Igniting A Passion @ A-roy Thai

I started blogging on 30th November 2012 when Vanessa got me set up on wordpress. Then in February 2013 when I was returning to Singapore for good, Vanessa gave me her Canon. She said she’s impressed that I had kept on blogging.

Mo from http://littleballofmadness.wordpress.com asked me if I used a SLR on my Char Bee Hoon post:

Comment from Mo and my reply on 8th February 2013.

Comment from Mo and my reply on 8th February 2013. I was still in Melbourne then.

On 6th April 2013, I went out with a group of people who are passionate about photography. They are not into food photography but they were happy to help me out. I am so lucky that my friend, Paul, introduced me to them. Our “makan” excursion as you can see in The Coastal Settlement was the beginning of my journey into photography and currently my subject is food. I may need to develop other genre as I progress but I really like taking pictures of food.

To show you how I have progressed, I would like to compare the pictures I took at the same restaurant on 2nd July 2012 and 26th June 2013. From April 6th 2013 till now 27th June 2013, I am elated to see my food photos telling stories on their own. I hope you will not think me as boasting and I am not giving tutorial. You have been my friends here and I just wanted to share my joy in learning with you 😀 The improvement I see is self gratifying and continues to motivate me. Learning and growing at this phase of my life is doing me wonders. I am a happier person now more so than ever! Even though I may be having some minor health issues at the present moment, my mental state of mind is blissful 90% percent of the time. The other 10%, I’m just confused, lol…

Now let’s take a look at my progress:

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Dinner with Valerie on 2nd July 2012 at A-Roy Thai, Funan, Singapore.

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Lunch with Lim on 26th June 2013 at A-Roy Thai, Funan, Singapore.

Let’s not talk about how great the DSLR camera worked wonders at colour and clarity. I want to highlight that the food composition is better too. I am no longer just snapping away. In this 2 months of exploring with my new found passion, I have a purpose/direction when taking photos. I am no longer simply taking photos “of” food but at appropriate times, photos “about” the dish I blog.

Chilli Prawns taken on 22nd July 2012.

Chilli Prawns taken on 2nd July 2012.

The same dish, Chilli Prawns taken on 26th June 2013.

The same dish, Chilli Prawns taken on 26th June 2013.

This is what I meant when I said I want to learn food photography for my blogging purpose that my food photos should not disgrace the effort of the chefs who had put in time and effort to create a delicious meal for us. I hope I am achieving justice for them now. I know there’s way more to learn but I’m going give my best effort to continue to explore, discover and hopefully shine 😀

Thai Prawn Cakes with dipping sauce - round objects.

Thai Prawn Cakes with dipping sauce – round subjects.

Thai Fish Cakes with dipping sauce - round objects.

Thai Fish Cakes with dipping sauce – round subjects.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil - bringing the focus and attention to the food.

Minced Pork with Thai Basil – zooming in to bring focus to the food.

Side Dishes - Yam Woon Sen Salad.

Side Dishes – Yam Woon Sen Salad.

Soup Dish - Tom Yum Goong. Food photos need not be displayed "whole" all the time. I didn't knew about that back then.

Soup Dish – Tom Yum Goong. Food photos need not be displayed “whole” all the time.
I didn’t knew about that back then.

Food photos can look great in portrait frame.

Food photos can look great in portrait frame.

Try taking the same food in different angles. Learn how to make your subjects stand out and the photos communicate what you want to show. My photos on 2nd July 2012 let you know I was dining in a restaurant but my most recent visit there, you also learnt I was having lunch seated at a table next to a window. There’s so much more infomation.

Seafood Otah in Coconut.

Seafood Otah in Coconut.

Seafood Otah with Prawns. Taste delicious but do you want to eat this by looking at it? I can't even tell what's in it if someone had posted it and not tell me what's inside. So sometimes we have to bring the "hero" out, help the chef along in presentation that is obscure.

Seafood Otah with Prawns. I can’t tell what’s inside. So sometimes we have to bring the “hero” out, help the chef along in presentation that is obscure, which obviously I did not do a good job.

