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  • Ryan Kong – An Accidental Photographer

    A Banker by profession, a Photographer by chance. This is how best to describe myself, when I was introduced to the world of photography, and by chance. To cut the story short, I was introduced to my first DSLR, a Nikon, and it comes in the form of the semi-pro D90, by my work colleagues, who themselves are keen photographers. One thing led to another, the next thing I knew, I bought a "pro" body, full frame D700. And the adventure just started rolling on and on....

    This is my sharing of what I see from the viewfinder, and what I do to ensure those who "hired" me, happy. A mixture of both personal work and professional work. You are welcome to leave your thoughts (good n bad ones) & share your views. LIKE it if you really do. Stay tune..

Travelogue : Yanagawa, Fukushima Prefecture (April 2015)

YANAGAWA – SMALL TOWN, BIG HEART

It’s good to be back blogging, and sharing my experience from my little travelling.  I have decided to do a “sabbatical” from my wedding photography this year. Want to refocus back my thoughts on photography, especially travel.  I will miss the fun of being with happy couples on their big day, but I will also know that being the thrill of rediscovering the passion of taking pictures, natural pictures.

I have a strong attachment for Japan.  I like their culture, their people, their mentality and their discipline.  I have always told my friends that I would prefer to travel to Japan more than to travel to Europe (Asians have strong attachment to Europe, for some reason).  I always think Japanese culture is one-of-its-kind, and you can’t find that anywhere in the world. They are so unique. Their love for their country and their own people is amazing, and to them, it is always “Nihongo First” i.e. Japan First.  The Japanese spirit were clearly demonstrated in the 2011 tsunami near Fukushima Prefecture.  This devastating natural disaster has united the whole Japan and the world can witnessed the Japanese spirit of helping each other during disaster.

I visited Fukushima recently, in April this year.  I spent 7 days in Yanagawa, of their small town inside Fukushima prefecture.  Yanagawa is an interesting little town, surrounded by mountains.  Main economic activity is agriculture, and you can see practically everyone has small plots of “rice fields”, outside their home !  Staying in Yanagawa, you will feel refreshed, and you will feel rejuvenated.  You will rediscover the spirit of community, where everyone knows everyone, where streets are safe even at night, where it is, according to the locals here, “no-crime”.  My 7 days in Yanagawa has brought me fresh spirit and I felt renewed in optimism that life can be simple and life can be fulfilling without having the need to chase for materials such as those in the big cities.  I will be back again next year, hopefully can speak better Japanese, so that I can communicate better with the locals.

Hope you enjoy my sharings.  There will be more….

 

Pre-Wedding : Alex & Esther Chapter 1

I got to know Alex during our Mazda Lantis days back in 2005.  I used to own a “sports” car, a Mazda Lantis, which I souped it up into a reasonably powerful street machine.  Alex, on the other hand, has a knack of dismantling engines and put it back.  He is a resident mechanic for the Mazda Lantis community, and always kept stocks on the parts and accessories.

I got to know that Alex is getting married when he phoned me up one fine day, to inquire about my photography services.  I didn’t know he actually has a then girlfriend, Esther, until he told me he is going to get married.

Esther is very energetic and chatty, while Alex is a quiet and composed.  Guess opposite attracts, and both compliment each other well.  I can see there are a lot of chemistry between them.

I am going to share some of the pre-wedding photos that I took for them.  It was a 2-days shoot, involving 3 locations within Klang Valley and a beach-side town in Port Dickson.  Hope you enjoy the photos.   It is going to be a 2-parter, as I have quite a number of photos to share.

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Pre-Wedding : Benjamin & Rachel

Hello all.  My last post was on my travelogue to Europe and that was about almost 2 months ago.  Time flies, and without you realising it, it is already mid year 2014 !!  Mid year is where the action starts, from the photography perspective.  This is where weddings and pre-weddings would be happening, at least till August, then, there would be a pause for about 1 month, and from October onwards, it will be full action till December.

Which is where my next sharing is ; a lovely couple, and a very good friend.  Benjamin was my colleague while we both worked for a local bank.  Our friendship just strike without a single hiccup, and we became best buddies.  Benjamin met Rachel in a class they both attended while doing their Master degree few years back.  And according to Benjamin, it began with the word “hello”…..  more like love at first sight for my buddy.  Rachel is the sweet, fun loving girl, and definitely it is Benjamin’s fortune to manage to made Rachel his wife.

I photographed their pre-wed photos in several locations, including a very interesting off-road location.  I would like to share some of my favourites, and I hope you like it.  Give me a LIKE if you do.

Cheers !

 

 

Travelogue : London

My first time to London, a cosmopolitan, bustling with life, drama, chinatown, tubes, yellow cabs, theatres….  and of course the infamous 4-seasons in a day.  I was expecting all that, and I got all that.  London has it’s own charm, and it is a lively city.  I enjoyed the food, the stay and the weather.  It was uncharacteristically cold and windy, according to my Londoner friends, who has been living in this great city for a long time.   I would like to share some photos of buildings that I captured about London, and hope you like it.