May 10

Here are some selected photos from our pre-wedding photoshoot at Seoul. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them.

Namsan Tower.

Namsan tower is a very popular destination for tourist.

There were many around, but we found a nice secluded spot for these.

This was taken at the palace. The next few photos were also taken within the palace.

A beautiful shot with they city skyline and Namsan tower in the background

This photo was taken within 3 minutes while we were rushing to catch the last train back, and to catch the fried chicken + beer before the restaurant closes. While we were treading through this pedestrian tunnel, our numerous training and courses which had trained us to see beyond the plain old tunnel. We set up, placed the two love birds and asked them to show us the FIRE in them. Then.. CLICK ! … and we were on our way back to our beers and fried chicken.

The next day we woke up early.. our location : the site for Winter Sonata!

The photo location above should be familiar to those who follows the series.

Actually, the entire location should be familiar to those who follow the series

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This location, Nami Island, is also another very popular tourist spot, for both foreign tourist and locals a like.

But we were quick to find several nice spot.

Spots which are away from the crowd.

But sometimes, there is no escaping the crowd,… so we made use of them to make this photo a little bit more interesting.

One of the iconic paths, lined with trees. It was cold, too bad there’s no snow to coincide with the ‘Winter Sonata’ location theme.

So that’s all there is for now. We hope that you enjoyed the photos. I am sure the lovely couple also did enjoy the photoshoot, as tiring and hectic it maybe, but fun it was!!

 

 

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May 04

Not long ago FingerOnShutter had an assignment of going over to Seoul, South Korea to photograph a lovely couple, our dear friends, Ian and Lilian, for their couple/engagement photos. Because we’ll be away in another country, we have to be well planned and prepared ourselves so that we will be all set for it.  Soon the day has arrived and we were so excited to venture to a foreign country to create beautiful pictures for the couple. So off we went….

As if there would not be enough photoshooting throughout our time in Seoul, photoshooting actually began on our way there and were enjoying ourselves already.

Finally FingerOnShutter has arrived in Seoul….

After a long flight to Seoul and getting ourselves checked-in, it was only right to do the first on our list of things to do; food.

Before we went over, our peers were telling us how we would be suffering in terms of food. Because, they told us, Koreans all eat vegetables and kimchi, and that Koreans seldom eat meat.

How wrong they were. We were absolutely enjoying ourself in terms of food. This one below in particular… open air BBQ buffet.

Yes, open air. Both of us are not too fond of BBQ-ing during the day as both of us do not fancy heaty scenario too much especially back in KL, but it was different here in Seoul as it was about roughly 12 Celsius, and BBQ-ing out doors is heavenly!

And check out the meats!….. Vegetables were just there to make us feel less guilty hahaha…

Another stunning food that not able mention much is this, their special fried chicken. All we can say is we still crave these until today, and not to mention their 1L mug of Beer compliments well indeed! 

 

Here is our accommodation which is situated in Myeongdong, walking distance to lots of shopping and Namsan Tower which is also one of our shoot location.

It’s a Guesthouse, to our surprise it was very clean, super cosy and comfortable with heated floors to keep us warm during the cold nights. The staff too were extremely friendly and helpful as well, a much welcomed trait to us.

This is the common area where guests and hostel employees hang out.

We have a little kitchen, which reminds me a lot of our university days. Each day, they stock fresh bread for us, complete with peanut butter, jam and coffee making facilities. All on the house. A much welcomed facility, especially when you are still hungry after the entire day of walking (and sometimes running) or mid-night snack to help you settle.

Also included, are these delicious instant noodles. Very nice to eat while sitting outside in the chilly morning.

 

Within walking distant is the happening Myeongdong shopping area. Lots of retail shops, selling everything from clothing to shoes to fashion accessories and make up stuff. Oh.. and food stalls as well.

But not to digress, besides shopping and food, our primary objective is the photoshoot.

So we packed up our gears… and off we went. Here I am enthusiastic.. .

 

It was not long that the weight of our equipment starts to bear down on me.

Then Jason took over. We took turns through out the trip to lug that big suitcase along. We thought that it was a good idea to drag along in a suitcase. Trust us.. it is not a good idea at all.

After that we lugged our stuff on standard backpacks. Much easier to manage. This photo is taken while photoshooting on Nami Island, where the drama Winter Sonata was shot.

We went everywhere on train. The train system there seems to be quite comprehensive. It was easy taking the train. Maybe it was because of the weather there being cold, so it’s easy to walk.

So we took the train, we walked, and we did the photoshoot.

We took some photos of us.

We took some photos with the bride…

And tried to take a proper photo with the groom

During the photoshoot we had so much fun snapping away that we totally forgotten the time. Here we were about to have our late lunch near by our shoot location in Nami island. By the way, here’s the bride and groom. Lovely couple, very nice people and furnishing us with good food.

Somehow John caught a little bit of a cold/flu in the middle of the shoot, and also was really not feeling well due to the immense pain due to his feet. Apparently those Adidas shoes did not fit him well enough.

Or maybe it’s just the cold, but this bowl of hot soupy ramen and some medication really did picked him up!

Never a dull moment with these two.

 

Do excuse us.. we were in the land where Gangnam style originated.. could not help it.

A sign of a potential model, always aware that a camera is pointed at his direction.

Back to the photoshoot, this is one of the location we shot, Nami Island. It was located somewhere outskirts of town which requires getting up very early and a bit of a travelling. We were all excited to get to this location to create beautiful pictures even if it means less sleep.

