Jul 10

 

David is firstly a family man, a man of nature and has travelled to over 80 countries. He loves nature and has hiked thousands of miles of backcountry, including above the base camp of Mt. Everest. He was one of the first registered trackers for Arizona Search and Rescue. He worked for the US Forest Service for 12 summers as a Hotshot firefighter fighting fires around the US and Canada, all the while carrying a Nikon SLR with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. David is a fine art watercolor painter and lover of all things artistic.

And yes, he is also one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. He is also featured as part of the Masters of Wedding Photography video which both Jason and I watched in amazement how they mastered and created works of art.

David was here in Malaysia last month, and we took the opportunity to meet up with him at one of this workshops in KL. 

It was great to meet the man in person. Oh, yeah.. he had a mishap while hiking just before coming to Malaysia. What happened was that he was rappelling down some caverns. And no, he fall. All was good and as they packed up the ropes and started on a leisurely hike back, that’s when the mishap happen.

Anyways, all was good

..and being the David that we all know, he did not let a wheelchair from slowing him down.

The day started of with David giving a short brief and of his methods. He then took us outdoors and did a impromptu survey and photoshoot.

He walked us through what he saw, what he was thinking as well as why he was thinking what he was thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He will also take a sample photo, just to show exactly how he would like the photo end result would be.

This was really a hands on type of workshop.

He would personally direct our models of the day as well. And while doing so, explain his logic behind that particular pose, or direction.

See what I mean by “hand-on” workshop? David brought his personality into the workshop, which was fun!

Some behind the scene of the workshop. Basically David would explain the model position, pose and angle. And then explain how he is seeing the light. Then he would take a couple of shots as an example.

Even the models enjoyed themselves.

See what I mean. She is not smiling for the camera, but basically smiling to a joke cracked by either David or by a participant.

There were quite a number of participants, and only one David, and only one model. So obviously there were lots of distractions around. The key is to find your angle, your composition. In an actual day wedding, you can be sure to have more people involved blocking your view.

But David is always at hand to guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was also there to demonstrate alternative angles.

And he took time to explain, and to give a little bit explanation when anyone of us were not very clear.

Very often he would just take a photo to demonstrate or to explain what his intention was, or what he was seeing that moment.

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Now that’s only the outdoor session.

We then moved back indoors, to the cool inviting air conditioned lecture room.

Here, David whipped out his little bag of goodies and some lights to create fantastic light patterns and interesting illuminating methods.

Of course, the day would not be complete without a photo with the man himself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop was great! David was great. He kept us on our toes all the time. We learnt a great deal from him, on composition, angles and how to keep an eye out for interesting background, be it nature or man-made architectures. He also showed us how to use  everyday items to create interesting patterns and lights.

Thanks David! We hope you love Malaysia… Come back soon, and hope you get better!

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Jul 07

David is firstly a family man, a man of nature and has travelled to over 80 countries. He loves nature and has hiked thousands of miles of backcountry, including above the base camp of Mt. Everest. He was one of the first registered trackers for Arizona Search and Rescue. He worked for the US Forest Service for 12 summers as a Hotshot firefighter fighting fires around the US and Canada, all the while carrying a Nikon SLR with a 50 mm 1.8 lens. David is a fine art watercolor painter and lover of all things artistic.

*image by David Beckstead

And yes, he is also one of the top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine. He is also featured as part of the Masters of Wedding Photography video which both Jason and I watched in amazement how they mastered and created works of art.

He is the man behind many spectacular images such as the one above, and the ones below.

*image by David Beckstead

*image by David Beckstead

He never allow the situation or the environment to dictate the outcome of his work, instead, he sees opportunities, angles and composition to create his masterful works of art.

*image by David Beckstead

Here’s a little video clip about David about composition.

 

Having met him in person recently, I can say that David has a big personality. He’s cheerful, fun and is as much an entertainer as he is an educator.

