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Monthly archives: January 2018

Fascination in Black & White Photography

Greetings everyone!

How was your weekend? I pray that it is a good one for whoever is reading this. Today I intend to write a short post about the black and white photography. It has been a while since I took photo in B&W, mainly because I was still enjoying my M9s, that has been with me for the past few years. After I was informed by Joyce that my Monochrom has arrived, I was so excited. Now, I finally get to enjoy back my monochromatic journey. For me, pure B&W is different from converting colour DNGs to B&W. It is more than just the feeling that you get, but the subtlety of the final product. Of course, that varies from one photographer to another, but to each his own.

As photographers, we paint using light. The paintbrush that we use is our lens. Some prefer it wide open, while some prefer to have it small. The canvas that we use varies from crop sensor to full format, and to some, medium format sensor (which is not within my grasp at the moment). Ultimately, what matters is the emotion that we channel through our art. We create art, and behind it is an engineering marvel, capturing and taming photons to make it dance along the valens line, creating something we call photograph – immortalising our memories.

In laymen term, aim – press – capture. Voila, you have a photo.

I think it is better if I just share the first few photos that I have captured using my Monochrom. Maybe there is a new Monochrom out there, the one based on M240 – the Monochrom Typ 246. However, Mark 1 Monochrom is good enough for me. In fact, I can’t ask for more. I am looking forward to more assignments using my Monochrom.

Below are some of the moments captured during my visit to Leica Store Malaysia.

Erica

Daniel is enjoying Win Soegondo’s work

Sniper in action.

Erica is more interested to pose than to listening to Daniel’s chat

 

 

While Joyce is away…

Adios, amigo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just in case and wonder how peoples of Kpg Bidayuh, Taman Tunku enjoy themselves, here are some of the examples  – in monochrome. Thank you and congratulations to host, Dr Anslem & Mr Francis Menden. May God bless you and your families. See you in future posts!

 

Regards,

Claudius

 

Note:

Gears used: Leica M Monochrom, Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Get yours from Leica Store Malaysia:

Nyehep taye bala kita.

Ngajat time.

The legendary Sape Player

Jak ote nuok.

Couple of the night. Jiwang habis.

Mr Joseph with his ngajat stance.

Otai-otai.

Good time isn’t it Nigel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hasta La Vista, Amigo!Photoshoot with Marvin, David and Lee Yung Leong

Greetings and Happy New Year friends!

It is 22 January and I hope you will find this new year an amazing year. For me it is. It was an amazing start, and I had a blast, especially at my village, where everything was calm and quiet, with clouds and mists hugging the lands before 9 am and crickets rock the ground as early as 7pm.

New Year’s Day at Kpg Pichin, Serian

Anyway, I am not going to talk about new year’s day because my resolution is never changing . Today’s post is about my buddy, Marvin who is going to be transferred to Bintulu, and reunited with the love of his life, Patrissa.

To make it simple, no man is an island, not even Rome is built by a single person. Like in any phase of life, we all do need somebody to motivate us to our goals, lest we quit prematurely and abandon all hopes and dreams. I even started my photography journey following Marvin’s “comment” (not going to disclose it here). To cut the story short, that is part of the friendship that we have. We comment each other and from there, we build our competences, abilities and in eventually we realised that sky is not tall at all.

Marvin is a Spartan warrior, not the one that we saw at 300 movie but a modern day, where he is involved with those obstacle course run (OCR) as they would put it. He has two trifecta’s, something that we don’t get to see dangling near Transformer of Lutong office. It is a Spartan’s pride. He gets to be FitFour Glove ambassador, and from him you can get a discount. You can visit his Facebook page, MarvinInspire, his blog at marvininspire.com, Instagram at @marvininspire.

Recently we talk about the Street Photography Master, Eric Kim. There is a lot of things that we can learn from him, that includes the life and how it can be improved just by focusing on our goals and reduce the noises. If Eric Kim is reading this, please note that you also have a fan from Miri, Sarawak and perhaps one day I will join your course.

Marvin and David, both are heavy-weightlifters, motivating one another to reach their goals to reach for the iron star, lifting one bars at a time, increasing a kilo at one time. Being a lone wolf is good to seek thy lost self, but wolves hunt better in pack. All the best Marvin in your new adventure. May God bless you and Pat! May your dreams come true, one kilo at a time.

The photos below are the ones we took in front of the famous Shell Lutong office, our main hustle / battleground, towards a better Malaysia!

Waiting for his Bintulu Lady :p

Me and Spartan Marvin

Spartan Marvin himself. A Simon Sinek’s fan.

Posing in front of the Lutongs’s “fortress of oil and gas”

Double Peace!

We are BIG DREAMERS!

I thought Marvin was big, then Lee came to the picture.

One for the album.

True buddies, now and forever. Amen.