Saturday, March 21, 2015

Repost: Holi Festival

Today the Sri Lakshmi Narayan Temple had their annual Holi Festival celebration happening, or more popularly known as the Festival of Colors. Unfortunately I was weighed down by work commitments and could not shoot the beautiful festival this year. I then decided to dig out my old photographs from years ago, and repost it here. For those of you who went to celebrate and shoot some awesome photographs, do share them! I think this year the celebration was bigger and much better than last year. I remember last year there was water rationing issues in KL, consequently less water action happening.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Not Good Enough

I recently went through this strange phase of a photographer's journey, when nothing I shoot is good enough, and me being the judge of my own photographs. I remembered in the beginning (many years ago) when I started to venture deep into photography, each photograph was a new discovery and everything was a wonder. I could not wait to share my photographs because I want to share the joy and wonder with the world. It does not matter if anyone thought the photographs were mere snapshots, not that I would mind a few critical comments, but it was the act of putting my photographs out there that brought much excitement. It still does and I still get the kick out of flooding my blog with photographs I took on my regular shutter therapy sessions. The difference now, I felt they could be better, or I could do better. 

A part of me felt that is a natural process to doubt my own capabilities, after all as I went further, met more photographers, witnessed more and more amazing photography work by local and other photographers from many parts of the world, I always admit that I am a learning photographer and there is so much more for me to learn and be exposed to. Lately, this has been incredibly true and I guess the only next logical step forward, is to really reflect on my current photography activities and take a deep look at my photographs. Yes, I can do better. 

So here are some shots from my latest shutter therapy session, with thoughts on how they could have been better in at least a dozen or more ways. 

All images were taken with OM-D E-M1 and M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 lens


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Randomness Until I Have Time for Shutter Therapy

Work and life have been busy lately, hence no shutter therapy for the past weekend. The consequence? I do not have photos to share here. Nonetheless, I spent some time digging up some shots of random stuff taken from all over the places from the past few weeks, and I decided to just put them together here. 

I love coffee. I may not be a coffee-fanatic, but I have drank enough coffee in Australia (years ago) to tell which is bad and good coffee. Good coffee in Malaysia is ridiculously expensive. I cannot understand how can a cup of coffee cost more than a full meal here. 

Friday, March 06, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II vs E-M1 Video Image Quality

A recent OM-D E-M5 Mark II review by Andrew Reid from (read here) has stated that "Then for a filmmaker it all comes collapsing down like a house of cards. Not only is video quality downright amateurish by 2015 standards, it’s worse than the E-M1. It’s softer and suffers from much more severe moire & aliasing."

I am no video expert, I am merely a photography enthusiast, so I am setting my boundaries here before commenting further in this topic. I will not make any conclusions on whether the E-M5 Mark II is on par with the so-called 2015 standards, that is something I am not qualified to do. However, I was shocked to hear that the video output of the E-M5 Mark II is softer, and suffers more severe moire and aliasing in comparison to the older E-M1.

There is one thing I can do, since I have access to BOTH E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II. I will make my comments on the "softer output". I fitted both cameras with M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8, recorded video at 1080 30p (since E-M1 is fixed to this), exposure was manual and standardized and focusing was painfully ensured to be dead on accurate. Both tests were done hand-held, with 5-Axis Image Stabilization on. I then cropped the video frame images and did side by side comparison.