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I have been having some debates on this image and have re-uploaded it. See my first reply in the comments as well the pictures in progress and let me know what you think; thanks!

I rarely post photos of people, but I thought this one was just too cute! This was taken during my internship in Hayama, Japan. I wasn’t a photographer that time; just a snappy tourist, but despite that, this was a special moment that I have never forgotten – there were just certain things that really caught my eye so I thought I’d share.

This was actually taken during a festival, and this was the kind of context of the moment (except with a performance on the stage):

As there is so much going on at the festival, these moments are easy to miss, but even amongst the excitement there are often little sweet moments.

I still consider my internship in Japan one of the best times of my life (wish I a photographer then though) – the best I consider so far in terms of work and abroad experience.

Taken May 12, 2007 with a Fuji E-510 at the Moriyama Shrine Arts Festival; Hayama, Japan – my first weekend of that period. Editing done in PhotoShop

Revisiting this photo I also revisited my writing Memoirs of an Intern

I have revised it to give it a better flow; hope you like it :)


Progress of photo editing:

Raw version

Colour adjustment

Blurring and toning down at edges



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  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    Just did some editing again – was having some debates – will post some progress pics in the description soon.

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 2 years ago

    I like the contrast of colour in the focal point and the more muted tones around it…

  • Glad you like it Janis. I kept revisiting this one before uploading it today because I kept having second thoughts. I have just added some images in the description to show the progress of editing. The one it is now, that you saw, was the closest to my initial intent. I started to question though whether I was over doing it – I don’t usually do a lot of post-processing and often like to keep photos as real as possible. So when I first uploaded the work, I did as the second image shown in progress. But after uploading it I figured I wasn’t really content with that and went back to the one with the treated edges. I guess to evolve as an artist I have to sometimes step out of my comfort zone.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • TokikoAnderson
    TokikoAndersonover 2 years ago

    美しい兄弟愛。Nothing more please me seeing sibling inter acting eachother.
    Tha nks for sharing these with me and the other RB bunch Mui—Li Teh.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 2 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • andy551
    andy551over 2 years ago

    I love this,amazing work!!!

  • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. I was having doubts about posting this since it is not the type of work I usually post, but the moment was definitely special. I’m glad there are people out there enjoying this!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    this is such fun photo Mui-Ling….I like the effect of this one…:) your eye goes directly to the subject :)

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Mui!

  • Thanks again Roy!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossover 2 years ago


    You were voted into the Top Ten of our Challenge

    “ShuTTerBugS – Snips n Snails Challenge

    June 2012

    Bevlea & Caryl

  • Kyoko Beaumont
    Kyoko Beaumontover 2 years ago

    so sweet… it made me a bit tearful

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 2 years ago

    I think it works really well, mui-ling – it reminds us how it was to be that little

  • I’m glad you like it nadine henley; thank you very much!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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