Category Archives: Children Photography

Just kid-ding with Ukulele

It has been quite some time since my last post.  My hands has been itching for some shooting but finding time was a challenge.  Most of my frames over the past few weeks has been shot using the handy iPhone. Hence was over the moon when I was asked by my bro to help him take some shots of kids with ukulele. You see, my bro (in law) runs a business in Chinese traditional musical instruments – Eason Music.  He’s a great guy and is truly talented in the field of music. These photo shoot was intended for his website use.

The shoot was arranged at Hort Park, one of the many scenic places that you can find in Singapore.  This place is a wedding couple’s dream place for wedding photography & a photographer’s best bet as every scene he/she needs is right here in Hort Park – a gazebo, couple benches, turf grass, water wall, rose gardens, vintage structures etc.  Anyway, here are a few of the frames taken.



Just more mother-&-kids-gone-wild photos at Universal Studios Singapore

Went to Universal Studio which is really a good place to take photos…if you use AF.  For manual focus, it’s slightly harder & needed more practice, at least for me, since everything just seems to move so fast.  However, BECAUSE it is manual & focusing is slower, you can get some interesting frames that are dreamy due to the OOF effect.

I like this because of the stark contrast offered by the Zeiss glass, plus the clarity is just drooling.

This is slightly overexposed, but the amount of details is there, & of course the subjects are too cute to dismiss.



Just appreciating mothers at Resort World Sentosa

It’s Mother’s Day & I have plans to bring the ladies (wife & mom) out to thank them for their care & love over the years.  Booked a “staycation” at the Festive Hotel at Resort World Sentosa (RWS) & a spa package each at Capella Hotel.  Beautiful place I must say, though I did not have time to explore the place due to the fact that I am now the nanny looking after the 2 kids gone wild since the 2 ladies were enjoying their spa time out.

Of course, my trusty X-Pro1 is always by my side at RWS. Took quite a few frames but have difficulty shooting the 2 kids, especially when they are dashing around.  Ended up using my 4s as the backup for action shoots, while the X-Pro1 is more for casual street & portraits.  Guess I still have to brush up my skills on using manual for fast-pace action shoots.

Pictures of my beautiful wife 🙂

My 2 cheeky boys. Hard to get them to sit & pose for this picture. It is lucky that the well-lighted area allows the shutter to move faster.

This is my fav frame.  The natural light from the balcony coming into the slightly dark room gave a nice dreamy, yet sharp look.

Bumped this up to ISO3200 or 4000, can’t remember.   Still amazed at the sharpness of the photo 🙂

Will post more street shots of RWS & the Universal Studios Singapore next !!! :->

Just a Lazy Sunday after Vesak Day

It’s really hard to slip out to take some photos with my 2 kids around.  Wanted to shoot some Vesak Day actions yesterday but to no avail.  Hence decided to just chunk my camera inside the car all day, just in case there’s some opportunity for pictures.  Managed to go to Bright Hill Temple with family & while they prayed, I took some shots.  Most are done in around 800 – 2000 ISO since there’s not much lighting within the temple.  But X-Pro1 did a pretty good job I must say!

The temple shoot was done in less than 30mins since the kids need to go back for some nap time.  Managed to slip out again after teatime when everyone is asleep.  Decided to forfeit my rest time & sneak out to the nearby Yishun reservoir for a quick shoot since I have never been there.  It was drizzling & I had to take the risk of the X-Pro1 being wet – it isn’t weather-sealed…But luckily, the camera held up pretty well.  When taking the landscape shoots, was really missing my Tokina 11-16mm.   That would have gotten me some pretty cool wide angle shots.


Just another day at JACOB BALLAS

Just thought I will repost from my FB some of the initial shots that I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Found that the camera performed wonderfully under total sunlight. It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the cam or is it the lens, or a combi of both.

When I take photos, I look for a “feel” – something that the photo can connect with the viewer. Thought that this photo captured pretty much of that