Pink Submissions #05 “Lady Rain” Editor’s Pick

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Pink Submissions #05 “Lady Rain” Editor’s Pick
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16th December 2014, Singapore – This is the 5th Pink Submissions by Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG). And by far, one of the toughest theme ever. Both the sponsor and our editor AL agreed on the theme called “Lady Rain”. The rain, is a mysterious occurrence when the most extreme of elements meet. When it comes to matters of the heart, It is also symbolic where the world generalize rain and associate it with gloom, sadness, sense of loss, breakups, heartbreaks, failures, negativity, pain, tears, regrets & every other bad things or feelings you can think of. Expressing Rain with a female touch (Lady Rain) via photography will be a very tough one. Some may describe the rain like a lost lover just like Indecent Obsession’s hit song “Lady Rain”, where all the sadness and sense of longing comes together. While some may take it on a lighter note where rain is depicted as not a person but an abstract form of expressive photography where the images usually aims to keep the viewers in suspense, made the viewers think beyond what the photographer had presented. 

#05 Pink Submissions “Lady Rain” – Inspired by the ongoing monsoon season, one can’t help but get emotional at times. When memories replay itself, good ones or bad ones, as the rain falls down, sometimes it does feels like the world is falling apart. Although some say learn to dance in the rain, I am sure they hadn’t tried dancing in the rain with a broken heart, and how sometimes when your heart is bleeding without any more pain and you are there struggling to put on a strong front. Lady Rain, i need you softly falling on my face. – AL, Editor

Before we go to the submissions, here’s some words from the Editor as well as the sponsor Red Label by Artist&Artisan (Schmidt Marketing).

“It was intended as an emotional and sad theme. Although some of the entries tends to be presented in a lighter touch, I must conclude that this round, is really not easy. Good Job Ladies!”
- AL, Editor.

“The rain is something that we cannot avoid especially when we live in a tropical country like Singapore. Using it as a medium for the theme and to put it with photography, this is a real test of creativity. ”
Kenny Khaw, Schmidt Marketing Photo (Singapore).

Enjoy the entries!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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The Entries for #05 Pink Submissions “Lady Rain”

1. Lady Rain – The Heartbroken Lady Part 3 (心碎的女子 3)
– by Tan Hui Hui
“When the rain falls, so are my tears…”
“当雨滴打在我脸上, 眼泪也随着落下….”

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Editor’s Note: We cry, when we feel pain, be it physical or emotional, the pain is often immersed and intense. Especially tears from a broken heart, combined with the falling rain, anyone will break down, anyone. Lady Rain indeed.

This is a very creative entry by Hui Hui. Using eyelashes over droplets of water that was supposed to express tears falling off the face of a lady and the smaller droplets being rain drops, this is a masterpiece by itself. 

2. Lady Rain – Lovers
– by Alice Chia

“See it coming out of their eyes?
Be it a pair of garden grome,
Be it a pair of lovers,
Anywhere, anyplace
Beneath the umbrella is the place.”
Alice Chia
Editor’s Note: This entry by Alice Chia seems to have lighten the load of this theme with a pair of “Lovers” and a poem to match. Most romance started in the rain with lovers sharing an umbrella, but just as much break-ups happened in the rain when one party walk out of the umbrella and onto the rain. Interesting & light-heartening concept by Alice.

3. Lady Rain – Missing You
– by Fion (Wee N Soh)

“Listening to the sound of the rain, just like the sad songs that I’ve known before.
Pitter patter pitter patter, the falling rain had drenched my deepest thoughts & longings.
I am Missing you, while you are faraway in heaven, I wonder, if you are well and missing me too.”
“听 雨的声音, 
像首首悲伤的歌曲
滴答 滴答 滴答滴, 滴进了心里最深的思念
思念你, 思念远在天国的你
不知你现在 过得好吗。”

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Editor’s Note: In life, many of us would have friends, pets or relatives who passed on at the various stages of our life. The sense of loss, the process of missing someone who will never return, it is an emotional reaction that all human beings will experience and it is emotionally painful beyond words. This is a rather dark and sad piece of work. She captured the rain on the window looking out to a gloomy blue twilight, while in her photo caption, Fion narrated about she missing someone who is in heaven. This piece made me cry.

4. Lady Rain – Cats & Dogs
– by Eileen Ng
“A cool and cold day having lunch .. raining cats and dogs … … feeling cold & cozy… ..”EileenNg
Editor’s Note: After looking at Eileen’s entry & her caption for a while, I really cannot relate how this photo can properly fit into the theme of Lady Rain. However, after looking at the photo again, it might be better if the caption can be changed to

“For the lady had endured the test of time, suffered the hard times, still she stand tall.
In the sun, in the rain, she helped built Singapore” – a tribute to Samsui women.

5. Lady Rain – The Heart Wanders
– by Felicia Lee Xiaomei
“When rains falls, the heart wanders.”XiaoMei
Editor’s Note: Yes, whenever the rain falls, the heart does wander. Strange as it seems, humans tends to think a little differently whenever one is commuting in the rain, alone.
It can be a self-protecting mechanism that our heart moves into a stage where we rationalize thoughts, and assess what’s in our hearts that made us make certain decisions. Felicia’s entry looks like she shot this from inside a cab/car while heavy rain falls outside. Looking at the rain drops and against the gloomy skies outside, I can’t help but my heart starts to wander off too. Good job!

6. Lady Rain – 314 Days
– by Zen Chen WeiHan
“As I stood by the kitchen window, it begun to pour. I looked across to the fridge and saw your photo. I drew a long breath and slowly exhaled, like a soft sigh against the window. Then I wrote, 314 days… Since you’ve been gone.”

“This number is real. It’s been 314 days since my beloved pet passed away. I feel that sometimes what makes us emotional can be anything other than a heartbreak from a relationship. But things like a departure of a loved one.” – ZenZenChenweihan
Editor’s Note: When my pet dog passed away a couple of months ago, I felt a longing sense of loss too. I remember the day when I visited her, looking at the urn where her ashes are, i wept quietly. All the good times that we had together came rushing back to me. All the laughter, the endless hours of play together – it seems like only yesterday that I was still holding her like a puppy. I can fully understand how Zen must have felt when her pet passed away. It’s more than a pet, it’s a friend, whom gave us unconditional love. When the rain fell, and when Zen sighed, the vapour formed on the glass and she wrote “314 Days” – the number of days since her pet left her. From her photo, I can feel the pain, the longing and how much she really missed her pet. Zen’s photo touched me deeply.

7.  Lady Rain – The Heartbroken Lady Part 2 (心碎的女子 2)
– by Tan Hui Hui
“A lost love, an empty heart…”
“爱走了, 心空了….”
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Editor’s Note: I remember the times when my heart was empty. It felt hollow and it wasn’t a good feeling. The pain comes from deep within, where we kept our best memories and our darkest secrets. Huihui’s caption “A lost love, an empty heart” simply rakes up lots of memories for me. Tons of regrets, misgivings and past relationships came to mind. It’s not about what went wrong then, it’s about the emptiness that comes with these thoughts and memories. A heart penchant, hung against a glass with rain drops, brings Lady Rain to life. Good job!

8.  Lady Rain – The Note
– by Zen Chen WeiHan
“It reads <<Dear you, I just want to tell you.. I love you and goodbye. Take care.>>
What happened? Why? And how did the girl who wrote the note felt?
Was it by choice… Or was it inevitable?”ZenChenweihan1
Editor’s Note: When pain becomes too painful to bear, when the last bit of hope turned into disappointment, one can’t help but loses the will to live. For another day meant another day of endless torture and pain. I attempted suicide 4 times just this year alone, and I know how that level of pain felt like. Many will say that ending one’s life is the most irresponsible thing to do, or how stupid a person is, trust me, those who said this had not taste what I tasted or experience what I experienced. Zen’s work gave me an opportunity to view a scene that had been the result of a badly shattered heart. For indeed, Lady Rain is not anything positive when it comes to matters of the heart. It’s a rather sad photo.
ps: I am glad to be alive today for another day that I am alive, I still have a chance to achieve what I wanted to do. Thanks to my counselling centre and friends who kept me alive till today.

 9.  Lady Rain – Red Umbrella
– by 
Alice Chia
“Under the red umbrella.”
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Editor’s Note: This is one of the simpler entry submitted by Alice Chia.
Red is widely associated with female and an umbrella usually means rain.
This is a simple way to get the theme “Lady Rain” right and thanks for bringing on a little light-hearted moment to this article.

10. Lady Rain – The Heartbroken Lady Part 1 (心碎的女子 1)
– by Tan Hui Hui
“The last Valentine’s Day gift…”
“最后的情人节礼物…”
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Editor’s Note: Valentine’s Day gifts meant a lot to many people. It’s not about what the gift is, importantly it’s a symbolic token of acceptance of love, given to someone special by someone special. But when the Valentine’s Day gift was the last, it’s also the saddest piece of memory that one can hold on to. Huihui’s photo shows a person’s hand holding on to a necklace supposedly to be the last Valentine’s Day gift and the person that was holding on to it simply refused to let go. And the rain (could be a shower head) falling down onto this hand, brings on painful memories of whatever that necklace hold. It’s a sad piece. Lady rain became alive through Huihui’s work. Well done!

11. Lady Rain – Missing You
– by Fion (Wee N Soh)
“The afternoon storm, dark & gloomy.
Unable to curb my longing, or my heart that misses you truly.”
“午後的那场细雨, 灰灰的 沉沉的
沉不住心中涟漪, 更按捺不住一颗想你的心。。”
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Editor’s Note: I can feel what Fion was trying to express. Those dark and stormy afternoons that looked and feels like 7.30pm type are the most soulful & heart-stirring. It makes you want to see the person that was on your mind and you start to long for that person’s presence. When the sunny afternoon became a shade of gloom, a person will also tend to experience insecurity, restlessness and sometimes even fear. I do admit that I cried the most during stormy afternoons, as those were also the times when I misses that special someone the most. Fion’s submission of a dark rainy afternoon with a lady walking into a shelter brings out the theme perfectly.  

12.  Lady Rain – Together
– by 
Alice Chia
“Although it’s a light drizzle, it is always (feels) good to have someone beside you.”Alice Chia3
Editor’s Note: Be it a drizzle or a heavy storm, sharing an umbrella and walking together with someone dear and special meant a lot. It is not just about companionship here. It’s about braving through the journey together under one umbrella and making every moment count & memorable. Good entry Alice!

