Photo of the Month – April 2010

[written by KopiOkaya]

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

The lyrics from ABBA’s famous song Money Money Money says it all:

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world

With enough money, we (the rich men and women) can be both funny and sunny. In Andikong’s case, the money can be both sunny and funny. How? Let me explain. Andikong, a.k.a. “Bling Bling King”, is capable of capturing any objects (money notes included) and makes them shine like a sunny afternoon. More importantly, Andikong makes photographing money intriguing for the “FUNees”. You see, Andikong sparked-off the “Money Macro” movement with this pioneering money photo. (You can read more about it on SgShoot Forum HERE) This image had snowballed a progressive interests among F.U.N. members and had prompted them to photograph money notes using the macro function of their Fujifilm FinePix cameras (myself included) without using any close-up adapter (such as Raynox). The results are both unusually diverse and fascinating. Money Macro is not as easily as one thinks so. It does require some skill, technique, plenty of patience and sweat to be successful.

After much discussion between Bluffname, SgSoonhoe and myself, the “candidate” for April’s Photo of the Month is obvious. Andikong’s “Money Macro” is more than just a photo. It represents a modern-day crusade – a campaign against the conventional mindset that  macro photography is best achieved with expensive cameras and macro lenses. Quoting from IKEA’s advertising slogan: You don’t have to be rich to be clever, this crusade drove our ingenious and innovative members to explore macro photography beyond its realm.

All-in-all, “Money Macro” deserved to be crowned the King of alternative macro photography, and who else, other than the “Bling Bling King” and his Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR compact camera, could have done it better.

Long Live The King… and his royal aide.

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