Category: Personal Project

Shooting Singapore Street Composites

Posted on August 13th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 21 comments

Haji Lane
Singapore is such a multifaceted place that you can’t help but see and feel the diverse energy of the crowd as you move from one place to another. From the central business district’s suits and high heels, to the shopping centre’s young fashionistas and clueless tourists, to the heartland’s homey aunties and uncles. This is the subject of my recent project: capturing a bit of how it feels like to be in one place.. but instead of taking photographs, I decided to take a stab at creating composites.… Read more

A Panorama of Familiar Faces

Posted on July 10th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 4 comments

Familiar Faces Panorama

Last year, I was working on a personal portrait project called Familiar Faces where I invited people I’ve met here in Singapore, people who have helped me with my photography one way or the other. I was able to photograph a total of 41 awesome people, and I figured one of the best way to present the collection of portraits really was to put them together in one panoramic frame.… Read more

Shooting a Dance in the Street

Posted on June 27th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 1 Comment

Dance in the Street
I got to photograph Adelene a few weeks ago when she visited Singapore for a quick vacation from her dance studies in London. I met her around 4 years ago when I was collaborating with an online magazine where they asked me to photograph dancers for their next article. I figured, to make the images more interesting, why not photograph them right in the middle of the street?… Read more

Shooting Portraits of Familiar Faces

Posted on June 24th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 6 comments

Familiar Faces by Danny Santos
I started shooting here in Singapore around 6 years ago, and since then I’ve met a number of interesting people who have helped me out with my photography, ranging from entrepreneurs, creatives, talents, and fellow photographers. Just last year, I started a personal project where I invited these guys for a portrait shoot – all of which were taken in a studio.. with studio lighting.. something I was actually absolutely clueless at.… Read more

Shooting Low Light Portraits with the Nikon Df

Posted on March 24th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Review. 36 comments

Low Light Portraits with the Nikon Df
I was invited to try out the Nikon Df for a couple of weeks to see what I think about it. I knew it received a lot of backlash from the online community when it was released, most thought it was all form and no function. But there was one thing that really piqued my interest in this camera… it wasn’t the back-to-basics retro body or the ‘pure photography’ mantra.. it was the D4 sensor in a smaller more affordable package. Immediately, I knew there was only one way that I really wanted to test the camera – shooting low light portraits.… Read more

Shooting Portraits of Strangers with the Sony A7r

Posted on March 12th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Review. 14 comments

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The last time I photographed portraits of strangers in the streets was around 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve been busy doing candids, studio shoots, and commissioned work. And as the recent exhibit is wrapping up, I’ve been wanting to go back in the streets and add new faces to the project. Then just recently, Sony Singapore provided me with a Sony A7r on loan for a month to test drive. I figured this was the perfect time to shoot new strangers.… Read more

Shooting “Don’t Smile” Faces

Posted on February 11th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 13 comments

Don't Smile by Danny Santos II
One of the images that are on display in the Don’t Smile exhibit is a collage of 105 non-smiling faces, all of which were photographed through a studio setup in tcc in a span of 3 Saturdays. This involved an open call for faces… and all they had to do was look in the camera and don’t smile.… Read more

Don’t Smile! Exhibit – My First Photo Exhibition

Posted on January 29th, by Danny Santos II in Exhibit, Personal Project. 26 comments

Don't Smile - a photography exhibition by Danny Santos II
Ever since I started photography, it has always been a dream to have my photographs printed up large and posted on the wall. Just last week, that dream came true with the Don’t Smile! Photo Exhibition, my first solo show featuring images from my Portraits of Strangers project.… Read more

Open Call for Faces!

Posted on November 25th, by Danny Santos II in Open Call, Personal Project. 2 comments

Open Call for Faces

I’m currently working on a portrait photography project and I need volunteers to pose for me. All I need you to do is to look in the camera and don’t smile :) It will only take 10 minutes of your time. If you’re interested, please select a time slot here: www.dannyst.com/register

The photo shoot will be held in tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto “The Gallery” @ 51 Circular Road, Singapore.. on Saturdays, 30th Nov and 7th Dec, between 11am to 7pm. A photo studio will be set up inside the outlet.

