lifestyle & documentary photographer

All you need is less – Part 2


There are few things that we want to share in this 2nd installment. Well, there was a query from our FB friend, Ameerul Ashraf, on what lenses did we use. Thanks for asking Ameerul. Let me tell you that we traveled light with our kits (as if we have a lot of equipment. Duhhh!). What we have are 2 bodies and only 3 lenses, 50mm, 24-70mm and 85mm. Min traveled with 50 and I’m with 24-70.

What we want to point out here is that use what you have (I think I have said this hundreds of time), even a single focal length (prime lens) would do just fine. The only thing is that you need to be comfortable with it. Comfortable with the focal length. How do you get comfortable? Shoot, shoot and shoot. Once you have spend enough time with it, then it should not be a problem anymore. By time you would already know how to compose your shots.

The arrival

Mending his boat

Some might say that the 24-70 is neither wide nor long enough. But to me, I have grown accustomed to its focal length and I’m comfortable with it. Worry less about equipment, lenses, bodies or accessories. Make do with what you have. Don’t spend too much and waste time thinking what’s the next lens to buy. Invest in creating photos. To me, in this case a landscape photo should not always be silky smooth water flowing down the river, sunset view shot with ND filters, LEE filters and whatsoever or HDR composite photos (which have been overly misused/overcooked). I would say that different people have different perspective. To me it is not totally about technical greatness but it is the soul of the photo that we want to portray. That is more important. Why burden yourself with too much technical. But yes, technical are there to help you. You have to ask yourself, do you want a technically perfect photo or a less than perfect photo but with soul?

There were so much photo opportunities here in Mabul or anywhere else for the matter of fact (if you look around). All you need to do is open your eyes, visualize what you want. Look what is around you and anticipate what will happen. The stories are all there ready to be documented. And remember, don’t kill yourself for not getting those heart-shaped bokeh!

“I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.”- Yohji Yamamoto.


Nothing is left to waste

Path to the other side

Local hawker selling burger kobis (i think so)


See / lihat

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