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2017 Week 27: Creating Art From The Ordinary

2017 Still Life: Shining LampUnusual Light
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I once heard an interesting concept about food and cooking: Truly great chefs are not those who create unique fine-dining cuisines with expensive and rare ingredients that are only accessible by the rich. Instead, the really great chefs are those who can make normal everyday dishes taste fantastic and rise above its peers. The reason is because it is easy to make something unique look and taste good. But making the ordinary taste amazing? – That’s the true mark of a superior craftsman. In other words, that chef in his fancy restaurant whipping up hundred-dollar fine-dinging dishes is an inferior cook to that guy in a corner store making fantastic burgers that can draw long queues of waiting, salivating customers day-after-day.

Indeed, the same idea might apply to the art of photography. Anyone can make an interesting subject, well, look interesting. 😉 But making the ordinary look interesting? Now that’s the real challenge! Continue reading

2017 Week 24 Gallery: Good Street Photography Is Hard

Singapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A HotelSingapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A Hotel

The original title of this essay was “Street Photography Is Hard”. After a bit of thinking, I had to append “Good” to the beginning of the title. After all, it has been several weeks since I posted any street photography related content. That is because it was so difficult to find street photographs I took which I feel is decent enough to share. Continue reading

Seoul 2016: City Hall Green Wall

The City Hall is quite an interesting building, and this green wall is especially imposing. Now it isn’t the kind of place to end up on anyone’s travel plans, but is a relatively interesting building to drop by for maybe an hour if you have the time.

Seoul 2016: City Hall Interior And Green WallSeoul 2016: City Hall Green Wall
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 720

This is probably my last post on Seoul. It took me 4 months to curate and process through all the images I took in April! That’s an advantage of having a full-time job I guess. 🙂 Maybe I’ll find the opportunity to travel again at the end of the year. Next stops: Just a little bit of Tokyo from a very short business trip, then it’s back to Singapore. – WY

Photo Album Week 20: Myeongdong Selfie And Cafe

In which we look at Selfies in Myeongdong and a moment in a café.

Streets Of Myeong-Dong 2016: The Green Wall And Couple SelfieStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: Couple Selfie With The Green Wall
Nikon D610, 35mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 640

There are many skin-care shops in Myeongdong. This attractive wall of greenery is of course the facade for one such store. An unexpectedly popular attraction for photographs and selfies.

Streets Of Myeongdong 2016: Inside A Cafe Looking Out To The Flashy StreetStreets Of Myeongdong 2016: Time Inside A Café
Nikon D610, 60mm, f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO 100

Coffee culture is very strong in Seoul. Or perhaps “cafe culture” is a more accurate description. 😉 There is no lack of atmospheric cafes and dessert shops for people to lounge in, drink stuff, munch stuff, do stuff, and look cool doing all that. In the streets of Myeongdong, such cafes abound everywhere. Hippies rejoice!

More to come – WY