Posts made in September 2011

A quick visit to the buffet tables

September 30, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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I browsed the Net and found some tips on food photography that say something about lighting, props, styling, and other enhancing tricks. Yet I did not have the luxury of doing all the setups for the buffet food shown here. I was just visiting the hotel, and I spotted the food they displayed for the buffet dinner that night. So, I took some food shots with my 17-40 mm lens, which I rarely did, and came up with these pictures.

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This is a revolving restaurant with big windows around, and the ambient light at around 4:00 p.m. was sufficient for shooting. What I did was just play around with compositions and focus. So you got dishes of salads with focus in the middle of the picture, and plates of food with a distorted perspective, etc. One more thing I did was to capture the late afternoon sunlight that shed light on reserved tables that did not belong to me.

Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1

Morning sunlight and old mansions

September 28, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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It’s always frustrating when you want to shoot buildings on a sunny day. The same problem arises when you want to shoot landscape photos. The sky is always brighter than the other elements in the photo. You can use your software to rectify all this stuff but the problem can be solved to a certain extent by adjusting your camera positions. I shot Photo 1 around 10:30 in the morning. It is the early sunlight, the choice of subjects, and my position as related to the subjects that saved the picture.

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As I mentioned before, if you want to take advantage of early sunlight, position the sunlight at your back and let the sun serve as front light to your subjects. In this photo, the subjects are the old mansions. This kind of lighting works to enhance the colorful subjects within your framing. If you are photographing modern buildings that are more monochromatic subjects, you may not get the best results. Luckily, I was in Penang, Malaysia. You can see in this blog that old mansions in this city are painted orange, green, light yellow, light brown, etc. So what you see are pictures with colorful elements lit by sunlight, with contrasting orange and blue in the same picture as shown in Photo 1. And for Photo 2, there are more colors involved that make the picture more interesting. At times, you may find subjects like those shown in Photo 5, mansions that are dull in color, yet there are colorful elements such as all those banners around. Then you can still get an interesting picture.

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Equipment Setup

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Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1 1 1

How to use the Falcon Eyes Bounce Reflector for Eye-catching Portraits?

September 26, 2011 9:32 am HKT No comments

Alex made clever use of a simple bounced-flash for a run and gun shooting job at the busy Hong Kong International Airport.

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Photogenic restaurant

September 23, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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These are photos commonly seen in a travel album. Elements like bicycles, birds, blue sky, restaurant menu boards, and the combination of them are always liked by tourists. The funny thing is that people know how to decorate their places in such a way to please and attract photographers and customers. What you see here (Photo 1) is just one example of these scenes: one part of a bicycle attached to an eye-catching and photogenic yellow wall with a window. The same restaurant was shot in Photos 4, 5, and 6, showing you other attractions of the premise such as more bicycles, the eye-catching menu boards, beautiful colors, old-fashioned blinds and furniture, etc.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1 1 1

Pillars, temples, and bronze lion

September 21, 2011 10:00 am HKT No comments

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This is one of the temple shots I took in Penang (Photo 1). You can see lots of pillars in temples, but they only look good when backlit or side-lit by ambient or artificial light. They look more interesting if you make the objects look abstract using a specific composition. I have no idea what this sculpture is but I still find it intriguing. You can find out yourself by rotating it clockwise, which is its normal orientation.

Photo 2 shows you what the afternoon sunlight can do to a picture. This was shot inside the same temple as Photo 1. The low sunlight around 4:00 p.m. shed light on the floor through this door and made it quite a scene. Photo 3 was taken a bit earlier at the same site. The scene caught my eye because there are a lot of colors involved. Photo 4, however, was not taken in Penang. Rather, it was shot later in Hong Kong’s most famous temple, Wong Tai Sin Temple. It was an overcast day, but as long as the subjects are interesting, we can still take decent pictures. The bronze lion here has interesting shapes and the way it reflects the light did make a good picture. Coupled with the shining gold and red colors of the temple, the whole scene is one of the best scenarios for travel photos.

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Equipment Setup

Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4
Camera Canon EOS 5D 1 1 1 1
Lens EF 17-40mm f4L IS USM 1 1 1 1