We all know something about covering or curtailing or blurring the background to give more juice to or accentuate the focus of the theme in an image. But we could do more or less the same to the foreground, which, apart from bestowing the image with extra information to make the story richer and more “chewy”, can as well be used to frame the primary subject. The tip is to be choosey on what elements to use for the foreground. It will work best if the elements are related to the primary image in a way that they echo with the latter in substance. Today’s shot can hopefully be taken as an example. The foreground give the viewers sufficient and, to me, interesting information to make sense of what the chef was chopping even though what is on the chopping board (or log actually?) is hidden behind the metal utensil. I think the cooked whole chicken hanging in the foreground make a unique frame which works to move the viewers’ eyes to explore the image longer from corner to corner. At least, with such a foreground, the image is not bland as in the case without it.
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Friday, February 28, 2014
The post title makes it obvious the importance of naming a system. The Leica $ system, the gem that makes us drool (and then droop for lacking of funds), now opens its arms to those who have the money to burn but wish to burn it at a slower pace and over a longer period of time. Beg that the workshop will be at just a fraction of what the system is going to cost you. There is something sometimes requiring straight action without reasoning. Buying Leica, to many, is one of that something. Act now before you regret having regretted the lack of wherewithal. (Hong Kong only)
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Which was exactly my exclamation when I realised, or found myself being unable to realise, how a locust is different from a British dog. What a reasoning guru! Really beyond me.
On today's shot, the red-faced old man wearing a long beard is a general-turned deity known as Kwan Tei. The goddess? She is an expat from India -- Bodhisattva. And the red tablet is actually the humble home to the Earth god. He is a native Chinese. Surely everyone knows Indian Budda, who faintly appears on the upper right-hand corner.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Every trend has a pattern of interval before reoccurring. Sometimes the pattern is market-driven but for most of the time is the choreographed result of the industry players. Examples are not rare of such marketing maneuvers spiraling upwards to become over-dosage until the potential customers are completely fed up. There are few admirable exceptions, the brain-children of Steve Jobs being some. But he knew innovations. He was not known for nothing about beating down his own innovations with newer ones. When it comes to the camera market, there is no Steve Jobs yet. The velocity of churning out new cameras turns so speedy that the novel models seem to aim at nothing but making a headline for their fifteen minutes of fame. Take for example the fad of retro-looking camera. The form factor is more for the mere sake of cosmetic.
I am really seeing not much, if any, and if I can put it this way, innovative bang for the buck on the camera market lately. The Sony A55's translucent technology is an exception. An old camera by today's standards, it has its flaw though. But it is at least on a par with most current sub-professional grade models in terms of functionality, and if with a Zeiss lens, as well as image quality. As for image quality, I can say for sure that 99.9999% of us think we can tell the differences apart in the images. In fact, for images done with cameras of the comparable grade, can we tell with even a 10R-size (10 x 12") print?
No, we can't. So we could be craving for the new camera more for the lure of their COSTLY cosmetic appeal, which is quite silly. Innovation-wise, these new cameras are so very wishy-washy. They have innovations yes but those are not really related to photography even if the maker claims embracing pure photography for the sake of marketing.
Opinionated views are mine.