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Asian Geographic photo contest finalist!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 8, 2012, 2:27 AM
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Hi guys!

It was a great honour to be selected as a finalist in Asia Without Borders, Asia's leading photo competition organised by award-winning magazine Asian Geographic!

The competition boasts 9,000 entries from over 30 countries and this year, underwater photographer Brian Skerry and world-renowned photographer Steve McCurry was involved as first round judges with a live judging grand finale held on 07 December 2012.

Ritual colours by gnohz

This was taken at an annual festival in Bumthang, Bhutan and depicts their colorful culture through their dances and elaborate costumes. The pace of the dance was rather fast and a high shutter speed was chosen taking into account the close-up nature of the shot, otherwise some blurred areas in the dress or hands would have been desired to show some sense of movement.

This is also something quite different from what I have been shooting. It's definitely more hard work finding angles, observing split-second actions zooming by and adjusting camera exposures all at the same time, but when you get a shot you want, it's exhilarating. That's the beauty of photography, I feel.

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Dear all :wave:

This time round I need some help from everyone! :w00t:
I have submitted a mini album to Nikon's website. Please spend just a few seconds of your time to take and look and if you think it's worthy and deserves a vote, I hope you can click "Like" or "Share" to nominate it as "Album of the Week"! :w00t:

The link is I Am The Colour of Life :heart:

I appreciate every single vote. Thanks so much!! :love: :tighthug:
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Hi guys! :wave:

I've been away for some time! Have been quite busy after I decided to turn full-time to photography. Work has been satisfying, and it's really great to be able to meet people from all walks of life!
Hope things didn't change too much around here. But in fact, I did drop by every now and then, only that I didn't have opportunities to interact as much as I wanted to! I'm very sorry that I might not be able to respond to everyone's fave or comment like I have always been doing, largely due to the workload... :cry:

Anyway, here's a little update on what's happening in my little world :D

-Really, REALLY happy to be published (finally) in print in the Photography For Beginners magazine! And it's a 2-page spread! I can't believe it... :faint:
Read the original post here.

-As for work, it's been mainly events such as corporate events, graduation ceremonies, weddings etc. Yes, I finally shot my first full day Actual Day wedding! Actually I was quite nervous about what to expect the unexpected, but I guess it all adds to the fun of the job :D

-I was lucky to be involved in nation-wide event shoots such as the Singapore Youth Festival 2012. These shoots took place at least 8 hours a day with little rest in between and were really draining... but I got to meet other photographers and it has definitely been an awesome experience!

-If you have been following me on Facebook and/or Twitter, you would probably have seen the images and blog posts that I posted up. For those who missed, I finally got around to sorting and editing work from my previous trips! You can read about my Northern Thailand trip where we we tried to do things differently by visiting some out-of-the-way places to get a unique local experience.

-I've also been to a few photography seminars by veterans in the industry such as wedding photographers, travel photographers, portrait photographers, and it's good to be inspired by their personality and the work they do! Sometimes I feel that I'm moving and l learning too slowly, really need to push myself more and more!!


Lastly, I can't do features for the time being as I'm back to a free account ^^;
Glad to be back and I'll be bringing more work for your viewing pleasure (and not viewing agony I hope)! :XD: :love:
PS: It's a long entry, and I know that not being able to post thumbnails and images tire the eyes really quickly... :(
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What have I been up to?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 9, 2012, 4:47 PM
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Hi all!

Just an update on what's been going on lately :wave:

I have uploaded a new deviation Behind the mask. This genre of photography was the "trying something different" I mentioned about in my previous journal entry. I hope I did not scare anyone away with my amateurish attempt :D :faint:
Anyway, this is it ---> Behind the mask
Feel free to let me know what you think! Definitely there's more to come as I have been for a couple more of shoots :w00t:

As for other stuff, I have been busy with assisting other photographers, shooting for events, products (food, wedding dresses etc) and work hours have been loooong (eg 12 hours/day on a stretch). Literally I have been running all around the area meeting clients, delivering images and meeting deadlines. And from now I will be involved in a Canon event for the entire week, including weekends! I wonder how long I will be able to keep up with this hectic schedule of mine :D

