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Shooting Wat Arun, Bangkok

Posted in Cityscape, Landscape, Travel with tags , , , , , on December 16, 2012 by projectxo

Shooting Wat ArunI had a chance to make a brief stop in Bangkok during my year-end trip.  I only had one night to shoot; so I scouted the internet for locations which I feel best represent beauty of Bangkok at dusk.  Most importantly, it must be easily accessible since again, I had a dinner deadline.  Turned out most of the images I found of Bangkok were citiscapes, buildings, night lights, etc.  Wat Arun stood out because it is a well-lit ancient temple, and it is right next to Bangkok’s famous river.  Thanks to the tips from Prachanart Viriyaraks and my buddy Panu; I was able to find the right location, plan the shoot with enough margin after sunset, and still make it on time to dinner despite Bangkok’s infamous traffic.

I thought I needed HDR to properly expose the image.  It turned out, single exposure from one of my bracketed frames was nearly perfect.  What a majestic site, don’t you think?

Wat Arun by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on


Sunset over Shinjuku – 2012

Posted in Cityscape, Landscape, Travel with tags , , , , , , on December 16, 2012 by projectxo

Shooting Shinjuku

This is my 2nd attempt at capturing sunset over the city of Shinjuku.  The weather was virtually perfect, sky was clear and glowing orange, mount Fuji was clearly visible and gigantic as the result of compression from my teleconverter.  However, I ran out of time – I had a dinner appointment that night; I had to leave by 4:50PM.  15 more minutes the lights would have been perfectly balanced.  May be next year, may be.
Sunset Over Shinjuku by Sheng Huang (projectxo)) on

Taipei – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Posted in Cityscape, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2012 by projectxo

I had the chance to spend the weekend in Taipei last month; so I made sure that I packed my Benro tripod with me.  I chose CKS memorial since it was relatively close to my hotel, and easily accessible from the MRT. Continue reading

Singapore Sands Casino – In the Rain

Posted in Equipment, Landscape, Travel with tags , , on September 15, 2012 by projectxo

It was my last night (of two) in Singapore.  I sat there at the Fullerton Bay Hotel, drinking my Asahi, contemplating how I was going to capture the casino without tripod.  Then it occurred to me that I had my light stand, which had a 1/4″ thread.  I could run it through an adapter and secure my camera on the light stand!  Yes!  Nothing could stop me from finally getting some decent pictures now; right?  Well, not quite.  Just as the sun start to set, it started to rain.  I stood there under a porch in front of the Oyster Bar; taking a snap shot every minute to check for light balance.  Mean while, the rain got heavier and heavier.  The wind got stronger and stronger… you get the idea.  Finally when the sky and the casino light reached the balance I liked, I dashed out to the edge of the quay, took some quick shots, then ran back to the Fullerton Bay to finish my dinner.  All soaked.  May be next time…

Shanghai through the Window

Posted in Equipment, Landscape, Travel with tags , , , on September 15, 2012 by projectxo

It was my first trip to Shanghai.  I packed my best lenses, lighting gears, trigger cables… Dragged the heavy luggage across three different countries.  But guess what?  Forgot to pack my tripod.  Argh!

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Sea to Summit Workshop – Santa Cruz

Posted in Equipment, Landscape, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , , , , , on September 14, 2012 by projectxo

Santa Cruz - Hole in the Wall Beach by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.comI finally got around to join the Sea to Summit Workshops in Santa Cruz ran by Jim Patterson and Josh Cripps.  They hold landscape workshops up and down California coast; and every once in a while, they venture out to the sierras.  Boy, did I learn a lot. Continue reading

Wen and Only Wen

Posted in Equipment, Lighting, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2012 by projectxo

Wen by Sheng Huang (projectxo) on 500px.comAbout a month ago, I had the chance to spend a weekend in Taipei.  To kill time, I decided to scout for models via Modelmayhem.  Since I was traveling, I was only able to bring limited gear.  The other restriction was location;  the temperature outside was 90+degF with high humidity.  Given these two challenges, I decide to do a glamour set in my hotel room.  I chose Wen because her portfolio shows she is experienced with my theme;  sure enough, she did not disappoint me.  She is full of energy and always excited to improvise on my ideas no matter how dumb they were.  The excitement she brought made the shoot extra fun. Continue reading

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Posted in Equipment, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , , on August 27, 2011 by projectxo

What do you do when you get a spectacular scenery but your lens is not wide enough? Continue reading

Asakusa Photowalk

Posted in Travel with tags , , , on August 22, 2011 by projectxo

I got to spend a weekend in Tokyo last month during my business trip;  which gave me the rare opportunity to join Alfie’s Japanorama PhotowalkContinue reading

Krya Spa

Posted in Personal, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , on August 9, 2011 by projectxo

Krya Spa - Grand Hyatt BaliI was fortunate to be given permission to photograph Krya Spa at Bali’s Grand Hyatt (thanks to Sanjay and Melani from Hyatt).  But the minute I was granted permission, I realize I didn’t have my top gears:

  • Tripod.  I had my old (and flimsy) travel tripod with me.  It shakes for good 5 seconds every time I let go of the camera.  Not having a cable release didn’t help either.
  • Lens.  I had my travel 28-120mm f/5.6.  Not sharp enough, not fast enough, not wide enough.

Well… too late to back off now that I got what I wished for. Continue reading