Alisa and Krissi

According to a research, people tend to hang out in a group consisted of those who share the similar level of attractiveness. Is this a fact or an alternate fact? Anyhow, I like to think that I am quite a good looking bloke because I have quite a few friends that are professionally attractive, i.e. being attractive is a part of their job. I wish I could utilise my good look to bring in some money but usually they give me a paper bag or a mascot suit to cover myself up before giving me compliments and money. 

Alisa had a little sore neck.

Alisa had a little sore neck.

As I had a little free time and I love to shoot portraits when I can to develop my skills. I asked two of my dear friends to step in front of the camera for me, Alisa and Krissi, both whom I knew from uni. They are both very successful in their modeling career, being casted many times for commercials and printed on various local community newsletters advertising anything from local kuay teaw shops to local moonshine (this part is fake, just like CNN, FAKE! only watch Fox & friends folks, best show, tremendous show!).

I shot these two projects using petzval 58 and petzval 85 on my digital cameras either the lovely Fuji xt2 or the Nikon d810 with the new 64mm daguerreotype on a Canon eos5 film camera. 

I think I should do a test/review video of these Petzval lenses. I love them very much but they tend to get a tad too contrasty for my liking. 

 

 

 

Corporate Portrait fun

With the mid term exam coming to an end, I had a chance to do a corporate portrait yesterday for a french company and it was super fun. 

My friend Nong came along with me to help me out and thanks to him as I would never be able to work through it that quick without him. 

his photography fb is : NongZeraroid

The appointment was at 10am but we decided to turn up at 8am to look around and block the shots. We were shown around by the friendly staffs whom ready to participate in the photo shoot funness.  

At 10am we got our client to come down from his office and we went through all the shots with breeze. Everyone seem to enjoy themselves as I directed them to do some silly things (in corporate world, these actions are deem as crazy but to us it's not that crazy, like smiling. Nah I'm just joking :p) 

For the whole shoot, I used my trustee Leica M with 35mm summicron ASPH and a bouncer. I did try to use Nong's Canon DSLR at one point but my fragile recovering from a surgery shoulder wasn't helping out and the DSLR has to be given back to Nong. The Leica was a blessing as it wasn't heavy enough to make my shoulder uncomfortable and the quality of the image was just superb. Delicious I'd say. 

We were done by 12pm, here are some behind the scene photos where Nong was being my model while I was trying to block off the shots. 

trying to find an angle for this room 

trying to find an angle for this room 

science lab and what not

science lab and what not

cookies are done, freshly baked from the oven he said. 

cookies are done, freshly baked from the oven he said. 

the pen was a stand in for a beaker 

the pen was a stand in for a beaker 

corporate board room cliche

corporate board room cliche

Portrait Project: Picture #5

I did not have a chance to take a portrait photo today so I decided to look through my old photo collections and see if I could pull one from there instead. And I found this photo of a girl sitting by this DIY sidecar in Poipet, Cambodia. 

She's the daughter of the gas station owner that we stopped by before heading off to Siam Reap, our final destination of that part of our excursion. 

Portrait project: Picture #2

Here is the second portrait for this year portrait project that I've set up for myself. 

I met this man here by my friend's apartment. 

He was reluctant at first but with some persuasion, he gave me a permission to take a photo of him. 

The time that I took this photo was around 5pm and the sun was hanging rather low in the sky.

I wish I had more time to talk to him before he left as he has to go somewhere on his motorbike.

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