Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thought I might introduce you to my number 2 flash - It's a YONGNUO Speedlite YN 460. Got it off eBay for next to nothing about $70 all up. And it comes with a defuser, and a Minolta/Sony hotshoe adapter. Not a bad deal huh?
Anyway, ever since I got this, I've been practicing my 2 light shooting, of course battery permitting.
So there you go... more tomorrow people.
Meet Stephanie, or at least her really cool boots. It's been a really busy day, so this a really quick post. Today's shot involves a bit of mirroring on photoshop. Enjoy and besos baby.
It's my Birthday today and here's my shot of the day. I'll make it a short one today, but apparently I was born at this time oh so many years ago. Till tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Bit of a tribute day today. Watched the last ever episodes of 24 and... OMG! What a way to end. I can't remember a time without Jack Bauer and CTU in my life, but it's all come to end now.
Did this shot in photoshop, projected it on to m LCD TV screen and took a shot of it. I only took a photo because going straight and by-passing the camera would be contrary to a 365. Besos baby.
Shot from tonight's game. Boring game, but what an atmosphere. Only shinning light was that Australia won.
Let's hope things improve for the World Cup. C'mon Aussie!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Am loving my kitchen bench a lot this weekend. It's been the source for my 365, the place where I paint, eat... whatelse can one do on the kitchen bench?
Strobist info: Bare flash at 12 o'clock on full power 8 feet away. Diffused flash at 9 o'clock on 1/2 power at 4 feet away.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Went shopping tonight and got some stuff. I don't really like doing food shots, but the reflection of the kitchen bench was too alluring not to take the shot.
Strobist info: 1/2 power Flash with diffuser camera right about 3 feet away and 1/4 power flash from the back about 2 feet behind and below the bench top.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Today's shot was an exercise in trying to emulate daylight. I set 2 flashes bare outside the glass doors and had the blinds down. I also had the room lights on and a 40 inch LCD TV set on white just behind the camera. And guess what? 17 shot later this is the result... It's that or I could have waited till the morning.
BTW this is a "Takraw" ball. The game itself is like volleyball, except that it uses a rattan ball and only allows players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. This example is a plastic version of the rattan ball.
Thanks for stopping by, I'll catch you tomorrow.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here's the other half of the water feature from yesterday. I did plan for a few shots at the Welly, but that didn't quite pan out, so maybe next week. Anyway, short posting today. See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Took this leaving a building tonight. It's this massive brass sculpture in a middle of a water feature. It looks pretty impressive, a little opulent and whole lot of Eurothashy looking.
Anyway, just set this on 30 second at F16 and let the ambient light do the rest. See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Finally got round to unpacking my guitars and putting it onto the rack. I love it very much. Just a quick roll call from right to left: The home made lap steel in it's case; The Pignose; The Steinberger headless bass; My 69 keys USB keyboard; Handmade Nylon Classical with cutaway; Takamine Acoustic with bigsby and fishman transducers; '72 Fender Stratocaster; and the newest member of the family, My Epiphone Les Paul Custom.
Really all that's missing are a telecastor custom circa 1972, a kickass Ibanez with a floating/locking trem, maybe a Gretsch and an upright bass... and maybe a Precision.
That's it for today. I'll catch you tomorrow then.
Monday, May 17, 2010
This lens has probably taken the bulk of my 365 shots. just did a blog search and it actually accounts for 46% of all my shots to date. A while ago, I mentioned about the Rokkor 50mm F1.4 I bought. Built like a tank and really sharp. I flirted with it for a while and then went back to this lens beause of its reliability. Not that the Rokkor was bad or anything, it's just that it was a manual lens, and sometimes there was just too much screwing around.
Today's shot is of my trusty 50mm F1.7 taken by new Auto Focus 50mm F1.4. Call me crazy but that one F-stop down is like opening up a whole new world to me... I love it.
Anyway enough lens talk. More tomorrow.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Balcony shot. Great to wake up to this view everyday. Anyway check out the little plane just off centre. Just used a blue filter to really bring out the colour of the bay, lake and sky.
