Monthly Archives: October 2008

I Have To See

11th April 2008 – the IFTC (International Fashion Training Center) fashion show! I chanced upon this while in Sg. Wang Plaza.

Fortunately, I had my Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm F2.8-3.8 with me, a fast-focusing lens with good bokeh. I spotted this Sony Alpha user using a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F2.8-4; I told him that I had the Cosina rebadge of his lens!

So yeah, classic lens LCA. She looks plasticky here.

I think that’s a Nikon F3/F4?

105mm was enough to hit the top of the stage…

…and yet, catch a few models on stage.

At 50mm. Those with 70-200mm lenses in the crowd would not be able to get this, if they were on an APS-C body and standing where I was!

Even looser at 35mm.

The VS1 handles highlights very delicately (unlike my Zeiss!)

As long as they were at least 1.5 meters away from my lens, all was well.

I have to say, I quite like their designs…

…and the models they got to model them in!

This was quite something… usually events in the concourse area of Sg. Wang Plaza would not make me pause to see what it was about.

Will she marry, or is she still on the fence?

Props to props.

Please sir will you give me a distinction?

Every other photographer was on the other side – not this uncle, diligently getting the best angles unlike the sheep that stood on the other side.

Day Two And Three Too

Youth ’08 Day 2 and 3 – interview sessions with JFK on the 19th and 20th of January 2008.

Lu tau saya mana mali? Ipoh mali!

Yep that’s Point Blank of Poetic Ammo.

Lu tau saya keluar TV?

Yep that’s Ash Nair of Malaysian Idol.

And Rachel Tan, a former Miss Chinese International, has got an expression.

Tengku Zafrul Aziz talks about money as Zaibo scrutinizes him, wondering, “hey haven’t I seen you on TV before?

Yep, he was one of the judges on reality TV show The Firm, and the CEO of Tune Money.

Haaa patutlah!

Oops sorry dude I forgot your name!

JFK doing a give-out-prizes-bit downstairs.

And here’s the winner of The FirmJoel Neoh! He also founded YouthMalaysia and he stands tall. (Next to JFK, even a wonder! But one must take into account the perspective distortion given by the Sony 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 DT lens…)

Azah of 3R!

Joanna Bessey.

Choy Wan in a more relaxed pose. She was quite worked up during the interview, heh.

JFK versus the Altimet. (Yes, careful selection of focus here.)

The power of the Minolta 70-210mm F4 beercan!

Nope, don’t remember your name, either!

Apparently I forget names that go with pretty faces.

So if I bump into you and you go “hey remember me?” and I’m like “uhhh yeaaah uh wait what’s your name… I know it… it’s…” then you might be pretty enough for me to forget your name.

Next day, with Azura Zainal!

Andrew Westwood (former Xfresh TV host!)

Juliana Sophie Evans (who I last saw in KAMI The Movie. Great movie! Loved the scene where the runner and the customer finally met…)

Yasmin Yusoff, through my Minolta 50mm F1.4 + 1.4x teleconverter + 2x teleconverter for a nice soft portrait-y effect. Helps conceal lines!

Justin goes wide-eyed.

Zubira, one of my favorite classic rock-and-rollers!

Dennis Lau wonders what’s up with the expressions. Yes, that’s a life-size BlueHyppo.

Another distraction – Hannah Tan!

Uh… oh and there’s Douglas Lim in the middle. Almost forgot about him. Heh.

She came and left rather abruptly, though she was to have more stage time later as an emcee.

Tweaked the hues a bit on this one.

Mula Meredang

And now for some shots from the company trip in Redang (anywhere from the 27th February 2008 to 1st March 2008.)

How long more will this ferry take?

At last! (Okay this was from the resort next door…)

We went straight for the beach…

…where some got sand-based enhancements.


Some of us found love.

Some of us found our way onto the rocks.

Some of us would rather camwhore on the rocks.

Some of us become camera ads.

Rames contemplating a shot.

Me taking a jump shot with 2 wireless Sony HVL-F56AM flashes. Picture taken by my product manager. Spot me in the corner, and spot an unsynchronized colleague!

Spot me in the middle bottom, a little inch of my head. Yes I took that Heroes picture that you see on smashpOp‘s blog.

They can jump, but this can fly!

100% crop using my Minolta 70-210mm F4 beercan. It was very far away!

A squirrel and what he thinks is a wooden acorn.

A squirrel outside my window in a more natural position.

A camwhore in a natural position.

Yes, that’s natural light and the light fall-off is from the roof so it was already there!

A tinge of green in the Alpha’s Kelvin WB setting did the trick. (Yes, even the Alpha 200 has Kelvin WB with Color Compensation Filter, real nifty.)

Elsewhere, the camwhoring continued.

…all the way into the night.

Technology brings light to darkness.

A bunch of them disappeared, and we found them in the next resort watching a Chinese band.

Mmm hmm.

I spy a longing.

Charades, with the theme being movies.

It’s getting late so I’m going…

Alright then it’s time to head into the chalet!

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Habis Meredang

Walking Around Work

And now for some random crops from around TPM!

I love penumbra – the part where a shadow fades away. It’s quite like the bokeh of shadows!

Birding with the Minolta 70-210mm F4 beercan. I think this was a crop, 25% of the image width.

Same here!

This should be a 50% crop.

And this is not a crop – it’s the Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm F2.4. Bokeh is pretty good. Sometimes.

But what I love, is how it makes a perfect normal angle to an APS-C camera like my A700!

It gets real tight and close…

This close.

Feelin’ lucky?