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Yen & Joe’s Wedding in Australia


Joe a.k.a. Zhou Zhou went to St Peter’s Primary School Rochedale with me in year 5 and 6. We have known each other for twenty years… (does this give my age away?…) It was my privilege when he asked me to be his wedding photographer (Well he knows me long enough to know that if he went with someone else, I would have kicked his buttocks!) I caught up with many old friends on the day. The girls have gone prettier, and guys have stayed pretty much the same.. except for the extra “few” pounds around the waistline..@@ Welcome to the 30-club…

Joe is a avid fisherman (look at the wedding cake below), and only relinquished it to 2nd place after his Mrs, Yen appeared on the scene. During his reception speeches, I was moved when he said that he almost sold his fishing boat so he could buy the biggest ring possible for Yen (if it was me… I will probably keep my boat and … buy a hugeeee http://www.secrets-shhh.com ….LOL!) This girl must mean a whole world to him. They go on fishing trips together, and I know one thing Joe will hate me reminding him about.. That YEN CAUGHT THE BIGGEST MANGROVE JACK between the two of them. Trust me.. I have seen that elusive fish?!?. they had to clean it in their bathtub..  that monster was that huge. And I think the new story is Yen still holds the record for barramundi as well!

Hope they live happily ever after, and invite me on their next fishing adventure!

Venue : http://www.cherbonwaters.com.au
Hair & Make Up: https://www.facebook.com/lerougebeauty


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These photos were prepared for their wedding reception in Guangzhou, China the following week after the Australian wedding ceremony.

Hope you enjoyed their day.



By the way, if you are new to the Asian wedding scene, there are a lot of  tea ceremonies, “wedding games” and toasting. The urban legend is that it brings happiness and good luck. The only down side of all the festivities is that the groom is made to scull down excessively large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time that he is practically incapacitated during the reception. But our man Joe is the man! I heard the  party continued well into sunrise… (side note: He didn’t vomit while I was around, the bridal party even prepared the vomit bag just in case…. he posed for me as if he was throwing up…)

Margaret McLeod - November 6, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Wonderful photos, Oliver, and a great day of wonderful memories for Yen and Joe. I was so privileged to be their celebrant and have this beautiful couple come into my life.

Angel Conrane - September 14, 2015 - 10:31 am

love your photos

Queensland Wedding + Brides Magazine Appearance





I got a call on my work phone! And I don’t recognise the number! OMG! Must be a new client! So I put on my professional voice, and answered it.. and to my dismay, it was not a client..


Never the less the call was from Queensland Wedding + Bride Magazine. And some of our work was featured in their real weddings section of the current issue of the magazine. Our-once-bride-now-mother-Leonie must have sent in the photo:) It was shot at Mirra Private Dining & Events– a boutique styled reception venue in Fortitude Valley…And if you’ve missed out blog post on this wedding, click here now! http://oliverkuo.com.au/leonie-guy-all-hallows-church-mirra/






2013 Buddha Birthday Festival @ Southbank Brisbane Queensland

In the past month, I have been shooting photos and de-fitting one of my cafés. It has reached the end of the lease, and it is time for me to say good-bye and say hi to more time-on-my-hands. Recently I started twitting on the Chinese “twitter”.. I still can’t get my head around the #hashtags# and how it really works. But somehow all the fuss about @You @Me @Them…worked for me, and I started to get a following on www.weibo.com . Jesus already had his birthday and resurrection celebrations, and it was Buddha’s turn to celebrate his 2576th Birthday (according to wiki his birthday is circa 563 BC so add 2013 give a rough 2576 years? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha)

The festival has been held at Southbank for many many years. It is a great multicultural event, and many different people come and enjoy the festivities. A variety of cultural performances and food is on show, and the colourful nature of the event is a great photographic exercise.

I posted on my Weibo about this photography event and the turn out was good! We made new friends with a few fellow Weibo photography enthusiasts. We exchanged ideas, and I gave some tips on how to improve the photos.

Below are some of the shots from Saturday 4th May, 2013, shot between 12:30pm to 6pm.

