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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…

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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


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.

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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

 


River Nervion in the morning

Bilbao. I spend 3 nights here and lots of photos were taken, I can tell you. It’s hard to pick out my favourites, but from time to time, I’ll pick out one and post here. This one gets here because I have a thing about rivers. This was my first morning walk and Nervion here projects peace and calm, the lone man with his phone adding to the feeling. The gentle ripples of the river suggests a gentle Bilbao…

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

River Nervion in the morning. Chiew Pang © 2014

River Nervion in the morning. Chiew Pang © 2014

  • Camera: Panasonic DMC-G3

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/f1.4

  • Aperture: f11

  • Exposure: 1/15s

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50 mm

  • ISO Speed: 160

  • Location: Bilbao, Spain

 


Best of 2013

To say they’re my “best” shots would be wrong in the sense that I’m no expert and that judgement is best left to some others, so rather than “best”, perhaps “favourite” is a more apt word. It wasn’t easy to decide and I relied on Facebook friends to help me with the choice. In the end, I settled on these three.

Chiew's best of 2013 shots

Best of 2013

On number three, Tormented“. Photos reflect real life, not just smiley poses and this one packs, for me, emotion. What emotion the subject is displaying is best left to the imagination of the viewer. The focus and lighting are to my liking. Even though this photo was from a shoot, this particular one came out rather candid.

Looking in” is my choice for number two. As with most of my favourite photos, this was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I was walking along with the camera in my hand when this vision just sprang up at me, begging to be shot. I brought the camera to my eyes, and snapped. Just the one click. I was afraid that the subject would notice and might have thought me a weirdo or something… In retrospect, perhaps I should have risked it and tried different framing and angles…

My favourite of 2013 is “Composing“; quite a simple shot, really. It was at a surprise party. The subject is not a photography enthusiast, but had been asked to take some photos because the owner of the camera would be too busy with hosting the event. It was a very sunny day, I remember, and I just happened to be near the subject, in the shade, and thought, wow, this is perfect. Up came the camera, and clicked it went.

 
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Tormented

It’s the look that gets me.

  • Lens: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4

  • Aperture: f1.4

  • Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)

  • Focal length (35mm format): 50mm

  • ISO Speed: 160

“Tormented” © Chiew Pang 2013