2015 with LX3 – At Work

At Work

At Work [2015 Jan 23]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
12.8mm (60mm equiv.), 1/8 sec at f/2.8, ISO 80, RAW
on Flickr

Week 4 of 52

I’m now at the end of the 4th week. 1 photo per week is not a tough task, but slowly I’m facing a struggle in order to produce enough images that could at least allow some of them to made it through the selection at the end of the week. Why? 7 days is plenty for anyone to produce a huge number of photographs, so obviously the reason of taking less photo is because of the photographer himself.

Then I came to a few possible reasons after a quick self reflection:

  • Lack of theme

One thing that I’m concerned of is due to the freedom to photograph “anything” and that “anything” could possible make it to my blog at the end of the week. Shooting without a theme is just like driving a car without having a destination. Yes, you are moving but you’re going randomly. I should revise my plan so that I focus on one single theme for a week.

  • I’m the type that used to shoot events instead of daily life.

I don’t know… but I have this kind of habit that I’ll feast my eyes first before my camera. for example, the food, I’m totally opposite from what other Asians do. They would feed their Instagram first while I started enjoying my meal. Not sure if it is due to the fact that I’ve kept my camera at home for most of the time, hence making a habit that prefer to experience my daily life with my own eyes instead through the lens.

That’s why most of the time my random snapshots are so horrible to the eyes.

  • I lack of the eye of photography as well as creativity.

Photography is an art that you can even create something amazing out of your daily boring stuff. Despite that most of us are tied to our office chair for 9+ hours a day, but that is just a blatant excuse. So what else I could blame for? lack of eye of photography? lack of sense of creativity? If it is true, I better off spend more time on polishing my photographic eyes.

  • I’m just lazy to pull out my camera.

Ah well…


2015 with LX3 – Main Place Mall  

Main Place Mall

Main Place Mall [2015 Jan 14]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
5.1mm (24mm equiv.), 1/1600 sec at f/4.0, ISO 80, RAW
on Flickr

Week 3 of 52

Not the best nor the worst photograph I’ve taken for the week, but I’m trying to give a story for this click as I think I should photoblog about my surrounding happenings and stuffs while improving my photography.

Main Place Mall, a supposedly discarded 10 year old project got revived when another developer took over the heels. They completed the building and manage to brought in some rather famous retail chains such as McDonald’s, Starbucks Coffee, UNIQLO and others. That alone is an impressive feat, which gave them enough reason to bring the price of the residential units to new height despite the age of the initial masterplan.

This photo is taken when I just done with my lunch and on the way to go to the Main Place Mall for some quick after-meal-stroll. It was hot bright sunny afternoon which is unseen for days due to cloudy weather for the past few weeks. It took me quite a while to stand under the hot sun trying to compose the image via the not-so-bright LCD screen. The result turned out better than I expected though I overexposed the first few shots :P.


2015 with LX3 – Chinese Red Eggs  

Chinese Red Eggs

Chinese Red Eggs [2015 Jan 07]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
12.8mm (60mm equiv.), 1/8 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200, RAW
on Flickr

Week 2 of 52

Chinese red eggs symbolizes birth and new start. It is often served to family and friends during birthdays especially a child’s first month and first birthday.

7th January was my birthday and Ivy suggested that we make Chinese red eggs and share it among our work colleagues. Despite that red eggs are also eaten and shared during one’s birthday, but nowadays most of the people choose cakes instead of the traditional red eggs, hence most of them shocked when they receive red eggs from me.

Ivy got off early in the morning to prepare the eggs without waking me up. The noise of the gas stove lighting up woke me and I quickly get off the bed to help her boiling all the 30 eggs.

Many has asked how are we manage to prepare all the 30 eggs in short time, for me, I thought they’re pretty easy to prepare as you just need to boil and dye. With some proper arrangements, you can even cook 50+ eggs in short time frame.

