December 10, 2008 04:48 by Adrian

Hey guys & gals!

We've decided to chill out at Zeta bar last Saturday and go visit Louis and his band.. to enjoy their music before their contract ends on 2th January 2009..

KL Hilton is really an up market area.. every entry point has 2 guards that will check your car's undercarage and boot for bombs.. and the main entrace to KL Hilton is never short of a Ferraris.. last Sat the count was 2 Ferrari's neatly parked and tucked for all to see.. Le Meridian on the other hand although its the simese twin of KL Hilton, doesn't quite enjoy such high class show of fancy cars and I'm also guessing VIPs..

There was some free time to roam around KL Hilton and these are some of the pictures around..

Of course.. a blog entry of Zeta is never complete without pictures of the band members.. 

And our friends Amin from FCUK and his companion.. 

That's all for this round.. With Ardent's busy schedule in the coming days, I'm unsure that we'll be able to visit this band before they leave.. the next band is a 5 all gal band.. think Pussycat Dolls I guess.. Cool 

Just sneaking in here is a picture of Euphoria with their new funky sign board.. granted that I've not set foot in Euphoria for a few months now (they have to wait their turn!) but did so last Sunday to collect my Euphoria Inner Circle card.. 



Adrian Y. 

May 18, 2008 12:06 by Adrian

Manage to spend some time in a flower garden and hence the tons of pictures of flowers..  Kinda busy these days.. will write more later.. till then enjoy ya!


April 18, 2008 09:17 by Adrian

Nothing brings up more brilliance of color and beauty like flowers..  Below are some of the close up shots of flowers using the Nikon AF-S 105mm lens.. 

In Macro photography, f/2.8 can be as razor thin as less than a few mm.. the good thing is that this type of work usually takes place in bright areas which allows for sufficient light to get more depth of field by lowering the aperture.. not good to do macro photography in low light conditions.. unless shallow depth of field is ok..  







The above picture is not cropped in any way.. even at f/32, I couldn't get all of the red balls in sharp focus.. tho the lens is sharp enough to bring out the detail of those tiny hairs.. simply amazing.. its hard to see even with the naked eye but with this lens? no problemo sir! 


April 7, 2008 12:06 by Adrian

Ah.. the world of the small.. part of making images interesting tolook at is to find an angle or view that is rarely seen by people normally...hence close up pictures are usually quite fascinating to both take and view..tho not as easy as one might think!

My guru once said.. macro photography is the hardest to take.. ifyou can master it, other photography categories will be much easier to gothrough... hhmmm... how hard can it be right? isn't it like taking normal pictures? well.. not quite..

First of all, when doing macro.. its best to just switch the AF tofully manual.. if you don't, you might just throw your camera off the roof asit wrrrr wrrr trying to get a focus lock..  

If I can't get focus lock on my subject no problem.. I can do afocus and recompose technique that I've been doing for donkey years.. right? WRONG!!! kekeke.. had to do it.. which leads to the second part..

You can't focus and recompose in macro.. Tongue out  thisis all thanks to the shallow depth of field.. unless you are really sure that your subject and the other focus area is relative to the camera, you willget your subject in a nice hazy blur..

Then I hear people say.. why don't you put the AF to auto? ah dei.. when you put on auto, you'll end up fighting with the camera on what youwant to be in focus in the first place.. have fun ya! 

Anyway, I use Manual AF on this baby.. 

The third part is stability..  nothing requires proper cameraholding and breathing techniques akin to a military sniper than shooting flowers.. something in that sentence just sounded weird.. 

Nothing requires extreme body stability than macro.. all thanks toits shallow DOF (in the millimeters) so even the smallest movement will causeyour subject to be out of focus.. unless you got a nifty button that allows the camera to stop down to your presented aperture.. Even with that the image will look quite dark as this button is best used during studio photography where there are enough ambient light for the subject.. so its all back to basics..body posturing and breathing techniques will help keep your camera lens stable.. 

And the final part is the composition..  which I won't discusshere as its like a subject all on its own.. later ya! 

Trust me, once you master macro, you'll be able to take pictures handheld at a much lower shutter speed than what you thought possible..  




February 5, 2008 12:14 by Adrian

Well its easier said than done as far as photographing sunrises is concerned. The tricky bit is getting the exposure right. Too much and the sky looks really horridly white and too little and whatever is in the foreground looks black. This is where a nifty imaging tool called DLighting that's present in the D80 and D40 comes in handy.

Do keep in mind that no matter how great the DLighting works, nothing beats getting the correct exposure. 

How do you do that? erm.. first of all, high contrast scenes like sunrises/sunsets usually make the camera's metering go nuts hence its best to use Manual for this type of scenes.  If you don't then you'll forever be fighting with the camera as even a slight change of view can make the camera's brain give different readings. 

Set the metering to spot and target an area which is somewhere in between the bright and dark areas. Adjust the aperture and shuttle speed accordingly. ISO should be around 100-200. Higher if you want to increase the depth of field. 

Those are just techno mumbo jumbo... the secret to a good sunrise/sunset picture? timing, timing and timing! .. some days the sky is just plain boring, others are just horrid and ocassionally once in a while, a wonderful sunrise/sunset will appear.. so far it usually appears when I'm on the road, which sucks since I can't just stop my car and take the picture. :(

That's why photographers go around in scooters.. simple and legal to just stop anywhere and snap snap snap without causing a nuisance. Below is just a sunrise picture I took on this day. I didn't do any DLighting on to this picture as this is what I saw on that day. Hence I ensured that the sunrise is properly exposed, ignoring the rest. It gives a sensation of just waking up to the morning sun. I tried using DLighting and it just looks fake as strangely the buildings get more light than what was available. 

Remember rules are just guidelines, its not going to fit into every single situation. Think on your feet ya! that's what that brain is for!  

Below is a sunrise lit of a row of lovely rock melons. I took this shot as the warmth of the morning sun casts a unique light that gave a warm glow to the rock melon plus the low angle of the morning sun gave the fruit volume through a combination of bright and dark areas. 

Photography is the mastery of light. The ability to make whatever light is available to you to bring out the best of your subject. It can make the most mundane look simply stunning.