Never let Mommy order anything in language she doesn't understand.

Never let Mommy order anything in language she doesn’t understand.

Above all, meal times are bonding times. Valerie was having Monday blues (2nd July 2012 was Monday in Singapore, we’re +8 GMT). We had dinner together, only the two of us. We had some light chat, nothing heavy and her troubled mood sorted out by itself. Sometimes, talk is not everything. Communication can come in the form of silence.

Happy learning, eating and bonding 🙂

A-Roy Thai
Branch Address: Funan Digitalife Mall.
Unit #04-06.
109 North Bridge Road,
Singapore 179097.
Phone: (+65) 6338 3880.
Business Hours (Daily):
11:30am–3:00pm and 6:00pm–10:00pm

Address: 81 Upper East Coast Road,
Goodwill Court,
Singapore 455220.
Tel:+65 64430373.

A-Roy Thai, a no frill Thai restaurant, has been serving Singaporeans for about 2 decades or more now. They started in East Coast Road and opened a branch in Funan where I visited both times I took the photos above. There is almost always a long queue so making reservations is highly recommended. The food is customisable to one’s needs for example: I was having dental problems so I had requested the crabs to be substituted with prawns instead and they obliged (both times). You can also tell them the level of spiciness you like. I don’t know what is considered authentic Thai cuisine but the restaurants are operated by Thais and the food cooked by Thais. You decide! As for me, I’ll continue to go for my Thai craving fixes there 🙂

I spy with my little eyes :)

I spy with my little eyes 🙂
Ignited passion can be expensive to maintain.

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16 Responses to “Igniting A Passion @ A-roy Thai”
  1. Ken Chan says:

    For blogging and general use of camera, you should try to use Panasonic Lumix LX7 for a start. It is an all rounder plus it is light. Good lens which is LEICA. I use LX5 together with a LED video lights for my food blogging works.

  2. Paul Koh says:

    Great leap forward!!!!! Your success is not based on the introduction, your success was based on your thirst for knowledge, your positive and humble attitude to ask when in doubt, you took time off to go for the many outings for food photography with the right coaches, you practice, practice and practice, to perfect your photography skills, you gave up your piping hot, fresh from the wok, food for a good picture for the eyes and comfort of readers of your blog and made justice to the cooks and chefs and made them artist to the dishes they cooked. This comparison shows that your perseverance paid off well

    Press on!!!!!!!!!!!

    Paul

    • Sam Han says:

      Paul Paul Paul, my man 😀 Thank you for the patience and putting up with ridiculous questions from me. You made me see the light! Hehehe… You are the one that motivates me as a person, not just in photography but also in hands on charity and other stuff. You showed me how you live and how to live with positive energy! Thank you Paul 😀

  3. very nice, more more, shoot more food !!!! So Hungry !!!!

    • Sam Han says:

      Greatest compliment for food bloggers is the reader feeling hungry or at least attracted to the food picture they posted. Thank you for your support in so many ways, Martin. Let’s meet for food soon 🙂

  4. Alex Lim says:

    Semi, please take very good care for your health, nothing is more important than this. 🙂

  5. daniellajoe says:

    i love the vivid shots of your food,,they all look so delicious you know I think i need a camera too 🙂

  6. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Lots of info in the comments as well. I can see how much effort you put into your photos. Well done.

    • Sam Han says:

      Janet, I really am happy that I am on the path to achieving what I set out to do. I really hope I can do better as it (food photography) gives me great personal joy. Thanks for checking this out 😀

  7. Don’t know how you manage to be confused 10% of the time. I am confused 50% of the time. And the other 50%, the only reason I am not confused is I do not know what is going on.

    I look forward one day to hearing the story of your return from Melbourne. Following your blog at the beginning, it seemed one day you were blogging from melbourne, then the next from Singapore.

    • Sam Han says:

      I must be in the 10% zone to be blogging one day in Melbourne and the next from Singapore. Hahaha… But I remember blogging once before going to the airport and faithfully blogging after arrival. Afterall, there was a 3 hour lag in time zone and the flight time’s only 7 hours. Thanks for following from the beginning 😀

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