“Capture with your heart”

Thoughts

Photography is part and parcel of our life. What do you think? Yes or No?


Photography plays a big part in our life today. It is no longer a hobby; it is a lifestyle. One photographer shared, “It is better to have less pixels than to have no pixel.”

Almost everyone have a camera in his or her hand . . . your mobile phone! When you see information that you hope to note down, what do you do? Did you write it down or did you take out your phone to snap a picture? (more…)


ROAD – A Self- Reflection Photography Journey By Alex Soh


Today is the last day of my photo exhibition ROAD. I hope you will take this chance to come and support this project in helping the people in Cambodia. How many times in our lives we are able to safe another life? This is the time to give your hearts, and together we could build a road to safe the lives of the people living in Cham Resh, Cambidia. 10.00am-10.00pm @ VivoCity East Wing, facing the water. I sincerely invite you to come and I look forward to see you. Alex


Capturing the simplicity of life in Cambodia


These black & white photographs bring out the beauty of each story. What I need is to capture that moment to keep the pictures alive. These pictures were captured in three places, by the water at Angkor Wat, the big lake and the poor village in Cham Rash.

There will also be an exhibition coming up, and I  hope to create awareness and raise funds to build a road for the poor people who live in Cham Rash, Cambodia, 70km from Siem Reap. A place that was forgotten and great help is needed.
Please pass this info to all your friends and I will keep all of you informed of the exhibition. Thank you for your help my friend. The trip to Cham Rash, Cambodia will also be broadcast on Tuesday Report TV Channel 8. I am not sure of the exact date but it will be in one or two month’s time. Hope this will also educate our people in Singapore to know how fortunate we are.

Give me a road



Dear Friends,

I am now in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is very hot here (42C) and we are so tired after walking under the hot sun. The purpose I am here is to bring a few friends to visit this place Cham Rash, it is about 70 km away from the town and it takes two hours on a bumpy track just to get to the village. This is the poorest area where lives are very hard here and we had brought them some old clothing and hope to raise funds to build a proper road for this village. I remember the first time we asked the people how would they want us to help you. Their reply was no cloths, food or money… their reply was “Give us a road… give us a road so that we could walk out of poverty ourselves”.

My last trip here the whole place was flooded with water and I could not even see the road, and have to put ourselves on a oxcart just to enter the village. But now is the dry season and the people in this village are struggle without water as you could see from the images the ponds and wells has all been dry out. Just a day of visit is already very hard for us, I just felt so sorry for the people who are living here. The contrast of weather is really great and it is really very hard to live here without clean water and a road which they could go to the school, market and hospital. Child die because of unclean water and often too late when they arrive at the hospital.

To see more pictures of Cham Rash, please take a look at the video clip on right “Give me a road” or visit my facebook.

Alex Soh
April 24, 2010


Capturing The Wind



Our hands are unable to capture the wind but photography is able. I loves to asked photographers a question… how could we make a still shot move? Every picture has a moment, it could be a moment that speaks the emotion and it could be a motion that was captured at instant.


Wallpaper of Chicago & Sakura in Japan



Black and White Photography


Many photographers loves black & white photography so I would like to share a few things about it. With the technologies equipped in digital cameras, we actually have the advantages of capture more colors and details.  This allow us to have a better control over B&W photography adjustment thus without having us spending too time in the darkroom. Always capture the image in colors and convert them into B&W thereafter. There are various ways to do your conversion from PhotoShop, Lightroom, Aperture…etc. You may learn more in detail from this link: http://photo.net/learn/digital-photography-workflow/advanced-photoshop-tutorials/converting-to-black-and-white/

Not all images are suited in B&W environment. In-fact, it is hard to find a good photo as a start. These are some of the few things to take note for a good B&W photography:
1. Have a strong story line with emotion
2. Structure and line art
3. Element that has a strong object or subject
4. It can be a thought or expression from an artist
5. Portraits are more natural and the easier to start with.

But whatever you do, make sure that it is realistic and believable. Nowadays some photographers like to produce B&W images with HDR effects, I feel that they are over doing it because this will make their images looking flat and fake. There is a difference between knowing and showing with passion & following to show without knowing. I personally do not like using HDR and often advise photographers to shoot and composite well instead. I hope it is not the added-on effects on your work that other people will appreciate but rather your skills in photography that makes it standout from the rest. Very soon we will get tired over the HDR effects because everyone will know how to do it with just a few clicks away.

Here’s a few images to gave you an idea how I look at B&W photography.


