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General Photography

Straits Quay at Night

It was a warm and balmy night. I decided to head over to one of my favorite haunts, the Straits Quay mall, to partake of some nice cooling dessert. I brought my Canon EOS550D and my tripod along (if there’s anything I dislike most about taking pictures, it’s lugging this three-legged beast with me) However, you might as well not take any nighttime shots if you don’t want to mount your DSLR on a tripod. Long exposures incur the dreaded camera shake (the result is blurry pictures which would make you erase them straightaway) So may I present to you some shots of the Straits Quay Mall at night. All pictures are unretouched.

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A last-minute self-portrait, taken with the Canon 430EX II Speedlite attached. I didn’t want to do it, seeing as I only had a grubby T-shirt on. But what the heck, it’s my blog, isn’t it?

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Landscapes

More Blue Skies

At the request of my fellow blogger Sue (see her comment in my last post) I decided to snap a few shots on another warm and humid afternoon. The temperature hit 90°F today, blech. I took off my protective UV filter before attaching the circular polarizer, reason being I didn’t want to see vignetting on the edges of my pictures. I’ll have to go ask my photo dealer whether he can exchange a thinner UV filter for me. I hope that’s enough clouds to keep you satisfied, Sue. Sorry about the absence of seagulls though…they must be trying to escape the heat!

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Landscapes

Blue Skies

“Blue Skies…smiling at me…Nothing but blue skies…do I see.” Irving Berlin

I’ve always maintained that one of the first filters a serious photographer should purchase would be a circular polarizer. So recently I bought a Kenko 67mm polarizer for $35USD. Not cheap, but when it’s used properly (as I did on a hot afternoon today) the results can be spectacular. Colors and blue skies, especially, become so much more vivid, without the need to edit the pictures in an editing program (I dislike doing that anyway) Feast your eyes then. Click on each pic for a larger shot.

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(Above) I like this shot best of all. This was the first shot I took of these houses near to Straits Quay here in Penang. I set my Canon EOS550D to Program and let it handle the exposure. The polarizer did the rest of the magic.

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This is what a mailbox here looks like. Kinda different. So until the next time, keep those fingers snapping!

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Landscapes

Twilight from my Balcony

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Today I just happened to look out the window at about 7:30 pm and saw the sky aglow with colors. I quickly grabbed my camera together with my tripod. Clicked off a couple of shots; I think this one stood out best. I underexposed by one stop to accentuate the colors of the sky. Exposure was 8 seconds at f/10.

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Flash Photography Food Photography

Brownie Heaven

Just returned from dinner at Delicious and upon my fellow blogger’s recommendation (thanks, Mei) I opted to try the chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. I won’t blame you if you drool while looking at the pictures below. The brownie is wonderfully moist, the vanilla ice cream blends in delightfully with the chocolate sauce, and I finished it in record time.  This is probably the best brownie I’ve ever tasted in Penang!

Pictures were taken with the Canon EOS 550D and Canon 430 EXII Speedlite set on bounce flash. I can’t sing the praises of the 18-135mm IS Zoom Lens enough.

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