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Thoughts: 8th week into 52 Breakfasts

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It’s my 8th week into 52 Breakfasts. Still a long way to go till I complete the whole series but I thought it’s about time I take a step back and look at what I’ve achieved so far.

My thoughts:

  1. I must say the pics are all just so-so. I don’t see any improvement. And some pics even show me slacking ( e.g. the roti canai pic and the nasi lemak pic).
  2. Although this is a personal project, I should have the mindset that I must produce the best I can.
  3. I need to plan more of my shoots, especially when I’m preparing the food myself. Preparing the food gives me more flexibility in combination of colour, presentation, background, light etc and so I must make full use of it.
  4. I find my presentation of food still needs a lot of improvement. Thus, it’s time for me to hit the bookstores and study pictures in recipe books.
  5. Have an image in mind and try to work towards it.

I’ve also been reading up some articles online in regard to food photography. Just to share:

P.S. Perhaps in a future blogpost, I’ll summarize the tips I find useful from my readings online! Look out for it! :)

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February 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

52 breakfasts: #07

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Not having an oven in my place in Osaka, I promised myself I would bake at least once for 52 Breakfasts during my 2 months stay in Malaysia. And because I’ve never tasted carrot cake before, I looked up the internet for a recipe, and soon was chopping walnuts and sifting flour. It all went well until my frosting didn’t really ‘frost’. ( You can see my frosting ‘sweating’ in the collage below. )

Anyway, here’s my ‘sweating’ carrot cake for this week:

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February 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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52 breakfasts: #06

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Since it’s still Chinese New Year, I was planning to post something related to CNY for this week’s 52 breakfasts entry. Little did I realize that I didn’t know what people usually have as breakfast during CNY! So I ended up with something that has zero relation to Chinese New Year – Roti Canai!

Normally they come flat like pancake but this restaurant I went to serves it just like what you see in the picture. It’s soft, yet crispy and goes extremely well with curry! I’m going back there tomorrow again for another round of Roti Canai. That’s how yummy it is!

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February 19, 2010 at 11:51 pm

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Photos: Balik Kampung

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As Malaysians would already know, Chinese New Year is the worst time to travel in Malaysia. But yet, everyone still travels just for the sake of a reunion with relatives and friends during the festive season. Even though I’m not the one driving, I dread the bad traffic when moving from one place to another. Traveling time could easily double when one is unlucky.

So to make sure my balik kampung trip would be well worth the crazy traffic, I brought my camera along. Here’s some of what made all the bad traffic worth it! :)

Blue skies along the way from Kuala Lumpur to Penang!

Short break for lunch at a random kopitiam in Ipoh.

Kids gather to play in the evening.

Hawker food – never to be missed when in Penang!

Gambling and drinking. Typical CNY activities.

Terrible traffic but beautiful skies on the way home.

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February 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

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Thoughts: Newest model or no?

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When it comes to buying gears, we often come across choices like whether to get the newest model or to go for the previous version and save a few hundred dollars.

It could simply be that the big players in the market are doing a great marketing job or that the newest model does offer so much more or both. Whatever it is, we cannot deny that the newest model of a body or lens or flash is always so seductive.

But I guess what can force us back to being logical is to ask ourselves what do we need. Sometimes we might need to buy brand new, sometimes we don’t. For example, if one is looking for a lens for photographing small prototypes under studio lights, does one really need the VR of the newer lens?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a strong believer on not being stingy when it comes to improving my photography skills. May it be gears or workshops. But lets not just succumb to Nikon or Canon’s marketing department and respond emotionally.

Simply ask ourselves:”What do we need? Will the newer model help improve our photography more?”

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February 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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52 breakfasts: #05

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Got myself a monitor today! So here’s to no more bad colours (like in the previous post)!

Anyway, this week’s entry for 52 Breakfasts is no other than Dim Sum!

Dim Sum most probably originated from Hong Kong but is also a very popular breakfast among the Chinese in Malaysia. It comes in a wide range of light dishes that varies from meat and seafood to desserts! And as you can see in the picture, presentation is important. Also, of course, there’s always Chinese tea to go with it!

Next pic up would of course be something related to Chinese New Year (cos tmw’s Chinese New Year)! Stay tuned! Oh, and of course, here’s wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year! :)

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February 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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52 breakfasts: #04

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Another hour to go and my 52 Breakfast project would have gone down the drain cos I would have then missed this week’s deadline.

But I must say that even though I’m in time to post something, be prepared that this week’s post is gonna be a lousy pic.  I could of course come up with tons of excuses for not handing in something proper. But I’m a no excuses person. If work is not done, it simply means it is not done.

Anyway, not to bore you further with words, here’s the 4th pic for 52 Breakfasts:

Malaysia’s national breakfast – Nasi Lemak!

p.s. I have a very very bad feeling with the colours of this pic. The screen of my laptop is not reliable at all and I’ve yet to get myself an extra monitor to work with back home. sigh. Note to self: MUST DO SO SOON.

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February 6, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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