Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Personal Favourite Photographs Taken In 2016

As the year 2016 is coming to an end, it is time for me to look back the entire year worth of photographs I have taken.

Here are a few facts: the year 2016 is the year I have taken the least number of photographs in comparison to each year I have started photography in a more serious-hobbyist level since 2008. This was largely due to my work with Olympus which required me to work on weekends (consumer workshops, walkabout events, touch and try for new products, etc). Consequently, the year 2016 has the least number of posts, having only 70 blog entries in total, in stark contrast of 220 blog entries in 2012. While the number of photographs taken and blog updates have dropped significantly, I have ensured that whenever I was out there shooting (for myself, excluding the product reviews) I would do my best and put in extra effort to get the shot that I really wanted. Shutter therapy may not have happened as often as I liked, but I still managed to find time to shoot for pleasure from time to time.

I think as a hobbyist, and even if you are a professional photographer, you do need to find time to just shoot for the fun of shooting, and not stress out on any specific goals or "project" objectives. I acknowledge that many photography websites and photographer "gurus" would recommend sticking to a vision, having a running theme to adhere to and stick strictly to the rules of how to shoot for a series of photographs (typically with an end goal of publishing book/gallery/exhibition in mind), I beg to differ in opinion. I find there is nothing wrong to just wield the camera and just point it at the things that drew your attention, and shoot the things that you like to shoot. These images may not need to mean anything to anyone, they should mean something to you. If this is true, and you continue to stay true to yourself, after shooting for a while you will realize that you have inserted your own personality, characteristics and identity in your photography. Your images tell stories about yourself. Is it not better to shoot something that you actually love shooting and enjoy yourself thoroughly throughout the whole process, instead of pressuring yourself, stressing out on your final delivery of a "project"?

No I do not have a photography project specifically and I do not intend to start one. I may not have cohesive story-telling when it comes to my street photography, which by itself is a far deviation from the conventional approach. Does this mean I will never achieve the "high level" of photography required for standard gallery exhibitions, or does this disqualify myself from being regarded as a serious photographer? At the end of the day, as long as I come home, happy with my own set of images, I believe that is what truly matters.

Yellow Shirt


Yellow Vs Blue

Red Boxes

The Fallen Head

On The Nose

Wet Market Worker

Ciggy Break

Mr Bean

Laluan Sehala

Red vs Blue

The Red Door

Dinner vs Pet

Renovation Worker

Fly

Kiss

Peek 

Newspaper

Bridge

Cheap Hair Saloon

Coffee vs Deadpool

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Stretch

My hometown, Kuching

Looking at these images, was there anything out of the ordinary, or specifically outstanding? I would not think that there was anything that anyone of you with any camera, cannot do. These are common, easy to shoot images, that do not require high level photography technical execution, or capabilities of high grade cameras and lenses. However, I am proud of these images because they were captured by me, my own vision and they tell stories about myself and where I was from. 

I guess that is the main message, I have been trying to emphasize here again and again: just pick up the camera, go out, shoot and have fun! Be yourself, shoot for yourself and enjoy the entire shooting process. That is shutter therapy at it's purest form. 

Here is me wishing all of you to have more and greater photography opportunities for the coming 2017!

17 comments :

  1. It was a pleasure to view so many interesting and very good images. Thanks and Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Anders! Happy New Year to you too!

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  2. Great images and happy new year to you. I will continue following your work and comments. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for following my blog here ULYSSE! Appreciate that. And Happy New Year to you too!

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  3. Robin,
    Thank you for your inspiring work. Love looking at your photos and reading your reviews of Olympus equipment.
    Have a wonderful new year.
    Gordon Lonsdale
    Highland, UT

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    1. Thanks for the compliments and Happy New Year to you, Gordon!

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  4. Bravo pour votre travail qui est regardé jusqu'en FRANCE. Bonne année a vous.
    Sincèrement.
    Didier ROUSSEL

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  5. A happy and healthy 2017 to you Robin. Nice choice. Newspaper, Cheap Hair Saloon, Mr Bean...
    But no monochromes or macro? I always like them a lot.
    I kept returning to the Cape Town portraits. And some of the images you posted on October 15, like Bright Pink. Really love those colors.

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  6. It was a great day when I discover your blog months ago ! Each day I check if you publish something new because I appreciate your philosophy, pictures, comments, tests,... Thanks to you, I discover Malaysia, street photography and you often help me with your personal products reviews to take a decision when I hesitate buying one of another camera or lens. You make me feel happy as hobbyist who just want take fun shooting without stress and absolute respect of rules which prevent spontaneity and sometimes creativity. Professional photographers, technical websites/issues and gurus often forgot the human part of shutter therapy (the pleasure and emotion of the moment) for a lambda photographer who just wants to immortalize something special for him/her. Many thanks for all this and I wish you Happy New Year from Belgium (sorry for my English but French is my mother tongue)

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  7. A very good 2017 for you Robin!!
    Thanks for the blog's ...

    Keep up the very good work.

    ( I bought the EM-1 MKII :-) )

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  8. I like the selection. Several images contain comedy tensions and timing, make me laugh.

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  9. Great stuff, Robin!

    Enjoyed seeing your favourites from the past year.

    From Scott, formerly of Malaysia, now of New Zealand.

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  10. Hi Robin,
    Thanks for the informative blog posts and all of the beautiful pictures that you have shared with us throughout the year. Your many tips have definitely helped to improve my photography, keep them coming.

    My favorite shot is "Dinner vs Pet" and I asked my wife to serve me a chicken dish tonight in your honor. :)

    Wishing you a Happy New Year!
    Best regards, Robert

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  11. Thank you for sharing to us your passion for photography, your toughs and your excellent pictures as I refer to them as "The Robin Style". I am following your blog for some years with always a renewed interest.
    Happy New 2017 Year!

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  12. You shoot some of the best and some of my favorite street photography. Have been following and reading your blog for years. Always a pleasure.

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