The Story of “Gear one to gear 2”
Assalamualaikum all. Life had been pretty hectic since last week for me. After a whole month of slowing down from work, its back to the business of taking photographs, meetings, editing & designing. Its now gear 2. And I should be upping the gear until my peak season in December (Gear 5)
New developments since last week would be…
– Finally I receive an ultra wide angle for my D700. Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 (not brand new…more like third hand or so). This lens is perfect. Superb colour, sharp, nice weight & built like a tank. On the D90 the focal range is 25-52mm f/2.8, a nice walk around lens.
(the picture sucks, its from my Nokia 5800..hehehe)
D700, D90, 24mm f1.8 Sigma, 50mm f1.8 nikkor, 85mm f1.8 nikkor, 17-35 f2.8 nikkor, 28-85 f3.5-5.6 nikkor, 80-200 f2.8 nikkor, SB800x2, SB600 (not in picture).
Wishlist would be….
Upgrade the 28-85mm f3.5-5.6 into a 24-85mm f2.8-4 / 24-70mm f2.8
Upgrade the 80-200mm f2.8 into the 70-200mm f2.8
Upgrade the 50mm f1.8 into the 1.4 version
And that would be all. On second thought…having 2 D700 pun nice jugak…heeheehee..but then no video pulak..
Remember, the camera & the lens & everything else is just a tool. You determine what you can achieve. But having good equipment helps the process of obtaining good pictures.
– Went to Jerry Ghionis workshop in KL. It’s quite cheap at USD89 (RM311) for a full day (including a superb buffet lunch). Held at a hotel near Berjaya TImes Square. Around 130 Local photographers attended. Among familiar faces in attendance are Hafiz, Andy Chin, KK, Asha, Ian, Paul Kong (All classmates during Louis Pang’s workshop in February), Grace, Jason Beyond, Johan Sopiee, Nurul & Suhaimi & Nazir. Kid Chan the famous photographer also joins the seminar!
Hafiz, Jerry & Me
130 Malaysian wedding photographers pledging to stop “shoot & burn” style. We must give at least an album as the end product.
Jerry is a superb photographer (he won every year at the WPPI convention in Vegas) a very good speaker. The seminar covers a lot on technique & emphasis on the finesse part of shooting (directing the subject to give the final photo an extra ummph). Jerry is also generous in adding an extra 1 1/2 hours and ending the seminar at 7pm (when he should stop at 5.30pm….nobody complained coz he’s such a good speaker..hehehe)
More on the “finesse” part of posing
Bridal party challenge. Shoot as many picturs of the bride and her bridal party in 5 minutes. Jerry get more than 30 with 2 minutes to spare!
The buffet lunch was really good! Drool over these pics…
My first round
2nd round (I didnt eat any rice…)
The best of all. Haagen Dasz Ice creams! 3 full scoops for me!
Hopefully jerry will organize a KL 5 days workshop sometimes next year…woohooo!
One of Jerry’s words of wisdom
– Remember the Comedy Court duo Indi Nadarajah & Allan Perrera? Pat Gui (their production manager) generously give me 2 tickets to the 1kind show. Me & Miss SF went to see the show held at Wisma Tun Sambanthan at jalan Kampung Attap. The show was complemented with lights, projectors, elaborate stage setup, numerous make up (that transforms them into character). Auditorium Tan Sri Dato’ KR Soma seats around 300 people comfortably. Tickets are priced at RM55, 75 & 105 depending on the distance from the stage.
We get the 5th row from the front seat giving us perfect view of the duo. I tell you, the 3 1/2 hour show was rib tickling funny! They can transform into Malay makciks (complete with baju kurung & tudung), Chinese businessman at a spa, malay professor with a very negative attitude. From the starting point in which they sing a very funny song that pokes at the 1Malaysia concept, right thru their prepared videos, video clips & scenes the audience cannot stop laughing.
The show (or any Comedy Court show in the future) is highly recommended. And seeing my name printed in the booklet & the pics I took of them at the studio being used extensively in newspaper, calendars & poster makes me proud also….heeheehee