One lens to rule them all

Ever got that feeling of wanting to sell all your cameras and gears and just stick to one. The idea of using a fix lens and squeezing the last drop of creativity out of you is both tempting and edgy at the same breath.

Recently, the EP5 and the 35mm Zeiss lens took all my attention. Although lacking in shallow dof for my portrait works, it also offers beautiful colors and contrast, so much so that i am pondering on just using it, do or die for all my models shoot. Whats the point of posting gazillion of photos, when all i needed is just to post a few exceptional images that i am happy with.

20140429-183029.jpg

Photos with feelings vs Fashion shoot

Personally i have always preferred photos the enacts emotions of peace, serenity and love rather than fashion and glamour.
I called these images “emoref” meaning photos that convey reflective emotions. Fashion is pretty much like its actual counterpart in the real world, often
shifting from one end to the other and whose heavy makeup hides the true beauty of the model.
I believe many years from now, these emoref images would still convey the same emotion as it would long after folks in the images are old and moved to another stage of life.

These are images taken at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia. Its a remote tourist spot that features french like village.
I hope u enjoy these images as much as i made them. Model name is Joyce Low.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Amazing combo : see for urself, 35 mm f2.0 ZM on a EP5

Few days ago i combined the m43 EP5 with a manual lens 35mm f2.0 ZM Zeiss. I was totally blown by the results.
Here are the OOC Jpeg of the combo result. All the images below are unedited.

First off, the lens is easy to focus, even without the peak focusing, but i was doing it on the VF4. The VF4 puts the Xvario’s VF2 to the cavemen days.

20140423-183234.jpg

The lens has beautiful character.

20140423-183406.jpg

And it comes with free “glow”. I notice the skin has free glow without editing, these naturally occurring glow didn’t exist when i used the same lens on the M9.

20140423-183552.jpg

It has ZERO flare even when shooting straight at the sun, with or without a B+W filter.

20140423-183644.jpg

Sure, its 70 mm and F4 equivalent on the FF. i been shooting over 300 images and the batteries are still full? All the time i just used the VF4 with the manual focusing. Perhaps electronic lens uses up bulk of the power.

wow. just wow. Totally happy with this combo.

Here are 3 more reasons :
1. the olympus 5 axis stability works on any manual lens, be it legacy or not. I been shooting ISO 200 (base) the whole time. Its crazy.

2. The setup is very small, even with the adapter, M mount lens are small and beautiful.

3. WYSIWYG. You don’t need to be be chimping all the time, what u saw on the VF and what u get, is the same. Set your dials to “M”anual, and just roll the shutter dial speed until u see an image that u like.

20140423-185507.jpg

20140423-185532.jpg

20140423-194104.jpg

Amazing combo, I am stunned

I was just playing with the idea of using a Leica M to m43 on my EP5. The xvario have been doing lots of shooting lately and I decided to awaken the lonely EP5 with a surprise and give the xvario a break.

I got myself a shogun L/M to m43 and I slap on it the 35 mm Zeiss f2.0 that I kept in the dry box .

I was surprised at how easy it was to focus using the vf4 and the micro contrast totally blew me off .

Watch this blog as I use this new setup on my next project

20140422-090542.jpg

Shooting natural sure beats the heck out of pose

There are 2 cameras that i really like. One is the Sigma SD15 and the Xvario.
The SD15 is now back in my hands and i guess i just have to accept that sigma’s autofocus wont be as accurate as nikon and some misfocusing is inevitable.

But man…u gotta love those 4.7mp coming out from the APSC, the sharpness is amazing and editing is a breeze, i shudder to think of those using over 30mps cameras.

Now cameras aside, i been wanting to do an album with just natural shots and minimum posing. What do i mean? Frankly, i find posed shots are just as fake as it gets and natural shot of a person, is just so priceless. So i met this young lady, whom volunteer to do the modeling and during the shoot, i just try to get her to laugh as much as possible….and snap.

You can’t fake a real smile, and that is what i want a picture to hold.

20140418-013139.jpg

20140418-013129.jpg

20140418-013104.jpg

20140418-013201.jpg

20140418-013118.jpg

20140418-013150.jpg

20140418-013210.jpg

20140418-013245.jpg

20140418-013252.jpg

Where familiar faces treads

Its been like forever since MH370 went missing. Malaysia, my country, is bombarded with a series of bad management and some would say “bad luck”.
Apart from the missing plane, we have unprecedented forest fire and draught. The latter being a peculiar humour seeing that we are a country located at the equatorial and blessed with tropical forest. As i am typing this today, water rationing is taking place throughout the state of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.

Malls are big business in Malaysia, simply because of the hot weather, we have no where else to go except home. With the rationing in effect, shopping malls are the refuge of many here. What do you do, when routine forces its way into your weekend? You do ur best with it, i took my camera and just took whatever i came across.

L1033740

L1033765

L1033766

L1033768

L1033778

L1033790

L1033800

L1033801-Edit