Yin & Yang – Masterpiece by Uncle Bob

 

Here’s a masterpiece co-created by Uncle Bob and photographed by Raymond Phang during the wedding couple’s tea ceremony.

Uncle Bob’s shutter went off continuously like an ultra cool machine gun. The click click click shutter sound stroked Uncle Bob’s ego. It made Uncle Bob felt good. When the camera flash saw this, it got jealous of the shutter and decided to make its presence known too. So… here we go, make-shift disco flash lights for the win! And what a perfect timing!! It decided to go off just when Raymond pressed the button. *slow clap*

This beautiful masterpiece has since been named Yin and Yang. Half blown, half properly exposed.

We would like to thank Uncle Bob for co-creating this, if not we’d never be able to produced such an artistic piece of tea ceremony shot, ever. (:

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Aunt Nellie – Every Photographer’s Nightmare!

When Uncle Bob is not around…….. Aunt Nellie to the rescue!!

 

Susu was shooting a couple’s actual day wedding ceremony. Bride was looking radiant in her beautiful white wedding gown. It was a fit and flare mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline that really accentuates her figure and she looked just like a princess!

The tall and handsome groom was looking sharp in his deep blue suit. With a hairdo like that, he beats any Korean actor hands down.

Hand in hand, the couple walked into the ballroom for their first march-in. Everyone was cheering and clapping for them, some of the guests standing by the aisle were happily throwing flower petals.

Oh, like Uncle Bob who couldn’t be there to witness this beautiful celebration, I think you guys can’t see it from this photo too… But fret not, we have Aunt Nellie to the rescue!!

Aunt Nellie so wanted to share this beautiful sight with Uncle Bob! She mustered all her courage, stepped onto the red carpet, parked herself right in the middle of the aisle where that’s the best spot for photos, and took many many many many many shots of the couple walking in.

Susu and even our dear videographer had to give Aunt Nellie a slow clap for her courageous stunt. They even contemplated going off already since Aunt Nellie is there doing their job.

I’m sure Aunt Nellie went home with a lot of photos of the couple that night and even recounted the night’s event with Uncle Bob. I don’t know what she did with the photos afterwards (save them? delete them? print them?)… and what meaning those photos had for her. Afterall she was a friend of the couple’s parent, whom the couple probably ain’t even close to begin with.

SIGH…….

To all couples who are gonna hold your wedding celebration soon, please get your emcee to make an announcement, put up wanted posters outside the venue, get people to catch uncle bobs and aunt nellies and tie them up, or stuff them with the entire 3/4/5 tier wedding cake. I mean it. They don’t have the right to ruin the couple’s photos like that. Furthermore the photos/videos are the only thing that records the memories of their big day. Okay!?! >:(

Oh by the way “Nellie” is not her real name. -.-”

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The Little Merman.. I mean, mermaid.

Few months back, Raymond and a group of talented #photographers came up with this idea of sharing their #photography skills and knowledge at #shiokcamp in #singapore. The name shiok camp cos it’s literally a #camp (course investment came with #food & #hotel stay!) and it’s so #shiok cos you get to do #intensive learning from the different masters each specializing in different skills and genre.

Raymond’s specialty would be the fun and #crazy#concept #prewedding #photoshoot and for the shiok camp, he was doing the #nightshoot segment at the #wildwildwet water theme park. And guess what… He wanted to do a shoot with #mermaid! Must be cos he wanted to take this as an excuse to work with pweeeeetty girls. Of course I gave him the go ahead, and I made sure I vet through the selections for the model/talent. 😌

Finally we found the best person, who is none other than Gim Goh!! You can see this familiar face in Nippon paint ads, health promotion board ads, tanglin, flyscoot ads etc! Gim is a damn talented and professional #actor and definitely a #funperson to be around with. He had all the shiok camp participants laughing and rolling on the floor with his #funny antics before the #photoshoot when Raymond was sharing on the thought processes. Gim and his #Grammy worthy expressions during the session made the shoot a quick and painless one.

 

Image featuring the talented actor Gim Goh in the gorgeous and beautiful little mermaid get up. So hot he’s on fire.

