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Editorial Portrait of SLO Chairman, Magistrate Toh Weng Cheong | Singapore Portrait Photographer

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Portrait of Mr Toh Weng Cheong, Chairman of Singapore Lyrical Opera, Magistrate, Lawyer

The shoot would be done at Mr Toh’s office at the law firm and should show his collection of opera posters. Enter Freelensing – shooting with the lens detached from the camera body and tilted at an angle. I had been using this technique in my weddings and engagements work to alter the plane of focus, to create additional isolation and crazy out of focus dreamy effects. It is slow working wide open aperture with manual focus lens, it is even slower when you add the element of freehand tilting without precision control. Results are much harder to guarantee but its the risk taking that sometimes make a difference. I started with a conservative slight tilt angle and worked my way forward until I got both the subject’s face and the foreground desktop items (the calendar, pen and book) in the same plane of focus (see the black and white photo below the tearsheets). The selected frame for publication had a more modest tilt but much better facial expression, though I personally like the black and white one better. The vignetting is a side effect from free-lensing.

Here are the tear sheet scans.

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  • May 26, 2012 - 2:34 am

    Lana - Very nice, you should be really proud of that shot. Great accomplishment! 🙂

  • May 26, 2012 - 4:15 am

    nick - Ah yeah! congrats!

  • May 26, 2012 - 7:48 am

    porter - awesome work anton! perfect backdrop with the book shelves too, nicely done

  • May 26, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Chelsey - Seriously awesome freelensing shot! And congrats on the article!

  • May 26, 2012 - 9:24 am

    Jean - Brilliant!

  • May 26, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Paul Nguyen - Great portrait!

  • May 26, 2012 - 5:21 pm

    Shella - Wow wow wow! Great work and congrats for the feature! 🙂

  • May 26, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    Leah Kua - I really enjoyed reading your thought process for the shoot. I have got to take the plunge and give freelensing a go.

  • May 27, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Nessa K - Congratulations on being published! 🙂

  • May 27, 2012 - 3:31 am

    Petar - I LOVE when my work is published…I guess you too Anton, so congratulations!!

  • May 28, 2012 - 7:33 pm

    Albert Palmer - That’s great – love the background – very well thought out.

  • June 1, 2012 - 4:33 pm

    Lauren - I never realised before that you post these photos all up! You are a gem to work with, and although I know just how good you are, I’m always still surprised at just how good when I receive your CD and stick it into the comp.

  • June 20, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    ken - very expert and creative use of freelensing. nice pic

  • July 28, 2012 - 10:38 am

    Derek Martinez - Killer work Anton, freelensing FTW!