13. Lady Rain – After the Rain
– by Jeslin Tan

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Editor’s Note: Jeslin’s submission is an attempt to depict the moment after a storm had passed. And what’s left behind are the traces that Lady Rain had came and go. As the rain brings upon life to nature, it brings upon another new beginning. I hope I am reading Jeslin right in this note.

14. Lady Rain – Pink Lady Rain
– by Norafida Tomoshika Luketika
“I was covering for a 48-hour running event in October 2014. It rained en route past 100km midway point. Protecting my Canon DSLR was my first priority! Thereafter all protected. So I was Pink Lady Rain.”Norafida-vert
Editor’s Note: I decided to end this article with Norafida’s light-hearted photo of “Pink Lady Rain.” She was in pink, She is a lady and it’s raining! :)

And the Prize Winners for the #05 PINK SUBMISSION are!
- Proudly Sponsored by Red Label by Artist&Artisan (Schmidt Marketing).

1st Prize – Tan Huihui
“The Heartbroken Lady Part 3 (心碎的女子 3)”
(Prize: Red Label A&A-RDS Camera Strap  worth S$45.00)
TanHuiHui

2nd Prize – Zen Chen Weihan
“314 Days”

(Prize: Red Label A&A-AC200 Camera Strap worth S$35.00)
ZenChenweihan

3rd Prize – Fion (Wee N Soh)
“Missing You”
(Prize: Red Label A&A-AC100 Camera Strap worth S$29.00)
WeeSoh

And! We have a special mention of the below entries!

Cool entry by Felicia Lee Xiaomei

XiaoMei

Congratulations to All the Winners & Those Who are on Special Mention!

You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
For those that didn’t win, please try harder next time.
Thank you for your participation Ladies!

Special Thanks to Red Label by Artist&Artisan (Schmidt Marketingfor sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #06 Pink Submissions!

Ed.

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2015 Sony World Photography Awards – Judges Announced

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2015 Sony World Photography Awards
- Judges Revealed Alongside Last call For Entries

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L – R: (c) Georg May, Germany, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards (c) Lisa Vaz, Portugal, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards (c) Ioulia Chvetsova, India, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, (c) Arief Siswandhono, Indonesia, Entry, Open Competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

  • An exclusive selection on submissions to the 2015 awards are available for publication via worldphoto.org
  • Open and Youth competitions close 5th January 2015. Professional competition closes 8th
  • Work by winning and shortlisted photographers will be exhibited as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London 24th April – 10th May 2015

12th December 2014, Singapore – With just over one month remaining for photographers to enter the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the World Photography Organisation (WPO) is proud to announce the Honorary Judging Committee for this year’s Professional competition. It today also reveals an exclusive selection of submissions to the 2015 Open competition.

2015 Honorary Judging Committee
The Honorary Judging Committee for this year’s Professional competition comprises of industry leaders inducing: Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine (USA), Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, VICE Magazine (USA), Enrica Viganó, Curator and Writer (Italy), Xingxin Guo, Vice Director of New Media Department of Photo Center of Xinhua News Agency and Editor-in-Chief of CICPHOTO (China), Oliver Schmitt, Photo Editor, Spiegel Online (Germany), Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller, (UK) and Sasha Erwitt, Picture Editor (USA).

Competition deadlines
Entries to the Open and Youth competitions of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will close on 5th January 2015, followed by the deadline for the Professional competition on 8th January. All competitions are free to enter via www.worldphoto.org

One of the world’s leading photographic awards programmes, the Sony World Photography Awards showcases the very best in contemporary photography across a range of categories – from Nature & Wildlife to Current Affairs and Travel and gives international exposure, recognition and opportunity to both its winning and shortlisted photographers.

In the 2015 Awards, professional and enthusiast photographers will compete across 25 categories for cash prizes and the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. One professional photographer will be awarded the title of L’Iris d’Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony held in London on 23rd April 2015. All winning and finalist photographers will have their work exhibited at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May 2015 as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

Further details about the Sony World Photography Awards and the World Photography Organisation can be found at www.worldphoto.org and www.sony-asia/swpa.

An exclusive selection of entries to the 2015 awards are available for publication at press.worldphoto.org

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Casino Photography: The Basics

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08th December 2014, Singapore – Being a casino photographer is a tough job to pull off. Aside from the elements that make it such a difficult task as compared to landscape and portrait photography, there are external variables away from the frame that can make casino photography a daunting feat to accomplish. However, with the right tools of the trade, the extensive knowledge about the rules of photography, and with the way in which casinos look in a photograph, any photographer can capture that perfect shot and achieve what seems to be the impossible.

The rule of thumb is that taking pictures inside a casino is illegal (unless you’re a professional photographer hired by the management). However, there are some instances that taking photos are allowed. During a poker tournament, some casinos allow guests to take pictures of the venue and players.

If you’re planning on taking shots inside any casino, ask permission first or you might get asked to leave the premises. Casinos are very strict when it comes to bringing cameras inside because it is a business that’s prone to cheating. Taking shots of slot machines are usually forbidden. So, bloggers who review slot games are better off taking stock photos of online slot machines. Multilingual entertainment hub InterCasino, the world’s first online casino hub, has wallpapers and pictures of reel play for most of its games. Apart from high-res images, most casino providers allow their games to be played for free so journalists can better review them.

At Poker Tournaments
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If you’re at a poker tournament and taking photos are being allowed, make sure to capture moments when players are doing something. Don’t just snap photos of them when they’re sitting still. Wait for the right moment and take pictures when players are laughing, celebrating, throwing chips, or bantering with other players. Check out and compare the photos below. Which one is better, a photo of a happy poker player raking in his winnings (above) or a picture of someone doing absolutely nothing (below)?

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The Gear
Some people say that equipment is irrelevant in photography. However, legendary photographer Ansel Adams wouldn’t have captured the beauty of the Rockies if he didn’t use those large-format bellow cameras. In the same principle, casino photography also relies heavily on the right equipment. Since casino photography can only utilize the lighting within the casinos, it is imperative to carry lens with a wide aperture. It also pays to carry a flash that can be “bounced” off the walls and ceiling.

In the end, casino photography is all about capturing that certain “casino vibe” and translating it into photographs without the need to put words to it. While these tips can give you a head-start in taking photos inside casinos, you can only hone your skills through practice.

Contributed Article by Shelley Smith.

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A Silk Road Travelogue by Robert Yeo‏

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A Silk Road Travelogue by Robert Yeo‏
- Originally Posted on RVF Photography.
– Original Text & Photos by Robert Yeo.
– Edited by AL.

04th December 2014, Silk Road – As I was surfing the net and looking for information on the Silk Road, I stumble upon a travelogue written by a Travel Photographer Mr. Robert Yeo from Singapore. And he had went to the Silk Road with our accredited merchant and appointed Travel Agent Xing Asia. Robert recorded his account and experience from the Silk Road with his set of photos and captions which is interesting to read and a good reference for the rest of us. With permission from Xing Asia, I am re-posting Robert’s travelogue here for all of you. Enjoy!

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ON THE SILK ROAD TRAIL
- Robert Yeo – Edited by AL

Taken from Wikipedia:

The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China to theMediterranean Sea during various periods of time.[1]

It has always been fascinating to me on how the Silk Road was traveled back in the ancient times. Imagine that you have to be traveling on the road for at least 3 years at any stretch on either direction and that you will have to make journeys through the deserts. It must have taken lots of willpower and conviction for those who made it through the journey. Personally, I wanted to experience what the desert is like, so when i saw that Michael of Xing-Asia is organizing a trip to the Silk Road trail, without hesitation, i jumped at the chance.

Our journey starts from Lanzhou and it was a 8 days trip. Lanzhou is the capital and largest city of the Gansu Province. It is an old and significant city as the Yellow River runs through the city from the west axis to the east axis. Our first stop was to visit the Yellow River. My first impression upon seeing the river was … it is indeed very Yellow in color! And being an old city, there were many waterwheels being used to irrigate water from the river to the farms in the old days.

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The most interesting thing about Lanzhou folks is that they actually made rafts out of sheep skin. The rafts are used to ferry goods and people on the river. Michael and a few other daring tour members actually took a ride down the river on the sheep skin raft! However there was one thing that made me think: given that the flow of the river was very strong, it meant that the trips are often one-way. So if the ancient folks cruise down the river, does that means they will have to walk back up to their original positions??

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On the second day of the trip, we headed out to Qinghai Lake. on the way to Qinghai Lake, we passed by the Kumbum Monastery in Xining. The monastery was huge and there were lots of monks who practiced there. The history behind the monastery was that Tsongkhapa was born nearby and his mother decidedly built a small temple at the site of his birthplace. Throughout the years, the temple grew into a full size monastery and it’s really huge. Today, it is an important site for religious studies and the monastery looks beautiful.

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Leaving the monastery, we head west to Qinghai Lake. We reached Qinghai Lake just before evening reveals itself, so we wandered around and waited for the sun to set. The view of Qinghai Lake is fantastic, with a very cooling weather as we’re high up in the mountains, about 2800m above sea level.

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The sun actually sets quite late in Gansu and Qinghai Provinces, at around 8pm – 9pm, so it had been a long wait. The unfortunate thing was that sunset weren’t fantastic, as it was quite cloudy and foggy, so I didn’t managed to capture pictures of the sunset. However, just after the sun has set, the moon rises! And it was quite a full moon.

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Finally we’re done with our second day as we took our dinner and went back to our hotel rooms for a good rest. Early next morning, we carried on and headed west to a place known as the Chaka Salt Lake. On the journey there, we passed by beautiful grass fields on the Qilian Mountain Range. It was so beautiful that we had decided to stop the vehicle and went on foot to check out the place.

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The salt lake is huge, measuring a total of 105 square kilometers. There is enough salt there for the consumption of the world’s population for more than 160 years!

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After visiting the Chaka Salt Lake, it’s time for a long road journey along the Qilian Mountains to Dunhuang and we have to stop in the middle nowhere for the night. The whole road journey is very long for this trip and we spent a lot of the time traveling on the coach. China is big, this seems like a norm here.

When we reached Dunhuang area, the first stop was the Dunhuang Yardang National Geopark. The park was full of landforms that shows the Yardang geological feature of the area. On the day that we’re there, the park guide told us that it was the hottest day of the year, at 38°C!! However, despite the high temperature, the whole area was very windy and it does not feel warm when the wind blew at us. Comparing to our humid Singapore, I sweat so much lesser there.

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On the way out of Yardang National Geopark, we stop by another interesting spot. That spot was Yumen Pass, also known as Jade Gate. In ancient times, this was a pass through which the Silk Road passed, and was the one road connecting Central Asia and China. In other words, this is the Customs Office of ancient China! Whoever crosses the border of China have to go through this pass.

