The good about the weekend is that it is like having a truce for most of the competitions in life.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
While admirers of the romantic orange sky at sunset aimed at the sun and took unlimited shots of it against the tinted background, the author took notice of the foreground to give some echo to the fireball. Interestingly, unlike backgrounds which photographers may meticulously add or subtract from the final images, the foreground is more often overlooked. In fact, whereas the background is always there to appear with the subject, selection of the foreground requires a trained eye and a good sense. Photographers can use the foreground to give further interest, reference or substance to the primary subjects.
Next time before you take a shot, walk the scene and look around. You will certainly spot a useful foreground for the final image.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This Chinese character is pronounced as "si". The ways to form Chinese characters are six-fold, one of which is associative compounds, or Hui Yi. The word "si" is a case in point. It compounds the Chinese characters of "one" and "ten", implying a complete cycle or starting well and ending well. In ancient Chinese, "si" was equal to a complementary salutation to men.
"Si" can be prefixed or suffixed with other characters to form new words, which is a typical ways of word formation in Chinese. For example, when prefixed with "person" it means "scholar" while the meaning is "adviser" if "scheme" is suffixed to "si".
In all circumstances, "si" encompasses a positive meaning. Words formed with this element has a positive connotation in general, unless a overriding word with negative meaning is paired with it. For example, "sei (death) si" means suicidal martyr.
(All pronunciations are in Cantonese)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In a way, the world and all the contents in it can be deconstructed into their most elementary forms as lines and shapes. One of the training for painters is to give them drawing exercises on themes of lines and shapes. When one acquires the artistic skill to interpret objects and subjects in lines and shapes, one has the ability to reconstruct them into unlimited creative combinations in the final works. The same is applicable to photography.
Monday, July 25, 2011
As we always promote, growing oneself in photography takes more than just studying and practising photography. Aspirants after mastery of photography should take on a mutli-directional approach; that is to say, gain exposure to different genres of art. For that matter, watching movie is an easy and enjoyable option.
A recent beautifully done blockbuster hit is Kungfu Panda Two. There are, for example, a couple of low-angel "shots" which may remind you of the powerful vista of a scenery from such an angel of view. You will certainly notice some other skills to apply to photography.
In passing, pandas and red pandas are kept in the Hong Kong Ocean Park.