Monthly Archives: October 2007

This is cool..a house between two rocks

Check this out :)

You don’t see that everyday :)

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Tripod, Wireless Remote and Circular Polarizer

Ahh the the three things that I need. And wow they are expensive as well :(

I am currently looking at the following model:
Tripod:  Bogen/Manfrotto 725B Digi Black Tripod with Ballhead (Quick Release) = USD 112.95
Use for: My cheap tripod broke and my friend, Supri, recommends me to get Bogen Tripod. :)
Used before: Yeah I tried Supri’s Bogen, wow it’s so solid and stable. But his is the more advanced one, it can do vertical as well and custom ballhead as well.

Wireless Remote: Canon RC-1 Wireless Remote Control = USD 24.95
Use for: dont want to wait for 10 seconds timer :) to avoid movements hehe.

Circular Polarizer: 
1. Hoya 72MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter = USD 64.50; OR
2. B&W 72MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter Slim = USD 99.95
Use for: to filter reflections on the water/windows and to make the sky more blue :)

Argghh easily $300++

I think I am going to wait on the polarizer and get the two most needed items. No tripod means no photo. And the wireless is needed to get out of that 10 seconds timer. All prices are taken from B&H.

Great we’ll see then and it’s Thursday that means I can not do long exposure shooting this weekend. That’s too bad :(

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Night Photo Around Seattle

Wohoo another sunny day today and quite clear sky. My friend, Supri, and I went to several places around Seattle – from beacon hill to pike place and to Alki. We planned to do some night photo shooting and grab those beautiful stretch lights. :)

and guess what happened? My tripod broke! Oh my gosh, I was so let down by it. Luckily, there was a way not to waste the night. includes putting my camera on the railing of a bridge while the strap is hanging around my neck :) i had to cheek the railing to peek into the viewfinder. At least I had fun. There were other photographers on this bridge and I was thinking that they might thought “what’s this guy doing?”. We met a guy who used a panaromic photo. It’s so cool 120 degrees viewed and multiple lenses and it uses not an ordinary film. We asked him how much it is and he said “It’s made from Russia and it costs about $200.00″ Not bad butI guess the film is expensive.

After that we went ahead to Pike Place market in downtown Seattle, to take the picture of the famous big sign “Public Market Center”, then went on ahead to the Elliot Bay and take the Seattle Alaskan Viaduct.

Our final stop was Alki and we took quite many pictures of Seattle from afar.

From this trip, I found out that tripod is very important, a slight wind can ruin your photo. Also I found out that during a night photo session, please use the AWB (Auto White Balance) and not any other settings.  I used range of shutter speed from 1/8 to 30″. It was amazing and I learned alot from this trip. I hope to go another round with a good tripod this time :)

Below are some of the pictures:

Pike Market - Seattle

Pike Market - Seattle

Downtown Seattle from Alki Beach

Downtown Seattle from Alki Beach

The Seattle Moon

The Seattle Moon

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Playing with ‘Tv’ Exposure Mode

Today was a clear day for the city of rain, Seattle. :)

I got a chance to test out the Tv mode in my camera and quite satisfied with the results actually.
I found out how the light stretch effect works using the Tv. Since that’s all about shutter speed, I had used in variances from 3 to 15 seconds slow. Below are some of the shots that were taken.


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Wake up early!! + my destinations

Ohh one of these days, I need to try to wake up early. I mean as early as 3am or 4am. I want to feel the excitement and the enjoyment of taking photos at before dawn, dawn and at sunrise. I think it will be fun and interesting :)

I just cant find the time to do it, either I am too tired on Saturday because of the work on Friday or I am just being lazy.  hehe :)

Anyway, I have a few destinations that I want to go for photo shooting as well as getaway vacation in Washington area:

  1. Alderbrook Resort – Union, WA ~ Hood River as well as hiking trails.
  2.  Yakima Valley, WA ~ Winery and Vineyard – huge field and many hills
  3. Ellensburg, WA ~ Lions Rock, Columbia River and Manastash Ridge
  4. Steven’s Pass and Leavenworth
  5. Mt. Rainier

I think there are many more to the north of Seattle as well.

I’ll try to venture them out one by one and hopefully by early next year, I can complete these destinations.

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Downtown Seattle Buildings/Infrastructures

About two days ago, I managed to shoot some more photos of the downtown Seattle buildings.  It was a cloudy day (after rain) and I set my camera to the same settings Av + ISO100. The results turned out to look alright, I think I saw some improvement on the way I took the shot. But still yet I need to get used playing the aperture more often.

Below are some of the snapshots:


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Learning lesson the hard way

In my opinion, when I read a manual or some information on the net, it’s just an accessory to the concept of the subject. I had to experiment the subject myself to get close to the inner concept of the subject itself.

I have very little background in photography, even though I had a good grade on Physics during my college year, I still don’t know how to apply the concept of light in photography. I guess I have to keep on practicing, playing around, experimenting here and there and most of all I have to be able to use photoshop, which I think it’s the hardest of all.

It has been my 3rd months into landscape photography, I am hoping to advance more as the time goes by.  :)

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Photo at Alki Beach, Seattle

On the way home back from church, I stopped by the Alki Beach and found a place where I can quietly take photos of the downtown Seattle. The sun was behind me. I set my camera to ‘Av’ with F3.5 – F5.0 and I took some shots and I was not much happy with the result of it. One: the noice is too much. So many of them. I don’t know what’s wrong with it but my guess will be either the sun shining down on the objects or the ‘Av’ mode that I had on. Two: hmm nothing I can think of hehe since I was blinded by the “noice” in the pictures. Maybe I should try to avoid the ‘Av’ mode and the sun shines next time. Below are some of the pictures that I think, at their best.

Alki Clearwater

Alki Clearwater

Space Needle

Space Needle

The Fall Colors of Seattle

The Fall Colors of Seattle

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Dusk Photo Session

I think it was on Tuesday, that I woke up quite early in the morning and as I walked out to my living room, I saw the sky was reddish orange. Wow it was amazingly beautiful, so I took out my tripod and camera and started taking pictures of the horizon. Then  I tried to convert the RAW to JPEG format, I saw so much noise in the pictures. I was using ISO 100, Av mode and shooting timer.  What could I do wrong, then in the program, I had to lessen the sharpness to 0 (it was 3) and it actually softened up the rough edges where the bright light (the sun) shine.

The below picture is actually the result of it. Anyone has some ideas about this noise? :) Thanks!

Seattle Central CC

Seattle Central CC

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Seattle Downtown Try-out Part 1

Couple days ago, I brought my camera to work and decided to take some photos around downtown Seattle.  It was too bright outside and could not get the right contrast on the photos. Below is what the best I can do:

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