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“Photographic Stories of Foo Tee Jun” Commentary Exhibition Tour

[written by Bluffname and KopiOkaya, complied by KopiOkaya]

Mr. Foo Tee Jun has given the authors exclusive rights to use his photographs in this article. All images are copyrighted.

Foo Tee Jun is probably not known to many of today’s photographers.

A search on the Internet yields few results about him, the first few pages of results currently on Google being mainly about his recent exhibition, The Photographic Stories of Foo Tee Jun – his first large-scale exhibition that showcases 200 of his works spanning nearly 50 years of photography. Search deeper and you might learn that he was awarded the Cultural Medallion for photography back in 1989 and that, in 2008, he was one of five Cultural Medallion winners who had their images printed on postage stamps.

National Day 2008 commemorative postal stamps featuring 3 photographs from Mr. Foo Tee Jun

[photo: Singapore Post / © Foo Tee Jun]

[photo: Singapore Post / © Foo Tee Jun]

But these distinctions mean little, if anything, to average photographers who acquaint themselves with photography mainly through Internet forums, websites and photoblogs. Mr. Foo does not have a strong Internet presence. And this is not helped by the fact that he is not fluent in English, his main languages / dialects being Mandarin, Cantonese, Hainanese and Hakka. Nor is he very computer literate. Add to all these, he is a quiet, humble man of few words.

But then, many photographers today are equally unfamiliar with other pioneers and veterans of Singapore photography – like Yip Cheong Fun, Tan Lip Seng, Chua Soo Bin, David Tay and others. Neither are they familiar with the great photographers of the world, like Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier Bresson et al.

They do not seem to feel any need to know the great masters. Yet ironically, they might know of some lesser accomplished photographers whom they find on the Internet and whose style they happen to like. Or, some others do not adopt any role models and simply shoot aimlessly. You find them in Internet forums and sites like Flickr and Facebook, where they post everything that they shoot, including “the good, the bad and the ugly” all lumped together.

There is value in getting to know the masters. The value lies not so much in copying their styles, but more in being inspired – inspired to try something new or something different, or simply inspired to shoot more pictures more often.

Mr. Foo, who is 75, comes from that background where learning from masters was the norm. Before the Internet age, until as recently as 10 or 15 years ago, the main way of learning photography was to join photographic clubs and societies and attend lessons conducted by seniors.

And the way to gauge one’s standard is to take part in photo society competitions called “salons”. Photographers would compete in both the local and International arenas, and winners would be awarded Star Ratings and Distinction from, say, PSS (Photographic Society of Singapore) or FIAP (International Federation of Photographic Art). This was how photographers in Mr. Foo’s time achieved national and international recognition. Today, salons are considered somewhat “old-school”.

Despite his “old-school” background, Mr. Foo’s latest exhibition shows that he has kept up with the times. He switched from a twin-lens, medium-format Rolleicord during the 1960s, to SLR and now DSLR cameras. Although not conversant with software like Photoshop, he has a friend to help with digital manipulation. His photographs are printed digitally using large format inkjet printers.

More importantly, Mr. Foo actively interacts and socializes with young photographers – those who know how to seek him out. He says they make him think back about his younger self, as well as give him fresh ideas and new perspectives.

Having seen the veteran photographer’s previous works, I must say his latest masterpieces are indeed far from being “old-school”. Bluffname even commented that one of his works – an image showing bacon hung besides a pair of shoes, besides a towel – “somehow makes me think of the artist Salvadore Dali”. SELim who was formerly a student of Mr. Foo, commented “I never knew he likes young people’s style” – referring to an image of a dancer on stage, surrounded by smoke. Sure, his exhibition had a fair share of “salon style” photographs, but it had much much more.

猪肉“Bacon and Shoes

[photo: © Foo Tee Jun]

《婀娜“Cloud Dancer”

[photo: © Foo Tee Jun]

Fujifilm FinePix Users Network (F.U.N.) was extremely honoured to have Mr. Foo be the commentator of Photographic Stories of Foo Tee Jun at Ngee Ann Cultural Centre on 27 December 2010. We were also very pleased to have fellow F.U.N. member and a long-time friend of the photographer, Mr. Lee Hin Mun, be our English interpreter for the tour.

[photo: SElim]

Mr. Foo started the tour with a black-and-white photo of three boys running under a coconut tree. It was taken in 1963 for a class assignment, after he joined the Photographic Society of Singapore. This photo, Mr. Foo shared, marked the starting point of his long and interesting photographic journey.

