Photoessay: Macau, part one

Part one from Macau; immediately post-typhoon and still very, very rainy, not to mention humid. This set was shot with an Olympus OM-D, 45/1.8 and Panasonic 20/1.7 lenses. Images can be clicked on for larger versions, or to go to the flickr hosting page where exif data is available. Enjoy! MT

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The curious thing about outbound Macau customs was that there were none…take whatever you will from that (and the country).

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  1. Ming-Your skill and eye is extraordinary and very inspirational. I am a artist/painter who also shoots in film Nikon(a novice) seeking various images and buying first digital considering a Olympus OM-D and Panasonic 20/1.7 or Fuji Xpro1- do not want SLR/in wheelchair-too big. I know I am over thinking it based on the $$$ and not knowing what I don’t know & do not trust these camera sls guys and I can not get to camera store to try out. I seem to prefer the images that Fuji “trade mark” creates-soft/romantic only second to Leica which my skill and wallet can never justify…. anyway great work-Thank you.Daniel

    • Thanks for your compliments. These days, the camera makes a lot less difference than it used to; a lot of it is in how you process the raw files. You can take the sharpness out…but you can’t put it back in. I suggest you go with the OM-D, or X100 if you don’t mind slower focusing and 35mm FOV only.

      • I like your recommendation of using just one FOV! Its made all the difference in the world for me this past year. I had been using a DSLR with a zoom and I was never satisfied with my results. In fact I quit carrying it. However things changed this past year as I required a small compact camera for a major hiking adventure over a year a go and decided on the Ricoh GRDIII. Granted it has a 28mm FOV not 35mm as you’ve suggested, but it forced me to slow down and use my feet to properly frame the shot. Switching to a fixed FOV has changed my photography for the better I believe. At least I’m enjoying it again and that’s all that really matters.

        BTW, I’m favoring the look of Leica glass and am enjoying manual focus and the fixed FOV on my Ricoh GXR-M.

        • Thanks – 35 doesn’t really work for me either, my choice is 28mm too. Knowing one perspective intimately will help you to previsualize shots and fill out the frame…

  2. Ciao Ming, nice work, the one of the church facade is very striking :-)

  3. Hi Ming. You do consistently nice work. For street I agree with your slight underexposure, low contrast and high sharpness. It’s a bit like Leica but with much better dynamic range. It looks great in digital and on photo paper. Question: Sometimes a picture of mine ends up in news print or on other thirsty paper without first being corrected for it. The result is of course too dark. What do you recommend, other than knowing your customer ? I’m considering sending some of them two versions; one for coated prints and one for news print. How do you handle it ?

    • Thanks Bengt. I always ask the customer what the end usage is – as you say, different CMYK processes and different papers (even different web uses – sRGB vs RGB) I will deliver a different final file. If you can’t ask, then I suggest reducing saturation a touch (2-3%) and lifting the center point of the curve a touch also – this has the net effect of lightening the gamma.

  4. Jorge Ledesma says:

    Wonderful essay Ming. A thing I want to highlight is how sometimes we feel we must either process in BW or give an edgy Color look but you have once again exemplified how the natural look is just fine and works so very well, excellent as usual Ming. This inspire me to work on this a bit more. Thanks for sharing

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