Lightcatcher Exhibition Pt.1

(Panorama shot of the gallery taken with Iphone 4s, CLICK for a larger view)

Over the last weekend, I was part of a photo exhibition held by our photographer group ‘Lightcatcher’. Just over 20 photographers were involved in this exhibition (myself and Vea included) and the exhibition turned out to be quite a success with around 200 people attending on the opening night. Since there are a lot of photos, I think I will write the post in parts. Today’s post is of theΒ candid photos in preparation of the exhibition.

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + SB 700

 

 

Ian and Kelvin

As I have mentioned in my earlier post, Ian and Kelvin are here from Korea. As you will see in the photos below, they are adorable! πŸ˜€

Although focusing on ‘fast moving target’ wasn’t easy πŸ˜‰ … especially when I was trying to use shallow depth of field, I love how cute they look in the images captured! πŸ˜€

People generally tend to shy away in front of the camera but since both Vea and I have been taking photos of Ian and Kelvin for last few days, they have become pretty at ease now in front of the camera. πŸ™‚

Looking at Ian and Kelvin, I wonder…. what my kids are going to be like in the future πŸ™‚ I guess I will take a lot of photos then too? πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D800 + AF-S 50mm f1.4

Dramatic Sky

When you first start taking photos, people end up taking a lot of photos of the sky… why? because when you look at the cloud patterns, they are ALL unique πŸ˜€

When it is almost time for sunset, high contrast of the sky sometimes create a very dramatic mood in the photo.

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 50m f1.4

Fujifilm X100

Moments that fly by us…

One of the great things about photography is the ability to capture a moment. πŸ™‚ Β As soon as you press that shutter, the instance is captured either on a film or on a digital media.

But everyday we pass by so many ‘moments’ in our lives even before our brain registers them. Nowadays, most people just want things done fast and move on… so we miss out 😦

True, we live in a digital world… πŸ™‚ But sometimes, taking a moment to breathe and enjoying some solitude could be hugely gratifying πŸ˜€

Take a pause and look back, you never know what you may have missed! πŸ˜‰

In the end, life is short! So let’s fill it with memories of laughter and joy (and maybe even with lots of photographs ;))

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Nikon D700 + 50mm f1.4 + 24-70mm f2.8

Fujifilm X100

 

 

 

Street Photography

In a city like Toronto, Street photography is a genre that could be explored very much in depth. However I am still new to this concept and I am still working on it.

I always believe that most good photographs are taken ‘up close and personal’ but in street photography, that is one thing that is really hard to do. It takes a lot of courage to walk up to a stranger and take a photo πŸ˜›

At the very beginning, out of the fear of walking up close to strangers, I took out my telephoto lens to take some of the shots. I find doing this actually grabs more attention. After all, these telephoto lenses are HUGE πŸ˜›

Actually, I find that most people when they notice that you are taking photos, they try to get out of the way not because they don’t want to be in the photo, but they feel that they are interfering with your work πŸ˜›

When taking street photography, try smiling if they notice you instead of suspiciously looking the other way. I think, in most cases, smile brings out more favourable outcomes πŸ˜‰

Oh and having a small discrete camera like X100 helps too πŸ˜‰

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Nikon D700 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + AF-D 80-200 f2.8

Fujifilm X100

Montreal (Notre-Dame Basilica)!!!

Today is a continuation from yesterday’s post about Montreal.

In particular I would like to introduce Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

Notre-Dame Basilica is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Montreal. Apparently all the interiors of the cathedral was originally built entirely with wood.
The cathedral has a very interesting history and I strongly recommend following the guided tour that’s scheduled every few hours… they do a very good job of explaining the history of the cathedral πŸ˜‰

There is an entrance fee but photographers are allowed to take photos even with tripods! πŸ˜€

Here is a photo I took within the cathedral in my Flickr stream.

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Nikon D700 + AF-D 24mm f2.8 + AF-S 50mm f1.4

Montreal!

Today I was looking through some of the photos I took before and came across the Montreal trip I took awhile back.

When I first visited Montreal before, I mistakenly thought that they only spoke French πŸ˜€ I remember walking up to an Information desk and trying to ask for directions with my limited French πŸ˜› only to find the next tourist behind me asking exactly the same thing in English 😐

There were way too many pictures from Montreal to post in a single posting, so I will probably end up posting the rest in the next few posts πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the photos! πŸ™‚

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Nikon D700 + AF-D 24mm f2.8 + AF-S 50mm f1.4