Saturday, 17 September 2011

Slip Away

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The summer holiday for school kids has passed, or is almost past for some, without much notice.  To the adult, time is even more fluid to be noticed. That's why we need to spare time for our loved ones as much as can be.

This is Sunday. Don't indulge in your smartphone or camera. Spend the day with your loved ones.

Importance of Light

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What the shot of today depicts is, to most, a storm brewing. But what if the image was reproduced in colour showing everything brighten up by glittering golden sunrays?

Light is probably the most decisive element in telling the mood of an image. In this connection, there is a proven gimmick to trick viewers when the real mood of the scene is not quite "right", especially when the environmental light is bluish. It is to turn the white balance to "Cloudy".  Or you may even tone the "Cloudy" up on the scale. The final image will show more details and better contrast. For sure, in that case, you will wish to shoot in Jpeg plus RAW to give yourself a second chance to "correct" the image.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Great (and expensive) Stuff

290985_10150321966288307_793983306_7928303_1028629504_oGXR M-mount unit with Voigtlander 35/1.2 Nokton aspherical  lens. I am experimenting with it. All I can say for now is that the lens renders stunning details in the final images.

It.Is.Just.Tempting. 

Thursday, 15 September 2011

GRieveD, 4 thee?

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Grieved because of the price – and this limited white edition will cost even dearer.  The official "rack" price of GRD4 as announced is 80,000 Japanese Yens,amounting to about 660 British Pounds, 753 US Dollars or 1044 Euros.

Ouch!

Back to the Basics

94/268/1-1/16 Photographic print, black and white, Overland car jumping a 'fallen bridge' in a promotional stunt, typed caption verso, Sam J. Hood, photographer, Australia, mid 1920s (Front)
Overland car jumping a "fallen bridge" in a promotional stunt, 1920 - 1929

Do you want to really? Can you bear it?

Recently, the author went shooting with the wall-flower, an old Minolta Dynax 7 film camera.  The shooting was great, like kind of having a nostalgic trip with an old mate. There is a big BUT though. 
In this digital photography era, our expectation of a camera's functionality has been tossed up so high that the restrictions of safe shutter speed, ISO speed dictated by the film and no instant switches between colour and B&W image recording, to name a few, have made film cameras so very unfamiliar and inconvenient. What might start as superfluous gimmicks to embellish a digital camera have evolved  more towards the core functions, or actually are now so. The inconvenience of doing the exposure tweaks with all the aforesaid restrictions is, well, inconvenient. The recent experience makes a supporting footnote for this statement. 

Does it follow that then, as many older photographers claim, photographers coming not from the film era have less definite photographic skills? At least one thing is sure, it was much tougher in the film days to end up with the right shot for a decisive moment as captured by the photographer of the shot of today.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Silence

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Man goes into the noisy crowd to drown his own clamour of silence ~ Rabindranath Tagore

So aptly put.  Then, won't it be better if we stay in silence, reflecting on the nameless old days of blessings and hardship which cling to our heart, and let the sunlight shower us with the warmth to dispel the nostalgia and, sometimes, sadness? With such silence and warmth, we, having been reminded to number the days which we think stretch on forever, can move forward better by treasuring each moment in life.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Carpenter

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This man alone makes and fixes the wooden tools for the fruit wholesale market.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Pick It Up

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I just can't. It is time to go to work.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Three-primary Colours

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Without either one, the world will be seen differently.

Without those lost in the twin towers, some lives have been lived differently. May the people suffered and still suffering from the sorrows be blessed with peace in their heart.

This is Sunday. Treasure what are really primary to your life.