When dear friends and ex-colleagues, Fei Seong and Lih Shiong asked if I were willing to do some outdoor portrait shooting for their pre-wedding albums, I immediately jumped in and made it happen. This entire weekend was spent at the beautiful locations of Singapore, which I have never done any assignment shoots in before. Fei Seong and Lih Shiong were gracious to have me around and we had plenty of fun roaming around Singapore.
Considering I was quite inexperienced with wedding shoots (especially so for pre-wedding), I insisted that the couple get an actual professional photographer to do the official photographs, which they have done so. That took a huge load off my shoulders knowing that they already have their primary set of photographs taken, and whatever I am delivering will not be in the "make it or break it" situation, Nevertheless, I took this opportunity to learn and push myself further. I cannot use the "beginner's card", at some point I do have to get my feet wet and dive in altogether. Only by exposing myself to something I rarely do, I can improve.
LIST OF GEAR
Primary Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Secondary Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Third Back-up camera: Olympus PEN E-PL5 (always, always have a back-up)
Primary Lenses: M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8, 25mm F1.8 and 9-18mm F4-5.6
Secondary Lenses: Panasonic 14mm F2.5 and Olympus 9mm F8 Fisheye Bodycap lens
Olympus FL-50R Flash, used off-camera, fired wirelessly when needed
Olympus FL-36R as a back-up flash (in case FL-50R fails)
Flash Softbox: Gamilight Square 43 (portable, and light, fold-able to flat form)
Tripods, small, light, and cheap, two units, one for the flash + softbox combination, and one for the camera when needed.
Bags for camera and lenses: Think Tank Urban Disguise
The priority was lightweight, and we walked the entire day from location to location, in combination with commuting via public transports. I have the Think Thank Urban Disguise bad to fit all cameras and lenses, while another long carry bag for the softbox (folded, flat, easy to store and carry) and two tripods. The tripods may be the super cheap, unsteady, unreliable ones, but boy were they small and light, and they did their jobs well.
Here in this blog entry, in less than 24 hours from the time of shoot, I am showing quick preliminary edits of selected photographs.
Edit: I may add a few more photographs, when I find time to process more!
I first met Fei Seong and Lih Shiong on the first day I started my engineering job when I moved back to Malaysia from Perth, Australia in 2008. Lih Shiong was seated in front of me, and Fei Seong was at my right. They were both extremely helpful to me during my early years, always patiently teaching and guiding me. I was fortunate to have supportive and helpful colleagues, and I am thrilled to find out that they were going to get married real soon! I think they were also amongst the first few to witness my early development in photography, before this blog became the "Olympus Gear Review Blog".
I am thankful for this opportunity to shoot at Singapore! Singapore, is such a beautiful place, and I even had a chance to watch the Wonder Full, a light and water show at Marina Bay Sands, which was really spectacular to say the least. I immediately fell in love with the friendly people, the rich culture (the buildings at China Town, Singapore are so well maintained, unlike Petaling Street in KL) and how clean the city is! I should have extended my stay so that I can roam around and do some street shooting, alas time did not permit. I have also quite a handful of friends residing in Singapore now, which I have been dying to meet and catch up. I think I must make time and find one weekend, just to get away from hectic Kuala Lumpur. Shutter Therapy in Singapore, I like the sound of that!
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