Here are some random facts about me, my photography work and my shooting style. I thought perhaps I should just list them down, in case some people are wondering about certain things that I do or do not practice. Just for the sake of sharing. Feel free to comment, or add suggestions.
1) I shoot with my right eye (using the optical viewfinder). I usually keep my left eye open to see whats happening around me and my subject.
2) I chimp. Well, not sure if chimping is the right word to use, but I do make sure I review my shots from time to time. I prioritize accurate focusing, and checking the exposure balance. If I can find out my errors on site, and fix it on the spot, why not? You may scoff at photographers who chimp, but I call it insurance.
3) I have not shot film before. Not scared to admit that. And not ashamed too. I am a proud, digital boy.
4) I have a habit of half pressing the shutter button randomly even when I am not shooting. Just to hear the "teet-teet" AF confirmation sound, it does get me going. I am not sure if I have annoyed anyone with this.
5) I only use Adobe Photoshop to add in Watermark and borders to my photographs these days. I post-process my photographs mostly with Picasa or ACDsee 7 (with powerpack). I know, I am weird. But old habits die hard.
All images in this entry were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko 25mm F2.8 pancake lens.
If you know what camera this is, you probably are old enough to be my father, or you have spent too much time reading and researching cameras.
Though I do not shoot film, but I have deep respect for this camera.
Everything comes out nice when the sky is blue.
I honestly had no idea what those red sticks are. Found in a local Chinese Temple. For the record, I was born, and still am a Christian.
Now I wish I brought along my wide angle lens as well.
Who said you can't do bokeh, without that F1.8 lens? This was just fine at F2.8
Burning joss sticks.
Again, rays of light
do think of this camera from time to time.
HIp shot. Have not done much lately. But the results is absolutely fantastic. Purely natural outcome, yet so close to the subject.
My favourite image of the day: Paper Shoes.
6) I just checked the shutter count on my Olympus E-5. It scared the hell out of me. I don't think I want to check the shutter count ever again.
7) There was once, and only once, an incident that occurred about 2 years ago, that I went out of the house to shoot a stage event (fashion show) with my then Olympus E-520. Only arriving to realize the camera was missing the battery, which was left at home. Since then, every single time, I will just open the camera battery door before going out of the house, just to be sure.
8) I have a photography fetish for blue skies. And cats. And abandoned cars.
9) I have been having thoughts of switching to fully micro 4/3 system only. It would be Olympus PEN E-P3 and E-PL3 bodies, Olympus 12mm F2, Panasonic 20mm F1.7, and Olympus 45mm F1.8 to start with. And I started calculating the costs and I gave up the thought.
10) When I am shooting, like seriously shooting, I am very, very quiet. I might not be very responsive when people talk to me.
11) When I am at the bookstore to kill time, at the photography section, the first book I would browse through would be anything to do with photo-journalism. You know, like the real, scary war and cruel stuff. There was this one photograph that a woman was trying to squeeze a baby through the border fence made of barbed wires. That is one impactful, and powerful image.
12) I think I gave up on photography magazines. Not reading any anymore.
13) I don't have a Flickr account. Nor do I see a necessity for it.
14) I love landscape photography. But honestly, I suck in it.
15) I have, never in my life so far, in my sleep, dreamed of me shooting or holding a camera. Photography just never manifested itself in my dreams. I find this rather odd, because photography has become such a huge part of my life, and never happened in my dreams.
There, thats all I could think of now. I shall share more in future entries.