Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Do You Believe

The Guiding Light


"We Believe"

In the night
We're all looking for a guiding light
We're all seeking something more than right
It must be there

Every day
We're all trying to find a better way
We're all hoping for someone to say
We're almost there

We believe
There's a reason that we're all here
That every doubt will disappear
We believe

In a time
And if we hit a wall that we can't climb
And if we stumble at the finish line
We'll start again


Everyone
Every single person under the sun
Has a moment where they know they won
But until then

We believe
There's a reason that we're all here
That every doubt will disappear
We believe

We believe
That tomorrow carries something new
And after everything we've been through
We believe

In the power of hope
In the strength of peace
There's a way back home
Where the battles cease
Under one we'll grow
If we just believe
This is what we know
This is what we know

Inspiring song of "We Believe" by David Cook

Power of Hope, Strength of Peace.......Do You believe..?

D80 Pulse Infrared | Kota Kinabalu | Sabah | Malaysia

Friday, August 19, 2011

Macro Fever

Suddenly I am back on macro addiction after receiving macro photography assignment from one of my sifu. Not contented with kit lens anymore, I bought my self a macro lens without any questions but, of course, after multiple investigation into type of macro lens suitable for me. Hopefully I can use this lens for potrait photography but I have not fully try it yet. Now I still trying to get used of this lens.... Soon for potrait... :)

This is my assignment, to shoot a flying bee or any insects hovering over a flower or any subjects. The idea is to practice to shoot a moving small subject in low light. If we able to shoot in extreme condition, we should not have any problems shooting in excellent situation.

Other aspects tested in this situation is preseverance. Observe where it will go, waiting for it to land or take off and at the same time calculating the angle, focus and exposure needed.

A small bee targeting the pink flowers
D90 | 1/640 | f11 | iso400 | FL90mm | Natural Light

This fluorescent green fly is so small approximately 5mm in size and very sensitive to flash. It can fly faster than my flash speed. Each time I looked into my shot, it dissappeared and made me use natural light instead.
D90, 1/250, f11, 90mm, ISO500, Ambient Light...

A pair of romantic beetle in pink and green bedroom... :)

Ok, this one is a failed macro shot but I posted it because I loves how he posed for me. He is funny. Everytime I pointed my lens towards him, he keep raising one of his legs at me....Maybe he wanted to say something to me....blast off baby!! haahahaha..
D90 | 1/200 | f11 | iso500 | FL90mm | Natural Light

The Grasshopper
Second time testing macro lens and found this giant by very shy grasshopper.
D90 | f11 | iso400 | 1/60s | fL90mm | Flash Undiffused

Helloooooo...something fall on his face....I think its from the beetle above..
D90 | f11 | iso400 | 1/50s | fL90mm | Flash Undiffused

Another housefly taking a break...with sore eyes...:)
D90 | f32 | iso400 | 1/50s | fL90mm |Flash..

Nikon D90 with Tamron SP90mm f2.8
Location : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, August 15, 2011

Original IR vs Action IR

I received a few questions regarding how to convert a normal photo into infrared photo. There are ways we can edit a normal photo into a look alike infrared photo but no matter how much you tried, it will never be an infrared photo. A lot of photoshop action can be downloaded from the internet to do the IR version of a normal photo (here , here, here , here or here). Photoshop is very powerful even if you mastered just the basic the editing skill. You can use Black and White adjustment layer using Infrared Preset in Photoshop CS family. Other way is to use Nik Color Efex Pro with Infrared B&W Mode.

A few years ago the same thing happened to me. I am intrigue by infrared, obsess by it but have no extra camera nor extra money to convert the camera into infrared. I was trying to withhold my intention, said to myself that I can use photoshop to give it an IR look, no need to buy an IR filters.

Here are some of the normal photos converted into IR looked alike photos done in 2010. These photos edited using Photoshop without the use of Infrared action as mentioned above. Exploring colours, with infrared obviously in my mind. Sometimes I succeeded, but most of the times in frustration and dissappointment. It was like hell finding the right colours that I wanted by editing the original colours. The more I edited, the more I recognised the huge differences between normal and infrared photos.