One of the interesting events have been to assist an advertising/fashion photographer during her workshop. Watching a professional model work is simply amazing and awe-inspiring! The way they respond to the camera is simply beyond words. Something like a "robot", but I don't think you know what I mean anyway...Check this out for some behind-the-scenes! We all love behind-the-scenes!! :love: :D
Behind the scenes at Jasmine Vincent's photography workshop


I have been very honoured to be invited for a guest post at Singh-Ray Filters blog! I described how I used graduated neutral filters to achieve optimal exposures in-camera here ---> Deng Weizhong learned to balance bright skies with the shadowed foregrounds for more natural images


Feature time:
FFX: Children of Besaid by Astellecia lily by Apofiss Catherine Deneuve by Stanbos katharina ... by MoniqueDeCaro COSPLAY  Elf DUCAN by yuegene

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Moving forward and experimenting

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 15, 2012, 7:05 PM
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Hi dearies! :heart:

First of all, thank you for all the comments and favs over the past week. I'm really overwhelmed and touched that my work is being appreciated :love:
Hope that all of you had a good Valentine's day. I'm in the midst of clearing some backlog...but! I'd like to try something different.

Long story short, as you know 100% of all the work that I have posted is related to nature and landscapes. I'm very, VERY grateful that you like them, and I still have many, many more to share! But I would also like to try posting something quite different, meaning a different genre of photography from what I have been doing up till now.

I'm sure some will encourage me to do anything I like since it's my page! But I would still like to know more about my watchers and how you will respond, since you might have been used to what I have shown over the past few months. Definitely I do not want to scare all of you away! :D :hug:

Anyway, here's the poll, and do let me know what you think! Would you like to see some radically different work from me?


Having said that, it's feature time :heart:
Hidden Talents by kelch12Resting elegance by mariquillamoe-chan:thumb255269732:Tears in the Water... by Aeternum-ArtRedemption by zemotion

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Getty Images and getting published

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 9, 2012, 4:36 AM
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Hi everyone! It's been some time since I last wrote a journal, but believe me I have been busy :)

Just some latest updates.
Just very recently, I have been officially accepted as a Getty Images contributor! Just very briefly, in the photography world, Getty Images is something like an online stock image library. It's definitely an honour to be accepted. Another small step forward for me yay! :) :w00t:

My work was published on Cromoart. Check it out for some images not yet on deviantART (but they will sooner or later ^^; )
Cromoart: External Photo Inspiration - Great Pictures By Deng Weizhong

And, I'm excited to say that my work is going to be published in a magazine soon! It'll be my first printed publication and I can't wait! The exact date is not yet out, but if things go smoothly, I should be able to see it in March. I'll update again when the time comes :heart:


Feature time:
Blushing Red by MayFong stolen colours by kannus-maoo .Katharsis. by Ophelia-Overdose Retribution by sakimichan Chitwan by nikosalpha

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Featured Artist interviews

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 25, 2012, 7:54 PM
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If you'd like to find out more about how I took up photography, my inspirations and my thinking processes behind the camera, check out this interview done by Tristan Jud over at RAW. Be sure to leave a comment~ :love:
RAW: Interview with Weizhong Deng

I was also selected to be the Daily Inspiration at STAMP Magazine Online
STAMP Magazine Online: Daily Art Inspiration #98 – Deng Weizhong


And also Happy Chinese New Year to those who celebrates it. We have entered the new year, and I hope this year will be a meaningful one full of peace and happiness for everyone!

For those interested, follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the latest (and random) updates :D :heart:



Some pieces which inspire me:
fair flight by robinpikafeathers I I by DabadusShe Dreams by welcometothegrayDreamer by IardacilReveries Evanescentes by alexandre-deschaumes

  • Mood: Optimism

Festive season

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 18, 2012, 2:29 AM
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The festive season is coming soon for people who celebrate the Lunar New Year! This year it'll be on 23 Jan. It's not very far away from Christmas and the New Year in the Gregorian calendar so I have been in a holiday mood since December! :D It'll be a period of lots of eating good food and getting red packets from relatives again :squee:

I have been busy with some backlog for the past week, and still am! But I'm enjoying every minute of it :heart: And I thought that it has been some time since I last uploaded a deviation, so now here it is! Hope you like it :love:

Heart of the city by gnohz


Other recent happenings:
There's a commercial shoot coming up in February, nothing major, just a small event. But I have to come up with some concepts for the client, and I'm looking around and identifying some works from other artists for some inspiration.