椰林之晨》“Sprinting Through Misty Plantation”

[photo: © Foo Tee Jun]

Dedicating the last five decades to his art, Mr. Foo’s works range from landscapes to portraits to street scenes to nature and wildlife. He is probably the most versatile photographer we have seen – a jack of all trades. One thing that really impressed me was Mr. Foo’s mastery in capturing “the decisive moment” instinctively. This exceptional skill comes from years of practise through hard work, trial and error, and, of course, with some help from Lady Luck.

泡沫派对“Foam Party”

[photo: © Foo Tee Jun]

After more than two hours of having Mr. Foo patiently introduce his photographic images, explain the techniques and circumstances behind many of them, and answering questions from F.U.N. members, we ended the tour with Mr. Foo graciously autographing his photography book that was produced for the exhibition and presented to all visitors (whilst stocks lasted). This was followed by a sumptuous dinner at Streets Cafe at Liang Court. Our members were still asking questions during dinner and Mr. Foo would answer them sincerely, one at a time.

Individual book signing

[photo: Andikong]

F.U.N. members were extremely pleased with the tour. Said TheChef: “Excellent time spent. More than two hours spent on this commentary photo tour could save me many precious years figuring out what to shoot.” Added Second Wind: “If there is one thing I learned from the tour is that he can photograph the ordinary and then add just that something to a picture to make a big difference, be it colour saturation or a hand here, a branch there. A true master.”

Just add a hand…

[photo: KopiOkaya]

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Fujifilm announces 12 new FinePix digital cameras

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

Fujiifilm Corporation is delighted to announce the new lineups of the FinePix digital camera series. The wide range of new FinePix lineups will provide customers even more convenient solution from capturing to sharing, professional to simple point and shoot, and satisfy and amaze all customers around the world with their exciting photography life.

FinePix F550EXR — The perfect compact, anywhere in the world

Packed with features and loaded with some of the latest technological innovations, the new Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR is set to take the premium compact camera market by storm.

Following in the footsteps of the award-winning FinePix F200 EXR and F300 EXR models, this latest recruit to the range is the ideal camera for discerning point-and-shoot photographers or SLR users who want to travel light but don’t want to compromise image quality and picture-taking versatility. Superb results are assured with exciting new features including an innovative 16 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor, advanced GPS functions, high speed shooting capabilities, a 15x wide-angle zoom lens, Full HD movie functionality and an improved user interface. With a stylish design and pocketable dimensions, the FinePix F550 EXR is set to become the must-have compact in 2011.

[photo: Fujifilm]

FinePix HS20EXR — The ultimate all-in-one just got better

Record-breaking, innovative, versatile; the new Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR is all this and so much more. Replacing the multiple award-winning FinePix HS10; this latest addition to the range of Fujifilm bridge cameras represents the perfect picture taking solution for photographers who want the specification and picture quality of an SLR without the heavy camera bag and huge dent in their bank balance. With a class-leading feature set that includes a brand new EXR CMOS sensor, high speed continuous shooting capability, improved user interface, versatile video functions, 16 megapixel resolution and a 30x zoom lens with advanced anti-blur technologies, the HS20 EXR sets new standards in bridge camera functionality and performance.


[photo: Fujifilm]

A whole host of new super-zoom bridge cameras (FinePix S4000/S3400/S3300/S3200)

Fujifilm announces today that its S-Series long-zoom “bridge camera” range is being extended to include four new super-zoom models. Highly regarded for their ease-of-use and compact nature, and featuring sought after EVFs; the new additions to the bridge camera line-up have tele-photo capabilities ranging from an impressive 24x zoom to a huge 30x zoom.

The NEW S3200, S3300, S3400 and S4000 cameras all boast high resolution 14 megapixel CCDs, award winning Fujinon optics, 24 mm wide-angle lenses, are intuitive and easy to operate and are packed full of useful features and technologies. With bright 3.0” LCD screens (460K dot resolution on the S3400 & S4000 and 230K dot resolution on the S3200 and S3300), Fujifilm’s new bridge camera range has a lot to offer.

[photo: Fujifilm]

FinePix S2950 — A new 18x zoom bridge camera

Following on from the success of the FinePix S2800HD, the S2950 will be available from Spring 2011. This is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s S-Series long-zoom range of “bridge cameras” which are renowned for their ease-of-use and excellent tele-photo capabilities — all packaged up in a neat compact shell and with the added bonus of an all-important EVF.

With a generous 18x Fujinon optical zoom lens, the S2950 really packs a punch, especially when matched with its 14 megapixel sensor, large 3.0” LCD screen and 720p HD (30 fps) movie capture.


