“Oh my sleeping child, the world’s so wild
But you’ve build your own paradise
That’s one reason why I’ll cover you sleeping child”
- Sleeping Child by Michael Learns To Rock
I was a bit hesitant to take out my camera for this shot on board the plane. When a man whips out a camera to photograph a child (who is not his child), someone is bound to scream paedophile. But I decided to take the shot anyway and guess what happened?
Well, nothing happened. Of course, I was discrete about it but no one cared what I was doing anyway. Oh well. Note to self: less paranoia, more shooting in the future.
5 years ago on this very day, a young man who couldn’t tell the difference between a f-stop and a bus stop bought his very first DSLR. He then took some photos of a flower, registered on WordPress and shared it with the world. No prizes for guessing, yes, that man was me. And yes, I still consider myself young.
While I have not been the most dedicated blogger, it has been a great journey maintaining this blog. This is an online account of my photographic journey. My stories, struggles, achievements, the things I’ve learned – all neatly packaged in a tiny corner of cyberspace. It’s a great feeling to be rereading and reliving these old experiences.
So in conjunction with this I decided to spruce up the place a little bit. A new theme and a new banner. Now I can post higher resolution photos! Feedback on the new look appreciated by the way.
Happy 5th Birthday Shots of Serenity! May there be constant updates until your 6th birthday. Yes, note to self.
The year was 2009 and I was spending the holidays back at home. Plagued by insomnia and boredom, I set up my camera, tripod, flash and a bowl of water. Armed with a cherry and plenty of persistence, this was the result after 300 odd attempts or so.
Fast forward to 2013, I dug out the shot from my archives and decided to give it a new lease of life. After all, I think I’ve learned a great deal more about post processing now.
This is the final result… which also happens to be my submission for The Digital Lightroom Photo Competition. Alas, it was not good enough and I did not even finish in the top 3.
Nevertheless, it was a great honour to be short-listed in the top 10. I’m already thinking of what to shoot for the next theme – Still Life.
I am a sucker for cultural shows. Religious dances, traditional musical instruments, it’s all good especially if I am allowed to snap away with my camera while watching.
Caught Hibikiya’s Tenko group performing a taiko (Japanese drums) set at the Esplanade some weeks back. Was a really energetic performance though I wished there was more background explanation on each of the pieces performed.
I reckon it’d be fun to learn taiko after a hard day at work. Print a photo of that annoying colleague, paste it on that drum and you’re good to go. Great way to blow off steam too.
I don’t usually use memes for my posts but this calls for an exception.
Yes, I was fortunate enough to be shortlisted despite the many other great entries. If you have a minute to spare, do take a look at the shortlisted entries here and vote for whichever photo you think best represents the theme “Movement and Motion”.
Thank you for your time, folks!
This was taken at a fountain in a local mall. People were walking pass with bewildered looks wondering what I was shooting. One man actually stopped to observe what I was doing and moved on when he thought I was nuts.
Abstract photography isn’t exactly my forte but I kinda like the final result here. What do you think?
Caught a free performance by the renowned Choir of St. James, Sydney over the weekend.
Brought back many good memories of my days in the Sheares Hall Choir. Yes, I was once in a choir. Probably some of the best moments I treasure from my university days. There’s something therapeutic about singing for a few hours after a day of class and lectures. I guess that’s why we have karaoke lounges around.