Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Exposure in photography is one of the most debated subject, many people prefer a little extra lightness while some prefer a little more heaviness, just a matter of taste.
For example of the image of this post, lovely Jenna sits by the window when this image is taken and thanks to the powerful dynamic range of Phase One P65+ I am able to capture reasonable detail in the light and make the shadow area well exposed to show the girl’s beautiful skin tone. Some may not like the light wash out the detail outside the window, something I could care less in this situation. The light area gave the picture a little more depth and to me, more appealing.
And what about HDR? In fact I did, using the Capture One’s HDR tool to adjust on single exposure rather than to blend a range of exposures. HDR is a powerful yet dangerous tool, powerful because it can create some surreal image while done right – breathtaking; dangerous is most people just can’t make it right, and often result horrible images.
Both light and shadow is everyday experience, I am personally not bothered I lost certain detail in both extreme, but it is just like Chinese ink painting, the light is used as a tool to create the mood of the painting, as it is in this image.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Van Morrison once said: “There is no black and white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.” Those people in Solms must have such agreement, and in this particular day, May 10, 2012 (M 10?) Leica introduced their 10th M model, The M Monochrom, an un-mistakenly beautiful camera. At last, there is still some manufacturers who consider the process of making an image still can be very fun, and sexy – from a male point of view. Whether the MM can produce the ultimate image is not much of a topic, there are people believe and people don’t; yet Leica is a company with such scale that selling tens of thousand cameras per model per year is not considered failure. German once again demonstrates to Japanese how a camera should be treated and designed, while Japanese teach Germans how to sell many cameras in return. A fair world?
Image shot with Canon 1DsIII with EF Macro 100/2.8L IS, raw image converted to near monochrome.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Once the wartime capital city of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), Chongqing today is one of the most populated cities in the world, with more than 28 million living within its municipality.
A surprisingly green city itself, one may find himself mostly walk under a shade, something not so common in modern China.
Chongqing, China, 2012