In a new light

And so the time came that I wanted to invest (finally) in a pretty steep and interesting gadget. A few weeks ago, and just right before my birthday, I came across the Fujifilm X-Series cameras that apparently merges “traditional styling with cutting edge innovative technology.” Love how that sounds. But more than anything, it is the look and the physical design of the Fuji mirrorless camera range that got me—it’s chic, unique and relatively retro. And to be honest, I did not want to get a DSLR camera. Regardless of its prominent high-quality features and what not, it’s just too conventional, too conforming for me. georgina

Of course, I needed to spend some time researching; going to company websites and blogs; reading product reviews and related articles in order to make sure that it’s worth the spending. But hey, this post isn’t going to be a review. I’m not very knowledgeable of the ideals and standards in the photography spectrum. I just wanted a dang good camera that would please me and my love for taking and editing snapshots. I also did not want the frills of sophisticated professional photography–basically, the fuzzy stuff. I just want my camera to be modern and user-friendly; and all photos HD enough to be adored.

I was fortunate to get a very good deal online, and managed to purchase a Black Fujifilm X-M1 mirrorless camera, which was just fit for my current budget. What’s ridiculous is that I’ve always wanted a silver one, but I initially thought that only the black was available in the store I got it from. To my surprise, I found out that silver was also in store and would actually cost a few dollars more; but this was after my package arrived. Bonkers! And truth be told, processing an exchange and/or refund is just never fun and convenient. So, what the heck. I’m keeping the black.

So far, so good. Loving the captured photos. Now, I am spending some time trying to learn the features of my X-M1. To date, I’ve successfully transferred my first few shots wirelessly from the camera to my iPhone through the related app, which just blew me away honestly!

And so, I thought I’d share my first few attempts with you. They’re just random snapshots; don’t expect too much. Colours have been slightly enhanced through helpful filters. Also, check out my gorgeous model, my very fine subject. He’s beautiful. Such a natural.

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Some photos from the Graduation

So I thought I’d share a glimpse of my “Graduation-Photo-Album-2014.” I refused to book an actual photo session simply because it costs way too much! And a Nikon 32-whatever-the-digits-are camera would be enough to capture such a momentous event. (But then I don’t get to have the traditional graduation photo at all. But who cares? I got amazing shots on our Nikon 32-so-on-so-forth camera anyway). By the way, they are all in black in white, just because. So, there you go.

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The feeling you get when your name is finally called, plus, the relief that comes with it knowing that there’s about 500 of you on the list!

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Some of my amazing colleagues present in the graduation. So honoured to have worked with them for three years.

 

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Well, I guess that signifies freedom and success?

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Been dreaming to have this photo!

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Dr Bruce Crossman. Our Bruce. He’s an amazing musician, composer, music critic, and the list goes on. It is such an honour to have attended all his lectures and workshops, and to have some of my works handpicked by him to be used in student showcase.

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Dr Brendan Smyly. This man is an integral part of this course, and my personal learning. I can’t articulate how much impact he has on me and on a lot of us actually. Very intelligent, formidable, and he epitomises the genuinely ‘cool’ teacher. So honoured to have been taught by him in the course.

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Proud and supportive parents. I really dedicate this achievement to my family, especially to my Mother who busted her aff so I can actually study in my first two years of university. Long story.

 

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The classic throwing of the hat. It was not done in the formal program so I thought I’d put it in my ‘creative photography’ repertoire.

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Well, you’ve seen this photo. My attempt to do a high art whatever. One of my favourite shots.

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My awesome sister who was our official photographer for the day. She has been really efficient to the point that she has left some of her stuff unattended out of excitement and selfless duty.

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