I like to begin my shooting session early. I normally do not spend more than 2 hours on the street doing my shutter therapy, and by then, I have spent most of the morning, but still have the rest of the afternoon and evening free, which I can do a lot of things with !! Plenty of time to have lunch with friends, catch that latest movie, or do some shopping (retail therapy is very good too).
This morning, we (a bunch of crazy street warriors, waking up early even after staying up all night waiting for that Olympic Games Grand Opening) attacked Chow Kit, my favourite street hunting ground. I do have a lot of things I want to share and discuss in my blog, but I figured I should keep my mouth shut until I have sorted out my own thoughts at the moment, which have become really messy. Lets just focus on the images instead, that way, things are more straightforward and less complicated.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Lenses 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 and 50mm F2 macro
I like shooting close up portraits, mainly head and shoulder shots. What makes this kind of portrait works, is the connection you are able to establish with your subject. How the subject looks at you, the facial expression of acknowledging your presence and the mild, friendly manner of this man added the connection.
One of the things I look for when shooting street, is definitely urban decay. Stuff that has become torn or worn out. They usually live to tell stories.
If you asked me is there anything special about this image, I can honestly say there really was nothing. It was just a lady carrying an umbrella, and her walking along the five foot way, with the light coming from the side (look at the shadow) caught my attention. That was enough reason for me to shoot her.
I wanted to move to the front of this man and shoot him front on, but that would have produced very ordinary shot. Therefore, having part of his body hidden behind the canvas added that mystery and question, whats behind the canvas? And in this shot, the eye contact was important.
Pause and Stare
The reason this man on the bicycle stopped was because there was a group of my friends shooting him from every single direction possible. I was standing quite far away aiming him with my 50mm, but for some reasons, in that very brief moment he paused, he looked directly into me.
I wanted to do a panning shot, but it did not turn out as well as I have wanted. Nonetheless, the slight motion blur added some sort of blurriness to the overall image, and the place itself being unevenly lit, with one corner being dark, made the atmosphere of the place seem pretty gritty.
This panning shot was a much more successful attempt than the previous one, though I did not quite get the whole face in focus. Practice Robin, Practice until you get it !
This man was having Chinese tea, reading the paper. Sometimes, environmental portrait can tell a better story, including important supporting elements or secondary subjects to the framing. In this shot, the gate opening to the shop, and the teapot/cups on the table added the sense of place and depth to the image.
What's in the pot?That was the question I was asking myself when I saw this, and I captured that question. And the fascination of the roof truss system.
It was a hot morning.
So cover your face from being burned with whatever you can get hold of. Plastic bag works.
In the morning, market is usually a place full of activities. However during this Ramadan month when the Muslims fast, activities have become slower, and less busy than usual.
If only they can really float.
Re-tiling the roof
Not the best image composition, I needed to go higher ground so that I can capture more of the KL Tower in the background. If only I have a bicycle like the previous image but in real life size and can truly float.
I am not sure but those two separate towers being so close to each other does not seem right at all. Oh have I told you how much I love the Zuiko 11-22mm F2.8-3.5 lens? I seriously can't live without this lens now.
If you have not noticed, I have decided not to include my watermark in my images, since a while ago. I figured there was no point "branding" those images, because I am still in the process of searching my own identity, and developing my own style which is a never-ending journey anyway. Do let me know what you think of me not including my watermark. I do think the images look cleaner, and better presented without them.
My images may appear very random, and does not run in a consistent theme, but my images were real, and they represent parts and pieces of the things I have found out there during my short walk in the shutter therapy session. I think the randomness added the extra excitement, because you do not really know what you will chance upon. Unpredictability is what makes street photography fun. You do not know what you will get until you are out there shooting.