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Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

ION Orchard is celebrating their 8th Anniversary this year and in conjunction with this celebration, ION Art is proud to present Celebration of Photography Exhibition, in partnership with Leica Galerie Singapore. This is the fourth edition of the annual ION Art Photography Series and I remembered visiting ION Art for a photography exhibitio by fellow photographer friend, Aik Beng Chia.

For this particular Celebration of Photography Exhibition, they will feature eight collections of photography works by eight oustanding and talented Singapore-based photographers, each of them specialist in their own photography fields and genres. During the media session on the morning of Friday 6th October 2017, I had a short tour of this amazing Celebration of Photography Exhibition with a short sharing and presentation by each photographer, on their themes, thoughts and synposis behind their photography works on display.

From photography genres, portrait, architecture, lifestyle, travel, documentary, sports and street photography, visitors can view the various photography works by the eight Singapore-based photographers, from all walks of life. When I walked through the various photography works on display, they were more than just excellent and amazing, they each tell a story behind the photograph, through the unique and special vision of each photographer.

Being a photographer myself, taking on both commercial photography work as a small business and personal photography, each and every of the eight photographers works resonates something with me, in my heart, mind and soul. Viewing photography exhibitions of such high standards and quality, does give me the encouragement to rekindle my passion for my personal photography projects when commercial photography takes a huge part away from it. This photography exhibition was also an excellent opportunity to view the quality of Leica cameras and lenses, shot entirely from the legendary Leica M series, professional systems such as the Leica S and SL, to versatile and compact cameras such as the Leica Q, TL2 and Sofort.

Now, let me introduce to you the eight photographer featured in this exhibition:

KC Eng

Laxmi Kaul

Andrew Lum

Francisco Marin

Justin Ong

Eric Sawitoski

Marc Tan

Yuey Tan & Claire Jedrek

No matter which level of photography you are at, or you are a fan of the photography, arts and creative field, do drop by and visit Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore.

Celebration of Photography Exhibition by ION Art and Leica Galerie Singapore

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Date:7th to 15th October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

Photography Talks

Venue: ION Art Gallery, ION Orchard Level 4

Saturday 7th October 2017

  • Justin Ong – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • KC Eng – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Andrew Lum – 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Saturday 14th October 2017

  • Francisco Marin – 10.30am to 12.00pm
  • Laxmi Kaul – 2.00pm to 3.30pm
  • Eric Sawitoski – 4.00 to 5.00pm

Notes:

Admission to the photography talks is complimentary and it is limited to 40 people per session. Visitors can register via

Huawei P10 Plus Dual Lens Camera Review

The Huawei P10 Plus was recently launched in April 2017 for the Singapore market. I was excited to read about the launch of the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus since I am an existing Huawei P9 user, having done a review last year, I was very impressed with the mobile phone photography quality produced by the Huawei P9 during my review that I went on to get a Huawei P9 smartphone for my own usage.

During the Huawei P10 Plus review period, I had some priceless moments and a great time testing this dual lens smartphone. My 5,000th instagram shot was a double rainbow over the skyline of Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay Singapore using the Huawei P10 Plus! The other was producing an impromptu video for my friend’s new food outlet – Keith Crackling Roast, shot in 4K video with the Huawei P10 Plus. He’s a Huawei Mate 9 user, thanks to my persuasion and conversion after letting him try out my Huawei P9 smartphone!

The Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera setup is an improvement from the highly successful Huawei P9 series that set the stage for the dual lens camera smartphone in the Huawei smartphone family. In the later paragraphs, readers can view the number of different functions and capabilities packed inside the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera smartphone. On the Huawei P10 Plus, you can find the Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lenses driving it, resulting in one of the best dual lens camera smartphone in the market (in my personal humble opinion).

Dual lens camera technical specifications

Main Camera

  • 20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8
  • OIS (Optical Image Stablization)
  • Dual-tone Flash
  • PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
  • 2x Hybrid Zoom
  • 4K Video Recording

Front Camera

  • 8 MP AF, F1.9

Modes

  • Photo
  • Monochrome
  • Video
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Shot
  • Light Painting
  • Time-lapse
  • Slow-mo
  • Watermark
  • Audio Note
  • Document scan
  • Good food

Photo Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Photo Mode (Pro)

  • RAW + JPEG
  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode (Pro)

  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Video Mode

  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Video Mode (Pro)

  • Can adjust EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Light Painting Mode

  • Tail Light Trails
  • Light Graffiti
  • Silky Water
  • Star Track

Night Shot Mode:

  • ISO: Auto or manual from ISO100 – 1600
  • Shutter: Auto or manual from (1/4s – 32s)

Time Lapse Mode

  • HD 720p

Slow-mo Mode

  • FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo 120fps) and FHD 720p (16:9 stereo 120fps)

Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S8+

In my earlier introductory article when I started with the Huawei P10 Plus review journey, I also have the Samsung Galaxy S8+ together with the Huawei P10 Plus to observe and compare the differences between them.