 

Here’s the shot of Gim the #beautiful mermaid in his beautiful Kim Kim mermaid tail topped with #Pikachu bikini, eating #Korean super spicy hot noodle. The noodle was sooooo spicy until #firecame out of his mouth. That’s real fire, shot in one frame. In case you’re wondering how did the fire came about, we have Raymond and Susu to thank for. Raymond did his research and finally found a cheap and safe method to create the fire. We then practiced a few times and determined it stable enough for the photoshoot. On the actual photoshoot itself, Susu did a good job with the blowing, the poor zippo lighter was badly abused, but what came out was a pretty neat shot. 

This wasn’t as elaborately done as our conceptualised pre-wedding photoshoot, but just to demo to the participants what we can achieve within a short period of time. (:

For those who are keen to have a mermaid costume made for yourself, this one was done by #Bellydance Star (www.bellydancestar.com), conveniently located at Jalan Sultan Textile Center. The guys there are so awesome, they had this express made for us for the photoshoot.

Alrighty, if you’re keen in attending future workshops/seminars, let us know ya?

Cheers! 😀

 

Lots of fats,
Angeline
www.raymondphang.com

Hello from Noob Parents

*stretches arms and legs and fingers and fingernails*

ALOHA!! Haven’t been blogging since forever again! Life has been… tragically busy since the arrival of the mini boss. The mini boss demands a lot of attention, and speaks in an alien language which I think I need to go attend courses for because sometimes I don’t understand what she wants. The mini boss makes the most out of life, so she doesn’t like to sleep *OMG*. Like literally doesn’t like to sleep. She fights the zzzz monster and can stay awake for hours. She likes to cry like mad when she’s cranky. She screams and can cry continuously non stop from 11pm to 4am. Whoever is in the Cry-it-Out camp obviously haven’t met my mini boss. I’ll kick you if you ask me to let my mini boss cry it out again. I’ll probably get tortured to death by her gasping for air crying before anything else. I call it the inconsolable dinosaur cry. She’ll become stiff and whole body turn dark red to near purple. It’s that bad. She cried so bad that her tears soaked her clothes and she’s almost voiceless. Sigh… What have we (Raymond and I) gotten ourselves into? -____-”

So I couldn’t stand it that night when mini boss scored satu and zombie mum scored kosong. I sent a text message to my parents to complain about the mini boss’ ridiculous behavior… My dad replied and said now then I know it’s not easy being a parent and I have to be tolerant towards the baby because she cannot express herself, crying is all she knows. Sigh……… Whoever said fishing is a good training for patience is so wrongggggg… try babies! 😀 Not your friend’s or your cousin’s or your sibling’s, but your own baby! Wah, satisfaction guaranteed I tell you. Confirm after training you’ll attain beast mode zen level and gain enlightenment. The kind where you’ll grow an invisible halo above your head and a mega protective ball of shield surrounding your entire being. No amount of cries and screams can hit you.

Sigh… On good days the mini boss smiles a lot. She likes to play and absolutely hates staying still. She must be carried around so that she can take in all the sights and sounds. So much to see, until she decided she must fight the sleep monster. Aiyo… Like right now while I’m typing this, my big boss is carrying the mini boss and bouncing her on the yoga ball hoping she’d fall asleep. Something that the lactation consultant taught us.

Since this post is about the mini boss and parents… I’ll share two of my favourite shots taken in Gold Coast! Featuring my own father and mother!

 

Family in Gold Coast

Family Photoshoot Gold Coast

Not easy being parents indeed, and I must have been the most difficult to handle when young too. I had to be seated in a pail and carried to the toilet when my mum wants to shower. I would let no one else carry, not even my dad. Muwahahahaha! When my mum had to cook, she will use rambutans and lay them on the floor in a circle and put me in the middle. She said I was scared of rambutans and I would just quietly sit inside that circle and watch my mum cook. I hope Raymond and I won’t have to do things like that and the mini boss will guai guai behave herself when we have things to do. But sometimes both of us get so carried away with work that we will neglect her. Like totally neglect her. Leave her to sit in her chair and dump her some teether/toys to play with. Or let her lay under the cot mobile for that minutes of peace while we chiong our work. Last resort, put her in the manduca or baby k’tan carrier so that she’d sleep and we will work while babywearing her.