You just need put the eggs in a pot filled with waters and sprinkle some salts in it. Let the water boil with medium heat. While waiting for the water to boil, you can prepare the red dye by diluting it with water. The food dye can be found at any grocery department. When the water boils, remove the eggs and prepare to dye them when you’re confident in handling the hot egg. Well, I used a pair of spoon throughout the dying process. It’s pretty easy right?


2015 with LX3 – Laundry  

LX3 Project - 01

Laundry [2015 Jan 04]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
10.2mm (48mm equiv.), 1/80 sec at f/4.0, ISO 100, RAW
on Flickr

Week 1 of 52

You guys must be curious what it means by LX3 project, but before I get into the details of my little plan, I’ll briefly talk about the history of my camera and photography journey.

The Panasonic Lumix LX3, nicknamed Lumi-chan, has being my loyal companion since 5 years ago. Review of the camera by dpreview and Danny Choo have influenced my decision to purchase LX3 instead of other competition models. Here’s the unboxing and first impression post when I first got it.

Other than influencing my camera buying decision, Danny Choo also inspired me to get into the world of photography. I always loved Japan and his beautiful photographs of the daily life in Japan has sparked my inner passion and curiosity towards photography. What comes afterwards is fun yet painfully long learning curve. For instance, once I tried mimic others photography style but soon found out the hard way that I will never come close to what others will because everyone has their own photography style.

Sooner and later I began to settle down in my comfort zone, I deem my photographs are better than average and I feel good about it. Even worst is I thought my skills are limited by the technology limitation of the camera. That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done and I never realise it until few months ago when I found a whole list of amazing photographs taken with LX3 on flickr. Why the quality of my photographs has stopped growing. Is it because Lumi-chan being old?

No! It’s because of me, the person behind that camera has stopped learning because he’s too comfy in his comfort zone. What hits me the most is during Comic Fiesta 2014, when I borrowed my friend’s Canon 60D + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens + 50mm f/1.8 prime, hoping to get better images out of a better camera. Turned out 90% of the photographs I’ve taken are all rubbish due to human error.

So just as what I vowed in my 2015 new year’s resolution, I want to go back to the basics, look at what I’ve missed throughout the years and improve my photography skills.

Rules:

  1. To post a photo under the “lx3-project” tag every Sunday night
  2. If deadline is missed due to certain reasons, the photo must be uploaded in Monday night
  3. The posted photo must be taken within the week itself (Week starts on Monday, ends on Sunday)

Wallpaper Wednesday series will still continue as the purpose is to showcase my previous taken photos that has the potential to be made into wallpapers.

That’s pretty much how I’m going to do this, let the year of LX3 begins.


Comic Fiesta 2014

Comic Fiesta 2014 - 01

The 12th installment of Malaysia’s largest ACG event – Comic Fiesta is back to town. Brought to you by a group of volunteers vowing to bring ACG convention experience to the Malaysian audience. Unlike any other conventions which I usually stay throughout the WHOLE event. This year however, I never get the chance to attend both full days as I have to attend my colleague’s wedding lunch during the first day. Therefore all of the cosplayer photographs here are taken on the second day of the convention.

While the event coverage photos are taken with my LX3, the cosplayer photos are all taken with my friend’s Canon 60D + 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 + 50mm 1:1.8. Oh yeah, he upgraded to Canon 6D, the wonders of full frame, that’s why I get to use his old camera.

The album can also be found at my Facebook. Hope you enjoy the photos.

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Happy New Year 2015

あけおメェ~~~ by かもめ遊羽C87三日ヘ-16a

あけおメェ~~~ by かもめ遊羽C87三日ヘ-16a

あけおメェ~~~ by かもめ遊羽C87三日ヘ-16a

Happy New Year!

Hope you guys are having a great time with your loved ones be it a living being or non-living being.

Before I get into the topic of new year resolution, I’d like to have a brief review about my 2014’s resolution which I posted in last year’s Chinese New Year post.

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