The Story of “Portrait shoot & Porto Romano”
Assalamualaikum all. After a very hectic week + weekend, I’m back with more action and pictures to show.
Among new updates are:
+ I’ve upgraded one of my camera body to a Full Frame Nikon D700. After several shoots with it..the verdict is…..TOTALLY ROCKS! my investment in Full Frame Lenses (Non DX lens) such as the 24mm & 85mm is totally worth it. Superb quality from all my photos. Less Photoshopping needed and I can concentrate more on composition/directing and less on the equipment.
+ I take a look at my pictures from last year & early 2009. What a big difference it was. I know that a photographer keeps improving from time to time…..but several key steps prove to be the catalyst for change. Among them are the Louis Pang Workshop, Lens upgrade, Camera body upgrade & More usage of external flash/video light/light modifier. Hopefully I’ll keep improving as time goes in order to achieve my dreams as an International Wedding & lifestyle Photographer. Ameen.
+ Harry Potter’s 6th Movie was a good one. In terms of storytelling & lighting. They write it somewhere that the director deliberately use Rembrandt technique to produce a “painting like” result for the movie. Thanks to Fahmi & Kham for the free tickets 🙂
+ Ice Age 3 also rocks. I went to see it alone coz I’m bored and she got class….sorry dear…heeeheee. Never watched the first 2 installment..so I thought Ice Age might not be as cool/funny as other animation. It seems that I’m mistaken. It’s funny and witty. Especially the Scrat+Scratte fight/love scenes (Excellent choice of soundtrack by the way!) and also the laughing gas scene…Hillarious!
I spend my sunday morning shooting Organic Wong & family at their Eco Green Organic cafe in Wisma Bakti TTDI. Mr Wong Kai Yuen (fondly known as Organic Wong) is one of my BNI United chapter member. He approached me for a family portrait/company profile shoot. His wife Sherene & their 2 eldest kids Li Hua & Yu Jin also works for Eco Green cafe. They serve organic dishes (they’re tasty I can tell you!) that is halal & also sells organic foods.
In front of the cafe
Nice formal portrait. The character at the back means “blessing”
I get the inspiration for this picture from Ultraman..heehee
Sherene serving coffee
Another one of her in chef uniform
Sassy Li Hua
Yu Jin’s cool b&w photo
Cheeky Yu Shen
Husband and wife team with their restaurant mantra.
After that it’s time for lunch @ Porto Romano Restaurant in Mont Kiara. The restaurant serves Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. Price is ok, setting is fabulous. Large airy and bright space. 15 adults & 2 kids attended the July babies birthday celebration. Shahrul+Sue+Shania, Zul+Mazlina, Amru+SF, Faizal+Mastura, Jiebb+Kak Su+Benjamin, Fariz+Lisa, Shahrul Ketua+Siti Farah & Wafi.
All shots using D700+24mm+85mm. Lightly enhanced using PS3+Totally Rad+Kubota Actions.
I’m lucky the lights are superb! All pics are at Amrufm flickr page
Highlights from the lunch:
You can see for yourself the menu & price
One of Amru’s rare portraits….taken by dearest SF
Maz & Siti Farah with the lamb shank
Wafi with his dripping wet lasagne
Benjamin is a good boy. In the arms of aunty SF
July babies with cupcakes from Mass & Faizal
Shahrul, Sue & Shania…The “S” family
Maz is our banker for the day
Benjy’s fun moment with Mom & Dad
The longest married couple (amongst us) wanna have cool couple shot…so I give them one..heehee
Maz & Faizal with African masks
Portrait of the day. 7 months to their big day!
And now the food we ordered…..get ready to drool….
Insalata Porto Romano. Seafood salad with olive oil ordered by Faizal
Lasagne ordered by Siti Farah & Wafi
Zul ordered this Cannelloni (stuffed pasta with smoked salmon)
Mass went on with the Rack of Lamb
Me & SF shared this Meatball Spaghetti. They mixed up the orders and send this 40 mins late
Faizal add to order this Spaghetti Carbonara
We shared this Apple pie for dessert