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Davie Gan – Featured PMPE Alumni Member

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The Lady of Arbore Tribe in Ethiopia

As an alumni member of PMPE, I was recently featured by Photosafari.com.my in an interview with Maxby Chan (Administrator of PhotoMalaysia.com) about my passion for photography. The original article could be read here. However I re-blog the whole article here for your convenience. I seldom post my travel photos in this blog as I mostly share them in my facebook page with my friends. You could catch a glimpse of some of my recent travel photos in this interview. Note: PMPE is the acronym for PhotoMalaysia Photosafari Experience.

Below is the article reproduced in full.

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Children of Kuro Tribe, Ethiopia

Davie Gan is an advanced amateur photographer. He has joined our many photosafaris to The Old Silk Road, Ha Giang in North Vietnam and Ethiopia last year. He is one photographer who has developed his own unique style of telling his own visual story.  We have watched Davie’s photography progress over the past 5 years and when we say that we are impressed, it is an understatement. We have got lots to learn from him. We are now sharing his experiences and what goes through his mind with our readers. Hope that you all enjoyed it.

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Inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference kicks off to a great start

There is no one more qualified than Joe McNally to provide the opening keynote to the inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference in Malaysia. From a hardcore news photographer to the person known as the lighting man - he is well loved by the large audience in Malaysia. His keynote topic that rock the house was: Reinventing Myself, 30 Years On.

Kuala Lumpur, dateline January 19 2011. The inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference kicks off to a great start in Malaysia. It is attended by more than 150 photography enthusiasts and professionals from 18 different countries in this region. It is an impressive number of participants considering it is the first photography related conference to be organized for participants in Asian regions. Kudos to Louis Pang and his wife, for their insight and brave venture into unknown territories. Judging from the responses of the participants, I am confident it will become the “not-to-be-missed” yearly photography event in Malaysia and this region for many years to come. I for one, will look forward to participate in this event again next year.

An impressive lineup of professional photographers were scheduled to speak in the 3-day conference. Besides Joe, the others are Michael Greenberg, Daniel Capobianco, Dane Sanders, Jason Magbanua, Manny Librodo, Louis Pang and Mike Langford. World Class indeed!

For more information go to: Creative Asia.

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Travel and People Series – Kids of Sapa.

Kids of Sapa.

Kids of Sapa.

Kids of Sapa. They might be poor. They might be messy and dirty. Their clothes might be in tatters. But their determination to eke out a living from the tourists and their “never-give-up” attitude is a sight to behold. How can you not give in to their demand when they asked you to buy some souvenirs from them? How can you say “NO” to such faces of hope and perseverance? And they DID NOT BEG! I couldn’t. And I gave in. And I did it happily.

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Leica M8 Digital Camera Hands-on Test

Leica M8 Digital Camera

Leica M8 Digital Camera

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Leica Summarit-M lenses (Testing done with the 35mm f/2.5 lens)

It’s a totally different experience using the Leica M8 digital rangefinder compared to a normal digital SLR (single-lens reflex). With manual focusing, it really forced you to concentrate on your subject and the placement of the subject within your frame. It takes a while before I could get used to the direct see through view finder.

You feel a certain sense of understated simplicity that forced upon you the meticulous exploration of the subject with every click of the shutter. With digital SLR, there’s not much challenge in photography as almost everything could be automated and with high fps (frame per second), you could just choose the best image later. With digital SLR, you shoot first and think later but with Rangefinder cameras, you think before you shoot! Now I think I know why Leica fans are so passionate about their rangefinders.

Below are some photos taken with the Leica M8 with the 45 minutes allocated to me. At the end of 45 minutes, I was almost a convert and with a heavy heart I returned the camera.

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