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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 ;-).

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Travel


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Zugspitze & Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Our Austria tour didn’t end in Austria. Crossed the north border, we wanted to see more of Alps in Bavaria, southern part of Germany. The Zugspitze, at 2,960m (9.709 ft) above sea level, is the tallest mountain peak in Germany. At the summit, one can have a panoramic view of both Bavarian (Germany) and Tyrolean (Austrian) Alps. At the back of Partenkirchen railway station, we took the cog railway train, travelled to a higher altitude plateau, Zugspitzplatt, then connected to a cable car which took us to the top of Zugspitze.

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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Travel


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Salzburg: City of Mozart

This is the second time we went to Salzburg in 13 months, as mentioned previously. It’s one of the major cities of Austria and I think many people has been there as it’s also a popular place for tourists. It’s not large – size-wise. But it’s surely a beautiful city and we were just awed by the Austrian culture.

The Salzach River runs through the city and divides it by two. The Old Town lies on the west side of the river, where a monastery and bishopric were founded in 700 A.D. The city and the river got their name from early residents who earned their living in the region’s salt mines.

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Posted by on December 10, 2011 in Flower, Garden, Travel


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What about HDR?

Picture #1, Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Since my blogs are for all levels of audience, some may not know what HDR is. The short description: It’s a technique to fuse two or more images together to simulate what your eyes can see in nature. A bit longer description: Human eyes can see wider luminance range from black to white because the pupils constantly adjust their opening to adapt to ambient light. However, camera sensors cannot sense something that’s too dark or too bright. It’s dynamic range is very limited. So we take two or more pictures, one adjusted to very dark area and another to the very bright area and maybe a few in the middle. All pictures are then layered together to, sort of, present what it’s likely to be seen by our eyes. An even longer description: Well, if you’re really into that, you’d better do some research yourself on the Internet, as I’m not trying to write a thesis here.

(On a side note, you would realize in 2002/2003 Google started being really popular when the word “google” became a verb. “Just google it.” means the same as “Just do a search on the Internet.” in the older days. If Microsoft’s Bing can eventually grab more shares in the search engine market, I would like to hear people say, “Just bing it!” It sounds kind of funny, doesn’t it? “Just bing it!” On the other hand, no one would likely say “Yahoo it.” It’s a two-syllable word, it sounds weird. To be fair, I’m not against Yahoo. Alright, enough of that.)

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Photography Techniques


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Yep, I’m gonna talk about cows today. You obviously notice my avatar (on the right) is a cow. Why not my own picture? Well, he looks better than I do. 😉

Why do I like them? I just do. They are adorable. Never bother you, just mind their own business, and when you’re around, they “pose” for your pictures. I started to like them when we were at Berchtesgaden
National Park in Germany two years ago. We were riding a gondola and saw them playing and resting on the hillside. They were so careless, just enjoying themselves. The first picture below was taken from then. It may not be very sharp because I was still using the FujiFilm A330 at the time. But you can see how relaxing they were.

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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Travel


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Taking panoramic photos

From my experiences, here is my two-cents of how to do it.

For exposure, only use Aperture priority mode or Manual mode on the camera. Avoid Shutter priority, Program and other auto modes, as you should keep aperture value consistent across all images. Even with Aperture priority mode, you need to make use of the AE-L (auto-exposure lock) button so that all images will have same exposure, instead of one being brighter, another one being darker. It looks bad if one part of sky is blue, but the next part of it is white. Use smaller aperture f8 or f11 to have large depth of field, to have much of the scene to appear sharp.

Switch to manual focus mode on your lens. If you choose AF-S, single servo auto-focus mode, (AF-A and AF-C are no good for our purpose here,) after making the first attempt of auto focusing — press shutter-release button half-way, still switch it to manual focus on your lens, so that the focus plane won’t change across all images. There is, of course, another way, which involves changing the behavior of the AF-L (auto-focus lock) button and use that button to do the focusing job, hence the shutter-release button won’t try to re-focus for each image.

For focus area mode, switch to single point mode and use the center point to focus, as the center of any lens has the best image quality and best focus accuracy.

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Photography Techniques


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