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Majestic Violet Tangerine 奭紫橙 Part I

Starting a photography series is not hard, take a simple concept and run with it for however many photos it takes before you feel satisfied that it’s complete. You could artificially create a series, such as people holding red boxes around the world, then carry a red box wherever you go for a year and take photos of strangers holding…

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Be Movement

A few months back I was invited to share my photography in the latest and final issue of be movement, for the special SG 50 celebration issue. It’s a beautiful magazine so if you manage to find a copy, please pick one up. It was a pleasure working with the be movement team on this. You can find out more…

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Samyang 14mm f2.8 AS IF UMC Distortion Correction

Quick thoughts on the Samyang 14mm f2.8 Lets get something out of the way first, with some practice, 14mm makes everything look epic and exciting. For those of you who are new to this, 14mm is not like a fisheye lens which intentionally distorts everything, 14mm lenses are typically “rectilinear”, which means it produces images with straight lines and very…

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Shooting With The Helios-44-2 58mm F2 On A D810

Shooting with the D810 is wonderful, like driving the nicest car you can imagine. Pairing it with some funky old piece of glass may not be what a lot of people think about when they consider a camera like this, but lately I wanted to see what else is out there, outside the Nikon bubble. Achieving a swirly bokeh with…

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Street Photographer Street Smarts In Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam is an absolute dream for street photographers. Employ the most basic travel smarts and your equipment should remain safe for the duration of the journey. In brief, 5 simple tips to keep your photo walks in Vietnam safe and fun, ensuring an awesome experience: 1. Walk around with only 2-3 lenses max, and keep them concealed in a…

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Let’s Visit Hanoi

Just spent the last 4 nights in Hanoi, Vietnam. Took with me the 50mm f1.2, 85mm f1.4, and the 20mm f3.5(Voigtlander) and had a GREAT time. Going to write a post shortly on the experience, but here’s a shot to share for now.

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Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX on Full Frame

At the moment, Nikon users have only a few options for Nikon branded 35mm lenses. The high end 35mm f1.4 G intended for full frame bodies, the 35mm f2 AFD with the same intention for full frame, and the 35mm f1.8 DX intended for cropped frame bodies. Not really worth mentioning as it’s not really a lens that is easily…

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The Ultimate Photographer’s Pickup Line

I had the pleasure of spending the evening a day ago with Waseq, a talented photographer visiting for the week to attend a study session here in Singapore. Check out his beautiful photos here. Over coffee and tea that evening at Killiney, we decided to hit the streets of Orchard and get us some portraits of strangers. Typically shooting candids,…

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Pushing It To The Limit

ISO at 1250, f1.2, 50mm on my D700, handheld 1/200. Can push it much further. I like to embrace the grain, I’ve never been a fan of the “perfect” photo, and I cringe when people talk “sharpness”. Art photography is something I love very deeply, so I am not out for a reality imitating capture, I am out to capture…

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On Keeping Organized and Using Flickr

Finally got around to tidying up my Flickr account into “Collections”. Check ’em out: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonsiegel/collections/ Going to start separating my Chinatown and Little India shots into their own series(sets). Often I get into discussions about Flickr and why I continue to stay with them. I have many reasons for this, but thought I’d share my top 5 here: 1. Flickr…

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On Taking A Break

The other day, as I made my way to the train station, rather than enter and go home, I walked past it and kept walking. Took a left turn, and parked myself across a busy sidewalk from a Chinese medicine shop. I stood there, relaxed and waited for a bit, for the right person or couple to wander past so…

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Detective Time

Lately I realized that I do not generally share a lot about myself online besides my photos. One of the pitfalls of social media, is that it can be rather deceptive when used as a tool to analyze a person and their activities, and unless you are a skilled detective, it is doubtful that you will be reading between the…

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Still Learning

Initially I wrote back with a bit of a long reply to someone who kindly wrote to ask whether a switch from cropped sensor to full frame would make a substantial difference in their photography. I got a little carried away and included a few other tips about my own personal journey in photography. Tips which I thought I might…

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On Selecting The Ultimate DSLR Lens

I am asked repeatedly, “If you had to choose one lens…”, “Which was your first lens…”, or, “If you had to sacrifice one lens from your kit…”, which are all indirect ways of asking, “I don’t know what I’m doing yet, toss me a bone here, where do I start?” Time to spill the beans. The cosmic answer is just…

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Weekend With The Nikkor 24mm F1.4 G

Rented the Nikkor 24mm F1.4 G last weekend from the fine folks over at http://sg.camerarental.biz for a late night shoot. Without revealing any more details, the shoot was for a band, and the image they were after was along the lines of Wong Kar-wai style cinematography. Since I would be working discreetly in tight, darkly lit spaces, I picked up…

Just Ask Permission

Finally got a “yes” at a Chinese medicine shop to shoot a few photos. Rarely do they let me take photos inside, maybe it was the nice weather that day. I had friends visiting from out of town and took them for a walk around Chinatown where I live. This one TCM was quite busy, I walked in and politely…

Happenin’

I’m in Tokyo at the moment, the usual back and forth between my two current homes(the other being Singapore). Went out the other night with my friend Katsu to do a photo walk through the back streets of Shibuya. There is an entirely different side to Shibuya that few people are aware of, past the Donki, past the H&M, past…

Don’t Look

I am not going to “tell all” about my techniques, however I do want to share some neat tips from time to time that might clear up a few mysteries for some of you. This is for the uninitiated who have just stepped into the wonderful and mysterious world of digital photography, for those who shelled out a whole lot…

Straighten You Out

I will always maintain that there is no right or wrong with photography, like any other form of art, it is all a matter of perception. In recent years I have been asked how I take such pictures, how do I get “those colors” or how did I manage “that shot”. It is more a matter of being completely comfortable…

Yong Peng

A week ago I went for my second visit to Yong Peng, Malaysia and I loved every minute of it. It’s a neat little town that’s easy to access from bus routes into Malaysia from Singapore. A good friend of mine is from this town and invited me to visit last year. I went for a weekend and it turned…

Building Up The Nerve

Taking a candid shot at point blank is rather difficult when your target isn’t preoccupied with a phone or a music player. This woman was fixing her hair in a antique Chinese mirror when I walked by. I snapped a few shots, but they really didn’t catch the mood or the scene that I was seeing. You can see the…