Last Sunday I had the privilege to make two new friends, one blog reader from local Malaysia, and one visitor from the USA. Originally we were supposed to be shooting on the streets of Pudu that includes the large open air wet market where I have used for almost all my gear review purposes. Unfortunately, the sky rained like it never rained before for the whole morning, so we decided to just sit down and have some drinks instead.
We also stopped by the camera store at Pudu Plaza, YL Camera and I chanced upon some sample shots taken with the latest Olympus cameras, PEN E-PL5 and Stylus XZ-2. Suddenly, I felt like the urge to explore those sample prints and as I flipped through the calendar styled flipcard, I found my own photographs, there in prints !! I remembered Olympus Malaysia did request a few photographs from my reviews to be used for advertising a while ago. It was such a pleasant surprise to see my own name under the photographs. I know this is not much, but simple things like this can make a very happy Robin, and I think the smile lasted on my face for the rest of the day.
About the same time, Tony from the USA also emailed me, and asked if we could meet up and perhaps have a shutter therapy session together. I thought the timing was great, because I could form a small group of people for this session. Tony has been using the Olympus OM-D and discovered the joy of using smaller and lighter camera system, yet producing amazing photographs. I envy Tony and his wife, they are spending 18 months travelling all over the world !! I just cannot imagine all kinds of photographs that he is going to have the opportunity to shoot. Suddenly I felt like leaving my world behind and travel too without worrying much about anything else, but reality is never that kind.
I had to leave by noon, because I had a lunch appointment at 2pm. The rain stopped just when I was about to leave. Tai Foong and Tony went on with their shooting. I felt very bad for not being able to shoot with them, but hey, surely there will be future chances. I have a strong feeling this is not the last time Tony is visiting Malaysia. And I know I will be seeing Tai Foong really soon.
Not sure why I tilted the portrait like that, it must have been the after-effects of shooting the protest rally 112 a day earlier.
I did think that having this blog, spending all that crazy amount of time updating and maintaining it, all these become worthwhile when I get to meet people like Tony and Tai Foong. It was as if what I was doing was important and did matter for some people, and all my effort did count for something.
To Tony, thanks for looking me up when you were here in KL, I hope you enjoyed the dim sum we had, and surely it would be nice to catch up again if you do stop by KL anytime. Tai Foong, lets shoot some streets soon !