Ming Thein | Photographer

Photoessay: Shadows and details

Photoessay: Shadows and details

Texture is shadows, and shadows are texture: at the micro level, surface irregularities are thrown into relief and colors are intensified. This latter effect is an interesting property of raked lighting: since the pits in the surface structure of an object are in shadow, the overall reflected luminosity is lower. However, there are also small […]

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Photoessay: On reflection, Lisbon

Photoessay: On reflection, Lisbon

Probably the easiest way to ‘wimmelbild‘ a scene is to add reflections: the more reflections, the more layering and the more complexity can be built in. Of course it then becomes difficult to create structure in the image that allows space for a clear primary subject, and then find a physically/spatially possible way to actually […]

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Two cents on the whole Hasselblad-DJI thing

Two cents on the whole Hasselblad-DJI thing

In the last few days since Kevin Raber at LL published his editorial, I’ve received at least 100 emails asking ‘is it true?’ and ‘is this the end?’¬†Hopefully by now the internet hysteria has died down and most of us can take a collective deep breath and look at the situation with a bit more […]

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Photoessay: Inconsequentiality, part I

Photoessay: Inconsequentiality, part I

I had an odd feeling walking around Prague on this last trip – something that was not there the first time I visited in 2011, nor subsequently. Perhaps it was the sheer number of tourists; perhaps it was the lack of locals. But I couldn’t shake the sensation of walking around in a very big […]

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Format strengths: why do different sized media render differently?

Format strengths: why do different sized media render differently?

MF tonality and separation: in the full size image, the airplane is in a clearly different focal plane to the tree and hangar – even though it was shot at f8. I’ve written previously about what exactly contributes to the ‘medium format look’. However, I think to some degree we also need to both define […]

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Photoessay: Architectural shadows in monochrome, Prague

Photoessay: Architectural shadows in monochrome, Prague

Intense light, hard shadows, either end of the day: don’t be afraid of the dark, and let some of the negative space define the object’s form – or imagined form. Without shadows, we have no texture, no depth, no spatial separation. It’s interesting just how much of a suggestion of soft and hard you can […]

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2017 crystal-ball gazing

2017 crystal-ball gazing

Sorry, didn’t have a crystal ball handy… I said at the start of 2016 that the overall market for photographic services (commissioned work, art, education) was getting lumpier and smaller: I don’t think that’s changed. If anything, it’s gotten worse. I suspect this is an underlying societal change more than anything: people are simply getting […]

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Personal favourite images from 2016: or, a year in curation, part II

Personal favourite images from 2016: or, a year in curation, part II

Arisen from nought Despite the implied humble origins of the structure, it manages to be dominant, powerful and solid. The architecture is stark, yet functional, and in a way – beautiful for it. It also asserts the feeling of man’s imposition of dominance and order over nature. Continued from part I: a curation and analysis […]

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Personal favourite images from 2016: or, a year in curation, part I (warning: possibly NSFW)

Personal favourite images from 2016: or, a year in curation, part I (warning: possibly NSFW)

Wet departure, Hong Kong Bad weather is usually the bane of any available light/ documentary photographer – in this case, just the right amount of bad came together for a much stronger sense of atmosphere than if on a sunny day (that bit of atmosphere between subject and distant background helps, too) I thought I’d […]

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On ugliness, beauty, and photography

On ugliness, beauty, and photography

“Ugly boring boring boring. Such boring images despite having good equipment.” “Talentless.” “Mediocre”. Just a few of the choice statements this image brought out on Facebook for some odd reason; I have no idea why that kind of response only happened with one particular photograph; perhaps the commenters woke up on the wrong side of […]

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Christmas photoessay: Allegorical stories

Christmas photoessay: Allegorical stories

As the year draws to a close, and the clouds are finally about to pass over the horizon… This year, I’m changing the usual christmas humor post format a little bit for variety. I present to you a year end allegorical story-photoessay with some darkly humorous captions – and yes, I see how this could […]

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Review: Apple MacBook Pro 13″, late 2016 with touch bar

Review: Apple MacBook Pro 13″, late 2016 with touch bar

Image: Apple Like every piece of hardware, there are plenty of reviews out there that assess the product from just about every possible point of view. For computers, there are other places that do the extensive quantitative testing far better than I could even if I had the time and inclination – which I don’t […]

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Photoessay: Interpretations of ‘the tree’

Photoessay: Interpretations of ‘the tree’

Today’s subject is a series of aerial interpretations of a tidal formation known as ‘The Tree’ by locals. It is formed of sandbars and the action between the high tide lagoon draining. Due to the nature of fluid dynamics, the current magnifies any irregularities in the channel creating a self-reinforcing turbulent flow which in turn […]

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On Assignment: The face of construction

On Assignment: The face of construction

Presenting something a little different from a recent assignment. Firstly, I know I’m not really known for portraiture, though I do quite a bit of it; I suppose it’s simply not something I’ve really publicised much. On this assignment, I had a few things to keep in play: firstly, finding the right faces amongst the […]

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Photoessay: Urban minimalist abstraction

Photoessay: Urban minimalist abstraction

I think if I were a painter, I’d probably work in a completely opposite style to the way I photograph most of the time: somewhat impressionistic, with strongly graphic, block structures that are aesthetically pleasing and no more than essential to the mere suggestion of the subject. Forget being explicit; leave that to the imagination […]

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Reasons to have multiple lenses in the same focal length/AOV

Reasons to have multiple lenses in the same focal length/AOV

85mm lenses and equivalents on native or adapted formats – yes, I probably have too many. Upper left row: Nikon 85 PCE Macro, Zeiss 1.4/85 Otus, Nikon 24-120/4 VR, Hasselblad HC 2.2/100; middle row: Zeiss 1.4/85 Milvus, Canon EF-S 18-55 STM (APS-C), Nikon 85/1.8 G, C/Y Zeiss 2.8/85 Leitax converted to Nikon mount; lower right […]

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Photoessay: Night falls

Photoessay: Night falls

With the benefit of an unusually clear evening in the usually quite overcast tropics, it’s possible to appreciate the subtle and wide variety of hues the evening sky transitions through – and the interesting interplay off the mirrored glass and water between artificial and reflected light. People often ask why I like to shoot in […]

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NEW video: T1 Travel Photography

NEW video: T1 Travel Photography

Click to watch the trailer above We’re pleased to offer a new video in time for your holiday season viewing and vacations: T1:¬†Travel Photography! Shot on on location in Prague, T1: Travel Photography focuses on making the most of your trip photographically – and how to come home with unique images that represent what you […]

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