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Carrying on the journey the next day, we visited Mogao Caves. A brief description of the caves taken from Wikipedia is as follows:

The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes (Chinese: ; pinyin: Mògāo kū), also known as theCaves of the Thousand Buddhas (Chinese: 千佛洞; pinyin: qiān fó dòng), form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves, however, this term is also used as a collective term to include other Buddhist cave sites in the Dunhuang area, such as the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, and theYulin Caves farther away. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years.[1] The first caves were dug out in 366 CE as places of Buddhist meditation and worship.[2] The Mogao Caves are the best known of the Chinese Buddhist grottoes and, along withLongmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes, are one of the three famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China.

Photography were not allowed inside the caves in order to preserve the caves for as long as possible, no photos to be shown. I just managed to take 1 picture of the exterior of the most prominent cave there.

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The history behind these caves are very impressive and it is a bit overwhelming in terms of the achievements the ancient Chinese was able to produce. The artwork found inside the caves are beautiful and it is hard to imagine how they are all being done up. Firstly the caves are dark, and some of them are pretty huge in size. Without the use of modern technology, the ancient artists are able to paint up many wall murals and even erect statues inside the caves.

However it is also saddening to know that of the murals and scriptures found inside the caves were stolen by foreigners and now they’re being kept in museums in other countries and not within China. There’s a really long history behind the caves and the best way to learn it is to visit the place yourself.

After visiting the Mogao Caves, we visited Echoing-Sand Mountain & Crescent Lake. Crescent Lake is a crescent-shaped lake in an oasis near Dunhuang. The Gobi Desert surrounds the lake and the sand dunes around the lake is called Echoing-Sand Mountain, due to the sound of the wind whipping off the dunes, the singing sand phenomenon. The Chinese government have turned this place into a tourist area, and lots of touristy activities can be found here; including camel rides, paragliding, buggy rides, etc. In other words, there’s plenty of people around. We’re waiting for sunset, so we took our time to explore the area and climbed up the sand dunes to get a high vantage point.

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Early next morning, we set off to our next destination. A little bit of convincing from me to Michael caused him to make a detour to White Horse Pagoda. Nice little place to visit with a bit of history behind it.

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The next destination is Xuan Bi Chang Cheng (悬壁长城). I have totally no idea what it is called in English, but a loose translation means Overhanging Great Wall. Basically the place was part of the Great Wall of China.

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After visiting this part of the Great Wall, we move on to Jiayu Pass. Jiayu Pass is the first Pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China, so you can pretty much guess the importance of this Pass in ancient China. The Pass itself is huge in size, along with houses for the generals that were out-stationed here.
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We went outside to a nearby patch of open land and hopefully, get some sunset pics of Jiayu Pass. Unfortunately, the sky was very cloudy and so no dramatic sunset. Still, I must highlight to everyone that the landscape scene there was beautiful.

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Next morning, we visited The First Pier of Great Wall. This place is supposedly the start of the Great Wall in maybe the Song Dynasty. It was built right beside the cliff walls of the Beida River. In ancient times, this area also housed several military camps.

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In the afternoon, we headed east towards Zhangye. The main attraction there was Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. The landforms here are absolutely beautiful. There’s the whole bit of history on how these landforms are formed. In ancient times, the area was actually submerged under water, most probably under a lake or river. Over the years as the water dried up, the land got pushed up around due to the moving tectonic plates thus forming the colourful landforms. A beautiful sight to behold, if you ask me.

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Finally, we’re down to the last day of our tour. We need to head back to Lanzhou and it’s a long journey from Zhangye, so the last leg of the trip was pretty much spent on the roads. It was pretty much the pretty mountainous landscape and we passed by some Tibetan mani stones as well.

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We passed by some rapeseed plantations along the way as well and boy, it was beautiful. According to the guide, this area has the biggest rapeseed plantations in the world.

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We finally reached Lanzhou after a long journey on the road and it was time to have an early night. We have a very early flight to catch the next morning and we certainly do not want to be late.

Frankly speaking, this trip is one of the better trips that i had went. It had been an eye-opening experience for me especially the part on knowing more Chinese arts & culture. Now that i’ve been to the first pass of the Great Wall on the western end of China, i am now tempted to visit the first pass of the Great Wall on the eastern end!

Until then!
Robert Yeo

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Editor’s Note:
Reading Robert’s account and experience to the Silk Road makes one wonder just how beautiful the place is. And following through his travelogue para by para, the itinerary is tiring and lots of traveling is involved. However, with a good travel agent and a good guide, road trips like this can be more fun and interesting than you can ever imagined. It is an experience that everyone should try – once in a life time.
– AL

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Sony Kicks Off “WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?” Social Activation Campaign

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02nd December 2014, Singapore – Sony South East Asia (“Sony”) is pleased to announce the launch of its “WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?” regional campaign – a social activation endeavour to capture two distinct photographic perspectives through the lenses of Sony’s sleek α5100 and α6000 mirrorless cameras.

Eight prominent Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), based in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, will define the campaign’s direction with their lifestyle and technical approaches via the α5100 and α6000, respectively, as well as share their experiences and insights behind their snapshots. They’ll consist of a team of professional photographers who will front the α6000, along with a panel of leading bloggers who will unleash their creativity using the α5100. Sony’s “WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?” commences on 28 November 2014 and concludes on 1 February 2015, with Sony’s Power of Imaging South-east Asia Facebook page elected as the main outreach platform.

The campaign will showcase two monthly photo themes. Elected KOLs will snap photos revolving around these themes, and upload them to a [Gallery] application seated on Sony’s Facebook page for viewers to browse, like, or share. KOLs will also provide opinions and techniques on their online channels such as blog sites and social media outlets. Links to these contributions will be shared on Sony’s timeline to encourage interactivity between the community and influencers.

Key Opinion Leader for Sony α5100 – Melissa Koh (SINGAPORE)
- One of Singapore’s admired fashion icons and entrepreneurs, Melissa uses her blog and Instagram to express herself as well as share her thoughts and fashion inspirations with the masses. She prides herself on her eye for detail and high quality of work. She has a likeable personality, outgoing nature, and cheerful persona which explains her large and loyal following. She lives life by her motto, “Passion for life”, and her pursuit in this industry has led her to many wonderful working opportunities with reputable brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Desigual, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, Guy Laroche, Fossil, BCBG, Aldo and more. Melissa has been profiled and featured by publications such as The New Paper and magazines such as Style, Her World and Seventeen. By travelling the world, Melissa hopes to continue sharing visuals with her followers about her life journey and passion for fashion. Follow her on her social channels as she unveils her captures with the Sony α5100.

Social Channels: Blog Site: http://www.melissackoh.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melissacelestinekoh Instagram: http://instagram.com/melissackoh

Key Opinion Leader for Sony α6000 – Mark Teo (SINGAPORE)
- A Singapore-based photographer with a Communications degree in Film, Video and Photomedia, Mark hones his craft through a balance of commissioned and personal work by examining life through his lens in unguarded portraitures and paused moments. He has an avid interest in extreme sports and urban subcultures, and through his experiences, he has researched and photographed cage fighters, graffiti artists, and motocross riders, to name a few. His dedication to this genre has led him to become one of the first photographers from Asia to work at the Red Bull headquarters in Austria, a leading global advocate of action and adventure sports. Mark believes music and skate cultures have long been catalysts for radical ideas and channels for creativity. Through experimenting, discovering, and collaborating with proponents of these and other street cultures, Mark continues to build a body of photographic work that reveals the uncompromised dynamism and raw energy of these alternate worlds. Catch Mark on his social platforms as he shares his professional insights and techniques with the Sony α6000 in hand!

Social Channels: Blog Site: http://www.markteo.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markteophotography

Photo Challenge
Another exciting component of Sony’s “WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?” initiative includes two photo contests, where consumers are encouraged to send in their own photographs inspired by the central themes. Each contestant may submit up to five images per challenge with a maximum file-size cap of 10MB per file. Sony’s photo challenge is open to six countries in the SEA region, and this includes Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

To participate, contestants simply have to visit “WHAT’S YOUR VIEW?”, register their account, and submit their desired photo entries. Besides the desktop application, a mobile optimised version of the contest will be available for users to access the app via their smartphones or tablets. The first photo challenge will run from 28 November 2014 to 28 December 2014, followed by the second contest which will span from 2 January 2015 to 1 February 2015. Attractive prizes will be awarded to one winner per country, plus a grand prize winner who will be selected out of the six countries after the campaign ends. This lucky recipient will win a USD 3,000 travel voucher. Elected KOLs will form a judging panel to handpick the best photo for each challenge, while the grand prize winner will be determined by Sony. Winners will be announced on Sony’s Power of Imaging South-east Asia Facebook page a week after the relevant challenge ends.

Prizes for the contests are as follows:
Challenge 1 – 6 x α5100L kit (One winner per country)
Challenge 2 – 6 x α6000L kit (One winner per country)
Grand Prize – 1 x USD 3,000 Travel Voucher (1 grand prize winner to be selected from all 12 winners)

For more information about the terms and conditions on Sony’s Photo Challenge, please click here.

α Factors – Sony α5100 and α6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras
Equipped with the world’s fastest auto-focusing system1 and exceptional 24.3MP Exmor™ APS-C sensor, Sony’s α5100 features a tilting “selfie-friendly” LCD display of up to 180 degrees which makes it ideal for casual shooters, while the α6000 appeals to advanced users with its inclusion of a hotshoe, electronic viewfinder, and customizable user-interface analogous to DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras. Both ILC models flaunt a sizeable ISO range of 100 to 25600, and the ability to shoot 1080/60p and 24p Full-HD videos with XAVC S support.

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/

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Pink Submissions #04 “Creative Selfie” Editor’s Picks

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21st November 2014, Singapore – The “Pink Submissions” is into its fourth installment and the submission is seeing a lot more entries this round. Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) has since gotten more new members through our engagement campaigns through the Pink Submissions. For this round, our sponsor Sgcamerastore had given the ladies an interesting theme “Creative Selfies”. Selfie are globally defined as the act of shooting a photo of oneself with one hand while having the background seen as part of the image. While getting a selfie is really easy, getting creative will be tough as some of the members had reported (giggles).

A total of 63 entries were received this round and sadly I have to reject 09 due to non-compliance or wrong theme. Before we start, let’s hear what the Judges/ Sponsors have to say about this submission/ theme.

“Looking through all the entries, some were super creative while some were – just selfies. And there are some which I do not understand the photo at all. It had been a challenging theme, and more challenging to judge.”
- AL, Editor.

