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52 Breakfasts: #16

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Having just submitting an entry for 52 breakfast a few days ago, never did I expect myself to post yet another entry so soon. Only until when I realized that I won’t have any time after today, I decided I had to by hook or by crook come up with something.

That’s the thing about 52 weeks projects. You can’t say “Oh, I’m busy this week, so I’ll just skip and do it next week.” Well of course, I don’t think anybody would protest (or even notice) if I skipped a week or two, but I see it as a matter of principles. If I’m going to commit myself to something, then I better do it right, right?

Anyway anyway, I shall not bore you further. This week, we are having Banana pancakes with strawberries! Finally something more breakfast-y for the 52 Breakfasts project. :p

As for the recipe, it’s from Rasa Malaysia’s blog, so you can head on over there! Hers look like a much crispier and yummier version. Let me practice a bit more and see whether I can get that crispiness too. If yes, then expect to see yet another post of Banana Pancakes!

By the way, making these pancakes reminded me of Jack Johnson’s song – Banana Pancakes. If you haven’t heard of it before, have a listen! ;)

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April 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Photos: Sakuras

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I’ve never felt too much for sakuras. But this year being the last year here, they somehow appeared to be more beautiful than ever. And so, I decided to go out snapping and put together a collection of them.

I spent the whole morning and afternoon (skipping lunch!) snapping these little gems here. Yeah, that’s me. When I start snapping,I tend to forget about food. :p

Anyway, presenting to you Sakuras by SE Teoh:

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April 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

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52 Breakfasts: #15

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This week’s entry for 52 Breakfasts: Salad

After gym yesterday, I decided to drop by the supermarket, just for fun. And I came across all these fresh vege, I just couldn’t resist. Take a guess on what I have in the bowl. (Hint: There’s at least 10 ingredients in there!)

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April 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Inspirations: the Red one

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For the past few days, I found myself smitten by videography. It’s as if I’ve been eating videography, sleeping videography and dreaming videography. Amazed by the technology, moved by the stories they tell, now I’m simply inspired. Yes, I guess inspired would be the right word. I really am.

Perhaps it’s not something new for most of you, but did you know that filmmakers still use 35mm films to make films? I always thought it must be some high technology digital stuff. Afterall, digital is very common in photography. Why not videography right? Apparently, cos there wasn’t a technology that could offer the image quality of analog film. And cos 2K and HD cameras didn’t offer narrow depth of field which can make videos oh so boring.

Fear not though cos the Red One that was released in 2008 bridged the gap.

The Red One camera gives moviemakers the best of both worlds. It delivers the ease of use and editing flexibility provided by digital cinema cameras. At the same time, the Red’s resolution and color fidelity rival that of 35-millimeter film, and it allows the same kind of control over focus.

Read more about the Red One and the minds behind it here. It’s old news but it’s good news. ;)

If you are a newbie like me, perhaps you can hop over to Luminous Landscape for what I’d call a beginner’s guide to video.

P.S. I’m currently working on 2 new video projects. Am so excited!

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April 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Book: Wedding Photography Unveiled – Part VI

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VI. The Reception – Fast lenses, High ISOs, and Candid Moments Galore

I always walk a fine line between making pretty images for the client and making images that are personal to me.  ~Melissa Mermin

We all know that throughout all weddings, there are always the few important moments which the couple definitely want photos of. But, of course, we do not want to fall into the average Joe category shooting just ‘normal’ pics of those moments. So, we take a balance here. Shoot the important moments, but through our own eyes (creative angles, interesting compositions etc.). That’s what makes us photographers. We are there not just to shoot, but to create photos.

At the wedding he always makes sure to have an assistant with him who can shoot the traditional images that the client expects.  On Mike Colon

Knowing there’s a safety net, it gives us more space to be creative. Perhaps for brides and grooms, this sounds a bit like cheating. But think of it as a plus point. You get 2 photographers, and you get creative and beautiful shots!

During the couple’s first dance, I had already seen on the back of my camera that I had great close-ups and I had great full lengths. Once I know that, it then gives me the opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I’ve got what they expect to see, now let me step outside of that and try to find something more magical.’ ~Charles Marings

Instead of being stuck in one corner or at a certain angle, move around. Even if the place you are at might be giving you a perfect angle, a perfect lighting, but we don’t need 10 copies of that. Who knows, we might find another angle which gives us a better shot!

Sometimes, we might also fall into the perfectionist self (or is it just me?) and focus too much on getting one tiny detail right in the picture. And by spending too much time on that tiny detail in a wedding where everything happens so fast, we’dbe betting on losing dozens of precious moments. So, don’t dwell (at least not too much)!

Tips from Frank Doorhof

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Came across this post by Frank Doorhof in Scott Kelby’s blog. It was one of the Guest Blog Wednesday posts. I found some of the points resonating with me and so I thought I’d share it here too. Here they are in short.

  1. Even the best Photoshop users can’t make a bad picture really shine.
  2. Learn to REALLY look through the viewfinder.
  3. To make an image more interesting it’s very important to also invest in the styling and the model.

If you are interested in a more elaborated version, do read on.

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April 16, 2010 at 11:16 pm

52 Breakfasts: #14

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One of you left me a comment another day saying I have quite un-breakfast-y stuff for breakfast, to which I admit. haha. I really do have stuff that people don’t usually have for breakfast for breakfast, all the time. I guess the most breakfast-y stuff on 52 Breakfasts thus far would be Breakfast #12: cereal + yogurt (and it wasn’t even the usual cereal + milk!).

You see, I usually don’t give any thought to whether it’d be unusual to have this or that as breakfast. I just come up with whatever I feel like eating or cooking.

Also, one of my objectives in starting this 52 Breakfasts project was to make sure I have something good for breakfast at least once a week. And whenever I think of having something good, I usually end up with something a tad too heavy for breakfast, thus the un-breakfast-ness in my 52 Breakfasts series.

Anyway, I had yet another un-breakfast-y breakfast today. Pasta with eggplants and mushroom!

For foodies, here’s how I prepared it.

1. Add oil, sliced garlic and dried chili to nonstick pan over low heat. Don’t let the garlic brown too fast cos we want that garlic taste to sip into the oil which will later sip into the eggplants and mushrooms!

2. Add in sliced eggplants and mushrooms. Keep the heat low.

3. Turn up the heat a bit. Add boiled pasta.

4. Lastly, add salt and pepper and parsley.

5. Dig in!

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April 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm