Photography on a rainy day

Given the amount of rainfall in Singapore, rainy days are part and parcel of life here. Rainy days present interesting  photography opportunities as after a huge down pour, it can turn otherwise mundane stuff into great subjects. Here are a few ways you can let your creativity run wild on a rainy day.  

  • Reflections from puddles of water

  • Stormy clouds

  • Playing in the rain

  • People working in the rain

Xpro-1 to X-E2

The XE-2 kit was on sale recently with many freebies such as leather case, the XF 60mm macro, grip and etc. This makes an already affordable camera better value for money. After I sold off my Xpro-1 body, I bought the XE-2 set. I sold off the XF60mm and the kit lens. I also bought the XF27mm at a great promotional price.
Here are a few thoughts after getting the camera.
Build Quality
The build quality is definitely a notch below that of the Xpro-1. The heavy body of the Xpro-1 does feels much more premium and expensive. The XE-2 feels light and plastic, but still a notch above full plastic compacts. Mounted with a XF27mm, the XE-2 is almost the same size as the X100S/T cameras.
OVF vs EVF
I enjoyed the OVF of the Xpro-1 but the EVF of the XE-2 is bright and clear, and is a welcoming change to my ageing eye.
Speed
The most significant improvement will be SPEED. Review speed, AF speed and power on speed, the camera feels much faster and speedier. Coupled with the XF27mm, the AF is almost instantaneous.
Compromises?
What would have been the best X-camera for me will be to combine the built quality of Xpro-1 with the speed and EVF of XE-2. Will Xpro-2 meet the mark? We should see.

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John Legend at Singapore GrandPrix 2014

9 time Grammy award winner John Legend, performed at the recent Singapore Grandprix 2014. We were fortunate to catch his one hour live performance. Fantastic piano play, amazing band and fabulous singing!

I brought my Xpro-1 to the concert as well, but given my longest XF lens is the 35mm 1.4, I decided to bring my old Minolta MD 135mm F2.8 lens mounted via an adapter. My trusty Ricoh GR covered the wide angle shots.

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Featured in The Inspired Eye

I am thrilled to be featured in issue 13 of the Inspired Eye!!
Beautifully laid out, the 13th issue of Inspired Eye features the work of 9 photographers from around the world. We have Christian Hafer that uses street photography as a creative outlet, Monty Barham from North Carolina and Aaron Paustian that does color work in L.A. Two photographers (Shirren Lim & Olaf Willoughby) give two radically different visions of the same country of Tibet.
John Spencer graciously gives us a trip back in time to 1960′s Cyprus while Gabriele Canfora is interested in urban landscapes. There is also the work of musician Tama Katai, located in Scotland & a wonderful peek at the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, thanks to Luc Pher. The magazine is 156 spreads (305 pages) designed to help you as a photographer by developing your eye, heart and mind.
 
All the photos featured in the magazine are taken with my Xpro-1 + XF35mm F1.4 and XF18mm F2.
 

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Fujifilm Xpro-1 : Thaipusam 2014

Thaipusam is one of the major religious event in Singapore. According to Wikipedia:
“On Thaipusam day, hundreds of devotees offer prayers either by piercing their body with spikes and lemon, pulling a chariot or carrying Kavadis from Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple. The devotees then offer their prayers and fulfill their vows. The Vel (holy spear) in the sanctum is showered with milk continuously for hours. Several Chinese devotees and people of other religion and races also come to fulfill their vows on this day.”[Wikipedia]
Thanks to a local a local photography forum, Clubsnap, I managed to gather a few tips on shooting the event.
  • Thaipusam normally starts in the wee hours, stretching all the way to the next evening. The “Golden hour” for photographers will be the first 6 hours. This means shooting at the temple from 12 midnight all the way till 6am in the morning.

 

  • Anyone entering the temple are to remove their footwear and leave it on the poach outside. General advice is to wear slippers or something light that you can stuff into your camera bag.

 

  • No flash photography as this might distract the devotees who are in a trance. This means bringing a fast lens and a camera with high ISO capabilities.
With all these considerations in mind, I decide to bring my Fujifilm Xpro-1 with a 35mm 1.4, lightweight, fast lens and extremely capable at high ISO settings. The Xpro-1 being small and light, allows me to hand hold the camera over head and under the devotees for a different angle for many of the shots shown below. A heavier camera would have tire me out faster.