Final Assignment: Wet Market Photo Essay

(Done with SAUNG KHWAR NYO SHIORI)

1. Welcome to China (YOLO)


Date Taken: 15 July 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/13
ISO: 1600
Picture size: 4608 x 3456

Welcome to the little market right in the heart of Yuhua, wherever that is. What greets you is a Chinese-themed exterior leading you to a diverse range of colours and… smells.

2. The Path to YOLO


Date Taken: 15 July 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/15
ISO: 1600
Picture size: 3456 x 4608

Take a step into the heart of the market and you will see that the stalls aren’t even open. Why? Because it’s 2AM in the morning. I know right?

3. I Wait For You Man, YOLO!



Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/4
ISO: 1600
Picture size: 3683 x 3183

The man is waiting for the stocks to be unloaded onto the trolley. As you can see, he is secretly hiding his impatience because he is putting one hand on his hip. If BOTH arms are up, the man unloading is in trouble.

4. Push it like the HULK!


Date Taken: 15 July 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/13
ISO: 3200
Picture size: 4469 x 2737

The man is pushing the heavy trolley with all of the fresh vegetables on top. It’s going to be a busy day! Time to hustle and bustle everybody!

5. I chop and chop I CHOP CHOP CHOP


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
ISO: 3200
Picture size: 2340 x 3450

You know what they say, “The night is still young”. But in this case, the morning is still young. So why not do loyal customers a favour by cutting the vegetables for them? It’s all about kindness.

6. Fairy Godmother and her Pumpkin Carriage


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/200
ISO: 3200
Picture size: 3114 x 3408

The woman is cutting open a pumpkin to show us how vibrant the colour is. And DAMN was it vibrant. Don’t forget to come down to this stall at the Yuhua Market to buy pumpkins from our friendly neighbourhood fairy godmother.

7. Among the Colours (YOLO)


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/30
ISO: 100
Picture size: 3673 x 2311

Who loves capsicums? Not me. But still, the colours are amazing. It makes you want to chomp into them only to regret it later. It’s a trap!

8. Neh Neh Pok



Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/20
ISO: 800
Picture size: 3690 x 2807

There are not only vibrant colours, but also round shapes. No, I’m not talking about my face. Are tomatoes fruits or vegetables? To us, they are vegetables, and you will deal with it.

9. Cook Our Crunchy Kitkats


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/40
ISO: 800
Picture size: 4571 x 2937

A brilliant display of a vibrant green exuberating with freshness and lines to add interest to the photo. Don’t they resemble something? I can’t quite put a finger on it. If you know what I mean 😉

10. I Touchy Touchy Your Roots! 😉


Date Taken: 15 July 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/80
ISO: 1600
Picture size: 3456 × 4608

This is a customer examining a bunch of vegetables, contemplating if she should purchase them. TIPS! If you want good vegetables, touchy touchy the roots, because you only live once.

11. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/2.6
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 1600
Picture size: 3797 x 3069

The customer has made her purchase! The stallholder is more than happy to give back change to the customer, not only because he should, but because sometimes, having too much money with you isn’t good. You know what they say, “mo money mo problems”.

12. Money is a Girl’s Best Friend


Date Taken: 3 August 2012
Location: Yuhua Market and Shopping Centre
Camera used: Sony DSC-WX7
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/100
ISO: 3200
Picture size: 3480 x 3137

Who loves money? I do! So does the woman in the photo, who is also known as our friendly neighbourhood fairy godmother. This photo depicts the exchange of money and goods between stallholder and customer. Interactive!

Assignment 2: ‘Selected-10’ People Photos

1. Sek Bao Mei? (People at Ease #1)


Date Taken: 8 June 2012
Location: Tiong Bahru Market
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.4
Shutter Speed: 1/15
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I chose this photo as the best shot as I thought it clearly showed this old man taking a break out of his job of selling eggs and is thus at ease. He can finally rest! I added a black and white effect to add greater impact to this image.

This is taken using a 3rd POV approach at the right place and right time because it happened to be lunch time when I took this picture. I thought this photo effectively shows how many things we do during the day can help ease our minds, such as eating during mealtimes.

2. Makati (People at Work #1)


Date Taken: 8 June 2012
Location: Tiong Bahru
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/5.2
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I thought this photo clearly shows a person doing work, which in this case was a maid taking in the laundry. This was taken using the 3rd POV at the perfect timing as I waited for the moment where she reaches out her arm to reach for the bamboo pole outside. You can also see how much she “loves” her job by the look of mundanity on her face. I thought with these concepts working together it helped convey the message of how mundane some people’s jobs are.

3. Gotcha! (People at Work #2)



Date Taken: 8 June 2012
Location: Little India
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.9
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I chose this photo because I thought it was a good framing of the worker with the equipment he’s operating without introducing too much unnecessary distractions in the picture. This was taken in the 1st POV at the perfect timing as I was waiting for his machine to turn around so that he would face me! As an added bonus he even looked right at my camera. So much for being secretive.

