More Flashy Photos

I didn’t manage to get the jump seat because of some last minute changes. Guess I’ll be postponing my Kuching trip until Monday. 3 days here to settle some unfinished business. Here are more flash photos.

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Peanut butter. Engineering guys should know what’s beside the jar.

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My trusty Canon.

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Black turned out nicely.

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Mini chocolates.

All photos taken with flash bounced off ceiling. Haven’t had the chance to shoot a person under natural lighting (sun) yet. Any female models free this weekend? :D Continue reading

Nikon SB-600

I got my SB-600 today.

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Comes with a stand for wireless applications.

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When mounted it adds considerable height and weight to the D40.

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Without diffuser.

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Under lower lighting conditions, flash can greatly affect the outcome of a photo. Test shot: diffused flash bounced off ceiling @ ISO 200.

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No flash @ ISO 3200 to reduce shake. Due to the higher ISO, the colors didn’t look as vibrant.

Will be playing more with the flash over the next few days and will see how much it can help with indoor shots. Continue reading

Jumping

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Jumping @ work. Thanks Afiq for the photo.

I’ll be flying back to Kuching for a long week break next week. But Tan checked today and all flights from Friday till raya is full. So I guess we’ll be jumping back to Kuching again. Here’s my first jump seat experience. It’s a 1 hour and 45 minutes flight and it does get boring after takeoff. At least after the first time. But you get to talk to the pilots and hear their tales from land afar.

Short post today because tomorrow…

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How to Make a Bokeh Filter

As promised, here’s how to make a bokeh filter. Credits to Yong Hua for showing me how it’s done.

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Points of light that are out of focus (bokeh) will appear in the shape that you desire.

The bokeh filter is actually very easy to make.

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The bokeh filter. Simple eh? The tab is to facilitate the installation and removal of the filter on the lens.

  1. You need a piece of black cardboard.
  2. Cut it to the size of your lens’ filter thread diameter. For the 50mm, the filter size is 52mm.
  3. At the center of the card, by using a sharp knife, cut the shape of the bokeh that you want. For example, here I cut a heart shape so the bokeh produced will be heart-shaped.
  4. The important thing to make sure when cutting this shape is that you have to make the shape smaller than your lens’ largest aperture. That is, the shape must not be too big or it won’t have any effect.

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Bokeh filter mounted on the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8. I choose the 50mm because it has a big aperture so I can use a bigger shape on the filter.

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To remove the filter, I just need to pull the tab. The yellow markings are to help me cut the shape during construction.

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50mm with bokeh filter removed.

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Bokeh filter removed.

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The bokeh filter must be made so it fits snugly on the lens filter threads. It must not be too tight or too loose or it’ll fall off easily.

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Result: Heart shaped aperture.

Now go make one and show us your bokeh photos! Continue reading