Report Card Day

Learning is a never ending journey. During the school days, what was being taught will be tested to see whether we understood them. There are times where the parents will be invited to meet up with the teachers at school to collect the children report card and to discuss things about them. Some kids will be restless as they realize how much they have been playing a lot at school. Many of us must have been through this phase and now probably are going through this again as a parent.

Last June, I had the opportunity to collect my children’s report card at “Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Bintang Utara”, Kuala Lumpur, also known as SKSBU. Each session took at least 15 minutes to half an hour, so imagine how long I have to wait. Luckily, I brought my camera along with me and while waiting for my turn, I took some shots on what was happening around me. Surprisingly, it was quite interesting. There was a lot of moments and emotions which reminds me of my good old days. Photos were taken using the OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD12-50mm  in “monotone” picture mode and post processed using “vintage brown” lightroom preset to enhance the mood.  I will let the pictures tell their story.

“Afraid”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.3 | ISO 800 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

“Parent Check”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.3 | ISO 320 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

“Explain to me”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.3 | ISO 800 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

“Urban kids”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.3 | ISO 320 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

“While Waiting”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.0 | ISO 1250 | 1/80s | Suzailan Jai

“Happy Faces”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/6.3 | ISO 800 | 1/100s | Suzailan Jai

“Being a father”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.3 | ISO 500 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

“Passionate”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.3 | ISO 500 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

“Reflection”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.0 | ISO 200 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

“Having Fun”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.3 | ISO 320 | 1/80s | Suzailan Jai

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.2 | ISO 250 | 1/80s | Suzailan Jai

“Passion”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.0 | ISO 200 | 1/80s | Suzailan Jai

“Heart to Heart”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.0 | ISO 640 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

                                                ” Route to success”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.0 | ISO 640 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

“Learning Process”

OM-D E-M5 + M.ZD 12.50mm
Monotone | vintage brown preset
f/4.0 | ISO 400 | 1/60s | Suzailan Jai

A peek down the memory lane reminded me of how different I viewed school as a boy back then. This opportunity gave me a moment to reflect on my ways of thinking back then and how I have progressed to become the man I am today. There has been a fair share of both sweet and bitter episodes during those years of growing up, something I have learned a lot from and has never regret since.

In life or in photography, learning is just endless. At times mistakes does happen and hopefully many would not be discouraged as mistakes are there for us to grow and to become more experienced and knowledgeable. After all, even an experienced photographer still makes some silly mistakes like forgetting to take off the lens cap prior to shooting. All of these are learning experiences and this is what makes photography so much fun. Even now, I am still learning my ways in photography and hopefully we all can improve and become better. Until then, keep on learning and have fun shooting.

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4 comments

  1. andyjamil

    nice sharing bro..two thumbs up for last two picture

  2. suzailanjai

    thanks Andy…

  3. amirridhwan

    well told, both in story and images.

  4. suzailanjai

    Thanks Bro Amir…

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