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Canon PhotoMarathon XV Singapore – 23rd September 2017

An annual photography competition in Singapore, a fun, interesting and exciting event for photography enthusiasts to gather with their fellow photographer friends and family members, to compete and pit their photography skills and creativity, completing the photography theme in the allocated time frame and submitting their selected photograph for the photography competition. This is Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore, in year 2017, this is the 15th year that they have organised for the photography community in Singapore.

Now in its 15th year, the Canon PhotoMarathon has spread her presence to other parts of Asia, with parallel competitions taking place in countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam!

On a personal note, Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore is my 7th year (out of 15 years) participating (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) in this photography competition. It had always been interesting, challenging and tiring for me participating in it, pushing myself and my photography skills, knowledge and experiences, under pressure and time limits over all those years. Even though, I haven’t won any of the competitions, I always had fun and enjoyment, chatting with photographer friends, in some ways, it was a gathering and catch up with some of my photographer friends!

What were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017? Here are the themes-

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

From my personal experiences over the years participating in Canon PhotoMarathon, when the themes look/seem “easy”, that only means it can be pretty wide open to each photographer’s interpretation and ideas, or it can also mean that the theme might be a bit narrow and somehow a bit tricky. This is something unique, that makes Canon PhotoMarathon special, fun and challenging for an intense one day of photography competition under time limits and pressure.

Here are my submissions for the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore. Reflecting back on my submissions:

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

I was a bit stuck for theme 2, thus that photograph was a bit more of an abstract style. Nevertheless, I am glad to push myself in a relaxed manner during the competition. The beauty of photography is that of each one of us have our own personal interpretation, conceptualisation and composition. This is also a time for me to reflect on the photographs that I took during the competition, how I can improve on them and learn from my experiences. Learning in photography never stops, no matter what level of photography you are in, whether amateur, serious enthusiast, freelance or professional.

In the 15th edition of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore, the organisers gave out a finisher medal and certificate of participation for participants that completed all three themes! Kudos to the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore organising committee for making the 15th edition special and fun!

Although I haven’t won anything prizes from the years that I had participated in Canon PhotoMarathon, I hope that my through my sharing of my stories and experiences over the years would help future Canon PhotoMarathon participants from Singapore, other parts of Southeast Asia and Asia in one small way or another!

Do take a look at the winning photographs of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore below!

BEST OF SHOW – STUDENT

Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

BEST OF SHOW – OPEN

Jirawat Saiwuttinon

TEAM CATEGORY WINNER

GYMN

SCHOOL CHALLENGE WINNER

Singapore Polytechnic

THEME 1 : TILT

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Dex Ngiam Chao Yi, EDGEFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL

2ND Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

3RD Oliver Koh Qi Yang, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Jirawat Saiwuttinon

2ND Prashanth Motilal Naik

3RD Goh Si Hui

THEME 2: CELEBRATION

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Heng Xian Jing, SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

2ND Tran Nguyen, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

3RD Shannon Lee Xin Ying, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Chew Kay Ching Edmund

2ND Wong Chek Poh

3RD Ang Cheng Hoe

CANON CHALLENGE WINNER

Koh Zhi Kai

THEME 3: MYSTERIOUS

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Miko Pang Yun Xuan, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

2ND Goh Bei Jun, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

3RD Yasmin Bte Selamat, RIVERSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Lersom Loungpon

2ND Ong Kun Fong

3RD Chiang Yeou Chyi

* Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 winning photographs courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon PhotoMarathon XIV – 19th November 2016

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!

Canon EOS M10 with EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm Review

The Canon EOS M10 is the most recent addition to the Canon EOS M family of the mirrorless camera bodies and lenses. The Canon EOS M10 was launched in October 2015, with their news release shared in an earlier article that I wrote and shared here. The review unit package that I received for this particular review was the Rilakkuma Special Edition x EOS M10 Kit III (EF-M 15-45mm & EF-M 55-200mm).

I brought the Canon EOS M10 out for events, photo walks and as my daily compact camera in my bag. Some of the events that I attended with the Canon EOS M10 kit III set were LG IT Media launch, Marine Cove McDonald’s re-opening, Emirates Singapore Derby 2016 and a heritage visit to Peranakan Museum for their special exhibition, Nonya Needlework – Embroidery and beadwork in the Peranakan World. I also brought the Canon EOS M10 with the EF-M 55-200mm lens for some outdoors photo walk near my neighourhood, testing it with some bird photography shoot.

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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.

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First, let me bring you back and refresh your memories, here are some key information and details about the Canon EOS M10 –

Technical Specifications

  • 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 ~

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Video recording

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.

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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.

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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 interested, do drop by and read an article that I wrote earlier, “The Next Wave and Trends (From Canon EXPO Shanghai 2016)”, where I based my observations and views from when I was summarising on the Canon EOS M10 review and Canon EOS M mirrorless system family.

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 *


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It’s been 10 years!

In the past few months, I was pretty engrossed in business planning for the future and I am also taking a break (physically, mentally and emotionally) from my recent issues that I faced at my previous work place. A milestone in my life took place that I kind of completely forgotten about it, with the help of LinkedIn, I realised that it’s been 10 years! Wait, what is this 10 years all about?

First and foremost, I have been taking photographs for more than 10 years, probably 30 years (Not Out and still counting) since I played with a film SLR camera when I was in primary school. The 10 years is for my photography site – http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv. My ‪photography website/blog was born on 10th April 2006 when I started off using blogspot. As my photography site grew and expanded, it was time to have my own domain and hosting, officially migrating and starting on 7th October 2008.

Fast forward and in the blink of an eye, my photography journeys and adventures there had took a span of 10 years (not out and still counting!!) An amazing journey, full of ups and downs, good times and bad times. I had grown, learned and improved over these 10 years. Years 2014 (Hokkaido) and 2015 (Straits Times newspaper feature) were two important events in my photography adventures that were very key significant milestones in my photography.

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What does the future holds for my photography website/blog? I am still learning, growing, exploring my photography. This country road in Hokkaido reflects a lot of my thoughts and feelings, the road beyond the bend, cannot be seen from where I took this photograph. Some of my goals are like the beautiful mountain landscapes behind, the various number of mountain peaks are like the different goals that I set for myself. I have to travel past the bend and find my way up to the mountain peaks. The journeys ahead are never easy, the excitement, growth, learning and achievements will be priceless when I conquer the mountain peaks!

This will keep growing and be up to date, an avenue where I share a lot of my personal photography adventures, coverage, news and industry updates. In an upcoming post, I would share about my personal photography projects that I am going to document and photograph in the next few months. In the aspects of my photography business, when the time is ripe and appropriate, I would make the announcement.

I am very thankful and grateful for all my family,relatives, friends and supporters that had played an integral and important part of my photography adventures here. These 10 years had been a very humbling experience, from both a personal and photographer perspectives. I met many different kinds of photographers and people from many different walks of life. Over these 10 years, I had made, grown and established some great friendships and partnerships with photographers, friends and institutions, all in the name of photography, documentation and sharing. Although I had some small success and achievements, I will always remind myself to stay grounded, be humble, keep learning and improving as a person, as a photographer.

Thank you everybody once again from the bottom of my heart!

You’ll Never Walk Alone!