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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Gates and Doors series

Gates #1
© 2005 Martin Liew

Gates and Doors series

Here's another mini-project series on gates and doors. All were taken during my Nite Projekt trips.

Somehow in some way or rather with strange feelings, I'm always drawn to gates and doors especially in the night where each individual gate and door presents itself as the "guardian" or "protector" of the respective building. Not to forget about the surrounding lightings that provide enough brightness and contrast on the gates and doors, along with its own shadows cast against the wall or on the ground. Gates and doors are entrances or passageways that lead oneself into an unknown premises which hold so much mystery, curiosity and even fear. To some, they bring hope and security.

Shanghai TLR • KODAK TMAX400 • 3min 40secs

Friday, July 28, 2006

Shanghai Hotel

Shanghai Hotel
© 2005 Martin Liew

Shanghai Hotel

It was a great challenge upon taking this picture, in terms of composing and finding the "right" vantage point/angle. The building on the foreground is Shanghai Hotel and River View Hotel on the background.

I was attracted by the grandeur of Shanghai Hotel with all the spot lights shining upon its majestic building structure. As I wasn't able to frame the whole building with a TLR of 75mm fixed lens, I had to compose and frame in a way to show the scaling and dimensional size of Shanghai Hotel. Hence River View Hotel came into view in the background. There was a strong spot light shining not directly on it but enough to view its name, creating a slightly dim effect compared to the foreground building lights. The lights from River Vew Hotel rooms showed enough shadow details which in turn made the building more three-dimensional. Because of this, I was able to show the depth of field between these two buildings. Here the lighting plays an important part.

Shanghai TLR • KODAK TMAX400 • 3min 40secs

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Water Reflection

Water Reflection
© 2005 Martin Liew

Water Reflection

I came across this water fountain at The Esplanade Park, formerly known as Queen Elizabeth Park. The fountain is named after a very wealthy but generous merchant, Tan Kim Seng who was the first Chinese magistrate in Singapore. His numerous contributions to the society include the suppression of the secret society riots in 1854 between the Cantonese and the Hokkien communities. First unveiled in Fullerton Square, this beautiful Victorian-style fountain was built to commemorate Tan Kim Seng's generous cash donation in 1857 to improve Singapore's water supply. The memorial was later moved to Battery Road in 1905 and to its present location in 1925.

I was attracted by one of the four cherub statues as shown above; not by its own structure but its own water reflection. Here I tried to compose it in a subtle way as possible by showing the full body reflection in the water and its leg or body cropped in half on the upper frame. It was a challenge to compose and make the exposure with a TLR. The result is still acceptable. I'll go back for a few more attempts to get the desired result I wanted.

Shanghai TLR • KODAK TMAX400 • 3min 40secs

POINT TO WATCH
• I could have waited for the spotlights to go off as they certainly caused much distraction. On the other hand, without the spotlights, there'll be no lights shining on the cherub statue, in turn reflected back in the water.
• There are certainly a number of ways to get the right exposure after the spotlights go off. Either use a flashlight to pop some lights on the statue alone on a reasonable range where it's enuff to reveal some details back to the water reflection OR shine a strong searchlight on a light reflector to serve as diffused light on the statue. Well it can take quite some work to get it done successfully.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

'TWINS' Projekt Series

'TWINS' #1
© 2005 Martin Liew

'TWINS' Projekt Series
'TWINS' Projekt was formed during my Nite Projekt series. As I travelled around the city by foot, I got to see more things than just riding a bicycle or driving a car with which one tends to oversee or miss certain things or details.
I was intrigued by the symetrical patterns and identical structures of the subjects I photographed. Hence the first impression and idea came across my mind. The subjects make me see them in different ways, metaphorically and emotionally. Well pretty much on personal preference here. It's subjective as well for any viewer.
Anyway I approach this project in a straight forward and conventional way in the fine-art photographic style. In this case I'm not making portraitures as the title stated. I take it as it is at the time of exposing. This sub-series is also an ongoing project which I think will take much longer time to complete. So far I got a few images made and this is the first one for your viewing pleasure. More to follow up.
Shanghai TLR • KODAK TMAX400 • 3min 40secs

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth
© 2005 Martin Liew

Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth was made conventionally in fine-art style. The ambience lighting was so right and I couldn't resist this beautiful scene. The softness of the water certainly adds up more atmospheric mood which makes the whole image quite romantic.

Shanghai TLR • KODAK TMAX400 • 3min 40secs

POINT TO WATCH
• I could have move back more for a wider view all round i.e. to reveal more of the fountain on the foreground and the wall on both sides in the background.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Homeless Man & No Littering

Homeless Man & No Littering
© 2005 Martin Liew

Homeless Man & No Littering

I paid a visit to the National Library today to check out Eye e City 2005 photo-exhibition. I took part in the event last year and one of my pictures was selected, as shown above. I know this is not related to night photography but I just wanna share my joy with every reader here.

Here's how I came about making this picture:
31st Dec 2005, Saturday morning. I arrived early at Waterloo Street and walking around for some interesting things to shoot. As I took the escalator up a level above the hawker center, I saw this homeless man sleeping soundly on the floor. I walked pass him but as I turned back to look again, I spotted the "No Littering" signboard on the wall. As the wall was curved outwards, the old man's body laid just along the contour comfortably as if he's performing some yoga.
Initially I wanted to shoot the old man as the main subject but upon seeing the whole scenario, it occurred to me that the old man and the sign board have a contrast implications. It somehow creates an awareness of homeless folks wandering and sleeping in the street with no-one to look after them. These people are literally treated like "garbage" and the No Littering sign board speaks for them. Don't neglect these people and their welfare. This can be a serious social problem if attention isn't paid on them.
Nikon D70s • 18-70mm standard lens • B&W conversion in Adobe Photoshop with Level adjustment and minor dodging.