Christmas with Jolyn

Merry Christmas, everyone! I did a Christmas-themed photoshoot with Jolyn last December. Some photos from this series are featured on my portfolio. I really like how this series turned out and I’m delighted to share them again in this throwback entry as the season’s greeting to you.

We were planning for a shoot last December and decided to do a casual series with the annual Christmas decorations along Orchard Road. I enjoy my collaborations with Jolyn and it really shows with the photos we got from the session.

This series was shot on the Nikon D700 with the 50 mm f/1.4G and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR II lenses.

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On the surface, this seems like just another photoshoot. However, this is a meaningful shoot to me on a personal level because it marked a change in my post processing style. The countless hours spent studying the works of others and then experimenting in Lightroom finally paid off with this series.

It is not a drastic change and most people might not even notice the transition. What matters is that I levelled up. Next thing to do is to go back to the books to study more photos, and going out to shoot more. Practice is the key to honing my abilities.

The completion of this series gave me an immense sense of satisfaction. It marked a transition in my editing workflow and style, making it an apt series to round off the year. 2014 has been an important year for me. I have had some shift in philosophies, and I’m really looking forward to 2015. It has been a while since I went into a new year with such eagerness. Exciting times ahead!

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My experiences in the past year has taught me a lot and I feel that I have grown a lot as a person. This is partly due to the discovery of the meaning of life. It is liberating to know what you live for. Among the lessons from life in 2014, the most important and has the most profound effect on me is to take the leap of faith.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”—Neale Donald Walsch

I have been consciously pushing myself out of my comfort zone in the past year. And this has led to some great opportunities in the past year. I have seen how opportunities come knocking when I moved out of my comfort zone and adapting to circumstances made me improve in leaps and bounds.

But at the end of the day, you still have your comfort zone to retreat into. You can only take the leap of faith when you are ready to forgo your comfort zone and dive into the unknown.

“It’s only after you’ve lost everything, that you’re free to do anything.”—Tyler Durden

That is the most valuable lesson for me in the past year. What about you? What is the one most important thing that you have learnt or discovered about yourself in 2014? Leave a comment below or, even better, share your thoughts in a blog entry.

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This will be my last post in 2014. Check back for more entries! I have many more photos that I can’t wait to share with you.

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