Monday, September 27, 2010

HDR Toning

If you are into photography, you would knew by now that HDR photography is all the rage for a while.

Google Search return a whopping 124,000,000 results on "HDR"!

HDR of course, stand for High Dynamic Range.

According to Wikipedia:

"High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight."

Quite a mouth full? ;)

To the photographers, HDR photography is simply by taking shots of the same scene with different exposure and with the help of special software; recombining those shots together to form the final image with a WIDE dynamic range.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

World Press Photo in town!

Wellington was bashed by a short storm at noon yesterday and 3,500 house hold lost electricity at the Hutt Valley. But today the sun is out, the wind is still strong and a bit chilly; but that is classic Wellington weather ;)

So where is "the storm, size of Australia"?

I am glad the weather did a reprieve, because World Press Photo is showing at Shed 11! And we are going!

Shed 11 at Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington; nice brick facade to test lenses with!

WPP has been exhibited at Shed 11 for a few years now, this time round it will be from 17 September till 10 October. As usual it is organised by NZ Netherlands Foundation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Apology Not Needed

After my comment on the front page photo of the Sunday Star Times, a reader hiding behind "Anonymous" said...

Hey, just wondering when you're going to apologise to the photographer. It wasn't a jack-up at all ... the girl has been quoted as saying she wanted to "play in the earthquake" and the photographer got lucky. If your gonna dish dirt you shld have the grace to apologise - September 13, 2010 8:12 PM

I did a search and discovered that the Sunday Star Times published a follow-up to the story saying:

"LITTLE MYRO McKee became the face of the Sunday Star-Times earthquake coverage when she featured on the front page last weekend.

The five-year-old was pictured in the rubble by Christchurch photographer Jane Wyles, a shot that prompted some readers to complain it was staged or sensationalised. It was neither."

Monday, September 13, 2010

Wellington Waterfront

The sky did a reprieve on Sunday afternoon and it turn into a glorious sunny Wellington day!

We going to take a walk along the waterfront after our usual Sunday shopping for our weekly groceries, but Mr Murphy decided otherwise and we were stuck at the Kilbirnie Pak'n Save with a flat car battery! AA came to our rescue one hour later but we decided to head home because it is getting dark and cold.

Instead I will show you some pictures of our waterfront that has not been published in this blog before :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

A Japan Festival!

Half of the population of wellington seems to flock there when there is a Japan Festival in town!

We know the Sunday's spring weather was nasty, getting a park near the town hall venue was impossible; but we went anyway :)

According to Asia:NZ On Line , "Bring all the family to experience a genuine taste of Japan at the Wellington Town Hall. Sample scrumptious sushi while watching mochi in the making. Marvel at the antics of the visiting Chin-Don Ya group of street musicians from Japan.
Great entertainment ranging from high-energy Japanese martial arts to the quiet beauty of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony."

Well, because of other commitment we only saw part of the festival; but it was fun never the less!

Jack Up News Picture

Saturday's devastating earthquake in Christchurch created a "field day" for the photojournalists, hundreds if not thousands of news pictures are being shot and transmitted around the world to record and show the extend of damages in this disaster.

Yet, the Sunday Star Times on their September 5 edition splashed this huge photo on their FRONT PAGE.

A jack-up picture? There are hundreds of good, story telling NEWS PICTURE and the Sunday Star Times had to resort to a POSED picture to lead a earth shaking news event? ;)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hail, the angels sing; not...

My goodness, talk about the weather gone bongos!

We are into the THIRD day of spring,the weather men said it is pouring rain the whole day; yet it was sunshine all the way to 4pm!

Then at 5.30pm we heard the roar, I know immediately it is a big hail storm! It is rather rare in this part of town, Karori; Wellington, New Zealand.

Our deck was all white, as a matter of fact; everywhere around our house are white! Out came my Olympus E-P2 with the Panasonic 7-14 zoom.

The light was fading fast, the photog in me wanting to go to the deck's railing to get a better shot. My General grumbling that it is too slippery for this old bones... I went anyway, making sure I do not skate over ;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Dolly Hoooo!

Friends and colleagues asked me how we spent our weekend, I told them I was busy on Saturday and Sunday testing out my new tripod dolly! And some of them go, "Eh? A tripod what?"

A tripod dolly is a gizmo that you can attach your tripod to and give it wheels! Take a look at the picture below:

That is what I pay NZ$65.00 for :) And why do I need a dolly when I am not Peter Jackson? Ha ha ha...