After try some error, I slowly can control some of the movement of steel wool and the LED lights, I try to shoot it alone too but I prefer there are someone to help you press the button. I notice location is the key to make the photos interesting, will survey out some location when I got the time.
I always admire those who shoot milky way photos. I’m very curious that why they can get it so easily. I have tried for quite a while until this month I manage get my first milky way shot. Then the thing like shift totally to my side. There are few things we need to take notes.
1. You need to locate the milky way. In the month of April is almost like at the tail of Scorpio, I still not sure will it changes it location when in the end of the year, still need time for me to observe.
2. You need to avoid from the light pollution in the city, even sometime you are outside the city, the light pollution can be as strong as in the city. So you need to find a place with minimum light pollution.
3. Avoid the moon. The best time is to shoot during the New moon, but in the other days, milky way still can be visible as long as the moon already set.
The following photos took me a few sleepless nights to get them all together. Hope you like it
I started to find interest in light painting because of the recent outing at night. I’m addicted to night photography in the penang island, mainly is because the sky which full of stars and milkyway, secondly is easier for me to go out since most of my family members are already asleep. I do not think of rushing back and can take my sweet time to compose and observe. The most challenging part is sometime you need to do it alone in the middle of the night, and feel a bit scary and uncomfortable. Anyway these are the photos I shoot in the first 2 nights. I hope I will go into it more. Enjoy!!!
I’m thinking to use the beautiful of Penang Island in my 1st time lapse project. The place I’m going to cover most of them are Penang nature and Landscape but it will include some cityscape as well. I’m planing a whole year project, but I’m giving myself a 3 months dateline to complete the 1st phase .This is because I’m not a full time photographer I can only use my spare time on the shooting. It will be a lot of traveling, up grade on gears and accessories and scarify of my own time. I’ve decided to outline the project here,
I will separate my project into 4 categories
- Macro – I think this is the toughest part, because you cannot predict them, need a lot of waiting.
- Landscape – Those scenery in Penang like beaches, waterfall, padi field.
- Cityscape – Places like Georgetown, Komtar, Kek Lok Si etc.
- Nature – This one need to depends on Luck, such as Rainbow, Storm, Stars etc.
If go into details, my plan is to cover around 30 different places with different time.
Wish me Luck and wait for my show.
I just realise I stop blogging almost half year. So I try to blog something simple first, hope it can keeps my momentum going. I still got a lot of wedding and travel story to tell…….
As you know I was expecting my second boy in Jun, so before that I took some of pregnancy photo for my wife. Maybe this is the second one, so my wife is lack of excitement and feel tired to pose for me. I just manage to took a couple of shot and post it in my facebook. The surprise is I got respond from friend that would like to take those shot too. so here are some shots of the 3 beautiful pregnant ladies.
Logos Hope was purchased in 2004. The ship’s gross tonnage is three times that of Logos II, the ship it replaces. The extra space gives visitors the opportunity to choose from a wider range of activities and will allow for more crewmembers to serve on board. Logos Hopeis OM Ships International’s largest ship.
After going through a complete renovation to transform her from a ferry into the ship she is today, Logos Hope launched into active service in February 2009.
The ship is operated on behalf of OM Ships International by GBA Ships e.V., a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.
So happy to get on board again after went to Doulos more than 10 years ago. I actually visited this ship more than 3 times to collect some photos as my profile. Hope you like it.
When selling products, vacation spots or services it can be very difficult to make your products look appealing to potential customers. Attractive web design will help, but ultimately the image you choose will pique the viewer’s interest, and hopefully, a desire to purchase the product, poor photography will communicate to the customer that you don’t care about your products. Unique photos are the key to standing out and showing customers that you’re serious about how you look and what you’re selling.
From now on I’m doing simple product shooting to make you e-commerce business look more interesting. If you like my work, I can be contact here
Wide-angle lens is one of my favorite. I like most in the lens because the lens allow you to fit a lot of things into the image, by stretching the perspective it will make you think more to compose a picture and it will improve your creativity gradually, making the object that closer to the lens look much bigger so it will add depth to your picture.
Like the Pro say : The key to successful use of wide-angle lenses is to get close to your subject… the closer the better. The closer you get, the bigger the subject will be in the frame and the more impact the photo will have.
I’m not really good in write up more over i didn’t hands on on everyone of it, so is not fair for me to judge it. So what I can do is try to compile some review and info from those article that i have read and share it here.
