Random Facts

Here are some random facts about me, my photography work and my shooting style. I thought perhaps I should just list them down, in case some people are wondering about certain things that I do or do not practice. Just for the sake of sharing. Feel free to comment, or add suggestions.

1) I shoot with my right eye (using the optical viewfinder). I usually keep my left eye open to see whats happening around me and my subject.

2) I chimp. Well, not sure if chimping is the right word to use, but I do make sure I review my shots from time to time. I prioritize accurate focusing, and checking the exposure balance. If I can find out my errors on site, and fix it on the spot, why not? You may scoff at photographers who chimp, but I call it insurance.

3) I have not shot film before. Not scared to admit that. And not ashamed too. I am a proud, digital boy.

4) I have a habit of half pressing the shutter button randomly even when I am not shooting. Just to hear the "teet-teet" AF confirmation sound, it does get me going. I am not sure if I have annoyed anyone with this.

5) I only use Adobe Photoshop to add in Watermark and borders to my photographs these days. I post-process my photographs mostly with Picasa or ACDsee 7 (with powerpack). I know, I am weird. But old habits die hard.

All images in this entry were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko 25mm F2.8 pancake lens.

If you know what camera this is, you probably are old enough to be my father, or you have spent too much time reading and researching cameras.

Though I do not shoot film, but I have deep respect for this camera.

Everything comes out nice when the sky is blue.

I honestly had no idea what those red sticks are. Found in a local Chinese Temple. For the record, I was born, and still am a Christian.

Indian worker

Now I wish I brought along my wide angle lens as well.

Who said you can't do bokeh, without that F1.8 lens? This was just fine at F2.8

Burning joss sticks.


Offering prayers

Again, rays of light

do think of this camera from time to time.

HIp shot. Have not done much lately. But the results is absolutely fantastic. Purely natural outcome, yet so close to the subject.

My favourite image of the day: Paper Shoes.

6) I just checked the shutter count on my Olympus E-5. It scared the hell out of me. I don't think I want to check the shutter count ever again.

7) There was once, and only once, an incident that occurred about 2 years ago, that I went out of the house to shoot a stage event (fashion show) with my then Olympus E-520. Only arriving to realize the camera was missing the battery, which was left at home. Since then, every single time, I will just open the camera battery door before going out of the house, just to be sure.

8) I have a photography fetish for blue skies. And cats. And abandoned cars.

9) I have been having thoughts of switching to fully micro 4/3 system only. It would be Olympus PEN E-P3 and E-PL3 bodies, Olympus 12mm F2, Panasonic 20mm F1.7, and Olympus 45mm F1.8 to start with. And I started calculating the costs and I gave up the thought.

10) When I am shooting, like seriously shooting, I am very, very quiet. I might not be very responsive when people talk to me.

11) When I am at the bookstore to kill time, at the photography section, the first book I would browse through would be anything to do with photo-journalism. You know, like the real, scary war and cruel stuff. There was this one photograph that a woman was trying to squeeze a baby through the border fence made of barbed wires. That is one impactful, and powerful image.

12) I think I gave up on photography magazines. Not reading any anymore.

13) I don't have a Flickr account. Nor do I see a necessity for it.

14) I love landscape photography. But honestly, I suck in it.

15) I have, never in my life so far, in my sleep, dreamed of me shooting or holding a camera. Photography just never manifested itself in my dreams. I find this rather odd, because photography has become such a huge part of my life, and never happened in my dreams.

There, thats all I could think of now. I shall share more in future entries.


  1. Those red sticks are candles.

    I like blue skies.. and landscape photography too!

  2. Again, I like all the pictures.By reading you pictures, I learn a lot on taking pictures. I wish I have the same skill as you. I guess the Canon is Canon 7? Am I right.


  3. Per previous comment, I guess it is Canonet and not Canon 7. Thanks.


  4. When I load the battery of my E-P1, I lay the camera with the lens upwards. Then I know there is no battery in it. Otherwise I always put my cams with the bottom down, like it should be. I only have one battery.

  5. Dear Robin,

    someone of the photo funs has a Flickr account becouse we dont have our blog or dont have a time for admin that. It is not excuse that is true in my case and, I suppose, many others wich has account on the Flickr. We post our photos on the Flickr and read your exellent blog! That mixture is fine for me at this moment.I dont know for the others! Keep going on.



