Clueless, out searching for the invisible me.

Photography

Early Autumn Leaves

Fallen Bird

Early Sunset

Happy Kids - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Make a wish - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Giant Illuminated Structure - Mid Autumn Festival at VIctoria Park

Lanterns inside the Giant Globe Structure

Head Home

This set comes from the holiday during the Mid-Autumn Festival at the end of September. All taken with GRD.

Many of you have noticed. I had not done any ‘in your face’ type of close up street photography. I want to be invisible. I want to capture people and things without alarming  anyone. I could run up to just about anyone to get the street portrait. I found I’m not getting the interaction of the people and the environment, in other words i want to put it,  the harmony from them. This set is more about me searching and seeing things. Only a shot or two has to do with the subject interacting with their surroundings. It’s cool to have a few ‘in your face’ shots in my series once in a while. Just not unless it’s absolutely necessary all the time.

By all means, I may still be invisible at the time I’m standing right in front of my subject. With the right timing, direction, distraction, we could pull this off still.

To be invisible, it’s all about learning about your positioning (blend in the crowd, approach from the side, etc). Be calm at all time, very calm. Just as if you’re not shooting your subject (with a little acting). The more you try, the more sucesses you’d do. Everyone has their way of doing it.

My tip is to be clueless. Blank. By not thinking about anything, you’d just focus on what’s in the frame regarding the distance whether near or far from your subject. Anything happen after the shot is not relevant. It becomes history, either you get the shot or miss it. It doesn’t matter. Keep the cycle and rhythm going.

Headed out shooting on saturday. It was not a pleasant day i must say. I was very disappointed with the auto LCD off timer on my X2. Yes, it continued to bug me. With a little struggle and some slow down on my daily captures, plus this BS 1 min (or 30 sec) LCD off timer. I missed shots. (For those who do not know, the LCD off timer would put the X2 on standby mode which requires waking it up prior shooting). How am I going to get ready when something suddenly shows up in front of me?

I was frustrated enough, I stayed home the day after. Rather than sitting on my butt, I had sent an email to the Leica Customer Service. The odds of getting my message across to the right department is questionable. At least I’d done my best to hopefully get a firmware fix very soon.

I’m VERY surprised that none of the online camera reviewers have not pointed this out YET. It might be my self pity clumsiness as well as my poor english not catching that in their comprehensive reviews.

Am I missing my Fuji X100?
For the auto LCD off reason. Yes…I would have waited until the next firmware updates, so that I could still use the X100 in my business trip to Macao. I believe in fate. If I ended up with the X2, I must either overcome for now and meanwhile wait for the future firmware update.

Now I’m deciding between X2 and GRD. I’m sure the GRD would do just perfectly fine. But I want to take this chance (5 days, 4 evenings), to allow myself discover and pursuit the beauty of Macao with the best quality from Leica. It’d also be an excellent opportunity to put myself in the shoe as a photographer, sort of? I’m anxious to see if I could be able to pull this off with a little patience handling the camera. Am I willing to take risks of missing shots? While my subconscious mind is telling me to go with the camera I trust the most.

I got 3 more days to decide…

 

The X100 farewell series

Photography

Flowers

Model & I

You're got a friend

Last load for the day

Bargain fresh produce

Secret conversation

Neon signs

Night view

Goodbye

Photos were taken in August (except the last one in September). When I think of it, it was a harsh month, a busy one. I spent a week working at an exhibition with long hours and plenty of standing. I could only think of the coming exhibition in Macao, with even longer hours. Will I still be in shape for any photography after work at night? Hmm..

You must be also thinking. Now I’ve sold my X100, what do I think about it as a postmortem? My verdict to the Fujifilm X100 remains positive. The image quality is right there as good as the X2. It’s only a matter of how you take control of it in your photos. I would have preferred the ‘black’ limited edition for a more stealthy outfit. The AEL/AFL button is the key answer to the manual focus. It’s the quick autofocus cheat in manual mode. I found myself missing that button quite a bit (X2 does not have an equivalent function). And my last series had shown my extensive use of that button.

It’s a very decent camera.

Thanks so much and goodbye!

The weaknesses of your camera MAY help you do better photography

Photography

Taking break

If I could shoot pictures the way I want with a camera that has limited DR, image quality, pixel, tiny sensor, in principle, any digital camera out there isn’t much of an issue.

I always carry this motto with me when I’m out with my GRD. And that in theory helps me to think more about how a photo is going to look, such as the lack of depth of field. Maybe I should anticipate better to isolate the background from subject without any help of the blurred background.

Bamboo Smoke Pipe

Without the extended ISO, maybe I could learn to become a ninja or a spy? Be more steady and quick in low light situation given the noticeably slower shutter speed. Or even try shooting with flash? These are some options we could explore.

Walking down the stairs

With limited options and abilities available on your camera, you often need to think outside the box or figure out the best way to compensate the weaknesses. It stimulates your creativity. It’s good to know MacGuyver had done his job with his tiny swiss knife, So can we. The process of overcoming challenges can be rewarding.

OT

What's going on

Noisy

In pair

Lined up

Attention goes to

You would feel it when you found a camera that belongs to you, and to be your main gear. There’s always a reason. You’d know when you get there. It doesn’t matter if many good photographers trust their red dot lenses, or why street photography should be done with manual lens…If auto focus works really well on your camera, so be it. I learn as I go along, i never knew what fixed focal length would give me until I experienced it. Not because everyone says so. Just like many says 35mm is the most common focal length and used by many pros. You can go try it. Time and time again, you need to do your own judgement of what works best for you. Be rational and true to ourselves.

Outsider

I think it’s simply an awesome experience to start believing in what my camera can do, to an extend believing what myself can do lately. I do hope you’d find this similar feeling down the road.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!! We eat moon cakes and enjoy the bright full moon in Hong Kong. It’s very festive around here and tomorrow is the National Day for Republic of China. Holidays, hooray!