Archive for February, 2010

Love A Particular Subject? Check out Fotopedia!


27 Feb

If you have a subject that you love, and want to find more information on it, as well as see stunning photos, skip wikipedia and look at Fotopedia!

Users suggest photos that go with each of the entries – a really visually interesting way to look at the entries from Wikipedia!

Seven Interesting Shots from Ho Chi Minh City [Travel Photography Tips]


27 Feb

Travel photography can be tricky, as when you arrive there are a number of things that can affect the types of shots that you want to take – portability of your gear, the weather, season and visit times, to name a few.

  • Mornings and evenings are often considered the perfect time for good lighting when taking photos. However, when you’re on holiday often you will not have the choice of when the perfect photo arises. You can plan visits to beautiful locations to cover these times in your travel schedule. And don’t forget to position the sun at your back, unless you are going for backlit lighting or starbursts.
  • If you are taking photos from a moving vehicle, you will need to consider motion blur – where images are blurred due to the relative speed of the vehicle you’re in, and the subject. Increasing shutter speed can assist in reducing this, if you wish to capture sharp photos. Also, wind down the window, if you can, or take the photo at an angle to the glass to reduce refection. Turn off your flash as well.
  • When taking photos in museums or at sites, make sure that you take note of any policies and pay the appropriate fees or get suitable permits. In museums you will often be taking photos in low light, so open up your aperture and slow down the shutter. A tripod is a must for this type of setting, and try and wait until the crowd goes as they will interfere with your lighting, probably get in the shot and possibly bump your equipment. Respect the wishes of the museum or the site – they probably make money to maintain the site from visitors and promotional materials. If they don’t want you to photograph it, you probably shouldn’t.
  • Consider the equipment you are going to take with you. You need to think about weight (and volume/space), as well as value. I mention this last point due to the fact that there is a chance that your equipment will be lost or stolen. A ‘good’ stock of lenses when travelling can be a 50mm lens (f1.4-2.8 min aperture), a zoom (f2.8-3.5 80-200mm), and perhaps a mid-range lens (eg. f2.8-3.5 14-45mm). A tripod is a must, and even a pocket tripod can be very useful. If you are staying in a hotel where the room or the safe is secure, you may have the option to take more equipment, and leave some in your room if you don’t need it for that day’s photography.
  • Researching your destination is important as it allows you to get an idea of the kind of mood, lighting and types of subjects you will be photographing. This will also help you with deciding the type of equipment that you will need. Ignorance is not bliss on these occasions and I have been guilty of this – only to be told by a fellow tourist 12 hours before I am going to depart that I missed a key site at the location.

There are a lot of great resources on the internet about travel photography – on preparation as well as the types of photos to take. Three good links are listed below.

  • 10 Travel Photography Quick Tips – good tips on what photos to take, how to make do without a tripod and zoom lens, framing and taking photos of people.
  • About.com – Travel Photography 101 – how to deal with uninteresting sky, creating relationships between subjects in the frame, and other composition techniques. Basically this looks at telling a story with your photo, not just capturing the image of an object.
  • National Geographic Travel Photography Tips – these guys are obviously the bees knees of travel photography, and they detail how research, a good notebook and recording the reasons that you visit a location can be key to the images that you capture. It advises that you go local, look around, spend extra time looking, feeling and using all your senses to capture the true experience of the location you’re in. Obviously they say it better than I can – check out the link above as well as the Quick Tips.

Now for some shots of one of my favourite locations – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon, Vietnam).

Panning shot, Pham Ngu Lao. by * etoile

Saigon Street by Lucas Jans

Violet Smile by hudry (sur le départ....)

Ben Thanh market by Ultrapop Design

Soliloquy by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

Quan Am Pagoda,Cholon, Saigon by lecercle

This Guy Loves His Dog - Vietnam by Stephanie Krishnan

Be Flexible [Stand of Bamboo]


25 Feb


Be Flexible [Stand of Bamboo], originally uploaded by ozlady.

Taken at Singapore Zoo.

Sunflower on Farmer Jacqueline’s farm


12 Feb

They make me smile!

Wrap your Camera [Keeping Equipment Safe & Compact AND SMALL AND MOBILE]


04 Feb

We all have our camera bags and such, however sometimes there are moments when I just want to throw my camera in my bag and head out! This is not for those epic photo-taking shoots or walks. I’m a girl and sometimes I want my camera in my bag to snap whatever jumps in my path. I don’t get the opportunities that I read about on so many other blogs – to go for photowalks or monopolise part of the house for photo set ups (I’m so jealous of you all) – but I do want to be able to take along a half decent camera and take shots when the opportunity arises.

So when I last had the opportunity to upgrade my camera, I went micro four-thirds, rather than full DSLR, and purchased the GF1. It’s not a cheap bit of kit, however it’s compact and I don’t have any issues with composing photos in the LCD. Maybe when I get better at it I will, but for the moment it works for me!

The other issue then, is keeping my camera from being scratched and bumped in my bag.

So I purchased an ankle guard – one that has a loop for the heel (I chose this rather than the wrist guard, as the loop for the heel is larger than the loop for the thumb).

Futuro Sports Ankle Strap

It’s a slightly unconventional protective tool, however in my case I’ve used it on two cameras now, and it works a treat.

Put the heel loop over the lens of the camera…

Then wrap the remaining strap around your camera to protect it.

Note – this is not meant to be a permanent solution. It’s an occasional solution – try and use a camera bag designed to protect your camera and lenses from dirt and jarring. Dirt can get in between the gaps in this bandage. I only use this for short term carrying – not as a full time solution.

Photo Collections [Galleries on Flickr]


02 Feb

I guess they directly compete with websites like mine, however Flickr Galleries are certainly an attractive way to view multiple images pulled together from the various photographers/graphic artists on Flickr.

It allows users to collect together images on practically any topic they like, and also has the option to add their own caption/reason why the image is included in the Gallery.

Minimal Gallery by MelvinSchlubman

And like individual photos, Flickr has an Explore Page for interesting galleries. Check out Flickr Explore – Galleries if you’re in the mood to look at some interesting collections.

A Visual Feast

My very own interestingness…