Monday, November 16, 2015

Getting the shot

At most times, you won't get the perfect or desired shot on the first try.. It is normal. 

After arranging the cars in front of the office, I requested the staff to stand in as models before their boss comes into the shot. I'm using two bare flash guns pointed at 90 decgrees towards the center car. As you can see in this shot, without any flash, the shot looks very flat, lacks contrast and dynamism.

Because I don't have high speed sync triggers and receivers, I'm using the typical shutter speed of 1/160 sec and an aperture of f/10.

Fired the flashes. Ok la, got some 'pop' in the image, but it's still quite flat.

Called the bosses in. Without flash = flat picture

 With flash, better.

Brought them closer to the car....

With some tweaking in lightroom such as contrast, sharpening, we arrive at the finished product above.

BTW i shot all of these in JPEG, not RAW ya ;)

The foundry @ Salak South

In the heart of the Chinese kampungs in Salak South is a foundry, well hidden from view from the decrepit exterior. We interviewed the owner last Saturday and I got some shots.

NST MAI Autoshow 2015 at MINES

Was supposed to cover this autoshow for the paper. Ended up we didn't feature it anyway.. Haiz....

Most images were shot with the Tamron 15-30mm/2.8 VC lens.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tamron 15-30 VC - After 1 month

So I finally purchased a copy of the wonderful Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC on 8 October 2015. Its been month now, and I've been loving it so far. I started my Nikon system 6 years ago, and the 15-30 is my first ultrawide lens. I guess the wait is worth it, otherwise I would have settled for the Nikon 18-35 (good and cheap but variable aperture) or the 14-24 (which costs at least RM6.5k nowadays including GST).

Many folks have been querying if this 15-30 can really stand up to the 14-24. For me, it does, and it saves you RM2.5k for other photography items. These images have not been edited, just resized and uploaded for this blog.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Mini Cooper S

One of the most fun shoots I had in a long while.. partly due to the good weather and a very cooperative driver. Initially planned to have it at night but I reckon daytime works as well.. Perhaps not as sexy...


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