Thursday, October 30, 2008


ok today share two photos d
i was studying very sadly*
who studies happily ?

ok anyway
then saw some small stuff move here move there
jump here jump there

then i saw it
so take the 50 :D
and snap snap
then chase it away d



ok lah

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

escaping reality 6

escaping reality is the series i always do whenever i'm like do damn stressed up with the exams
and this time it's back again
part 6 will be the first from this time's stressness
escaping reality features random anyhow shoot anyhow edit kind photos just for pure sake of shooting and editing

about 13 more days to go
half a month more
damn stress
in two days time
i had filled up
some 8 foolscap papers front and back
done some 30 over pages of some mcquestions
damn this is stressful
i purely have no life in these days man
wake up
find some food to makan
ok sit there study study study
then sleep for a while
wake up
find makan
study study study again
and then sleep again

but when i mean i study
but doesnt mean i memorize everything

rants aside

anyhow shoot photos
of cats
and more actions
bcoz actions = fastest way to edit photos



cat after makanin some pills



ok bye
wish me luck for my sales and communication skills paper later
and all the best to fellow fwens who's taking the paper also
i shall resume my nolifestyle attitude

Monday, October 27, 2008

friendly neighborhood cats

over the past few days, really a few days onli
like 2 - 3 days onli
during my study times
i've began taking the 50d down with me
well, if it's past 12 midnight, i study like under those hdb block
like machiam more shiok dunno why
and in the anticipation of wanting to "really" shoot with the 50d as in testing its stuff etc
like "really" go out and shoot,
i brought down the 50d with me to at the same time help with my shutter-sound-shutter-click-right-thumb-itchiness withdrawal symptoms

and for the past few weeks, i've also noticed the cats lying around the area at night machiam their private property
like sitting in the middle of the road and will not run off no matter how close u approach them

so here are some of the friendly neighborhood cats

oh yeah,
the 50d's ISO ain't that bad really really
the noise you're about to see are either purposely add in or because i click too much "photoshop actions" lol
downloaded quite a lot of actions last nite so try try them now d







i've got a sudden desire to shoot romantic romantic pre-wedding photos
as usual, it is always during these times that all the conceptual photography ideas pop up suddenly in my head
i think this time got more
and i've begin to draw them down on my what i call "ideas-book"

ok lah
should go study already

bai bai

Saturday, October 25, 2008

the upgrade


yeah !
one paper down
and like 4 more to go
oh my...
still damn sleepy and tired from the lack of sleep over the first paper
will be re-charging myself soon
i think that's it for now first d :)

a quick shoutout

happy birthday stefen / homesick
was yesterday though
hope what we all did brighten your 22nd birthday man bro !

Thursday, October 23, 2008

4 birthdays

wishing 4 of these guys are really damn sangat very very very very very very happy birthdays !!


Happy Birthday man Arifin,
makin sukses bro !
have fun in shanghai and australia man
best wishes for your additional degree bro
may the action of light always be with ya

Happy Birthday JingHui,
despite most of us are already walking on our own paths after sec sch catching our own dreams
but still those times back in telok kurau was the best moments of my life
all the best in your singing and am sure will buy your first album and also your attend your first concert ! =x
i was truthfully blown away by your voice the other time during huifen's bdae really
sorry couldn't attend your early birthday celebration though
was at the canon photo marathon all the way till 10 plus XD

Happy Birthday Naida,
awet2 terus ya ama homesick !!!
moga2 surprisenya tadi pagi made your day :)
could tell he is really indeed devoted to you
am happy for the both of ya !

Happy Birthday Sally,
the 6 of us really had indeed gone through a lot together
all the fights from the numerous misunderstandings
but still
you guys never fail to put a smile across my face no matter how i feel
it's never complete without the 6 of us all together really
each one of you have had an impact in my life it's never gonna be the same again after graduation
you are all special in your own very different ways
and i hope,
despite the still constant fights we always have
it'll only make us closer and never tear us apart
happy birthday Sally,
hope we all did make your day a little more special than it already is :)
sorry jg cabut duluan td
besok ada ujian XD
masi blom siap revision semuanya neh

this month and next month sure got a lot more birthday wishes posts
truthfully really,
my friends are really the people whom make me able to come so far
they are the people whom had been able to make me live my singapore life
living here alone ain't easy man
without them
i think today i'll be like some emo kids sitting one corner with some sig in my mouth puffing away thinking that the entire whole damn world is always agaisnt me
*imgine that for a moment*
oh i love you guys for making me who i am today

time to get back to my notes
business finance paper tomorrow


all the best to those taking the paper tomorrow !

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

50d virgin post XD

2 days to my first paper
business finance
and i'm already so darn tired of all the theories
my god......

first 3 posts of the picture from my 50d


ISO 12800

ISO 500

ISO 500

more soon !

