Monday, October 27, 2014

Honeysuckle Memories

On Sunday, I directed my first "shoot". It was a rainy day, as per usual, since we're at this time of the year. As there are variations to pretty much every picture, including those not published, I'll just tell you that the umbrella/jump action was quite comical. I had two umbrellas, one bigger than the other. Being an amateur, I obviously didn't have anyone else to help me. In other words, an assistant. I really wanted to capture the shot but juggling between balancing an umbrella under heavy rain (though it didn't seem like it in the picture) and making amendments to the setting in my camera was troublesome, to say the least. In the end, I ended up rolling down my car window with me shooting from the car and having the model jump outside in the rain. What came after was wet car interior on the driver's side. I just thought that was worth sharing. You know.. for the LOLs. But then again, if you laughed, you're probably cruel.

I'm quite glad with how these turned out. Might post more a little later. Also, big thank you to my model, Fara Azhar (twitter - @_farzhr).

More unimportant information : The title of this photoset is from a song - Zella Day's Compass. If you decide to listen to it, the remix isn't so bad either.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Batu Caves

Last May, Emily and I went to Batu Caves to kill time while doing "touristy things". Over the past couple of months, I've been taking my camera out more than usual cause somehow I got an itch to improve my photography skill.. or lack there of. I pretty much had my camera with me over the past six months or so. I use a Canon 60D and I love it so much. One of my best purchases in 2011. Although it's a great camera to work with, I still hope to upgrade to a full frame camera in the future. Maybe not in the near future, but somewhere along the way.

Batu Caves is a one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is located in Gombak, about 12km from Kuala Lumpur. It's one of the main attractions in Malaysia. The temple is over a hundred years old and is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. You need to climb 272 steps to reach the top.

Emily and I went on a weekday morning so it was just nice. I'm not sure if there was a dresscode or anything of that sort but I figured it was better to wear something slightly covered because after all, it was a religious spot. I saw a few ladies in shorts with scarves wrapping them waist-down. Being a cave, there were a lot of monkeys, some bats and like one chicken. Best to keep your food hidden because the monkeys get pretty vicious when it comes to stealing food, even the ones concealed in plastic. I'd recommend it if you want to do something that makes you sweat and is free, hehe.

Friday, October 3, 2014

MIISTA's Ali Black Bone

I see myself in a shift dress with a parka, some ribbed socks and these bad boys. How gorgeous are these babies? Silver heels planted on an otherwise plain pair of black boots. Such a little touch but so much sophistication. Priced at £251 on the website, international shipping at just £15, free within the UK. Shop for them here.