A gem of a shoot

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Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of shooting with a truly wonderful person. Miss M works at a well known hair salon in my locale. We had become acquainted a few months ago. I noticed her as “the new girl” (I get my hair cut and my wife gets her nails done there so I know all the regulars).

Something was different about this girl though. She had a quiet confidence about her. Not arrogance but rather an inherent self-assurance coupled with what I sensed was a gentle spirit. I am seldom wrong aboit personalities :) My curiosity was officially piqued…

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What I didn’t know about her was that she is also a gifted gospel music singer…soon releasing her first single.

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To top it off, it turned out that she was also a trained model! I rarely shot with pro models. Not for lack of them but because I have many friends who simply love photos so I always have a willing amateur model available. I though she would join that list of happy campers but she had that ace up her sleeve. It was a pleasant surprise, then.

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I got home from work and immediately set up while she went to get her brother who happened to be visiting from out of town. The timing was perfect; she had a day off, I had an extra pair of hands if I needed, I was set to leave my office on time (in my other life I have an 8-5 job ;)) and best of all, I was psyched!

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It has been a while since I wrote a full blog post, so perhaps I should just pause shut up now and let the pictures tell their thousand words. This is, after all, a photography weblog ;)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the images as much as I enjoyed capturing them…

2014…The Year of The Personal Project

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Yesterday I was at an old friend’s inaugural photo exhibition. The usual suspects (read OneTouch crew) were in attendance.

While chatting with#aFewGoodMen, I felt really challenged by two of them about my social media habits. Especially my blogging.

This year I made up my mind, would be the year of the Personal Project for me. I’ll shoot a lot more for myself and if while I’m at it, a client comes along, I will happily accommodate them.

Higher SNR

In electrical engineering there is what’s called SNR – Signal to Noise Ratio. What that means in simple terms, is that when you transmit some information electrically, it has a bit of “dirt.” Sort of like those days when I would shoot film and carefully develop it, only to find little specs of dust on some of the negatives. I would painstakingly clean them before making a print.

So too in this age of information glut. I decided I will not just post volume but substance. I have no intention of blogging for its own sake. I want to blog usefully. Minimal noise, maximum signal.

The photo I have posted here is a screenshot from the post-processing of a portfolio shoot I did earlier this year. It serves two purposes here:

It is a BTS (Behind The Scenes) shot, yielding a glimpse into what goes on after you press the shutter.

More importantly, it is a symbol of reducing “noise” (culling less than perfect images) and increasing “signal.”

This year I’ll blog more, but I’ll try to make sure I am transmitting signal. Not noise.

(Full blog post with images from this shoot…coming soon)

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#WinterPortfolio continued

I have been test driving my Samsung Galaxy camera over the past few weeks. When I day test driving, think real-world use. I haven’t been shooting any target charts,  no MTFs, no chromatic aberration tests. Just randomly picking it up and taking deliberate photos. Popping it into my jacket pocket and stepping out in these sub-zero temperatures to take photos.

So far,  I have been very happy with it. Shutter lag was one of the biggest downers to all the compact cameras I had handled. Not any more. Once it focuses,  which it does effortlessly, you press, it captures.

I went out again today and took some more photos…

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Winter skies

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More to come soon…

Brasil, ao vivo!

MarkOneStudios:

As the year ends, I’m in reminiscent mood. This is an ode, then, to one of my favourite places in the world. Brazil!

Originally posted on MarkOneStudios:

Over the years, I have been really blessed to have travelled to just about every continent, for various projects.

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One place I have really come to love is Brazil. It is such a vast land, with such vast differences in culture, tradition and landscape…

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What really draws me is that wherever you go, you feel like you belong. The people are so friendly. They may not speak much English, but the language of friendship is universal. You can feel their warmth and tangibly sense their desire to want to help, language barriers notwithstanding!

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It’s a land of colour, literally and figuratively. I think the term melting pot really comes to life here. It’s a country amalgamated from people of every culture and background you can think of. You will find people with unmistakably Japanese features who don’t speak a word of Japanese. They only speak Portuguese. You will find ‘native’…

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Brasil, ao vivo!

MarkOneStudios:

As the year ends, I’m in reminiscent mood. This is an ode, then, to one of my favourite places in the world. Brazil!

Originally posted on MarkOneStudios:

Over the years, I have been really blessed to have travelled to just about every continent, for various projects.

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One place I have really come to love is Brazil. It is such a vast land, with such vast differences in culture, tradition and landscape…

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What really draws me is that wherever you go, you feel like you belong. The people are so friendly. They may not speak much English, but the language of friendship is universal. You can feel their warmth and tangibly sense their desire to want to help, language barriers notwithstanding!

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It’s a land of colour, literally and figuratively. I think the term melting pot really comes to life here. It’s a country amalgamated from people of every culture and background you can think of. You will find people with unmistakably Japanese features who don’t speak a word of Japanese. They only speak Portuguese. You will find ‘native’…

View original 96 more words

Brasil, ao vivo!

