RSS

Time to get a new camera?

As some of you already knew, I broke my D5000 DSLR a few months ago. That, combined with other changes in life, put me into a sad mood that I haven’t been able to update my blog for a long while.

It was on just the second day into the northern France trip, outside of the Notre Dame in Bayeux – maybe I somehow offended God and it was my immediate punishment, the camera fell on the concrete ground up side down. Luckily the lens hood was on so the Sigma lens was intact. But I couldn’t take any more pictures with the body. It kept saying Autoexposure Error. I was very upset.
Read the rest of this entry »

 
2 Comments

Posted by on October 6, 2012 in Photography Techniques

 

Tags: , ,

I Like Black & White More Than Color Images

It’s true that black & white images don’t always work in every situation, for example, pictures of beautiful fall colors. But for many others, human portraits, nature landscapes, it’s golden. Ever since I looked at my friend Jacque Oule’s works – his Facebook page may not show much but he’s a true artist, I fell in love with the way B&W presents the world, the life. I can’t tell exactly why or what makes me feel that way. Maybe because I’m just an amateur and haven’t fully grasped the concept.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know I included many B&W images in my posts. This image taken at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia a year ago has been my desktop background since.

Copyright © 2012 Jenson Yu. All rights reserved.
 

Tags: , , , , ,

One of my pictures was published

Finally received a copy of How Music Works by David Byrne at my doorstep. I’m honored that one of my pictures was included in the book.

David Bryne is a Scottish-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of Talking Heads. He has been the recipient of many awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Published by McSweeney’s which is based in San Francisco, How Music Works is David Byrne’s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. A brainy, irresistible adventure, the book is an impassioned argument about music’s liberating, life-affirming power.

Here is how David describes music: “You can’t touch music – it exists only the moment it is being apprehended – and yet it can profoundly alter how we view the world and our place in it. Music can get us through difficult patches in our lives by changing not only how we feel about ourselves, but also how we feel about everything outside ourselves. It’s powerful stuff.”

My picture that is in the book is Great Hall of Mirrors that I took at Château de Versailles near Paris. To be honest, I had doubt at first when McSweeney’s contacted me. I wasn’t sure whether it’s a scam as I couldn’t believe it. And yes, now I’m relieved. 🙂

Copyright © 2012 Jenson Yu. All rights reserved.
 
1 Comment

Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Travel

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Everything has at least two sides

‘Tis the season again. These flowers can be spotted everywhere all over the world, especially in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. So it’s not hard to find some in your neighborhood. This morning I got up a bit earlier than usual, rushed out for shooting even before brushing my teeth, ’cause I didn’t want to cause attraction from suspicious minds. Of course, if you do want to photograph on someone’s lawn, you’d better ask for permissions first, so that no one will call the police. I chose to take these pictures in a public sharing, unattended area. No one would ever mind.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Flower, Garden

 

Tags: , , , ,

Having fun with the N2000

(… Continues from previous post.) At first, as I tended to try out all its features and use it to its full capability, I had to search on Internet and download the manual – yes, it’s still available after twenty-some years thanks to the enthusiasts. After figured out what each button does, I took it out for shooting and the fun began.

As there is no instant feedback – LCD screen – on film cameras, and I didn’t want to waste films either even thought they are now inexpensive to purchase and develop, I tried to make the best of each shot, imagining what the image should look like, framed carefully, adjusted exposure to my best guess and focused precisely. But it’s extremely difficult to do all that outdoor on a day at -5°C. It’s even worse when there were wind gusts.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

“Introducing” Nikon N2000 SLR

Now that I’ve finished one exam, I can take a small break to get back into my hobby – photography.

A few months ago still in the winter, by chance, my cousin mentioned and showed me he still owned, although had not much used any more, an old film camera. It happens to be a Nikon as well – the N2000. I couldn’t refuse the temptation and played with it for a couple of weeks.

I used to have a compact Olympus μ[mju:] (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Olympus_µ), a gift from my father that I used till 2003. It’s a palm-sized point-and-shoot camera with only few features. When I hold this 35mm full frame Nikon N2000 in my hands, knowing and appreciating it’s capabilities, there are so much joy and excitement. (My D5000 DSLR is not a full frame model. Simply put, full frame means better sensors in the camera body which in turn yield much better performance. Comparatively, the sensor in D5000 is 1.5 times smaller; the Canon Rebel series are 1.6 times smaller. Today, digital full frame SLRs cost at least $2,400 USD before putting on a lens.)

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Munich

If you notice I haven’t posted much lately, that’s because I have to study for some certification exams, and the first one is coming up in April. Work in the day and study in the evening. Whoever has done this before knows how hard it is. Since photography and blogs are just my hobbies and I don’t make any money off them, they will have to go down to a lower priority.

Austria only has a few direct international flights for us to fly home – we don’t like connection flights. (We almost missed the regional flight from Munich to Vienna at the beginning of this trip.) However, it’s more flexible at Munich. Plus, it gave us a chance to re-visit and took a better look of the city, and, at the previous time I didn’t have a good camera ;-).

Read the rest of this entry »

 
3 Comments

Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Travel

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: