with a person that inspires me on various different levels. I had the privilege to meet someone that changed the way I think, that changed my spiritual perceptions and that moved me and my thoughts very deeply.

Since meeting Hylton, I have been spending many days sitting and thinking about his story. In my heart and in my mind there are so many emotions that jump around if I think about our brief encounter. I struggle to find words to describe my gratitude and admiration. I thank the creator for choosing me to take these photographs and to let my path in life cross with his. It was a privilege to speak to him.” (Quote from Source: Lizane Louw)

Nikon D50 | Sigma 70-200/2.8
SUKMA XII Swimming Competition, Batu Burok Swimming Complex, Kuala Terengganu (2008)

However, one has to remember that in some unfriendly neighborhoods, shooting on the street can be extremely difficult and close to impossible. Any attempt to take pictures would inevitably lead to unwanted attention from the neighborhood drug dealers who populated the street corners and alleys. I personally do not believe in “assaulting” people with a camera. Don’t be surprised when most of the subjects that you approached may not be willing to be photographed. Should they be blamed?

There have been so many approaches to street photography, so far ranging in their unique style, that I believe the lack of exploitation and ability to contain meaning into the image which is technically competent are the big necessities in street photography or photo journalism.

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Tagging along the route of the photon particles (89800004)

We were special guests for Mr Tseng Lip the generous and hospitable resort owner of Laguna Redang Resort
in Redang Island of the shores off Terengganu


The photon differs from many other elementary particles, such as the electron and the quark, in that it has zero rest mass; therefore, it travels (in a vacuum) at the speed of light.

This guy (I mean Photon) is the elementary particle responsible for the electromagnetic phenomena. His scope of work is to carry electromagnetic radiation of all wavelengths, including in decreasing order of energy, gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet light, visible light, infrared light, microwaves, and radio waves. Oh yes, of course he also carries the visible light that we all use for photography.

Photon particles travelled through the: Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens, into a Nikon FM2 film SLR body and finally it arrives on the Fujichrome Velvia 100 (RVP100F)
And all this took place at the: Redang Island, South China Sea, Terengganu, Malaysia
And I: Did not mess with what the photons did to the film emulsion afterwards


Everyone is talking about the Kodachrome 64, oh well…

Nikon FM2 with Sigma 70-200/2.8 on Fuji Velvia 100 (RVP100F), Location: Long Beach, Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia

Gears: Nikon FM2 and Sigma 70-200/2.8 lens on Fuji Velvia 100 (RVP100F) Location: Long Beach, Redang Island, Terengganu, Malaysia

June 22nd, 2009, 7 AM Eastern Standard time: Today, Eastman Kodak Corporation has officially announced the retirement of Kodachrome 64, the last remaining variation of legendary Kodachrome Color Film… bla, bla, bla..

Well I’m okay with it to be honest and if they (i.e. Kodak Inc.) are really serious about the development of film photography (as what Figital Revolution says), I therefore truly trust them with such a decision, it’s all for the best of the industry. For the time being I still have other Fuji and Kodak slides standing loyally.