Pro mode comparisons

Panorama comparisons

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Huawei P10 Plus

4K video comparisons on YouTube

During my review period using the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+, I observed and compared both smartphones on their strengths and weakeness through the photographs and camera user interface.

Some key observations between them are

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ can do 360 panorama while Huawei P10 Plus is unable to do it, some users like 360 panorama, some users don’t.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ handles the shadows better than the Huawei P10 Plus (for photographs shot straight out from their respective cameras)
  • Huawei P10 Plus photos are more authentic and accurate than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Huawei P10 Plus camera app user interface has more functions and capabilities (it might seem more complex for some users however, photographers would like it) than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera app
  • Both smartphones are able to produce 4K videos, I produced 2 simple test shot videos shot by the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+. First and foremost, I have to declare that I am not an expert nor trained in videography and I am still learning the basics of videography. From my two simple sample shot videos, my humble and personal view is that they are quite close to each other in terms of 4K performance and output.

In my earlier introductory article titled “Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus”, I shared my thoughts and views on Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung S8+. At the end of my review stint, writing this review, my thoughts and views on them were further reinforced through my observations and comparisons between them.

My views are that while Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+ are both very good smartphones in the market. From my review, observations and analysis, the Huawei P10 Plus has stronger camera capabilities and functions over the Samsung S8+, moreover, the authencity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus suits me perfectly, the photographer that I am.

What are some of the key aspects/capabilities/observations from the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens smartphone that stands out for me?

1) Low light photography with Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH : With a f/1.8 lens, this allows a lot more light to enter thus making it easier for low light/night photography with the Huawei P10 Plus.

2) Sharp and detailed photographs produced with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH: Since I am currently using the Huawei P9, therefore I know first hand on the sharpness and details of the photos produced by the Huawei P series. The Huawei P10 Plus is able to produce sharper and more detailed photos.

3) Monochrome photography: One of the key aspects of the Huawei P10 Plus camera, when I first experienced it with the Huawei P9, I was already blown away by their monochrome photography capabilities.

On the genre of monochrome photography, photographers have different “tastes, preferences, expectations and appreciation” on the blacks, shadows, highlights, contrasts of monochrome photography. Therefore, let me invite you to view my dedicated photo album on monochrome photography shot with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect smartphone camera for monochrome street photography.

4) High ISO performance: From my observations, the Huawei P10 Plus is able to handle high ISO better than other smartphones available in the market.

5) 4K video: Huawei uses the newer H.265 codec, it creates some challenges for computers/websites that are using the slightly older H.264 codec. In time to come, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue when the market adopts the H.265 codec altogther.

Final thoughts, views and opinions on the Huawei P10 Plus

After finishing reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus and returning it back to the public relations agency. I felt something was missing after returning back to my Huawei P9, it’s still an excellent smartphone and still in good working condition. The quality and improvements of the Huawei P10 Plus are excellent and in my personal opinion, a great upgrade and improvements over the Huawei P9, makes me miss the Huawei P10 Plus and I would love to upgrade from the Huawei P9 to the Huawei P10 Plus if any opportunity arises.

Equipped with 4K video capabilities, the Huawei P10 Plus is now not only a photographer’s smartphone, this feature has helped me explore my amateur videography, applying it for my vlogging, live updates, producing small 4K videos for photography, travel, live events reportage and social media coverage. Do check out some of my videos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus during the review period, on my YouTube channel.

In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P10 Plus is the smartphone that I highly and strongly recommend to photographers and photography enthusiasts. It is packed with an excellent dual lens setup with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lens, functions and user interface is what a photographer like me wants, the controls. The quality and output displayed in the photographs, showing it on the laptop or desktop computer, the quality, details and sharpness are superb. Do visit my Flickr collections to view the photographs shot with the Huawei P10 Plus!

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect photographer’s smartphone for the photographer.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore for the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus.

 


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Singkarpor – A Photography Exhibition by ABC

Singkarpor? What kind of word is that? Is ABC a photographer?

