Tuesday, November 20, 2007

subway reflections

leica_M3_35mm_kallang_397, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

leica M3
35mm Nokton
Delta 400 film

Thursday, September 20, 2007

built in alarm - b/w

built in alarm - b/w, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

a funny street scene in the back lanes of Clarke Quay

yashica FX-3
yashica 35-70 lens with red filter
kodak T-max 400 film

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

broken window

broken window, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

yashica FX-3
yashica 35-70 lens with red filter
kodak T-max 400 film

Saturday, August 25, 2007


DSC_9229_pp, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

my second wedding shoot :)
the groom, who is also my fren ask for this shot :) he wanted to see himself in the blurry background :)

Nikon D2x
Nikon 28-70 F2.8

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


DSC_9014_pp, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

my first attempt at shooting a wedding :)

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Thaipusum-2, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

Thaipusam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) (or Thai Poosam Kavady) is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (Jan/Feb). Pusam refers to a star that is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates both the birthday of Lord Murugan (also Subramaniam), the youngest son of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a vel (lance) so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman

The origin of Lord Skanda, the purpose of His avatara and its significance are of much importance to all seekers after Truth. During the battle between the Asuras and the Devas, the latter were defeated several times by the former. The Devas were unable to resist the onslaught of the Asuric forces. In despair, they approached Lord Siva and entreated to give them an able leader under whose heroic leadership they might obtain victory over the Asuras. They surrendered themselves completely and prayed to Lord Siva sincerely. The gracious Lord granted their request by creating mighty divine warrior, Lord Skanda, out ofhis own power or Achintya Sakti. This great son of Lord Siva at once assumed leadership of the celestial forces, originated them, inspired them and attacked the asuric forces. The asuras were routed and a glorious victory was gained by the Devas.

Generally people take a vow to offer a kavadi to the Lord for purpose of tiding over or averting a great calamity. For instance, if the devotee's son is laid up with a fatal disease, he would pray to Shanmuga to grant the boy a lease of life in return for which the devotee would take a vow to dedicate a kavadi to Him. Though this might on the face of it appear mercenary, a moment's reflection will reveal that it contains in it the seed of love for God. The worldly object is achieved: and the devotee offers the kavadi. After the ceremony is over, he gets so much intoxicated with love of God that his inner spiritual chamber is opened. This too ultimately leads to Para Bhakti -Supreme devotion.

----------From Wikipedia----------

thaipusum festivities in Singapore
devotees showing their faith in their believes

i took this at night nearing the end of the festivities
Nikon FM3a
35mm F1.4 lens
ISO 400 film

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


time..., originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

shot in the back lanes of old shop houses...
all those AC units can't be doing any good to the enviroment...

my first roll of fuji Velvia slides on the F5 with a 20mm nikon lens :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

man at work - making mutabak

man at work - making mutabak, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

shot with Nikon F5, Tamron 28-75mm lens, orange filter
Ilford Pan 100 b/w film

this guy makes very good Mutabak :)
its a kind of flour pancake with mutton layered on the inside
when ordered without the mutton, its called "roti prata" :)


Monday, April 23, 2007

central fire station - HDR

central fire station - HDR, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

another HDR experiment :)
this time without a tripod and using only 3 exposures

this is Singapore's oldest fire station :)
the tower you see on the building was used as a lookout point in the old days to spot fires in distant areas because its the tallest structure at the time...now almost every building around this place is taller then this old station :)

my new workplace is just opposite of this old fire station, i shot this on my way to work this morning :)

align and HDR process with photomatix
toning and USM in PS
slight increase in color saturation :)

Nikon D2x
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8

Monday, April 16, 2007

clarke quay - HDR

clarke quay - HDR, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

my first HDR experiment :)

done with 5 exposure
run though Photomatix
USM and toning in PS

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

holding on
holding on, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

sometimes we just need to hold on...

inspired by the Hockneyizer toy in fd's Flickr toys
a shot of my dripping tap in the kitchen :)

cut out 4 parts of the original photo
resize the canvas to get the polaroid frame
played around with the arrangements for final image :)

for PP :
i used virtual photographer for the b/w convertion
added contrast
added noise in PS
vigenette filter and burn tool

Friday, March 16, 2007


wine, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

playing around with the studio lights
a hand painted canvas backdrop from India, 5ft X 7ft, not quite enough for full lenght portrait...but a good start for me :)

i like this result with the backdrop :) it givs a nice contrast to the subject and the hand painted patterns looks very natural and pleasing under the lights :)

right : 300 watts Electra studio light with softbox
left : 300 watts Electra studio lights with umbrella

slight crop
minor levels adjustments
slight increase in contrast
burn tool shadows for the corners

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

the eye
the eye, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

made with four photos, shot on Rolleiflex :)

a sad song?

a sad song?, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

some experimental PP :)
bad dream filter
spatter filter on the wall
green cast on the wall

sleeping rollie :P

sleeping rollie :P, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

my Rolleiflex taking a break in a bed of flowers :P

Tamron 28-75mm

Thursday, February 01, 2007

pipes and plant

pipes and plant, originally uploaded by tropicalrips.

found in the back lanes of old chinatown
a study of colors and textures :)

Tamron 28-75mm