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The Rituals

Shooting action at low shutter speed can add a sense of movement in the recorded images. The above photo was shot at 1/4 sec. Depending on the lighting condition, generally you can get low shutter speed by using low ISO and small aperture. MORE +

The Boss

The Boss at Geylang Serai Night Market, shot with Leica M9 and Zeiss Planar ZM 50mm at f/2. Here is another one without the two ladies in the foreground. MORE +

Little India at Night on iPhone 4s

Lately, one of my favorite  camera apps on iPhone, the 645Pro, has seen a lot of clicks from me in both color and black and white modes. I love it’s H5 black and white mode that has good contrast and nice grain for low light images. All the black and white images here were shot using this app in H5 mode. The color was shot in C42 mode.

Just like few other camera apps, the 645Pro can lock focus and exposure separately, which is very useful when shooting a scene with extreme highlight and shadow. Simply choose the area where you want to take the exposure reading from, lock it by pressing the AE-L button, and then recompose to focus and take the shot. Another feature that I really like is the ability to save the JPEG file in higher quality and the option to save in TIFF too! But it seems to slow down the saving process due to bigger TIFF file size. I will check it out again later. The app comes with a very good user manual too. Just press and hold the Display/Playback button to launch the user manual and you are ready to go.

In case you are wondering, no I am not paid to review this app. I just like it.   :)

This series of images of Little India at night were shot somewhere near Desker Road and Buffalo Road which is only a small fraction of Little India. I will go back there to shoot more.MORE +

Binondo at Night

Binondo or the Chinatown of Manila is very lively at night, especially the streets near the Binondo church. You will find calesas (horse carriage), decorated pedicabs and jeepneys, food vendors selling varieties of snacks on the streets and even a roadside karaoke station. I was shooting with my Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2 that night. A great lens for low light. That f/1.2 can suck in lots of lights.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo was established in 1594 during the Spanish era and it is now the oldest Chinatown in the world. The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. The Binondo church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was built in 1596. One of its altar boys, Lorenzo Ruiz, who died in 1637 was canonized in 1987 to become the first Filipino Saint.

You can see part of the church in the photo below.MORE +

Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 ASPH V2

I am currently testing the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH Version 2 on Leica M9. The images here were shot in RAW and then converted and resized to JPEG for web viewing. No other post-processing done. All were shot at its largest aperture of f/1.2 and closest focusing distance of 0.7m or close to that and under tungsten light. I will do some more test today or tomorrow. Have a great weekend everyone.MORE +

Testing the New Olympus E-P3 – Part 2

Here are some more photos from my recent testing of the new Olympus PEN E-P3, their latest Micro Four Thirds camera. All photos were taken using their new Zuiko 12mm f/2 lens and they are all the JPEG files straight out of the camera. No post-processing done. If you missed the part 1, read it here.MORE +

Crossing Jalan Sultan

I have had fun playing with the new watermarking feature of Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta and I believe this is what I am going to use for all my pictures posted on the web moving forward. And I will for sure upgrade my current Lightroom 2 once the full version of Lightroom 3 is out as I like its other new features too, such the Grain, Noise Reduction and their new Print module. Having said that, I do like the new Slideshow feature of Aperture 3 which I saw when I attended the Apple product briefing couple months ago, but not sure if I would upgrade my current Aperture just for the slideshow. Will see. MORE +