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Just a Peek

Posted: October 2, 2011 in Photography
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I cannot believe that I had not updated this blog for more than 3 months!! So here is just a recent photo linked from my flickr.

Dying Tree and House
Light Painting of Dying Tree and House. With the Canadia tower at the left side, you can tell that this is within the vicinity of Phnom Penh.

My Flickr Goes Pro

Posted: February 19, 2011 in My Life, Photography
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If you visit my flickr site, you may notice that it is now upgraded to pro account. It was a surprising gift from Mr. Ari Vitikainen, I first met in person during Khmer New Year in 2009. I do not how to thank him enough for his kindness.

I submitted three photos below for the 4th CJCC Photo Contest, and yesterday I was informed that two of them (both of them were taken on the same day at Wat Tuol Tompong) were selected for the first round.

From the center of Pre Rub
From the center of Pre Rub

Pchhum Ben at Wat Tuol TompoungPchhum Ben at Wat Tuol Tompoung

Pchhum Ben Day 3, at Wat Tuol Tompoung Pchhum Ben at Wat Tuol Tompoung

Learning to Light

Posted: September 30, 2010 in Children, Photography, Portrait
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A Boy at PIO Steung Meanchey I own a flash, but I haven’t use it much. Now I want to make the best of it. I should have been brought a tripod so that I can light the boy from a higher level.

I used to dream of a fast and high-performance telephoto zoom lens that normally never comes cheap. However in the last few months I was so much in love with my ultra-wide angle lens that I hardly think of it, if not totally forgot about it. Early this month I learned from a friend of mine that I a Barang has some glasses for sale. He got 2 glasses, one of them was appealing to me due to its affordable price. The AF Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D ED, released since 1997. The pitfall of the lens was many fungi existed inside the lens, but luckily now they are likely gone now after I got it serviced.

Last Saturday, I was able to experience it while I was out with two other photo enthusiasts. Considering the price, I have nothing to complaint about its quality and focusing noise (the AF-S with silence motor costs a lot more). Here are some shots I got from the walk.

A small shrine at Wat Phnom A small shrine at Wat Phnom

Money at Wat Phnom Monkey at Wat Phnom

It was my first time to shoot waterfall since after I got serious about photography. I understand some basic now-how, as I have read several tips about it sometimes ago. Weather comes to play an important role in landscape photography, and it is no exception for waterfall photography. Sunny sky is not what you may prefer, especially when you want the milky flows of water that requires low light. This makes early morning or late evening the best times for a visit. Tripod is a must, though an extra burden. ND filter (which I cannot afford) can reduce more light for slower shutter speed.

Here are some shots I got from Khbal Spean waterfalls, also known as river of 1000 Lingas. It is 1,500m mountainous walk from the entrance to the river. The walk is scenic but tiresome especially the trip to the river.

The raod to the Kbal Spean A view of the road leading to the river. For your information, the entrance is closed by 15:00. I arrived there at 15:20, so I needed to work something out with the guard to get in.

Khbal Spean waterfallMy companion and I were the only souls when we arrived at the river. So I could have the whole place for myself.

With Reclining Buddha, Khbal Spean With Reclining Buddha, Khbal Spean

Khbal Spean waterfall Only after I came down that a guard told me there are more sculptures and waterfalls downstream. So what I saw was only a small part of the river. (;_;)

PS: Since the air nearby waterfall normally very damp, try to protect your camera and lens from getting wet as much as possible. Moisture is the main cause of lens fungus.

In the advertisement world, it is almost impossible to find an un-retouched photo, and even some photo journalists have risked their careers by manipulated photos to make them more intense. Thank to editing software such as Photoshop, more and more photos we see these day are altered or enhanced.

To be honestly, most of the photos I have posted here are also retouched, though I have limited it to color adjustment, cropping, perspective correction, clarity adjustment, sharpening and some other basic adjustments. My understanding on retouching is still poor, since I like to spend more time on taking photos than editing them. Yet, now I also want to devote some more time to dig deeper into it too.

Are you for or against retouching? Here are examples of retouching.

Straight-from-the-camera photo. Western moat of Angkor Wat at the evening. I set the White Balance to Auto but the sky turned bluer than it was.

Retouching by David Va, a quality-conscious photo enthusiast, trying to bring back the sky of setting sun.

Angkor Wat's moat at evening My basic retouching, trying to reduce the bluish. I could not visualize the setting-sun sky (-_-)