Photoessay: Reflections in glass

This building is one of the more interesting in downtown Kuala Lumpur – mainly because of its highly reflective mirrored glass surface that causes its character to change with the light; it blends into its surrounding environment by reflecting it, yet stands out because it doesn’t look anything like the surrounding windowless concrete shopping plazas. Coincidentally, it also contains the offices of Leica Malaysia. MT

Series shot with a Leica M9-P and Olympus Pen Mini E-PM1.

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POTD: Reflections and reflections on reflection

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Reflections. Leica V-Lux 3.

I still haven’t found a camera that can quite capture the luminous nature of reflections in glass – they all either seem to make it look too ‘solid’, or too transparent; I suspect it has something to do with the sensor filtration or the transmission properties of the lenses used.

Here’s a second interesting thought: why don’t camera makers match the spectral response of the sensor to that of the human eye, rather than limit it to an arbitrary range of wavelengths? Our eyes don’t work that way, and that’s probably why it’s so darned difficult to capture exactly what we see. MT

POTD: The crinkled building

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The crinkled building. Or maybe it should be called architectural origami. Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. And in keeping with yesterday’s article, it was shot with an Apple iPhone 4. MT

POTD: Abstract stairs

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KLCC Convention Center. Fuji FinePix F10

One from the archives – 2005, to be precise.

I’m in the middle of retouching a huge batch of product images for a client – 36MP also means 3x more retouching time, unfortunately – so today will be pretty quiet. I’m still planning to get the reader critiques up later today (thank you to all of you who submitted – there are far more than I expected, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to do everybody). MT

Photoessay: The mosque by the sea

A little while ago, I was on a company trip to Melaka/ Malacca – happened to attend Friday prayers at one of the more pleasant mosques I’ve been to, on the outskirts of the historical city of Melaka/ Malacca. The open, airy architecture made the most of its location by the sea, oriented well to allow cool breezes to flow through and keeping the internal temperature pleasant. I got some images before and after the main prayer session.

Series shot with a Sony NEX-5 and 18-55 kit lens.

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POTD: The roof-harp

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The roof harp. Siam Paragon, Bangkok. Leica M9-P, 35/1.4 ASPH FLE

POTD: Shards

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Shards. New facade of Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Would probably look a whole lot nicer if they bothered to clean the glass, especially after repeated monsoon rains. Nikon D700, 24/1.4

Photoessay: The Singapore Art Science Museum

The contents of the museum aren’t particularly interesting, but the building itself is quite the architectural curiosity. I particularly like the oculus at the top that admits both light and rain; the latter which happens frequently in a tropical country, leading to some interesting effects in the pool below. I can’t say the building’s design was that clever, though; useable space seems pretty low. The entrance feels very much modeled on the Louvre pyramid. MT

Series shot with a Nikon D3100 and AFS 24/1.4 G.

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POTD: Diagonal

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Sometimes, you find something striking at breakfast. Leica M9-P, Zeiss ZM2.8/28 Biogon


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