Shutter Therapy: Making Time

Work schedule is NOT looking good for the coming month. I dare not even think of what stretches beyond that.

I had to cancel a family pre-arranged gathering (last Friday). Everyone was practically waiting for my return since I had skipped Chinese New Year and I have promised to come home to Kuching in March for the Chinese Ching Ming event. I don't think mum was particularly happy when I told her my annual leave was frozen and I was held back to work. Seriously, what work can be more important than family? I have even sacrificed my Chinese New Year holidays earlier this year so that I should be able to take a few days off for this once a year occasion. Nonetheless, whatever that has happened, happened and things do not look encouraging at all walking down this road. 

This weekend, I finally found a little time, precious time to grab the camera and walk on the streets again. I spent the morning with some familiar street shooting partners in crime at Pudu Market. It was unusually bright and hot this morning. Did I have enough of a shutter therapy session to scratch the itch I have had for a while now? I do not think so. That will have to do for now. 

All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8, 25mm F1.8 and 75mm F1.8

So Young

Narrrow Walkway


Pen Holder


Carrying Green

Awaiting Instructions

A foreign Worker

Limited Space

Times Square and KL tower

KLCC Twin Towers

Flat White from the Antipodean Cafe

After everything that has been done and happened recently, strangely, that cup of flat white soothed them all away. Am I addicted to coffee, and for the wrong reasons? I am not sure. But sure there is something about good coffee that gets me going. Does coffee have the same effect to anyone else? Should I be worried? Not that I am drinking a whole lot, since coffee here in Malaysia is ridiculously overpriced. 


  1. "Sea Foods and Medical Trading" ??? hmmm... At first I thought it said "medical training" which would have been even more odd.

    1. That is a traditional Chinese Medicinal Herbs shop. Quite a common thing in Malaysia.

  2. Great photos as always.
    Hopefully you will find more time for S-Therapy.

  3. Hello Robin,
    The images are impressive. The details, the dynamic range etc. While I am using a full frame camera (canon 6d), I can say that the little Olympus em5 mk2 has nothing to envy to the full frame boys. Cheers. What combination would you recommend for landscape photography?

    1. Thanks for the kind words Johan. For landscape, the M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro. Coming VERY soon.

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    1. I dont think this blog entry shows any capabilities of the new camera. After all, the images were simple shots, nothing out of the ordinary. But I do think the E-M5 Mark II is awesome!

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  5. Hi Robin,

    Great shots! Impressive as usual, you're back at your best. :)
    Quick question: what settings are you usign for your B&W?
    Do you alway apply it in PP or sometimes in camera too?
    I'm playing with Art Filters and I'm loving Grainy Film, I'm still struggling to find the right settings in there though. Any suggestion?


    1. Hey Davide,
      Thanks for the kind words! About my black and white processing, you can find info here:

    2. Hi Robin, thanks!
      I'm one of the soon to be orphans of I guess I'll either finally start using Olympus Viewer or...let's see. The nice thing about Aperture is that it is completely integrated in the Apple cloud ecosystem, which I extensively use with Friends. On camera Grainy Film is a very nice filter though. :) Cheers

  6. Hi Robin, Can you recommend me a good lens for street photography among M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8, 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8 and 75mm F1.8 lenses?

    1. All of them are great lenses. It depends on what your own preferred focal length and your own shooting style. If you are unsure, go with the general zoom lens (kit lens would do) and shoot for a few sessions. Analyze the frequency of which focal lengths you use most often. If you shoot wide most of the time then go for 17mm. If you zoom in all the way and still need more zoom, then 45mm and 75mm should be considered. Generally, most photographers would recommend you to own at least a 50mm (for Olympus, 25mm since it is 2x equivalent), for general shooting purposes.

  7. These are awesome pics. I really like the one titled legs. Its a special kind of random.

  8. Superb snaps with clarity rich ............I really love your blog Top wedding photographers

  9. Coffee addition? I doubt it's a real addiction - there's nothing wrong with occasionally treating yourself and enjoying life in those few sparse moment you have for yourself. In fact you deserve it.
    Sorry to hear that work is currently consuming you. Not good. Working hard is OK, but not all the time. And overwork should be something rare - not the norm (because before you now it, it becomes the norm... I could insert one of my nasty management jokes here).

    Make sure you get rest and time off... you EARNED it. And keep shooting, it's a true pleasure to behold (said he selfishly) :-)