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Best of 2014

Boy, have I been neglecting this blog. Not sufficiently motivated, I guess. Who visits this blog anyway? Besides, there have always been other tasks that needed completion…

Then, I suddenly find myself in 2015, and it’s the best-of time again! Last year, I chose three; this year, I’ve decided to go for 14 of what I consider were my best of the year. I looked for image quality, naturally, paying special attention to noise level, focus, composition and lighting. However, what I looked for most was perhaps the mood, a feeling, something about the image that touches my heart, and hopefully, the viewer, too.

Last year, all three shots were black-and-white; this year, monochrome still predominates, but because I’ve chosen 14, a few coloured shots found their way to the collage. Last year, all three photos had people in them; this year, you’ll find people in most of them, too. My personal top favourite of this lot, however, is “Vacant”, centre left. Not a soul in sight. The lights were on, but they might as well have been off. The sea to the left looked deceitfully calm. The benches were merely seats for the raindrops. You don’t see any rain falling, but the handrail bears witness to the fact that it had been. The road gently curves into the distance…

Had someone just passed and disappeared into the blackness? Had there been someone, perhaps a couple of lovers, seated on the bench before the rain fell? What was the photographer doing there? …

Below the collage, you can find the Flickr links to the individual shots, should you wish to see the original versions.

So, what about 2015? I’d like to think I’ve been progressing and developing my own style. What do you think? Can you see “me” in each of these photos? Can you detect any progress? The best of 2012 can be seen by following this link, and the best of 2013, this link. I’d been thinking of getting myself a full DSLR, but the money situation is tight so I’m hoping to get my hands on an Olympus 45mm lens instead (equivalent to 90mm full frame), so maybe 2015 will see me delving more into portraits…

If you’re here, why not post a comment? Constructive feedback is welcomed!

Chiew Pang © 2014

Chiew Pang © 2014

top:
1. https://flic.kr/p/ncpFR5
2. https://flic.kr/p/ogw8BR
3. https://flic.kr/p/oHRzvZ
4. https://flic.kr/p/osnXZv
5. https://flic.kr/p/ovaz1P
6. https://flic.kr/p/oTGhx2

Centre:
1. https://flic.kr/p/oDbZ8M
2. https://flic.kr/p/ogkAK2

Bottom:
1. https://flic.kr/p/oXLDMh
2. https://flic.kr/p/oUC3sC
3. https://flic.kr/p/oGDiNV
4. https://flic.kr/p/oPeh3e
5. https://flic.kr/p/p9HsfN
6. https://flic.kr/p/ppg9Ca

People-watching in the Boulevard

Another shot of life in Boulevard Zumardia. I was trying to capture the mix of stillness and movement, and the little boy just added the extra oomph.

Be sure to check out my travel blog: http://nodirectionsknown.blogspot.com/

People-watching in Boulevard Zumardia, San Sebastián. Chiew Pang © 2014

 

  • Camera: Panasonic DMC-G3

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/f1.4

  • Aperture: f8.0

  • Exposure: 1/13s

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50 mm

  • ISO Speed: 160

  • Location: Boulevard Zumardia, San Sebastián, Spain

Hustle and Bustle in the Boulevard

Boulevard Zumardia is the heart of the old quarters of San Sebastián, and is a popular hangout for all generations. This was taken on a hot Sunday evening and I hope I’ve managed to convey the heat, the movement of the people, and the spirit of the Boulevard.

Be sure to check out my travel blog: http://nodirectionsknown.blogspot.com/

Boulevard Zumardia and Narrica Kalea, San Sebastián. Chiew Pang © 2014

 

  • Camera: Panasonic DMC-G3

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/f1.4

  • Aperture: f8.0

  • Exposure: 1/10s

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50 mm

  • ISO Speed: 160

  • Location: Boulevard Zumardia, San Sebastián, Spain

El Peine del Viento, The Comb of the Wind

El Peine del Viento was a special corner for Eduardo Chillida. One photo won’t do it justice. I’d suggest you look at my post on it especially when it contains links to a couple of pages you should read in order to understand this set of sculptures better.

 I’ve also created a video of images I’d taken of this marvel. I’ll embed it after the photo. It’s best to watch it on full screen mode, and on HD. Click on the wheel icon, bottom right, click on quality and select 1080 HD.

Be sure to check out my travel blog: http://nodirectionsknown.blogspot.com/

El Peine del Viento. Chiew Pang © 2014

 

  • Camera: Panasonic DMC-G3

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/f1.4

  • Aperture: f11

  • Exposure: 1/80s

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50 mm

  • ISO Speed: 160

  • Location: Paseo de Eduardo Chillida, San Sebastián, Spain

I’m not a mannequin

I had the camera in my hand and was looking for something interesting to shoot when this pretty young girl suddenly came into my view. I quickly composed and shot, half expecting her objections, but she didn’t say anything.

Be sure to check out my travel blog: http://nodirectionsknown.blogspot.com/

I’m not a mannequin. Chiew Pang © 2014

 

  • Camera: Panasonic DMC-G3

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/f1.4

  • Aperture: f1.4

  • Exposure: 1/100s

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50 mm

  • ISO Speed: 500

  • Location: Parte Vieja, San Sebastián, Spain

 

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