So the answer to the questions....just try it out to experience the knowledge.

But why is it so difficult to edit normal photos to the right feel of infrared you wanted. Yes we can change the colours, but can you really change the 'looks' ? It is just DIFFERENT.

Look at picture above where a normal photo converted into Black and White and photo below an original infrared photo converted into Black and White. These photos were taken at the same place with shining sun but different days. Can you tell the differences?

Observe the differences in foliage (grass, trees, leaves), the concentrated tones of water and skies. The clouds more formed and obviously seen in IR.

So what we edited in infrared is actually the shaded tones of infra red rays recorded on the foliage, water , skies, everything. The shaded tones formed the object thus making it easier to change the colours we wanted for each tones. And foliage reflected most of the IR rays which will always be the main attraction in IR photos.

Compared to normal photos the colours already recorded. We have to edit each of the colours selectively. We cannot just change the green colours to red in colours selection tools because of the presence of shadow, hightlight and tones in each them. We might get the colours wanted but choice and scope very limited. Contrary with Infrared, the colours of the world is yours....

Photo below is the post processed version of the original infrared photo as seen above with basic standard swap channel.


And this is my all time favourite IR photo (below), edited to the right feel that I always wanted, dream it. Still love it till today...and forever it will be......aisehmen jiwangku malam ni......:)


D80 Infrared Modified Camera
with Pulse Infared Version from Myinfrared.com
Kiulu River and Tasik Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Sunday, August 7, 2011

The Famous 5C


Introduced to the 5 'C's concept in photography when preparing for a shot during a photography workshop by the famous editorial photojournalist Mr. Rabani H.M Ayub last July. I learned and understand a lot not on the technical aspect of photography only but more on the planning, seeing, observation and preseverance aspects. It is not that I have never heard of it but a theory without practice is like looking at the forest without touching the trees. A knowledge without guidance is a mess journey...

1. COMPOSITION
Make a big deal of your subject. If you cannot choose your background, use it to promote your subject. Look where the light comes from.

The light comes from the sun..behind the flower...its called Backlighting a flower...

Finding the right background and the right angle at the same time.....'bikin gerigitan'.....:))

2. COLOR
Affected by white balance. Your white balance should tell you if white is white and red is red...a WYSIWYG - What you see is what you get.....:))

I really love the contrast colour of white against red with a pinch of green...


3. CONTRAST
A good contrast comes from a correct metering. A good contrast means a photo should have balanced light and shadow area, neither overexposure nor underexposure...

This one is actually sifu Rabani's composition....
branches works as framing in the background with beautiful light falls on the white flower,
what a wonderful world....:))


4. CLARITY
Clarity or sharpness is defined by the shutter speed. The higher the shutter speed the more it will affect the aperture and ISO, so balance your life...:)

I remember sifu said "What can be seen should be seen......everything must clear and sharp.
For macro photography everything must be detail and that should be the focus not the bokeh part"......
waaaaaahhh....:))



5. COMMUNICATION
Communication is what we want to say or present to the audience. To present we must have knowledge about our subject. When we know our subject we can tell more stories about it. Whats comes from the heart will touch another heart (ok..that's actually my own word). :)

Know your subject, wait for the right time, predict what will happen, where it will go.....
aah yess...waiting, thats the first assignment given to us...
then there we were waiting and focusing the bee, not the bee sitting on the flower but hovering......
and all the waiting long enough to make me hungry again....:))



Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18-105mm
Bukit Kokol, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


Later that night we looked for some star trail and moonlight photography.
This is my first photo of star trail which looked horrible, a total disaster but for a first timer...
'hmmm..ok la...'
Dont worry, I am determine to master this technique. Wait for my next startrail post....:))


Star Trail of Kota Kinabalu City

Night view of Kota Kinabalu City from Bukit Kokol with so much noise..:)

Nikon D90 with Tokina 11-16mm
Bukit Kokol, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia


Zu, Bee and me......Behind the scene shot by sifu Rabani....
thank you for allocating the time to drill us on theory and practical photography.
May God bless you...:)

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