There are currently two type of wide-angle lens in the market, a fixed and a zoom lens.
There are some pros and cons about each of them:
Fixed (Prime) Wide-Angle Lens
- Simpler optical design
- Fast maximum aperture gives brighter viewfinder and better in low light shooing
- Smaller and more compact than a zoom
- Most have a smaller filter thread
x Limited to one focal length
x Relatively expensive
Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
- Covers several focal length, so you’re spoilt for wide angle versatility
- better coverage than fix lens
- most zoom are optical excellent
- flexibility and reasonable price
x Not as sharp as fixed lens, especially towards the corners and edges of the frame
x More distortion
x Maximum aperture isn’t as fast as fixed lens
x Most have a larger filter thread, so screw in filter are more expensive.
So which wide-angle Zoom lens is suitable for you? There are a few recommended choice from the pro.
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S
Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM
I used a tokina and sigma lens before, but I like the Sigma 10-20 very much, and is very handy when shooting interior design photos, don’t think that 1mm or 2mm doesn’t make any difference, actually it does.
Avoiding Common Problems with Using a Wide-Angle Lens
Polarizer — It may added contrast to your photos but you have two concerns. 1. The thickness of the metallic rim around the glass may cause vignetting. So my advice is go for thin ring mount, although is a little expensive but it worth the money. 2. Is the unevenness effect, because of the larger angle of view, I frequently notice the sky becoming darker in the part of the picture that is toward 90 degrees to the sun, i.e. in about half of the picture the sky is light and in the other half the sky is dark. So some time I take it off but if you use a polarizer to saturate the colors of foliage, or to remove reflections from water, it will work perfectly well.
Sharpness — For every wide angle zoom lens, you may notice slighter less sharpness at the very wide angle, especially with the widest aperture.
Vignetting — Sometime the wide angle lens may have dimness in corners at the widest angles and apertures when you put on a lens hood or some filters, try not to go at the widest when you attach those accessories, it will affect you image composition.
In most of the people mind, wide angle is only for landscape photography. To me it depends on your creativity and application, I use it in various shooting beside landscape photography……….
I’m from a tropical country, the beauty of it is we do not need some thick clothing to deal with cold temperatures and high winds, so most of the time I went shooting with a pair of slipper/sport shoe and some casual wear. So today I’m not going to mention any clothing accessories. I will share some essential equipment for landscape photography base on my shooting experience.
Most of the time photographers were lazy to carry a tripod while they were out for shooting, because is very tiring and heavy to carry around, but for Landscapes , Tripod should be an essential part of your outfit. Because most of the time in landscape photography we are shooting in small aperture setting to maximise our depth of field, and with the lowest ISO to give us the highest image quality. Which mean most of the time, shutter speed will be too low for us to hold the camera still long enough without shaking. So with a tripod you will never worry about the shakes or image blur. Another good thing is by placing the camera on a support, you will have more time and attention fine tuning the frame to get the best possible composition.
Most high end tripods are not supplied with a head. This allows users to choose their preferred head. The two most common types of heads are a Three way heads and a ball/socket head.
Long exposures mean camera shake is a real problem, using a cable/remote releases will helps minimise camera movement while you firing the shutter, sometime firing the shutter with our finger will put more force on the shutter and cause the camera movement result in an image blur. most of the DSLR in the market today only allow 30sec of exposure, to obtain shutter speeds slower than the maximum offered by the camera, BULB mode need to be use,Cable/remote releases generally include a locking feature to eliminate the need to keep the button or plunger depressed during extremely long exposures. Bulb setting is normally use in:
- the night sky, Aurora and celestial objects
- Long Shutter Shooting
- Dusk or Dawn
- streets at night (creating streaks from moving cars)
There are many types of filter in the market, some are screw mount and some are pro slot-in filter system. The most commend use were a UV filter and a circular-polarising filter (CPL). The applications of a CPL in photography are: it saturates the image more by eliminating unwanted reflections (water, sea, glass & etc.), it can darken the sky or increases contrast.
For me a Graduated Neutral Density Filters are a must if you are serious in landscapes photography, it will darken the skies for a more balance image. These filters are simple, they are half coated, half clear, with a transitional zone where the two halves merge. By positioning the coated half over the brighter area of the picture, reducing the contrast between the light and dark areas and therefore enabling you to capture details in both foreground and the sky.
