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Canon 5D Mark II

I had a chance to play with my friend David’s Canon 5D Mark II for an hour at his house. It has been a few years old, but still works like new. It has the 24-105mm f/4 L macro lens mounted at front. Image quality is fantastic. At ISO 800, I can’t find any noise at all, even viewing the images at 100% crop. Since I was just taking a few test shots, I didn’t shoot in raw and process them later, but straightly in jpeg with monochrome mode and upload with no processing. The images are quite clean.

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Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Photography Techniques

 

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Phalaenopsis White Orchid

In the past sprint-summer, our two pots of orchids grew very well. There were so many blossoms that I lost count. But I was able to photograph different shoots that had single, two, three and four blossoms. They are truly beautiful. It’s really joyful to look at them every day.

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Flower, Garden, Picturesque Scenery

 

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A Walk in the Woods

Before the year ended, I took a walk on this short trail behind a friend’s house. I like the monochrome side of the nature. Color, sometimes, is just too distractive, like the world we’re living in. Simplicity is better than complexity. One wonders why Chanel has been so successful for almost a century.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Garden, Picturesque Scenery

 

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Sunrise at Lake of Two Rivers

Sunrise at Lake of Two Rivers

According to my original plan (before we went out to shoot on that late-September morning) with what I wanted to write about, this post would have ended here. As despite of all our efforts (waking up early, searching for a good spot, standing in cold for an hour), we were only able to get a glimpse of sunlight for a minute or two for the whole time. Hence, I can only present to you this one and only one photo with the sun in it. [Feel free to click on it (and others) to see a larger version.]

Therefore, if you say the rest of story has nothing to do with sunrise, I won’t argue. As a matter of fact, I thought of removing the word from the title. But what the hack, this is not a scientific report. Doesn’t need to be precise here.

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Picturesque Scenery, Travel

 

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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.

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Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Flower, Garden

 

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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.

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“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.)

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