Mid Week Experiment

I have developed quite a distinctive style for my street shooting that it has become a consistent formula which I use frequently. Nonetheless, there is always room for something different, something I have not tried before, and something to explore. In photography there is always something else to try, if we only are able to keep our minds open and not restrict ourselves to just what we think is good and right. There is no right and wrong and creativity should know no bounds. 

Knowing that the Olympus OM-D E-M5 has fast burst frame rate of 9 frames per second, I rarely put this into use! I am a single AF shooter and I rarely find the need to use continuous AF, at least not for the photography that I am doing. Having the 9 frames per second gave me an idea, how about shooting something really fast in motion and make a composite image out of it? This has been done countless times by many photographers everywhere but hey, I thought it would be interesting to give it a try. Of course being new to this I have had numerous failures, and I only had one final shot which I was happy enough to show here. That shot consisted of 6 shots in total (fired about 13 frames, and selected 6). I composed the image in a way that the viewer is allowed to roam around the frame, exploring the cityscape (KLCC Twin Towers at the back) and the many other pigeons lazying around the gigantic concrete drain. 

The trick to the image is getting the frames of all the images to be exactly the same so that when combining the images together it is much easier. I understand that this is a very simple photo manipulation and almost anyone can do it, but hey, I still think the outcome was pretty awesome. Well, you have to cut me some slack, there is always that magical moment when you got something right for the first time. 

Ok ok, moving on lets see something more ordinary, something I do most of the time: my shutter therapy session. Went out with a large group of friends this morning, all eager to attack the streets. We started at Petaling Street and ended up near Masjid Jamek area. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5, Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8 or Panasonic 14mm F2.5


Portrait of a Stranger

Five Foot Way

The Walkway

On a Bridge


Outside a Train Station

In Kuala Lumpur


At a Coffee Shop

Buried in Paper

Morning Workers

Artists at work

Kelvin Ng's spanking new OM-D E-M10 and that super awesome M.Zuiko 25mm F1.8 lens. He said he loves the 25mm lens!


  1. Robin,

    Do you have a flickr account that I can follow?

    1. Nope. I don't have Flickr. This blog is all I have. You can follow me here.

  2. Awesome, as always, Robin. Thanks.

  3. pigeon composite...

    great work love the complexity of the image. What software did you use to combine the images? i don't see you as a Photoshop guy :) i work strictly with LR and NIK....so don't have layer capabilities....not my style...so curious what u use?

    1. Thanks for the kind words. It was done in ACDsee 7 with Powerpack. No layers capabilities, just copy and paste actions.

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  5. Robin do you shoot RAW or JPEG? If the latter, what are you optimal settings in camera? Your colors are always awesome and vivid, but not too much.

    1. To answer your questions, kindly read the following blog entries which I have published very recently:
      About Olympus colors: http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/05/glorious-olympus-colors.html
      About RAW, JPEG and post processing: http://robinwong.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-post-processing-for-blogging-purposes.html

  6. Nice....but seems like this round is mostly captured by the 45mm (than the 25mm). You may find it weird but, the reason I saying this is...I'm still trying to figure out which is more suitable for me to get. I only have kit lens now...and I tried playing it...seems like 45mm more suitable for my style. Although it seems like I find the answer, blog/forum around the net tend to suggest 25mm for a better day-to-day street photography.

  7. Hi Robin.
    Beautiful images as always. The composite photo is awesome and that one is special. Love it. Maybe one day, I will try this out.
    As I love fire and sparks, spark photo is my favourite shot.
    Thank you for sharing and mya you have a great afternoon.
    John Ragai

  8. Hi Robin,

    Can you tell me what strap is on 'Kelvin Ng's spanking new OM-D E-M10' looks good!



  9. Thanks Robin I enjoy your blog
    Is that 75mm an essential piece to your collection? I want it!
    I think I'm gonna get the E-M1 I don't like putting my eye up against the smaller EVF on the E-M10 Do you find it uncomfortable at all?
    I thought the pigeon final product was great although that term Pigeon composite will put me of my chicken nuggets for life.