Sunflower under the sun

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B&W : Christchurch Cathedral and Lyttleton

Enjoying the holiday by going out for a short outing with a friend to Port Hills and a quick run to the Cathedral Square.

Lyttelton Bay

Lyttleton Bay

Lyttleton Bay

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

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B&W: Soaking

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Moeraki Boulders

Went to Dunedin the other day for a quick visit and along the way back stopped by Moeraki Boulders to take a couple of shots. My first time here, and my timing was far from perfect, it was afternoon, the weather was a bit cloudy with high clouds which made the lighting too flat and grey…. and the tide was coming in fast.

I was tired from the non-stop driving, and was too lazy to bring along the tripod that I packed. Even though I brought along my primary photo gears along, but throughout the trip I was using the Sony Nex 5n for convenient sake.

So, I was trying a couple of shots and trying to make the best of things. I tried several shots, but I keep coming back with slowing down the shutter to make full use of the waves. The wave were coming fast and hard.  The only way to make an interesting shot was to actually wade into the sea, and shoot just a couple feet from one of the round boulders.

The timing have to be perfect, the waves must not be too high, or too hard against the boulder, and it should swirls around the main boulder. I have to slow down the waves, and tried a couple of speed, but the best at that time seems to be 1/10. ISO100 and the aperture is at f/22. Due to the aperture, all the stains on the glass were captured but it was not so obvious then, but after doing a bit of post-processing especially after increasing the contrast the dusts became a bit more clear.

Post processing wise, I was playing around with Nik Colour Efex Pro 4 and also Nik Silver  Efex Pro 2. I like the bluish tint of the monochrome since that was what I was feeling then. Wet and cold in the water. What about the dust spots? I just ignore it. (I uploaded a new one where I clean the most irritating ones)..hahaha…

Moeraki Boulders; Sony Nex 5n, 18-55mm: 1/10, f/22, ISO100

Moeraki Boulders; Sony Nex 5n, 18-55mm: 1/10, f/22, ISO100

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Milky Way Above Sugarloaf Reserve, Port Hills

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GIF : An alternative to short video

Nowadays every camera have a basic video function. From DSLR all the way to smartphones, all have a function to record video. Unfortunately, my main camera is a Nikon D700 introduced in 2008, video function was not incorporated into this particular camera. Which is a wonder actually, because Nikon D90, introduced at that same year have a basic video function (a first for DSLR). Maybe the idea at that time was still photographers were not interested in videography.

Video in DSLR is definitely useful when you want to capture short video footages and you have no dedicated video camera with you. For longer and more serious videography, a DSLR would require a lot more peripherals hardware to make it into a viable video capturing device.

But what do you do if you want to video a moment and do not have any video capturing device? My solution is to capture a series of shots (frames) and make them into an animated GIF file.

GIF file used to be popular during the early days of the internet. It’s the only method to create animated file that’s easy to uploaded into the net and not put a burden on bandwidth. But after awhile, when bandwidth became wider and data can be stream much faster, video became more and more accessible, making GIF file as something in the history book. Or at least used by a very niche group of people.

But recently there’s a resurgent in GIF popularity with the internet crowds. Maybe due to it’s simplicity or maybe because technology like fashion is cyclical in nature. But whatever it is GIF format is quite useful when you only have an old DSLR that can shoot stills.

In my case, I wanted to capture the moment of my wife and son sliding down the snow and decided to capture a series of photo to create the GIF file. I used Continuous High (CH) mode in the D700 and later selected the frames and created the GIF file using the simple software GIF Animator. This is the same method that I used to create the GIF file for the imploded building here.

Here are the result (You have to click on the photos to watch the animation)

ImanGIFAnd my wife turn to slide down.



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Repetitive : Finding the soul.

There is this tree in front of my house. I’ve taken hundreds, maybe thousands photos of it from every angle, using ever lens that I have at all seasons of the year at all hours of the day. I just can’t seem to capture the essence of the tree, no matter how hard I tried.

But today, I managed to capture a glimpse of its’ soul.

Soul of tree at sunrise

Soul of tree at sunrise

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