Tuesday, August 24, 2010

When extra depth of field is needed

This is a simple shot on a regular Thai house wood cladding, the afternoon sun gave the overalpped wood panels a soft shadow. Using SONY TX-7 compact camera for this shop to ensure enough depth to cover both wood panels.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


This is not really a shot of prism, rather, it was simply a multiple reflections which appeared to be a prism.  It was shot at a restroom at TCDC, the black marble cladded column inside the restroom has a strong constrast agasint the white marble floor. The shadow at the cornder reflect on the white and black marble with a different contrast to form this interesting picture.
Shot with SONY NEX-5 with 18-55 zoom.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Easel Legs

A shot made at the Thailand Design Center, an easel at a corner, spot light on top gave the easel an interesting shadow on the worn wooden floor, a nice composition.  Shot with Sony NEX-5, now my pocket camera (although not really a pocket camera itself), with the 18-55 zoom.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bird Cage

A recent shot made at Surat Thani, a southern city in Thailand.  The moring sun cast on the bird cage leaving an interesgting shadow.  Shot with SONY NEX 5 with 16/2.8.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


Shoot in my own studio, this pattern of light and shadow came from the roof window on top of the fish pond of the studio.  Captured with Panasonic GF-1 with 20/1.7.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Color, light and shadow

I usually took a lot more color images than black and white. This blog is focus on light and shadow, and to my own surprise, this is the first one with vibrant color compares to those post earlier.
Shot on a street in Bangkok, nearby by the red shirt movement area, on a fence built to keep the red shirt from getting into. Shot with a Panasonic GF-1 with the beautiful 20/1.7.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Morning Light

Shot in Xiapu, Fujian, China, famous for its fisherman and farmers for seaweed, a small town in China known to have one of her most beautiful beaches.  The morning sun is still soft here, the low angle sun cast an interesting contrast on those shallow sand dunes, and what a calm scene.   Capture with Phase One P65+ on Hasselblad H2 camera, HC 50-110 lens.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Once was among the most popular building material in South East Asia, including China, bamboo is a magical material.  Coming to modern time and concerns over green and ecological environment, bamboo again caught the attention.  Took this picture in World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai, this is the theme pavilion of Vietnam, with bamboo as its statement.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Another image took during the recent trip to Shanghai EXPO.  This is the ground stage of Korean pavilion,  the blocks or what I like to call it - "boxes", forms the main building.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


This is an image in fact I aso post on my other blog, but I thought this is an image perfectly for "Of Shadow and Light".
The original image was made for SK Jewelry, but the jewelry was cropped from this image, leaving only the faces - the face of the model herself, and the silhoutted face from her hair!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sand Dune

A snap shot from the recent trip to Shanghai EXPO 2010, this is the theme building of UAE, a desert state riched from its oil, and make use of its oil money to build a modern, luxury country. Cleverly used metal clad for he building and the highlight and shadow from the reflection forms an interesting pattern.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Portrait of a leaf

Too much travel recently, I am far away from my own schedule.  A simple image taken with a beautiful camera, one of my favorite, Contax TVS Digital, shot during a meeting at Toronto, Canada. It was an easy afternoon, I walked into a small forest right next to the hotel I stayed for the meeting, during a coffee break,  with a camera on hand, I took this image.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Angle of light

This is a shot made recently in Kathmandu, Nepal, while walking on a street.  I stayed at the Holiday Inn Crown Plaza, it was a normal morning, Sunday, with a few hours before I need to check-out my hotel room to go to the airport, I made a short walk around the nearby area.
Morning sun is as usual, life as usual.  This is an image of a common strair in fornt of a common Nepalese shop fornt, with a Panasonic GF-1 mounted with 20/1.7 lens, I get close to fill the frame with this interesting pattern of light and shadow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2 Halves

A quick snap shot at my shower room, where the loop is partially hidden behind the curtain and created by the morning sun an interested shadow. Shot with Panasonic GF-1, using the Olympus Macro 50/2 with MMF- adapter.
Every day and moment in life presented in front of us a rich range of photogrpahic objects, with a capable camera such as Panasonic GF-1 on hand, help to captured those otherwise easily missed opportunities.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Balcony

The afternoon sun flood its light on the plaswood floor tiles of my balcony, create this symmetrical pattern of images, captured with a Panasonic GF-1 with 20/1.7 lens.

