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New Brunswick

Panorama view of one of the lakes in Rockwood Park, Saint John

Using the Thanksgiving long weekend last year, we flew to New Brunswick for a short vacation. One of the excuses for this 4-day trip was that I didn’t get enough practices with the camera. Therefore, I needed to go somewhere and “practice”, and along the way “bring” the missus.

To many people, New Brunswick isn’t really famous for tourism and for sure isn’t crowded with tourists at all. But there is Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks for sightseeing. We started our journey from Saint John, picked up a rental car and drove along the south coast along the Bay of Fundy that connects to Atlantic Ocean.
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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Travel

 

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Flowers by David

Our friend, David, is an experienced photographer. He took lots of landscape pictures on his trips to northern and western China, and most of the pictures are stunning. He’s also an enthusiast in photography in sense of the gears he owns, Canon 5D Mark II and 7D, a few prime lens including 35mm, 135mm and also a tele 400mm. He still uses a Nikon film camera occasionally. He always seduces me to move to full frame bodies. Tempted, but I’m not used to the weight of those big guys and they could be overkill for vacation travels.

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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Flower

 

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My New Sigma Lens

After much debate and consideration (for almost a year), I finally got myself a new lens, Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, as my birthday gift a few days.

I’ve got the D5000 about two years ago and used it mainly for vacations, and sometimes for party events. Although the camera body and the kit lens (18-55mm DC VR) combination is not bad most of the time, in dimmed churches, museums and party rooms, the limitation of the kit lens makes me feel helpless from time to time. The maximum aperture is f/3.5 at 18mm and f/5.6 at 55mm. Most of the pictures I took in dimmed environment were at 35mm to 55mm, and I had to act fast. Using a tripod was not possible 99% of the time. The D5000 sensor produces quite a bit of noise at ISO 1600 and up. So what do all these leave me? A slow shutter speed. Sometimes less than 1/15 of a second, which easily induce camera shake and people’s motion blur.

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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Photography Techniques

 

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Musée du Louvre

The Louvre is said to be the most visited art museum in the world. More than half a million people visit it every month, or even just to have a glimpse of the symbolic pyramids built in the ’80s (which by the way was loathed by some French people, part due to reason of conflict image – the futuristic sci-fi look versus the museum’s classic historical contents, and part due to French’s arrogance – the architect is Chinese American.) It’s no doubt the largest art museum with 35,000 art pieces displayed in the 652,000 square foot Louvre Palace.

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Travel

 

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The Moon (2nd attempt)

I was going to continue on writing about the Paris trip and finish the last part. I guess I will leave it for another day. On the way back from our friend’s house after dinner last night, I saw the moon and thought I should take another shot at it. It’s not even a full moon, but was one day after half-full. The sky was clear.

Previously, I had a post about shooting the moon when I was in Venice but wasn’t well prepared at that time. This time I was at home with everything I needed, including the tripod and remote release to reduce camera shakes. I wanted to give it another shot.

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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Photography Techniques

 

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Château de Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is 40 minutes by train to the west of Paris, and then 10 minute walk from the train station. Since we had got the Paris museum pass, we didn’t have to pay 16€ (for each person). It was in December and like many European cites, Parisians don’t like using road salts like we do in North America but instead use sands. It was really, really slippery during that 10 minute walk. And it was also because of the snow and ice, we weren’t allowed to go outside of the palace to see the Grand Trianon or enter the splendid garden to see those exceptional fountains.

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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Travel

 

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