Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Of Being A Photographer

Looking back into time, it has been almost 3 years since I have been into this photography field.

And today is the day when I bought my first camera 3 years back. Just a simple point-and-shoot camera by BenQ. Nothing really great about it, just a sleek design and great pixels, dot-per-frame count. The experience I had with the camera was very little, since it was stolen not nearly three months after i purchased it.

Then I moved on and bought myself a decent point-and-shoot Panasonic Lumix FX-10. The sensor was rubbish of course, but one thing I like about Lumix was and still its Leica-made Vario-Elmarit lense. Better picture with great color and sharpness. I fell in love with it straight away.

From then on, I got serious with photography. I learned the fundamental rules, the techniques, the skills, and other relative knowledge about photography. I started to make friends with other photographers and changed relationship fast. In less than a year, I could say that I was practically savvy about my camera and its capability.

A year plus went on and I decided to replace my FX-10 with another Lumix, but from a prosumer-class camera. I bought myself an FZ-18 by selling off my beloved FX-10. Cost me around RM1500 but the happiness I got was priceless. Now that I have quite a reliable camera, I started shooting around, producing endless of priceless captures over the years.

It took a while for me to get along with other hardcore photographers especially those with great equipments but I had to overcome the inferiority. After so much hardships and too many bitter moments to even be told, I am now here, acknowledged by relatively larger group of people who appreciate my photography works, and the number of these fans increases slowly but constantly year to year.

I do thank you all for being with me all this while. I will work harder to bring you more images that will make your day, because nothing is more rewarding than to make someone's day using whichever talents that one has in order to make the world a better place.

To those of you who want to tag along, I do not mind to teach you about photography. As long as you do have the patience that it takes, I am always here to guide you. Who knows, one day you could be better photographers too.

During UTP Photomafias Meeting 2009


Obefiend Weiland said...

if i can be honest with yya i hate "photographers". most of these new breed of photogs are no more than "photoshoppers". this makes me wonder. if you spend 3 hours editing your pictar why bother buying that new Sony Alpha or D400. i can use my Panasonic Fe150 Micro compact to come up with the same effect as you did. i am an ace when it comes to editing.

too many wannabees now in photog land. i hope you didnt fall into this "in it to be cool and hip" group because trust me cool fads will only last for a few years

anothet thing i hate about photogs is the GEARCENTRISM. i know you experience this yourself. just because some douche have better lense and gear does not mean he is a god. i mean i drive a Volvo.. a beige one even and i know i am a better driver than a 18 year old kid in a Modena.

i cant mix with photogheads. i find the whole photog movement as very fake. plus photohgraphy is art. therefor the enterpetation on what is "cantik" or "lawa" is really very subjective. i personally find alot of pics posted on flicker as third rate at best especially those lame ass LIGHT PAINTING shit. LOMOGRAPHERS are the worse in the photoghead species. they are like the vespa riding , 60's looking and indie listening retards that we have now.

note to lomographers. just because your film is more expensive and have really shitty colour reproduction does not mean your photos is ART. far from it! i find it revolting


out of me chest. now i can go wank

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

ha ha ha. man you're blogging in me spot ye olde man! but yeah all of em are true anyway. tripping photogs who care less about the conceptual ideas but the self proclaim starlight.

W. Suhailaliza W. M. H. said...

whoa! you have another blog in your blog!

well, to be honest, i love photoes. and i love photgraphers. i'd love to have my walls full of photoes. or pictures! ART. art is subjective. so subjective that it is solely depends on the eyes of the beholders. each photo that's captured has its own value. or i would say, more to one's satisfaction. yes, i think satisfaction is the key word. it is not about comparing whose photoes are the best. it is about our own satisfaction. something that is so infinity and nobody can't answer it but our feelings. of course, i have less or nothing close to all these photographers world and knowledge and what not as i've never been serious about being one even tho i love it oh so much. but to you, Sparrow, keep up the good work! and reach you satisfaction or i dun wanna say that other word..

btw, Obefien, you sounded so annoyed. i wonder why?

Obefiend Weiland said...

i sound annoyed because it is part of my online persona

deep down inside im purty ZEN

cleo weiland said...

Ahahah. The poor child thinks Obefiend is annoyed.


You clearly do not know The Obefiend do you, dear?

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

ey yo. cool oi, cool.

W. Suhailaliza W. M. H. said...

no, i don't.

but i think he's COOL! :))