Sometimes, despite trying very hard, some self-doubt surfaces when I try to do something or make a decision. I think there is a lot of negativity in this world such that even before we start on something, we tend to think about the bad things that MIGHT happen. Someone once said, instead of thinking "what if something bad happens", let's try to look on the positive side by thinking "what if something bad DOES NOT happen"!

I think we just need to keep the determination and strive forward. Here is a blog entry which I wrote about a few days back. Read it for some inspiration and motivation ---> Keep going and never give up

Oh, one more thing, have you heard the Golden Globes theme song composed by Yoshiki? There's a short version on youtube so check it out. It's so beautiful with a really catchy orchestral melody that I can't get it out of my head now. For those wondering, Yoshiki is the leader of legendary rock band X Japan :heart:

And thank you all my dear friends and watchers once again for your kindest support! :heart:


Yoshiki by Riuki-tyanSkip Beat Sho Fuwa 02 by LALAaxDust to Dust by the-sushi-monsterReveries Evanescentes by alexandre-deschaumesShe Dreams by welcometothegray

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  • Listening to: Golden Globes theme song by Yoshiki!

My first Daily Deviation!

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 8, 2012, 1:04 AM
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I just realised I received my very first Daily Deviation for this deviation! Not sure if I deserve it at all, but I'm definitely ecstatic about it!

First light by gnohz

Thank you so much to *Minato-Kushina for suggesting it and ^trevg for featuring it! :tighthug:

And of course, a HUGE thank you to all my dear friends, watchers and viewers out there who made this possible! I'm so touched...I'm at a loss for words. I was never good at it anyway :D


Mount Robson by gnohzLayers by gnohzWhite-tailed deer by gnohzGlacier Bay National Park by gnohzFirst light 2 by gnohz

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Featured on #ArtistCorner

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 5, 2012, 7:34 AM
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You guys must be tired listening and reading about this, but I'm just happy to be featured on the front page of #ArtistsCorner for a month! It's really a wonderful feeling to see several of your works on another page! :squee:

Ok, that's all. Please don't hate me for spamming all of you... ^^;


Hide by Riuki-tyanAfghan Girl by AmBr0High Water by MJWilliamEwan by pbird12Emma by toniart57

1st in photo competition!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 3, 2012, 4:27 AM
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First light by gnohz
Nothing very major, but I'm really, really happy to say that this favourite image of mine won a photo competition in the December 2011 "Water" photo competition at #Scape-Photography! : Results

Just wanted to share the joy with you guys!
Thanks for all the words of encouragement and support! :heart:

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It's nice to see...

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 28, 2011, 5:13 PM
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Your own works being featured in a group journal! It's the first time for me :D
Yup, First light is featured in a journal over at #HighQualityArt!: highqualityart.deviantart.com/…

Also, I just realised that Rays of hope and Seal on iceberg are also featured at #TheFavouriteShowcase: thefavouriteshowcase.deviantar…


In the end, I did not win the poll over at #SunriseAndSunsetClub but still I would like to thank all my voters for their kind support as always. At least I got the 2nd place! View the results here: sunriseandsunsetclub.deviantar…

Yesterday, I met a friend whom I've not contacted for 10 years! Together we went to recce a location (abandoned houses) and found out that it could be used for very good concept shoots! I can't wait for these shoots to be organised :D


Winter wonderland by gnohzFeeding grizzlies by gnohzAfghan Girl by AmBr0Pencil Vs Camera - 57 by BenHeineFirst light 2 by gnohz

100 watchers!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 27, 2011, 6:58 AM
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I would like to express my gratitude to all my 100+ watchers and friends for being interested in my humble work, and also being part of my journey. This would not have been possible without each and everyone of you! Despite my short stay on dA, I felt very welcome and loved because of your presence and kind words of encouragement! :tighthug:

Been feeling down lately as I feel I am losing my way in my life journey, but hope I can find a direction soon.
That's all I have to say :D


Mount Robson by gnohzWhite-tailed deer by gnohzLayers by gnohzMy Rainbow Fairytale by da-philHide by Riuki-tyan

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First work featured in a poll!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 25, 2011, 7:29 AM
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I'm very glad to see that finally, one of my works is featured in a poll for a sunrise/sunset contest over at #SunriseAndSunsetClub!