I don’t know what makes a good parent, and we’d probably never be the best, but i guess we are all still learning and we’ll get better by the day.

Jia you to all parents and parents-to-be. Welcome to the Panda and Zombie club! 😀

 

Almost insane,

Angeline
www.raymondphang.com
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Hands on Review of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II vs Nikon D5 vs Canon EOS-1D X

Hello once again! Sorry for the long delay in updates. Our kiddo is keeping us busy and together with shoots and backlogs, this post came in a little too late.
Anyway to keep things short and sweet, we got our hands on a production model of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (will call it 1Dx2 from here onwards for short) as well as the Nikon D5 and we will be pitting it against the original Canon 1Dx which will serve as a control. In case you have a lot of time while browsing this in the toilet, here are the comparison links for Nikon D810 vs Canon 5Dmk3 as well as the pre-production Canon 1Dx2 vs the 1Dx.

A little bit of background here – We got the production Canon 1Dx2 the day it was launched and available for sale in Singapore. The Nikon D5 was not ours however. It was a chance coincidence when we posted on Facebook about the 1Dx2 and our photographer friend Garick responded that he had a D5 with him and was also interested to know the difference in dynamic range. So we met up and did some quick tests with the camera. All 3 cameras are set on the floor with timer shooting mode to reduce camera shake. Remember this is not a Canon/Nikon bashing review because both cameras do have its merits.

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
Left Canon 1Dx, Center Canon 1Dx2, Right Nikon D5 (high res image click here)

This was shot at ISO 100, F8 at 4 seconds which is about 3 stops under exposed. We loaded all files into ACR and added 4 stops exposure. This is done to test the best possible dynamic range of the sensor which Canon has in history been losing out to Nikon. The following images are the 125% crops of the image that has been added 4 stops. While we as photographers shouldn’t be shooting at 4 stops underexposures, it is still good to know that we can still be able to recover some details lost in the shadows if shit happens or if there is a high contrast scene such as sunrise landscapes etc.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Notice the red/green color noise in the Canon 1Dx as well as the slightly nosier Nikon D5 compared to the Canon 1Dx2. This to me is already a marked improvement and it looks like tides have turned for those at Canon camp!

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Again the details found in the bag which is missing from the original 1Dx and the noisy D5 compared to relatively clean and still usable 1Dx2. Strange pink color cast also noticed on the D5 and usual red/green color noise noticed on the 1Dx.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Details in the charging dock as well as the roughly able to make out the details on the power plug. Clean and usable on the 1Dx2.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – The details that can be found in the pouches area underneath the ledge. Yes I still have a super soaker!!! Remember this was in total darkness in the original raw file and the ability to pull and extract details out of nothing is no mean feat!

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Shadow area under the table and the ability to clearly see where the line ends under the table is really impressive! Canon users rejoice!!!

Since we came so far, we decided to do 6 stops underexposure. The results although not at all pleasing, proved that the 1Dx2 had less noise when added 5 stops in ACR. Original underexposed image and the close up crops to follow.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Looks like total darkness in the photo! A good 6 stops underexposed!

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Bad red/green for the 1Dx, no details under the charging station. Strange pink cast on the D5 and noisy with patches at random spots. You can still see details however on the 1Dx2 for the charging wires and the small soft toy under the charging station.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Patchiness and bad red/green color noise on the 1Dx. Same weird pink cast on the D5 and you can barely make out the black cylinder just right under the table. Although noisy, but the 1Dx2 can still get you details when it’s underexposed 6 stops which is pretty amazing!

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Patchiness and vertical red/green color noise spotted on the D5 as well as 1Dx.

