Thursday, May 20, 2010

Slow hand

Took some night shots tonight after dinner. I think my steady hand limitation is only about 1/20 - 1/15. Anything slower, the picture will be blurred. LoL. I understand why people say tripod is an essential gear for night photography, but for me its too cumbersome. I had a few successes with 1/10 or so, depending on luck :)

Lucky shot, sharp at f1.7, 1/20s

The next camera I will own shall have IS.

On a side note, I think DSLRs are becoming common these days. I saw at least ten people with DLSR just tonight. There was even a girl whipped out her DSLR out of her handbag!
I attended an event, and the place was swamped with photographers. Not mentioned the ones who shot at well... awkward angle. OK maybe its not that unusual.. but please wear a more fitting attire?

Not mentioned photographers are ruining the scene. I mean.. where can I get a clear shot without those guys in the picture?

Can you count how many photographers with SLR in the picture ?

Even this kid have an SLR...

Yes.. really!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CV Nokton 35/f1.4

I love this lens!!! I bought used lens in second hand market for $400, and still have 6 month warranty left. B&H list new lens for $559.
What I like most about this lens is the beautiful, classic bokeh. This lens is commonly used with Leica rangefinder cams, so now I can say my pictures have Leica-ish nuance in it. :)

I'm still struggling to use full manual mechanical lens to get a sharp focus wide open. I'm not adept at zone focusing, but perhaps the use of lens adapter affected the focus range distance. So you're not always getting focus at the stated distance.

The images produced with this lens often has creamy pastel-like colors and consistently have more grains than  the 20mm Panasonic lens. But the amazing thing is you can post process the images and adjust the exposure +2EV without much degradation.

Anyway.. now I have 20 Gigabytes of raw file images in my hard drive, need to buy extra storage soon!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Just wondering how much power rating companies like Moodys or S&P have over the economy, or a country. I wonder what will happen to Spain or Portugal. I bet there are some people who are very mad with them right now XD

Monday, May 03, 2010

I spend.. and lost quite a lot of money last week. I got scammed $600 for a bloody speaker set!! (which is no good anyway) Then there was a series of movie watching, and eating which cost me more $$$.

Anyway, I attended a small group meeting on Friday after work. It's a small group of 8 or 9 people, and we had a wonderful dinner and fellowship. I got home at 12 something, dead tired! And I still have to do some paperwork to sue the SOB that cheated me for the speaker system.

Next morning, I got up early and head to the Court... to found out that it was closed, due to Labour day. LoL
I mean.. how unlucky could you be in a week. ^^! Nevermind.. I thought. So I just waited in a coffee shop reading John Gribbins book "In Search of the Multiverse" while waiting for my friends to come and watch Iron Man 2. The book is fascinating, to say the least.

I really enjoyed the company and fellowship of my friends. They can make me overcome this $$$$ related problem.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


The Lucid Lynx is surprisingly good! It works out of the box. My wireless USB now works without compiling additional module. Yay! Haven't play around with it much though..