Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kuching Food Galore

I know I have been blogging about Kuching food quite frequently since I have been returning home more often these days. However, I find myself loving the food shots I have taken each and every time I was home. There was just something about Kuching food that you cannot find elsewhere. And they are super photogenic too.

All images were shot on Olympus PEN E-P5 and M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens

Sarawak Laksa
Chong Choon Cafe, Padungan. 

Kolo Mee
Kim Joo Cafe, Ewe Hai Street

Kolo Mee (red version)
KY Cafe, Sekama

Belacan Bee Hoon
Song Kheng Hai Food Market, Padungan

There were a lot more food that I feasted on when I was home recently but most of the time I was too hungry I ate the food upon serving. I find myself going back to these same places to get my Sarawakian food fix. I personally think the Laksa and Kolo Mee at the above recommended places are super awesome and among the best around in the city. 

If you have not been to Kuching you should deifnitely make a short trip just to try all the above recommended dishes. Do not assume that you know what Sarawak Laksa and Kolo Mee are by simply sampling fake, bastardized versions found at other places outside of Sarawak. 

Oh and that Olympus 25mm, the perfect lens for casual food snaps!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

When I Am Not Shooting Portraits of Humans, I Shoot Portraits of Food

Featuring Six Feet Under, not listed in the regular menu and available upon request from myBurgerLab. Shot on Olympus 45mm F1.8 lens. Not only it does wonders on people shots, but it creates surprisingly handsome burger close up portraits as well. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

OBSCURA Photography Masterlass Alumni Interview: Alvin Lau

OBSCURA is the largest photography festival in South East Asia and they run photography Masterclass by experienced industry experts. I personally know the organizing team of Obscura and also some of my photographer friends have participated in their Masterclass before. This allows me to interview these photographers and I shall be featuring them in this and following few articles, sharing their experience being in Obscura Masterclass. To find out more about Obscura Festival of Photography, kindly go to their official site here. 

Monday, July 09, 2018

Shooting Portraits Of A Friend

I am not sure if I make any sense in saying that it is more difficult for me to shoot photographs of people that I personally know in real life, versus strangers. Shooting random strangers on the street has always been a touch and go affair. I found someone fascinating, either with interesting facial features (facial hair, nice smile, soulful eyes, etc) or unusual character (choice of clothing, doing something cool) and I would approach them and triggered the shutter button merrily, without much thought. We may exchange short conversations and the encounter ended just there. However, when it comes to shooting friends, family or anyone that I know, I think I have the fear of "what if they do not like how they look on my photographs?".

Nevertheless, that did not stop me from taking the risk, and still point the lens on my friends anyway, with only willing participants of course.

Recently my dear friend Georgette Tan visited KL after her work trip to Berlin, and I attended her poetry recital at June Readings @ Seksan event. She looked super stunning in a white floral printed dress and I just had to take portraits of her. I brought her out to the yard and positioned her against short trees and shrubs in the background. The natural ambient side light from an overcast day did wonders in creating a flattering look on Georgette!

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko lenses 12-40mm F2.8 PRO or 45mm F1.8