Friday, March 5, 2010


There are lots of opportunities everyday to produce images, all one has to do is to see it. It is a great blessing to be capable of doing photography because your eyes are trained to make every frame of image a picture.
Shot with Panasonic GF-1 with the 20mm lens, while I was doing my location scouting for preparation for an architectual work for Ananda.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Coffee Break

A shot made in my office, it was a usual afternoon, setting sun cast its light throught the slits of the blind of the large window of my office, on to the wall, and the wood paneling, form an interesting sight. Interesting it is, but also a rather common sight when taking a coffee break.
Shot with Panasonic GF-1 with Olympus 50mm 1:2 Macro ED, mounted to GF-1 using the Olumpus MMF-1 adapter.  I was a long term 4/3 user, and the Olympus 50/2 Macro is always one of my favorite lens - in fact the macro lens is alwasy an important part of any of my camera/lens system.  I like the macro lens because of their nice contrast, sharpness, usually right size, and of course, when shooting portrait, they don't limit you much when you want to get closer.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Shower Room

A seasoned photographer is usually blessed with the ability of making every image in front of him a picture! And it is the best reward being a photographer.
Shot with a compact Panasonic GF-1 and the 20/1.7 lens - an image seeing everyday (well, almost) in my shower room. The waterdrops on the glass shield, morning sunlight, and the shadow of the waterdrops on the tile floor.

Monday, February 8, 2010


This is an image I wake up to see every morning, the rising sun cast the shadow of the plants on my balcany. The shadow of the leaves creates an interesting illusion on the curvely fabric, constantly changes when the breeze from the aircondition blows; as those leaves also moves along with the wind. It is an all-too-familar image, while it is never the same from moment to moment.   Taken with Panasonic GF-1.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


A picture does not only register the moment, it also record time.  This image, a rather close up shot with Panasonic GF-1 and 20mm f/1.7, a common building column exposed in outdoor, and a plain wall behind it.  Years of dusts and rains, leaves some all-too-common trails as it is almost everywhere.  Somehow, compose carefully, and the help of light and shadow, you get image such as this with graphical interests. Shot at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiangmai.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Portrait of a tree

One of the most valuable asset in Thailand, which most Thai do not realize, is the sun. It just makes everything looks more interesting.  Walking inside Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiangmai, you would have the luxury of slowly appreciate the interesting combination of the light and shadow.
Captured with a compact Panasonic GF-1, the shadow of the tree cast an interesting image on the wall, one of the most common view inside the lovely property, also one of the most neglected.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Taken at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiangmai, Thailand. An image of an otherwise very common column of the lovely Coloniel Wing of the property, the afternoon sun cast its light on the column, and I just snap the image.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Compression of dimension

There are quite many different discriptions of relationship between human eyes and a lens of a camera, although general believe says 45-50mm lens on a 135mm camera corresponding to what our eyes see; I agree sometimes, disagree sometimes.  It is often depends on where our eyes focused, how far it is and how close is it.
Many, or should I say "most" photographers spend time and of course - capital, to try to recreate the realistic, so-call 3D feels image on an image by way of defocu, hyfocus, large aperture lens, technical camera/lens to create it, which I also among them - sometimes.  But we also often heard that the only rule for art is that there is no rule, so I often took pictures show no dimension at all, here with this image, taken with Panasonic GF1 and 20/1.7 lens, a good example.  Image taken at the beautiful Mandarin Dhara Dhevi, Chiangmai, Thailand.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Shadow, light, at an angle

Walking inside the beautiful Mandarin Oriental Chiangmai, one would likely find many hidden beauty, of pleasant surprise. The architecture of the property hosts tress, plants, and architecture details, waiting to be discovered.
This is an image of rather common shadow of leaves, fell on a rather common pillar, except that I captured the image of the shadow on both sides of the pillar with different light shades.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Light Show

I am not so sure human is the only creature in the world, or even in our solar system to be able to appreciate the light, but quite certain that due to the nature of earth's corresponding distance to the sun, our primary light source, we receive the light in difference temperature, angle and strength, that everyday, it is different.
Dramatic or not is really depend on how we see the light, but then again, the light does not needs to be dramatic.
Shot with a Panasonic GF-1 with the small yet quite capable 20mm f/1.7 lens, at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi Chiangmai.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Is cloud a shadow itself?

One of the most popular feature in our world, and the most ignored perhpas. Without light, we don't see the cloud, to me, the cloud is the shadow of itself. Light and shadow is everyday experience, and so is the cloud, although much people don't pay attnetion that the existense of cloud is in fact often the gauge of our mood, at the moment we walk out of our home.
Capture with Panasonic GF1 and 20mm/1.7 at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiangmai, Thailand.