Dr. Ooi Choo Huck
Photography was initially a hobby for Dr. Ooi, a placebo to help him unwind and relax. Like so many others, the more he learned to take good pictures, the more the hobby turned into a passion, nay, an obsession. It quickly consumed him, and now after the PhotoMalaysia Photography Experience (PMPE) in Siem Reap, Dr. Ooi has graduated into a PMPE Evangelist. He brought two cameras to Siem Reap. One was permanently converted to shoot Infra Red.
We thought his pictures were surreal and special, so we are publishing more of his IR pictures, although he shot lots of normal pictures too. The haunting blue and magenta effect in Dr. Ooi’s pictures are an alternative reality of Siem Reap, unique and quite different from the millions of ordinary pictures already made of this ancient architectural wonder of the world.
Shooting IR pictures with a film camera was quite cumbersome because placing the IR filter in front of the lens made the view finder too dark for normal focusing and composing. With digital SLR cameras, the IR filter is permanently placed directly over the digital sensor, thus allowing normal use of the mirror and prism for composition & focusing. Digital IR imaging has a special look although some traditionalists may be put off by it. We think Dr. Ooi’s IR pictures are special and we hop you do too.