Most of the time I’m not using Lens hood on my shot but sometime you will find it handy, it helps to prevent flare from the sun which can ruin your picture quality. Beside that it provides suitable protection for your lens in the rain when you continue shooting in the raining day. So I suggested that leave it fitted at all times.
Spare Battery/Memory card
I always bring an additional battery and memory card while I went for shooting, you never know that one of them might went wrong in the “very” moment, I believe you rather bring those beautiful shots home than bring your regrets home.
Other things that I carry:
- Cleaning Kit for cleaning dirt marks, rain and dust from your lens surface
- Whistle just in case you get lost and Torch light for lighting the way in the dark
- Rain coat or rain cover for your camera gears in case the weather change suddenly.
- A Knife to protect yourself.
I hope my sharing help and happy shooting.
Alarm set at 5am, but I over slept for 20min, when I woke up the sky already orange in colour but I doubt that I can see the sunrise from here. My habit was to drive around every corner of the town which I have visited. This was a good place for photo shooting, I can feel the tranquility on this area and I’m satisfy with some of my shot, especially the ray of light which just last for 5 min.
While Annie was cooking our breakfast I try to flip through the guest book and found that actually many Taiwanese have visited this place. I quickly took a few photos of the living room, and put down a note on the guest book.
We left the hostel rather early today after we had our breakfast…..8:15am. Since the owner still in the bed, we just left the key in our room and went for some photo session with my model before we really left this quiet town.
The first place we going to visit was Hengifoss, but the road make us quite confused, we almost drove towards the end of the dead road and still not able to found it. So we decided to gave up, but on the way back we accidentally saw the waterfall was actually on the other side of the road, it stood tall on the mountain. We were so frustrated with all those wrong road we have taken and it actually wasting us a lot of time. When we reach the parking area and found out that it needs at least 1/2 hour to hike up there, because Annie still not fit to hike at the moment, so I also give up on this beautiful waterfall, if not she need to wait at the car park for more than an hour for sure .
Since we have plenty of time by skipping this Hengifoss, we decided to use a different route to Hofn, which was the east fjord, I believe there are more places to visit and the road was easier to drive on. The first place we stop over was Reyðarfjorður, a really small town and nothing special, we just visited a local church and heading to a town call faskruðsfjorður by the Faskruðsfjarðargong tunnel this tunnel was the longest we have been so far, is almost 5900 meter. We made a quick stop and some photo session on the exist of the tunnel.
Yesterday we were struggle with the dust storm but today was all white……….we were facing thick fog started in faskruðsfjorður and the visibility some time just got 30M ahead only, it made me very hard to drive and need to concentrate a lot on the road, sometime you can’t tell where were you now. The temperature from 24 degree last 2 days drop to 9 degree now. So I guess this was all Iceland about.
Through out the journey we only found out there was only an interested place to visit, which is in Stoðvarfjorður, a lady who collect mineral stones, there are almost thousand of stones here. The collection is at “Sunnuhlið” (pronounced Sunnuhleeth), the home and garden of Petra Sveinsdottir where she has lived since 1946. Collection of mineral stones has been Petra’s hobby since childhood. As the collection grew at Sunnuhlið, the stones were carefully displayed so that eventually tourist started to visit and ask for permission to look over the stones and the garden. Today Petra’s Mineral collection has become one of the biggest and most magnificent private Mineral Collections in the world.
There are mainly mineral stones but also some other natural objects and quite a variety of plants. Petra’s mineral collection is one of the biggest tourist attractions in East Iceland. Around 25,000 tourists visit the collection each year.
After with some magnificent view on all those collection we continue our “misty” journey to Djúpivogur, it was a beautiful little village centered around the harbor, the most southern of the East Fjords, but we have to skip it because the fog was getting heavy and the rain started to fall also, I only manage to take a few shot inside the car and decided to check in hotel a bit earlier.
Before we reach Hofn, we passed by another tunnel call Almannasharðsgeng, (1300M) I really don’t know how they pronounce the name, is a little bit too long for me. Höfn is located on a peninsula in the south-east of Iceland. Höfn harbour, a fishing port, is surrounded on three sides by the sea, with beaches on the long shoreline on the south-east. Because of the heavy rain we just stay inside the hostel and change to a private room to enjoy our time here. Today was the toughest driving condition I encounter, and the distance was almost 400KM, I need an early sleep……… Good Night