What camera are you using?and what Lens do you have? :)
Hi, 99% of my pictures are taken with a Canon 450D and a 50mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8. I have since upgraded but literally 99% of my pictures were created with that :)
Hi, I know this is random, but how old are you? I'm so impressed that you are such a talented one in such a young age! Keep it going! xoxo
Hey, thank you… though I’m afraid I’m neither young nor talented :) I’m 22 and the little I can do is based off of practice… the more I practiced, the more ‘talented’ I’d be. I do wish I found photography earlier though. Thank you kindly :)
What are your thoughts on local photographers in Hawaii (those that are in your genre as well as out), who are your favorites, and what do you think can be improved on the Hawaii Photographer scene?
Hey :) Well I moved from Hawai’i in August 2012, and was only there for a year and a half prior to that, so I will answer your question as openly as possible but do keep in mind I am answering only based on my observations and they may not be that accurate!
From what I saw, the scene out there consists of a lot of nature and surf/wave photographers. Which is pretty understandable, considering it’s, well, Hawai’i. And there’s a lot of beautiful, stunning work out there (of the natural environment).
I guess that’s also what made me feel that the scene was a tad one-dimensional out there. I mean, don’t get me wrong, people can photograph whatever they choose. But yeah, I felt the scene was really saturated with the same gorgeous landscapes, mountains, and shore breaks. I sort of feel like the stellar backdrop that is Hawai’i does a lot for the photographer already, it’s easy to passively capture the natural beauty when it’s just everywhere. But just because the subject is beautiful doesn’t mean we should be passive, there is always something unique, something intimate that you the photographer can share. You can always be pushing the envelope more (especially when every other person is shooting the same scenic spots).
(Also, does being a photog in Hawai’i mean you must be shooting the Hawaiian landscape? And nothing else?)
During my time there, I only met one photog who I saw inject his own personality and his own stories into his work. Check him out at Ipox Studios.
Anyways, I’m sorry for the late reply. You should know that I’ve tried to answer this several times before but didn’t want to say the wrong thing as I don’t want to offend anybody. :P
Have a good day!
Hello! I am using your work in my photography work for research (I hope you don't mind) and I was wondering if you could give me a basic bio of your self? I know its kinda intrusive, but just basic things like how you started and what inspired you. Thank you :D
Hey, I’m flattered you would do that :)
I’d be pleased to give you a basic bio.
Ironically, I picked up photography/digital art immediately after dropping out of art school. (This was late 2009/early 2010). I began the famous ‘365 Project’ and uploaded my pictures to Flickr. I had no goals or direction - in fact, I didn’t tell anyone about my pictures at first because I felt awkward and shy.
I just felt like a door had opened when I found digital art. I had just moved to Singapore and didn’t really have many friends at that point, I was spending most of my time working night shifts and taking pictures in the daytime. That is probably why I consider escapism to be a large source of inspiration for my work. I often try to depict a lonely, internal, personal dream world. I feel that everyone has this internal ‘place’ that they escape to now and then, and it’s through this wavelength I try to connect with others.
I also think it’s worth adding that I consider myself a ‘digital artist’ more than I do a ‘photographer’, because of the amount of manipulation I do. But, photography is the medium I happily chose to work within!
I hope that helps a little, please don’t hesitate to ask if you want to know more. There was an interview floating around that I felt summed up my message quite well, but I can’t seem to find it… if I do, I’ll message you the link :)
Have a lovely day!
hi! so a while ago you said that using f22 at 0.8 seconds in "the lost memory " "wasn't ideal". I'm just a beginner and I have a question: what would the correct settings be? you said you didn't want to wait until it got darker, but what if you had waited? what would be the best settings? thank you!!!!
Hey, I wouldn’t say there are any best settings because it’s situational. What I meant by ‘not ideal’ for me is that it was still fairly bright, but I had time constraints and had to leave before it could grow darker (plus the tide was going out fast). It wasn’t ideal because I couldn’t slow my shutter speed down any further as my aperture was as high as it could go and ISO as low. (Meaning they were letting in as little light as possible already, so if I were to use a slower shutter speed the image would be overexposed). Also I didn’t have the use of a filter (a filter that you fit in front of your lens that modifies the amount of light that comes through), so I just did what I did :)
I hope that makes things clearer, I can’t claim to be a tech expert but that’s just my two cents :)
Would you say you are an idealist, or realist?
I think I’m a realistic idealist?
I generally have an idealistic, romantic outlook on life. I really want to live, and I have faith. I believe that making fear-based choices in life will make your soul sick. I believe in having faith in your dreams, and not letting them go just because complacency is easier. I believe in everything the world could be, and I think it’s a pity to be cynical about that. I’m not saying everything is always going to be rainbows and unicorns, but I’m saying being positive and following your dreams is worth the pain.
But I also believe that you have to be realistic about how you follow your passions. I believe it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I believe in common sense and pragmatism.
To go off on a tangent, I also believe that everything in the world has a logical and scientific explanation… including the more mystical aspects of life like love and spiritualism. But of course I don’t know anything about anything, so I can’t really prove my theory true. Oh well, I still believe it :P
sorry, i hope you dont find all these anon messages from us really creepy! i just wanted to ask though- are both you and sean's parents supportive of you guys' relationship? do you think that that kind of support is essential in any kind of successful relationship?
Hey! Don’t worry about it :)
Yes both our parents are :) Support definitely takes a weight off your shoulders, but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s essential. In the end it’s the two individuals in the relationship that make it successful. Some might give up due to lack of support, but others will overcome the difficult circumstances if they really believe in the relationship.
In the end, support is an external force, whether it’s positive or negative. But whether the couple lets that dictate their relationship or not, is up to them :)
Hi! I have no idea if you want to share this information, but I have to try! haha so, I just want to ask: what settings (aperture/shutter speed) did you use in "the lost memory"? I absolutely LOVE IT! yay thank you!! (:
Hi! If I’m not wrong, I was at f22 at 0.8 seconds. Focal length 50. This wasn’t ideal. This was around sunset and it was still fairly bright, I didn’t have a filter and didn’t wait for it to get darker because my sister (she models in The Lost Memory) was getting tired. Thank you though, glad you enjoyed my picture :)