Face of Buddha

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The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.

~ Buddha

Mandalay, 2014

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Beauty defused

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This image of the beautiful Brazilian model, Thais Nascimento, in a steamed shower room was made with a simple shoe-mounted flash gun bounced off the room to give an overall lit of the scene and added sharpness while not over burn the subject.  Most of the modern flashguns made today are powerful tools to fill and balance the available light of a location and are particular useful for a small space such as the shower box which is often the best location for some close up and intimate shoots.

Bangkok, July 2014

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Available light portraiture

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Digital photography technology in the best part of last century has been focused on achieving less noisy image of available light photography that enables photographers of all schools with much higher creative freedom.

This image of a beautiful Taiwanese model Lindy Mei made with Leica M type 240 with Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH shot at ISO 1600 is a perfect example.  I was still able to select a nice aperture setting for more pleasing depth of field at f 2,8, keeping sense of location and overall sharpness of the subject than abandoning texture and detail of surrounding and the subject herself.

Leica M camera for the matter has finally established itself again in modern solid-state photography a state of the art instrument that is compact and capable of producing large image rivals of larger competitors.

Taipei, Taiwan, July 2014

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Balancing lights

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The sunset portraiture is always somewhat tricky to carefully expose the interesting features of location and to carefully lit the model so that the subject is naturally blend into the image, not overtaking it and not overtaken by it.

This image of lovely Thai model Gift is made at Ko Chang, an island off the eastern seaboard coast of Siam Bay, lit with Broncolor Ringflash C powered up by Verso A4, to achieve a final image that is free from shadow to fight against the sunset light from behind while keeping a reasonable shades on the subject herself, something a common shoe-mounted flash gun not capable of achieve.

Ko Chang, July 2014

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Patrycja Woźniak

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A recent shot of a lovely Polish model Patrycja Woźniak, shot with the just released Nikon D810 with Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR.  The new camera encompassed some small but critical importance performance on an arguable most successful Nikon digital camera body of recent time that surprisingly after two years of introduction, still tops in its category.

The choice for the use of a medium telephoto to somewhat compress the depth of field that gives a little better image perspective for a portraiture such as this one with a little sense of distance, but not too far away.

Bangkok, July 2014

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Anna

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A warm summer afternoon.

Bangkok, June 2014

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Katja

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Stretching her lovely frame.

Bangkok, June 2014

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Bokeh?

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When was this specific term came into consideration is hard to define but I would guess it must associate with the optical developments that made large aperture lenses becomes commercially available. Original as a Japanese word “暈かし” – or boke or commonly referred to as Bokeh that later adapted by Photo Techniques magazine back in 1997 and gained its popularity, I must say, among most amateurs! I am absolutely not a fan of it, not that I don’t care about out of focus quality, but hey, its out of focus, and it is difficult to quantitate such appeals, some may argue, and of course, many don’t, but there are tones of other elements of a photography artwork that I really can’t put bokeh on higher order. But it is a hugely successful marketing term that closely associate to all large aperture optics that optically capable of rendering blurry background when open wider, and for those who deeply obsessed about bokeh, they devoted their energy looking nothing else, good for them.

Shooting extreme narrow depth of view is not my favorite thing, and something I rarely do, but I will do it when I needed it, such as this one, took with Sony A7R with Carl Zeiss FE 55/1.8ZA Sonnar T* – a lens everyone I asked me about its performance of bokeh, and I really don’t care to answer.

Taipei, Taiwan, June 2014

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“Juntos num só ritmo”

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It is the year of World Cup, the month of World Cup, and finally the week of World Cup.

Luana Lobo, a lovely Brazilian model who posed this for me when asked, “Can you pose with the football?”

“I am Brazilian!” came the answer.

The shot was made with a Leica M 240 mounted with Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH at the historical old Portuguese Embassy from the colonial period, now a fireman dormitory and soon will be a luxury riverfront hotel.

Bangkok, 2014

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Mirror Mirror

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What does a mirror look at?

Captured with Leica M type 240, Summicron-M 35/2 ASPH.

Bangkok, 2014

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