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52 Breakfasts: #34

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This week’s 52 Breakfasts: Egg sandwich with some cabbage and burdock root chips!

Having taking the easy way out a lot lately, I decided today that no matter what, no more collages. So there, we have picture on its own, and a vertical one which is actually not quite my style!

Am liking the lights in this one. Didn’t do much to the white balance. The Nikon picked up a light shade of yellow from my curtains, which I liked just right. Enjoy! :)


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August 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

52 Breakfasts: #33

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17-55. 24-70. 17-50. 18-50. Tamron. Sigma. Nikkor. Just in case you are thinking I’ve gone crazy, I probably have. Lens research crazy. :p

Anyway, badly needing a break from all those craziness, here’s presenting you this week’s 52 Breakfasts: Mushi Pan. It literally means steamed bread, but it’s more like steamed cake actually and it’s one of my favourite stuff here in Japan.

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August 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Weekend at Wakayama

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Am here at the laptop, with the aircond turned on, fan at full speed, enjoying my cold Milo, thinking of my weekend in Wakayama. It was blazingly hot and all, but definitely a wonderful weekend. Think beach, seaside view café, paddy field, fireworks with the great company of friends (and dogs!). Here’s a sneak peak at some SOOCs. Will post up more photos soon! :)

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August 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

52 Breakfasts: #32

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We are having something really fresh for 52 Breakfasts this week – Grapefruit juice!

I’ve always liked grapefruit, but grapefruit juice? My first attempt at it. But I definitely loved it! Surprisingly, with no honey nor sugar added, it was much sweeter than the ones I usually get at stores.

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August 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

Before Breakfast Readings #2

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1. Food Pixels Food Photography Blog: Because of my 52 Breakfasts project, I’m on constant lookout for good food photography blogs and this is one of them. Not only does it offer tips on food styling, lighting and so forth, for foodies, it also offers recipes!

2. The Best Photography How-To Books: I’ve been looking for photography books to shop for lately and came across this list. I know a few books in the list are really good books, so I guess it could be a good list to refer to when shopping for photography books.

3. Landscape Photography for the Serious Amateur: I was never a landscape photog. Never had an interest for it and still don’t now. But I want to give it a try one day (soon!) and do well nevertheless. Gonna refer to this when I plan for a landscape shoot.

Happy reading!

52 Breakfasts: #31

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This week’s 52 Breakfasts post: BREAD.

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August 11, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Learning Photography: Collecting photos

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It’s 2am and I have many other things that many would say I should give priority to, like “rest”. But I just wanted to share with you a little photography project I just started recently. To call it a project might be a bit exaggerating, since it’s not a conceptual shoot nor is it making an album for my portfolio. Anyway, as long as I learn something from it, who cares?

Know how some people cut out recipes from newspapers and paste it all in a little book? I have been “collecting” pictures lately to help me learn and discover my style. To elaborate…

  1. On learning:
    Just in case you are wondering… No, I don’t plan to bring the book with me on shoots and say, “OK, we just copy this picture.” It’s all about thinking why I like the pictures I collect. Is it cos of the pose that brought out the feminine side of the model? Or is it cos of the lighting that gave focus to the object? Or is it the moment captured? And after that comes the big question – how did the photographer achieved that?

  2. On discovering my style:
    Got this idea from one of the articles I read lately. Don’t remember where exactly, so I can’t share the link. Sorry! But mainly, the author was telling her readers how she found her style through keeping a collection of photos that attracted her. Her rationale was that once you have a big collection of photos, going through them all, you will realize that there are common things that attract you. And from there, you’d find your style.

It’s not a super new project, actually, considering I have been “collecting” pictures from the net but it is quite a different experience when you get to cut pictures out of magazines and paste them in your little book. It makes it a fun thing to do. Definitely recommended for those who are in for some fun learning!

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August 11, 2010 at 1:43 am