2014: A year in review

Wow! It has been a really fast year – Rough but fast like water rafting. Where do I start? Well, I won’t have much to cover as I made only a few blog entries.

January to April

I spent January essentially just planning for my month long trip to Vietnam and I have yet to post the blog entries about those (note to self: Make it a new years resolution.)

I did do an informal review for Kodak Proimage 100 I had used for the Still life exhibition over at the printroom KL recently had just a major update! So check out the website!

But I didn’t have to go back to Labuan for Chinese new year because of a medical situation – THANK GOD! Well not really – I still had to go back after CNY for a short visit.

After that I went off to Vietnam in Feb and came back in March – had a great time and made some friends along the way! And finished off a project I had thought not possible to complete when I left my old job.

But once I came back, it was return to the Ratrace once more when I started my new job.

May to August

Did nothing out of the ordinary, and so worked on my blog entry backlogs such as the tips, and gear review.

It was basically just that until Sept.

September to December

Between September and October, I left that job because I just didn’t fit in with the position. It would be my second attempt at trying my hand at the telecommunication industry and failing. Still I quickly found another job oddly more suited to my field.

Meanwhile I read about the demise of more slide film, prompting me to write this article about my time with slide

After I joined this new company, I was quickly sent off to Manila for training and barely after a week I came back, I was sent off to Jakarta for a month. It was a very tiring, but I have to say the project manager was on site with us and did a fantastic job of handling the client and managing the project timeline – it should also be noted, the project manager has many years of technical knowledge and not just some idiot who studied business in high school unlike that previous company.

While there, I had some battery problems with my FM3a which prompted this article about battery life.

My assignment ended in December and returning to KL, the assignments and work slowed down due to the end of the year. Decided to take some time off (Amazingly I had leave since I had just joined) and attended Comic Fiesta 2014 with Fuminari!

With that done, it comes as no surprise that 2014 is almost over, it was a fast and tiring one. Many things went wrong but some lead to better things and hopefully to greater things next year. I learned more about what I can do and what limits I need to overcome still.

2014, you have indeed been a painful year, but like a drill sergeant, you did it to make us tougher for the next one.

Good bye 2014, tell your other siblings I miss them, I’ll send your love to 2015! ^_^

PS: yeah this article was made in a hurry –  I should definitely spend more time writing articles in advance so I can really tarp them up before posting.

Cameras and battery life

One morning, I was out shooting with my Nikon fm3a, set to Aperture priority mode with a fast lens, on the first shot, the mirror went up, the shutter opened and stayed like that. Even when I knew from experience there was enough light to warrant a fast shutter time (at least 1/125).

This was troubling, but I quickly turned the knob on the shutter speed from ‘A’ to one of the fixed shutter speed and sure enough, the shutter and mirror closed normally. Upon setting it back to ‘A’ mode again and taking another photo, the camera performed as normal with no further incident

Over the next few days, this would happen on every first shot. I decided to investigate the problem.

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Last roll — Remembering the first and last one.

A beautiful symphony of red could be seen — signally the arrival of autumn and with it, all its glory. I felt the sun’s ray cast it warm glow, it felt wonderful even as the cold wind blew against my face. Its warmth filling my heart with such joy. The sky was finally clear after 2 days of gloomy weather — Today was special.

It was November in Kyoto, Japan.

It was special for other reasons too, not only was it the first break in poor weather, today would be the end of a story of mine. One that started many years ago, with pains and anguished but ultimately rewarded with joy and satisfaction. Tried as I may, there would be nothing stopping  today — both good and bad.

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Gear Review: Nikkor AF-S ED 70-300mm VR

The Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-S

Not too long ago I owned a Sigma HSM 70-200mm f/2.8, it was fast, silent and light considering the level of quality though now there are cheaper lenses with comparable features.

But even with all of that it was a burden to carry around, heavy on the shoulders and terrible on my back. After many years of use I just couldn’t bare the burden anymore and decided it was time for a change. I sold the lens and use the proceeds to buy its smaller brother while pocketing the difference for a rainy day.

Here is my review of this lens and what I think of it so far.

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Tips to visiting Nairobi, Kenya.

I know this article is rather late and perhaps even outdated considering the situation in Kenya but keep in mind the hotspots at the moment are in the coastal towns and villages of Kenya. That being said, Nairobi can still be a scary place even in peaceful times especially when one is not familiar with the tricks and ways of the city.

I’m not sure how many of you may actually want to visit Kenya or Africa, unless it’s solely for a Safari in which case all bets are off, but I do know when I first got the assignment I was terribly scared unlike my co-worker. Though now when I think back, I am glad I did go as it showed me a greater world than I ever knew. Plus it offered some terrific photographic opportunities and helped to enlighten on what I should really focus on in life.

So let’s begin, the real point of today’s article a simple let helpful list of “tips”  while in Nairobi, Kenya.

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