January 6, 2010 12:24 by Adrian

Hey everyone!

         In the last few months of 2009, Ardent has been working closely with our good friend Ben Ng, founder of Fluid Alchemy. We decided to work together due to our love and passion for the things we do, Ben for his love and passion of mixology and of course ours for our love and passion for photography. With this, Ardent will be an extension of Basic Management in providing photography related services, complimenting their existing mixology related services.

         With this partnership, we've forged new ties with Robinsons, Monin and Krespy Kreme as our corporate clients and moving towards 2010, we @ Ardent look forward in strengthening our relationships with them as well as forging new relationships through our dedication to quality, professionalism and above all, passion for what we do best. All in an extremely competitive price! .. had to put that in Cool

           Our new logo inconjunction with our partnership will look like the one below.

          We @ Ardent would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our corporate clients Wee Sien, Edwin, Keith, Timothy, and Zetty our partner in crime, Ben, our friends over at YS, Zaffery and his wife Lillian and their staff Ms Then and Kent, our wedding clients as well and last but not least our friends and families for their support and faith in us and I hope that all of you would kindly extend that through years to come as well. Cool

           Lets all enter 2010 and make it one helluva great year! all the best!

Cheers,

Adrian Y.


June 9, 2009 04:33 by Adrian

Hey guys and gals!

       I hope everyone's doing great as we are over here.. man how do we love our new baby lens Cool actually its more like a big big baby.. my d300 + 14-24mm f/2.8 + SB-800 will weigh easily 2.5kg..  one helluva workout especially when carrying for 4+ hours straight during assignments..  that's why I wonder why would anyone buy a battery grip? my single battery can last way above 600 shots with my 18-200mm with VR on.. seriously adding weight isn't something I plan to do..  maybe the grip is used for portriat photography? well I'm more than capable of taking portriats at ease and of stability without the grip.. 

        So unless you plan to have larger forearms.. I suggest splurging RM888 for the battery grip for the d300.. or alternatively eat RM888 worth of spinach! Smile

         Anyway.. this coming sunday, we are commissioned to cover the opening of Twins Sports Badminton Hall USJ 19.. designed personally by former World No 5 Doubles Champion Mr Yap Yee Hup.. the courts is designed through his 11 years coaching and playing experiance to give the best playing experiance possible at affordable rates.. such as rubberized (not those yucky sticky type rubber courts), green cloth partition to prevent stray light from other sections and proper grand stand style seating! only 3 rows but good enough to do a mexican wave if one needs to.. Cool 

         Not to mention a well designed and ventilated shower/changing room, CCTV/security guard service in the evening and a whole lot more refinements that goes into creating the best badminton hall one can get..  Mr Yap is similar to Ardent's passion in giving the best first, profits second.. other halls, is the other way around.. more courts I can squeeze = more money.. Never quite liked playing in a sardin can.. do you? for the same price? why suffer?

          Below is a picture of the centre section of the hall.. taken with of course with our new baby 14-24mm..  there's a link for the full size version if you really need to zoom into the farthest end to see how sharp this lens is.. I have.. Cool 

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        Next week Ardent will be off Malaysia for some R&R.. expect more beautiful scenery/landscape pictures.. Wink  till then, I'll leave you with a picture of suction bear all geared up for swimming! I'll also post my experiences on this lens once I get the time..   


 
                Till then.. take good care and have a great day ahead..
 
Cheers,
Adrian Y. 

October 29, 2008 16:57 by Adrian

Its approaching the end of the year and still plenty of events happening around.. 

Lets see a sample of the events that's happening: -

1. 30th Oct 2008 : Midouri Night @ Zeta Bar KL Hilton - Invited by a good friend of Ardent's.. Ben Ng

2. 1st Nov 2008 : Meet & Greet event @ The Embershoppe. Come and meet the Master Cigar Roller Alfredo Andrés Pino.   

3. 4th Nov 2008 : A big event happening @ The Rain Bistro in Kelana Square - Will update when I know what's it about.

