Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Amber Chia

I remember the moment I just got my Olympus E-520, one of the first few things I shot with it was Amber Chia on a fashion show by Kipling at Mid Valley Center Court. That was in 2008. I used the humble Zuiko Digital 40-150mm F3.5-4.5, shot everything in JPEG at ISO800. She looked stunning on stage. 

They say that what you shoot in the beginning of your photography journey is all rubbish. 

Well, sometimes, we should not listen to everything "they" say. As I looked at the Amber Chia images again, I find myself loving the shots even more now, than years ago when I first shot her. 

All images taken with Olympus DSLR E-520 and ZD 40-150mm F3.5-4.5




10 comments:

  1. Amazing. I have the 510. I just looked at the EXIF of your last pic - ISO 800 and Picasa (which is still my fav manager although I edit in something else if I want a serious edit). But ISO 800 and no noticeable grain! All my ISO 800 on the 510 and 620 are usually quite grainy.

    That 40-150 was my fav lens for a long time and I shot it max aperture. One of the lenses (kit lens) that made the Digital Zuiko name for me. If I get unsharpness it's shutter speed too slow, not giving the sluggish AF time to settle, hand shake because too excited. When you nurse the lens, it's sharp ENOUGH. And the background does blur slightly giving context to the shot (www.kipling.com) instead of being completely blur.

    BTW my Malaysian in-laws gave my wife a Kipling bag with that gorilla mascot and I could not figure the significance until I saw this photo of yours tonight.

    I promised myself to take my 510 for a spin tomorrow - taking it to work. It's been sitting quietly being neglected due to the supposedly higher DR of new cam.

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    1. hey Ananda,
      Just to add a final detail that I left out, I did use Noise Ninja to reduce the noise. However the original image was well exposed, hence not much noise reduction was needed.
      Yes, do shoot with your E-510 !! It deserves some attention too.

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  2. Did you end up marrying her Robin. That's what happened to me!

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  3. Gorgeous images of gorgeous ladies. The second image is truly spectacular in my eyes. Exposure, lighting and composition is perfect, focus spot-on, lovely colors. I like the last one too, also for the (admittedly, highly subjective) additional benefit of yet another very pretty lady in the background. Lucky you! But, all kidding aside, this is great work, Robin!

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    1. hey andre,
      It was a fashion show, hence there was not much I can play with composition, considering my standing position was fixed. Nonetheless, a tele lens surely helped in compressing the background ! Thanks for the kind words.

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  4. I like the second image too. Caught her in a perfect smile. Beautiful images of a drop dead gorgeous lady. Heavenly. :)

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    1. Thanks Calex, that was my favourite shot too !!

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  5. E-520 + 40-150 was my combo for nature photography on several occasions. The 40-150 IMO is very underestimated lens. It is even capable of a decent close-up.

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    1. Hello Ihar,
      Glad to see that you also use the 40-150mm lens, together with E-520. Such a great combo !

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