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The Centuria

All of these images were taken with Yashica 635. For those who are not familiar with this analog camera, Yashica 635 is a TLR (Twin Reflex Lens) camera that takes 120mm film as well as 35mm film (with adaptor). For 120mm, it takes only 12 exposures while 35mm is either 24 or 36 exposures. While can spend about 2 minutes to take 30 image of selfies, It took me about 6 months to 1 year to finish every film roll. One of the reason behind this is the cost of film photography becoming more expensive nowadays. I will shoot film only the times when I miss the slow pace of film photography. Manual focusing, metering, develop and we can only see the result when the film is scanned. By the time the film is scanned, the moment that we capture is a history and we can’t repeat. With digital camera, we can see the result from the LCD and still not too late to configure settings and reshoot. By the way, this post is actually to share few images taken with Yashica 635, Centuria (Expired) but I never expect to write this much. Centuria is colour film but I post process it to B&W with minor adjustment.

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Year 2014, Kuala Penyu

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2014, Tg. Lipat, Likas

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Akim

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Iffah

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2014, Tg. Lipat, Likas

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Looking Through The Window

  

Just…Start

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Akeem at Tindakon Dazang, Kudat

“…Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just… start” – Ijeoma Umebinyuo

I accidentally found this quote while browsing Facebook recently. It came out the quote are very widely used in blogs. The quote may be not related to the photo above but who cares. I just like the quote and I want it to be here in my blog. It can motivate me whenever I read this post.

“Just…Start”

My last blog post was on Aug, 2015. When we stopped doing it, it is hard to get started again. I don’t know how to start but that quote has made me start.

I like to highlight comment by a good friend of mine;

“To get start is quite easy actually but to continue doing what you have just start, take a lot of perseverance. For an example, starting a blog is a piece of cake, updating it daily or monthly, will take a mammoth effort” – Wazari Wazir

 

START NOW!!

Shooting Backlight – It can be at your own backyard

I took these photos during my trip to Labuan last year. I was really in love with backlighting during that moment. I took my family to search for a shooting location. We moved 1 place to another, but I couldn’t find the desired spot. So I decide to just forget about it and move on to do something else. On our way to the City, we passed by Jumidar Buyong, there was an empty lots for sale among the elite houses with the scenery that I was looking for. The challenge here is to deal with my background, the best is to have trees as background or at least any dark background. I have no choice but to raise my camera higher than my daughter’s eye level. Another challenge is to keep my daughter to stay in focus, she can’t stay still even for a few second. I managed to get few shot, the shooting time is less than 5 minutes, but 1 of these shot stays for months at my phone wallpaper. It was 1 of my favourite backlighting shot I ever made. Below is my shot sequence on my attempt to get the shot I intended.

1. I like the sun ray above my dauther’s head, this kind of ray I what I looking of in backlight, but the houses is distracting this shot.

2. I managed to get clean version of the shot. I raised my camera above my daughter’s eye level. I quite happy with the shot but I think I need to be closer as there are so much negative space in this shot. It actually works if we planned to put some writing on it.

3. I move closer, shot with lower angle than the previous image. I knew this was the shot I was looking for but I kept shooting few more angle. Back at home when editing, this image is the shot I like the most.

This image was shot using Nikon D90 with Nikkor 35mm 1.8 @ F2.8. What I learned is:

  • it is better to visualise the desired shot, this could be your starting point to plan your shoot
  • when you visualise, to find location is much more easier
  • if the location is not working, forget about it and find another location.
  • to pay attention on distraction at the background and its surrounding
  • if it doesn’t work at this angle, try another and keep trying
  • go out there and shoot!

“The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced” – Benny Lewis

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Baby Portrait With Fujifilm X-Pro1

X-Pro1 With YungNuo RF603 Triggers & Nikon SB600

X-Pro1 With YungNuo RF603 Triggers & Nikon SB600

Image above taken with Fujifilm X-Pro1 with YungNuo RF603 triggering Nikon SB600. I didn’t plan to do any shooting that night, but I found a Lastolite Ezybox Hot Shoe Plate belong to a friend in my car boot. It was very light & had a hole just in case you want to use umbrella instead of soft box (someone please confirm me about this). So I decided to give it a try with my 24×24 soft box. My triggers flash sync is 1/125, set aperture to F2.8 and adjust my flash manual until it gets the effect I wanted. I was shooting myself at the beginning, and this baby boy just awaken from his sleep. It ended up me shooting him while my wife holding him to make him stay calm for a while.

