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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Not Quite Night series #15 – Dilapidated



Photo info:
(Top) – Apple iPhone 6 Plus on default mode. Post-processed in Snapseed.
(Above) – Apple iPhone 6 Plus on Pano mode. Post-processed in Snapseed.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Not Quite Night series #5


In mid August, I started out this new night phonography series Not Quite Night, in which all photographs are taken with my iPhone 6 Plus during the specific twilight period between 6:55PM to 7:20PM (Singapore Standard Time SST). In my last blog, I posted my second photo and I couldn't get to title each shot I made and I really like the colors and sceneries during this dusk period. So I came up with this title which somehow deem fit.

There are some similarities in ambience lighting between dawn and dusk which you can't tell from the images unless the photographer states so. Suffice to say Not Quite Night covers two different timelines which explores and opens up greater possibilities in the aspect of night photography.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Not Quite Night series #4 – Tricker Tree


This is just behind a bus-stop along a busy road in the late evening, and you know, there are times when something speaks to you and you couldn't tell why but you are compelled to make the move. I was in that moment which I captured it on my Apple iPhone 6+ with some post-process in Snapseed.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

A Night at a Fishing Village - Kukup, Malaysia 2016


In early July, I joined a group of friends for a short weekend trip to Kukup, Malaysia and it was my third visit since August 2015. Make the jump to view the latest night photographs of this rustic fishing village.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Not Quite Night series #3 – Urban Nocturne


Spotted this nice little corner in an industrial area and captured this beautiful urban night scene with my Apple iPhone 6 Plus on default mode. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom Mobile on the colors and distortion correction in Snapseed.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 6

Let Me In

After making the shots of the mail boxes, my URBEX sense was ignited and I went up the stairs to the second storey and discovered two flat units' main doors unlocked and wide opened. So I invited myself in to explore. More after the jump.



Saturday, August 06, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 5

Mail Boxes
These mail boxes belong to Block 16, a 3-storey high HDB flat building, just right next to the Dove playground. All residents in this building have since moved out and some promo flyers can be found inside the unlocked ones. There are no elevators in this building but staircases. Though the building is vacant for months now, the lights are turned on at night. I made a few shots for HDR post-production in Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro and this is the result.

Next in the next blog, I'll be exploring one of the vacant units, so do subscribe for the new update.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 4


It's always interesting to find these so-called backyards space where residents staying at the ground floor, took advantages of, having all sorts of stuff i.e. plants, bicycles, etc. Somehow it tells us something about each respective household's living style.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 3


A Laughing Buddha was found standing under an old tree in the car park behind Block 4 and 6.
The Laughing Buddha is cherished all over the world. He is found in homes, restaurants, places of business and so on. The Laughing Buddha is the Buddha of abundance and happiness. He is also known as the “Buddha of Wealth”. It is believed he will bring wealth and prosperity to a home or business. 

I wonder why this one is left abandoned there. Well, it certainly serves as an interesting subject for my night photography, perhaps as surrealistic as it can get. Here I adapted a low angle perspective and exposed for 8 seconds. There's a street lamp behind camera right and I took advantage of its lighting position to fill in light with my FENIX flashlight, on the Laughing Buddha for a Rembrandt effect.

As the 8-second exposure was enough for the foreground subject, Block number 6 on the light box in the background, was over exposed and not legible. Hence I have to under-expose 5-stops just to get it right. Later in Photoshop I used the stacking and masking technique to show it through as natural looking and legible as possible.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 2

Block 4 3rd Storey Lift Lobby
I came around Block 4 and decided to explore further by taking the old school elevator to 6th storey. FYI, there are only 3 lift lobbies on these old flats (Block 1 - 6), basically the ground level, 3rd storey and 6th storey. I walked down the stairs as I explored each household doorsteps just to find something interesting to make photographs of. I ended up here at 3rd storey lift lobby and took up camera position.

I made about 4 or 5 photographs for HDR post-production and somehow I couldn't get the desired result. Hence I resorted to use the stacking and masking technique in Photoshop. I got down to every details in this photograph in which I wanted to show the building block number 2 clearly and getting the right exposure for that light box is petty challenging but I managed to get it by under exposed 3 f-stops or more.

Next I went for the interior details through each household window and balcony as much as possible but to keep it as natural looking at the same time. Well just a little over exposed by 1 f-stop on Block 2, and just about right on Block 4. Of course all done on 2 separate masked layers. The shadow details on the tree is taken care of as well.

Finally, taking care of the exposure on the lift lobby and corridor is pretty straight forward. I'm pretty satisfied with the overall result compared to the HDR generated by Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro, which of course I would not show you.

Next week, an interesting Dakota nocturne will be posted so do stay tuned.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

A Night at Dakota Crescent Serial - Week 1

http://martinliew.zenfolio.com/p576659268/e412cf827
Words are added on this photograph in Adobe Spark Post app on my Apple iPhone 6 Plus.
Click on the photo to view the original version. 


Good evening fellow night dwellers! Tonight I'm kickstarting this short night photography serial on Dakota Crescent which I would be posting one night photograph of this unique and soon-to-be-gone oldest rental flats estate, on every Saturday night 10:10PM SGT. View the photo after the jump.