The 14th edition of a fun, exciting and challenging community photography competition, the Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, took place on 19th November, held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. There were close to 2000 passionate photography enthusiasts gathered and participated in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.
With my participation in Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, this is my 6th year participating in this photography competition (I participated in years 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016). The Canon PhotoMarathon was more than just a photography competition, it’s also a time for photography enthusiasts to get together and have fun taking photographs together (and also helping each other to get their shots for the competition!). Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon is also a time for me to catch up and chat with photography friends from Canon Singapore, Canon Imaging Academy, EOS World Singapore and also making new photography friends there too!
Before I proceed to share on what were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV and what I shot, let me share about photography for everyone in the society that took place during this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.
Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei – living and working together for the common good, was part of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV program. Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program partner with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to host more than 30 participants, giving them the opportunity to partake in the excitement of Canon PhotoMarathon. It was really great to see photography playing a part for those participants to enjoy, giving them an avenue to express themselves through photography and enjoying photography during the Canon PhotoMarathon. I reckoned that the participants from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) had a very interesting time shooting the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV!
What were the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV? This year 2016 themes were different, a little bit special and my usual “I scratch my head and don’t know what to shoot” moment till I absorbed and digested the individual theme before knowing/planning what I want to shoot.
The three themes of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV were
Theme 1: Vision
Theme 2: Kyosei
Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective +#Space
Here were what I shot and submitted for Themes 2 and 3 for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV (I did not submit for Theme 1 because I was away for a photography assignment that morning although I did my own Theme 1 shoot though)
Theme 1: Vision
Theme 2: Kyosei
Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective + #Space
Shooting Theme 2 was very challenging for me, this theme also got me thinking very hard, on conceptualisation, creating stories to tell and how I can constantly improve, no matter what is the level of photography experience and knowledge that I am currently at right now.
Although at the end of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, it can be very tiring physically after moving around and rushing against time to get the photographs for competition submission. The overall experiences had always been good, the fun, friendships and the love for photography. Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon over the years gave me an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn my photography. Lifelong learning and improvements apply in my photography journeys till date and it is still ongoing as always!
During the two weeks review period, I also had the cute and adorable EOS M Rilakkuma Bear with me, joining me for my photo walks and I had a few interesting Toy Travel adventures into the Singapore heartlands, events and heritage exploration! I had some nice memories of them that I shared on my Instagram! This famous iconic cute bear with the Canon EOS M collaboration, gave me a number of photography opportunities to compose and photograph different perspectives with the Rilakkuma Bear inside the frame, sharing it on social media, with my own style of creative writing.
First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –
Image sensor: 18.0 mega-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
Continuous shooting speed: 4.6 fps
Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
AF: Hybrid CMOS AF II
LCD: 180 / 45 degrees tilt type touch screen, approx. 1.04 million dots
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC-enabled
Dimensions: 108 mm in length, 66.6 mm in breadth and 35.0 mm in depth
Weight: Approx. 301 g (CIPA standard)
What were my experiences, thoughts and views on the Canon EOS M10 during my two weeks review period? Let me share with you ~
Lightweight and compact
Easy to use
Intitutive, interactive and informative screen, similar to the new Canon DSLR models
Touch screen allows the photographer to change the settings easily
Colours – rich and accurate, quality is close to Canon DSLR standards
Easy access button on the right side of the camera body to activate wi-fi and connect with smartphone/tablet
Improved Auto-Focus (AF) speed and number of AF points from earlier Canon EOS M models
A range of stylish face jackets from a range of colours are available to accessorise the Canon EOS M10, making it fun, colourful, lively and fashionable.
No side grip on the camera body, making it uncomfortable to hold
There is no hot-shoe mount therefore the Canon EVF accessory could not be used with the EOS-M10
The On/Off button is too small, difficult to press and it is placed together with the switch for video/photography/auto mode selection
The noise level at ISO 12,800 is grainy and I don’t recommend to shoot at that ISO level
The Canon EF-M lenses, EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm, are designed and built for the E0S M series camera bodies. These new lenses showed Canon’s commitment towards the Canon EOS M mirrorless series and I would be expecting more EF-M lenses choices to be available in the future.
