POTD: A vaguely religious notion

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I don’t know why, but there’s something oddly religious suggested to me by this composition. Can’t put my finger on it, though. Leica X2.

A gentle reminder: the print offer ends next week!

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Seeing the wood from the trees. Leica M9-P, 21/3.4 Super Elmar ASPH

Both of the prints you see in this post will be up for as a limited run. (These things help me keep the site running – creating content takes time I can’t use for anything else, and I really want to keep the site ad-free to maintain the picture viewing experience; also, it helps you decorate your walls 🙂

The print offer will be limited to 20 copies of each image, at 16×24″ (A2) printed on 20×30″ paper. Here’s the kicker: the prints will be done on 380gsm matte fine art paper, printed with 200 year archival grade pigment ink on a HP production class machine. The look of the black on the paper is indescribable – I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I knew I had to make some prints with this. There are no reflections anywhere, which means the image is so much more viewable. The blacks are dense and chalk-pastel like, with fine tonal transitions. All prints will be numbered and signed. (And no, there will be no black borders around the images in the final print).

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Schonbrunn Fog, Vienna. Leica M9-P, 28/2.8 ASPH

The price for either print is US$550 net to me for the 16×24″, or US$300 for the 12×18″ size – including shipping worldwide via courier in a sturdy tube. To keep things simple, payment can be made via Paypal to mingthein2@gmail.com, which means you can either use your Paypal balance or a credit card.

Please include in the message field which image you’d like, plus your shipping address, contact email address and telephone number. I’ll email a confirmation as soon as I a payment from you. If you’d like multiple copies or multiple images, that’s great too – you just make one payment.

I’ll be closing the print offer in one week at the end of May, and shipping shortly thereafter. First come first served! Remember, these images will not be offered for sale again at this size. Thanks for your support everybody! MT

POTD: Watery blessings

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Water blessings. Another one from Wesak Day; look out for a full photoessay soon. Olympus OM-D, 12/2

I’m working on an exclusive which will all be revealed tomorrow at 12PM GMT+8, as soon as the embargo is lifted…stay tuned. MT

POTD: The man with the microphone, and some OM-D first impressions

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The man with the microphone. Olympus OM-D, 12/2

Wesak day is one of the most important days on the Buddhist calendar, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha. In Malaysia it’s marked by an enormously long parade through the city, with easily tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, taking part. The man on the megaphone is just one of hundreds of people chanting Buddhist scripture as the procession makes its way. Look out for a full photoessay soon.

In the meantime, this was my first outing with the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 (what a mouthful); I used the 12/2 and 45/1.8 Zuiko lenses, which continued to perform very well on the higher density sensor. Some first impressions:

– It’s fast. Very responsive in every way. 9fps is overkill, reminds me why I didn’t use that mode on the D3 too often – too many identical files to go through afterwards!
– C-AF and AF tracking are pretty much useless; it could have been the lighting conditions, but I gave up and used S-AF after a while.
– Image quality is excellent. A real step forward over the 12MP M4/3 cameras; it seems like we’ve gained both resolution AND dynamic range AND high ISO performance. I wouldn’t hesitate to use ISO 3200, whereas ISO 1600 before would be a bit borderline. I honestly feel that it delivers image quality very close to the D7000.
– Hugely customizeable, and that touch screen is quite handy for low angle shots and selecting focusing points. The control set is well thought with one exception: why can’t I assign any of the buttons to be AF-Lock when shooting C-AF?
– They’ve done another stupid design number with the strap lugs; they of course dig into your palm in true Olympus tradition. I can’t remember a single camera they’ve made without this issue.
– Battery life is outstanding. 600 shots and I was still showing full charge at the end of the night; the recharging time afterwards suggests that I used perhaps 1/3 of the capacity.
– I think I really want the grip to both balance out handling and add the vertical component. But it’s hugely expensive for what it is, and difficult to justify.
– Weather sealing was highly valued at times; the priests were blessing everybody with water sprayed from palm fronds!

I will do a full review at some point once I’ve had more of a chance to shoot with the camera, in the meantime, stay tuned. MT

POTD: Old and new

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Old wing, new wing. The Albertina Museum, Vienna. Leica M9-P, 28/2.8 ASPH

POTD: After the dinner party

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After The Dinner Party. Leica D-Lux 5. From a private dining event in Singapore where I recently held some food photography workshops.

A gentle reminder: don’t forget our fine art print offer!

POTD: Surreal portraiture

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Floating head. Olympus E-PM1 Pen Mini and kit lens.

Sometimes, the atmospheric conditions – early morning haze resulting in a vanishing horizon – and perfectly calm seas make for interesting photography; the kind where you don’t mind risking a camera in chest-deep water. MT

POTD: I’m working on it.

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The mother of all DSLR comparisons is coming soon. Give me until Sunday!

POTD: If you thought one watch was bad…

…try dealing with the reflections off two!

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Sarpaneva Korona K3 Northern Stars. Nikon D700, AFS 60/2.8 G Micro

Photographs involving multiple watches require extremely good lighting control, assuming you are not going to be compositing images (and sometimes, you have no choice). What looks great on one watch may not look so good on the other, and vice versa. You also need to be very, very careful with positioning your subject – not least because they may scratch each other! I use a small bit of tape or paper to act as a buffer, tucked neatly out of sight. MT

POTD: Lanterns

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Lanterns. Nikon D2H, 80-200/2.8 N

Last day teaching in Singapore. Returning home tonight to about 30GB of files…MT