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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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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Apr 23

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Here’s your chance to experience Jason and John taking your photos. Not to say that we are celebrity or rock star photographers, just the chance to have your portraits taken at an affordable price.

For RM500 nett, both Jason and John will both take you on for 1.5 hours, photographing yourself, or with your partner or even with your family. It’s a no frills but fun photoshoot. So let’s get together and see if we click.

So what’s the catch? Nothing. We meet up, probably have breakfast or coffee before heading out somewhere for a photoshooting session. After we are done with the photos and have the album printed, we would probably meet up again for coffee or tea, and hand the album and photos over to you guys.

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