4. 9th Nov 2008 : Yap Twins Sport Management is hosting their 2nd Annual Graduation & Award Ceremonial Dinner 2008.

5. 11th Nov 2008 : The official Launching of The Rain Bistro

Keep checking in and pictures of each event will be published as soon as possible. Well Ardent isn't sitting around doing nothing ya!

Oh yeah, lets squeeze an update on Ardent's Zippo advert @ the Curve..  So far approved by the Lightbox designer and Curve management. Now just awaiting one other photo to be approved and walla.. Ardent's advert will be proudly showing in front of The Embershoppe entrance, you can't miss it! Cool 

Cheers,

Adrian Y. 


October 26, 2008 18:47 by Adrian

Hey guys and gals.. yesterday was one helluva pot luck.. lasting from 6 to about 12.30am.. 

All I can say is that last night's Halal Noodle Research paid off.. and paid of it did! with interest.. everyone loved it..  unfortunately the credit can't go to Ardent as our calling isn't about being the best Mee Goreng 'Cookeder' (the name I heard while watching 'Mind Your Language' looong time ago).. rather its about capturing scandalous pictures for sale.. Cool

Everyone had a great time.. tho one thing was missing.. there were unfortunately no Indians around to seal the 'Deepa' part of the celebration.. So I guessed ultimately it was Raya Pot Luck kinda..

The food was amazing.. we had green chilli chicken rendang which was fantabulous (so good until its worth my time to check on the spelling on that word).. Chicken curry was nice.. but what was interesting was Soya Bean Jelly in a tube! I got to say, Jones is a genius to come up with that packaging.. by the way he offers 'sex' as well.. Nothing is what it seems @ the Embershoppe!  Francis did a great job in preparing the soya bean.. and Vincent who made it look like... white stuff in a plastic tube.. that looks like.. No! there isn't any picture.. use your imagination..

After Vincent's stunt, it was no surprising that Jones came up with the idea.. of packaging white soya bean in a plastic tube..

All in all it was a fun night.. 

I'll be checking with CK to see if he wants the photos printed.. as much as people say about digital photographs.. nothing beats printed photographs.. it just feels more authentic and just engages the crowd rather than flashing images onto a monitor.. just doesn't have the same feel..

Anyway I'll see how the pics will be handled.. some of the pics may or may not be posted here or in face book  ... Erm.. is this the time to give a certain group of people that night ardent's bank account number? Cool

It was so scandalous that some gal wanted to give me a kungfu panda death pinky move.. I'm printing that picture in 8R.. 

Met up with a gal Esther.. who's really sweet and had really good taste.. she's the only one who wanted a picture with me! lucky gal.. and ok fine.. lucky me as well.. would have wished to have more time.. Sorry baby, got work to do.. next time ya!

Cheers,

Adrian Y.  


October 25, 2008 05:20 by Adrian

Last night was a real weird night.. never in my wildest dream that I would have thought to have ended my Friday with.....

Halal Noodle Research!

For the sole purpose of getting fat.. :P well I can't since my clothing will start to strike on me..  Its for a good cause.. for a Deepa Raya (Deepavali and Hari Raya Combo) celebration ala pot luck style @ The Embershoppe which starts around 6pm today Saturday 25th October 2008.

We headed down to Uptown to search for the best Halal Noodles.. Can you imagine going up to a shop and asking for Kueh Teow Goreng, Mee Hoon Goreng  and Mee Goreng and having to sample each ala American Idol Judges style.. minus the high pay, large Coke cup and Simon Cowell.. :P

In the end, this is what we summarized..

Chinese cooking style serves better Mee Hoon Goreng and Kueh Teow Goreng while Malay styles serves a kick ass Mee Goreng. It was the best among all 3 hence we ordered for 30pax of Mee Goreng for tonight.. Yum! 

We @ Ardent would like to wish Selamat Hari Raya to all our Muslim friends and Happy Deepavali for our Indian friends.. and Happy Holidays.. for the 'dan lain lain' / 'others' .. Cool Drive Safe! 