“We saw some really creative selfies this round and we hope to inspire more creativity into the members’ photos. ”
Mel & Jan, Sgcamerastore (MP Associates).

OK, that’s the message from our sponsor for the #04 Submissions!
As usual, we were not able to feature every submitted photos due to photo size or for any reasons. So, I had picked out the below photos from the crop to run this feature.

Enjoy!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
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The Entries for #04 Pink Submissions “Creative Selfies”

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OK people, we have come to the end of “Editor’s Pick” for the #04 Pink Submissions “Creative Selfies”. Before you scroll to the winning entries below, I would like to thank everyone from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) who participated in this.

And the Prize Winners for the #04 PINK SUBMISSION are!
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1st Prize – Shiqing Junh (Ong Mingqi)
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2nd Prize – Zen Chen Weihan
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3rd Prize – Fione (Wee N Soh)
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And! We have a special mention of the below entries

Cool Entry by Jeslin Tan – I can see her hand holding her phone in her eyes.
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Cool Entry by Joanna Ng – Selfie in deep sea? Why not?.joanna9

Cool Entry by Trisha Lim – Sci-Fi Movie?
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Congratulations to All the Winners & Those Who are on Special Mention!
You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
Thank you for your participation!

Special Thanks to Sgcamerastore for sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #05 Pink Submissions!

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Nikon Reveals Cutting-Edge Suite of High Performance FX-Format Cameras

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Nikon Reveals Cutting-Edge Suite of High Performance FX-Format Cameras
– Experience full power with the Nikon D4S, D810, D750 and D610

21st November 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is proud to introduce its comprehensive and widest range of FX-format cameras designed to provide photographers, from enthusiasts to seasoned professionals, the opportunity to redefine their limits with stunning images and videos.

With the release of the latest FX-format models this year, the enhanced FX family has grown to include the Nikon D4S, D810, D750 and D610, allowing photographers around the world to capture life’s moments to the fullest. This exceptional range challenges photographers to leave their mark on the world like never before.

“Nikon’s range of world-class advanced FX-format equipment has brought together the best of the best, giving every photographer the opportunity to capture remarkably vivid images and professional-grade high-definition videos. The FX experience is further enhanced by its complete integration into Nikon’s unrivalled product ecosystem, offering photographers endless possibilities when paired with the extensive range of NIKKOR lenses and accessories,” said Garland Mak, Deputy General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

The Nikon D4S
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As Nikon’s new flagship model, the stunning Nikon D4S is the ultimate FX-format DSLR designed to deliver outstanding image and video quality with exceptional focusing accuracy.

The D4S incorporates the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, together with a Nikon FX- format CMOS image sensor. Further supported by an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels and improved auto white balance, photographers can capture beautiful images for use straight out of the camera with stunning sharpness, enhanced depth, and natural skin tones. Its range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 also produces images with sharper edges and smoother, richer colours.

The Nikon D4S is equipped with a new Group-area AF mode for powerful and versatile autofocusing. When Group-area AF is selected, the camera uses one focus point selected by the user and one each above, below, to the right, and to the left of the selected focus point, for a total of five focus points, for focusing. By capturing the subject within the five-point group, even if it is small and moving quickly and erratically as is often the case when photographing athletes and animals, the intended scene can be captured with greater certainty without focus shifting to the background.

The impressive camera also makes work smoother for photographers on the go, with exclusive Nikon technologies. A new RAW Size S option1 records images using 1/4 the number of pixels used for full-sized RAW images, making editing them on a computer faster and more convenient. The D4S is also equipped with an Ethernet connector2, enabling the smooth transfer of high-quality image data, regardless of the format (JPEG, NEF, TIFF), after capture.

Bringing together Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies, the Nikon D4S expands the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best performance and image quality even in the most challenging environments.

1 Editing functions built into the camera and available from the Retouch menu, such as NEF(RAW) Processing and Image Overlay, cannot be applied to images captured at this setting.

2 Compatible with the 1000BASE-T standard.

The Nikon D810
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The new Nikon D810 is a film maker’s dream, designed to empower photographers to unleash their full potential and produce extreme high-definition, high-quality images and video. The D810 offers the ability to record stunning Full HD video, while a 36.3-megapixel image sensor and wide ISO range of 64 to 12800, combine to offer unrivalled images, rich in tone and definition. The D810 delivers shots that put the camera in a class of its own, with outstanding versatility that enables it to excel in a wide range of environments and situations.

The D810 features support for recording of 1080/60p Full HD videos, facilitating a rich cinematic experience.

Optimized data processing designed to make use of the

36.3 megapixels, the highest effective pixel count in the Nikon range, provides rich, detailed video with smooth exposure alteration, even in shifts or changes in brightness. The D810 also supports recording in FX- and DX-format for two different angles of view, using just a single lens to enhance production efficiency.

The Nikon D750
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Providing the FX experience in its smallest and lightest form3, the latest Nikon D750 offers superior maneuverability and agility in a powerful, compact package. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functions such as built-in Wi-Fi and a tilting monitor, both a first for Nikon FX-format cameras. The D750 also presents itself with 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and an outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX-formats. In addition, a fast and highly accurate 51-point autofocus (AF) system and a newly developed AF sensor which enhances low-light performance, makes it possible to shoot using AF in dark environments where it is impossible to focus with the naked eye.

The innovative D750 goes against the common assumption that the higher a DSLR’s specifications, the bulkier it becomes. Revolutionary technologies have never looked better, in a strong yet sleek, lightweight camera body with no compromise on image quality. Its powerful FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are enveloped into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite materials4 and magnesium alloy to provide durability while capturing beautiful, balanced shots.

Created for a discerning audience, the D750 is a superior camera with similar full-scale features and performance as those in the high-end range, giving photographers the room to expand their capabilities and evolve their skills.

3 Among cameras with a built-in flash and movie functions.

4 Sereebo®, which is manufactured by Teijin Limited. This new material, which utilizes carbon fibers, is very lightweight without sacrificing strength or durability. As this material is well suited to use on camera exteriors because its surface is incredibly smooth with no carbon fiber bosses, it is the perfect cover material for cameras with a monocoque body structure

The Nikon D610
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The Nikon D610 is a portable FX-format camera designed for the everyday. Created for both enthusiasts and professionals in mind, the D610 is equipped with first-rate Nikon technology, including a 24.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3 image processing engine, along with an ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable from 50 to 25600), to deliver exceptional image quality. The D610 is ready to meet the demands of the most advanced photographers, boasting a unique 39- point autofocus (AF) system, and compatibility with an aperture value of up to f/8 for capturing incredibly sharp images in all situations5.

Film-makers will also be pleased with the D610’s ability to record Full HD and 720p videos, with full manual control of the exposure, allowing for switching between FX- and DX-format (1.5X) in Full HD. Users can also experiment with time-lapse photography by combining still photos into a movie with high-speed playback up to 36,000 times.

5 Five center focus points and one point to the left and right of them in the middle line (seven in all) are compatible with f/8.

For photographers who want to be at the heart of every image, the full range of Nikon’s FX- format cameras is now available in stores.

For more information on the D4S, D810, D750 and D610 and other Nikon products, including the comprehensive range of NIKKOR lenses, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg

About Nikon
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Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

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Red Label by ARTISAN&ARTIST – Arriving in Singapore

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11th November 2014, Singapore – When Artisan&Artist announced the Red Label Series camera bags at Photokina 2014, the Red Label became an instant star at the show. Artisan&Artist’s camera bags had long been a symbol of premium quality and elegance among the discerning professional photographers who demand the best of gear carriers.
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The Red Label, nothing less of the Artisan&Artist quality is a new area for the brand. Targeting at younger photographers, the Red Label series are elegantly-casual and appealing to those who are “moving upwards” in style & practicality.

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Made from Spydelon/ Nylon & YKK Waterproof zippers, the Artisan&Artist-made Red Label promises durability although we know most of you will not be rough with your Red Label bags.

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The Red Label also features a new slider strap system that ensures fast adjustments during operations. The stylish designs also suggested that we can use the Red Label as a casual walkabout bag for our knick knacks when the camera is taking a break.

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10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography

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10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography

IMG_9620Photo: John had decided to putt from a Chocolate Chip Cookie. 



07th November 2014, Singapore – The 1/87 Photography trend was suddenly revived recently and I personally know of a few photographers within my circle who also started to dabble with this. After my recent article on 1/87, I had received all kinds of queries pertaining to this interesting photography genre which is a mix of macro, toy art & portraitures. From asking me about where to buy to how to shoot, I had decided to compile this list of shooting tips for those who are trying out for the first time or those looking to start this. So here I am, presenting to you the 10 Shooting Tips for 1/87 Photography!

 

#Tip 01 – Buying
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Photo: Doing Carpentry Works on a Carrot Cake.

 

1/87 scale figurines are easily available from ebay or amazon. However, one may be overwhelmed by the thousands of results from these sites as there really many for sale out there! But please note, quality differs from manufacturer to manufacturer and I will suggest getting the mid range ones as the figurines offers more details and better paint work. The cheaper ones are usually badly painted and these are good for “background” or “bokeh” so you may wish to plan what you want to shoot before you purchase any. There are many brands available from various countries and they range from dirt cheap to freaking expensive. So please do your research as I am not paid to advertise for any of the brands. I will also advised against buying those with Adult Themes as you cannot really compose and shoot them with much options. And these Adult Themes figurines costs much more than regular ones. (You have been warned)

 

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Photo: Joggers Jogging on BlackForest Trail.

 

My personal recommendation will be to purchase those figurines that are “engaged” in an activity like golfers, workers, painters etc, so that you will have more versatility when it comes to shooting options. You may also wish to consider those that are “sitting” too.

 

#Tip 02 – Handling
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Photo: Plastic Forceps from First Aid Box, SGD $0.55 (Guardian Pharmacy).

 

Due to the tiny size and sometimes “weak” paintwork on the figurines, I will advise against using hands to handle these figures. Instead, try to get a clinical forceps or a light pressure tweezer to handle the figures. Just imagine you are handling precision tools and you will understand what I mean. You will also find that when you are doing the posing, the forceps are very helpful too.

 

#Tip 03 – Storage
IMG_4335Photo: Transparent Plastic Box with Dividers, SGD $2.00 (Daiso)

 

For storage wise, I will suggest not to “overcrowd” your 1/87 figures as it makes searching difficult and there will be an increased risk of paintwork lost. Try to group the figures together in your own preference but keep the group small. I use a plastic box with dividers to organize my figurines so that it will be really easy to find the figure I want to shoot.