Next we test the high ISO range. Since anything below ISO2500 is relatively clean and usable if you expose the image correctly, we decided to jump straight to ISO3200 and work from there onwards.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 3200. Patchy and fuzzy on the original 1Dx. Almost similar for the 1Dx2 and D5 although the red chair looks a little magenta on D5.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 12800. Patchy for the 1Dx and edges seems to be fuzzy and without details. The metal bracket under the red chair seems to also look sharper on the D5 compared to the 1Dx2. The sharpness on the D5 also seems to be creating jpg artefact lookalike.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – Original 1Dx with red/green noise while the quality is comparable for both 1Dx2 and D5, with only the D5 being sharper, probably due to a sharpening in camera but that produce a weird jpg artefact lookalike.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 25600. Up till this point, the ISO of both the D5 and 1Dx2 is really comparable. Without actual data from DXO mark, we won’t be able to tell at which point the D5 surpasses the 1Dx2 but based on what I see, the D5 results become better after ISO 25600. Image is also clearly sharper with the D5 RAW file, no idea if it’s because of the in camera sharpening. But I would rather having it blur and adding unsharp mask to sharpen things up than to have D5 sharpness that creates artefacts that cannot be undone.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 25600. At the same camera settings, you cannot see much of the details in the chair anymore. However its comparable fuzziness level with the 1Dx2 and D5 with the D5 still being sharper.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 25600. 1Dx with color noise in shadow areas while the 1Dx2 and D5 noise are both pretty much comparable except the added sharpness of the D5 at the expense of artefacts.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 51200. Things begin to change once they hit ISO51200. Original 1Dx is beyond reasonable use by now and while I won’t use it for my shoots, it is good to know the camera is capable to have ISO 51200 at your disposable. As like before there are strange sharpening artefacts on the D5 images but the edges are not fuzzy like the 1Dx2. I feel somewhere at this ISO is where the D5 took over the lead and from here onwards, the D5 images are better.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 51200. 1Dx unusable. D5 having the slight edge over in sharpness but with the added artefacts.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 51200. Similar as to above. D5 having the slight edge over in sharpness but with the added artefacts.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO 51200. 1Dx unusable with patchy red/green noise. 1Dx2 have the slight edge here with nice gradual tonality in the black area while the D5 is patchy with the gradient. Noise is comparable except the fact that it is sharper on the D5 which creates jpg artefact lookalike.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO205000. Yes you saw right. It’s ISO 200k. This is H2 settings on the 1Dx2 and if I’m not mistaken, H0.7 on the D5. Extreme blurring in the 1Dx2 and slightly sharper on the D5. Both has the same amount of non-viewable details but I’m still baffled by the sharpening artefacts in the RAW file.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO205000. D5 has a clear edge here as you can still see the outline of the bench under the table. The 1Dx2 image has already been turned into a fuzzy fur ball with the edges smudging and blurring.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO205000. D5 has the edge here with the image looking sharper. However I would prefer if it didn’t have the artefact lookalike.

 

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – ISO205000. Similar to the above. D5 has the sharpness advantage here.

Canon EOS-1Dx vs Canon EOS-1Dx Mark II vs Nikon D5 Hands on Review Singapore
(High res image click Here) – And how can we not end this with the D5 shooting at ISO 3million? This is the image straight out of the camera with the D5 at ISO 3million. Totally looks like Instagram filter gone wrong but maybe for forensic studies it could still be usable. It is also amazing that at such low light conditions, my exposure reading were F8 at 1/500 seconds. Hahaha!!

 

So in conclusion, both cameras does have its pros and cons and it will largely depend on what your job scope is, what kind of subjects you shoot most of the time, what ISO settings you frequently use. If high ISO above 25600 is what you always gun for, the D5 is likely a good match for you. Anything below ISO 25600, I feel with the added dynamic range that you can recover at ISO100 with the 1Dx2, it seems to be a better match for me. Of cos there are also other reasons like the battery life for the 1Dx2 is only capable for about 1500 shots while the D5 can last you about 3500 shots which makes a lot of difference if you are away on a long trip without charging capabilities, there’s built in GPS for the 1Dx2 and none for the D5, 1Dx2 uses CF & Cfast2.0 cards while the D5 uses CF & XQD cards. Both cameras have pretty spot on auto white balance with the 1Dx2 spotting AWB with white priority, making editing work a breeze now. Both cameras also feature the anti-flicker mode where you won’t get funny color cast when shooting above 1/250 in florescent lighting conditions. Both cameras also focus a lot better, faster and more accurately than ever before, hence there really are pros and cons in each system to be honest. Either way you won’t regret because there are vast improvements over the predecessors they replace.

Till the next time,
Raymond

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