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Akeem – Portrait With Available Light

It’s been while I didn’t post about my son, Akeem. Well he is 5 month old now. Been practising to prone all by himself since 2 weeks ago. He did whenever he got his chance, even when he was asleep. So I decided to take photo of him in prone position. He cries before I got the chance to shoot him. So I asked assistant from my daughter to keep him busy, but it was my mistake. What can you expect from a 4 year old girl to entertain her younger brother? He cried even louder this time, so I need professional assistant, his mother.

Mother is the best, just few second he stopped crying. While my wife keep him entertained with very noisy toy bells, I kept giving direction to my wife where to position that toy.

There was no special equipment other than camera (Fujifilm X-Pro1 with Fujinon 35mm 1.4). I placed my son near to our bedroom window, do little adjustment on the window’s curtains so the lights only falls in front of my son while leaving the background dark. My aim of this shot is to make sure is face to properly lit, and to get the catchlight. His spontaneous action by putting his thumb in his mouth added the bonus.

© 2014 Mohd Shukur Jahar. Any unauthorized copy, usage or reproduction of the image is strictly prohibited.This photo is copyrighted. If you want to license this photo please contact the photographer at email : shukurjahar@gmail.com or call at : +6 0168307892

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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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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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