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Post-Photo Marathon


well, so finally the canon website has released the winners with their winning entries. firstly, wanna say, well, am i glad that i saw familiar photos at the Participants' Photos page.
those pictures that were deemed :

"*These are deemed interesting for general viewing by the judges (based on creative conceptual interpretation and/or technical competency), and they are not indicative of any selection or shortlisted during the judging process*"

the familiars photos are :

Patrick's interpretation for "DREAMS"

Vivi's interpretation for "FREEDOM"

Stefen's interpretation for "FREEDOM"

anyway, the website is at :

along the way too, been reading from forums to forums on what other contestants have to say about the photo marathon and shall i say that the outcome was not very pleasing. people complaining about the judging and the organizing of the competition flow itself. like how they were so late in the timings etc.

not to defend myself as one of the winners, but these are what i have to say regarding the competition. although, to a point that i too myself was rather disappointed with the judging this year where i still, to a certain degree feel that stefen's interpretation of freedom is a better version than mine but fortunately for me, the judges were at my side. there were a few other photos which i shall remain silent about but nevertheless, i think the singaporean competitors this year have in a certain sense forgotten altogether about what does photography means. the most disappointing comment were that most of the pictures shot were posed and staged, instead of some street shoot or whatever. but that's the whole point. i won the competition twice in a row, and twice too i won the competition with a staged picture. an idea, my interpretation of the themes that i realized through photography. i guess i'm more of the conceptual photographer here. i think people forgot that there are lots of different kind of photography itself. street photography, landscape photography, conceptual photography, wedding photography and many others. i mean, the canon photomarathon doesn't by itself state that the interpretation of the themes should be a street photography kind of shot, so why should we stick to that. i think we should just really be ourself through the interpretation of the themes and stick with what we do best. like if you're a street photographer, then by all means go around the city finding the right condition for your interpretation, if you're a macro photographer, then go do some macro-ing. to me, the photo marathon is a test of our own abilities in our own field. the short time for us to interpret the theme is a test for what we can do in our field.

on the judging things that whether the judges this year actually prefer conceptual posed photos more than street ones, i don't think i have much to say other than that, well, in most competitions, knowing the judges' styles and preferences will by itself be a major up points for the competitors. but in this year's case however, the judges weren't even mentioned.

i am again here, not trying to defend myself on whether or not if my picture is worth to be one of the winning pictures. i am just here to write out what i have to say regarding the competition in general.

on a lighter note,


haven't really tested it due to the revisions XD
but man, am loving every single moment of the thought that i own a 50d
for those friends around me who had known me for some time had already know that i've been complaining about upgrading my 400d. thank you canon for the super early birthday present ! LOL

ok, back to the notes.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Canon Photo Marathon 2008

well to start off,
this will be a very the sangat very very intensive pictures + words coverage post of the canon photo marathon 2008 held yesterday
some 22 pictures in a post !

so here goes my day yesterday :)

the morning start off at around 5+ when i woke up
cleaned my lens
recheck my batteries
then waited for sutrisno to come for breakfast together

after a wantoon mee breakfast

we began our journey to Suntec City Convention Hall where the competition will be held
bus 106 was as usual
damn cold in the morning


the sunrise was :)
and i knew it's gonna be a good day ahead
the curiosity of the themes this year definitely was there all time during the journey
for a moment
i pictured in my head again how it was like last year
where we went for the shoots
the extremeness and "craziness" we did
and that's fun

well, like everyone else,
upon reaching
it was registration time and the wait begins
sitting down chit chatting with the rest of the gang and snapping here and there


this year's t-shirts are definitely more comfy than the last
but i thought they should have had a camera in the t-shirts some where last like year
upon the first theme announcement


i met patrick and asked whether or not if he want to join us since he was there alone
he agreed
and the fun begins

Patrick, myself, Stefen, Vivi and Sutrisno
shot taken from Patrick's blog

the 5 of us pretty much stick together throughout the entire competition
helping each other with each other's ideas
like stefen will come out with an idea
then i'll pose for him
and pat and sutrisno will hold the flashes to control the lightings
and vivi will jaga our things which will seems like some dump of equipments all over
machiam they're priceless like that


different from last year,
somehow, the gang and myself approach's this year involve a lot of flashing while last year was more of the street type

upon knowing the themes,
we will all put across our ideas
ask each others' opinion and further inputs
and plan whose idea will be shot first based on the location and route
shoot the idea
and move on with the next idea
something really really different from last year where for a theme, i'll have like a few pictures to shoot
this year, i have only that one idea and can only choose from the best of the few shots i fired

ok back to theme one,

of which i immediately said i want a changing room
an undie
and vivi to model for me XD

stefen was clueless for most of the time
but finally he shot something involving me changing my 4 sing dollars with pat's 10 ringgit
shot with very well controlled flash
really like the lightings that we used for his shot

sutrisno's change was shot the fastest of us all

vivi was damn quick too

just a simple live well with stefen holding a cig box

while patick's was kinda the longest -.-"
coz keep on having to wait for ppl to passby

this was the trial shot
his shot invovle me tearing up a cig box with a lot of passers by blurred out in the background