[photo: Fujifilm]

FinePix T300 — World thinnest* 10 times zoom compact camera!

High quality photography just got a whole lot more accessible thanks to the introduction of the new FinePix T300. One of two models that comprise Fujifilm’s new T series, the T300 presents the ideal solution for those who want to buy a well specified, easy to use and most importantly, world thinnest 10 times zoom compact camera to take on their travels or use to capture family life, but don’t want a hefty price tag to match.

The T300 offers a specification that few other models can match, including some of latest cutting edge technologies plucked from higher-end models in Fujifilm’s range.

[photo: Fujifilm]

FinePix XP30 with GPS — A world’s first for outdoor compacts

Fujifilm has raised the bar in the competitive outdoor compact camera sector by introducing the FinePix XP30; the world’s first water, shock, dust and freeze proof model featuring built-in GPS functionality.

Continuing in the tradition set by the XP10 that it replaces, the FinePix XP30 offers a competitively-priced entry into the sector with a specification that will ensure outdoor-loving photographers or adventure sports enthusiasts are well catered for. In addition to GPS and its rugged build quality, the camera also features 14.2 megapixel resolution with an impressive 5 times wide zoom with optical image stabilization to shoot sharp image quality in any condition. With a FinePix XP30 in their rucksack, outdoor photographers will be able take their pictures to new heights without the steep price tag!

[photo: Fujifilm]

FinePix Z90 — A touch of social networking!

Introducing the undeniably stunning FinePix Z90 from Fujifilm, a super-stylish member of the 1st half 2011 range of digital cameras. It’s packed full of fun and easy-to-use features, this camera really is not just a pretty face. Housing an innovative 3-inch wide LCD touch screen, a 14.2 megapixel sensor, a 5x Fujinon optical zoom, 720p HD movie and 1080p image capture, and a YouTube / Facebook easy web upload facility; the FinePix Z90 is the perfect camera for a fashion-conscious audience that is looking for a combination of quality and style.

[photo: Fujifilm]

The new ‘J’ series cameras — Sleek, stylish and full of fun! (FinePix JV200/JV250/JX300/JX350/JX400)

Following in the footsteps of the current J series models, Fujifilm today announces five new additions to the range. The new cameras feature the same winning formula as previous models — all are slim, elegant compact cameras which have been filled to the brim with the latest technologies.

FinePix JX400

FinePx JX300

FinePix Jv200

[photo: Fujifilm]

The new ‘A’ series cameras are on this year’s hot list (FinePix AV200/AV250/AX300/AX350)

Following the huge success of the 2010 range of FinePix ‘A’ series cameras, Fujifilm is pleased to introduce four new additions for 2011. The FinePix AV200, AV250, AX300 and AX350 all combine a good all-round feature-set with affordability, and are perfect for beginners who want a simple point and shoot digital camera.

FinePix AX300

FinePix AV200

[photo: Fujifilm]

Fujifilm FinePix X100 – The Stories Behind Its Designs

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

Fujifilm recently interviewed the senior designers and technicians about their experience developing the FinePix X100 and we now have the first chapters of this development story live for you to read. Chapter One focuses on the prime Fujinon Lens. Chapter Two details further information about the world’s first Hybrid Viewfinder and Chapter Three provides detail on the beautiful camera design philosophy. We’ve been overwhelmed by your first impressions of the X100 and it’s fascinating to see that we have created such great passion within the photographic community.

We’ll keep you posted with further updates as the camera’s launch date approaches this Spring, but in the meantime visit the X100 site for more details.

Comments from the FinePix X100 design team

The Lens

“The X100 lens is not just about focusing on a part of the scene and capturing only that area in sharp detail, it is about achieving beautiful quality that extends to the out-of-focus parts of the image. In designing this lens, we paid attention to the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light and especially the beauty of the background “bokeh” effect. You could say that the X100 lens enables you to effortlessly achieve superb image quality. With this lens, I aimed to make the most of the superior image quality combining low distortion with high resolution to capture stunning landscape photographs.”

Takashi Suzuki

Senior Operations Manager, Optical Design Group, Engineering Division, Optical Device Business Division.

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“Before each X100 lens is shipped, the MTF characteristics are measured and the lens is tuned. That is why I am confident that the photographer will enjoy the satisfaction of a lens that performs according to the original design specifications. My main responsibility was making the lens as compact as possible, and so I hope that you enjoy its easy-to-carry slim form and make it your constant companion, ready to capture high quality images that only the X100 can achieve.”

Yoshitaka Takeshita

Engineering Manager, Electronic Imaging Products Development Center, Research & Development Management Headquarters.

