Monthly Archives: May 2012

Just a hot hot morning at the Army Open House

It’s the annual Army Open House in Singapore today.  Here, we have these types of Open Houses (including Navy & Airforce) to showcase our armed forces & raise the public awareness on defence.  Since it’s showcasing our might, there would surely be lots of equipments on display = great photography opportunity.  & since it was a bloody hot day & I have decided back then to stop using my heavy lenses, I decided to do it the iPhone way again 🙂 Being scorchingly sunny is great for using the iPhone as a street cam.

While the 4s is unable to capture the full spectrum of details like a DSLR, it is capable of producing very crisp & clear images like the one above, as long as you give it sufficient light.

The next 4 frames are my fav of the series & I think only the 4s can capture such photos – a bit grainy, shows full details of the cloud structure & a beautiful silhouette.  It could be because the 4s cam hardware operates on a fixed Aperture Priority mode.

This was again taken with a large amount of light. While the portraits were clear, the sky is blown out…not that I care about that.  With the 4s, you have to be selective about your focal subject as it is a give & take given the limitations of the cam. **Btw, these 4 man are known as the famous Red Lions – & they are the parachuters in the photos.

Another very clear & crisp shot of a soldier fully equipped with the modern combat system.  Bokeh doesn’t really work here though & is really limited.

This ‘swamp thing”/”yeti” lookalike thig is actually a very well-camouflaged sniper. With the correct amount of light, you can get full details out of your focal subject.  Same goes for the photo below.

The 4s is actually very good for still subjects, in this case all these heavy machineries on display.  It has very rich reproduction of colors & tone.  In fact, I think it beats the mid-range PnS anytime.

Since this year’s Army Open House is held at thee Singapore Flyer, it would be a waste if there’s no photos on it.  Hence decided to take some which is shown in the collage above.

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Just walking around with my iPhone 4s

Back to my lazy self again recently & NO heavy Zeiss 35mm for at least the next 3 days.  Saw an article on DPS recently titled “iPhone 4s Cameras Are Good For Some Subjects“.  It’s a nice article that doesn’t tell you any “how-to”, but it frames your mind as to what the iPhone limitations & capabilities are, so that you can optimise the use of your mobile camera.

Anyway, I decided to take some of these images while in a cafe & driving…yes, driving, & when I was waiting for my kids under the blocks.  Again, I used the artificial light & ambient light to my advantage so as to ensure that the iPhone can churn out quality images on par with the PnS family. 

This fame was taken with direct at the sunlight. However, I manually shift the focus point to the house to get a clearer image of the house.

This is just a shot to see how well the iPhone does macros. It just delivers.

Just Black & White in USS

Of all my frames from USS and RWS, my favourite is the B&W set.  The colors rendered by Fuji & the details offered by Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 are terrific & invokes much more emotions than the coloured ones

Just street shooting Universal Studios Singapore

More frames from Universal Studios. Love the characters especially Marilyn Monroe 🙂

Got some great shots from the Mummy Returns corner.  Those cravings makes fantastic pieces.

The details rendered by the Zeiss 35mm 1.4 is simply mind-blowing. It’s very sharp even when wide open

& who can forget about the Transformers! Shot this close up & at small apertures.

Shot this at a wide aperture, I think 2.8 to bring focus to the Chevy badge

& some other misc shots of USS all at small apertures to take in all the details.

Just street shooting Resort World Sentosa

Street shooting is still what I do most.  Below are some of the street shots taken while at RWS on Mother’s Day

Went into a Toast Box coffee shop & saw a real serious guy making his tea & coffee. Immediately bump up ISO to 3200 to immortalise his actions.

 

 

Just more mother-&-kids-gone-wild photos at Universal Studios Singapore

Went to Universal Studio which is really a good place to take photos…if you use AF.  For manual focus, it’s slightly harder & needed more practice, at least for me, since everything just seems to move so fast.  However, BECAUSE it is manual & focusing is slower, you can get some interesting frames that are dreamy due to the OOF effect.

I like this because of the stark contrast offered by the Zeiss glass, plus the clarity is just drooling.

This is slightly overexposed, but the amount of details is there, & of course the subjects are too cute to dismiss.

 

 

Just appreciating mothers at Resort World Sentosa

It’s Mother’s Day & I have plans to bring the ladies (wife & mom) out to thank them for their care & love over the years.  Booked a “staycation” at the Festive Hotel at Resort World Sentosa (RWS) & a spa package each at Capella Hotel.  Beautiful place I must say, though I did not have time to explore the place due to the fact that I am now the nanny looking after the 2 kids gone wild since the 2 ladies were enjoying their spa time out.

Of course, my trusty X-Pro1 is always by my side at RWS. Took quite a few frames but have difficulty shooting the 2 kids, especially when they are dashing around.  Ended up using my 4s as the backup for action shoots, while the X-Pro1 is more for casual street & portraits.  Guess I still have to brush up my skills on using manual for fast-pace action shoots.

Pictures of my beautiful wife 🙂

My 2 cheeky boys. Hard to get them to sit & pose for this picture. It is lucky that the well-lighted area allows the shutter to move faster.

This is my fav frame.  The natural light from the balcony coming into the slightly dark room gave a nice dreamy, yet sharp look.

Bumped this up to ISO3200 or 4000, can’t remember.   Still amazed at the sharpness of the photo 🙂

Will post more street shots of RWS & the Universal Studios Singapore next !!! :->

Just an uncoloured view of my town

Had an early release today from work & decided to pop by some uncharted areas within my town side to take some pictures before I pick up my kid.  Again as we all know, I am a lazy photographer, & a lazy photographer thinks of creative ways to fulfil their targets without stressing themselves.  Hence I decided to chunk aside my X-Pro1 & just bring along my iPhone 4s since the natural light is at its peak.

I took quite a number of shots, around 50 or so.  The lighting outside was not as good as I thought.  The sun was not as strong & there were some dark clouds floating around, not many but some.  Since the lighting is as such, it gave quite good setting for some black & white photos given the light vs darkness contrast.  Hence, I decided to do an entire B&W series for this session.

The 4s is actually very good in its autofocus & dynamic range.  The framing I had in mind were all catered to how the photos will look like when directly processed into B&W.   I always mentioned to my fellow hobbyist photographers that concept will guide your actions, & give context to your output (photos).

I love the reflection of the building (Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital) in the drenched railing.  The 4s amazingly managed to capture a sharp shot of the reflection!

This is another set that I like as there’s a stark light vs darkness in the photos.  That’s what makes B&W photos so rich in emotions.

The details captured by the 4s in this set is just amazing.