Although I don't think I'll win because it's not a direct representation of a sunrise, I'll still elated to see it there :squee:


Anyway, I shan't bother you all with such a minor issue on Christmas (although it's night over here and Christmas is going to be over :D )

But still, to all my dear friends and watchers, have a great holiday season!! :hug: :heart:


Rays of hope by gnohzTorii gate by gnohzBlack swan by MikkoLagerstedtWinter wonderland by gnohzSeal on iceberg by gnohz

  • Mood: Cheerful

Only 3 weeks, but thank you!

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 24, 2011, 2:35 AM
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Dear Friends and Watchers :wave:

Soon it'll be the end of the year. I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Although the weather might be cold outside, our hearts are indeed warm as we spend time with our loved ones and family.

In spite of the fact that I am only 3 weeks old here in dA, I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who I have interacted with, people who have dropped by, friends who have given very sweet and encouraging comments, and also to all my dear watchers who believe in me and my work :)

Thank you to everyone for their kind friendship. I hope to continue to share my works with the great community here and look forward to your continued support :hug:

Also, I would like take this opportunity to specially thank fellow deviant and friend =HMFS for awarding me a premium membership, and also to *Egil21 over at #TheFavouriteShowcase for organising wonderful contests with the aim of promoting artists' work. I'm very, very grateful for it :tighthug:

Thank you everyone once again, and have a great holiday season!


And emm, Just for some self-advertising, there's a promotion going on at the Prints Shop. Spend $100 or more on Prints Products, Get 25% off Prints Products. If you're in the least bit interested, I have put up my favourite deviation for prints --->> First light :heart:


Some works of =HMFS which I really like a lot. Please visit his gallery and shower him with some love! :)
Morninglow by Miguel-SantosLagoon Memories by Miguel-SantosAraucaria sunset by Miguel-SantosFragilion by Miguel-SantosLand of Plenty by Miguel-Santos

  • Mood: Affection
Like I mentioned in my first journal entry, something terrible, terrible happened last weekend.

I received news that one of my close relatives was swept away by the typhoon, Washi, which rampaged over the Southern islands in the Philippines. Apparently, he was directly located around the main river, working up on a crane or something, when disaster struck...Until now, he has not been found... This was so sudden, and came as a shock to everyone. We are hoping everyday for a miracle.


This incident made me realise again how fragile human beings are. And made me recall my past memories of another friend and relative.

I will try to live with love, with dreams.........and forever with Tears
  • Mood: Anguish
  • Listening to: X Japan - Tears
Hi my dear friends!

Looking back at my gallery, some of my first deviations on DA were First light, Mount Robson, and were submitted in the first week of Dec. It's been more than a week since then.

Maybe some of you are wondering what the title means. Although as all of you can see that my account has been here for 3 years (!), I forgot all about it and was inactive all the while. It was only until the past week that I decided to start my journey on DA.
I'm not sure what was the reason, but maybe because I was feeling down recently and was looking for an outlet... Something terrible happened, but that'll be for another post...

But all I can say is, my first week in DA has been simply great! I realised that the community here is really friendly, and they help out one another too, so thank you very much for making my start here in DA a great one :)

With that, a very happy holiday season to everyone and I look forward to interacting with all of you! :huggle:


Argh...journal skins require premium membership... X_X Is it possible to edit the default journal skin by ourselves and use it?

EDIT: Ok I found out that only premium members are allowed to use skins or make custom changes...


First light by gnohzWinter wonderland by gnohzMount Robson by gnohz

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  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: X Japan!