Saturday, December 31, 2011

Backlight Spark

Backlight Spark
Lucky day for a backlight shot in such a rainy season, and there is a white wall at the front right. What can I ask more?

When there is a backlight and a reflector somewhere in the front of the object, such as wall, well, you are in lucky spot. Turn of the flash and be amazed with your result without PP! :D

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Sunrise over Sparks (1/365)

Today we host a guest post from the Flickr user Owens Valley Desert Rat.

Owens Valley Desert Rat describes his shot as "No technique - just point and shoot. I had to go to work early one day and was treated to this view. Didn't have my camera with me then I remembered my cell phone had one built in, so I used that."

Looking at this shot, we are reminded of how little importance has using a big DSLR, and how fundamental is instead to catch the right light and the right moment.
Kudos to Owens Valley Desert Rat!

This shot is part of part of the 365 Photo Project set. You can also follow Owens Valley Desert Rat on his Blog or Website.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Four-stroke 97cc Lifetime Service

Four-stroke 97cc Lifetime Service
Ultra Violet filter comes in handy when dealing with hard sun in open space to prevent haziness.

Red vehicle registration plate in Indonesia means that the motorcycle belong to the country, in short, service vehicle for civil servant. This 97.2cc, four stroke bike made by Indonesia Honda-Astra motor during 1980s-2005 are very economical, capable of running hundreds of kilometers with just one charge of full tank fuel. Light, slim body with dirt bike design, made to suitable for all terrain, easy treatment, and fixed ignition timings. No wonders, the Indonesian goverment choose such bike as the service vehicle.
It is a great honour to entrusted with one.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shades of brown

Oedipoda germanica

Oedipoda caereulescens is a medium-sized grasshopper, between 15 and 21 mm for males and between 22 to 28 mm for females. The body coloration varies greatly depending on the substrate on which the animals have developed: reddish brown, gray, yellowish, or even completely dark or bright. The forewings are crossed most often by two or three pale bands, but the most striking characteristic, very visible when the insect flies away, is the bright coloration of the hind wings, a beautiful turquoise highlighted with a black marginal stripe.

Furthermore, the posterior femora have a notch on their upper surface. At rest, confusion is possible with other Oedipoda species such as O. germanica.
Oedipoda caerulescens frequents dry areas with low and open vegetation: dunes, heathlands, grasslands on sand and sunlit limestone rocks. Many stations correspond to land recently used for human activities, such as coal spoil heaps, quarries and pits, the ballast of railway tracks, etc. It is exclusively a terrestrial insect, and its cryptic coloration often matches its substrate. The female lays her eggs in bare, dry soil. In this species, acoustic emissions are virtually nonexistent. The diet consists mainly of grasses.*

*Source: Wikipedia

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Nukleus Gust Fallen
Do you believe if I tell you that each of the images up there was created without using post processing, and just by using a plain, boring, everyday scenery?
Normal Scenery

Yup. To create an abstract, yet unique images. You can zoom-bursting your lens while tilting, moving, or shake your camera, and you'll surprise with what kind of images you can get from a same source.

Just forget about over or underexposed light meter. All you need to do is only make sure your picture are not completely black or white, then, just play around! :D

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chasing The Sun

Chasing The Sun
The best part of bad weather is, if you are lucky enough, you can spot such a beautiful ray of light near the end of the day.

Crepuscular rays, also known as God Rays, Buddha's Rays, Jesus Beams, Cloud breaks, Stairways to Heaven, Sun drawing water, Backstays of the sun, or simply Sunburst, are rays of sunlight that appear to radiate from a single point in the sky, stream through gaps in clouds or between other objects, are columns of sunlit air separated by darker cloud-shadowed regions. The name, Crepuscular rays, comes from their frequent occurrences during crepuscular hours (those around dawn and dusk), when the contrasts between light and dark are the most obvious. Various airborne compounds scatter the sunlight and make these rays visible, due to diffraction, reflection, and scattering.

Occasionally, it can also be viewed underwater, particularly in arctic areas, appearing from ice shelves or cracks in the ice.

The field


The weather where I live is not so great lately, and getting decent light for normal photography is very hard. Tired of grey scenarios, I tent to use my infrared camera more often than not. I recently started using a B+W92 filter (650nm) and really love the red tints that you get straight out of the camera. If you consider that here we had as low as 12 degrees in July, you probably can understand my need for warmth.

The picture above has been taken with a NEX5 modified to full spectrum, using a SEL18200 and the B+W92 filter.

I guess not everyone likes red as much as me, so I decided to give the sky back its blue colour. For this I created a mask for the sky using Topaz ReMask, and then selectively applied a channel swap red/blue. The swap in the red channel was 100%, while in the blue channel I made it 70/30, otherwise the sky would have been too dark. Here you can see the result:

With all the possibilities offered by the softwares today, I really can't help it but edit my pictures in many different ways. And as I have a passion for blanck and white, I like to see how my pictures look when turned B/W. Here is the result in this case. A rounded border has been applied too, to give a "good ol' days" touch to the frame.