Instagram: Happy New Year – 2016

Happy New Year. I trust that you had good holidays, catching up with family and friends, filling up with a feast with lots to drink… It is a time of renewed resolution, and I think it is appropriate for me to start by posting an article on this long-neglected blog of mine. If you have been following my Facebook page, you know I have not stopped photographing at all. I have yet to resume my service as photographer for families, couples and businesses, but when the time is right, that will come back as well. For this blog, for now, changing the style a bit, let me pull together some of my favourite instagram posts from the last half year, to look back what’s been happening with my photography life. Continue reading Instagram: Happy New Year – 2016


Season’s greeting

Sunrise Thursday 11 October 2012

Thank you for your support throughout the year of 2012. Your Like’s, comments, emails and encouragements have helped me progress in my art and business of photography.

With only one more corporate profile photo shoot session and one or two more evenings of street shooting, I’ll wrap up this year’s work.

My trusted partner will be brought back to Mr Fukuda at Higasa Camera Services, Canon authorised repair/service specialist in Osaka who have been my home doctor, for some proper professional TLC – clean up, check up optical accuracies and tune up the metering back towards my liking. Hopefully it will come back in a happier form and help me capture great smile of yours in 2013.

I wish you all a safe, warm and happy holiday season. As the book title goes – Eat, Pray, Love. Allow yourself to be extremely happy in life. This is the final, not qualify – we live the present, not tomorrow. See you in 2013. 🙂


Season’s Greetings

Christmas shopping

Well, it has been another year. It has been a year of changes, as I promised myself to make it, and I am happy with where I am in my life. Sure, there are things that still need some work, like how I bring up the courage to say hello to some lovely girl when I meet one…

Anyhow, one thing at a time, I guess! I changed certain aspect of my life in 2011 that I am pretty comfortable with, and just in time before the end of the year, I’m feeling I got my health under check.

And this and next year will also be time to reunite with some old friends. I am looking forward to meeting some old friends soon, after so long that we just didn’t get to catch up for.

My photography is in a very good place. I am happy with the works I produce on the street, out of my window towards the horizon, and a few events and weddings that I was called in to shoot at. In 2012 I plan to stretch myself again, and see if I can take another step up, see if I can be happier with what I can do with my art.


How was your year of 2011? We’ve got less than 2 weeks of it left. Do sit back, relax and think it over. Did you achieve things you listed in your new year’s resolution? Have you been humble and honest to yourself? Did you love and be loved? Did you live your life without making excuses?

Whatever your answer to those questions may be, I do hope you are healthy, happy and smiling.

May this be another nice holiday season for you, and all the best wishes for another great year to come. I will hit the street shooting again starting in late January. I may be at the next wedding you go to. Or maybe we can catch up over dinner someplace. Wherever it may be, please do say hello. I’d love to speak to you, hear how you’re going.

CNY in Melbourne’s Chinatown

Today the city hosted a big Chinese New Year celebration. Melbourne is no exception among the city of immigrants in the world that it has a large population of Chinese origin. There is a block downtown that is Chinatown, although there are more genuine Chinese restaurants in areas such as BoxHill and Footscray where the people actually live, shop and eat. While I was in the city for the morning already, I walked across the CBD to Chinatown to check out the action.

Parents have their child up on their shoulder, tourists with cameras. A girl in red is excited she managed to touch the passing dragon – that will bring her and her family luck and prosperity for the year. I’d put a 85mm telefoto on my 7D and looked for the expression on people’s faces.

I turned into a laneway and noticed this gentleman waiting with the offering on a chair in front. We started to have a chat and I bent down low on the side of the entrance to position myself for the dance. Switching back to the zoom lens, I also was about to reach for my speedlite in bag when I realised that the battery for the flash was in the camera bag in the car. Oh well, so much for carrying a gear you can’t use! Fortunately, though, my camera has a built-in flash, and it is strong enough to do things in a close range! It was not the ideal set of gear for the kind of situation, but then again, when does a photographer ever have the perfect gear for the job? You always make do with what you’ve got, and know the gear well enough to make the best of it.

I looked up and down the narrow laneway and there was nobody else shooting at this close range. Everyone was at either end of the closed-off area. I guess they did not think they needed to move me out of there as I was waiting with the gentleman here. In another location later, though, they were more careful in ensuring everyone is at least 5 metres away from the fire crackers, and yet I still was showered with blown paper shells as I bent down low to photograph hundreds of fire crackers go off in seconds. Next time I think I’ll have the ear plugs ready 🙂

It was not a very hot day today, but it must be exhausting to jump around in front of every shop on the street like they do.

It is pretty funny to see people walking in and out of the local supermarket as if it was just another ordinary day while the Lion is dancing at its entrance, people circling it at 5 metre radius behind the crew’s bars. Still, once the fire crackers are set alight, there wasn’t any shopper taking chances in the danger zone!

Pieces of paper, dust, smoke and burnt gunpowder (if there is any such thing) in my eye and hair, and snowing over my equipment, I stepped away. Yep, seen enough for the year, and there is just way too much fire crackers, not so much for the noise that echos against concrete buildings around but the smoke it generates. Maybe next year I’ll check it out in Footscray or smaller chinese community somewhere. If you went to celebrate Chinese New Year, where did you go?

Happy New Year of Rabbit

A woman and a rabbit

It has been 4 weeks since the opening of ‘our’ new year, as both Japan (where I was at the time) and Australia uses new year as defined on Gregorian calendar. But for a large population of our brothers and sisters especially in Chinese community and some small parts of Japan, this is the new year, today. So happy new year, and welcome to the year of rabbit. Let’s hop forward and make a positive progress! (Shame they don’t have a year of roos, they’d really hop way ahead!)

As some of you know, I am already back in Melbourne and just surviving the heat patches, but this blog is still playing a catch up on the backlog of my images from January. So stay tuned, and watch out for more photos from my visually inspiring winter still to come.

In the mean time… here are some of my photos from the first week back down under. Enjoy, and be sure to drop me a comment, here, Twitter, Facebook page, Flickr, RedBubble, email, any way you like, but I LOVE to hear from you!

C'mon mate, it's your turn. Out of the hole!
Cool inside NGV even on a 40-degree summer day
Collins Street
Australia Day on the Block
"Let's go! Laputa's inside that cloud!!"
night ascends
the show
fading light
between the heaven and the earth

Thank you for your continuing support for 2011. I look forward to photographing you and your friends, sharing my visual inspirations and just catch up and have a good laugh. See you ’round!

Fire fighter’s new year ceremony – Tatsuno, Japan

Sorry, I got it mixed up! I meant to post this on the travel blog but put it here by mistake. I’ve moved it, so now you’ll find it over there. For now, my English content with specific travel destination, I put it on the travel blog, while anything purely on photography it’d come here, though that boundary is often unclear even for me. I will work it out in time. Thank you for your patience and enjoy the post at:

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