Archive for August, 2008

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.

Dive

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Imagine you are standing on the 10m diving platform in the water cube and looking around. Don’t forget to look up and see the amazing ceilings.

Watermelon-yogurt ice

Thursday, August 14th, 2008


This surely looks tasty and refreshing for any time of the year! Well, not during winter, really, because we are not supposed to have watermelons in the winter. I need to get some ingredients and get my ice-cream making churning!
(Via Allen’s Eating Out Loud and Eating Well.)

Popsicles

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

I love popsicles. Summer or winter, during which I love them. I don’t care about the coldness because I love cold things. During summer I’d definitely eat more than one a day. I love to make my own popsicles and I lvoe store-bought highly-processed popsicles. Edy’s fruit bars are definitely my weak point. Now here are some fun popsicles that I’d like to try making.

Pistachio pudding popsicles: it seems kinda strange but interesting! It definitely worths a try.

Cocktails popsicles: Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Margarita and Sweet Martini.

Red bean popsicles: I grew up eating red bean popsicles, something that my mom would make almost every summer.

How it all started

Friday, August 8th, 2008


I still have my 10GB from back then, of no use!

Antonioni forum closed

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Come to think of it, it’s been at least 10 years since I have put up the Michelangelo Antonioni archive.

Initially, I just wanted to build a site to put up all the great content and fimography I found at a festival in Hong Kong, but then I added a forum for people to discuss and talk about Antonioni’s work. It’s become a great resource back then. 

Ten years ago, there was barely anything on Antoioni’s work available on the “cyberspace”. I suppose I did break new ground then. Things are very different now. To begin with, we have IMDB and Wikipedia, there are blogs that talk about his work, and tons of sites that list writings and studies on his films. I haven’t done anything to keep the site updated, but I was still proud of the fact that I was there to supply information on Antonioni’s work when nothing was available on the Web back then.

When I watched La Notte on DVD a few months ago, it gave me the chill when I saw the URL listed on the screen. I was glad to be part of it.

I have decided to close the forum, because I couldn’t keep up with the spammers. It’s unfortunately. But there are also many places on the Web nowadays to discuss his films, so it’s time to move on as well.