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The Hybrid Viewfinder

“The quality and ease of viewing through a viewfinder was refined throughout the film camera era. Today we are again pursuing ways to improve the viewfinder experience, and for the first time in a long time, we have gone back to the basics to create a design. While some may say that we have gone to the extremes of simplicity in the configuration of optical elements, we have been uncompromising in everything from our choice of optical material to reflective surface coating. I am proud to say that we have developed the best viewfinder on any camera that has ever borne the Fujifilm brand.”

Hitoshi Miyano

Senior Operations Manager, Optical Design Group, Engineering Division, Optical Device Business Division.

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The Looks

[photos: Fujifilm]

“We wanted to communicate both the nostalgic ‘retro’ feeling of the exterior and the authentic cutting-edge qualities inside the camera. The aim of the product design team is to inspire people to identify with the product and encourage them to enjoy using it. In the case of the X100, I drew on my own personal experience and tried to imagine how people felt when they first encountered a camera – the sensation when they held it and felt the first stirring of the desire to frame and shoot a photo, and then I aimed to translate this comfortable intimacy inherent to a camera into a concrete design. I was able to experience firsthand the favorable response of the many people who came to Photokina in September (2010), and get direct confirmation that we were not mistaken in the design direction we chose.”

Masazumi Imai
Design Centre.

F.U.N. Awards 2010

[written by KopiOkaya and Bluffname, compiled by KopiOkaya]

{Trumpet fanfare}

Ladies and gentlemen… Fujifilm FinePix Users Network is proud to present the winners of F.U.N. Awards 2010. The candidates were handpicked and scrutinized before we declared them winners.

And here they are…

{Drum roll}

F.U.N. Ambassador of the Year

* Andikong *

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR

No F.U.N. member deserve this title more than Andikong. To date, Andikong has recommended Fujifilm FinePix products to at least 6 people (not counting those I wasn’t told). One of them is Yingbin1005. He even presented a FinePix compact camera to a friend’s daughter as birthday gift.

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F.U.N. Camera of the Year

* Fujifilm FinePix F31fd and F30 *

[photo:KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Madmacs has the F30 for a while. Selim has the F31fd for many year. TheChef used to own two F30s and two F31fds, but he eventually sold both the F30s and a F31fd in 2009. Recently, he bought back a F30. Excelglsi used to have two F31fds but sold one to Bluffname for $100. Therefore, Bluffname now owns a F31fd. KopiOkaya has the F31fd which he bought from Steven Lee of Camera Hospital. Amberture has a F31fd. After so many of us raved about the F31fd, Yingbin1005 bought one too. Andikong bought a F31fd shortly after his F200EXR suffered LCD damage. Sgsoonhoe bought the F30 to replace his aging F70EXR. These dinosaurs are coming back to rule the F.U.N. world.

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F.U.N. Lens of the Year

* “The Super Poison Lens” – Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Second Wind was first to buy this “Super Poison Lens” in 2010, followed almost immediately by KopiOKaya who traded in almost his entire lens collection for this. Then TheChef bought, then I bought it from SecondWind (who bought a bigger, tua leng kong* lens for birding) and finally Excelglsi bought. So four FUNnees now own this lens, while at least three others – Sgsoonhoe, SELim and Amberture, own its smaller brother, the 70-300VR, also bought last year. I should claim credit, however, for discovering the toxic nature of this lens when I started renting it to shoot concerts towards end-2009. The long reach of the lens is great for concert shots and, when things go right, image quality is superb.

[*means enormous and long in Chinese Hokkien language]

Sure, it does not focus as quickly as the “lightning” f2.8 70-200 VR. But TheChef, who also owns this more costly lens, has practically kept it in cold storage since acquiring the 80-400 poison. Plus, the “smaller hole” of the 80-400 actually makes photos more “mysterious” with a darker background and the subject more suitably isolated.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Buyer of the Year – Fujifilm Category

* TheChef *

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

In June, TheChef bought the FinePix S100FS as a gift for his professor father-in-law. Few weeks before Christmas, he bought a FinePix F30 because he missed the “F30-look” after selling two F30s away in 2009. Two weeks ago, he bought the FinePix S3 Pro to add to his “old toy” collection.