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Master photographer Aik Beng Chia a.k.a ABC, a fellow photographer friend that I had the honour to work with in a few photography assignments together. His photography artworks are widely recognised and well known, not just in Singapore! Aik Beng is one of the friendliest, a down to earth and humble photographer that I know.

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I followed his works a lot on his Instagram, Aik Beng’s eye for things, details and photography are very powerful and sharp, he truly stands out along with the masters of photography. My photography style is a journalistic and story telling approach, I can relate to Aik Beng’s photography artworks.

Singkarpor, is a photography exhibition by Aik Beng. Singkarpor is about our home, Singapore. Through the eyes, heart and soul of Aik Beng, you can see and feel the life of everyday ordinary heartlander Singaporeans. Singkarpor is now held at K+, Scotts Square #03-14/15, till 4th October 2015.

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Come on down, to take a look at the amazing and heartwarming photographs of everyday ordinary Singaporeans, their lifestyle, the hearts, stories and souls that tell what Singkarpor really is.

Congrats Aik Beng on a wonderful and amazing photography exhibition, an inspiration to us all! Here’s Aik Beng and myself, with me holding an autographed Singkarpor photo book!

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If you like to follow/stalk Aik Beng’s photography, here are the URL links –

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II with EVF-DC1 Review

The Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II is Canon’s latest flagship digital compact camera, a powerful and most premium amongst Canon’s digital camera lineup. Among all the compact digital camera brands and models in the market today, the Canon G1X Mark II definitely stands out in the advanced/powerful compact digital cameras with a large sensor for her class of cameras.

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Photograph Courtesy of Canon Singapore

I brough the Canon G1X Mark II to cover major events during the two weeks review period and it was a good, lightweight and powerful compact digital camera that gave me the connectivity to upload and share on social media channels and platforms. I worked with the Canon G1X Mark II during major events DBS Marina Regatta 2014, Play @ NMS and Masak Masak: My Childhood. On both major events, I was able to share and upload photographs that I took with the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II into my iPad and iPhone for uploading and sharing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Besides the major events that I attended and covered during the two weeks review period, I brought the Canon G1X Mark II on a daily walkabout camera on a few days, for street photography and food photography. The clarity and quality of the Digic 6 sensor makes it produce pretty good quality photographs from my night street photography walkabout.

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During my two weeks with the Canon G1X Mark II, I had a good mix of different experiences with it and here are my thoughts, views and opinions on the pros and cons of the Canon G1X Mark II –

Pros

–       One touch wi-fi button to connect the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II to the smartphone or tablet.

–       Shutter is quiet.

–       Rubber hand grip/padding on the side and back of the camera giving photographers a better feel and grip of the camera.

–       Many features packed inside a compact camera body.

–       The built of the Canon G1X Mark II is solid and firm.

–       Digic 6 sensor.

–       Colours and details on LCD are sharp and bright.

–       There is the option of adding on an electronic viewfinder (EVF) to the Canon G1X Mark II for photographers who wish to shoot through viewfinder.

–       An intelligent and powerful compact digital camera packed with features and functions.

–       31 points Auto Focus.

–       1.5” type CMOS sensor

–       5X optical view with Image Stabliser

–       180-degree upward and 45-degree downward tilt touch screen LCD (good for selfie, wefie)

–       Magnesium alloy body, sturdy, solid and strong

–       Dual Control Rings for greater control

–       Remote shooting can be performed with the Canon G1X Mark II connected to the Canon Camera Window app on the smartphone/tablet.

–       The Canon Camera Window app allows you to view the photographs on the Canon G1X Mark II and you can download it into your smartphone/tablet for sharing on social media channels and platforms.

Cons

–       On/Off button is placed in between dial and shutter button, it can be difficult to press and the button is small.

–       Play/View button on the top panel is small and might be easily missed

–       The round dial at the back of the camera is small and has other functions together inside, thus resulting in accidental activation of other functions when turning the dial.

–       In Manual mode, for photographer who wants to control both the shutter and aperture, it can be confusing on how to change them, having to press the Change Setting button twice before it can be activated for the photographer to be able to use and control shutter and aperture.

–       The zoom lens is a bit lagging when zooming in and out from wide to telephoto.

In Manual mode, the front focusing ring on the lens allows you to change shutter speed. When the Change Settings button on the back dial is pressed twice, the front focusing ring allows you to change the shutter speed and the back dial allows you to change the aperture. This function can be a bit troublesome at times and would need a bit more time to get the hang of the functions and buttons of the Canon G1X Mark II.