 

#Tip 04 – Posing
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Photo: Scotch Clear Mounting Tape. SGD $7.50 (Giant)


Many of these figures are unable to “stand” on its own. Some manufacturers actually recommended their own brand of glue to help the figure stand. I will recommend the Scotch Clear Mounting Tape. All you need to do is to use a sharp scissor and cut a little dot off the tape reel and use for your figures. And a roll of this clear gel-like tape will last for a really long time.

 

#Tip 05 – Lens Type
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Photo: I used this 50mm lens to shoot my 1/87 images.

 

For this article’s photos, I used a 50mm lens (with some taken with an iPhone). While many may argue that a Macro Lens should do a better job but I beg to differ. Reason being the 1/87 figures does not have facial expressions painted properly due to its sheer size and macro lens will give you too much details to the point that the photo is no longer interesting as viewer will be looking at the detailed figurine instead of your overall composition. A regular prime lens like the 50mm will be a much more suitable lens. Those who are using a crop sensor body, you may wish to consider using 35mm or 50mm, for full frame sensor users you may wish to consider 50mm or 85mm as your lens choice.

 

#Tip 06 – Lighting
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Photo: A mix of handphone torch light and natural sunlight from the sky window inside the mall.
I will recommend the use of natural light, ambient light, torchlight or a dedicated macro flash (not a regular speedlite or even the built-in pop up flash). Due to the size of the figurines, a regular flash or built-in flash will make the photo to be very harsh and you will not be able to get anything decent out of it. Try to use a higher ISO if the environment is not sufficiently lighted since most cameras of today can handle higher ISO. Your phone’s torch will be a great help too.

 

#Tip 07 – Choosing Background
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Photo: Ice Skaters having a great time on my cake. Take note that I had framed other table top items into the photo to create that “1/87″ factor.

 

This is a tricky one. Many photographers tried shooting this and make the image to be a 1/87 world-realistic photo which is NOT what 1/87 photography is about. Unless you are an expressionists who will rebuilt a full scale 1/87 town complete with buildings and vehicles etc, otherwise you will want your 1/87 to be interesting. I will recommend looking for a familiar scene that has small little things like your office table with stationeries, kitchen top with kitchen wares, or even at a dinning table with food! (which was what I did here). The fun part of 1/87 photography is the “Irony Factor”, that has 1/87 people doing their things in our world, with our stuff of course.

 

#Tip 08 – Shooting Settings
IMG_9660Photo: Use of my phone to show the size comparisons and to create an interesting 1/87 scene.
Since I mentioned using Prime Lens as the preferred choice of optics, please do not engage yourself in a bokeh dreamland. 1/87 demand the clarity of the surrounding scene to make the image interesting and the ability to create a one-look story-line. Opening up your apertures to F1.2, F1.4, F1.8, F2 & F2.8 is not what you want to do. When the DOF is so shallow, no one can make out where you posed the figures and that totally defict the purpose of shooting 1/87. I did most of my photos here between F4 to F7.1.

 

#Tip 09 – Editing & Processing
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Photo: Do not do tight cropping unless the subject (secondary) is able to fill up the frame and viewer can still make out what is it.

 

Cropping is the main editing trick here for 1/87 photography. Similar to macro, you crop what you need – however with a little twist. You need to include the surrounding scene with emphasis on the 2nd subject or the 3rd subject to make your photo interesting. Otherwise might as well call it “Portrait-for-your-1/87-friend” right? Try not to overdo (saturation) your colors too – remember, you want the Irony Factor so the everyday items that you included in your frame must still look natural and in their real color. Tight cropping is not recommended, unless your 1/87 is posed on an object that is not too big to start with. In my example here, cookies and cakes.

 

#Tip 10 –  CreativityIMG_9653
Photo: Susan decided to putt to the last hole on the blackforest cake.
This is probably the most redundant tip in this article as all of you already know that most photography work requires your individual creativity to create interesting and unique images. I am including this tip here as a reminder for all of you to be creative. The tiny 1/87 size further demands you to think out of the box and even force you to envision a scene before you even start posing the figures. I am including this tip here also because I only have 9 Tips and “10 Tips” sounds better.

Have fun people!
Ed.

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NIKKOR interchangeable lens reaches total production milestone of 90 million

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NIKKOR interchangeable lens reaches total production milestone of 90 million.
Nikon proudly marks its milestone for a total production of 90 million NIKKOR lenses for the Nikon interchangeable lens camera. In addition to the milestone, NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor, an exclusive Nikon technology, reach 50 million for its total production. 

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04th November 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is proud to announce its milestone achievement of 90 million in total production of NIKKOR lenses1 for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras. The milestone, officially reached at the end of October 2014, is also accompanied by the equally momentous 50 million total production mark for NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition henceforth actively continued over the years with advanced optical technologies deployed onto its lenses and consequently expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for the Nikon 1, Nikon’s AdvancedCameras with Interchangeable lenses first released in October 2011.

Within months of its announcement of the 85 million mark in January 2014, NIKKOR lenses in its many years of rich history and knowledge in optical technology, continues at a steady rate to mark its next production milestone.

In addition to the 90 million milestone, the total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM, an autofocus motor developed by Nikon, has reached its 50 million total mark. The achievement comes within eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, one of the first lenses with the SWM.

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Nikon’s SWM converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, which in turn provides for exceptionally quiet autofocus photography. All NIKKOR lenses for SLR cameras released since 2004 have been equipped with the SWM2.

To date, a total of seventy two3 zoom lenses, fixed focal length (prime) lenses, and Micro lenses covering a broad range of focal lengths from ultra-wide-angle to super telephoto, equipped with the SWM have been released for FX- and DX-format digital SLR cameras. The SWM-adopted series also includes one3 fast, medium-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens for Nikon’s range of Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.

1Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses

2Does not include specialty lenses (PC-E lenses).

3The total number of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the SWM currently available (as of November 4, 2014).

Among the most recent products which adopted the SWM is the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, released in August 2014. This lens, compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, represents a new generation of high-performance super-telephoto lenses with its significantly lighter weight.

Nikon then further responded to the photographers’ needs in September 2014 by adding the ultra-wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its lineup of fast, f/1.8 fixed focal length (prime) lenses for Nikon FX-format cameras. Naturally, the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution. The lens also adopted Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat lens coating which controls generation of flare and ghost, while its ED lens elements achieves superior rendering capability with little chromatic aberration. The lens is remarkably portable due to its compact size and light weight, and it enables one of the best photographic expressions with the utilization of a wide angle and beautiful blur characteristics.

In June 2014, Nikon released the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 for its Nikon 1
and this super-telephoto zoom lens with a maximum focal length equivalent to 810mm is the world’s smallest and lightest4 lens in its class. The current lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses consists of twelve lenses with focal lengths ranging from 6.7mm to 300mm (angles of view equivalent to 18mm to 810mm in 35mm [135] format) for coverage of a broad range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto. The lineup will be further expanded in the future.

4Among interchangeable lenses with a focal length that exceeds the equivalent of 600mm in 35mm [135] format for digital still cameras equipped with autofocus functions available as of March 13, 2014. Comparison of the minimum volume with each lens. Statement based on Nikon research.

Together with the Nikon FX and DX-cameras, the extensive range of excellent NIKKOR lenses and its consistent production lineup are highly capable to fulfil a photographer’s desire of a perfect shot.

All information is current as of the date of release. It is subject to change without notice.

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About the NIKKOR brand
NIKKOR is Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding “r”, a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established, to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.

Nikon’s own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon’s lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced camera with interchangeable lenses.

In 2013, Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses with a variety of activities conveying the advantages of NIKKOR lenses, under the theme of “ART meets TECHNOLOGY makes HISTORY” including creation of the “Eyes of Nikon” photo collection, and collaboration in the creation of “Masters of the Light”, a collection of artistic photographs captured with NIKKOR lenses. The celebration continued in 2014 with the “Eyes of Nikon Photo Exhibition” held at Nikon Plaza Shanghai.

About Nikon
Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, please visit www.nikon.com.sg

Nikon Singapore Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

 

 

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Seeing Pink at Eighteen Chefs

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Seeing Pink at Eighteen Chefs
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Photo: PPSG at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

03rd November 2014, SingaporePINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) recently had a Dinner Photography Event at Eighteen Chefs, Dhoby Ghaut Branch (The Cathay). This event was specially arranged with Eighteen Chefs, and PINK was given their own special section to run the event.

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Photo: PPSG Goodie-Bags at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

The event started with AL, the Founding Member who gave a short talk on shooting Food photography and about volunteering with organizations (social enterprises) that supports the employment of ex-offenders. A low profile supporter himself, he advocates “2nd chances” for ex-offenders through many of his activities from his various associated groups.

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Photo (L to R): AL, Mrs. & Mr. Benny SE Teo, Mr. & Mrs. Danny Teo.
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

The air time were also passed to Chef Benny SE Teo, the person who started the Eighteen Chefs franchise in Singapore. Chef Benny also shared a little about Eighteen Chefs and how he decided to start the franchise. He engaged the attendees freely to which the attendees responded positively. To read more about Eighteen Chefs, you may wish to visit here.

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Photo: AL sharing tips on his photos exhibited at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

After the Opening, the attendees were shown AL’s works on the restaurant wall and on the digital screen at the entrance which exhibited AL’s photos when he was engaged to shoot by the franchisee to create a “fresh perspective” of the existing menu items.

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Photo: AL sharing tips with attendees at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

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Photo: PINK Attendees shooting at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

Dinner commenced but strangely, no one was eating instead. Instead, cameras were heard clicking away and the attendees were trying out AL’s shooting tips and having fun with their dinner (and others’ dinner too!). METZ also provided the attendees with demo flash units to try and use. There were so much laughter and talking until the attendees were reminded to eat their dinner!

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Photo: Live Demo at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

After the dinner, a special session was arranged to have an Eighteen Chefs staff to do a live demo on creating the restaurant’s popular Waffle with Ice Cream. From what we can see, everyone was enjoying and having a good time! If you had not tried the waffle from Eighteen Chef, we will suggest you check this out soon. It’s our favorite!

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Photo: The Waffle from the Live Demo at Eighteen Chefs
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

Before we round up the evening, a mini lucky draw was held and many won prizes!
Seeing Pink? Everyone is looking forward to the next PINK event again!
Let’s relive the lucky draw moments below. :)

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Photo: The Mini Lucky Draw Winners.
Photo by Benny Ng (Penguin Pictures)

 

Before we pen off, We would like to extend our Thanks to;

Venue Sponsor/ Host
– Eighteen Chefs /Dhoby Ghaut, The Cathay
(Danny Teo & Magdalene Teo-Yong).