mine was : /
we walked around marina square then vivi said that topman sold undies for ladies coz we asked the one at giordano at citylink, they don't have -.-"
since it was absurb that vivi use the undie she was wearing, i agreed that i'll her buy a new one if she's willing to pose for me
thanks a bunch to her for that man
she was even willing to burge in the male toilet for the shot if needed
man...i feel so damn grateful
so we went to topman to find the right undie
and the next thing was to check out its changing room to see whether can shoot or not
then can
then i ask one of the attendant's permission
he say shoot quickly and quietly don't let the manageeeer know
and in that urgency to finish the shoot asap
i kinda overly exposed the shot
my shot for change :


behind the door
she's still in her pants
stefen took the heels
and apparently
i never got to see this shot being shown on the slideshows later on

after all the ideas was shot,
it was time for the queuing again for photo submission


theme 2 :


got me thinking for a while


when everyone's ideas were all formed and we've organized on how and where to shoot
we all went to makan first to fill the empty stomach and re-energize


burger king was the choice for a quick bite

well, at first, i really was just thinking of shooting like stefen jumping with the sky as the background
then it hit me
kinda the shot i've been wanting to do
someone jumping off like a rocker but instead of a guitar in his hands, it's some broom
the picture i had in my head is quite of the extreme
i wanted to use the canon stage there
and get stefen to jump off from there
but upon seeing through the viewfinder that there is no way i could include the stage without disappearing the canon photo marathon word behind it
i began looking for other locations

i really liked patrick's idea for dreams
really felt he deserve winning first in the student category that he was in
his idea was brilliant
the lighting was perfect
his shot was even shortlisted as one of the best


i was really sure that he'd win when they didn't called up his name during the announcement of the third and second winners for the student category
but he didn't win
well, photography is subjective
so really no comments on that

vivi's dreams was of sutrisno crawling up a staircase reaching out to a light at the top of it
again, the lighting was really really nice
but she didn't win also

sutrisno's dreams was of me standing on a staircase at citylink
with lots of flashes coming from behind me
something like a paparazzi photo type
again, wasn't shortlisted : /

stefen's dreams was of vivi
lying down on the grass patch at marina square
with lots of lenses surrounding it
shot the behind the scenes using my iphone



really damn funny XD

i shot my dreams twice
first was with the broom


a test shot
stefen said he just makan
don't wanna jump first
so i tested the lightings



got patrick's hand -.-"

the photo which i submitted

which got me pretty much confident after seeing this also


oh yeah
my dreams reshoot at a different location was this


submitted the mop one coz i thought, mop is a much more realistic thing to use than a tripod -.-"

but never win also : /
after that i simply just brushed off the idea of winning
what's the odds of winning against some 1300 people
and in my case also,
two years in a row -.-"

coz we went to makan during theme 2
we pretty much "ran" from here and there to get back in time for our photo submission


the emcees "entertaining" us during the waiting period for the next theme
class 95 and 93.3 fm radio dj were there

third theme comes


and the one image that i had in my head was of the picture i've shot before just wasn't that perfected yet
so i decided to just do a re-shoot of it
everyone was already dead tired then
we're all lack of ideas and everything

but i really really really damn like stefen's picture of which i posed
really damn i like

patrick's dreams was more to the freedom of speech type
of which i posed again

sutrisno's dreams were simple
i think he was just dead tired + the stomachache he suffered
vivi went off to vivocity alone to shoot her freedom

and so mine was finally this


of which....
during prize presentation
i didn't win
the thrid
i also didn't win the second
and it was pretty much all hopes were lost for me then
before the emcee finally announced and called upon

"Herbert Johan"

i win
twice in a row
the third theme
at Singapore Canon Photo Marathon

damn happy
very very happy
the prizes were huge !

and i taxi-ed home with

a Canon EOS 50d
a Canon PIXMA Pro9000 printer
an iPod Nano (new generation) 8gb
a Manfrotto 055XDB
a 4gb Lexar Professional UDMA Memory Card
a The Photographer's Eye, authographed book



a continously smiling extremely happy me

longest post ever

just let me really express my sincerest gratitude and thanks to the gang
homesick, sutrisno, patrick and of course vivi too :)
thanks guys XD

and that special someone for believing in me always

2 years in a row :)

just completed the canon photo marathon 2008
i come home
super damn extremely tired with body aches all over
but nevertheless
it was superbly completely worth it today
i come home
a million times happier
still in disbelieve
but i shall go and sleep now for my eye cannot take it anymore -.-"
okay bye :)
i is very happy XD

Friday, October 17, 2008

i = very tired + birthdays

well, october is here
the scorpions are rising XD
it is, indeed the birthday month
i know
2 people whose birthdays are today
4 people whose birthdays are on the 19th
5 people whose birthdays are on the 23rd
5 people whose birthdays are on the 24th
3 people whose birthdays are on the 30th
and of course
in between
there are more
like myself later on end of this month -.-"

went to one of the 2 that i knew of
my group mate since the start of the bachelor degree program i got myself stuck in
and also who is supposedly my very very very very the damn far away cousin

for a break
share the pics i shot today d
shot with the canon ixus 40 = my very faithful 4 megapix cam so don't mind the quality please
and also the last pic is shot with my iphone :)

pics :)


e bdae gal



off to sleep
damn tired
wish me luck
tomorrow is the canon photo marathon competition again :)