Cheers,

Adrian & Jacky 


October 21, 2008 02:48 by Adrian

We @ Ardent are actually pretty tied up with product shooting of the entire inventory of YS Lighting & Electrical Equipment.. 

So here's the good and bad about it..

Baaaad - Over 100+ items of varying sizes, shapes, color and reflectance..

Good - Perfection isn't required due to the limited time and sheer numbers of items to photograph..

One item takes about 10 minutes on average to snap.. this includes light setup to fit the item and a few test shoots.. Items that are extremely reflective pose the biggest headache but thank god speed is more important than perfection.. if not, going by Ardent's standard, I will be taking 3 times longer depending on the item.. 

Of course, perfection costs more Time, Energy and Money.. We are flexible to our clients budgets.. of course one can't expect Perfection to be cheap..

That's why I've lovingly placed one of Ardent's sayings as the title of this post.. Good things aren't cheap.. Cheap things aren't necessarily good

This also applies to portriats.. really good portriats take a lot of time both to set up the lights, background etc.. and to talk to the 'star' of the shoot in order for him/her to relax.. 

The human eye is rather sensitive to these things.. we can detect subtle facial reaction that can betray the subject's true feelings whether he/she is relaxed or just plain uncomfortable..  

Only then the shoot starts.. everything before are just preparation work.. and tons of it!! my god..

And 1 out of maybe 100 shots, a masterpiece will rise out from the flames of sweat and hardwork.. which makes everything worth it.. 

That's the passion and love of photography that we have here...

We hope to finish our shoot by this week...

Cheers,

Adrian Y. 


October 20, 2008 09:10 by Adrian

Jacky and I sneaked some time off to check out the latest hotest bar in town called Quattro.. Well.. its not exactly a 4 wheel drive Audi version of Quattro but rather the 4 seasons.. 

Well in Malaysia, there's only one season.. MEGASALE Season!!! ... ok fine.. Summer.. all year round.. 

In that aspect, its nice to have a club that brings Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn all together in one nifty club.. Whatever you are in the mood for, Quattro has it..

We arrived at KLCC around 8pm.. was kind of an unplanned getaway from work hence the bad timing... I would have preferred to arrive slightly earlier to catch the sunset lit sky.. oh well..

In the end, we played a bit on the composition to reduce the amount of 'black' as much as possible.. limited to only one corner of the picture.. which gives a stark contrast to the bright towers which accentuates lines leading to the sky..

The blue signage has two purposes: -

1. Adds color to an otherwise silver black boring combo...

2. It also adds depth to the image.. Something near, something in the middle (the Malaysian flag, plants) and far, the twin towers itself.. A flow towards the towers itself.. 

Here I present to you.. KL Twin Towers..  

After a short stop to take the above picture, we walked across the road and took the below picture of Quattro from the street..

Trust me, there were tons of people walking around..  so how do one take a picture without anyone in it? Easy.. tell that you got a BOMB! and then quickly set up your equipment and snap snap snap before the comando units kick your ass double time..   Cool

Ok fine, seriously.. bring a tripod and put in a long exposure.. very long.. like 20 seconds or more.. that will just make people disappear entirely while maintaining the clarity of the entire image..

On the left is where it all starts.. from Summer.. which is a restaurant styled environment.. easy, relaxing and quiet.. you can sit outside which is where the below image is taken.. 

 

Below is the shot we took of Quattro from inside Avenue K 

 

Then right inside, is Autumn.. the main dance club..

 

There is a walkway in between Autumn and Spring.. the Rain walkway.. which will actually rain for about 5 minutes every hour.. Luckly for you, there is a full time rain miester that will tell people to bring umbrellas in when the time approaches.. When the rain actually fell on KL, I asked this rain miester to switch off the rain outside.. he replied 'Ok, no problem, let me telephon boss atas' .. cheeky fella isn't it.. Tongue out

Interestingly, the waitresses at Autumn are all wearing satin like bathrobes..  kinky eh.. we joked with them saying that they bathed on the Rain walkway then come to work! corny.. yeah... let me use that joke again after a couple of beers.. it'll grow on ya!