So we took a train, then a short cab ride and then a ferry ride to the island itself.

This place really is a popular tourist destination and it was packed with people upon our arrival. Good thing is the island is huge to accommodate all…

and we found some nice locations for the photoshoot.

The location of the infamous first kiss.

We certainly had loads of fun photoshoot these two. They were fun.. pro active..

and loves the camera.

Before signing off, here a photo….

This was the final location… it was very cold. Both Jason and I were feeling cold; and the two of us are hot blooded people who thrives in cold environments. So when we were covered up like that with our jackets, you can safely assume that it’s VERY cold. And the poor bride was only in a little dress. But she is a tough one, she powered on and completed the photoshoot and we adjourned to have a final fried chicken and 1L beer to end the photoshoot in Seoul.

Check back again soon for photos from the photoshoot.…

 

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Aug 19

Every now and then, we get to photograph a couple whose wedding entourage of brothers and sisters are so diverse in character and background. This diversity brings out the best in both the bride and groom. Not forgetting that it’s this diversity which brings up the wedding day itself.

 

The day started with both Jason and I heading off to the bride and groom’s place respectively. However, due to miscommunication, I ended up at the groom’s parents’ place instead. And the best thing was that, the house was all decorated up with that red cloth over the main entrance and all. So I thought I was at the right place. Good thing we are always early. Much earlier than require, just in case there’s an unforeseen circumstances like this one. So I made my way to the groom’s place, with some time to spare. That’s the beauty of being early, there’s time to rectify any errors.

So anyways, Jason had already arrived at the bride’s place. And the atmosphere was electric! The bridesmaids hurried around the house preparing the games for the groom’s men later on, while the parents and other relatives were busy ensuring everything else was in order.

Boon Pei is a real fun bride. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious!

 

See what I mean?

Cheeky!

Bridesmaids checking in on the bride.

She is such a gorgeous bride don’t you agree?

Back at the groom’s place, the atmosphere was a little bit relaxed, but excited. His modern and interesting house sets the background for the wedding day.

And then.. let the games begin!!

The groom’s men were very into it. With much enthusiasm, they breezed through all the challenges and games brought on by the bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids were thoroughly enjoying the games.

I must admit, the games were rather simple, being more of a group effort and very similar to one of those activities from motivational courses where you and your team mates work together to solve a certain problem, or challenges.

Like this simple task of finishing a bottle of soda placed at a certain distance from them, requiring a combined effort in sucking out the soda. Nothing which degrading or humiliating to the grooms men.

I am sure both sides had a great time! The groom certainly did.

And finally the groom and his entourage got past all the challenges, and had access to the bridal room.

The groom leading his wife.. back to his place.

And to wrap things up…

At the end of the day, it was a real fun day with the bride and groom and their friends and relative. They were accommodating, loves to be photographed and fun people to be around.

 

We wish both Eric and Boon Pei the very best.

Jul 21

Photographers usually find themselves stuck at a certain type of style. Style is good, it differentiate you from other photographers. But if you stick to that one particular style, it often gets a bit stale.

So we always strife to outdo ourselves with various styles, techniques and whatever we can to stay ahead of ourselves, and our fellow photographers. When David Beckstead was in town, we met up with him at one of his workshop, and we had a lot of various totally different ideas from him.

We learn to use the sun, even the harsh mid day sun.

We usually try to avoid the mid day sun. Not only because it’s harsh, but it is extremely uncomfortable for both our couples (or models) as well as ourselves. But we picked up a couple of tips and tricks from David on how to utilise the mid day sun to our advantage.

Lines and reflections was another interesting concept. I mean, we do utilise lines and reflections, but David showed a rather interesting angle to it.

The entire concept of using wide angle for portraits has been in our books for quite a while now, but David still inspire in terms of how he sees the environment and how he made use of the background to contribute to the composition, angle and ultimately the photo itself.

Then of course, there’s the standard ‘selection of backgrounds’.

A simple placement of our subject in front of an interesting background would create a very interesting effect on the photo.

Add a dash of liveliness and motion.. and boom!! you got yourself an award-winning photo…. in our hearts, it’s award-wining :)

We also learnt about composition.

Do not be afraid to try new and different compositions and framing.

Sometimes, a little bending of the ‘rule of third’ may work for you and your clients.

Extreme composition may not work for everyone, but we love it!

David also shed new light on how to utilise standard every day items to create splendid light patterns.

He pushed us to go beyond our own little box.

to try different angles, composition and emotions.

To create different moods.

We tried various objects from everyday stuff. You would be surprised at the effects you get.

Those are light effects from standard everyday items.

If I am not mistaken, these are light patterns from a kitchen utensil.

We gained quite a bit from David. It’s always good to learn another fellow photographer. What they see, and how they approach a particular assignment may be beneficial to you and me. We can choose to adopt, or to adapt.

Always keep practising. That is the key.

So do not be afraid to experiment. Keep on practising and do not be afraid to fail. There is no failure actually, in terms of photography. It’s what you are trying to achieve.

So do not keep that camera in the dry box. Bring it out. Gather a few friends and go out shooting. Try a different location, somewhere challenging. A simple place will do. All these photos were taken at Taylor’s campus, and the last batch of light playing photos were taken in a lecture room, with a blank white projector screen as backdrop.

We hope you enjoyed our photos, just as much as we enjoyed our day with David.

 

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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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