Saturday, 3 September 2011

Get Moving

Enough blogging.  Load a roll of film and have fun!


Friday, 2 September 2011

Be Happy

R1232567L (Ricoh GX200; taken in Beijing)

If a car can be that happy, so can you.  This is the last day of the working week.  Hurray!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Rainbow Bubbles

R0010326L (Ricoh GX200)

Turn on the manual focus and set the focal distance to in the number of millimetres. Find some crystal decorations like the crystal droplets of a lamp which corners are cut to reflect lights in a multitude of directions. Point the camera from such an angel and distance that the reflections become colourful in the LCD display. Fully press the shutter release and there goes your shot of rainbow bubbles.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Suggestions of Movement

R1232408L (Ricoh GX200)

One of the suggestions lies in the blurred images in the background, which, however, will be short of the effect if without being accentuated by the stationery human object and the three pillars.  Another suggestion is the array of trollies showing illusional traces of movements, which at the same time echos the blurred images on the far side.

This shot remids the author that the best a small camera like the unassuming GX200 can teach a photographer is to be more obeservant of photography opportunities.  Its high portability simply encourages one to look around and shoot without the annoyance of inquisitive eye.  For this shot, it would be much of a fuss to do with a bigger and beefier camera. One may not bother to do it then in the first place.  

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Worldwide Social Phenomenon

DSC03303L (Sony A55)

The only additional word to say is: iPad.

To capture the decisive moment capturing the young chaps' joyuous and religious plunge into the gadget, the photographer has to bear two things in mind: be stealth (simply refraining from joining 'em will do) in waiting for the moment to present itself; and most importantly, see from the angle of the iPad.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Bravest Camera Dust-Proof System

IMG_6073L(Kudos to reader Kayi for the shots. Above: GR lens seemingly suffering from cataract, surely the first in the world!)

There is certainly no lacking of alternative ways to do the title: World's First Lens Cataract Case; What the Hack (or Duck, depending on your taste) is This; Are You Out of Your Mind; Topsy-Turvy; How to Waste Your Money without Knowing It; To Kill to Protect; A Condom Fixed Ever After; Camera Terrorist; Hahaha, Have Fun Blocking the Lights; Annihilate Your Lens; Have the Apple and Dump It; O.M.G(RD); Don't You Have Better Things to Do; Ouch….

When the author first spotted the camera so brutally treated by its owner, a great measure of unexplainable indignation came surging up to the part of the brain which commands language. The author is an educated fellow, but in the case of others that part of the brain may also command foul languages. While the most valuable and vulnerable component of a camera is the lens, especially in the case of the GRD models which sell dearly for the much-praised GR lens, the owner has thus committed the most wicked felony to the camera.

Before moving on, seriously, there are better ways to keep the lens clean.

(To attach the superfluous piece of cheap glass to the LCD display is a matter of taste, or bad taste to be exact. But adding the piece of glass to reduce lights getting through the lens is undebatably the greatest unforgiving sin of mankind)

Now, stop laughing if that's what you are doing. You could have committed some similar crimes too. 

There are so many dudes who clean the lens using their ties or T-shirts, not least uncommon when the cameras are brought from a chilly air-conditioned room to see the sunlight. The knowledge about what one can do or not to a camera is so alarmingly meagre among the users compared to the forever heated debates about which new cameras shine. How many of us know that in the case of a chilled camera, it should stay in the bag for roughly 20 minutes before one can get it out for shooting (or for ornamenting yourself around the neck)?

And have you ever shot on a rainy day with your camera which is not protected from the splashes and, most philosophical of all, neither rain- nor water-proof? That is actually as admirably brave as sticking an extra piece of glass to the lens.

Don't ridicule any of these people. Haven't you, after shelling out a large sum for a new f1.4 prime lens, suddenly became money-minded and picked the cheaper -- if not the cheapest -- filter to screw onto that expensive lens? Similar to the cataract-causing glass, the cheapie filter also degrades the performance of light permeability of the lens. It should either be with a good quality filter or nothing at all.

Next time if you are to be creative to your lens, first consult someone who at least knows better than you. Or better still, consult a book or even just the user's instruction.

For the sake of lens welfare and preservation of civilisation, please.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Bird's Nest Made with Human Flesh

DSC03195L (Sony A55)

Who will ever guess that in the steel structure of the Bird's Nest is a sleeping man? Unbelievable structure, isn't it?

This is Sunday. Spare time to observe the world around.