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Moody Street Photography – Smokers

October 17, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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Not many people have the habit of putting unwanted newspapers into recycling bins. That explains why some people go searching for unwanted newspapers in rubbish bins (Photo 1). This kind of thing is quite common on the streets. So I guess the smoker who stared at the old man must be a tourist from Mainland China instead of a local resident. Later I found the same old man standing at the edge of a pedestrian road. I noticed that he had put a cigarette butt behind his ear. I don’t think he found this cigarette in the bin, but I think he wanted to keep it for later “use.” Anyway, the other smoker shown here is one of my friends, who posed for me in a tunnel. I put a portable flash some 10 feet away at the left side of him for the sidelight.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM 1 1 1

Trees and leaves

October 12, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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Every time I spot a big tree, I hug it and shoot a picture of it. The trees shown here make me even happier as they are surrounded by the fallen yellow leaves. The trees, the leaves, and the red jacket are quite a match indeed (Photo 1 and 3). But when it comes to the color blue, it may not be that eye-catching (Photo 2), unless the blues are complemented by green, orange, and red.

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Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM 1 1 1 1

A day in Penang

October 10, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I took this photo (Photo 1) in Penang, in a hotel lobby. I found this place pretty cozy and relaxing, but personally, I prefer sitting at a sidewalk food stall in the neighborhood with a bowl of fish ball noodle soup (Photo 2). The man in Photo 3 runs a food stall in the same district. He is busy reading his paper during his afternoon break. On the same lazy afternoon, I took this photo of a food court with a few customers in a moving taxi (Photo 4). Soon I returned to my hostel and was lucky enough to capture the late afternoon sunlight that nicely lit the temple and the tourists (Photo 5).

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM 1 1 1 1 1

Cool mall

October 5, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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Few places in Hong Kong have a ceiling as high as this mall. I think you know how scarce land and space is in this city. So to build a mall that has left so much space unutilized is rare. And you might also think the “lighting design” in this mall is quite unique. That’s not the case. It’s just a trick in the white balance setting, which makes the photos (Photos 1 and 2) more interesting. By the same token, I stopped by a chapel and took this photo (Photo 3) with a tungsten mode in the white balance setting, which made the photo look so cool.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm F2.8L USM 1 1 1

Still life photos taken with ambient light

October 1, 2012 10:00 am HKT No comments

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These still life photos show you that ambient light can be a good source of lighting for this kind of photo. If someone decided to use these props to shoot a publicity photo, the lighting setup must simulate the early morning sunlight from a nearby window. But here I tried to make it simple by creating something similar to a Japanese-style photo, with little human effort and a high key lighting setup. As you can see, I deliberately composed the photo so that the reflection of the house light appears in the photo frame. This was intended to make the photo more interesting, which I have mentioned in previous blogs. I took another picture (the reference photo) to show you how the photo looks without that “reflection”; it looks flat and boring. Photos 2 and 4 show you what a shallow depth of field can do to still life photos.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Reference Photo 1
Camera Canon EOS 5D MK III 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM 1 1 1 1