Beside FinePix cameras, TheChef also bought several very poisonous lenses last year. They are a rare white Nikkor 70-200 f2.8G ED AF-S VR (version 1), a “Super Poison Lens” Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D ED AF-D VR (which was influenced by Bluffname and KopiOkaya), a DC-Nikkor 105mm f2D AF-D and a similar DC-Nikkor 135mm f2D AF-D. A few days ago, he bought a Nikon SB-80DX Speedlight specially for the S3 Pro’s D-TTL system.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Buyer of the Year – Hampalang* Category

[* means all or everything]

* Amberture *

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

After knowing Amberture for more than a year, I realize nobody love cameras more than Amberture – both digital (including Apple iPhones) and film. He bought so many cameras within a year until I lost count of them.

Let me begin with his “toasting” (the word is actually “tossing”) cameras both the FinePix F11 and the Yashica EZ F521 (a.k.a. digital Holga). After we raved about the FinePix F31fd, he bought one too. Later last year, Amberture got bitten by film bug and bought several Olympus Trip 35 compact film cameras. He then jumped into film SLR and bought a Nikon FM2 and a Nikon FE2, together with a MD-12 motor drive. Initially, he wanted to buy a used Nikon FM3A but found the prices too high.

Not an active lens buyer, Amberture bought a Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR from Malaysia earlier last year so that he could join F.U.N. shoots at Esplanade.

Besides real cameras, Amberture is also an iLomo fanatic (Lomography using Apple iPhone). The launch of iPhone 4 in 2010 spelled good news for Amberture. Upon its official launch, he rushed to the store and bought one immediately.

Amberture is indeed the F.U.N. Hampalang Camera Equipment Buyer of 2010.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year – Fujifilm Category

* Salnts *

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Like TheChef said: “BSBS” or “Buy sell, buy sell”, Salnts fits into this category perfectly. After owning the FinePix S5 Pro for about 2 years, he finally sold it in June.

No longer a university student, Salnts has been working very hard on weekends and even public holidays. Thinking he less time to shoot, he planned to take up some “mini” photo projects during his off days. Thus, he bought a Fuji GW690III medium format film camera. However, long working hour took its toll on him. Poor Salnts had no choice but to sell the professional camera two months later.

Before that, Salnts also had a couple of Fuji Natura Classica and Fuji Klasse which he bought and sold earlier in 2010. In addition, there were several other brands of camera such as the Ricoh GR Digital, Olympus EP-1, Konica Hexar, Rolleiflex 3.5E, Seagull 4A and a couple of Micro-110 rangefinder cameras which he bought and sold within months.

No FUNnees sold more cameras this year than Salnts, our F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of 2010.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year – Hampalang Category

* KopiOkaya *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Now is my turn to write something about… myself and why am I the Hampalang F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year.

Last year was indeed a “SSS” or “sell sell sell” period for me. Mainly lenses. Recalling back to 1st January 2010, I had 8 lenses in my dry cabinet. Today, I have only 3. I sold the Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, Carl Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro-Planar T* ZF and Voigtlander SL 90mm f3.5 APO Lanthar earlier last year. I sold the Nikkor 50mm f1.4D AF-D, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 AT-X DX subsequently. What is left now are Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D AF-D and Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8G ED AF-S DX. With the money I recuperated from lens sales, I bought the “Super Poison” Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for S$1,600.

One of the many reasons I sold some of my lenses is that I found myself unable to cope with manual focusing due to failing eyesight. Furthermore, there were a few lenses which I hardly use and they were taking up too much space. But the main reason was I needed cash to buy the Super Poison Lens.

Today, I am very happy with just 3 lenses. I have come to the mindset not to tie up my funds in camera equipment, keeping some essential and spare gear around but renting everything else I need.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Retailer of the Year

* SLR Revolution *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

Many photographers in Singapore don’t consider SLR Revolution to be “the place” to shop for their camera equipment and accessories. During the past 2 years, I have seen SLR Revolution grew from a very small shop located at the 5th floor of Funan IT Mall (across Alpha-numeric John) into one of the largest photography shop there. They moved down to 4th floor and gained 4 times retail space within a year!

More important to us is service. Both Ray and Hanwei provide excellent customer service. Many F.U.N. members consider SLR Revolution the cheapest place to buy OEM batteries for our FinePix cameras. Since the shop doesn’t stock these batteries in large quantity, they are often sold out. But with Ray’s help, F.U.N. members are able to check, order and reserve any battery and collect it at their own convenience.

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F.U.N. Family of the Year

* Jeretto, Yingbin1005 and Ernest *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

This family is often seen participating in various activities together, not just F.U.N. photo outings. At first, Jeretto is a FinePix user. He eventually persuaded (with some help from Andikong) his wife Yingbin1005 to take up photography and join our F.U.N. outings. Yingbin1005 is hooked onto photography ever since.

