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Do you know why I love going to events like Hyper Japan? It's because I get to use my 40mm prime lens without feeling like everyone is sending wary, furtive glances in my direction. I also view it as a way of practicing for when I (will eventually) take the plunge into street photography. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself acutely aware of the fact that people have eyes let alone whether they're watching you. In an event where it's expected that there will be a dense population of trigger happy camera wielders, you can pretty much go forth without any anxiety. That doesn't mean that you can be oblivious to the disgruntled face of someone evidently edging away from you (or diving away from that matter), but you will generally find more willing subjects like the girls in the above picture.

I know what you're thinking. The post title and the post image doesn't match up, but honestly how else was I meant to draw you in? Truthfully I don't think that I'm particularly good at food photography, but be honest, this cake is drawing you in. The reason why the cake is the main image of this post is that my friend, Nia from My Kinks and Curls,  has started her own YouTube channel (click here) and she bought a Canon 650D to get started. I don't know much about filming but she asked me to teach her what I knew about photography as it would ultimately help the filming process and with her blog. We met up, but there wasn't much to photograph so we ended up going for lunch in a Brazilian restaurant called Cabana at Westfield. Their food was very tasty and we couldn't resist getting this cake, which was a Brazilian flourless cake. Tasted a lot like a brownie. But besides satisfying our sweet tooth, the cake also served as a photographic subject for testing out different settings including different types of metering.

Crystal Ring

.... I couldn't get enough of it. This post somewhat links to my previous post of getting my mojo back. I talked about my friend's kitten inadvertently re-awakening my love of photography, but truth be told that was about all it did.

I'm opening with a gratuitous kitty shot in the hopes that it softens the fact I've been MIA. There have been many reasons why I haven't been posting (I won't bore you with them) but there was one reason in particular which leads to why blogging hasn't been at the forefront of my mind. Recently, I've been really struggling to take pictures. I know everyone has gone through a point where they get stuck, but this wasn't anything I've experienced. Nothing inspired me. Nothing. Not even the leaves turning a beautiful golden-red tone. Not the rain which makes everything look saturated with colour. Nothing (lovely start isn't it?).

This was a portfolio building session I had with my good friend Shila! I know you see posts with her in it a lot but this was the first proper "shoot" that we decided to do. I'm still in the portfolio building stage where I'm trying to focus on what I want to go into (I definitely know it's people) and what my style is, and dare I say it, I think I'm starting to get into a flow with it.

Amanjot and Kiran

Meet 2 of my close friends! The girl on the left is Kiran, who's studying medicine, and on the right is Amanjot, who is studying neuroscience. They've been best friends since secondary school, so they're practically like sisters.

Chinese Bracelet

How I Edited It

Usually, the first thing I do when after choosing the pictures I want is increase the contrast. I personally find contrast adds more to the image though I think there is such a thing as too much. Anyway, I increased the clarity slightly and I tried some split-toning. I chose green and pink to give it a old-ish feeling (though I wondered if I achieved that). That's all, just a simple edit.