Lens used: 24-70mm F2.8L II, 135mm F2L, 300mm F2.8L IS,

If you have Weibo, please follow us on www.weibo.com/oliverkuophotography and come join us on our next photography adventure.

 -by Oliver Kuo Photography  info@oliverkuo.com.au  0406699668 Contact us if you are interested in coming along!



Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit Unboxing, Initial Shots and Quick Review

If you know me at all, you will know that I am a hoarder  of “things”. “Things” fall into many different categories, but can be summarized as stuff that fuels my numerous hobbies. For example.. I have a gazillion Zippos.. million pairs of shoes.. thousands of fishing rod and reels…etcetera  etcetera …God knows why I NEED them. Another one of my favourite pastime is electronics (I will leave it at that, so it broadens the category so I can buy/collect more stuff this way). I frequently surf websites like www.canonrumors.com, www.ebay.com.au, www.ozbargain.com.au, and www.bhphotovideo.com while doing work and editing YOUR wedding photos. LOL. I couldn’t help but notice a new announcement by Canon on March 23rd 2013. Canon announces the “World’s Smallest and Lightest DLSR the EOS 100D / SL1″( http://www.canonrumors.com/2013/03/canon-u-s-a-announces-worlds-smallest-and-lightest-dslr-camera/ ).  I was very excited because I don’t like digicams…(I have the Canon S100) and my smallest Dslr in service is the 5D Mark 3 which is by no means pocketable for those less formal occasions. The Eos-M needed adaptors to use my EF lenses, makes the camera bigger, which defeats the purpose.  So my mind was set on getting my hands on a Canon 100D / SL1.


My initial searches on eBay returned no results, but my persistence paid off. After a grueling month of battling the waiting game, a Korean eBay seller with not-so-amazing feedback (and recent ID name change) listed the 100D. After confirming it is in stock, and “bargained” for a better deal = a free lcd screen protector……….. I bought it. I did contact my usual suppliers of camera equipment B&H photo and video, and Eglobal Cameras prior, as I have often dealt with them with zero problems. I was told it is not yet released, and eGlobal did not know when they will have supply, and B&H said approximately  April 30th (correct at the time of my shopping, eGlobal has it now for ..a measly $715…) . Again, for those that know me, I hate waiting. If I need to buy something, I WANT IT NOW.


The camera travelled all the way from Taiwan (place of manufacture) to Korea to China to Singapore to Sydney and then Brisbane… If it had accumulated frequent flyer points, I will be flying business class to a holiday destination in no time!



This is what is in the box. The usual stuff, the included camera strap looks a bit cheaply made (but I don’t use it anyway..). The usual barrage of useless cables, cd-roms?!?…I would really prefer to buy the body + battery and charger only..and leave out the rest of the rubbish and boxes and nicely printed manuals… Will Canon listen to me and release a cheaper version like that? haha Highly Doubt it. .
First thing you will notice.. is how small it is.. REALLY.. it is THAT SMALL. My last APS-C crop sensor camera was Canon EOS 20D which feels a hell lot bigger and heavier. The lcd is weird proportion (notice the extra black strip to the right hand side of the lcd monitor). I had to cut the lcd protector to fit (and free stuff are 99% of the time rubbish, as you can see in this case my free screen protector that I bargained to be included in the price). The 18-55mm IS STM new lens came in a plastic bag.. ha.. the packaging is just crap. However it came with the new style (finally caught up style) of Canon lens cap (Nikon / Sigma has been using similar design for many years). Both the camera body and lens are Made In Taiwan.  The battery is LP-E12 which is shared by many smaller consumer digicams and eos M. I bought some cheapo decoded knock offs from eBay since it is more a toy than a tool for work for me (fingers crossed they don’t blow up like the cheap and nasty mobile phone batteries..).

Personally I prefer the non-articulating screen. I find I am a tad rough with my gear, and rotating and flippy screens just wont do it. I knew the 100D came with a touch screen. After turning off the awful beeping touch noises, the touch screen actually made sense, as most of our devices (phones, tablets..) are all touch interface. You can select, enlarge, scroll left right, just like your Apple iPhone and android Smartphone! I thought as a professional, it will be “lame”, but after using it for a day, I wish it came on my higher end bodies! Come on Canon, please release this intuitive function in future pro bodies!

