=327= Reflections: Spoke

Today, I went around Clark Quay to take photos again! Except, this time, I went with manual focus and I set my focal length to be 50mm!

It was quite difficult. I realised how much I relied on auto focus! I just cannot get used to focusing by distance and turning the ring instead of half pressing the shutter button. I had to estimate the distance between me and my subject and prefocus if I want to get in and out quickly. Still cannot get used to it. I missed the focus on several shots and sometimes missed shots because my instinct told me to half press the button instead of turning the ring.

However, it was quite exciting! 😀 some people did not notice me, hence, giving me time to focus in and really try to get that “bokeh”!

Some noticed me, but because I was too slow on the focus, missed the focus.

Some noticed me, but thought that I was shooting something else, hence, allowed me to shoot them candidly! 🙂

So what exactly am I doing?

I am trying to shoot candid shots on the streets. To capture beautiful moments that touches people’s hearts. I think there is worth doing this. I want to capture reactions and expressions in people’s lives. So yeah! Gotta love street photography and how exciting it is!

I actually experienced the first person that asked me to delete a photo! I was testing my skill of prefocusing. So I was outside of Starbucks and I pointed my camera at a couple, the couple noticed me and asked me to delete it! Oh well, they weren’t in focus anyway!

So yeah! Take photos of people you don’t know candidly. If they notice you, look at them, smile and nod your head! If they are offended and want their photo deleted, just delete it and say sorry! There is no point in trying to do something like this and get someone angry!

I am glad to be living in the digital age where things like Autofocus, Liveview, LCD Screen and Electronic View Finder exists! Just makes everything a lot easier! I heard, back in the film days, you cannot tell if a shot is good or not rift after shooting it. You need to wait for the whole roll of film to finish, develop it then you can see the results. Hence, I heard that people try to aim for 1 winner in a roll of film. Which is still pretty wasteful and expensive. Thank God for SD cards, I shot like 1k plus photos already and I still have space in my SD card! Try doing that with film and you will burn a HUGE hole in your pocket!

A good camera should have enough automation, so that it is easier to use and not confusing, and it should have enough control over the photo, so that, it is actually you using your mind to frame and compose the shot and not the camera. I saw a video of the NEX-7, my camera’s predecessor, and I found the design to be a bit confusing! I think they nailed the design for the A6000! Not the best, but it is very easy to get used to! Like it doesn’t have two dials, but it is easy enough to change such stuff! The quick set menu is good and useful! I am still loving my camera so far! 🙂 It is just so great that it is so small that I can just bring along with me everywhere I go in any bag and still have a good grip that I can shoot one handed! It is absolutely amazing!

I degressed so much from the title of the post! HAHA!

The title being what was saying how God spoke to me in J333 today. I stepped in and sat down during J333 and I heard the full time staff praying. I heard a voice, a voice so rich in the spirit that you can hear it. I am not kidding. When I heard I immediately turned to see who was it! It was the Pastor that spoke in R-AGE during GINK! Pastor Randy if I am not wrong. I was prompted to go ask him for prayer. That was just strange! Haha! We don’t know each other and I just ask for prayer? Wow!

I did anyway, he prayed a general prayer over me and I went back! Quite a funny occurrence.

When I was worshiping, I was just in awe of how we worshipped as a congregation! I heard the congregation sang and that just touched my heart.

“I will lead you there” God spoke to me.

I was just shocked by this word. I have thought about it and was quite interested, but I never thought that God would actually affirm me like that. It is gonna be scary and amazing! I am sure of it! 🙂

“I will lead you there”

I don’t believe you God, show me! 🙂

Then, I went up to pray over my family. Kennaf came up to me and prayed. He left me with this word, “I see a farmer plowing. This is what it means, continue to plow and it will bear fruit.”

This is an encouragement not just for my family but for myself.

Then, tonight, I did something that was quite unlike me. I went up to the adult drummer and gave him suggestions.

I actually wanted to do that for a long time already. Not the act of giving suggestions to adults, but helping drummers in general. Like if it was a youth, I would have gave him suggestions after rehearsal immediately. However, with adults, I am a little bit more worried. This is because, it just seemed a bit strange that I as a younger man would go up to someone older to help him. I struggled with this for such a long time. However, tonight was different. Like I was still scared, but I wasn’t worried about what others would think at all. So I stepped out and did it! Simple faith!

I did that and two things he said stuck with me. One was if I wanted to serve for J333, not in a taunting way, but yeah, they lack drummers. Well, I wouldn’t mind I guess, but I am really busy. This led him to say the second thing which just annoyed me. He said that youths very free one! -.- I told him no and he still said, “really really” come on! Trust me! I AM NOT FREE! Sure working life may be hard and busy, but that doesn’t mean that my life is free! Just see my everyday life and see how busy I am! Ok now Kelvin, stop ranting.

But yeah, just this two. He was actually very nice, so sorry for portraying him to be annoying. He was willing to listen to my suggestions when I suggested. That in itself is more than enough! He did say that the electronic drums are different, like they won’t trigger. Yup! I understand! There is a gate! But they still work in the same concept! It shouldn’t be that it affects THAT much. It is amazing drums too. So much better than the kit we played in Furama! So yeah! Work hard and play for God man! 🙂

Oh well, things are looking up! 🙂