Let me share with you more about my experiences with the two EF-M lenses below ~
EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review
This lens is small, compact and lightweight. It would be suitable for a general walkabout/daily /travel lens that do not require telephoto focal range. The built and feel of this lens is not too bad, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. For this small lens package, it has produced some pretty good photo quality shots that may be comparable with DSLR quality (also thanks to the APS-C CMOS sensor with Digic 6 processor) from my experiences during the review period.
There is something that photographers need to take note, there is a mechanical lever that locks the lens in place, making it collapsible and compact when not in use. It takes a while to get used to this function, some might find it a bit troublesome, some might find it useful that the lens can be collapsible and very compact.
Once it is unlocked, the front of the EF-M 15-45mm lens protrude out when it is used between the focal range. While it may not be the best in aesthetics, this small and compact lens sure pack some pretty good quality photography output for its specifications.
EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Review
This is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, it is easy to bring out for your photo shoot or your overseas holiday trip if you decide to bring along a telephoto zoom lens. For this focal length range, it’s mid to tele focal length, at 200mm focal length, this can be very useful and helpful to capture photographs at a distance away.
For a telephoto zoom lens, I would usually test the quality of the bokeh at their maximum focal length @ 200mm. The bokeh is pretty good for this lens specifications, quite smooth bokeh. As for the speed of this lens, it is not fast and the photographer might find it difficult to get the object zoomed in and lock focus. In this aspect, wildlife and fast action photography with this lens might prove a bit more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, with patience, positioning and waiting for the right moment, you can capture some wildlife shots too.
The Canon EOS M10 is able to record Full HD videos at 1920 x 1080 (30p/25p/24p). This function is very useful for recording videos and memories of your holiday trips or events, not too difficult to use.
During Emirates Singapore Derby 2016, at the Marquee, watching the horses racing past us towards the finishing line, I used the EOS M10 video recording function and recorded a short video clip of the horse racing action. I also did a short video clip of my very friendly and cute neighbourhood cat playing with my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag! Check out the videos shot with the Canon EOS M10 on my YouTube!
In the modern social media era, there are great awareness, accessibility and usage of videos in our daily leisure life, professional/commercial aspects of it. Having a camera with good and easy to use video recording capabilities is now pretty much an integral part of our life, whether leisure or professional. Videos are great for personal usage, sharing with family, friends and followers on social media.
The Rilakkuma Special Edition x Canon EOS M10 kit III set, consisting of EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM, is a good combination for a first time photographer (e.g. photographers moving up from digital compact cameras or current entry level DSLR users) that would like/prefer to own a mirrorless camera system. It is easy to use and the two different focal lengths of the EF-M lenses cover from wide angle zoom to telephoto zoom. The whole Canon EOS M10 setup is lightweight and compact, ideal for your daily bring out usage, attending events, parties, gatherings, and even bringing it overseas for your holiday travels. For the more experienced photographers that already have a DSLR camera system setup and looking for a mirrorless setup, they might prefer the Canon EOS M3 instead.
The mirrorless camera eco-system has improved over the years, it can be a photographer’s main or secondary setup depending on their photography focus and needs. They can be great for travel, street, food or daily camera usage photography. However, in my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is still not ready to take over sports, wildlife and fast action photography.
Looking back at Canon’s mirrorless EOS M family of cameras and EF-M lenses since their maiden debut with the Canon EOS M1, they have changed, improvised and expanded their mirrorless family of camera bodies, lenses and accessories over the years. From my personal experiences using Canon’s photography products and accessories over the past 12 years (and still counting), along with my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the keynote speeches, media interactions with Canon’s key senior executives and observing recent launches, my personal view is that Canon is committed to their mirrorless EOS M and I am looking forward to more Canon mirrorless products (EOS M bodies and more EF-M lenses) in the near future.
If you are looking for a fun, simple and easy to use mirrorless camera with interchangable lenses capability, do check out the Canon EOS M10, have a feel and see how it goes for you!
* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M10 kit III set with the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses *
The Sports scene in Singapore is building up towards SEA Games 2015 that will be held in Singapore from 5th to 16th June. Our various sports have their own trainings, preparations and competitions leading up to SEA Games 2015. I had the opportunity to cover two sports recently at the new and modern Sports Hub in Singapore, courtesy of Canon EOS World Singapore that facilitated the arrangement with Sports Hub.
