It has been almost a month I am away from Kuala Lumpur, spending time in my hometown Kuching with beloved mum. She has been discharged from the hospital and now resting at home. She was extremely happy to be home, sitting on her favourite couch, watching TV and of course, having better home cooked food. I shall be accompanying her a little bit more before returning to Kuala Lumpur for work. Spending time with mum is the best thing I can ask for!
Meanwhile, I am not letting the camera collecting dust while I am home in Kuching. This morning, I had quite an impromptu session with a few friends (Allen and Kim Hang) on the street, and boy was it a rewarding session! The gloomy weather did not dampen our spirits and we attacked the streets. It is depressing to know that on my non shutter therapy days, the sky was clear blue!! My focus was capturing more people shots this time, as how I would usually do when I was shooting in KL streets. Kuching streets are very different from KL, the atmosphere here is more relaxed and slow paced. People are always smiling and friendly everywhere and I have no problem approaching the strangers here. An advantage for me, I am able to converse fluently in the local chinese dialect, or speak with the locals with my broken "Bahasa Sarawak". Nonetheless, it turned out to be a fun morning, and I have a small collection of photographs that I am quite happy with.
All images were taken with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II and M.Zuiko lenses 25mm F1.8, 45mm F1.8 and the 9mm F8 Fisheye body cap lens.
A bottle by my side
Portrait of a Stranger
An Old Shop
Cobbler, Cobbler, will you mend my shoes?
Portrait of a Stranger 2
Men in Blue
Spice Spice Spice
Dramatic portrait shot of Allen!
Since I am currently away from my workhorse desktop PC, my post processing workflow is quite different. Instead of working with RAW files, I am using JPEG directly, out of camera. I shot both in RAW and JPEG, in case I needed the RAW files for other purposes in the future. Everything you see in this blog was from JPEG files.
I imported the JPEG files to my Microsoft Surface Pro (the first version), and made a quick shortlisting of shots that I wanted to use for this blog entry. Then I loaded the selected shots (all in JPEG) into Picasa. For quick adjustments, I used Picasa directly to edit: straightening, cropping, brightness and contrast tweaking. For slightly more complicated processing, I loaded the JPEG files into Snapseed (PC Desktop version, which has been discontinued). The Black and White images were processed in Snapseed for desktop.
I understand that my quality of image processing may not be consistent, as I am working from a monitor screen which I rarely use for image processing purposes. I had no tool to adjust the color balance, and my judgment when it comes to overall tonal balance may not be as accurate as usual.
However I did not want to wait till I am back to Kuala Lumpur to start processing the images, I wanted to blog about them as fresh as they can be. It has been just hours since I shot these images! I have mentioned that "A Hot Bowl of Noodle Soup is Best Served While Hot".