March 29, 2008 11:06 by Adrian
Whippie.. finally manage to sell of one of my kidneys to get this babeh.. Its the first Macro up to 1:1 reproduction ration with VR! further more its a full frame lens.. costing about RM2900.. hhmm.. I think I may have undervalued my kidney.. but heck who cares.. god is so kind to grace me with a spare.. :P (quote taken from 300 the movie).. 
This lens is perfect for Macro work as well as portraits.. I'll explain why in another post.. right now I just want to showcase this babeh to you.. my babeh..  
Its a heavy lens coming in to about 790g without any attachments .. has the ability to focus as close as 31.4cm.. a 9 rounded bladed diaphram for amazing rounded bokeh..  
Did I mention it has VR? the first of its kind.. macro and VR.. tho truth of the matter is, VR does little during Macro but for portraits? sweeeeet!
Another reason why this is such a perfect lens.. its 105mm.. during macro work, the last thing you want to do is to be that close to a bug..  lets take the AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens.. its minimum focusing distance is 22cm for the same 1:1 production ratio as the 105mm at 31.4.. try taking a bee at 22cm.. I'll put my money on the 105mm.. you'll be lucky that any insects other than slow moving kinds will stay still when you are thaaaat close to it.. do keep in mind that 22cm & 31.4cm is when used in full frame bodies ya!
The same can be said about portrait work..  its best not to be too close to the subjects during portraits as it makes them uncomfortable at that distance.. Ok fine.. 105mm on digital bodies (DX) with the 1.5x crop factor makes things just a bit further.. so unless your studio is your bedroom, you are ok.. if not.. then its time to move out of your parents house! Tongue out
Its not only an amazing lens.. its practical! 
Don't believe me? well it won 
TIPA Award For Best Professional Lens



CJ7.. this toy is about 1.5 inch tall.. small little fella..
A lovely margaritta being made.. amazing color and shallowness of Depth Of Field (DOF) with this lens.. Because of close ups.. at f/2.8 the DOF can be as small as a few milimeters.. the picture above should have the margarita flow in focus.. Need to increase the apperture on this bad boy..
A closer non cropped view of the drink.. amazing..
Things look different close up.. 
My favourite vodka.. Grey Goose.. beats Absolut anytime..  used the bottle to further enhance the background lighting that makes it glow..
Forget about the 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 and what nots.. get this lens.. 
If I could shoot events with this single lens.. heck I would! unfortunately there are limitations due to its fixed 105mm focal length.. such as in doing close ups, it hunts a bit especially when you set to single area focus.. but this depends on where you put the focus point to be..
Because being up close ups.. how can you measure a black patch to be in focus? that's the problem not about this lens but macro photography in general..  
Will post more about macro in upcoming posts! stay tune..  

March 8, 2008 09:29 by Adrian

Today is our duty of all Malaysians of voting age (above 21) to cast our votes.. There's a smell of change in the air..  

My voting station is in my former secondary school.. which is like a walking distance from where I live.. really nice to do your part for democracy while having a trip down memory lane.. 


The scene in the morning.. time to find a car park and go do our thang..

First up.. checking if you are an eligible voter.. my former canteen.. the place I ate fried chicken every day for the 5 years running.. :P its nice ok.. :P

Time to queue up to enter the room to cast that ever important 'X'.. there was a joke saying.. 'X' means tak nak.. or don't want.. so if you don't like a particular party lets say BN.. you put the 'X' there..

Of course its 'X' meaning that's who you choose.. why can't it be a tick sign anyway? probably the ballots are invented by a former pirate.. Jack Sparrow maybe..


March 7, 2008 11:51 by Adrian

When I started picking up photography, the first thing they ever teach you is that light means everything.. like how light is to a painter, its the same for a photographer.. And what differenciates a good photography from a great photographer? above all is the ability to use light to his / her advantage.. So in the quest of my learning, I had to train myself to see what most people would ignore.. like the sky.. 

I've noticed that the sky is simply utterly beautiful.. it is like a canvass for the heavens to paint..  it can look dull one morning and vibrant reddish orange glow the next.. everyday is different.. but to catch those amazing artworks, one requires patience..

