The year everything changed – 2011
Here’s looking back the 12 months in photos from blog entries excerpted over the year.
Surprisingly no photos and no entries in April.
After all the turkeys (3) during Christmas, we had roast chicken instead and other lovely Malaysian hawker food during New Year’s eve. For sweet endings, we had bread and butter pudding!
A very different appearance compared to the previous shoot we had. This time round, we were shooting my brother in-law and his family. Despite the clouds and a short drizzle, the weather was hot. Chinese New Year hot. So hot that I got pretty dehydrated before I even got home. Anyways, because of the rain, the lion dance was also pretty tame. In fact, they were mostly going after anyone who waved a hong bao (red packet with money inside I presume) in their face. So tame that even tourists could pose by the lion and take a photo!
On the fourth day of Chinese New Year, we decided that the evening was just the right time to drop by the Thean Hou Temple in KL for a shoot. As usual, it was packed and being the Lunar New Year, it also features a lot of performances and activities that add to the bustling atmosphere. My first time here in the evening and I’m already loving the light or the lack of it. Makes the use of small flashes all the more important but also trying to jostle light to add a bit of sparkle to the already vibrant scene.
With the year of the Tiger, there were many tiger lanterns made from wire and canvas. In the darkness, they glowed beautifully but if you drop by in the daytime, they look faded, dirty and uneventful. Tripods were a challenge in a crowded place like this so I ended up shooting handheld with the McNally grip, high ISO (up to 6400 but mostly on 1600 and 3200), and wireless flash and radiopoppers. We also had another shoot the following morning. I’ll post that later and you can see the difference.
Lots of great food, good company, cooling weather thanks to the earlier rain and you’ve got the making of a great time!
These Pork burgers are *beep* awesome!
Here comes the KL Chan Ceramah Series…
For the photographers: all shot on a 5D Mark II with a 24-105mm lens. Aperture was mostly f/5.6 with shutter speeds ranging from 1/100 to 1/800 with RadioPoppers and high-speed sync flash 2x 580EX IIs and a 430EX II.
2009 was my quietest blogging year with only 65 entries compared to 117 in 2008! I guess things got a bit crazy, especially with work after the big house move. I guess also a lot of things happened as well.
Well, here goes 2009 in review on DP…
March – Before the big house move…
April – No time to blog… moving house
Truck load #1
May – Settling in…
New Home switches!
September – Realized I shoot more of others’ families than my own…
November – A blacked-out month after life’s greatest lesson about living – dying.
December – Miracles do happen… more over here.