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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “   3 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


This week, make two opposing elements come together (or clash in dissonance) in one photo



My submission for the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – is that of this photograph entitled  ” Of Older and Younger Generations “. This was one of the series of the Indigenous Tribe of the Vietnam Highlands during my Photographic Expedition to Vietnam last year.

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites - " Of Older and Younger Generations "

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Opposites – ” Of Older and Younger Generations “


There are so many ways to infuse photos with drama, from choosing an unusual angle to focusing on a strong, vibrant palette. One idea I often explore is contrast. No, not so much in the technical sense of shadows and highlights(important as they certainly are), but more fundamentally: I love the power of a single frame to bring together conflicting elements. Sometimes the result is harmonious, a peaceful coexistence of unnatural allies. Sometimes the tension remains unresolved.

Sometimes it’s a bit of both, like in this recent shot I took at a castle in the Bourgogne countryside, in east-central France.



These walls were originally built in the 16th century — but were covered in fresh, shimmering ivy. Together, the two elements made the entire structure all the more interesting (and, let’s admit it, more photogenic): heavy and light, hard and soft, smooth and textured, inanimate and organic.

In your photo this week, show how opposites can tell a story about people, places, or objects. The tension can reside inwhat you choose to show — old vs. new, big vs. small, dark vs. light — or in how you frame and design your shot. I look forward to seeing your entries!


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Photo 101 ~ Day Twelve : Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam   16 comments

Photo 101
Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome ~ The Thai Wat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Thai Wat

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City in monochrome. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually centralize the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town.

The Thai Wat

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.

This is another colour version of a Thai Wat or Buddhist Temple in Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City. I had the opportunity of taking the photograph but did not actually align the framing properly. We were given less than an hour to take photographs here as we were travelling quite a distance to another town. Hopefully, I shall get another chance in future to shoot this uniquely designed Thai Buddhist Temple slowly and not in a rush.

SP Lim

Photo 101

Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

From geometric patterns on skyscrapers to the ironwork on historical buildings, there are many opportunities to capture the beauty and complexity of architecture.

Consider this intricate, organic “doorway” of La Pedrera, a famous building by architect Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain:

Photo – not included

Perhaps there’s a grand spiral stairwell at your favorite museum. A stunning Art Deco movie theater in your town. Or a futuristic micro-house on your block. How will you interpret this theme?

Today’s Tip: As we explored yesterday, color is a powerful element in photography. But let’s not forget black and white, or monochrome, which can be very dramatic! Black, white, gray, and shades in between interact in the frame in dynamic ways.

When we talk about monochrome in photography, we’re referring to images developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

Train your eye to look for architectural elements that translate in black and white: sharp lines and patterns, defined shapes, large surface areas, and a mix of very light and very dark colors. Compare the color and monochrome versions of today’s shot:

WPC Monochrome

The lines, shapes, and surfaces within the frame come alive in both versions in different ways.

If you’ve never gone monochrome, many devices let you switch to black and white shooting mode right in the camera. Or, shoot in color and convert your images to black and white (or grayscale) after in Photoshop or a free image editor like PicMonkey, GIMP, or Pixlr.

Josh R. and the Team


Another Taoists’ Temple of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   Leave a comment

Another Taoists’ Temple of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
This was the second Taoist Temple we were shown in Ho Chi Minh City after landing at the airport. There was a change of plan of flying off to the Highlands by a dosmetic flight on this very day – 29 April, 2015. We shall stay the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

