Day 1 at the Charge Up Conference 2008

I just had a fantastic day at the Charge Up Conference at Life College at Jalan Tandang. Why fantastic? Because I am learning more and more about photography. What made today even more fantastic is that I participated in my first “No chimping” contest. Basically “No Chimping” is a method where we shoot in manual mode and take photos with our Digital SLR without looking at the LCD monitor.

Yes that’s right, all you film camera junkies out there would probably give me that “now you know how it feels” look and yes, it was definitely challenging. What made it even more intense was that we were given about 2 hours to shoot only 36 shots and we had to select our best 3. It wasn’t easy at all but I tried to have a story behind my shots.

In the shot above I wanted to depict a red stop sign from going in to the 4D Toto shop. I have to thank Luke for helping me to look out for traffic while I stood in the middle of the road trying to nail the shot. I needed a higher angle to get the larger sign.

In the shot above I wanted to let the grey area depict that of an industrialized area or perhaps something that is urban and then show the bright contrasting colours of the flowers peeking through the railings.

I saw this interesting sign whilst exploring PJ Old Town as I walked across the pedestrian crossing.

I saw these flowers at the florist and took a quick snapshot. Really glad that although I got some weird stares from the shopkeeper, she didn’t chase us away.

This is a shot of Julian outside the training room. The competition required us to take 36 shots and by the time I arrived back at Life College, I had only 20 shots! Quick shot of him using the hallway lighting to nail this shot and still get some catch light in his eyes.

The last photo was rather interesting as this was the door handle to the men’s toilet at Life College. Looks like someone was a real “Heroes” fan.

As I walk away from the 1st day of the Charge Up conference, I can’t help but remember about Ps. Sandra Chin’s sermon. What would we be without our equipment? We need to separate ourselves from our skills and realize that we are children of God.

  • i especially like the first pic with the meaning applied in it. great idea!!!

  • Wen Sen

    yup….have to agree all that you’ve just mention. I’d learn a lot from the conference not just photography, but also the spiritual side of being a Christian that shines for God in media. Especially the sermons that struck my heart so deeply. I made lots of new friends too, including you. Haha.

    I love your first shot, really telling a story. All my photos overexposed on the first day because it was my first time using manual instead of shutter and aperture priority. Hahahaaa… What made it worst was “no chimping” which I couldn’t check my shots. Anyhow,it trains our minds to think before we shoot.

    I’m just so glad to be able to meet you guys that I’ve seen on the net at the conference. You truly inspires me with your photos and sharing. Keep in touch. Ahh….altough it just ended a few hours ago, yet I’m already starting to miss the conference and you guys so much.

  • Hi Mark!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. It was a pleasure to meet all of you 🙂 Yea, very enlightening experience the workshop was and I'm grateful to have you bunch of great people to learn with.

    Do hope to see everyone again sometime in the future. In the meantime, don't be a stranger! Have a great day ahead 😀

    Cheerio!

  • Cool shots. Love the will you marry me sign. That's my fav of this bunch. Looks fun – I must try to attend Charge-up next year 🙂

  • nice shots man!! I guess I missed all the fun in charge up conference , well, wish that I can joint next year !

  • Ian

    I love the action scripts you gave me! Take care man! Hope to meet up with you again one day!

  • Shen: Thanks a lot mate, was trying to put a lot more thinking into my photos!

    Wen Sen: Great to have met you as well! You have great talent and potential, keep on shooting mate!

    Anna: Hi Anna, no worries, hope to see you in one of the KLickr outings one of these days ya?

    Eugene: You better join next year mate!

    Ian: No problems at all mate, happy to help out 🙂