Composition :: Pattern & Structure

The distinct pattern of the brick wall, accentuated by the patterned iron front gate, provides the background for my photo above. As can be seen though the focus was on the two young persons in the foreground lit by morning sunlight, the actual subject of this photo in the eyes of the viewers is the slightly out-of-focus architecture in the shadow.

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Quality of Light :: Tokyo in wintertime

Cold winter weathers also bring some of the best quality of light to this otherwise listless cityscape under random scattering of light due to humidity. This coupled with the sweet psychology of the period usually bring out the best of my Leica M9 and Noctilux. I even find happiness (幸せ), an otherwise foreign concept to my brain, in some of these works.

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Story :: Ghost in the café

Contrast in luminosity, however, is easy to recognize. In a normal lighting street scene, there will always be dark backgrounds and highlighted subjects. Recognizing these and you have a potential winner in B&W as the pictures give a “pop” by default.

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Composition :: Symmetry

One way to breathe life into otherwise boring symmetrical composition is to also have living subjects flanking the main subject symmetrically. I took the photo above at Palais Royal on a cloudy spring afternoon in 2019. As the parents jostled joyfully for the attention of their toddler, who’s screaming and running around out-of-control, I knew there would be chances for me to effect a lively symmetrical composition.

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Quality of Light :: Côte d'Azur

Photography is all about the quality of light. With Leica M9 it’s especially so.

Due to the limited dynamic range of its CCD sensor, M9 does not give you a lot of room for manoeuvring in post-processing. You either hit or you miss.

On the other hand, if you are ballpark with your exposure and the quality of light is great, you get exquisite colors out of M9 like no others.

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