4. Small Girl (Portrait #1)


Date Taken: 22 June 2012
Location: Ipoh
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I took this portrait shot of a little girl in a house who looks very happy. This is taken in the 2nd POV as she was aware that I was going to take a picture of her. I thought the lighting and the vibrant colours of her clothing helped exemplify the happiness that she was feeling at that moment.

5. Woosh (People at Work #3)


Date Taken: 8 June 2012
Location: Tiong Bahru
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/400
Picture size: 1793 × 2864

This picture was taken in the 3rd POV at the perfect timing as I was waiting for the worker to throw something down from the lorry and thus capture the freeze motion of the bag midair. The expression of the workers’ faces helped bring out the message that the job may look very tough but to them, it is nothing but just another ordinary day at work.

6. 3 Vertical 1 Horizontal (People Having Fun #1)


Date Taken: 23 June 2012
Location: Ipoh
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.2
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Picture size: 3898 × 2581

I chose this picture as it clearly shows a bunch of kids having fun! This picture is taken in the 1st POV at the perfect timing as I happened to chance upon them fooling around and thus managed to snap this shot in time. They were so ready to take a photo too! This shows how high the atmosphere was at the moment this picture was taken.

7. Ambitious (People at Ease #2)


Date Taken: 22 June 2012
Location: Ipoh
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
Picture size: 2504 × 3471

This picture depicts a young teenage girl looking high up in the sky, and it was taken in the 2nd POV. I took it at the perfect timing when she looked up and it looks like she was just relaxing her afternoon away, looking far off in the horizon, feeling very ambitious and thinking about her future. This picture is so inspirational, it makes you want to get up from your seat and do something!

8. Oishii (People at Work #4)



Date Taken: 8 June 2012
Location: Clarke Quay
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/25
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

This picture was taken in the 3rd POV showing a woman paying meticulous attention to making this cupcake as perfect as it can be. I thought this was taken at the perfect timing when she was spreading out the icing as it makes her look very professional and good at her job. This shows that this woman is very passionate about her job, and goes to show that we should all chase after our dreams!!!

9. My Hip (Portrait #2)


Date Taken: 25 May 2012
Location: Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

This portrait was taken in the 2nd POV of somebody who looooooves modelling. The emotion shown in the picture clearly states “I am so much better than all of the winners on America’s Next Top Model”, which the 2nd POV helped to achieve.

10. Weee! (People Having Fun #2)


Date Taken: 22 June 2012
Location: Ipoh
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
Picture size: 3000 × 2593

This picture was taken in the 2nd POV at the perfect timing as I snapped this photo at the moment where she is swinging at the highest she can reach on the swing. You can see that she is smiling in the photo and is therefore having fun reliving her childhood! The 2nd POV helped bring out how the subject feels so carefree and happy that she doesn’t care about everything that’s going on in the background.

Workshop #6 – People Photography 2: Creative Exploration

1. People + Shadow + Great-Depth

2. People + Shadow + Shallow-Depth

3. People + Lighting + Distortion

4. People + Lighting + Close Up

5. Body Part + Motion + Wide Angle

6. Body-part + Motion + Narrow Angle

Workshop #5 – People Photography

1. Abstraction

2. Blur Motion

3. Frame Subject Off-Centre

4. Low Camera Angle Shot

5. People at Work

6. People with 3rd POV

7. People with Shallow DOF

8. Perfect Timing

9. Portrait

10. Tilted Camera


11. Model Shot

Assignment 1: BEST-5 ‘Nature’

1. Dull


Date Taken: 12 May 2012
Location: Home
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/8
Picture size: 3607 x 2704

I thought this was one of the best shots as I liked the sharpness of the subject in the photo which was further elaborated by the shallow depth of field which caused the background to be blur.

I added a Black & White effect as I wanted to show the mundanity that is happening in the photo; how it’s just another lazy afternoon for the dog, sleeping very soundly.

2. Alert Predator


Date Taken: 13 May 2012
Location: Haji Lane
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/5.2
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Picture size: 2197 x 2972

I chose this as one of my best nature shots as I liked the posture of the bird. It stood so still and straight that I even thought it was a statue at first. It looks almost as though it is eyeing a prey sternly, scrutinising its every move before swiftly making its attack, as shown in the sharpness of its eyes.

I thought the shallow depth of field helped make the bird appear more, as Tyra Banks would say it, “Fierce”. This picture definitely looks like a warning to the viewer to be on the edge of his seat! You never know when you’ll be in danger! (cue horror music)

3. Jealousy Breeds Hatred



Date Taken: 19 May 2012
Location: Sentosa
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.8
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I chose this photo for its shallow depth of field, but also for the sharp shadows that are cast around the rocks. The flower at the top also added a variation in colour for this photo.

What I thought was interesting about this photo was how it almost tells a story – about jealousy. How all the beauty the flower once had is now lost; it being now wilted and filthy, crushed under the topmost rock. It looks as though the hideous, raw rocks are showing off to the rest of the flowers their ability to easily crush them no matter how beautiful they look.

