Thursday, April 26, 2012

Silent

A lot of things have happened lately, that even started to have me questioning many things in life, which I have never thought would need questioning. In the midst of all the chaos and confusion, sometimes I believe it was already too late: damages have been done, some were serious, and the consequences have become irreversible. Realizing some wounds are there for a reason, and things could not have happened otherwise, the only step to take is forward. Time to move on. And not look back. Faith is such a fragile thing. 

All images were taken with Olympus PEN E-PL1 and kit lens 14-42mm







Looking up towards the towers, I felt dwarfed, each and every time. I then started to realize how small I am. How frail, and how insignificant a human can be. I am human. 

In times like these, I take the camera out, and spend time snapping away into the night, letting my thoughts drift as the long exposure in the camera did its job. In times like these, I truly feel like I was one with the camera. Nothing to come in between, nothing to disrupt my train of thoughts. Just me and my camera, and the lonely night in this strange land called Kuala Lumpur. 



40 comments:

  1. Whatever happened, I know it won't console you and you have other worries, but I have to say it anyway: image #1 is outright excellent. All the best from Austria!

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  2. I agree Andreas number one is out there. It's a fantastic picture.

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    1. Why has my comment been removed? there was nothing malicious in the post.

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  4. Sorry to hear about your troubles, but challenging times always lead to greater understanding and growth as long as you don't let it beat you down. I'm sure you will keep moving forward positively.

    That first shot almost looks like an IR shot. I like all three. I used to shoot many long exposures with the E-PL1. It was a great camera for that type of shooting. Looking forward to doing some with the E-M5.

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    1. Thanks for the encouraging words Wataru. It helped.
      The first shot looked like IR shot because of the strong beam shooting to the clouds in the sky. Yes, I am sure you are very excited about your E-M5 !!

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  5. Go out and do more Shuttle Therapy Session, forget about what ever that had happened.

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  7. Good luck with moving forward Robin. Remember to take plenty of time for yourself, you are the only one who can do that! You have had a lot of demands on your time lately (mine included), a step back is always good.

    I agree with the other comments on the first tower image: the most powerful photo I've seen for some time. Well done.

    Thank you for the time you put into this blog, and the thought that comes through in your images.

    Cheers,
    Tom

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    1. Thanks Tom for the encouraging words !!

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  8. Hi Robin,

    Life experiences are the continuous firmware/software upgrade we get. Though it may not make us become perfect it helps us discover who we are and discover our tru potential. One particular improvement is taking spectacular pictures like in your entry today. Take care mate. Praying for you.

    Eric V
    Edmonton Alberta

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    1. Thanks Eric !! I am doing much better now. No worries.

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  9. Shutter therapy always helps :-)

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  10. "The world is a thing of utter inordinate complexity and richness and strangeness that is absolutely awesome. I mean the idea that such complexity can arise not only out of such simplicity, but probably absolutely out of nothing, is the most fabulous extraordinary idea. And once you get some kind of inkling of how that might have happened, it's just wonderful. And … the opportunity to spend 70 or 80 years of your life in such a universe is time well spent as far as I am concerned." D.Adams

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    1. Thanks for sharing the quote Vladimir. Makes perfect sense.

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  11. oh my the first shot is gorgeous! welldone

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  12. My old man told me, a long time ago, "take care of yourself, 'cause no one else will..."

    Get better, we need your vision! ;-)

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  13. Oh! Forgot to say: the images are stunning! Could easily be mistaken for CG renderings of some futuristic scene, with realism added. Congrats.

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    1. Thanks Bert !! Some of my friends thought that was a fake image !!

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  14. Hey, Robin... This is my first time browsing your blog. I love it. I love your work! It is because of you I am waiting impatiently for my OM-D! It will be my first 'high-end' camera system. I have been shooting with a G-10 from Canon for almost 4 years. I sold it so I could purchase the OM-D. I love all of these photos! And the first one is my favorite. I know it takes talent to do this kind of work, but would you have been able to capture these same shots with the OM-D instead of the E-PL1? I look forward to your answer, and like all the rest of the folks who have written remarks, I think it comes over in your blog that you're a very kind person, and that is why I and everyone else hopes you find a solution to anything that is bringing you down. People do care about you even though they don't personally know you! Keep up the awesome work! Take care... Rick Mendenhall.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words.
      Of course I can capture this with OM-D !! There was no trick or magic, just set up the tripod and shoot from bottom up on long exposure mode !!
      Thanks for the advice and encouraging remarks. Sometimes, life gets us down, but we just have to get back up and fight it through.

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    2. Sweet! Thanks! Now if only Amazon would ship it! I can't wait to experiment with a camera that has a lot of potential. I hope you are doing better... Take care!

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  15. Something I tell my kids whenever something good or bad happens is "This too shall pass". I tell them this to remind them to be grateful for the good times and to be strong in the bad times. I'm not sure if this applies in your situation but whatever your troubles I wish you the best. Good luck.

    Oh, and allow me to join the chorus above and say how much I like these images. The first one is surreal.

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    1. Thanks Cedric for the words of advice, and the kind compliments on the photo. Really appreciate it.

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  16. I vote for all three.... can't choose ;-)

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    1. Thanks Rick !! I would vote for the first tho !

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  17. Really nice stuff Robin. Your review of the OM-D certainly helped me make the decision to buy one....and sell off my D700 and lenses. I wanted to go smaller anyway but I had to have good quality. The OM-D works :-)

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    1. Wow that was a bold decision to let go of the D700. And I am glad you found your way to E-M5. I am sure you will love it.

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  19. Robin, terrific images. Thanks. I have an Olympus E-PM1 with the VF2. I am able to carry the camera, the Oly 9-18mm, the Oly 40-150mm, the Pany 20mm and the EVF in three of my pockets of my shorts. Any thoughts on whether the extra weight/size of the M5 would make this impracticable?

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    1. Not at all, E-M5 is still very small. It has built in EVF, and with that it is no bigger than E-P3. That itself is still rather pocketable.

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  20. Hi Robin, terrific pics. Do you shoot Manual or A?

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    1. Hello Matt,
      I use all sorts of settings for different shooting conditions. For this particular shooting session, I used A.

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