Story of a Battery Grip

Sometimes people take the size of your equipment too seriously. Try using a compact camera to shoot PC Fair promoters and then bring a bigass DSLR with a huge lens and see the change in reaction.

A D200 with battery grip. A 17-55mm f2.8 lens might do the trick perhaps?

First impressions are everything. You might have shot your best shots with a puny compact camera, but if you approach your clients offering to shoot their wedding (once in a lifetime) with it, they might think otherwise. Again, this has absolutely nothing to do with skills, it’s just the general conception that the bigger the camera you have, the better you are. So if you’re running a business why go against the norm and upset your clients? Show them the good stuff and then shoot with whatever you’re comfortable with. What they don’t know can’t hurt them, as long as the results are good. Personally, I wouldn’t mind using a compact that can perform as well as a Nikon D3 with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens. But obviously that’s not going to happen soon.

Size has also become a marketing strategy when selling cameras nowadays. Bigger is always better, so they say. The following is a true conversation overheard by somebody, taken verbatim from here:

I was browsing at a Camera Store somewhere in KL ( Quite Famous ) and overheard this conversation.

Freshie: Oklah, I buy the 1000D, but give discount a bit lah towkey.

Towkay : Can can, but this price so good already. Some more the Hoya Filter also I give you RM90 only. Outside selling 200 over you know. This one original frm Japan. Eh, you get the battery grip also lah. I give you cheap cheap oso.

( This conversation took place before Canon came up with the most recent Battery Grip Package )

Freshie : Battery grip is for what ah towkay.

Towkay : You put the battery grip ah, you camera look very professionla oredy. See that big camera or not ( pointing at the D1 Mk 111).After install battery grip your 1000D also become professional like that.

Freshie : Waaa..spec all the same ka ?

Towkay: No lah, spec cannot be same what, but the size of you 1000D become professional oredy. People see also repsect you.

Freshie : How much ?

Towkay : ( took out calculator, Punch some numbers and showed the freshie)

Freshie : expensive ?

Towkay : Yar lah.. but much cheaper than that one what. That one is 30K over ( point at the Mark 111 again )

Freshie : Discount lah a bit. I just start work only.

Towkay : Oklah, I give you special package ( Did the calculator routine again)

Freshie : Best price oredy ah ?

Towkay : Very Good oredy lah. Take the tripod oso lah. RM99 only. Then very pro oredy.

And it goes on and on and on. I left the place but later saw the Freshie walking out of the store with a big grin on his face.

Duuuhhhhh….. I wonder how people out there gets atrocious advice when it comes to buying gears like this. Adding battery grip to your camera make you a professional indeed. BAH !!!

Note: Adding a battery grip doesn’t make you a pro, but it does extend battery life, give you a better grip when shooting portraits and of course, sore arms. Continue reading

Not So Productive Weekend

As promised, here are the 4 objects shot using the DIY macro lens. An inkjet printhead, a superbright LED, the side of a coin, and the tip of a ballpoint pen.

The photographed areas are roughly in the red boxes.

Spent a lot of time this weekend spring cleaning and restoring iPhones. I had cleared out 10GB worth of photos to my brother’s computer so I have empty cards to shoot. The problem of having a laptop without a big hard disk (40GB) is that you always seem to run out of space. So that’s why I tend to keep my photos in my cards until I really really need to use them. The combined capacity of all my cards is currently 25GB so you can imagine the nightmare when I need to sort them out. And usually I leave things to last minute.


Spring cleaning at our house today. I counted 28 pairs of shoes for the 4 of us. That’s an average of 7 pairs of shoes per person. Anyone could have mistakenly come to the conclusion that there are at least 10 people living in our house. It’s true, I’ve been told.

So clean you can even eat from the floor.

Some liquor chocolates with original spirits.

Next week is a 4 day week! Continue reading

Hilariously Stupid

Some funny conversations from the good old days of IRC:

<erno> hm. I’ve lost a machine.. literally _lost_. it responds to ping, it works completely, I just can’t figure out where in my apartment it is.

<Cthon98> hey, if you type in your pw, it will show as stars

<Cthon98> ********* see!

<AzureDiamond> hunter2

<AzureDiamond> doesnt look like stars to me

<AzureDiamond> *******

<Cthon98> thats what I see

<AzureDiamond> oh, really?

<Cthon98> Absolutely

<AzureDiamond> you can go hunter2 my hunter2-ing hunter2

<AzureDiamond> haha, does that look funny to you?

<Cthon98> lol, yes. See, when YOU type hunter2, it shows to us as *******

<AzureDiamond> thats neat, I didnt know IRC did that

<Cthon98> yep, no matter how many times you type hunter2, it will show to us as *******

<AzureDiamond> awesome!

