2015 with LX3 – Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Moving Forward [2015 Feb 25]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
7.4mm (35mm equiv.), 1/50 sec at f/2.8, ISO 100, RAW
on Flickr

Week 9 of 52

First day of March.

When I first started this project, I never thought that I would last any longer than 4~5 weeks as I’m the type of person who procrastinates. But hey, I made it to March already and it’s the ninth entry to the project.

Thanks to this project, in just 2 months, I have discovered quite a few of my weaknesses. I should document all the discoveries and write a summary during the end of this project.


2015 with LX3 – Chinese New Year 2015  

Happy Chinese New Year 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 2015 [2015 Feb 20]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
10.2mm (48mm equiv.), 1/20 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400, RAW
on Flickr

Week 8 of 52

Hereby I wish everyone a blessed Chinese/Lunar New Year.

What did you do to celebrate? My family had this tradition of having a family reunion at our home town – Sitiawan. So far, none of us missed the reunion and I hope this tradition would be kept until our next generation.

That’s why when I heard that when some of my friends’ family decided to spend Chinese New Year at overseas to avoid meeting relatives or giving Ang Bao (red packets), I seriously doubt of their priorities. Anyhow, that’s how some families spend their Chinese New Year.


2015 with LX3 – Early Morning

Early Morning

Early Morning [2015 Feb 10]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
7.4mm (35mm equiv.), 1/6 sec at f/2.8, ISO 800, RAW
on Flickr

Week 7 of 52

Last week I had been assigned to tag along my superiors to go to UTAR Kampar for a 2 days recruitment drive. Early in the morning I have to get prepared to depart to Kampar. This photograph was taken while I was waiting for my ride to Kampar. I had nothing better to do other than observing all the happenings that I never really paid attention to despite that I’ve lived here for almost 2 years.

I was expecting a lot of activities such as students and salaryman getting off for the day, but surprisingly no. Most of the early risers are the muslims who are heading to the nearby mosque for their morning prayers.

The lighting condition was terrible and I thought I wouldn’t get anything useful out of Lumi-chan. Pushing the ISO to 800 is my acceptable limit, anything beyond that is practically unusable or only usable when converted to black and white.

This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend where he mentioned that the smartphones nowadays are capable of producing amazing images which renders the point-and-shoot useless. I couldn’t agree more but the smartphones lacks something that I adore in photography – the ability to control the outcome via aperture, shutter speed and ISO values. That weakness is why I see the smartphone cameras as a “soul-less” camera.


2015 with LX3 – 35

35

35 [2015 Feb 08]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
7.4mm (35mm equiv.), 1/15 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400, RAW
on Flickr

Week 6 of 52

Finally pulled the trigger on this and got myself a second hand Nikon D700 with Nikkor 35mm F2D as well as Nikkor 85mm F1.8D.

I’ll talk more about this purchase perhaps in a separate post. This week the topic would be 35mm.

Throughout the week I’ve been shooting the LX3 using the 7.4mm focal length, which is equivalent to 35mm focal length on full frame. By limiting the focal length I can use, it allows me to familiarize myself with the characteristics of that particular focal length and focus on how to make good use of it.

The photo is the Nikkor 35mm F2D lens. It was taken right on this afternoon as I was rather unsatisfied with the photos I’ve taken throughout the week. When I looked at the lens on my table, the idea struck me and quickly I pulled out my LX3 and start looking for the right angle so that I could capture the reflections on the lens. Never would I have thought that the internals of the lens too produces some rather interesting bluish and aqua-ish reflection hue.


2015 January  

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Kickstarting 2015’s first monthly photo journal with bull power.

This year could be one of the most challenging year for me. As some of you might noticed that I’ve significantly increased my blog post count throughout the month especially the LX3 project. That’s because of what I pledged in my new year resolutions, to improve my photography skills.

My last year’s resolution was a huge failure as I never had the discipline to follow what I had set to do throughout the year. Hence, most of them are either half-assed or failed. This year I’m giving myself another chance to change my life. Some might say that new year resolutions are just for show, I sincerely pity you if you believe so. You may achieve things without a resolution but without a destination, you can’t push yourself go far enough.

It is the same as the question – “Where do you see yourself in 2 or 5 years from now?” Without a clear target to achieve or setting something in collateral, you will always end up in the comfort zone and that is the most devastating decision you’d ever made.

Where do you see yourself in 2 years from now?

I’ll leave you guys with the question as well as the photos.

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2015 with LX3 – Music Box

Music Box

Music Box [2015 Jan 31]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
5.1mm (24mm equiv.), 1/100 sec at f/2.0, ISO 80, RAW
on Flickr

Week 5 of 52

Last Sunday, while we’re on the way home from church service, we stopped by a stationery warehouse as they’re having a stock clearing sales. I’m not a big fan of my local warehouse sales as most of the time they’re just trying to dump their old and low quality stocks especially those imported from a certain country. Though occasionally you might find some great deals, but they’re just way too random.

As expected, most of the stuff that’s on sale are things that not really useful as stationeries – magnifying glasses, wacky pens, shoes stickers(!), iPhone cases and etc. But the notebooks and sketchbooks are great deal, pricing from RM5 to RM8 each. Just that I currently have too much notebooks…

Then I stumbled across a few card boxes filled with all sorts of small colourful boxes (box-ception). At the first glance, I thought they are match boxes, until I realized that “Wait a minute.. a match box doesn’t have a spinning lever.”. Turned out they are mini music box. I picked the “Silent Night” for RM5 as other tunes are just plain boring. It reminds me of the a classic winding music box my mother had when I was a child. Back then I am very fascinated with it, because by just winding up the spring, the music box would play a nice and calming tune. Even until today, I still impressed with this simple musical mechanism.