Monument Valley, Arizona


The towering rocks of Monument Valley stand in majestic grandeur—these wondrous creations remind us of our finitude and God’s magnitude.


Horse riding in Monument Valley, Arizona


I could remember this part of my photography journey in Arizona, we were on horse back. The sun was really low and the light was so beautiful that day. One of the horses suddenly decided to lay down with my buddy Terry still on its back. He quickly jumped off… that was close! On our way back my two other photographer buddies were ready to gave our last lap and race before returning our horses and so we did, the sun coming through and the dust in the air, it was beautiful. I remember I couldn’t focus my shot because my horse is running too ha ha ha. What a moment were I felt like I was a Red Indian in the open as compared to where I am now writing to you at my office desk. How I wish to go back in time again…


A Touch From The Sun, Grand Canyon


A Touch From The Sun, Grand Canyon
It is wonderful to enjoy the great expanse; that is why I enjoy photography so much. Behold, here is a breathtaking view taken from the daily perspective of the Hualapai tribesmen who live here hundreds of years ago.


Note from Alex


There are friends who has been asking me for some pictures so that they could use it as their personal wallpaper on their computer screen, so I am now slowly putting some of these beautiful pictures just for you. This is a new blog which I had just set up and I hope you will come back to visit often and leave your comments. I hope to keep this blog updated and use it as a way to communicate with you. There are still many beautiful pictures which I have captured that are not shown on my website, so I will post it here. We will see how it goes and do let me hear from you if you wish to see more pictures from my blog. Oh yes… do remember to enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts and wallpaper by email. So here we go… cheers 🙂


Iguazu Falls, Argentina (Our Daily Bread cover photo Feb 2010)


Iguazu Falls, Argentina (Our Daily Bread cover photo Feb 2010)

The name Iguazu literally means “great water” in the Guarani language. This waterfall system consists of 275 waterfalls along 1.6 miles of the Iguazu River, and it is surrounded by lush, green forests. Some of the magnificent waterfalls in this system are more than 350 feet high and create a 100-foot-high cloud of spray. I remember when I took this picture, I literally went down to the side of the waterfall pointing my camera up so that I could capture the foreground that included the beautiful sky. The beauty of these waterfalls doesn’t stand alone, it is the surrounding green forests that complete the beauty. So remember, to capture a stunning picture, we must not let the subject get cluttered but yet must include the important elements around that beautify the subject.


Sweet Blue Morning


Sweet Blue Morning, Thai Border
It’s a beautiful morning as the land awakens to a brand new day. It is like smelling the flower before one sees it.

This image is also one of my fine art collection piece and it is for sale at L2Space gallery, visit: http://www.l2space.com.sg


Life Beyond Borders, Thai-Burma Refugee Camp


The title for this picture Life Beyond Borders are the heartfelt words of the refugees in the Thai-Burma refugee camp. If you look closely, you will observe that there are many houses at the bottom part of this image. This photograph was taken on top a mountain located behind the refugee campsite.

For generations, thousands of bamboo huts have dotted the landscape. There are 60,000 people staying in this small enclosure. I find it hard to believe that just miles from where I live, there are people living in such dismal conditions.

In contrast, you and I have a nationality and with it, the freedom to travel. We have goals in life and a future to pursue. These refugees, on the other hand, are constantly searching for a place to call home—a home where they can find oneself, a home with which they could identify with.

One morning, we decided to capture the sunrise, so we brought some of these youth high up the mountain. It was a beautiful sunrise. Everyone stood in awe as the light shone through the morning mist, brightening up the mountains, the trees and the surrounding environment. They shared that it was the first time they’ve seen a sunrise and thanked us for sharing such a great experience with them.

Imagine a visitor coming to your house and showed you a totally new experience in your own backyard. Wow . . . this situation reminds me of a lion that is kept in captivity at the zoo for so long, that it no longer has the hunger or desire to explore the wild.

My heart feels for these men, women and children as they smile to me. Would we be able to give them a future? I guess it is a big question mark.

This image is also one of my fine art collection piece and it is for sale at L2Space gallery, visit: http://www.l2space.com.sg

To see more images on this Thai-Burma refugee camp, visit: http://alexsohphotography.com/tbr07/tbrindex.html


Capturing the moment of capturing


Capturing the moment of capturing

This photo was captured by my friend Joel from Philippines. I love the moment of me that blinded into the mother nature letting the light reflecting the photographer. It is indeed the source of light that create great photography that makes us a good photographers.