Game Stalls Fun

Merry Go Round (Flying Horses), A Classic Ride And Attraction In Any Fun Park

The Euro Fun Park comes to town every year around October time frame at the Stadium Shah Alam car parking area. For a month, its colourful brightly lit ferris wheel and searchlight continuously searching the night sky signals its presence and attract visitors. As a traveling fun park, it’s not an extensive set-up; nevertheless, it still features quite a number of interesting fun rides and game stalls; something for everyone, for an evening of amusement and fun. On my way to the games stalls, this guy beckoned me for a frightening nightmare at his abode … sorry, not tonight, bro, I have a weak heart.

Over at the bingo game stall, a tense moment as the winning numbers were announced, ‘Be Happy’, Bingo …

Be Happy, Play Bingo

It’s not just the product, but how you sell it, this guy was certainly doing a great sales job over at the Neptune Darby, pulling in the crowd …

Come One, Come All, Join Me For A Game Of Neptune Darby

And in comparison with this friendly but less sales oriented guy, the difference is apparent …

Skill, luck and patience is a virtue, when you are fishing for the grand prize Doraemon …

Fishing For Doraemon

All  eyes on where the loop is going to land for a Mickey or Minnie …

Loop A Bottle And Win A Mickey Or A Minnie For The Loved One

The sharpshooter … the stance and handling tells it all, guess how many plush toys he walked away with that night 🙂

The Sharpshooter

Love, your giant teddy bear is on iiiiiiiiits way …

I Can Almost Hear The Cans Crashing

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 35mm 1.4 & XF 23mm 1.4


IPA 2017 Honorable Mention

The annual IPA photography contest is something which I look forward to annually to submit some of my work for the year which I personally like, to ascertain if they can hold their own within a field of international entries from other capable and talented photographers around the world. For IPA 2017, I submitted less entries than previous two years as I have been shooting less through the year due to work commitments. It is also the first time I had a go at the ‘series’ category and am happy to receive an honorable mention for it. I am pleased with the outcome and to share it with you here on my ongoing photography journey.

Under the ‘Event/Traditions & Cultures’ category – ‘A Final Prayer To Goddess Durga’

In Hinduism, Goddess Durga is the mother of the universe, the power behind the creation, preservation and destruction of the world. The protector from the evils of the world, Goddess Durga is portrayed as carrying weapons in her many arms and riding a lion. Durga Puja is a celebration of the Mother Goddess victory of good over evil, one of the most important festivals of India. The nine day celebrations include rituals to ward one of impurities, vices and defects, adoring Goddess Durga as the giver of spiritual wealth and the goddess of wisdom. Devotees offer a final prayer in earnest to Goddess Durga on the last day of the celebrations to bestow on them spirituality, wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, strength, knowledge, etc. before she returns back to the heavens. Apart from being a religious festival, it is also an occasion for reunion and rejuvenation among family and friends.

The set was shot in October 2016 on the last day of the Durga Puja in Mumbai. I remember that night well at Juhu Beach, it was packed and bustling with activities as devotees/celebrants went about their prayers, amid a spiritual and divine calmness, and colourful vibrant atmosphere. I have not seen anything like it before and every moment was new and an experience indeed! Some were curious and happy to see me there taking an interest in the proceedings and photographing, some made me feel welcome, we chatted, got acquainted, and I even got to try some of the ceremonial food they offered for good luck. There were requests for some photos, which I was only happy to reciprocate and sent them later. All in, I was there for a good 5-6 hours and took quite a number of photos; out of these, I picked the above five for my entry which I feel captures the essence and emotion of how families, relatives, friends and communities from near and far come together to offer their final prayer to goddess Durga Puja in different settings and scale, all with a common purpose and pure adoration for their mother goddess. Hope you like the photos … they were taken as is, handheld, none were posed.

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 35mm & XF 23mm

This year, The International Photography Awards received 14267 of submissions from over 165 countries.

About the International Photography Awards
The International Photography Awards conducts an annual competition for professional, non-professional, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today. Each year, the International Photography Awards (IPA) invites passionate photographers, to compete for the title of Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A board of esteemed professionals in the field juries the competition: curators, photo editors, gallery owners, art directors, and other luminaries from the international photography community. The awards includes a Lucie Statue and cash prizes totaling over $20,000, exhibition and publication opportunities.

About the Lucie Awards
The Lucie Awards is the annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. Each year, the Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories who will be honored during the Lucie Awards ceremony. Once the nominations have been received, the votes are tallied and an honoree in each category is identified. The honorees are pre-announced months before the Lucie Awards. The Lucie Awards are a signature program of Lucie Foundation.





To X-E3 Or Not To X-E3

My Black X-E2 Paired With The XF 35mm 1.4 Lens. Wonderful Combo, Splendid Photos.

To X-E3 or not to X-E3, that is the question for me ponder on in coming weeks with Fujifilm’s announcement of the new X-E3 on 7th. September. Unlike Hamlet’s dire predicament to contemplate either death or avenge his father’s murder, mine is trivial in comparison 😉 … The X-E2 has been a great little camera to me in all aspects, I have taken a lot of photos and got pretty well acquainted with it over the years, and with every firmware update until the present V4.01, it just got better and better, supporting additional features and functions which I longed to have in the camera. I couldn’t be happier with it; so happy, it compelled me to purchase a second unit to replace the X-E1 (which I am still keeping, the sentimentalist in me) as they were on clearance offer when the X-E2S came out.

I tend to do quite a bit of low light photography, and have looked forward to an improved X-E2 with better hardware which incorporates a wider dynamic range sensor with improved high ISO performance, faster and accurate AF and an improved and larger EVF, as found in the current higher end Fujifilm cameras. In low light photography, a wider dynamic range sensor with improved high ISO performance allows more latitude in capturing light levels at both extremes with lower noise and where action sequence is involved, a fast and accurate AF in low light can help to either make or miss a shot at the crucial moments, where no second chance or retakes is possible. When rumours started circulating and building up the past months in Fujifilm forums X-E3 is coming, I was delighted with the news and hoped it will be the X-E3 I want it to be. I was looking forward to the X-E2 being transformed to a higher end performance camera with the X-E3.

Therefore, generally, I am pretty pleased with the announced X-E3 features like the 24.3-megapixel X-Trans III sensor and the X-Processor Pro image processing engine which puts the X-E series on par with its higher end X-T series brethren in terms of dynamic range, lower noise levels, image resolution and processing. However, the D-Pad functions replaced by the touchscreen instinctively has me asking if it would work well ergonomically for me as I am a left eye shooter; and the smaller sized (0.39-in) EVF compared to the one found on the X-E2 (0.5-in), although of similar resolution, is a surprise and concern for me in terms of visibility, aspects which I will be mindful of and to test. Another important point to establish is if it works with 3rd. party wireless HSS/TTL set-ups (Godox/Cactus systems), something which I am keen to get into, which the X-E2 unfortunately does not support.

Look forward to testing the X-E3 when it is announced and available in Malaysia, likely end of the month or early October. And if I do decide to own one, then I am likely to put one X-E2 up for sale (most likely the silver unit) or trade it in as I can’t be owning them all.  Keeping it is one thing but not using it frequent enough does no good to the camera’s built, electronics and optics, especially in the high humidity tropics; moreover, the sale will help fund the X-E3 purchase, making it easier on my pocket as Fujifilm gear is getting more costly over the years. I have had so much fun taking photos with it, to part with it will be a ‘sad’ occasion if and when it happens 😦 .  Let’s see, time will tell …

Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200 mm