Special Guest
– Chef Benny SE Teo (Eighteen Chefs Singapore)

Lucky Draw Prize Sponsors
– METZ Singapore/ Schmidt Marketing
– Ourshutterjourney LLP

Event Photography
– Penguin Pictures (Benny Ng)

And ALL the attendees that made this event a successful one!
What you can do right are;

- Join PINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) here.
– Like Eighteen Chefs Facebook here.
– Find Out More about METZ here.
– Like Penguin Pictures here.

Cheers,
Ed.

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Sony World Photography Awards 2014

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Sony World Photography Awards Launch Hunt to Uncover Singapore’s Best Photographer!
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Last year’s winning image taken by Chin Boon Leng
© Chin Boon Leng, 1st Place, Singapore National Award, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

 – Singapore National Award is open for entries and will close at 23.59 GMT on Monday 5 January 2015.

- The Sony World Photography Awards and Singapore National Award are free to enter. All images submitted must have been shot in 2014. Full conditions of entry are available at www.worldphoto.org   

- Images from the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards are available via the World Photography Organisation (WPO) press centre. Please register at press.worldphoto.org/register

28th October 2014, Singapore – The Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, together with Sony Singapore, today launches a competition to discover Singapore’s best photographer.

Singapore National Award is open to photographers of all abilities from Singapore. Entries are free via www.worldphoto.org and photographers can enter any of ten categories. The judges will uncover and honour the best single image by a Singaporean national from across these categories.

This special award offers an amazing opportunity for budding photographers to have their work seen globally and be recognized alongside the world’s leading photographers.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be announced on 18 March 2015. The winning photographer will receive the latest Sony α7S full frame camera and flown to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony, while the second and third place winners will receive runner-up prizes. All three photographers will have their work displayed alongside professional photographers from around the globe as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition held in London from 24th of April to 10th of May 2015 and showcased online at www.worldphoto.org. More details of the top three prizes can be found below.

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography. The awards include: 15 Professional categories for serious photographers; 10 Open categories for enthusiasts; the Student Focus competition for higher education photography students aged 18-28 and a Youth Competition for photographers under 20.

The winner of Singapore National Award will be chosen from entries to the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Singaporean nationals. Once the participant enters the Open competition, he or she will not be able to enter the Youth or Professional competition.

The Open competition includes ten categories:

●     Architecture

●     Arts & Culture

●     Enhanced

●     Low-light

●     Nature & Wildlife

●     Panoramic

●     People

●     Smile

●     Split second

●     Travel

The competition will close on 5 January 2015. Entries will firstly be judged by WPO’s pre-selection committee and a winner will be decided by a special judging panel including Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organisation comments, “The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Singapore to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Singaporean photographers.”

Melvin Pang, Head, Marketing Division, Sony Singapore comments, “The National Awards are a great vehicle to recognise talent on a regional basis and it’s extremely interesting to see the different styles emanating from individual countries. We want to support these national talents and provide them with the best cameras and lenses so that they can focus on the creative subjects in front of them.”

The top three prizes for the Singapore National Award are:

1st Place

·         Sony α7S camera with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS

·         A trip to attend Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London

·         Winning image will be showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Winning image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

2nd Place

·         Sony α7 camera with Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

·         Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

3rd Place

·         Sony α6000 with Vario-Tessar T*E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS

·         12 months WPO advanced membership on www.worldphoto.org

·         Image will be digitally showcased as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015

·         Image will be showcased on www.worldphoto.org

 

About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed.  WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visitwww.worldphoto.org

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/


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1/87 Photography

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1/87 Photography

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15th October 2014, Singapore – Some interesting photos had been making their rounds on social media. I am sure most of you would have seen them. All these photos were mainly tiny  1/87 scale (about 22mm) figures posed on food items or everyday scenes to create an interesting scene that is smacked right in between reality and creativity.

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These figures are manufactured by 3 major companies who specializes in scale models. I am not naming these 3 companies here as I am not paid to do so. The figures comes in various poses for various settings and themes so it does offers a lot of options for the photographers who are venturing into this.

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To start, you can go to popular online shopping sites like amazon or ebay and type “1/87 figures” on the search bar and you will be presented with all kinds of 1/87 scale figure listing. Some of these figurines are costly while some are ridiculously cheap. For example, a pair of  adult-theme figures will costs you the same for buying half a dozen of everyday figures. Some limited edition figures can costs up to a few hundreds too, so I will suggest do your research, plan your photography project carefully before you even purchase any of these.

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Now, how to properly create such photos? To start, I am sure you will notice the very shallow depth of field (background blur). This is intentional as to mask out whatever that is behind the scene that might make the photo weird or unnatural. So I will suggest using lenses that are F2.0 or wider to achieve the blur effect while the the camera is set to center one- spot focus properly differentiate what you want to be in focus (the figures) and what not.

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Now we have dealt with the shallow depth of field, next will be getting the details from the tiny 1/87 figures. You must be thinking how can that be done, well, I will suggest picking a prime lens from 50mm onwards and that allows you to focus not too far away. A macro lens will be the perfect choice since macro lenses are known for their details and their special ability to go really close to the subject to extract insane details.

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Next, will be getting the right figures for the right subject to create that magical effect. Since these figures comes in hundreds of themes, I will personally suggest buying those which are depicted as carrying out an activity. These will be easier for you to link up subjects or for shooting placement. Once you are used to shooting such scales, then I will suggest you buying those figures which are simply posed and not engaging in activity.

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Photo taken from emmalouiselayla.com

Due to the tiny scale and small size, these figures are easy to bring to anywhere you like. Although there is that slim chance of your figures going missing, it is better to carry these little guys in a match box or a tiny tin container from a mint drop. Shooting these outdoor is not easy too. You lose the control of light and easy setting of shooting indoors and you will probably be shooting in a prone position on a busy street if your camera does not have a tilt screen. But on the positive side, shooting these figures outdoors means unlocking all possibilities of shooting with these tiny figurines.

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Photo taken from 1-87vehicles.org

I am glad to share that apart from people figures, the manufacturers does produce 1/87 scale vehicles too. Similar to “people” figurines that comes in hundred of themes, 1/87 vehicles offers anything from 2 wheels to a full size Boeing A380 passenger jet complete with thousands of accessories. Combine these vehicles with “human” of matching themes, you can now create realistic scenes that are so special and unique!

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Take the Christmas scene from the above photo as an example. With a little creativity, you can create a full scene like the above with matching trees, lamp posts, snow etc together with figures & vehicles. It all depends on your creativity and what you want to achieve. My last tip here will be to pay a little more attention to the lighting as it will determined if your scene looks interesting real or just a badly done miniature shot.

Oh lastly, when making the purchase for the 1/87 figures or vehicles, make sure you are buying painted ones too. Have fun and I will be back with my own set of miniature 1/87 photos soon.

Ed.

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METZ PHOTOKINA NEWS 2014

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METZ PHOTOKINA NEWS 2014

08th October 2014, Singapore – The recent Photokina 2014 had seen manufacturers from all over the world releasing new products from their latest innovations into the photography market and Metz is one of the brand that we are watching really closely. The flash & studio lighting specialist (Metz) announced a couple of industry-leading products at the international show as expected. Let’s check out their new releases below.

Mecablitz – electronic flash units and accessories
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Photo: The insane spec-ed mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital  from Germany.

mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital is a new product. This flash unit was already introduced some weeks ago, nevertheless it is a Photokina novelty. The 64 AF-1 digital is the strongest compact flash unit in the world with a max. guide number of 64. Next to the high guide number the special highlights are the large colour touch screen display with swivel function, a sync socket, a programme storage, rapid operation mode for fast recycling times and an auto zoom of 24 to 200 mm.

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Photo: The futuristic-looking mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital  from Germany.

For the first time Metz presented the new compact flash mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital at Photokina. This flash unit is ideally suitable for CSC cameras due to its size and has a guide number of 26, a vertical tilt reflector and as a special highlight an integrated LED video light.

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Photo: The new mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital.

mecastudio – studio flashes and accessories
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Photo: The mighty mecastudio TL-600

The studio flashes and kits of the Top Line Series were presented at this year’s Photokina. The range consists of the single units mecastudio TL-600 and mecastudio TL-300 as well as the two kits mecastudio TL-600 SB-Kit II and mecastudio TL-300 SB-Kit II.


mecalight – LED video lights and accessories

Cameras with integrated Full HD video functions continue to be popular with film makers. The demand for LED permanent light had increased tremendously. Answering to market calls, Metz completes the range with new & interesting LED video lights.

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Photo: mecalight LED-960 DL with 144 LEDs – That’s lots of LED!
For ambitious and professional video filmers and photographers we add two more powerful lights. mecalight LED-960 DL contains 144 LEDs which is twice as much power as the current Metz LED-480. Special highlights are, besides the 960 Lux, a CRI of ≥ 90, usability of external Sony batteries as well as a Wireless Dimming function. mecalight LED-960 DC also has an adjustable control function for the colour temperature.

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Photo: The cute & highly portable mecalight LED-72 smart

In this era where more and more photos and shorts films are made with Smartphones, Metz released an interesting LED light for this target group. The compact LED light mecalight LED-72 smart is the ideal companion for such Smartphone users. Highly portable and cute, this light comes in five different trendy colors and fits all headphone sockets of most smartphones or tablets. However, it does not use power of the mobiles devices. LED-72 smart has an integrated Lithium battery and can be charged via the integrated USB socket .

Get your METZ today!

To buy METZ products from Ourshutterjourney.com Accredited dealers, click here.For more information on Metz products in Singapore, please make contact Schmidt Marketing .

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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (2014)

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Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (2014)
- The Mighty Tamron Has Arrived.

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Photo: The New Tamron 150-600mm produces sharp & crisp photo. 1/1000, F8, ISO400

03rd October 2014, Singapore – Tamron’s latest lens – the mighty SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is set to win more fans. It is not too difficult for one to see that Tamron is taking photographers’ needs seriously, like in the case of the recent Tamron 16-300mm superzoom lens, or the earlier 24-70mm, Tamron is moving away from “the alternative lens” and re-branding itself – not by means of heavy marketing, but by using quality optics and solid lens build to reclassify itself. Anyone who has been in photography long enough will know that Tamron has come a long way. From an OEM lens manufacturer with ISO 9001 certification to launching & marketing its own lenses – and constantly updating its lens lineup, Tamron is one brand to watch.

