Bah, I hate the rain. More so since its raining almost every evening. The rain just makes everything dark, dull, dreary and not to mention wet. =(

IMG_0328 copy

IMG_0327 copy

On the 9th day of CNY...

According to a folklore, many moons ago, hokkiens in Fujian province sought refuge in a sugar cane plantation when they were attacked during the Sung Dynasty. They emerged unharmed nine days later and offered sugar cane to the Jade Emperor God as thanksgiving. (Source: The Star) Further information can be found from Wikipedia .

As for me, I took it as an opportunity to practice capturing fireworks. They're notoriously difficult to capture; requiring both patience, timing and a little bit of luck. My first try was a failed attempt. This time however, I had a slightly more preparation and lady luck was on my side.

Determined capture that magical shot, I feverishly jabbed my pointy fingers at the remote release cable which on hindsight wasn't the smartest thing to do. All I did was increase the shutter count further. By how much? Lets say I went berserk and took over 100 photos in the span of 30 minutes. Fast and furious eh?

The keeper rate was a measly ~15% which serves me right. In my haste in capturing the moment, I forgot rule no 1; compose before you expose. Still the haul that night didn't turn out too bad if I might say so myself. :D

Went mad in photoshop with these two...

IMG_0223 copy
Radioactive green.

IMG_0222 copy
Red frenzy.

And the fireworks sans photoshop:

IMG_0315 copy

IMG_0312 copy

Ipoh Yong Too Foo

Lunch today was at a restaurant named Ipoh Yong Too Foo which is situated along Jalan Ipoh. I've always patronised the place but this is the first time I've actually brought my DSLR along with me. As usual, the food was superb; the tofu was firm while retaining its melt in your mouth texture, the lady fingers were young and soft while the 'sui kow' was just right as it was crispy on the outside while retaining its moisture on the inside. Add a dollop of chilli sauce and a dab of plum sauce for that extra 'kick' and we're all set. :D

Have I whetted your appetite yet? ;P

IMG_0211 copy

IMG_0207 copy

CNY 2010

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year ahead!

IMG_0128 copy
The obligatory yee sang.

IMG_0163 copy
Calculating the odds.


Dinner at Subway + camera in hand = an increase in shutter count! =P

IMG_0197 copy

IMG_0194 copy
Sub of the day: Tuna (something... the name escapes me)

IMG_0193 copy
D5000 in action!


Had rojak for tea today. Since I had my camera in hand, I decided to snap some photos. :D


Harith & Alyana

First off, congrats to both of them as they recently tied the knot.


Everything was amazing from the food to the traditional performance. The only letdown was probably the photos. The exposures were thrown off most of the time and if it wasn't for shooting in RAW, my bacon would have been toast. Composition was nowhere near as good as it could be as everything happened very fast and I didn't have much time to prepare for the shot nor position myself. Blame it on not scouting the area first. =S


Overall I made a complete hash of my first wedding outing but at least I wasn't the official photographer for that event. *phew* It also felt pretty embarrassing to be known as 'the photographer from the wedding' by some of the guests whom I bumped into after the wedding especially when the pictures were half baked. Its probably my ego working overtime lol.

Something decent that came out that day.

On an unrelated note, I've went past the 10k shutter count. Yipee! =P