It’s always in my family’s agenda to travel whenever we could. When we first came to Australia, my Dad used to play senior badminton tournaments interstate and in New Zealand and we’d road trip together with his teammates and their families.
Badminton isn’t the reason why we travel to this day, it was only the first few times experiencing traveling together as a family that we’ve grown to love it. Singapore, Jakarta and Bali became our main destinations of travel, right after my Dad stopped playing tournaments. These cities particularly were of great convenience given that most of our family live there. Overtime my Dad’s work got more and more demanding, so my Mom, sister and I flew to other cities in Asia and would usually find ourselves getting lost in the middle of these busy cities and end up somewhere on the outskirts – that’s the beauty of travelling. There’s not much of a difference between a life on the road and everyday life. The lessons I learned while travelling have always applied to everyday life, therefore I think it’s healthy to travel!
Welcome to my travel gallery (hit the refresh button if the photos don’t load properly).
These shots were taken from my Canon 500D. Prior to my Year 12 Photography classes, I was well equipped with a standard 8 megapixel digital camera. It was compact and whenever I go travelling I would never leave this baby behind – I made sure it was first thing I packed.
Obviously the quality of smartphone cameras almost exceed the quality of digital cameras today. As a result, I stopped carrying my digital camera since my iPhone is equally as good, the only exception is the storage which my phone doesn’t have much of compared to the camera’s SD card. But still, phone and digital cameras didn’t fully capture the right photos I wanted. I’m talking about fiddling with Depth of field, aperture speeds and exposure times. I was still on the hunt for something that allowed me to do this.
Catching up with my uncle in Taiwan a couple years back, I discovered his Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. I visited him with Mom and he allowed me to use his DSLR to take a few snaps while we were holidaying in Taipei. I played around with its settings and manually adjusted the focus, it felt like a device that knew exactly what I wanted. Going forward, I’m only a hobbyist and thought about an entry level DSLR. Keep in mind that it doesn’t always matter how good the actual camera is, but it’s the lenses that affect the result of a photo (big time!).
That’s pretty much the birth of my Canon 500D camera, which isn’t compact but certainly a lot more portable and affordable than my uncle’s camera. Some programs I use for editing and organizing my own photos is Adobe Lightroom and sometimes if I want to make quick edits on the phone, VSCO is a great app to edit photos on the go. There is also a link to see some videos I made using Adobe Premiere and iMovie.
Another one of my hobbies lie in videography, I’ve never had a specific device for this in the past as I only usually recorded on my phone or camera. My bestie’s good at this stuff and sometimes our friends would get annoyed at her for holding the camera too much. I get why, because nothing’s more satisfying than rewatching a hilarious video of your friends playing drinking games or even sober board games. Until the GoPro trend hit the market, I was invested in the world of videography and was amazed at how well it recorded footage on a small camera. To those reading this, get one, please, and never look back!
Catch my photos here.