<AzureDiamond> wait, how do you know my pw?

<Cthon98> er, I just copy pasted YOUR ******’s and it appears to YOU as hunter2 cause its your pw

<AzureDiamond> oh, ok.

<i8b4uUnderground> d-_-b

<BonyNoMore> how u make that inverted b?

<BonyNoMore> wait

<BonyNoMore> never mind

<Khassaki> HI EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!

<Judge-Mental> try pressing the the Caps Lock key


<Judge-Mental> fuck me

<Ben174> : If they only realized 90% of the overtime they pay me is only cause i like staying here playing with Kazaa when the bandwidth picks up after hours.

<ChrisLMB> : If any of my employees did that they’d be fired instantly.

<Ben174> : Where u work?

<ChrisLMB> : I’m the CTO at

*** Ben174 ( Quit (Leaving)

*** Now talking in #christian

-Word_of_God- Welcome Abstruse to #christian I am a Bible Bot. For more info type: /msg Word_of_God !info

<Abstruse> !kjv numbers 22:21

<Word_of_God> Numbers 22:21 — And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. – (KJV)

*** SageRider sets mode: +b *!*

*** Word_of_God was kicked from #christian by SageRider (Please dont Swear)

<Abstruse> I know I’m never going to be able to come back in this channel again after this, but damn was it worth it to see that…

<NES> lol

<NES> I download something from Napster

<NES> And the same guy I downloaded it from starts downloading it from me when I’m done

<NES> I message him and say “What are you doing? I just got that from you”

<NES> “getting my song back fucker”

<Night-hen-gayle> I gotta go. There’s a dude next to me and he’s watching me type, which is sort of starting to creep me out. Yes dude next to me, I mean you.

<Sonium> someone speak python here?


<lucky> SSSSS

<Sonium> the programming language

<Sui88> 67% of girls are stupid

<V-girl> i belong with the other 13%

<[TN]FBMachine> i got kicked out of barnes and noble once for moving all the bibles into the fiction section

<studdud> what the fuck is wtf

<LordChewy> so my dad found my porn folder

<LordChewy> and he was getting all pissed

<LordChewy> so its all like “does this surprise you? i’m not stupid you know”

<LordChewy> “i know dad”

<LordChewy> “what do you have to say for yourself?”

<LordChewy> at this point i stare at him straight in the eyes and say “C:Documents and SettingsRickyMy Documentsfaxessent faxes”

<LordChewy> and he just shut up

<kingKahn> what is it?

<LordChewy> its his porn folder

<WiLdSeXyPrInCeSs> i luv guyz where would they be wifout us gals???

<XeNoX> Still in the Garden Of Eden you gullible bitch.

<frank> can you help me install GTA3?

<knightmare> first, shut down all programs you aren’t using

frank has quit IRC. (Quit)

<knightmare> …

* Porter is now known as PorterWITHGIRLFRIENDWHOISHOT

<Strayed> he shot his girlfriend?

<Fashykekes> Capitalization is the difference between “I had to help my uncle Jack off a horse..” and “I had to help my uncle jack off a horse..”

<kyourek> There was a 23% drop in temperature.

<nappyjallapy> That’s almost 25%!

<kyourek> … That was one of the most worthless comments I’ve ever heard.

<skrike> I think the people above me are having sex

<skrike> either that or they’re sleeping restlessly and agreeing with each other a lot.


Right. Now to actually get some things done before my Saturday is over. Continue reading

Very Long Exposure Photo

Everyone must have at some point in time used the long exposure function on their digital cameras. Long exposures are great for capturing motion, for fireworks, light painting and other creative photography. Most digital cameras will let you go up to 30 seconds of exposure. More than that, you’ll have to use the bulb mode.

Long exposure to capture motion.

Or to photograph fireworks.

The longest exposure I’ve taken is probably 30 seconds.

I can take a 1 minute exposure with the bulb mode if I wanted but I don’t think there was anything worth exposing for more than 1 minute (the night sky perhaps?). But I was wrong. The longest exposed photo was not exposed for 2 minutes, nor was it exposed for 1 hour. It was exposed for an astonishing 6 months! Yes! Half a year! That’s equivalent to almost 16 million seconds!! The result?

Photo courtesy:

A nicely exposed solargraph (photograph of the movement of the sun). This photo was made using photographic paper and a pinhole camera. More info on how you can also do this can be found here. For solargraphy resources, head over to

If anyone’s crazy enough to try it out let me know and report back in 6 months. Continue reading