December 18, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

Bedok Reservoir Sunset

Had an evening to myself. I brought my camera out to work. Seeing that there was no overcast skies, I rushed off right after work to catch the golden hour. I wanted to try out Bracketing shots to be able to merge them to create a high dynamic range (HDR) photo Sharp Image from foreground to background Attempts at HDR Photo I picked the a boat docked by the reservoir as the subject and shot into the sun. I picked an exposure to correctly expose the sky. This causes the foreground to be underexposed. Setting the camera on timer mode causes the bracketing function to take all the shots automatically. The camera figures it all out and compensates the bracketed shots by adjusting the shutter speed. 1 thing i learnt from this exercise is that HDR probably will not work for long exposure. Some shots I took was about 20 seconds. A boat will move at the slightest wave. When i tried to merge, the boat was not able to be aligned. I post processed using the graduated filter in Lightroom for shots that properly exposed the sky and pushed up the exposure. So for such shots, using the graduated […]

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November 28, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

BMMA Progress Concert 2016

I was privileged to have the opportunity to shoot at Beautiful Mind Music Academy (BMMA) 2016 Progress Concert last weekend. The BMMA is the music education arm of the Beautiful Mind Charity for children with special needs and the underprivileged. They aim to develop their artistic talents as professional musicians via musical training and activities. In fact this is my second time watching some of them play. I was given the opportunity to create some memories for them The first was their concert in April 2016 held at the School of The Arts (SOTA). It’s amazing to see the children overcome their disability and to play and perform on stage and they do play very well. Thank God for people with such charitable, patient and loving hearts.

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October 12, 2016 by Kelvin Gallivanting, Hobby 0

Happy Birthday my Dear

To celebrate my wife’s birthday, we had a staycation over at Sentosa. This is an opportunity to go take an additional half day off and take a breather though the Friday afternoon and weekend. We did nothing much. And it felt great! We I am such a slacker. For the first time, we tried iFly, the indoor skydive simulator. It was fun to try to float around. I didn’t get the hang of it to control my flight in my 2 dives though. We also tried out the Flow Rider at Wave House. We kept falling down. Although me thinks this is more fun for bucks compared to the iFly experience. But wife does not think so as she literally got more bangs onto the ground from the floorboard. I felt the pain when I saw her bang her head on the floor. OUCH. Neck massages with the Tiger Balm ointment for her at home for the past 2 days. I was able to learn to stay on the board for a moment after hitting the deck a few times. Grabbed some photos as we walked around Sentosa Island. The birds on this island are not skittish. So I was able to grab a this picture […]

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September 26, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby 0

AHM 2016 walk & shoot

Incidentally shortly after I brought my D7200, it was the Army Half Marathon 2016. With the wife away for the weekend, it was a good time to give the camera a test drive. I rented the Nikon 16-80mm f2.8-4 & the Nikon 70-200mm f4 from Camera Rental Centre Why rent the f4? I thought maybe for an amateur who don’t make money from my photos, I probably don’t need the f2.8 version anytime soon. I used the 55-30mm telephoto zoom before. So I thought I will try another telephoto zoom. The autofocus on the 70-200mm f4 is miles apart, in a good way, compared to the 55-300mm. But also the price difference is a gulf apart. Anyway here goes. I reached the indoor stadium around 5ish. The 21KM race leaders have just come to this part of town. The sky is dark. I am shooting with ISO 8000-12000. Good way to test the ISO capabilities of the D7200. It was dark and under orange-yellowish lights. I had a hard time post processing the white balance. Here’s the flash running by at 8000ISO. Anything higher ISO and It looks like the images are not usable. My favourite shot of the day. […]

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September 9, 2016 by Kelvin Hobby, Stuff 0

Out with the old, In with the New

The new is the Nikon DSLR D7200. Well, the D7200 is already out on shelves for a year and half. So technically not that new. While I was standing in the camera shop and talking to the sales person, I was contemplating between the Olympus family of EM1 or EM5 MK II, wait longer for the Fuji XT-2, or a normal DSLR, which will be Nikon. My old is the Nikon D40, which I sold it off with the kit lens. Not sure if that was a good idea as the 18-55mm (no VR) was still of use. but anyway I sold it off as a set. I also have a Nikon 35mm f1.8 DX on hand still, which I love. Balancing between not trying to look pro (size of the camera), level of interest and of course, the size of the hole in my pocket, I went with the D7200. The mirrorless systems will make my hole in the pocket twice as large with a higher grade of lens. Of course D7200 with some better lens will cost about the same. But at least I have the 35mm now, which I can actually use a fair bit, as shown in the one-lens trip to […]

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