As for Ernest, he is probably the most obedient child we have seen. He is quiet and hardly throw tantrums. With such supportive husband and son, our Young Aunty Master is able to focus on improving her photography skills.

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F.U.N. Quote of the Year

* ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~ by Yingbin1005 *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Hmmmmm…. what Yingbin1005 and I sms’ing about? Can Yingbin1005 remember??? I cannot, but somehow the word AUM came up and I mentioned that it is a powerful chant, the one more commonly spelled OM. And then I said “lollo” (means don’t know) also can be used as a chant and that, in fact, “hampalang” (means everything) can be used as a chant.

Next thing happened. Yingbin1005 texted back: ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~

It actually has a nice metre and sounds rather poetic. Great piece of creative writing. This confirms my feeling that those who say their “England is not so powderful” – like Yingbin1005, Excelglsi, Sgsoonhoe and others – are actually creative and capable of writing well.

I asked Yingbin1005 to use this as a quote in her signature and I also did. This sparked a new trend of quoting each other, instead of some “great” people, in our signatures.

Meanwhile, those with high blood pressure and other health challenges are recommended to meditate and chant ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~ for 20 minutes each time, twice a day, every day. I believe sure can get well. If cannot, sorry ah, I hampalang lollo!

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F.U.N. Word of the Year

* “ARGHK” coined by Second Wind *

[photo: Second Wind]

Second Wind (after his first F.U.N. shoot with a few of us at Jurong Bird Park) originally used this as the Hokkien word for “duck”, a sub-species of jiao (means bird).

There was a bit of initial discussion about the correct spelling for “ARGHK” but the word became an instant hit – because of its great versatility and wide applications. More than just a duck, “ARGHK” has become a substitute word for “Hello”, “Hi”, “Good morning”, “Hey”, “Ah”, “Argh”, “WAH”, “Wow”. “Whoa”, “la” and hampalang other expressions.

It can also be written in various ways, with as many A’s, R’s, G’s, H’s and K’s as one desires. TheChef probably holds the record for using the most letters in ARGGGHHHHHHHKKKKKK… or something like that.

Finally, ARGHK has spawned a whole series of new words, including:

ARGHT = art

ARGHKstract = abstract

ARGHKitecture = Architecture

But if you don’t ARGHKgree that this is such a great word, you can go over to the other forum to ARGHKgue!

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Most Accomplished F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Who else among us has achieved fame more than Excelglsi in 2010? Many photographers dream of having their photographs featured in a world renown magazine. However, it was no dream for Excelglsi. His photo titled “ANTi” appeared in the June 2010 issue of National Geographic. It is an honorable pleasure indeed to have such a fine photographer among us.

Excelglsi also participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 top 20 contestants photo shoot. His pictures were displayed during the event’s road shows and promotions. They were also published in MediaCorp 8 Days and i- Weekly magazines.

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Most Active F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Yingbin1005 *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Who else has the ability to accumulate 2,200 posts within 10 months? During the peak period of August and September, Yingbin1005 posted more than 500 comments on Sgshoot within 3 weeks. Very few forumers can match her enthusiasm and volume.

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Most Adventurous F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Excelglsi can be seen anywhere in Singapore from Tuas to Pasir Ris. From Punggol Park to Labrador Park. This adventurous photographer does not restrict himself to a single subject or theme. Instead, his subjects are as broad as his style. From black-and-white to infrared. From spiders to XMMs*.

[* means Xiao Mei Mei or sweet young girls in Mandarin]

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Most Communicative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Amberture *

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

I often told Bluffname F.U.N. without Amberture is no fun. Amberture’s presence is cross boundaries. He is able to break the ice between two strangers with ease. He is the kind of person whom you can talk about anything and everything. An ideal photo kaki* and outing companion.

[* means buddy in Malay]

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Most Creative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Sgsoonhoe *

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

There is always something new and interesting we can learn from the Shoot Through Master. Both Bluffname and I have learned quite a lot from him during our frequent outings last year. Furthermore, Sgsoonhoe doesn’t mind sharing his new discoveries with everybody. His creativity comes from his keen observation, quick thinking, open-mindedness and his willingness to explore new concepts and techniques.

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Most Improved F.U.N. Member of the Year

* TheChef *

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

TheChef has been taking pictures long before he joined F.U.N. If I remember correctly, he said he used to shoot film but it took him a while to switch to digital. He was shooting casually with Nikon and Canon digital compacts until he discovered FinePix cameras.

