Monday, May 27, 2013

Sanity Boost

A beautiful reader emailed me and told me the similarities of his over-demanding working life to mine, sucking away dry of all his time, and he was amazed by how I can still have time to shoot and keep my blog updated.  Well, my response was simple. With my ever increasing working hours and all the late nighters I have pulled out, the only actual free time I have would be Sundays. The shutter therapy session has become a necessity to me. If I do not go out and shoot at least just that much, once a week, I might just lose it. Now, this is the only thing that keeps my sanity in check, and keeps me going. 

Fenced In



Keeping a Distance

Security

Wall Art

Portrait of a Stranger 1

Portrait of a Stranger 2

Hangout Places

How to Kill an Ice

Harsh Sun

Francis Chong from Singapore!


The gang this morning was accompanied by a visitor from Singapore, Francis Chong! We do know each other through Facebook but this was the first time meeting him in person. And it was his first time shooting at Jalan Masjid India too! Glad we have finally met and hope you had a great shutter therapy session with us this morning, Francis! Too bad your stay was a short one but do look us up again when you visit KL, we shall shoot more next time. 

23 comments:

  1. I especially love the first picture as well as "How to Kill an Ice", great compositions and interesting subjects. You should consider offering prints on your site :)

    I do feel the same about shutter therapy sessions, although I have a slightly different approach: instead of going for a longer shooting session once a week, I try to have a short one (usually at most 1 hour) every other day. Yet I completely agree that it helps keeping your sanity, helps to relax and is so rewarding if you manage to get at least one good shot :)

    Thanks for sharing those pictures and I hope you had a good time with Francis Chong!

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    1. Thanks xtj7!
      Those two are also my favourites. I don't think people would want to buy prints of street photos, they surely do not look like something you would want to hang up on your living room.

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    2. With street photos it'd certainly be more difficult because it doesn't appeal to everyone.
      However, I would be willing to hang some photos, if they give off the right vibe :)

      I'm sure there are a lot more like me. You might be surprised if you do end up offering signed prints on your site.

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  2. Hi Robin,
    seems like your shutter therapy has turned into shutter sanity :).
    I believe you're like many athlete who needs to pratice and exercise their passion, otherwise they feel deprived of their essence. Some people would call it addiction, while I believe your karma has surely bound your DNA to the photo world.
    Great shots as always.

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    1. hello Son Nguyen,
      Indeed it has turned into shutter sanity! This is probably the most humorous and at the same time, makes most sense of a comment I have received lately!

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  3. Don't lose your sanity, Robin, or you'll end up becoming a politician, and we can't have that. In fact we have already too many of those :-)
    Judging by these shots (the ice and the painting on the wall) you're however far from going to cloud-cuckoo-land.

    Hey, why not have a small gallery here on your site with favorites (readers favorites, or yours) and sell them? Just a thought for some additional income.

    Keep up the good work my friend, and don't let the work grind you down!

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Andre!
      The suggestion to sell photos is a good one, but I don't see my photos as something gallery worthy, or something that people would want to put on their walls!

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  4. Hey Robin, love the Wall Art shot. I see so many tourists snap art on buildings etc, but there is such a lack of coherence when shooting the art alone. To me, just a pic of someone else's stuff. Big deal. YOur shot of the man walking in front of the art is a nice catch.

    Corporate world - oh I knew it well. There were many days where there was only working, eating, sleeping.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Libby!
      Sometimes I do wonder how life as a full time photographer would be like... I can only imagine now.

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  5. Consider not allowing anonymous posts?? Ha LOL.... anyway, read your Blog at least 3-4 times a week...I enjoy.

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    1. Looking at the amount of spams, I will make that happen

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  6. Donald W Leitzel5/28/2013 03:26:00 AM

    Robin

    I check your blog everyday, and I agree with Dwight Parker that you consider not allowing anonymous posts they add nothing to your otherwise excellent blog. I enjoy your views on shutter therapy. I believe every photographer has his or her outlet. If readers cannot use their names they don't really have anything useful to say.

    Don

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  7. Hang in there, Robin. I know how difficult and time demanding an engineering career can be. I also know that there are periods of being too busy and there are periods of running at a comfortable pace. It is very important to have some "me time" to survive long term, and you now realize that your Shutter Therapy fits that need very nicely.

    Hey, I really, really like that Portrait of a Stranger 1 photo! The lines in that roll-up door make your stranger look like a super-hero.

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    1. Hello Gregg,
      Thanks for the words of encouragement. Indeed there were times I had more than enough chances to do my shutter therapy and it became overdosed. These days it is too infrequent for my needs.

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  8. hi robin..like ur shutter therapy session as we must do more praktis n experimentation to know how to use n manipulate d gear..really salute to u as how u manage ur time for ur work life n shooting time..for me just now my easy time for shoot is just when during pasar malam session..and for sure over d night i will upload d pic to my notebook to process it back b4 i upliad to my fb page..as usual ur pic still awesome n really impress me to work hard in this session..
    *hadi bik*

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    1. Thanks Hadi Nik for the kind words. Well there was actually no balance, mostly work work work and left sunday, a little bit of time for shooting. Quite sad actually when I see other friends posting photos from their Saturday outing!!! So jealous!

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  9. Liked all your shots especially your captions which are so appropriate.
    SiewKS

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  10. Robin, KEEPING A DISTANCE is almost surreal: same time, two realities. Pure genious! WALL ART is somewhat similar: screaming colors, hurried shy subject in opposition... Very strong time dissections, to say the least!

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    1. Hello Marathonianbull,
      Thanks for the kind compliments! Keeping a distance was a shot which I waited for quite a bit for it to happen. Worth every bit of wait.

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  11. Dear Robin..
    Your situation is quite exact like mine.between business days and a single Sunday reserved for family time,I do find myself lack of shooting and the passion to shoot is far from when I started this hobby.I should kick myself and hang your writings on my wall to remind me what I've been missing these past years.You are truly a hero for me.

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