Monthly Archives: November 2007

Camp Arnold 2007, Eatonville, WA

I’m back!! :) It’s been almost two weeks now that I haven’t had a chance to go outside to shoot.

So I just got back from a retreat in Camp Arnold, Eatonville, WA. a 3-day retreat and the first 2 days were amazing. The sky is clear, totally clear no clouds at all. Coldddd,brrrr, accompanied by a calming atmosphere.

On the first day, we reached there at about 5:30pm and it was already dark and I wouldnt want to try to take some shots (even though I did, it just turned out ugly :P ). So I took some photos of my friends (there were about 120 of them attending the Christian retreat). I set my iso to 400 that way I could just shot anytime. Then I decided that I should wake up early on the following day to explore the area.

I woke up at about 5:30am and started walking around. Oh wow it was very cold , I’m guessing maybe about 28 F to 30 F? I don’t know but it was freezing haha. Took some area photos, trees, mountain, lake and buildings. One thing I did realize on that morning is that everything is so beautifully untouched and made. It seems that it was just “built”. The frozen dews, the ice-layered lake, and the mist. They made the atmosphere so soft, beautiful, and peaceful.  The lighting is perfect at around 6:30am. The sun was at the horizon and started to shine on the lake and the facing Mt. Rainier.

So everything went great in the retreat (amazing retreat, by the way, and great message by Reverend Irving) until I reached home and transferred all my photo into the computer and found out that all of my photos are in ISO 400 :( , you know i thought they wouldnt be worst but after looking into 1:1 ratio. noises are everywhere in every photos. hix hix.

I guess it’s ok right? hehe now I learned my lesson that I need to be prepared before a photo shooting :)

Below are some of the pictures that I took:

Snow flakes

Snow flakes

Snow Flakes

Snow Flakes

A reflection of a boat house

A reflection of a boat house

A tease of Mt. Rainier

A tease of Mt. Rainier

A reflection

A reflection

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Photoshop Actions

Ahh what a week of rainy days. :) It’s going to be challenging to take a photo during a rainy day.  I’m planning on doing one hopefully this month before the snow pours in.

Finally, I had a time to clean up the messy photo folder. And tell you the truth that the Adobe Light Room is the coolest software I’ve ever found that will take care the management of my photos (< 500 photos). The searchable keywords, the presets, and many other fun and professional tools are very useful.

I poked a few around with photoshop and actions these past days and found out that there are some cool actions out there (thanks to the creators) that makes me want to create my own cool action.  Below are some of the photos being photoshop’ed :)

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Branded Names in Ala Moana Center

As I dug in through my photo folders, I found out these photos. I was in Ala Moana Center in Oahu with my wife during our honeymoon. We were just walking around and window shopping. I didnt get a chance to take photo of every brand shop.

Cartier

Cartier

Dior

Dior

Gucci

Gucci


Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture


Coach

Coach


Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton


Betsy Johnson

Betsy Johnson


dunhill

dunhill


A|X

A|X


Tumi

Tumi


Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc


Hermes

Hermes

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Project: Buildings and Others

I have thought of another project of myself. Hope to gather all the unique buildings around Seattle area. Since I work around downtown, I think this can be a good project to work on the angles and lightings during the daytime.

Oh ya,I finally got to see the light rail tram in Seattle. The route is from Downtown to South Lake Union. But why it has to be orange in color? :)

UW Building

UW Building

Northgate Mall

Northgate Mall

Suzallo Building of UW

Suzallo Building of UW

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Highway Project Part 1

On last Saturday I thought about something on highway. Then something popped and got me thinking that maybe I should take photos of the major highways around Seattle area. Now I’ve turned it into a project :) – Highway Project.

The Highway Project Part 1 results:

Seattle I-90 and I-5 Intersection

Seattle I-90 and I-5 Intersection

Seattle-Bellevue Highway 520 Bridge

Seattle-Bellevue Highway 520 Bridge

Seattle Highway 99

Seattle Highway 99

Seattle I-5

Seattle I-5

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Photo event by ISPA – Golden Park

ISPA – Indonesian Seattle Photographer Association has planned an event to go to the Golden Park down by the Ballard beach in Seattle. I finally managed to take a few photo and played around with “Av” (Aperture priority) as well as the “Cloudy” white balance setting. Shot at many different angles such as towards the cloudy skies, towards the inland and even tried to shoot two seagulls dating :)

I tried playing with compensation as well this time. I realized one thing that compensation sometimes is necessary to get the right tonal of the landscape. Many things that I’ve learned in this trip, especially with 3 professional photographers: Erward, Erwin and Supri.

Below is what I’ve captured:

Seaweed by the beach

Seaweed by the beach

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Skinny Tree Trunks

Skinny Tree Trunks

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My tripod and wireless remote has arrived

wohooo, my bogen tripod has arrived and the wireless remote RC-5 as well :) hopefully will try to use them soon.

These past days I havent got a chance to photo anything yet. Since this week had been a clear sky week for Seattle-ian :) So I want to go out soon and explore more.

My friends and I have organized a photo event that we will go this Saturday to the Golden Park in Ballard. I am hoping to get more and more experience and as well as enjoy the scenery. Keep ‘em coming hehehe.

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