MarkOneStudios:

As the year ends, I’m in reminiscent mood. This is an ode, then, to one of my favourite places in the world. Brazil!

Originally posted on MarkOneStudios:

Over the years, I have been really blessed to have travelled to just about every continent, for various projects.

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One place I have really come to love is Brazil. It is such a vast land, with such vast differences in culture, tradition and landscape…

Image

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What really draws me is that wherever you go, you feel like you belong. The people are so friendly. They may not speak much English, but the language of friendship is universal. You can feel their warmth and tangibly sense their desire to want to help, language barriers notwithstanding!

Image

It’s a land of colour, literally and figuratively. I think the term melting pot really comes to life here. It’s a country amalgamated from people of every culture and background you can think of. You will find people with unmistakably Japanese features who don’t speak a word of Japanese. They only speak Portuguese. You will find ‘native’…

View original 96 more words

#WinterPortfolio

Just before my trip to the wintry Midwest US earlier this month, I won myself a Samsung Galaxy camera at Safaricom’s exclusive 2014 calendar launch. The theme was Capture Kenya and the idea was brilliant and groundbreaking. 4 photographers, 7 days, covering the diversity of Kenya. I knew 3 of those 4, and I knew their work is superb. I also knew my flight was not until the wee hours of the morning, so I was elated to have been able to attend.

The launch even itself was superbly thought out. Since the calendar could only showcase a dozen images, the exhibition showcased all the rest. Suffice it to say that the folks responsible for selecting the photos had a very tough job!

If I were you, I would beg borrow or steal that calendar ;)

I digressed. The title of this post (replete with the “hip” and hype of a hashtag), is a lead-in to my latest project. I have been wanting a compact camera for some time now. Lugging around my dSLRs especially for travel, can be cumbersome. Don’t get me wrong, I love them to bits. Their versatility and control is unparalleled. They really are great enablers for my vision-capturing exploits as a photographer. It’s just that sometimes I want to carry a bit less than my now-standard 10kg (22 lbs) that I have become accustomed to hefting all over the globe, be it for a 3-day photo shoot or a 45-minute concert.

I have been eyeing a Canon G series for years but every time, it gets overtaken by other priorities. So this was my chance to really put a modern compact camera through its paces.

You can read the full technical specs of this camera here at this LINK.

Since this is a photography blog, I won’t get into those here. What I will do is share some images I have taken so far…

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Verdict? Well, let’s just say I have been more than impressed so far. 21x optical zoom, a macro mode, a very easy interface (read Samsung Android smartphone UI), all add up to a great feature-set. I have recorded a few videos on it too and I honestly have not yet found a major gripe.

Rest assured, I will be expanding this portfolio in the coming days and weeks.

Airtime: Light, Camera, Action!

Didn’t I promise it’s a new year with new habits? ;-) Without further ado, here are many more photos from the airshow at Joint Base Lewis McChord. I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoyed capturing them…

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Above: F-16 On static display

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Above: Thunderbirds before their dazzling air display

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Above: Special Ops helicopter

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Above: Special Ops AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter

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Above: F/A-18 Hornet on static display

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Above: Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter demonstrating inverted flight capability.

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Above: Civilian aerobatic display

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Above: B1 “Lancer” strategic bomber in supersonic configuration (swept-back wings)

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Above: Boeing C-17 “Globemaster” military transport. [Huge!]

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Above: Taken from inside an adjacent Special ops helicopter, that’s a Boeing CH-47 “Chinook” heavy-lift helicopter with its characteristic twin-rotors

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Above: Daring parachute jump

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Above: Thunderbird taking off

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Above: The Thunderbirds in diamond formation

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Above: Close encounters of the jet kind ;-)

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Above: Upside down

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Above: Top gun

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Above: G-Force

And finally…

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Airtime!

Some months ago, I had the pleasure of attending an airshow at an Air Force Base in the North West US. Here are a few images I took. To be honest, I’ve been so busy that I hadn’t had time to get through them all. But it’s a new year ;) and I will definitely post a lot more from this fantastic event.

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Above: F-16 on static display. This particular Fighting Falcon is one of the Thunderbirds, the US Air Force’s aerial demonstration squadron.

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Above: Low-level flypast

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Above: Simulated assault mission (loved the pyrotechnics!)

More to come, very soon! I really enjoy reading your comments so go ahead and drop a line! :)

Singing in the rain :)

Those who know me well know that I love the rain  :) And yes, even at weddings! I’ve had my cameras variously drizzled on and soaked (don’t worry, they’re pretty hardy and all still work great! ;-))

So today I want to post some wedding photos that I have really enjoyed capturing…in the wet

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What a fun bridal party. They were all for running in the rain :)

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It had rained heavily just a few minutes before…

In Black & White

That crazy gang again. But this time [pretending to be] chilled out ;-)

So, my dear couples, next time it rains, prepare to…..HAVE A BLAST!!

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I loved this shot. It just epitomises the title…Singing in the rain!

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