Here’s a fun pic of David with both of us…

Do check back soon for some details on his workshop soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 23

And for the pleasure of numerous readers who have been asking about the models…. here we go…

And please, unlike the stereotyping, these are real ladies. Those of you out there who have a secret fetish for ahkuas, I am sorry, you would have to look elsewhere hahaha.

But this time around, there were less models around. Most of them would appear for a short while and do a number on stage and then later pose around the cars and bikes for a while before disappearing behind the stage.

Maybe it’s because we went on a weekday? Not sure.

There were still quite a number of them around though. And they were more than happy to pose for you.

The interesting thing about them is that they not only stand around and look good, they actually introduce the vehicles, and without a script on  hand.

There are lots of photos.. so enjoy the rest of them.

All photos taken with Nikon’s J1.

 

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Jun 16

It has become some what of an annual trip for us at FingerOnShutter, the annual Bangkok trip. Basically it’s more of a foodie trip, but we usually coincide our Bangkok trip with one of the motorshows. It’s either the Bangkok International Motorshow or the AutoSalon show.

Anyways, we time our trips so that we have both food as well as our other interest, motoring.

The motorshow is one of the main attractions of the year in Bangkok. The other attraction, which coincides with the Bangkok AutoSalon is the Bangkok Food Fest. Now that’s a whole other story. Maybe we shall try it out next year.

This year we tried to use the public transport to head to the motorshow venue. It was an extremely hot day. And being clueless on the transportation, especially the bus from the BTS station to the venue, we were left sweating in the sweltering heat of the day waiting for the bus we were unsure if it were coming our way. We ended up hailing a cab instead. So if anyone knows how to get to the venue using public transportation (not cab), please do let us know.

But once we were there, we were treated with wonderful sleek models!!

Both cars and the ladies :)

And yes… despite the stereotype, they are all ladies. Unless you like ahquas, then you had better look elsewhere. HAHAHA.

We were there on a weekday, which may explain why there were less visitors. But there were still a lot of people as you can see here.

There were lots of car models on display, many of them the latest models or upcoming models. Very interesting indeed to be able to see ‘in the metal’ these new models.

There were also bikes.

Interesting bikes..

Scooters…

And a display of older bikes, like this Yamaha 100 Sports which I used to ride.

They showcased future bikes as well.

Like this Batman style bike.

As well as very interesting, and cute, modified scooters like this one.

Enjoy the rest of the photos below.

This is a very interesting shot… hehe

 

This is a very interesting thing… a car seat which doubles as a powered wheelchair.

All in all, it was a very interesting visit to the motorshow. For your additional information, the entrance fee was… and probably will be for next years to come… 100baht.

That’s all for the motorshow… wait for the next blog..  where we showcase a bit on the motorshow’s model…

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oopps…

We meant models like these..

Stay tuned!

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May 12

It has become somewhat an annual trip for us to hit Bangkok during one of their motorshows. First was Bangkok International Motorshow back in 2012. We have heard so much about the motorshow in Bangkok but did not had the chance to visit it until in 2012. We decided to ensure that we visit it that year. And so we did. The following year we skipped the motorshow but head to Bangkok Autosalon 2013 instead. And this year, it’s back to Bangkok International Motorshow 2014.

And so we packed our bags and left our big bulky DSLRs behind while we brought along our little mirrorless cameras and hopped on one of the flights to Bangkok.

The flight was only a short 2 hours, but it was a rather uncomfortable flight. This is not due to turbulence of anything like that, but rather a very noisy group of passengers. All of them, strangely had toilet tissue paper stuffed into their ears for reasons unknown to me. I did not bother to ask as well.

We actually love the little J1 camera. It actually performs rather well.

It was a 2 hours flight, and with nothing else much to do, we played around with the camera. We were trying to get some artistic angle just from where we were seated.

We stayed at our usual place, a nice little place called Lubd in Siam Square. The name Lubd means ‘sleep well’ in Thai. How appropriate! We like this place because of it’s close proximity to where we usually go. Places like MBK, Siam Centre and Paragon. Directly in front of the hostel is one of the train stations. It’s literally a stone’s throw away.