I just put it next to some of the gear I use for work, and put in the S100 digicam for your size reference. Also included in some lenses you might have or seen or used just for size comparison(70-200 F2.8L IS II, 24-70mm F2.8L, 50mm F1.2L, 18-55mm IS STM, Nikon 50mm, Canon 50mm F1.4…. I even threw in a 50mm Nikon 1.4G just for you Nikonians to size things up. Its not very scientific display, the photos are just for a quick reference. Please excuse the low quality iphone photos. I was in a rush to go out to take some test shots with the actual camera!

If you are wondering what the 3 small lenses are, they are all PANCAKE lenses. Voigtlander 20mm F3.5. Voigtlander 40mm F2. Canon 40mm F2.8 STM. The voigtlanders are metal manual focus lenses.

The test shots are shot in my yard and in Brisbane, Chinatown, Fortitude Valley.

Most of the test sample shots below are shot with the Canon 40mm F2.8 STM pancake simply because it makes the camera the smallest Auto focus combination that I could conjure up. It is not a conclusive selection of photos as I only spent a few hours with the camera before writing up this blog. So please view with that in mind. All the photos are shot in Jpeg as most of its target users will probably not bother with RAW. All the images are straight out from the camera and resized with photomechanic. No additional editing is applied.
My personal quick thoughts are :

nice and small, (new shutter button position helps the hold on the tiny camera body), My ring finger and pinky don’t fit on the grip..
feels ok sturdy for general use
touch screen
feels just at home for canon users (I do miss the wheel, but there must be compromises somewhere with the size reduction right?)
the photos will look the same as 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D when taken by the same user.
ISo 3200 is useable

I tried on the 24-70 F2.8L II and gosh, its very head heavy.. not well balanced. Should use lighter lenses to make it a more balanced package. The included Kit lens combined is a good package size.
the AF is slower at night, and the viewfinder is quite small and dim (but it is the same across the board with the aps-c bodies)
those with big hands, try it out in the shop before you buy
the price is not cheaper than the 650D, 700D.
ISo6400 is not comparable to 5D Mark 3 (but its different class of camera) a lot of smudging and noise and lose of detail and softness

I would recommend it for beginners as their first camera. Or a holiday/walk around body for serious amateurs and professionals. In capable hands, the camera will give same or better results as semi-pro body eos 7D. and When I shoot in raw with nice lenses and apply the PS digital darkroom, I doubt many can tell apart the resized photos from a photo taken with a pro-body that costs many many times its pricetag.


Peace out. -Oliver


If you have any questions regarding this camera/lenses, please email me at info@oliverkuo.com.au And I will try to get back to you asap.

PS Oh and if you noticed in the photos.. the New HTC ONE M7. It arrived in the post today. And the screen looks amazing! It makes me squint looking at my iPhone screens.












Ryan + Katrina Pre-Wedding Video “I’m Yours”

Ryan and I went to the same high school, Redeemer Lutheran College. He was a few grades down, so we actually didn’t talk that much at school. Who really wants to be seen talking to younger grade’s students anyway while you are at school (younger girls are an exception??) After all the formal schooling, he ventured into many different careers, and when he found his heart in photography, that is when he found me again through facebook. Who doesn’t stalk people on facebook anyway…? Isn’t it the main purpose of the website? LOL… So we grew closer and closer, and talked more, we even found out that we are from the same home town, his house in Taiwan is like walking distance to my house in Tainan. Do you know what is so amazing? We even went to the same primary school, and we probably have walked past each other more than 20 years ago.  So fate/photography brought us back together, and we live happily ever after… wait..?!?  Sorry my story telling got a bit side tracked here..

The story is all about Katrina and Ryan. I felt privileged when Ryan asked me to shoot his pre-wedding video. It is a simple love story and it shows their relatives in Asia a bit of their everyday living.


Please change the quality to 720p or higher for a better viewing experience. (if your internet is fast enough @@)
(if the embedding is not working, here is a direct link to the youtube video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r14YrU0U7YQ )


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