SP Lim

Random photographs from the Vietnam Photo Expedition   Leave a comment

Random photographs from the Vietnam Photo Expedition
After photo-shooting of a few thousands of photographs, I have to edit through these photos whether these are worthy of sharing on the internet. First, I had to sort through the itinerary of my trip to Vietnam. However, as I was only given and seen an itinerary in Mandarin without any English translation, it is rather difficult for me, as completely educated in English only, even to get the names of the towns/cities we visited. Anyway I kept the addresses of the hotels we stayed in and thus giving us the names of the place for further reference.
Day 1 – Ho Chi Minh City – shooting of old Taoist Temples as original plan to take the dosmetic flight is postponed,
Day 2 – Bus trip out of the city with stop-over at Fruits Stall and later the Thai Buddhist Temple and Noodle-making Shop,
Day 3 – Fishing village and photo-shoot of the fisherman repairing the net
Day 4 – At the sand dune doubling as desert-like scene, Fishing Village, Coracle going out to sea,
Day 5 – Dosmetic flight to another town to shoot the hill tribes, children bathing in the stream, San Bao Living Human Heritage
Day 6 – Shooting at Tribal Village before flight back to Ho Chi Minh City
Day 7 – Final day with shooting at Noodles drying village before boarding flight back to KL and Penang.
I better put these down in writing before I forget.
Apart from the official photo-shooting, I also photographed the motor-cyclists, traders, shops, daily lives of the residents as I do some blogging. I also managed to capture a few dogs and a cat as an animal lover and to dispell rumours that all Vietnamese consume dogs. I managed also to take a few photos of the cemetery, places of religion like Churches and Temple, fruit farms like that of the Dragon Fruit and wet market.
I shall go through these photos and post these for the next few months.

SP Lim

Embarking on the PSP’s Photo Expedition to Vietnam   Leave a comment

Embarking on the Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Expedition to Vietnam
Waking up early to be on time for the early dawn flight was always an anxious moment for me. Any way I slept well and awake at 4.00 am as we needed to be at the Penang International Airport at 5.00 am. I arrives on the dot and we waited for the rest of 10 members (including me) to turn up. We had a few anxious moments as our President did not turn up by 6.00 am. He came finally in time for our check-in for the dosmetic flight to Kuala Lumpur. We saw our PSP Yeap who was on his way to Kuala Lumpur too on a different flight. We boarded the flight to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on transit and was on board the flight to Ho Chi Minh City soon enough. Arriving at Saigon, an earlier name of Ho Chi Minh City, was smooth and was met by a member of Vietnam Photographic Society who shall also double as out tourist guide. The 29th April, 2015 date was the eve of the 40th Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s takeover of South Vietnam and the City was decorated with many Vietnamese flags and big billboards. We are taken for lunch and later to two older Taoist Temples in Ho Chi Minh City for a brief photo shoot. We are then taken to Bat Dat Hotel where we shall stay for the night. However, we were warned NOT to take our DSLR cameras at night while we go sight-seeing by ourselves on the streets as these cameras could be snatched away from us by the tour guide. This was also a timely reminder from my friend Bertrand Linet whose camera was snatched away from him outside a wet market in Ho Chi Minh City. He lost the other DSLR camera in different circumstances also in Vietnam – “swallowed” by a shark!

SP Lim

I am back   Leave a comment

I had just completed the Vietnam’s Photo Expedition of Photographic Society of Penang – we travelled many hours and kilometres to unknown territories in and around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to photo-shoot within previous minutes … it is no holiday. I wanted to put this notice a week ago but my internet was acting up as usual so here goes …
” As I shall be away from my computer till 06/05/2015, I wish Happy Birthday to All of You celebrating their Birthdays during this period.
A Happy Labour Day to all my employed friends and relatives and also a Happy Wesak Day to all Buddhists. ”

SP Lim

From Wikipedia:-
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh; About this sound listen), formerly named Saigon (Vietnamese: Sài Gòn; About this sound listen), is the largest city in Vietnam. It was once known as Prey Nokor, an important Khmer sea port prior to annexation by the Vietnamese in the 17th century. Under the name Saigon, it was the capital of the French colony of Cochinchina and later of the independent republic of South Vietnam 1955–75. On 2 July 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Định Province and was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Hồ Chí Minh (although the name Sài Gòn is still unofficially widely used).

The metropolitan area, which consists of the Ho Chi Minh City metropolitan area, Thủ Dầu Một, Dĩ An, Biên Hòa and surrounding towns, is populated by more than 9 million people,[nb 1] making it the most populous metropolitan area[3] in Vietnam. The city’s population is expected to grow to 13.9 million in 2025.

The Ho Chi Minh City Metropolitan Area, a metropolitan area covering most parts of the Southeast region plus Tiền Giang Province and Long An Province under planning, will have an area of 30,000 square kilometres (12,000 sq mi) with a population of 20 million inhabitants by 2020.[5] According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Economist Intelligence Unit and ECA International, Ho Chi Minh City is ranked 132 on the list of world’s most expensive cities for expatriate employees.

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Vietnam PSP

PSP -VIETNAM : A Photography Club to Club Exchange Visit 2015
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