Monthly Archives: September 2009

Now In Color

1st April 2009 – what better way to spend April Fool’s Day than at No Black Tie with comedian Andrew Netto?

But first, a stairway shot.

A Justin Wong shot.

A Greg Ramanado from above shot. He was in the mood for some Jamiroquai – Love Foolosophy (which explains the beanie, which appears in their Abbey Road live video.)

A bokeh-ful drummer shot.

For once, I like this angle of the piano.

Gotta have bass to cover Jamiroquai!

Back to the crowd.

And on to the show – arguably Malaysia’s youngest stand-up comedian!

One of his famous dance acts.

Fast-forward to 8th July 2009. Mr. Netto looks starkingly like a Thriller-esque Michael Jackson here!

Shot at 135mm F1.8 1/5s ISO6400.

And of course, opening act The Ramanados must cover Michael Jackson as a tribute…

…with excellent covers of Billie Jean and The Way You Make Me Feel.

There was also a Def Leppard – Walk Away cover. All within the myriad styles that the Ramanados play.

Though, I must say I didn’t appreciate that 3 of the 4 lights in No Black Tie had suddenly gotten a blue gel overlaid.

Bola Cat

It was a hot sunny 18th of April 2009 down at the Xtion Paintball Park in Bukit Jalil.

The occasion? The Taylor’s College Masscolympics.

This would be the first time I’d shoot paintball – I brought my Tamron 200-400mm F5.6 out of the drybox for this one.

Glory be to bright, bright sunlight!

I shot through the fence instead of inside, so there is occasionally that veil of out-of-focus netting.


Start (again!) I’m not sure what they were playing, but having a lot of teams they had to quickly sift through and eliminate teams.

This is not a trip.

Was I safe from the paintballs? Apparently, that’s what the netting is for.

Fallen paintballs.

The Advertlets team – Josh Lim is in khakis, while Eugene Ooi is in red pants.

Running pants.

MissyCheerio the thirsty, and the long-time-no-see Simon on the far right.

If paintball is not your idea of fun, I’m sure you can improvise with flour and water balloons.

Yeah, water balloons!

Or, if you’re a blogger, camwhoring is fun.

Date With Kurma

I don’t know what good deeds I have done of late but I’ve had good karma recently.

I was at Midvalley, craving a bite, and I walked in the direction of Krispy Kreme. I was thinking of just buying one glazed donut, but sometimes when you queue they give free glazed donuts so I might end up with 2 glazed donuts (which is overkill for me, and ironic because I just want one glazed donut.)

So as I approached, I saw people slowing down in front of Krispy Kreme. They were giving out free glazed donuts! I slowed down, put on a glazed-eye look, and pretended like I didn’t see the free donut giveaway until 5 steps away (and that I did not just command them to give free donuts by the awesome power of my mind) and I took that free glazed donut.

It was not too warm, which was a pity, but still, very nice. I know when you give out free stuff you just want to finish giving out free stuff as soon as possible. The dude probably couldn’t wait to go back in and sit and chat with colleagues.

This is not the first time this month I have had a random occurence of free food – last Saturday I was at Midvalley when I bumped into a colleague, who led me to a free buka puasa at San Francisco Steakhouse!

And now, for a random musical link:

Tragedy! Bee Gees turns metal. Kick ass!


18th January 2009 – Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Open Day!

Today’s excessively delightful bokeh is brought to you by the Sony A900 and Carl Zeiss 135mm F1.8.

(And sometimes the Minolta 24-105mm F3.5-4.5(D) which can give surprisingly shallow depth of field when focused near.)

Back to telephoto cream.

Nick Davis… performing on a plastic chair.

He is flanked by not one stringer…

…but two.

Douglas Lim and Joe Hasham judging a talent contest.

I am not sure if she was a contestant or performer.

As for this wider, more vignetted shot, the Minolta 50mm F1.4 did it.


I took this shot because it was spinning white, but at ISO200 F1.8 the shutter speed was hitting 1/4000th of a second! (Which was a nice accident.)

I love DRO Level 5 outdoors – it gives a subtle film-like graduation. The Minolta 24-105mm accentuates that.

Nicholas C. at close focus.

Mehta fake cube!