The first sport that I covered was basketball, one of my favourite sports that I played and watched a lot! The 11th South East Asia Basketball Association competition was recently held in Singapore and I managed to come down and cover the basketball match between Singapore and Malaysia at OCBC Arena. Along with fellow photographer Jensen Chua, whom I met during the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, we had a good time covering and photographing the basketball match between Singapore and Malaysia. Although Singapore lost the match, it was a good match and would definitely help them in their preparation for the upcoming SEA Games 2015!
The other sport that I was able to come down and cover was Netball and our Team Singapore Netball girls played two training matches against the HKFC team over 2 days. This was also my first time photographing netball action and it was definitely a great experience for me! Shooting netball sports action was challenging due to their rapid footwork and movements on the court! Overall, it was another great learning experience for my sports photography!
I covered a number of different sports photography and I was able to add on Basketball and Netball to my sports photography portfolio! I would like to say a big thank you to Sports Hub and Canon EOS World Singapore for the arrangement to shoot sports photography action as the Sports Hub!
SEA Games 2015 is coming soon, do show your best support for our sports athletes! Go Team Singapore!
Parkour is an exciting physical activity that used their bodies and surroundings to propel themselves around their environment. This form of sport was conducted in the safest manner and maintaining as much momentum as possible. Parkour was a form of holistic training developed from military obstacle course training and today; Parkour had gained a number of fans and followers worldwide in the Parkour movement.
The movie release, Brick Mansions, is coming soon to the screens on 24th April 2014. Cathay Cineplexes celebrated the upcoming movie release Brick Mansions with an exciting event, Brick Mansions Parkour Jam on 19th April 2014 at The Cathay. There were exciting line ups of Parkour action and Parkour beginner workshops, organised by Superfly Monkey Dragons, happening outside The Cathay from 4pm and it was fun to watch Parkour close up in action with the experienced practitioners performing Parkour movements, running, jumping and moving swiftly from one course to another.
This was my first time photographing Parkour action! It was a good and fun experience! I started to walk around the Parkour Jam event ground outside The Cathay, to have a feel of how the Brick Mansions Parkour Jam would turn out, where would be the good spots to cover and photograph Parkour close up action and event wide Parkour action of the entire ground. My choice of wide angle and telephoto zoom of 17-40mm f/4 and 70-200mm f/4 were an ideal combination to get the best of both worlds of Parkour action!
Parkour Workshop participants were enthusiastic and they were keen to learn and try out Parkour! As for the experienced Parkour practitioners, it was an eye-opener to their fast movements and actions such as jumping, spinning, somersaulting, flipping and sliding across various obstacles and platforms. Parkour is definitely a good sport to learn, enjoy and improve your sports photography action! From close up action below the platforms to standing a distance away from the platforms to capture Parkour action, I managed to show the beauty and art of Parkour. Check out more photographs of Brick Mansions Parkour Jam on my Flickr collection!
As an aspiring photojournalist who turns photographs into stories, with my vast and diverse experiences ranges from events photography to sports, travel, heritage, cultural and portrait photography. I am very passionate about capturing Singapore’s heritage and culture through my photographs, stories and making a difference, to Pay It Forward and Pass It On. In the midst of searching for that something in photography, taking back over 25 to 30 years, from damaging his dad’s analogue film SLR because I am too young to learn how to shoot with a film SLR and just played it like a toy. Heavily influenced by my older cousins and uncles, involving in a more advanced SLR before getting lost and distracted away from serious photography for quite a number of years.
The journey back to the Light side began around 2004 and it was an exponential growth from then till today and still growing. While lost in the mist, now finding my feet, my own unique style, directions and field of photography interest. I am still growing, running, meeting new photographers, mentoring and sharing photography tips along with honing of new skills and always looking for new toys to buy. A passion for journalistic writing, never formally trained in journalism and arts, except possibly writing a 15,000 word thesis, business and tourism/hospitality trained, sharpened and moulded into an entrepreneur and metamorphosis into a photojournalist, specialising in events, sports and travel.
Mentoring, sharing and undertaking personal photojournalistic projects that lies deep inside him, waiting to rise up from somewhere deep inside him. Inspiring many people (hopefully) and looking forward to share photography with fellow photographers, the journey is not complete and it’s not even half way. The photojournalistic journey is still ongoing …… forever and ever.
