Monthly Archives: January 2009

Happy Chinese New Year!

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Happy Chinese New Year to everyone’s that are celebrating. I hope the year of the Ox brings much happiness and prosperity to you and yours.

I haven’t actually shot this shot at this year’s CNY Eve, as I have not been active in shooting in quite a while. I have been a bit sick recently, with last week or so being the hardest hit I’ve ever been in a while, as I literally couldn’t function on one particular day that I broke down into a terrible fever that same night.

I haven’t joined the forumites at our usual haunt as of late, as I’ve quit smoking, and rather not have the constant temptation blowing from all directions through the night. Furthermore, haven’t really joined most of the organized outings too. I think it’s just a phase, and I will shake out the cobwebs soon. Lining up model shoots, organizing outings for the officemates who have recently taken up photography, doing some paid jobs, and of course, the National Day celebrations is a call to arms to all the forumites to come down and do a show of force.

Soon, I’ll be back into the swing of things, and there will be a lot more new shots posted up. At the mean time, I’ll post up some random photos from before that have not been featured here, and I’ll intersperse that with new photos as well. As the nature of my shoots recently is leaning towards the um… shoots of… a different variety, there’s not a whole lot of motivation for me to post those shots here. But if you know me, you know I’ll post em on my Flickr, as some have found out, and they just keep up to date on my postings there.

Happy New Years 2009 Everyone!

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First and foremost, Happy New Years 2009 everyone! Hope you had an awesome time in 2008, an awesomer time at New Year’s Eve, and the awesomest time in the year ahead!

As you can clearly see, I was back in KL to do a spot of partying, a spot of R&R;, and a spot of photography, if you can believe that. Figured I’d stuff my bag full of clothing rather than photography items, I gambled on just bringing my D300 body and 50mm f/1.4D, as my main target was to do another shoot with my fave model there. And I’ve worked out a booking with Ted Adnan and Barebones Studio so I have my shooting space and lighting gear ready when I got there, so I have the opportunity of utilizing a bigger shooting space, without having to lug my heavy lightstands around, as my backpack is heavy enough, and finally get a chance to meet one of the region’s Strobist heroes.

My travel was not without it’s perils. The boat, Seri Anna, taking me to Labuan disembarked so late and travelled so slow that by the time I reached Labuan terminal, I was literally already late for check-in at the AirAsia counter at Labuan Airport. Got out of the terminal, I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought, “Nah, forget it. Yo, holmes to Bel-Air!” I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie, “Yo holmes smell ya later!” Looked at my kingdom I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.

…sorry, sorry… Internet meme… Had to do it…

Anyway I whistled for a cab, got in as fast as I could, paid him double so he could get me to the airport within like, 5 minutes, jumped out when I got there, ran to the counter. I asked what the closing time for the counter was, and he said, “9:45”; the exact time I have on my watch. The same kinda thing happened as well when I was going to KLIA’s LCCT. Finished the shoot quite late at 4pm, while my flight was supposed to be 6pm. Ted’s studio was in Kajang. KLIA was quite a ways away. Traffic was jammed.

Under the predicament at hand, the model need not send me to LCCT, she was late for an appointment anyway. But she sent me still anyway, getting lost in the process. And people wonder why she’s my favourite model… Well fortunately that’s the end of my perilous journey to KL. Hopefully in the near future, I’d pick out far better travel arrangements so as not to stress myself out during my supposed R&R; session.

Anyway, here’s an ubiquitous shot of Petronas Twin Towers at night. I’ll post other shots soon. Again, limiting myself to one lens is quite a good exercise in getting the shooting cobwebs out. More shots to come soon!