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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

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Why do I like this one? The quality isn’t brilliant – it was taken on a slow speed and I must have had the camera balanced on something, I can’t remember – but it could be the busker’s sandals, it could be the woman floating by like a ghost, it could be that the image is (intentionally) left-heavy, or it could just be the fact the he was playing Little Wing! 🙂

  • Lens Model LUMIX G VARIO 14-42/F3.5-5.6
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Exposure 0.1 sec (1/10)
  • ISO Speed 1600
  • Focal Length (35mm format) 84 mm
Busker playing Little Wing

Busker. Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang


This photo was taken soon after I bought the Panasonic Leica 25mm lens. It was evening and the light was diminishing. This stall in the Arenal Market was still open, and I asked the greengrocer if I could snap a picture of him. He laughed saying that he would ruin the camera. Apparently not!

  • Lens Model: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4
  • Aperture f/1.4
  • Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
  • ISO Speed 160


Greengrocer in Seville's Arenal Market

Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang


This was taken today, 5th January, which is probably the biggest shopping day in Spain because, unlike most of the rest of the world, Christmas presents are given on 6th January. Shops open till late today to cater for last-minute shoppers. This photo was taken of a stall in an outdoor market that is specially set up for this week.

  • Lens model: LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25/F1.4
  • Aperture f/8.0
  • Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
  • ISO Speed 160

Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang

Plaza España, Seville, elevated view

Another shot of Plaza España, from higher up. I like this shot for the light – the clear bright early evening sky cast a bluish shadow over the centre of the square, accentuating the bluesy feeling of the semi-deserted place.

  • Lens Model LUMIX G VARIO 14-42/F3.5-5.6
  • Aperture f/8.0
  • Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
  • ISO Speed 160
Plaza España, Seville, elevated view

Copyright 2012 Chiew Pang