Conquering the Dragons with a super wide-angle lens.

September 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I love shooting wide. I always believe that by only getting close to your subject will you be able to capture the personality and character of what you are shooting. However, when I was commissioned to cover the award winner American rock band Imagine Dragons, I almost left my favourite super wide-angle lens (Tokina 10-17mm) behind.

As usual, I was trying to pack as light as possible for the quick trip to Bangkok for this exclusive concert held at the poolside of the new Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel. I was certain the three regular lenses that I carried (16-35mm/f2.8, 24mm-105/f4 and the 70-200mm/f2.8 and a 1.4x converter), would be enough.

Luckily my Thinktank Shapeshifter bag could take all the gear (two Canon bodies, two strobes, power pack, the three lenses, MBP and external hard disk), and left me space for another lens. Without hesitation I packed the Tokina along. I'm glad I did, for that was almost the only lens I used that night. What do you think? These images were all shot with the Tokina. 

Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons fans scream during their concert at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. Imagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons lead vocalist Dan Reynolds performs at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017.
Imagine Dragons has won two American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, five Billboard Music Awards, and a World Music Award.

Imagine Dragons pose with a Thai staff at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkImagine Dragons pose with a Thai staff at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's ParkRock Band Imagine Dragons performed an exclusive concert at the new Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park hotel, September 8, 2017. The band consists of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. I only had to use the 16-35mm lens for the meet-and-greet event.


Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Devotees @ Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple,Devotees participate in a ceremony at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at Little India in Singapore.

I am always intrigued by the colourful and vibrant activities that happen regularly at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in the middle of Little India in Singapore. A good tip, if you are ever going near that area, is to always carry your camera.

This evening was no different. From afar, the ringing of the temple bells attracted me inside. It was a beautiful ceremony. To see more images from this series

The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. According to Wiki, Kali has always been popular in Bengal, the birthplace of the labourers who built this temple in 1881.  

Taken with Fuji XT1 with the Fuji 18mm & Zeiss 12mm.


Skyville @ Dawson

October 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A big no-no in architectural photography where lines have to be straight, but I think I liked this cartoonish effect of this shot of Skyville @ Dawson taken with a fish-eye lens. The photo does not even look real but more like an illustration. Using a Tokina 10-17mm lens, this image was shot during the blue hour from the top floor of Block 80 Strathmore Ave. As there was only a small 1.4 meter opening from the block opposite, overlooking Skyville, one could not get an exact frontal shot. 

Singapore is famous for its amazing public housing, better known as HDB or The Housing & Development Board, where many can fetch up to a million dollars.  The HDB is generally credited with clearing the squatters and slums of the 1960s and resettling residents into low-cost state-built housing. Today, as many as 82% of Singaporeans live in public housing provided by the board.

 

Skyville @ DawsonSkyville @ DawsonSkyville @ Dawson, designed by award-winning local firm Woha and commissioned by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), consists of 960 homes. This build-to-order project is the new generation of Singapore's public housing that emphasizes greenery and good living.


Gerhana Matahari Total ( Total Solar Eclipse) in Balikpapan, West Kalimantan

March 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This was the second time that I shot a total solar eclipse. The first was over 11 years ago in Kudat, in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. The year was 1995 and we were still shooting films.

Viewing a total eclipse is one of the  most awe-inspiring experience in one's life. 

 

Almost TotalityThe moon crosses the path of the sun just seconds before totality during a total solar eclipse in Balikpapan.

Totality at Balikpapan was only 53 seconds. That didn't gave me much time to switch the solar filter off and and to re-adjust the exposure. I went from 1/125sec F8 1000 ASA with the solar filer to 1/160 sec f20 400 ASA at totality.  Halfway totality, I began to doubt my exposure, not sure if I had underexposed it to much. With out much thinking, I decided to open up the aperture to f8 and continue shooting. Alas I forgot that at f8, I will not be able to get the flare for the diamond ring image. 

Ah such is life. No regrets. Another time. 


Close encounter with a Mola Mola

March 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The eyesight of the Mola-mola, aka Sunfish, must be pretty bad as this giant of a fish came barreling straight at me, causing me to take evasive action during a dive at Crystal Bay, in Lembongan. The video, taken by my dive buddy Charles Ang in 2011 off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, shows the moment I had to swim away to avoid being hit by the giant fish. However, it still struck me with its dorsal fin. On second thought, if I had not avoided the fish, I would probably be hugging its huge bony face. Now, that would be a much nicer video. 

 

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