Below are more shots of the Autumn bar.. 

 

 

Now.. we head down to Winter! where if silky bathrobe waitress isn't getting you off.. try heading upstairs.. and you'll get Moscow KGB bouncers and waitresses waiting for you.. All wearing thick coats and even sporting those wooly hats.. Oh yeah, one must put a RM50 deposit for the coats..

Coats are for wussies.. and we just went in.. well.. all I can say is that the coats are there for a reason..   (truth is, we just followed our tour guide in.... he just walked in with full confidence.. so if he can do it.. so can .. brrrrrr teeth chattering..)

The above is the view of the bar in Winter.. its a smaller setting.. and.. by golly.. its really COLD!

Anyway.. just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, there's an Ice lounge area.. where you find ice sofas.. if you ask me.. its the same thing when you move your living room into an industrial sized freezer..  Tongue out

Already cold, I went in to take some pictures.. the first one was the one closest to the door and air curtain.. If you are one who's blur when the weather report mention Wind Chill Factor? just stand in this air curtain.. and you'll get a good lesson on it.. 

Anyway.. as a professional photographer, I decided to go in to take a better shot of the room.. which is the one below.. strangely.. once exiting this ice cube, the Winter bar just seems warm..  I wonder why.. Tongue out 

The ones that we missed out is Spring.. its an open air lounge bar with a small live band area..  

Finally, we would like to thank George for the tour.. and Cheryl tho we didn't get to meet her that night..  buzy I guess..

Luckly we didn't attend the opening night, the staff there expected 2000 pax, ended up to 4000 pax.. the ice lounge? all melted in the end..

All this talk about carbon causing Global Warming.. if 4000 pax can turn a freezer into a pussycat.. try putting 2 million of us on the north pole.. Cool

I got to admit that the pictures are unlike the Euphoria pictures.. since this a tour guided operation, it won't be nice to have our host wait for us to set up our gizmos on each location....

Maybe next time.. 

Cheers,

Adrian & Jacky


October 6, 2008 10:21 by Adrian
Hey everyone! 

Its been a while since I've posted an entry.. with the change of weather here in Malaysia which is also known as flu season.. also known to doctors as Ka-Ching!! $$$ cash cow season! I guess I'm not exempted from it Frown

While recovering and getting prepared for Wedding season.. The 8th month of the lunar chinese calander is always the busy month for us photographers.. 

Manage to get consent from a wedding Jacky and I shot on 27th Sept 08 and shall be posting the pictures soon.. so do check out the work section ya!

Obtaining consent is just a matter of being courteous and responsible for the things I post up here. Not legally obligatory unless of course I sell pictures of someone, in which I'll need a model release form.. 

Oh great news everyone! the Zippo advert got approved by Zippo.. the thing is that they have chosen the portrait version and not the square.. The light box in which to house the advert is a 2 feet by 2 feet size, meaning square if maths isn't your cup of tea.. so I guess it'll have black lines on either side of the picture..

Photography is a really strange thing..  altering the image slightly up or down, cropping it here and there, even ever so slightly, alters the feel of the image..  cropping the portrait image into a square just doesn't feel right.. I just hope that things work out and Curve Management will approve the advert for display as soon as possible... fingers crossed!

Ok, here's the approved portrait version..  


 
So far the feedback received is that the flame on the first version is better.. Well.. I will have a major sit down with the flame and make sure that it won't suffer any performance anxiety.. :P Strangely we've tried to take this picture on two occassions with a total of 4+ hours and hundred of pictures.. the flame was just not cooperating.. at times too big, others too small.. only at the very end did some good shots took place.. 
 
Well its not like the first but it is indeed unique to its own.. a proven testament that the difference between a good image and a great image is being at the right place, the right time and with the right equipment..  
 
And below is the square version..  
 
 
This shot was done with much ease due to the distance (not so close up)..  
 
Hope to update with good news soon..
 
Cheers,
Adrian Y.