It has been a hectic day at work, having sudden change of plans of me being relocated to another construction site for supervision duties. Therefore extra effort and time were spent on tying up loose ends and finalizing important paperworks before I leave. It has been long and exhaustive, and that was the more reason I looked forward to the shutter therapy session with Luke and Nick at Bukit Bintang. We may be physically tired from work, but just by catching up with each other over dinner, drinks and some light shooting around randomly on the street, I felt a lot better, and had that little extra strength to move on and finish the week off.
All images were taken with Olympus PEN E-PL1 and CCTV Lens 25mm F1.2
Nick Wade and his beloved Nikon FM3A, with the Voightlander 40mm F2 mounted. That funky little manual flash on top of the camera suffered a fatal fate tonight.
With my headphones on
I draw on your chest
The Next Generation
Portrait of a friendly stranger
Portrait of a friendly stranger 2
Arms and Legs
Next Generation camera with gigantic viewing LCD screen
Luke's FE2, My Coffee and Nick's dead flash unit.
Everyone had a long day, and we were not having that much energy to move around. Though the shooting session was short, it was indeed very sweet. I did not have to produce that many photographs, just a few ones that I personally love. I have been experimenting with weirder street shooting techniques, mainly on using flash as well as pulling the shutter speed to induce motion blur. In this session, screw all that, I was being very lazy and adopted a more direct approach in shooting: just walked up to my subjects, smiled at them and snapped their photographs. This was my old self, and I enjoyed being myself again. They may not be street photography in stricter terms, but who cares. I love what I caught on the streets, and that itself is the most important thing in photography: enjoy doing what you do.
Oh I did say previously how much I love the bokeh that this CCTV lens renders, right? I love it so much that I am considering to get another CCTV lens, but with a longer focal length, which suits my usual street shooting style. I find the 25mm to be too wide for my taste, and I usually have fitted in way too much width, which I did not intend to put into my composition.
Aaahhhh, time to start hunting again. Any good recommendations? I am thinking of the C-mount 35mm F1.7. I have heard plenty of good things about that lens. Do share your thoughts !!