  6. Hi, Rob! It was an interesting read. Please shore more thoughts like that :)

  7. Hello Chong !!
    Lets go do landscape !!

    Thanks for the kind comment. Your second guess was correct. Canonet it is.

    Hello Frank,
    Good tips !!

  8. Hello Zeljko,
    I fully acknowledge and understand the popularity and importance of Flickr. I think I may have stepped the lines and was not clear when I was talking about Flickr. It was solely referring to me and myself only, when I said it was not a necessity. Of course, there are tonnes of lovely photographs there.

    Hey Bartosz,
    Thanks !!

  9. Yes, I know about the Canon Canonet 19 in the first photo (it was marketed by Bell & Howell in the US). It was peculiar because the shutter advance and rewind were on the bottom plate.

    Which makes me old enough to be your father.

  10. Hi Robin,

    I love the symmetry and composition of your third photograph. I always come back over and over again at your website. It's really very informative and am hoping to see a new olympus gear/camera being reviewed.

    I was actually gonna ask about how much shutter count your E-5 have. Well it might be alot but it has been put to good use each time you go on shutter therapy and share it to the world. So keep them coming!


    Eric V
    from Edmonton Alberta

  11. Hello Bill,
    Indeed peculiar !! The camera can't even stand on the table without flat bottom.

    Hi Eric,
    Thanks for the kind compliments !
    I shall keep the shutter count of the E-5 a secret for now. It shocked even myself, so its very high. Nonetheless, I agree with you, all the shutter clicks are worth taking.

  12. I love the last image.... the girl putting on paper sandals. It is rightly done with vignetting. It is so captivating, i cant stop looking at it. Thanks !
    Happy Dragon year btw.... 4 more days to go.

  13. Thanks Calex !!
    The original lighting was too flat an dull, hence I increased the contrast and added the vignetting to create more depth.

  14. Yeah, the paper shoes is an awesome shot.

    So you're thinking about a D7k sometimes, just like me (and others I guess)? Yes... and then I give a nod to what must be an incredible camera (held one in a store for only a few moments), then take my E-520 and go and take photos.

    Oh, and I *do* have and use a Flickr account, a paid one even. It helps keeping all those megabytes off my own little virtual server which runs my blog (and some from relatives). Once you pay for Flickr, you have unlimited resources - doesn't sound too bad for me.

  15. Thanks Wolfgang for the compliments.

    Indeed, been thinking of nikon D7000 and D700 for a while, but still not good enough reason for me to jump just yet. So far Olympus gear has been serving me very well.

    Flickr is good, no doubt, but I do not need it at the moment.

  16. > "...been thinking of nikon D7000 and D700 for a while..."

    Yep - these two exactly. But rumors are talking about more primes for µ43rds soon, so I wait.

    Btw, I love what you're squeezing out of that 2.8/25mm!

  17. The comment about the battery made me laugh us old timers learned the hard way to make that the rewind crank was moving as this meat that the film was loaded correctly and advancing when you wound the film. Yes we all picked up clear film from processor

  18. I loved the last picture - the girl with paper shoes. That's a classic in the making.

    Great blog!

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  20. Dude! I'm old enough to be your father! :)
    Big hug!

  21. Ananda,
    LOL !!! That sounds wrong !!

  22. Robin:

    Great Street Photos as always. Don't know if I am old enough to be your father, but I OWN a Canonet 19 and enjoy shooting with it once in a while. Silly side hobby, I enjoy ebay-buying old cameras (rarely spend more that US$10), looking up the manual online, taking them apart, cleaning them, using them. The Canonet is sized like a brick, but a real jewel of a camera!

  23. If Ananda's old enough to be your father, I'm old enough to be your grandfather (we're acquainted through other fora)!

    And yes, you look at the bottom plate stuff and wonder how Canon ever survived in the market place. But the later iterations of the Canonet went on to become THE P&S of its era. A GREAT little camera.

    I really like your relaxed, real user approach to equipment reviewing, and your eye for color and composition.

    Keep it all coming!

    Cheers, geoff

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