It is nearing the end of the year, about time for "the best of" series of my photographs, and writing a blog to sum up the year 2012 that has been. However, as I was looking through my collection of photographs taken at Kuala Lumpur streets, I started to have a different idea, to do something rather differently. I compiled 80 of my personal favourite photographs and created a photo-slideshow, titled "Beautiful Strangers".
And.. here it is. Enjoy !! For optimum impact, do watch in full HD !!
by Robin Wong
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Some of the highlights of 2012 for myself in my photography and blogging journey:
1) My blog hit its first millionth page visits in January, and now, nearing the end of 2012, it is close to 4 million views. Certainly this is a huge thing for myself, having accomplished my first million page visits after 7 years of blogging (started in 2005), and now, within a year, the visits increased by almost 3 million more !!
2) I have reviewed more and more Olympus gear this year. Lets make a list:
OM-D E-M5, 75mm F1.8, 60mm F2.8 macro, PEN E-PL5, XZ-2, and 17mm F1.8.
The most unforgettable and awesomest of all would have to be the OM-D E-M5. For this review I had the privillege to work closely alongside Sanjitpaal Singh, a fellow Olympus shooter, whom I admire and look up to a lot, since many years ago.
3) I am getting quite a number of visitors from overseas!! Thanks to you beautiful readers who decided to pop by in this humble city, Kuala Lumpur, and said hi.
Ian and Maggie from Sydney, Australia,
Tom from New Zealand,
Shaun from Brisbane, Australia,
Mithun from India and
4) I have picked up more photography paid assignment/jobs than usual this year. Apart from the ordinary wedding actual day coverage shooting, I have been involved with the following assignment, some very unsusual, and were the first for me:
5) I went to BERSIH 3.0 rally at Dataran Merdeka, with a specific purpose, to document the event with my camera. I have more than 100 photos published online, you can read my experience here. I lived through police bully and tear gas to tell the story !!
It was an eye-opener being at the rally, with hundreds of thousands of Malaysians of all races, age groups, setting aside our differences with a hope for a better tomorrow.
6) I bought a new camera system, the Sony A350 together with 18-70mm kit lens and 50mm F1.8 lens. I also have the original battery vertical grip and a third party TTL compatible flash. I then added the 35mm F1.8 to the collection, and never thought I would say this, but I think Sony kicks ass.
7) I have gone through quite a bit of experimentation for my street photography approach this year. For a duration of more than a month I tried using flash and a little bit of zone-focusing in my street shooting. Examples here, and here.. I do not find that working for me, but I shall keep an open mind.
8) My images were published in a local photography magazine, featured on four, full pages !!
9) Met some seriously wonderful people through my walk in photography this year, which have become amazing friends over a short duration of time. I don't have to mention names, if you are reading this, and if you are one of the few friends I am referring to, you should know. I treasure friendship more than anything else. Thanks for being there for me when I needed you, thanks for all the time spent together, and of course, shooting on the streets together. You guys make my life in KL so much more worthwhile and meaningful.
What a colorful, and happening year it has been for my photography part of life !!
I have all you beautiful readers, who have visited and followed my blog, through some of my selfish ramblings to spamming of incredible amounts of photographs, to thank for. What would this blog be without you guys? I was once told by a very respectable and famous blogger, that he admired my blogging intentions, because I blogged neither for fame, nor to please an audience. I am not sure whether that still holds true for now (there are so many different sides to this arguments, lets not go there) but I sure have enjoyed myself sharing my passion and love for photography with you all through this humble platform of mine. I have grown, step by step over the years, and yes, we only get better in time. Growth has to come naturally, it cannot be forced. I have you all to keep me in perspective with the genuine and honest comments, and some very personal and heart-warming emails I have received.
Thank you all, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart !!
I sincerely hope that 2012 has been kind to all of you. And here is me, wishing everyone the best, and lets all hope the world does not end on 21/12/2012 and we shall have an even more amazing year in 2013.