The pain in the ass part is that with the sky, its not the golden hour.. its more like the golden minute.. every minute changes how the sky looks.. and if you aren't ready or fast on the draw.. kapoof.. its gone! and won't ever return in the way you last saw it.. 

This is the picture I took one morning and found that the sky had this amazing depth and contrast.. You can even notice the morning sun glow (orange color) on to the lower right of the picture..  

Truth is, as nice as this picture is, it lacks something very important.. subject..  now lets take a look at the 2nd picture..  

Ok.. here we have another interesting skyline.. kinda looks like a painted background doesn't it? well its not. trust me.. Innocent 

So now we have an interesting looking skyline.. and what do you know.. there's a subject..  the KL city.. what's more prominent in showcasing KL city than its two world renowned embassadors.. the KL Tower and KL Twin Towers..  

Doesn't the skyline picture looks better with a primary subject to hold the picture down?  

The Towers took your attention first right? then only your eyes will start wondering around the image..  

The conclusion is quite simple actually.. the sky as amazing as it is.. its just a sky.. its never the primary subject (most of the time anyway).. the reason is this, the sky is just too large.. humans need smaller objects to focus.. a mountain.. a silhouette.. or in the case above a promninent landmark..

Smaller in terms of viewing size of course..  

I think it'll be a nice postcard or for some Visit Malaysia advert..  Cool

This picture is actually quite lucky because so happen that morning the air quality is clear enough to get enough sharpness.. most of the mornings I noticed had this slight hazy look especially at this distance.. You can only get this type of clarity in the morning as later in the day,  the traffic and car exhaust plumes make things all fuzzy again.. Frown

March 7, 2008 07:10 by Adrian

 Well.. since this is a photography blog, I'll reserve my own opinions about everything other than photography.. Sealed

I've never actually bothered attending these type of speeches in the past.. well part of the problem is that when I do get to know about it, its already too late..  so I decided to make it a point to just go attend one and see how these things are conducted..

Its DAP's speech on the final day before hitting the ballot boxes.. yeah.. why final speech? well its the no holds barred, last ditch effort which should be the 'most happening' time..  ok fine.. its because I procrastinated.. the whole point is that I'm there .. better late than never.. 

Ok.. its held infront of the food court in SS2.. this is the scene early on.. kinda decided to go there early and take the before event shots then head there for a yummy meal.. 


 Nothing much happening... people just hanging around.. in Chinese I guess the right word is keepoh..  actually there's a screen there playing some of the interviews done between Tony Pua and his opponent.. who said that she thought the NEP was already abolished.. 
Its already almost time.. 
Like concerts, the main acts are usually opened by smaller acts to warm up / build the crowd..  This is the guy running for the state seat.. 
Not bad, opening act also got that many people..  
The people who came are really determined to show support.. its raining and yet there are still there..  I manage to get a nice ledge which is about 1m higher than the road that the crowd is standing on.. without this height advantage, there's no way i can see through the sea of umbrellas..
The crowd to the left of me..
And to the right.. well.. even with a fisheye lens, I wouldn't be able to take everyone in.. they are actually surrounding me at that point..
Ah.. Tony Pua.. his blog can be found here..
And his wife.. 
And guess what.. we got one of Karpal Singh's son.. Gobind Singh Deo.. fighting for the Puchong MP seat..
The SB-800 at its max power reaches him at a distance about give or take 25m.. No wonder my guru once told me not to use this flash during sports events.. will momentarily blind anyone in its path.. Can't say that he's wrong..   
This is the view at the height in terms of crowd numbers.. again we have the front view..
The 45 degree to the left.. 
90 degrees to the left..  man there's a serious number of people here..
I really like this fella.. especially when he says that when he wins his seat, he'll 'hentam sama dia'.. (referring to someone from BN)
Yeah.. teamwork!
And we also got Haris Ibrahim who's fighting to create a united bangsa Malaysia.. sniff.. sniff.. his blog can be found here.. 
Earlier on, there was Teresa Kok.. Unfortunatly I couldn't get a good picture of her due to the sea of umbrellas blocking.. like her blog says.. she's a sassy MP.. indeed she is.. Smile
So that's all folks.. time to head back and rest up early for tomorrow.. 
I already know who I'm voting for..