It’s not a dodgy hostel with dimly lit corridors. It’s a modern and chic hostel with clean rooms, sheets and more importantly, clean bathrooms and toilets.

While we were there, they had this spicy challenge. Eat 1 chilli within one minute, you get 10% discount. Eat 10 chillies within a minute, you get a 100% discount on room rates!! How cool (or hot) is that! Visit their website and social media as follows :

Facebook : www.facebook.com/LubdHostel

Website : www.lubd.com 

This is the view of the 4 bed dormitory. This is the room after 3 nights with 4 guys! So please excuse the mess.

This is another view from inside looking out to the door.

Each of us get our own electrical sockets, reading light and a place to hold our little items like chargers, phones or mp3 players.

Here’s Jason resting comfortably.

The first thing we did, right after check in, was to head out to the Japanese BBQ Buffet!!

It’s 2 hours of glorious meat and seafood offerings. There’s various types of pork and beef in various marinates. There’s also seafood like squid, salmon and prawns.

There’s other stuff you may order as well, like sushi and california rolls. Drinks are free flow as well. Here, there’s another level of menu where you can only order from if you have paid for the ‘premium buffet’. It includes other stuff like cod fish and snow crab. Maybe we should try that the next time.

This is the shopping mall where the BBQ shop is located. Somehow I cannot remember the name of the shop. But the shopping mall is small. Just a little circle type layout. You cannot miss that BBQ shop. This is located at Langsuan Road. Further down is another Jap BBQ Buffet called King Kong.

After dinner is obligatory visit to the 4-faced Buddha shrine. It’s conviniently located on the way back to the hostel. Yes, we walk. That way we can save money on transportation, as well as we can take in the sights and sound of Bangkok’s bustling city. There are also lots of street food along the way.

But if there is a need to go a little further, then the 4 of us is just the right amount of people to hail a cab and split the bill. Most of the time it’s cheaper per person and much more comfortable.. well.. comfortable to a certain extend considering the size of the 4 of us. hahaha

This is the infamous MBK. Kind of a one stop shop of everything Bangkok. It includes a food court which serves various local food, and various other shops selling various items including fashion, electronics, camera, make up as well as beauty products, from the branded and pricey to the cheap.

And we found something rather interesting while browsing around in Siam Paragon which is similar to places like Pavillion in KL. However, what is interesting it that they sell Thai street food here as well.

Seen here is the infamous grilled pork.

As well as other types of street food.

I think this is fish, but am not sure. Did not manage to try them as I was quite filled up.

Another view of the grilled pork. Of course the price here is more expensive compared to the ones you get by the roadside,

Yeah, I know it looks like something else. But I guess it’s sausage. Did not manage to try this as we were rather filled up by the time we got to this. Maybe the next round.

 

But what you get is a very comfortable environment to browse around and to munch on the snacks. Plus, being in a shopping mall, and an upmarket shopping mall, you can be assured of the cleanliness.

And considering that we were in Bangkok during the warmest time of the year, the air conditioned ‘street food’ area is much welcomed.

 

Another interesting dining experience is Sizzler’s.

Western cuisine, but with a spread of salad bar, complete with pasta and soup.

It’s wonderful break to enjoy some greens after consuming so much meat.

This is another must have in Bangkok; their soup noodles. Simple yet delicious!!

Yes, it’s rather strange to go all the way to the land of tomyam to have Japanese cuisine. But according to Jason, it’s the best Japanese curry rice, something which the curry rice here in cannot compare to. And they do serve pork curry rice as well besides the ones we usually find here which is chicken curry rice.

To me, it tastes.. well.. like any other Japanese curry rice, haha. But do give it a try, let us know how it is.

This is another place we would visit each time we are there in Bangkok, Swensen’s!! Why? Because it’s so much cheaper over there, and there so much more variety!

Oh… and guess who we bumped into! hehehe

This is all for now, a brief look into our general activities in Bangkok. Coming up would be our trip to the Motorshow itself. That post would be a very long post with tonnes of photos. So do check back.

Till then, happy week ahead!!

 

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