Still playing with my new(used) Auto Focus 50mm F1.4. Today's shot is of a bottle that belongs to Evaan, a friend I work with. Nice bottle, always wanted to know what's in it though... Besos Baby
Friday, May 14, 2010
Got my New (used) Mionlta Auto Focus 50mm F1.4 lens today!!! Woohoo! Love the depth of field... Actually I still haven't taken enough pictures to truly appreciate the difference, but I can't wait.
Note to self.
1) Clean keyboard before taking a shot. 2) My eyesight really sucks. Notice the difference between the right and left lenses. The left is near perfect, but the right is closer to a coke bottle!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Revisiting my MOLESKINE again today. Here's a bit of photoshop work to round off the day. Took the picture of red lanterns on a tree a few months ago, and just placed it on the page with a bit of texture mapping.
If only my sketches actually came out like that!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Meet my new MOLESKINE, it's exactly like my old MOLESKINE, just empty. Sorry for doing a short one today, but am running behind time a bit. So Voila and ciao!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Just playing around with a new flash I bought, so this is taken with 2 flashes. One from Camera left and another from behind the tubes.
BTW, these are tubes for Hairscience which is made by Ego Pharmaceuticals. My sister swears by them and many a hairdresser has been amazed at the hair texture of other people I've got to start using them.
These tubes have a lovely pearl finish to them and the labels had been scraped off for use as a mock up for another product. Still I love the milky look of the tubes and decided to shoot it.
Oh and the bokeh background was from another shot I took months back, photoshop did the rest. More tomorrow.
Monday, May 10, 2010
On the 36th anniversary of Clapton's recording of Bob Marley's I Shot The Sheriff, I thpught a tribute was in order.
Here's a shot of the road that goes round Albert Park Lake shot just before midnight.
And Happy Mother's Day.
Another Balcony shot today. Making it quick cause i really need my sleep. You might recognize the L'oreal building if you're from melbourne. Anyway, this is what you can see from my balcony wirh a 210mm lens.
Thought I might revisit something I did a while ago, with an added touch. Those of you who follow may recognise this as a Chapteh, This time I shot it while falling.
Shot with a flash camera left set on a 2 second timer
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Early post today, but you have to forgive my joy. Spurs made it. They are fourth and playing in next years Champions League. And there is a chance of finishing third! Though it's a slim chance... you never know!
Shot with flash with diffuser camera right on my Satin bedsheets.
C'mon You Spurs!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Meet Amanda. It's her birthday today/tomorrow. And that's her opening up her present... notice the big smile and glint in her eyes. Happy Birthday Amanda.
Shot this at a Chinese Restaurant where we had a really lovely 13 course meal... yum! More tomorrow.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Another shot from Sydney. We went to this place called Bazaar Beer Cafe and had a few beers and a pork knuckle just before the wedding party in the evening. It was a really charming place, nice beer, good food and some of the hottest looking barstaff around.
Anyway, we were talking about the word Bazaar. We know it means market and found it curious that it sounds very close to the Chinese word with the same meaning - "Pa Sah", and if I'm not wrong, even the Malay term for market sounds very similar "Pasak". It wasn't the beer talking, at least I don't think it was. A wikipedia search pulled up even more info. Anyway, we came to the conclusion that it must have been passed through the silk road and thus the similarities. OK that's it for me today.
Playing with the whole tilt-shift thing again. This shot was taken on our way to what turned out to be one very remarkable night of Japanese feasting. I've got to say thanks to Ken and Katherine for such a great time in Sydney. Back to Melbourne tomorrow... sigh.
Monday, May 3, 2010
The Sydney Harbour Bridge... it is amazing isn't it? It's a beautiful morning in Syndey and we're on our way to the city from North Shore... I think. Besos Baby.
Shot of the day from the airport as I got into Sydney. Thinking that I should get my shot in early as I might not have a chance later. But hey you never know.
Am in Sydney to celebrate a good friend's wedding... it's going to be a good good weekend.
By now you should already know who this is. It's Fifi and and she's showing off the rock her would be suitor will be required to purchase to win her hand. Good luck boys. Off to Sydney tomorrow! See ya!