This is a true story of me, of an aspiring photojournalist, this is my story, my play, my passion, my fun, my life, photojournalistic adventure, an incredible journey that I never looked back since I played with my first SLR camera. Unlocking small achievements in my photography journey in recent years, sometimes words just can’t describe, maybe through my photographs and stories that I produced. When I was invited to be featured in Canon EOS World Singapore for Photojournalism in March, it was a great honour and a very humbling experience for me. This is definitely not the highest peak, this will spur me on to go for my next peak, even higher!
I would like to say a Big THANK YOU to all my family members, close friends, alumnus, photographers, supporters and followers for everything that they do to help in my photography, no matter how big or small. There is a group of senior photographers who mentored and shared lots of small tips/things in photography with me that shaped my photography today! Thank You for walking with my in my photojournalism journeys with me, through my eyes, heart, soul, words and photographs that I shared with everyone of you!
Now to strive for my next peak in my photojournalism journey, will you continue to walk with me?
The Canon Lion City Cup is one of the oldest and prestigious youth football competition with the roots dating back to 1977. For a football fan in Singapore, I remembered growing up watching local football heroes such as Fandi Ahmad and V.Sundramoorty in the Malaysia Cup. The Lion City Cup was where our local football heroes such as Fandi and Sundram were unearthed.
Watching the Canon Lion City Cup for the past 2 years, 2011 and 2012, they were great and exciting to watch them in action, even though it was a youth football competition. Our local boys definitely benefited from playing with their counterparts from different continents, Europe, England and South America, and they will get more football experiences by playing with different opponents. During the matches, we can see the local boys playing their hearts, pride and passion out against their counterparts (that maybe more technically talented and physically bigger in size than them). I believed that our local boys playing in front of their home crowds at Jalan Besar Stadium, with the local Lions supporters cheering for them, played their hearts out even bigger.
I went to the opening matches on Day 1, watching from the Grandstand of Jalan Besar Stadium. While our local boys lost to their opponents, we take pride that they played with guts and went all out. Shooting from the Grandstand was going to be interesting since we are not really at the ground level of the field and there were more obstructions too. Nevertheless, I had a fun time shooting football matches from a different perspective. On the final day, I managed to gain access with a media pass from Canon Singapore via Canon EOS World and I was able to shoot the Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Finals between PSV versus Corinthians and Singapore NFA U16 versus Singapore U15. I have always loved sports photography and it was awesome to shoot from the sidelines since my stint in 2011 shooting Canon Lion Cup 2011 from the sidelines with the media pass. I confessed that I was a bit rusty in shooting football matches and it took me some time during the match playing time to adjust and adapt again into a sports photographer for football matches. The Canon Lion City Cup Final 2013 played between PSV and Corinthians were evenly matched and great to watch. For a football fan and sports photographer at the same time, I do face the dilemma when I was watching the match from the sidelines more than getting ready to press my shutter to capture the football moments!
In a sporting match, the actions and moments do not stop at the competition ground itself after the match is over. During Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, when the teams were playing for the winner via a penalty shoot out. The atmosphere was tense and we can see it from the sidelines, their behaviour and reactions. When the winning goal was shot and the winners Corinthians jumped and danced in euphoria, the losers PSV were dejected.
In a competitive football final, there is only 1 winner and 1 loser on the football pitch. A victory is well celebrated by all while a loss is sometimes alone. Corinthians beat PSV in Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, while Corinthians players huddle in a circle, united by their hands together and started praying, a PSV player sat down with his head down.The moment between a winner and a loser is seen here in my photograph on 500px.
In a competitive sports game, there is definitely a winner and loser. While losing is painful and winning is sweet, there is definitely room for sportsmanship and friendship after the match and off the pitch. During Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, Corinthians beat PSV. Both teams congratulate each other on a match that was well played by both sides. While the agony of defeat can be seen and felt, there were also hugs, congratulations and consoling. That is the spirit of sportsmanship reflected in my photograph on 500px.
My sports photography collection/portfolio on Flickr and 500px had been built over the past 6 years since 2007 and being a sports enthusiast (and when I used to play more sports), I am looking forward to adding more sports photography into my portfolio and collection. As Canon Lion City Cup 2013 comes to an end, let’s look forward to Canon Lion City Cup 2014!