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Canon EVF-DC1

The latest photography accessory to Canon’s line up is the Electronic Viewfinder, the EVF-DC1, and it is an optional accessory that can be mounted on the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II. Having the EVF-DC1 gives the photographer using the Canon G1X Mark II a professional DSLR feel and control with the ease and point-and-shoot convenience.

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The EVF-DC1 is an ideal photography accessory and welcomed by purist photographers who prefer to shoot through the viewfinder. It is clear and bright when shooting through the electronic viewfinder. The speed is pretty fast when the photographer’s view changes from LCD screen to the electronic viewfinder.

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If you plan to own the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, I would strongly recommend the Canon EVF-DC1! Nothing beats the feel of viewing and shooting through the viewfinder!

The Canon G1X Mark II stands out in her class of advanced/powerful compact digital cameras available in the market. If you are looking for a daily usage, events or travel compact camera, the Canon G1X Mark II is strongly recommended for your consideration! Do check out my collection of photographs shot with the Canon G1X Mark II here on Flickr!

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for this opportunity to test and review the Canon G1X Mark II.


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LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia

Mobile Phone Photography, a recent rise and phenomenon, with the availability and rapid expansion of the smartphone markets, camera, photography apps and social media connectivity that makes mobile phone photography easy to use, upload and share with friends and followers around the world. I had been an avid user in mobile phone photography, using my iPhone 3, 4 and 5 with my Instagram camera application and Here’s my Instagram account! While I am using iPhone for my mobile phone/street photography, there are other smartphone brands and models that have great capabilities too, for mobile phone and street photography!

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There was a LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop with Aik Beng Chia, one of my photographer friends that I know personally, worked with him before during a recent photography assignment together with a few other photographers. I was there to try out the LG G2 smartphone and also to support Aik Beng too! The LG G2 smartphone is is the latest flagship smartphone by LG Electronics, that pushes boundaries, setting a new standard in the smartphone industry and it promises to change the way we smartphone owners use our smartphones.

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During the LG G2 Mobile Photography Workshop, we were given a quick introduction of the LG G2 smartphone and its capabilities by staff from LG Singapore. Thereafter, Aik Beng took the stage and shared with us about his mobile phone / street photography stories and techniques with the LG G2 and his workflow with the LG G2. At the end of the session, we had a hands on session with the LG G2 smartphone and testing it out around the meeting room located in Suntec City Convention Centre. I loved the rich colours 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1080 x 1920 pixels / 423 ppi) of the LG G2 smartphone, along with the 13 megapixels and Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) technology inside the LG G2 smartphone, which frees users from the problems of taking blurred photos, allowing them to take clear photos in moving objects such as cars and trains. The super resolution of the phone also provides clearer and more detailed zoom quality. When we finished taking photos with our LG G2 smartphone, we were also able to try out LG portable NFC-enabled photo printer and printed out small mini photos for us to bring home.

Here are some photographs taken by Aik Beng using the LG G2

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

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Photograph Courtesy of Aik Beng Chia

The LG G2 is a good and powerful smartphone packed with many features. The LG G2 camera capability gives it the added edge if you love mobile phone photography!

Discovering & Rediscovering B&W Photography

The art and beauty of photography began with the monochrome photograph, the black and white photograph. As time and technology progresses, from colour film photography to digital photography today, there was a huge transformation from how we used, saw, took, shot and shared our photography, our photographs. In my previous post on my Photography Thoughts for 2013, I seek to challenge myself further, exploring and going beyond my experience and knowledge in current photography fields e.g. events photography, travel photography.

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While I had my strong areas in photography, I always seek to improve my current strengths, as well as learning photography fields that I haven’t really entered into e.g. studio portrait photography and black and white photography. In my networking and sharing with fellow photography friends, I started to discover and rediscover the art of black and white (B&W) photography. Some influences were fellow photographer friends Callan, Jingwen, David Teo and some photographers that I followed on 500px.

On my Facebook Page for my photography, TanGengHui Photography, I shared a status update, “Working on curating, sharing and photographing in Black and White“. This would definitely fit into my history and heritage exploration, in addition to my street photography exploration. That’s why I put the title “Discovering & Rediscovering B&W Photography“.

Maybe when I have my own photography exhibition, there would be a B&W photography segment. It’s like a dream, I am discovering and rediscovering B&W photography in my photojournalistic journey for 2013. On my 500px, there is a set on B&W photography that I curated, I hope you would enjoy visiting my B&W photography collection set. Now as I start upon this B&W rediscovery, I would continue to work on curating, sharing and photographing in Black and White.