Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pupzclub 1st Dog Gathering

Was invited to shoot at Pupzclub's 1st Dog Gathering last Saturday 26th June who could resist such an offer (I couldn't anyway..hahaha). The weather held out after a few days of raining before the event to give us a clear nice blue sky.

I couldn't go in my usual "birdmobile" as it has been condemned after the little adventure we had the previous week. Anyway my mechanic was able to get my old Honda Accord back into shape and with that I bundled Shelby into the back seat with Kenneth tagging along for the event :) First try of putting Shelby into the car without closing the back window saw her jumping right out of the car~! Luckily it was at home and we haven't started the journey yet. I was surprised she could actually pull that off with her weight and size (and that little small rear window).

Once we arrived at Casa Permai, we could see lots of people getting ready for the event with a whole bunch of doggies. The committee members did a great job in preparing water for both owners and furkids. As more and more people started to arrive, it was time to go a-shooting and Shelby happily followed me all over the place and at one time even acted as my (tripod) during the event...hehehe. You can see her playing that part in my facebook profile pic :)

All in all, great event with a very strong support from all the dog lovers and next outing will see an even bigger crowd as there were a lot of newcomers who registered on that day itself. Great job Pupzclub~!

For more photos, check it out here

(Photo of Shelby with Hamlin)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Storing a Buffalo

Decided to pick up a 1TB Buffalo DriveStation just to test out the reliability before getting the LinkStation for NAS storage. Priced at RM299.90, it was quite a bargain.

Installation was quick and easy with walk through menus to select the type of file system you required. Speed of files being transferred to the drive was good with no signs of lagging (so far anyway). Built quality feels solid and would look good even if you have a few of them sitting on your workstation.

Only thing I wished for was for a longer power cable than the one provided. Item was bought at Gadget Zone, Gurney Plaza.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Doggone tired

Last couple of days have been so tiring with lots of running around at the office as well as after office follow ups. Decided to take some shots of Shelby and Reva tonight using the 50mm f/1.4. Must say I love the sharpness and color tone produced through this lens

Photos shows Shelby wondering what the heck I was doing :P

More photos here

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lock and Load!

Well thanks to Andy Yeoh, I've found the perfect carrier for my equipment while on the job after hunting high and low for it for what seems like years. Behold~! The Think Tank Multimedia Wired Up 20 paired up with a Skin 75 Pop Down.

The MM Wired Up 20 is a belt pack that comes together with a harness~! way cool! The first impression that I had of the Wired Up was hmmm not bad quite slim and an incredible array of sections. The designer of this bag must have seriously spent lots of time coming up with this as it is so practical.

How I pack? Well I carry 5 flash in total (I know I know...I'm nuts), 5DMkII, 17-40mm f4L, 70-200 f2.8L and a 50mm f1.4 The 70-200 goes into the Pop Down while the rest packs neatly into the MM WU 20. On top of that I have a A6 notepad tucked away at the back compartment of the MMWU with a small torch and a couple of pens. The front pocket holds 4 x diffuser, 1 demb diffuser, batts, CF cards, cleaning cloth, flash trigger and extra receivers.

The Skin 75 Pop Down is another classy act. You can switch the velcro to "silent" mode and the bag is extendable to take in a 70-200 with its hood on. Great for me as I need to change lens quickly so most of the time when I'm working all the filters, back caps are off with hood on in ready position. The front pocket of the Pop Down stores my 77 cir-pol filter in its case.

The belt is well padded and supports the weight very well without the need of a harness but that could change whenever I needed to add more equipment to the pack. When shooting, I do not feel the weight at all as it is securely attached to the waist and no issues with shooting 8-10 hours straight on this :)

This bag was built to last and quality is top notch. Attach you'll see some images of my setup and how I store my gears into the bags...enjoy. For more photos please see : here

to Dine in the Sky

Went off to shoot a birthday party at Sky Residences yesterday when my car decided to breakdown near to the toll. However I was very fortunate as a mechanic was following me from behind and took me to my destination - Sky Residences in Sungai Petani. Told him to tow my old beat up 4WD to get it fixed while I focused on my shoot.

The dinner was held on the 16th floor (sky garden area) and in Sungai Petani, with no skyscrappers around, the view was plain perfect. At around 6.30pm, the sky started its lightshow with the sun setting behind the distant mountains.

I could only managed to setup a quick single strobe off above left to illuminate the table to capture the following image.

After dinner, was very fortunate to be able to hitch a ride home from one of the guest and wife picked me up when I reached Penang. All in all a great and adventurous shoot. P.S. left my tripod at the penthouse and will have to pick it up next week..hahaha

More photos can be viewed here





Saturday, June 19, 2010

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse


















The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been symbolized as pestilence, war, famine and death respectively. To me however it symbolizes four strobes in a single blast...hehehe. I came about this device by accident rather than my usual "out hunting for gadgets" runs. At first it looked to have been designed wrongly as the distance between the flash mounts were rather too close to mount any standard speedlite.

Then I remembered, I don't have standard speedlite which are bulky because I'm using ultra slim speedlites and for RM50 this device might actually work..hahaha. A couple of twist and turns and angling later...behold~The Four Strobes of the Apocalypse...Muahahahahahahahaha <- evil laughter.
Second pic shows the completed setup with a shoot through umbrella. A warning for those intending to mount this onto a light stand; make sure that you get a heavy light stand and not those flimsy ones as 4 speedlites with an umbrella makes a perfect recipe for "crashing speedlites into a pile of plastic" (you have been warned :) )

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

L Colored Frame

Since my old spec's lens coating was peeling, decided to get a new pair of specs and the first thing that came to my mind was the color~! Why not get one which matches my lens..muahahahahaha. So here it is...tadaaaa...(drum roll)

Brand : levelnine Price : RM300 (with lens)
Place obtained : 99 Optics
Facebook : 99 Optics

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Flexing the 200!

Decided to join Aless, Albert and Jonathan to shoot sunrise this morning and at the same time being able to put the 70-200mm f/2.8L through its paces. Shot attached was shot at f/7.1, 1/1250 at iso 800 and cropped 50%.

Very pleased with the details and no signs of image breaking especially at the small staircase on the huge cranes at maximum crop. Sharpness and image quality held up to its end and not unexpectedly so from the L stables.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Penang Agility Association shoot

What better way to spend last weekend by shooting my favorite subject - dogs~! Went to the PAA obedience class to shoot a promo poster to help promote their classes.

All photos taken with the 70-200 f/2.8L and cross processed for the final color outlook.

For more info on PAA, check out their website : http://www.agility-penang.com/

Monday, June 7, 2010

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L

This lens replaced my previous Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 which is a far cry from this baby in terms of image quality and image separation. Will provide more reviews and images in the coming weeks coming from this baby...haha

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Coffee with Canon

It was a great event organized by Canon on the 22nd May at Penang Times Square where a crowd of about 70 turned out and gathered at the 1st floor of Roti Bakar. Canon gave out their EF Lens Work III hardcover books to owners of 1D, 5D or 7D as well as setting up a counter with lots of demo lenses for the attendees to try out.

On top of that, Canonfoto brought in their range of photobooks samples which featured new textured paper for better printout quality.

Glenn and I had a blast talking about the 1DmkIV, 5Dmk2 and 7D as we tried to answer questions from the participants as well as we could. Overall I'm very glad and thankful that Canon has setup these kinds of meet to reach out to their client base and to encourage more knowledge sharing.

The crowd was then treated to a very nice scrumptous buffet prepared by Roti Bakar. Overall the event was very successful and Canon will be preparing similar events like this throughout Malaysia. The one held in Penang was the first event of its kind here.

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