When TheChef met the FUNnees during our Thaipusam outing in January 2010, he thought we looked serious and stern. In his mind, he felt we were no fun at all. But he was wrong… Bluffname accepted him into the Shaolin School of Shooting. TheChef went through the school’s rigorous training and many many ‘koks” later, he became one of the most outstanding disciples which eventually earned him the title “Kim Kim Master” within just 5 months.

In October 2010, TheChef participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 contestants photo shoot with the latest FinePix Real 3D W3 camera. His 3D pictures were displayed at the event’s road shows in Orchard Central shopping centre.

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Most Influential F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Bluffname *

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

I have known Bluffname personally for more than 3 years (time flies…). I knew him from the other forum. He had a question about his FinePix S5 Pro and I was able answer it.

After hanging out with Bluffname for some time, I must say he changed the way I view my subjects. You see, I was hardly a telephoto person. The longest lens I had was a 200mm. After shooting with Bluffname for more than a year, I traded-in my 200mm for a 300mm. Today, I shoot with a 400mm and it is also my walkaround lens.

Bluffname joined F.U.N. in May 2009. Since then, many F.U.N. members had been influenced by his “uptight” style. To name a few – TheChef, Yingbin1005, Sgsoonhoe, Amberture and lately, Excleglsi, who claimed to shoot only with wide angle and prime lenses. In fact, some of F.U.N. members’ works look very much similar to Bluffname’s. As FUNnees progress, Bluffname must push himself to “think out of the box” and be different from the rest. He is now adopting a “down loose” approach to his photography.

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Most Innovative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Sometimes known as Mr. DIY, Excelglsi’s photography accessories are as innovative as Gary Fong’s Lightsphere or Ron Henry’s R-Strap. Not only did he make his own set of diffusers specially for macro photography, he also built an external battery pack for his flash.

Among Excelglsi’s other innovations – an utility waist bag that rivals ThinkTank’s Pro Speed Belt modular system and a custom-built bare bulb flash system for specially for bird photography.

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Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Equipment “Lobang*” Category

[* means good find or good deal in Malay]

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Being innovative also means that person must be resourceful as well. Excleglsi is the living example of “all good things must wait”. He recently won a bid for the Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for just S$1,400. This lens usually goes for around S$1,800. Instead of buying it from an used camera store, he choose to wait and pounce on any good deal that comes along.

Not long ago, he picked up a slightly flawed FinePix F31fd for $100 but eventually sold it to Bluffname at cost price. Among some of the good “lobang”, a used silver Nikon D50 DSLR for S$250 and a used FinePix F70EXR for S$100.

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Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Programming and Event Category

* Sgsoonhoe *

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Sgsoonhoe is probably the most informative F.U.N. member of all. He never fails to provide F.U.N. organizers with the latest news and information, as well as programme schedules and event updates. He is also known as our Information Resource Almighty Shifu or IRAS.

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Most Memorable F.U.N. Picture of the Year

* “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 *

Voted by F.U.N. members, “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 is 2010 most memorable picture.