The new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is the latest proof that Tamron is here to stay. Launched as the super telephoto zoom lens for the serious hobbyists or the advanced photographers, this lens is also targeting at professional photographers who needs a more manageable sized lens that are practical and produces quality images. This lens is not a huge load to start with, at 1951gm, this lens is suitable for handheld shooting without breaking your arm. I took this lens out for a day to the local bird park and and I am glad to share that my arms survived the weight of the lens without any pods.

 

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Photo: Yes, that’s me. And Yes, that’s the New Tamron 150-600mm.

 

Using this lens for an afternoon at the bird park last week was indeed a joy. Let me share why. I purposely chose an APS-C camera for this review so that I actually get 225mm to 900mm after the crop factoring on my APS-C camera sensor (or 35mm equivalent) and that allows me to shoot really “close” to the birds at the park. Birds are sensitive animal and they are particularly wary (or defensive) when someone walks near to them or within their sight. So having a super long focal range like the 600mm (900mm) actually allows me to shoot these birds from far and without having to disturb the birds or risk putting them on alert mode.

 

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Photo: The New Tamron 150-600mm rendered excellent color tones and images are contrasty. 1/800, F11, ISO640
Although many birding photographers will swear by their “F2.8″, I found the Tamron’s aperture F5-6.3 very useable and should I say, sensible. Under the typical sun, F5-6.3 is considered “bright” and it is enough to be used with today’s DSLRs which comes with better ISO performance and that sort of allow the photographer to shoot at fast speed, fast enough to freeze subjects and still creates a beautiful background blur. Many photographers will tell you that you need to have a super wide aperture to create background blur (bokeh), but many actually forgot the other way is to use the DOF, like in the case of long lenses, your distance to subject is far, you can still get nice creamy background blur – just like all the photo examples here.

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Photo: Check out the amount of details presented here. Shot at the longest 600mm end. 1/1000, F11, ISO800.

The 150-600mm may be a super telephoto zoom lens, but I like the fact that the minimum focusing distance is only a mere 2.7 m which essentially allows the user to double up the lens as a tele-portrait lens at the 150-200mm range. This lens is not just about covering focal range for those who are probably thinking what’s inside the lens. Tamron has a newly designed optics that comes in a whopping 20 elements in 13 groups. Featuring three units of Tamron’s “goodie” LD Glass (Low Dispersion), users can be assured of quality images free from your usual distortions and discolorations which is typical with super telephoto zoom lenses. Designed as 9-blader, the round blades creates beautiful and creamy background blur even at small apertures. And all these are incorporated nicely into a lens build size of 258mm x 106mm, a very manageable size to carry around – in your bag or in your hands.

 

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Photo: 200mm. 1/1000, F11, ISO800.

 

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Photo: 200mm. 1/1000, F16, ISO1600.

 

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Photo: Hand held shooting with the new Tamron 150-600mm is easy.

Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Control (VC) works really well and fast. When I was shooting at the bird park, most of the time these lovely birds are constantly moving at varying speeds so with the lens’ built in VC, it helped a lot in reducing blur shots and I can even track-pan the subject effortlessly knowing that I am being “compensated” by the VC by about 4 stops of speed. The autofocus (AF) is noted as very fast and accurate while I was shooting with it. The focus lock-on is amazingly fast & accurate and the other point to note about this lens, it is so quiet that you can barely here the lens focusing. This is excellent especially if you are shooting a lot in nature where the slightest noise gets picked up by wild life.

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Photo: 200mm. 1/800, F14, ISO400.

 

Since most wildlife photographers crop their photos, let’s check out the image shot the new Tamron 150-600mm after cropping. Below is a shot of a pelican whip-splashing water to cool itself down on a hot afternoon.

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I decided to do a 80% crop on the head.

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The Red Box is what I am going to crop out. See below for the cropped image.

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Not bad. At 20% of the image’s original size, I am still able to see most of the details of this pelican. Next 2 photo is based on the original photo and followed by a 50% crop.

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Photo: At 100%

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Photo: At 50%

Apparently after cropping 50%, the image retains all the details very clearly. There is no visible distortion, CA etc which some telephoto lenses suffers so badly with. At this point, I am already sold with the new Tamron 150-600mm. On handling, the large and grippy zoom ring & focusing ring are very smooth during operation and very comfortable to hold. Most users will feel that the weight of the lens are positioned to the front lens element away from the body, this is really a clever way to make the lens feels balanced and not that heavy after you mounted it on a DSLR. The front of the lens accepts 95mm screw on filters and if you are going to put one there, the weight of the 95mm filter will add a couple more grams to it.
The barrel are made from a solid & sturdy composite material which seems to handle the outdoor heat pretty well. Holding the 150-600mm makes me feel like I am holding the Canon EF28-300mm L – yes, it is that solid!

 

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Photo: These guys are not shy, but when I am within 30 meters of their feeding pan, they all stopped feeding & looked up. I slowly held up my camera and shot this. 500mm. 1/500, F8, ISO640.

 

In summary, the NEW 2014 Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is a great super telephoto zoom lens that are practical and very much affordable than its equivalents with wider apertures. As mentioned, given today’s crop of DSLRs, high ISO is no longer an issue so that actually eliminated the problem of not having enough light thus allowing the user to shoot at higher shutter speed. The lens is well-built and designed, certainly purposeful and practical. I feel that the lens can take a few levels of abuse too (giggling).  The images that were produced are excellent and rendered with very minimum distortions or ghostings while producing contrasty and photos with really nice colors.

If you are thinking to invest into your first real super telephoto zoom lens, look no further, the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD is certainly a good buy if not, a good investment.

Ed.

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Photo: The Tamron 150-600mm is really a joy to use.

 

To find out more about this lens, click here.
To buy this lens from Tamron Singapore’s appointed dealers, click here.
To buy this lens from Ourshutterjourney.com dealers, click here.

Special Thanks to:
– Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation) for the lenses.
– Trisha Lim (Behind-the-scenes Photographer)

About Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation (Far East) Pte Ltd)
Tamron Singapore (GSH Corporation (Far East) Pte Ltd) are committed to provide the best prices and after-sales service to all consumers and that is reflected in our commitment of a 5 years warranty. There are always greater benefits and extra savings when you purchase a Tamron lens, buy with a peace of mind, use with a peace of mind.

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Pink Submissions #03 “The Unknown” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submissions #03 “The Unknown” Editor’s Picks
(Special Feature & Winners Announcement)
Proudly Sponsored by Schmidt Marketing.
Pink Feature

02nd October 2014, Singapore – The “Pink Submissions” is fast catching on among the female photographers in Singapore. After 2 previous rounds of running this submission – essentially a photo-sharing initiative based on the given theme, we had gotten many new submissions from many new PINK members. And we are pleased to note that the photo standards & quality had also escalated to a different (but higher) level. When Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) started this, we even gotten some merchants interested and the Pink Submissions became a theme-based sharing + critique + contest at the same time. We are glad to report that we received about 50+ entries this round.

From the members’ response, I have a feeling this will go on for a long, long time. With or without a prize sponsor, Pink Submissions will go on! Following the style from our last submission, let’s hear what the Judges/ Sponsors have to say about this submission/ theme.

“We had studied closely the past 2 submissions before deciding to come in as the sponsor for the #03 submissions. We must admit that the photographers from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) are very creative & resourceful people. We were very impressed with the past submissions and hope to create more fun for the members.

While we were thinking hard what theme to allocate for this round, we chanced upon a suggestion from Miss Magdalene Teo-Yong, a PPSG member/ administrator who suggested <<The Unknown>>, guess what?
We love the theme & we confirmed the theme immediately with the Editor AL.

For the judging, trust us, it’s not easy, we love almost every photo!”
– Marketing Department, Schmidt Marketing.

OK, that’s the message from our sponsor Schmidt Marketing for the #03 Submissions!
Ladies, I am so proud of all of you and I must say this. “Pink Did It Again!”

As usual, we were not able to feature every submitted photos due to photo size or for any reasons. So, I had picked out the below photos from the crop to run this feature.
Enjoy!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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“The Unknown”
#03 Pink Submissions Featured Photos.

Editor’s Pick #01 – Photo by Yoong Sann
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“Clever use of the interesting cloud textures & rendering in monochrome for the final delivery. tree branches and the sign that reads ‘Beware of Snakes’ completes the theme nicely. For a person to be at this place with a sky like that, yes, it is Unknown what else might be out there – excluding the snakes. Nice one.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #02 – Photo by Adelene Ng
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“The night Moon is one of the favorite subject among photographers. Match the moon with any sinister looking house or over a scene does creates the feeling of fear, uncertainty and ‘the Unknown” effortlessly. Although many countries had landed on the moon today, the moon remains a mystery to scientists & astrologists. Adelene rendered her photo of the moon into monochrome which simply made the moon more mysterious and sinister.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #03 – Photo by Doreen WooDoreen Woo
“A view of the Milky Way, where millions of stars formed and created this beautiful sight off our sky. Mankind had extensively studied what’s around our solar system, but the real deal is, at least 99% of the universe remains unknown to us. Using the tall grass as the foreground interest with a few trees at the back, the Milky Way (which is supposedly the main subject) now blends nicely into the frame making this image a scene rather than a solo subject photo. Simple yet Brilliant!” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #04 – Photo by Magdalene Teo-YongMag Teo2
” This is a ‘look-up’ shot of the Milky Way by Magdalene. On first look, we weren’t too impressed then it struck us that she had caught a shooting star in the frame. When we scrutinize the photo a 2nd and a further 3rd time, only then, we ‘got the feel’ of this photo and yes, looking up to the sky filled with millions of stars, with the Milky Way looking like the Eye of the Sky and the shooting star passing by, this combination does evokes the thought, rakes up a sense of fear yet exciting, a sight to behold. Wait, how many many of you were lucky enough to caught a shooting star?” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #05 – Photo by Ellis Jade Tay
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“This Kaleidoscopic look are commonly used by photographers for creating a rush or flying-in effect. However, many got it wrong by applying this technique everywhere. To create such a photo, the photographer must first search for a combination of lights that are strategically positioned before attempting to do this. Ellis selected a good background for this image and created an interesting image with varying lights of all shapes and sizes this is impressively different.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #06 – Photo by Alyssa ChanAlyssa Chan1
“War Memorials Cemetery is a sad & peaceful place. A place where heroes were remembered and honored. If you happen to visit a memorial one day, you will notice that many tombstones were marked as ‘Un-Named’, ‘Nameless” or ‘Unknown’. For many died or disappeared without a name to them while fighting a war. This is yet another interesting translation of the theme by Alyssa Chan.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #07 – Photo by Esther WongEsther Wong
“Esther took this shot in between rows of cactus. The corridor formed a path that are lined with thorns that depicts danger, Although this image was shot based on a reduced ratio, however if this scene is life size – this means if a person can actually walk through this path, indeed, no one knows where the path will leads to. It is unknown and this is unknown.”
– AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #08 & #09 – Photo by Joanna NgJoanna Ng5
“Clever use of the sun light piercing through the misty dews creating an interesting scene that makes a person think what is ahead. Definitely unknown  to anyone with a thousand possibilities. The only way to find out? Explore further.” – AL, Editor.