Newborn Photography | Muhammad Faiq Hakeem

Newborn Photography | Muhammad Faiq Hakeem

It has been a while since my last post about our new comer in our family, Hakeem. This picture was taken on his 17th day after he was born. For about two weeks he has been fighting with jaundice, warded for about 18 hours in the tube. He was discharge after seeing positive progressive, but still we need to bring him to clinic for blood sampling about 3 times a week. Alhamdulillah he is now becoming better day by day. Thanks for the tips given (on Facebook) which helps alot to reduce the his jaundice.

“Jaundice is a common condition in newborns, it refers to the yellow color of the skin and whites of the eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. Normally, bilirubin passes through the liver and is excreted as bile through the intestines. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up faster than a newborn’s liver can break it down and pass it from the body.” – kidshealth.org

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Child Photography | Backlight II

These are some additional images from previous post.

Actually, these are collection of my favourite picture i took recently. However, those picture has several issue that it doesn’t speak like the other 2 images in my previous post. Sometimes, we are there at the right time, good lighting and you can’t miss the shot. But capturing with natural light need you to be quick especially during golden hour as the sun can’t wait us to clean up things (background/foreground), to stage or to arrange certain kind of thing. Even though it has several weakness, it does speak. I didn’t missed the expression & mood. It is good enough to print it and put it in our family photo album

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight

I can’t describe how i really love backlighting. When I travel around, I always scout the best place for backlighting. There are actually countless good backlighting spots between Kota Belud and Kudat.  Most of the spots are located just by the road site, but we still need to enter locals compound to be able to get the best composition. Kota Belud offering backlight with paddy field and chances to get some nice reflection too. When i drive back and fourth to Kota Marudu from Kota Kinabalu, I always want to stop by and take some picture. Time constrains, bad weather and most often is to pass this route not at the right time are the reason why i still have no photo of it until today.

Anyway, these are some backlight shots i managed to get recently at Kg. Indrason, Matunggong.

Child Photography | Backlighting

Child Photography | Backlighting

About the pictures above, all are taken with available light. The trade off for backlighting is we can’t really preserve clouds detail and it will appeared clipping highlight in our histogram. Those images then post-prosessed in Lightroom with VSCO Film Pack 04 presets.

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Newborn Photography

I’ve been inspired to do this shot by a good friend mine, Wazari Wazir. He shared his secrets in his blog, and i just can’t believe he manage to get the images without any studio equipment. So today with the curiosity in my mind i took few shots of my newborn baby boy just to see whether i can get the same result with just minimal set-up.

The set-up is really simple not as hard as to keep our baby remained calm. It was very quick shot, not more than 2 minutes before our baby break the silence.  You can actually “find” the newborn photography tips by Wazari Wazir in his blog (click here), just spent few minutes to dig in his blog to find the treasure. I’m pretty sure you will learn something along the way.

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New Family Member | Baby Boy

As the title suggest, Alhamdulillah, my wife safely delivered our second child on 10th August at 0955hrs.

At 0700hrs that morning we registered at Delivery Ward as suggested by our doctor. While Delivery Nurse preparing for cardiotocography (CTG), i asked her if it is allowed to bring camera into the labour room. And yes, I got positive answer. While in the labour room, the doctor keep encourage me to take picture & record videos too. On my first child’s birth, i didn’t bring camera to document it. Not because it was prohibited, but i was nervous be a father for the first time.

I do not have access to roam all over the Delivery Room while the operation is in progress. Prior to the operation, i have made decision to use 14mm lens (21mm FF equivalent). Actually i was thinking to bring 2 body with 35mm & the 14mm lens attached. But my Nikon D90 with (35mm lens attached) produce noisy shutter which i’m concerned not to disturb the progress of the operation. So i decided to only use Fujifilm X-Pro1 with 14mm lens attached as the mirrorless camera produce quieter shutter sound. I do have a Fujinon 35mm, but i don’t want to get busy to switch between the lenses. Furthermore, i don’t have any idea yet about the space for me to do photography inside the Delivery Room. Without risking myself to missed the shots because i had not enough space for the 35mm lens, therefore i choosed 14mm as my best companion at that time.

I’m glad now i had taken the moment of his birth even though it was not the best angle. At least, i have something to show him in future.

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