Thursday, January 22, 2015

Model photography session and edits

I am no professional photographer but I am an avid amateur and will photograph just about anything. I have particularly enjoyed photographing my two beautiful daughters. I have also, by degrees, found the fun in editing photos.

Today I photographed my sister-in-law at the field behind our house and I selected the two best photos for some editing. She should really take a chance in modelling. I always enjoy it because she's a dream to photograph - the perfect subject!

Here's the first shot that we like a lot:

Florina posing with a smile into the camera lens

Here's the same shot but with a little lift in colour

In high definition

And in monochrome

I chose this one as the 'killer shot' - 

Urai strikes a pose in our model photography session

And following are some of the edits I made afterwards:

Colour emphasis in this edit from our model photoshoot

An HDR edit from my photoshoot with Florina

Monochrome effect of my photoshoot with Florina

I love this cartoon book edit. The smooth skin tones really stand out

Am I hallucinating? This edit appears that way!

What do you think? Which edit do you prefer?

Kuantan City Mall - January 2015 (part 3)

Kuantan City Mall appears to be in slow progress, though this month I spotted large holes being dug for what should be foundations:

Large holes being drilled for the foundations of Kuantan City Mall

Preparatory work being done for the construction of Kuantan City Mall

Kuantan City Mall - December 2014 (part 2)

Here's how the plot of land looks as of December 2014:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Top Ten Photos of 2014

2014 was not such an adventuresome year for us as previous years have been. We did jet off to Kuching for a family visit, and enjoyed a couple of trips to KL, but that was about it. My top ten photos this year are exclusively from Kuantan and KL, and involve more people in the shots.

A close-up of a colourful head used by the Chinese for lion dances during Chinese New Year

Shot this beautiful landscape scene at the gorgeous orchid garden in Kuala Lumpur. I love the leafy frame and the vibrant purple orchids in the background

My favourite shot of the girls from 2014

My parents came to visit us in March 2014. I cheated a little bit with this one, as it wasn't me who took the photo, but I directed my wife as to how I wanted it done, and she didn't disappoint! The waves and the beautiful rocks of Teluk Chempedak complement this photo nicely

Our annual Christmas e-postcard was a real favourite in 2014 due to its colour and creativity. Having all 4 of us smiling nicely for the camera really helps a lot, too!

View of the main entrance of Kuala Lumpur's The Majestic Hotel. Snapped this photo on Malaysia's National Day at around 7:30am

That poor stone buddha! The tripod-cum-weapon! The look of hatred on my dad's face! This is a family photo that will live long in the memory

A combination of four shots of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Just magnificent buildings, a photographer's dream

Walking around the butterfly park in Kuala Lumpur in the sweltering heat, searching for that special photo. I think I found it with this dainty little dragonfly

My favourite family photo is also the top photo of the year 2014. I carried out 4 chairs to the field behind our house, found a nice scenic spot, set up the tripod and timer, and out came this fantastic picture of our family. Couldn't be happier with it!
This is my favourite photo of 2014!


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