Joanna Ng
“Another creative scene of a corridor (by Joanna Ng) that seems to go on and takes forever to the end – if there is an end. The bright colors and the contrasty black against the bright orange color makes this scene a thinking piece. Unknown to the viewer, this scene deserves a second thought, good shot.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #10, #11 & #12 – Photo by Alice Chia
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“A shot of a Danbo figurine staring at a wall hole. Interesting lighting (check out the long shadow of the figurine) and yes, it is unknown to the Danbo on what lies beyond that wall hole, it is unknown. Simply perfect for the theme.” – AL, Editor.

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“I believed this is a bowl that Alice used. The Danbo is hanging on to the side of the bowl with a little red line (could be depicting a live-saving line that snapped) and looking down at an imaginery infinity pool or something. Very thought-evoking shot”
– AL, Editor.

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“Another Excellent shot by Alice Chia, the Danbo seen here is looking down at possibly a drain cover. The lighting makes this shot particularly mysterious and the unknown factor(s) beneath those sinister looking grilles. This shot is definitely creative & Alice’s clever use of light makes this shot very, very interesting. Excellent shot” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #13 – Photo by Doris AngDoris Ang
“Doris’s shot (above) had the editorial team as well as our sponsors commenting on the Unknown factor about this factor. Seen here is Mario & Luigi looking at a map and seemingly lost. They are probably so lost that it is unknown to them which way should they go next. We were hoping that the piece of pink color pos-it pad on the left bottom could be removed digitally too. We decided to feature this photo because we still love this photo. What about you?” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #14 & 15 – Photo by Tan Pei Wen
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“Using the shower doors as a tool for making this shot seems very logical especially when the given theme was “The Unknown”. Look carefully at Pei Wen’s shot, it could have reminded you of some sci-fi or horror flicks that you had watched before and this fits into the theme nicely as most of the time, the Unknown is associated with fear and uncertainties. Rendering this shot into monochrome just makes this shot more scary – we love it!” – AL, Editor.

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“Here’s another shot by Pei Wen, a color & tighter version of the earlier photo. This shot shares the same mood and the ‘unknown’ factor of the photo above – only better! We love this shot too!” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #16 – Photo by Magdalene Teo-Yong
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“Shot at Bukit Brown Cemetery in Singapore, this is the next cemetery to go – for land redevelopment. Many statues of North Indian Singh soldiers can be seen at various tombs. These are ‘Guards” and supposedly the richer folks employs these guards to watch over their house & properties when they were alive and after their passing, these guards statues continues to guard their ‘home’. For theme “The Unknown”, it is indeed unknown to us – the living on what these ‘Guards” are really watching.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #17 – Photo by Alice ChiaAlice Chia1
‘”Alice submitted this photo of a pair of cosplayers posing. Although it is unknown to us where the unknown factor was, it is further unknown to us how this photo can be related to the unknown theme except that the cosplayers were looking at an unknown photographer with an unknown look on them. I am really just kidding here. The editorial team & judges really can make out where the unknown factor was, but we like the expression on the female cosplayer’s face.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #18 & #19– Photo by Fione (Wee N Soh)Wee N Soh
“If I remembered correctly, Fione shot this scene at a shopping centre along Orchard Road (Central). Using reflections, the surrounding facades, she created a scene that is interesting and mysteriously spooky. We like the dark surrounding area as it emphasize the subject nicely. We like the mood that Fione created too.” – AL, Editor.

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“People looking curiously at an oversized lighted chinese opera mask. Using slow shutter, some of the people were blurred intentionally creating motion in this photo.
However, everything else that moves, the mask remained rooted, staring blankly to everyone and anyone that went near it. Did you saw the eyes moved? Unknown.”
– AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #20– Photo by Tan Pei WenPeiwen3
“Another great work from Pei Wen, it is unknown to us what eye is this. But the subtle lighting, the monochrome rendering does makes this shot very moody and a tad spooky. We love the feel of this shot.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #21– Photo by Sally Tan-Lee
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“Abandoned boats? The sky that are gloomy? Nobody in sight? There are many unknown factor here which we are trying to understand what Sally was expressing.
We decided that the ‘Unknown’ factor here is this place is quiet and lonely, creating a sense of uncertain and anticipation.” – AL, Editor.

OK people, we have come to the end of “Editor’s Pick” for the #03 Pink Submissions “The Unknown”. Before you scroll to the winning entries below, I would like to thank everyone from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) who participated in this.

And the Prize Winners for the #03 PINK SUBMISSION are!
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Proudly Sponsored by Schmidt Marketing. )

1st Prize – Alice Chia
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2nd Prize – Joanna Ng
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3rd Prize – Fione (Wee N Soh)Wee N Soh1

 

Congratulations to All the Winners!
You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
Thank you for your participation!

Special Thanks to Schmidt Marketing for sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #04 Pink Submissions!

Ed.

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Artisan&Artist – Leica Edition

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Artisan&Artist Leica Edition
- Complete with a System Camera Bag, Neck strap & Wrist strap.

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30th October 2014, Singapore – ARTISAN&ARTIST is pleased to announce the launch of a new system camera bag, neck strap and wrist strap created as ARTISAN&ARTIST Edition for Leica.

ARTISAN&ARTIST, a Japanese brand, which embodies outstanding craftsmanship without compromising to the demand of artists, shares with Leica the passion for handcrafted excellence, elegant design and highest quality.

Ideal for short trips and travel with only the essential camera equipment this bag provides sufficient space for basic camera gear. It is safe and convenient storage for all essential items.

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Thanks to the contrasting combination of black leather and red stitches, the bag look classic and elegant. The design is extremely stylish and made with the finest leather together with hard-wearing weatherproof nylon. The inner sides of the bag are all about safety and adaptations. The bag can be used as an elegant casual shoulder bag when inlay dividers are removed. Additional film, memory cards or a spare battery can be carried in the sewn-in inner pocket. A wrist strap and a neck strap presented in elegant green-brown silk are available separately as optional camera accessories to match system bag. Thanks to elaborate plaiting process the straps are tear-resistant and exceptionally strong. Protective tabs for the leather end pieces protects the camera body and prevent scratching.

The ARTISAN&ARTIST Edition for Leica system bag will be available in Leica Stores and Boutiques from November 2014.

http://www.leica.com/

About ARTISAN & ARTIST Co., Ltd.
ARTISAN & ARTIST Co., Ltd. was launched in 1991, and it designs, manufactures, and markets various products including accessories and apparels under ARTISAN&ARTIST brand.

ARITSAN&ARTIST transmits the company principle, the pride as a “Japanese brand”, from Japan to the world through the products with the following messages incorporated: innovative and clear concepts; “beautility” created from simple design; well-selected materials imposing strict standards; uncompromised structure manufactured by experienced artisans with prominent technique; and a reliable after-sales customer service to maintain product’s longevity.

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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash
- Featuring Dyan Tjhia.

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Photo: Dyan Tjhia & her camera fitted with Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

 

30th September 2014, Singapore – Famed for their high quality flashes that are favored by professional photographers from around the world, German Flash maker METZ has an interesting flash among their product line of professional flashes – the Mecablitz 15 MS-1. This professional macro flash is unique in many ways, the MS-1 runs on a wireless macro flash system via two individually-controlled reflectors that promises the user precision illumination and a balanced light distribution which many other macro flashes struggles. Metz managed to figure out what type of light adjustments, light throw and illumination control that a macro photographer really need and use.

Another interesting point to note is, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 operates via wireless TTL which is controlled by the master flash mounted on the hot shoe. And this professional flash runs on just 02 AAA batteries which I will not share where the battery chamber is. It took us (pretty amazing after we found the battery chamber) a while at first to figure out how to use this flash.

We decided to invite Dyan Tjhia, an avid macro photographer as well as an award-winning sports photographer to take the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 out for a day and below are the photos that Dyan had shot using her camera with the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 . Let’s check out her photos below. If you searching for the specifications, it’s right below after the jump.

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I am sure that you will agree that Dyan’s photos above were awesome. It is no wonder why the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 (a true performer flash that) is trusted & used by professional macro photographers. Personally, I like the wireless TTL feature as I get pretty irritated by coiled cables from other macro flashes. From Dyan’s photos above, we noted on the even distribution of light, the not-so-harsh flash landed on the subject pretty gently if I must describe in easy terms.

Priced competitively, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 is one excellent (and interesting) macro flash to purchase. Get yours today!

Buy the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 here.

Technical Specifications.
Wireless TTL flash control
– Two reflector system, individually pivoting (0°, 10°, 20°) and separately controlled
– Ratio function (light distribution from left to right
– Horizontal (20°) pivoting reflector
– Dot matrix display
– Standard 50 mm illumination
– Enclosed bouncer disc for softer illumination
– Adjustable light (modelling light)
– Integrated autofocus auxiliary light
– Flash standby and exposure control indicator on flash unit
– Flash functions for specific camera models in remote TTL mode

Operates as slave flash unit in the following operating modes:
– E-TTL – remote flash mode (Canon)
– i-TTL- remote flash mode (Nikon / Fujifilm)
– P-TTL remote flash mode (Pentax / Samsung)
– Four-Thirds TTL remote flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
– ADI remote flash mode (Sony Alpha)

Basic flash functions

– TTL remote flash operating mode (as slave unit)
– Slave flash mode with pre-flash suppression
– Slave flash mode with learn function
– Manual flash mode with 6 partial lighting levels
– 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization

Flash output
– Max. guide number (GN) of 15 for ISO 100/21° and 50 mm
– High number of flashes (e.g. 200 full flashes with NiMH batteries, 1000 mAh)
– Flash recycle time 0.3 – 5 secs (depending on the energy source and flash output)

Included in delivery
– 52, 55 and 58 mm adapter rings
– Bouncer disc
– IR clip-ons
– Belt pouch

The Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital that is directly mounted on the lens, and is suitable for nearly all cameras DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung or Sony Alpha.

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