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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st Accomplished F.U.N. Member of the Year* Excelglsi *Who else among us has achieved fame more than Excelglsi in 2010? Many photographers dream of having their photographs featured in a world renown magazine. However, it was no dream for Excelglsi. His photo titled “ANTi” appeared in the June 2010 issue of National Geographic. It is an honorable pleasure indeed to have such a fine photographer among us.Excelglsi also participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 top 20 contestants photo shoot. His pictures were displayed during the event’s road shows and promotions. They were also published in MediaCorp 8 Days and i- Weekly magazines.  ———- Most Active F.U.N. Member of the Year * Yingbin1005 * Who else has the ability to accumulate 2,200 posts within 10 months? During the peak period of August and September, Yingbin1005 posted more than 500 comments on Sgshoot within 3 weeks. Very few forumers can match her enthusiasm and volume. ———- Most Adventurous F.U.N. Member of the Year * Excelglsi * Excelglsi can be seen anywhere in Singapore from Tuas to Pasir Ris. From Punggol Park to Labrador Park. This adventurous photographer does not restrict himself to a single subject or theme. Instead, his subjects are as broad as his style. From black-and-white to infrared. From spiders to XMMs. ———- Most Communicative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Amberture * I often told Bluffname F.U.N. without Amberture is no fun. Amberture’s presence is cross boundaries. He is able to break the ice between two strangers with ease. He is the kind of person whom you can talk about anything and everything. An ideal photo kaki and outing companion. ———- Most Creative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Sgsoonhoe * There is always something new and interesting we can learn from the Shoot Through Master. Both Bluffname and I have learned quite a lot from him during our frequent outings last year. Furthermore, Sgsoonhoe doesn’t mind sharing his new discoveries with everybody. His creativity comes from his keen observation, quick thinking, open-mindedness and his willingness to explore new concepts and techniques. ———- Most Diarrhoetic F.U.N. Member of the Year * TheChef * The year 2010 marked an epoch of loose bowel and runny motion. You see, many FUNees were having Delhi belly due to the sudden increase in appetite for Super Poison lenses. With such deadly cravings, FUNees must detoxify to stay alive. In comparison, nobody experienced frequent runs more than TheChef. Due to his enormous appetite for very poisonous lenses, such as the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8G ED AF-S VR (version 1), Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D ED AF-D VR, DC-Nikkor 105mm f2D AF-D and DC-Nikkor 135mm f2D AF-D, plus a weak stomach for kim kim pictures. Worse still, TheChef suffers allergic reactions to Cosplay and XMM TFCD. These shoots will definitely trigger uncontrollable backdoor trots around Sgshoot and the other forum. TheChef’s unloading could lasts 3 to 4 posts. Once discharged, we would hear a sigh of relieve from him – ARGGGHHHHHHHKKKKKK… or something like that. To curb the passing situation, Bluffname suggested we “must think out of the jamban (meaning “toilet” in Malay)” before our restroom union imposes ERP (Electronic Restroom Pricing) on every entry into a public toilet during rush hour. ———- Most Improved F.U.N. Member of the Year * TheChef * TheChef has been taking pictures long before he joined F.U.N. If I remember correctly, he said he used to shoot film but it took him a while to switch to digital. He was shooting casually with Nikon and Canon digital compacts until he discovered FinePix cameras. When TheChef met the FUNees during our Thaipusam outing in January 2010, he thought we looked serious and stern. In his mind, he felt we were no fun at all. But he was wrong… Bluffname accepted him into the Shaolin School of Shooting. TheChef went through the school’s rigorous training and many many ‘koks” later, he became one of the most outstanding disciples which eventually earned him the title “Kim Kim Master” within just 5 months. In October 2010, TheChef participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 contestants photo shoot with the latest FinePix Real 3D W3 camera. His 3D pictures were displayed at the event’s road shows in Orchard Central shopping centre. ———- Most Influential F.U.N. Member of the Year * Bluffname * I have known Bluffname personally for more than 3 years (time flies…). I knew him from the other forum. He had a question about his FinePix S5 Pro and I was able answer it. After hanging out with Bluffname for some time, I must say he changed the way I view my subjects. You see, I was hardly a telephoto person. The longest lens I had was a 200mm. After shooting with Bluffname for more than a year, I traded-in my 200mm for a 300mm. Today, I shoot with a 400mm and it is also my walkaround lens. Bluffname joined F.U.N. in May 2009. Since then, many F.U.N. members had been influenced by his “uptight” style. To name a few – TheChef, Yingbin1005, Sgsoonhoe, Amberture and lately, Excleglsi, who claimed to shoot only with wide angle and prime lenses. In fact, some of F.U.N. members’ works look very much similar to Bluffname’s. As FUNees progress, Bluffname must push himself to “think out of the box” and be different from the rest. He is now adopting a “down loose” approach to his photography. ———- Most Innovative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Excelglsi * Sometimes known as Mr. DIY, Excelglsi’s photography accessories are as innovative as Gary Fong’s Lightsphere or Ron Henry’s R-Strap. Not only did he make his own set of diffusers specially for macro photography, he also built an external battery pack for his flash. Among Excelglsi’s other innovations – an utility waist bag that rivals ThinkTank’s Pro Speed Belt modular system. ———- Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Equipment “Lobang” Category * Excelglsi * Being innovative also means that person must be resourceful as well. Excleglsi is the living example of “all good things must wait”. He recently won a bid for the Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for just S$1,400. This lens usually goes for around S$1,800. Instead of buying it from an used camera store, he choose to wait and pounce on any good deal that comes along. Not long ago, he picked up a slightly flawed FinePix F31fd for $100 but eventually sold it to Bluffname at cost price. Among some of the good “lobang”, a used silver Nikon D50 DSLR for S$250 and a used FinePix F70EXR for S$100. ———- Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Programming and Event Category * Sgsoonhoe * Sgsoonhoe is probably the most informative F.U.N. member of all. He never fails to provide F.U.N. organizers with the latest news and information, as well as programme schedules and event updates. He is also known as our Information Resource Almighty Shifu or IRAS. ———- Most Memorable F.U.N. Picture of the Year * “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 * Voted by F.U.N. members, “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 is 2010 most memorable picture. ———-