4. Like a Page in a Flower Book


Date Taken: 19 May 2012
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/4.1
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Picture size: 3000 x 4000

I ABSOLUTELY love this picture because of the rim light effect which I have been dying to achieve for so long with my amateur skills. I tilted the camera to add a greater level of interest without compromising its balance. I also like how the background is blurred into a bokeh, thus making the picture, as the title suggests, look as though it comes from those picture books of flowers!

5. Slow and Steady


Date Taken: 13 May 2012
Location: Chinese Garden
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/5.2
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Picture size: 2077 × 3000

I like the picture because of the reflective water; how it gives off the look of symmetry for the tortoise. The tortoise also looks like it’s slowly taking its time, relaxing, basking in the sunlight while the sun is still out.

Assignment 1: BEST-5 ‘Man-made’

1. Looking Up


Date Taken: 13 May 2012
Location: Clarke Quay
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/5
Shutter Speed: 1/40
Picture size: 2160 x 3000

I chose this picture as one of my best 5 shots as I thought this had a very interesting line structure, along with the pattern that is seen above it which, together, gives off an abstract feel to the image. I also like that some of the lines also happen to form triangular shapes.

2. Nothing is Forever


Date Taken: 12 May 2012
Location: Home
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Picture size: 3704 x 2397

I chose this as one of my best 5 as I felt that this encompasses many of the techniques taught in class – the interesting shadow that was formed by the watch, how there is a shallow of depth seen (as evident in the blurred table), the lines formed by the hands of the watch, the great contrast between the colour of the watch and the table and how the watch’s surface is reflective, which I thought helped make the photo more interesting. I also liked how the little specks of dust on the watch can be seen.

I also thought that the irony in this picture added a greater level of interest to this. The watch is from Forever 21, but yet as time is ticking away, I find it funny how Forever 21 has something that actually contradicts the fact that you can’t actually stay 21 forever. (I know it’s just a brand name BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT) This is further exemplified by the table which it sits on, with little flaws at the bottom, clearly showing that everything will eventually age.

3. Helpless Escape



Date Taken: 19 May 2012
Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/8
Picture size: 4000 x 3000

This was chosen as I particularly liked the framing of this photo. Although the fish obviously isn’t real, I like how the picture made it as though it is coming to life. It looks as though this fish is desperately trying to escape from something that is devouring it, but looks helpless and is gasping for breath in exasperation, with this being captured just before its imminent death. I thought the moss that was growing on the sculpture also added a bit of contrast in colour.

4. A Touch of History


Date Taken: 13 May 2012
Location: Chinese Garden
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/3.4
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Picture size: 2231 x 2823

When I first saw the lamp at Chinese Garden, I immediately thought it was interesting how there were British-inspired lamposts located all around a place that was surrounded by nature, and I wanted to capture the contrast between these 2 elements. This made for a particularly impactful photo given Singapore’s past affiliation with the British; giving a sense of nostalgia due to our history.

I liked the shallow depth of field that was used and how the surface of the bulb and the bottom of the shade is reflective as well.

5. One in a Million


Date Taken: 13 May 2012
Location: Chinese Garden
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Picture size: 3180 x 2188

I was particularly intrigued that there was only one white rock amongst a sea of many black ones. I believe the interpretation of this  should be left for the viewer to decide as there are many ways to go about this; but I think the most obvious topic we can relate this to is race – how in the USA, the blacks tend to be regarded as the minority in the country, whereas in this photo we are looking at the opposite. I don’t mean this in a bad way as the white rock in the photo clearly fits nicely among the other rocks, thus enforcing racial harmony.

Apart from the colour contrast between the black and white rocks, I liked that the moss growing added more variation to the photo. When it came to framing the shot, I decided to use a shallow depth of field with the subject off-centre to add greater interest to this photo.

Workshop #4 – Lighting Conditions

(Updated 20 May 2012)

1. Rim Light (Updated)

Baby I know

2. Shadow as a Visual Element (Updated)

3. Side Light (Updated)

I thought the angular pattern formed made for pretty cool side lighting. I loike.

4. Silhouette

Awkwarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd

5. Lighting on a Translucent object (NEW)

6. Ambience Light (NEW)

Workshop #3 – E-Learning

Taken using an iPhone 4S

1. Pattern

2. Reflection

3. Shadow

4. Abstraction

Uh uh siol

5. Self-Portrait

HUAT AH!

Workshop #2 – Compositional Concepts & 4 Shooting Decisions

1. Dominance

I KNOW IT’S OUT OF FOCUS. Unfortunately I only knew that after I uploaded the picture onto the computer.

2. Balance

Mr Yeo: What’s inside?
Me: I have no idea

3. Repetition

I probably should have only focused on the fence instead of having the blue bench behind focused as well. OH WELL! Hopefully I won’t do a repetition of this mistake *ba dum tss*

4. Proportion

And here we have a can of Heaven & Earth green tea feeling veeeeerrryyyyy terrified of the towering stacks of plastic cups. Then the green tea is like “You shoot me down, but I won’t fall… I AM ALUMINIUM!!!!” Ur hur hur I am HILARIOUS!

5. Great Depth of Field (NEW)

6. Shallow Depth of Field (NEW)

7. Freeze Motion (NEW)

8. Blur Motion (NEW)