I hope to see you guys there :)… Read more

Our D.I.Y. Pre-wedding Photoshoot

Posted on January 22nd, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Pre-wedding. 28 comments

Danny and Kathleen's Pre-Wedding Photos
As we were planning our wedding last year, friends would often jokingly ask me “So… will you be photographing your own wedding?” I thought: of course not, that would be close to impossible. But shooting our own pre-wedding photos was a different story. There would be a lot of limitations to work around with, but I thought what the heck… let’s just try it out. At the very least, we would have fun doing it, right? So we did.… Read more

If Looks Could Kill…

Posted on February 29th, by Danny Santos II in Outtakes, Personal Project. 20 comments

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Lately, I was looking through my archive of street photos taken from the past 3 months. As I browsed among the sea of non-keeper shots, I occasionally came across photos where the subject was looking straight at me with a certain disconcerted look. I thought maybe it would be interesting to put these together into an album that shows my share of startled looks and nasty stares when shooting street.… Read more

Good Times in Bad Weather

Posted on January 27th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 17 comments

rain shot in Orchard Road

I love shooting in the rain. If it’s a weekend and it’s raining, you’ll probably see me with an umbrella on one hand, and my camera on the other, walking (sometimes running) around Orchard Road taking photos of strangers as they run from one mall to another. Often times, it’s an adrenaline rush for me. As it turns out, the same can be said to the ones on the other side of the lens.… Read more

Stranger #77 Revisited

Posted on August 30th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Stranger Revisited. 34 comments

Stranger #77 - Atika

Stranger #77 was one of the most strikingly beautiful face I’ve photographed in my Portraits of Strangers project. So when I decided to do this “Strangers Revisited” project, she was an obvious choice. And when Atika agreed to do a photo shoot with me, I was so ecstatic yet pretty nervous at the same time. … Read more

Stranger #7 Revisited

Posted on August 9th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Stranger Revisited. 70 comments

Stranger #7 - Sophy .. by Danny Santos II

I’ve always wanted to dive into portraiture, and my previous Portraits of Strangers project served as my personal transition from candid street shooting to portraiture. Looking back at project, I later decided to create a new series of photo shoots by revisiting some of the strangers I photographed. Thanks to my facebook page, I was able to contact some of them. … Read more

Braving the Night Rain

Posted on February 28th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Personal Project. 33 comments

I love shooting strangers under bad weather. And for a while now, I’ve always wondered how it would be to shoot bad weather at night. I could only imagine how dramatic the shots could be with the combination of heavy rain and the night lights. Just a few nights ago, I’ve had the chance to do just that.

Shooting Portraits of Strangers

Posted on December 21st, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project, Tips. 114 comments

Portraits of Strangers by Danny Santos II

Every time I’m out in the streets, I would often encounter faces that make me look twice… faces that just stood out of the crowd without even trying… faces that are by no means ordinary. They range from the exquisitely beautiful to the strangely wonderful. Sometimes I would try to steal a shot without being too intrusive, most times I just stand there wishing I had the balls to just approach them and ask for their portrait. Thanks to my lucky stars … I eventually grew those balls to do so.… Read more

Keeper of the month (December 2010)

Posted on December 10th, by Danny Santos II in bad weather, Keeper of the Month, Personal Project. 15 comments

I miss shooting in the rain. It’s been a while since I last walked around in heavy downpour, holding my umbrella on one hand and my camera on the other. I miss it so much that every time rained and I’m stuck in the office, I can’t help but think of all the bad weather shots I’m not shooting. And it frustrated me more that as I excitedly anticipate for the rain in the proceeding weekends, it just never came. Until last week… after a long time, I once again caught the devil’s luck.… Read more

Stranger #100

Posted on October 13th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 21 comments

Stranger #100

I was walking along Orchard when I saw her walking towards my direction. She was wearing a simple one-piece dress, and was quite tall almost towering over most of the people around her. I wasn’t decided yet if I wanted to shoot her, but as I got closer, I knew I had to – she had this subtle angelic charm. My heart started to pound… it always does whenever I’m about to approach a stranger for their portrait. I stopped her and asked if I could take her picture. She smiled and said "Oh, street style." I chuckled a "yeah…", relieved that she understood what I was doing.… Read more

Stranger #65

Posted on June 2nd, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 18 comments

Stranger #65

I was looking forward to shooting a lot of portraits of strangers in the 3-day weekend we just had here in Singapore. But due to time constraints brought about by personal chores, I wasn’t able to go out on my usual 3-hour jaunts of just wandering around and looking for great faces. Instead, I just had an hour of shooting last Friday, and another hour last Saturday – and after the long weekend, I only got one portrait. I was initially glum about it. But looking at this portrait, of the 65 strangers I’ve photographed so far, I think it’s one of my favorites – and made me feel better about the weekend that just passed by :)… Read more

The Street is Everyone’s Catwalk

Posted on May 27th, by Danny Santos II in Personal Project. 29 comments

Weekend after weekend, I would walk around Orchard Road until I see a good spot with good light and good people traffic. The wait was hard, but spotting the right subject was easy – they would just so naturally stand out of the crowd and almost demand attention. I imagined myself a paparazzi taking fashion photographs of beautiful people walking nonchalantly in the streets.