Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Chinese New Year 2015

It's the year of the goat, and as usual, we spent a few days visiting friends, watching lion dances, and eating their food. I love Chinese New Year, it's such a great time. We really enjoyed meeting old friends whom we sometimes only see at this time of year, and also more recent friends whom we still see more often. I ate lots of biscuits, sweets, cakes and meat until my stomach was aching! And it's not over yet. On Thursday night we'll be attending a big CNY do at another friend's house, and on Thursday 5th March, the 'Chap Goh Meh' celebrations marking the end of CNY will be under way.

This is called 'nian gao' and is made of yam and glutinous rice. It is delightfully sticky and delicious. They are specially made for Chinese New Year in Chinese culture and cuisine.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Model photography session and edits

I am no professional photographer but I am an avid amateur and will photograph just about anything. I have particularly enjoyed photographing my two beautiful daughters. I have also, by degrees, found the fun in editing photos.

Today I photographed my sister-in-law at the field behind our house and I selected the two best photos for some editing. She should really take a chance in modelling. I always enjoy it because she's a dream to photograph - the perfect subject!

Here's the first shot that we like a lot:

Florina posing with a smile into the camera lens

Here's the same shot but with a little lift in colour

In high definition

And in monochrome

I chose this one as the 'killer shot' - 

Urai strikes a pose in our model photography session

And following are some of the edits I made afterwards:

Colour emphasis in this edit from our model photoshoot

An HDR edit from my photoshoot with Florina

Monochrome effect of my photoshoot with Florina

I love this cartoon book edit. The smooth skin tones really stand out

Am I hallucinating? This edit appears that way!

What do you think? Which edit do you prefer?

East Coast Mall #2 - January 2015

East Coast Mall #2 appears to be in slow progress, though this month I spotted large holes being dug for what should be foundations:


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