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Some more HDR

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010


Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

So everyone is playing with HDR images these days, I might as well share my recent HDR “masterpiece.”

First, 3 images were shot with auto-bracketing. It was very cloudy out, so the pictures kinda sucked. By the way, it’s the Brooklyn Bridge.

After PhotoShop’s “Merge to HDR” automation:

Then adjusted with Topaz Adjust’s filter. Done.

Click, click, click and done. Quite impressive, considering the source pictures were completely trash!

Eat this! One more!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Canon just announced yet another DSLR: the 5D Mark II, well, as anticipated. Highlights are 21mpx, full frame with live view HD video shoot. Oh yes. And it’s only $2,700. Sure, whatever.

At least I know I am sticking with my original game plan: the 50D! In a couple years maybe I’ll upgrade to an affordable full frame DSLR. Or who knows, maybe there will be a new technology coming out… how about those Four Thirds…

The wait is over!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I have mentioned over and over again, that it was my beloved cameras and lenses I missed the most after the fire a few years ago. I’ve lost my first SLR: Canon 100QD (which was broken at the time), and the Canon 20D.

Since then, I haven’t, and couldn’t get my hands on another DSLR, such as the recent 40D. Emotionally, the experience was so traumatic; and financially, it’s just not easy to get started on photography again. With the body and all the lenses and accessories I want, it’s going to be a huge investment again from scratch.

I almost got the 40D over the summer, but I thought I should wait, thinking that perhaps the next one would come out soon (it’s been a year already). And sure it is, Canon announced the new 15 mega-pixels 50D today, shortly after rumors popping up on the Web.

Looking at the specs, the $400 price difference is definitely worth the upgrade. So 50D it is, I am going to take the dive this time. Perhaps I should start getting the accessories now…

The menu:

Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO [$400]. My 2 top priorities for my first multi-use lens: wide angle and macro. So Canon’s EFS 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM is out. The Sigma not only has macro, but also lighter and a larger aperture. And it’s cheaper too, as usual. I’m always impartial to Sigma’s lenses.

Flash: Canon’s Speedlite 430EX [$240], which will be replaced by a new version, the 430EX II, soon.

Memory: A brand-new UDMA-compliant CF card [4GB; $90] that has a read/write speed of at least 45MB/sec! And a firewire-enabled reader [$60] for the UDMA CF card.

And a hand grip [$19.50]! I can’t use an SLR without a hand grip!

That should be it for now. Ka-chink… the grand total is $2,210.

Hmm, told you it wasn’t cheap.

Fotokuo 2008

Thursday, April 10th, 2008 2008 version screenshot
I am always excited to see my friend Eugene’s new photographs. Their colors are always vibrant, subjects always interesting; and each of them always has a story to tell.

He just redid his photography site, Fotokuo, which I love the simplicity of. The roll-over menu layer do not align and I love the uniqueness of it.

Boys in the sun

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

My friend Ong finally caught up with the fun of blogging. He just launched a blog that posts photos of cute boys in the city: Boys in the sun. You can see some of his previous pictures on his Mac homepage.
boys under the sun

Primary school

Monday, May 14th, 2007

sfa now
A friend from primary school (elementary school) sent around some pictures she took with her camera phone as she strolled around the school. Wow, the school definitely looks much more modern now than it used to be, but I think it loses some of the simplicity and modesty.
See some recent pictures of my primary school

Frozen Rabbit

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

rabbit ice sculpture
While I was in Québec during the Winter Canrival, ice sculptures were found everywhere. One of them, guess what, was a rabbit. Cold but cute. See that sign in the back of the picture, it’s a rabbit too. I wasn’t paying attention then otherwise I would’ve checked out what store that was. Anyway, it was located at the lower town, “Basse-Ville.”

I’m back (again)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Yeah I’ve disappeared for a while. Life has been in a turmoil lately. It’s been crazy. In case you wonder, I resigned from the job that I have had for over 6 years. It’s just about time for me to move on to do something different. And of course, the other shits, if you know me, you’d know what I am talking about.

Anyway, now I am glad to say that things have finally settled down a bit, and recently I took a short trip to the beautiful Québec city up north. It was cold, but I love it. I love the cold. It was a few degrees Farenheit everyday, my face feels numb and frozen outside. Yippie!

I got the chance to speak some French there, it was so exciting. I lucked out staying in a nice suite on the top floor of the hotel, overseeing the entire old Québec area, day and night. I obviously took some great pictures of the killer view.


I have posted some pictures from the trip at

X’mas Tree Getting Ready

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

The X’mas tree at the Rockerfeller Center is getting ready. Another Holiday…