Monthly Archives: January 2009

Of Apertures and Shutter Speeds

I’m no photography expert, far… far… from it.

The only comments I’ve received on my photography skills were ‘Jonathan, how you take picture one? Can see your reflection clearer than the item‘ and ‘Cannot see clearly one?’ 

While I’d love to blame it on the lousy digicam they provided me during my internship for both instances, I have to admit I never gave much thought about photography, a picture is a picture lor… until I browsed through JZ’s albums on multiply. 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture of JZ’s would worth at least a hundred times more. Blessed, happy faces coupled with the right photography skills and artistic talent does produce pictures that speak more than words. I’ve always loved how his pictures have that artsy feel where the person in focus always look sharp with everything around him or her blurred. I was never able to take photographs with such effect apart from very near objects with Macro mode (which I only discovered early last year, sad I know) 

I googled and wiki-ed about Photography and hours later I realised that sharp + blur effect is known as Depth of Field, which can be expanded or reduced by changing the Aperture settings along with the camera’s Focal Length. Excited by the newfound knowledge, I played around with my digicam’s manual settings only to find out it doesn’t have manual Aperture settings!

I’m now pretty intrigued with photography and will definitely be reading more about it. In the meantime I’m looking for a consumer compact digital camera which has Aperture and Shuttle Priority control. I’m pretty sure my Canon IXUS 850 IS does not have such settings and the latest Canon IXUS 980 IS model does offer Aperture and Shutter control but manually. 

Being the photography layman that I am, I’ll be sticking to a compact digital camera for my next camera although with more manual control to play around with. Any suggestions or recommendations?

Canon IXUS 980 IS

Update

Was reading through ieatishootipotst food photography tutorials and the author was demonstrating with the Canon PowerShot A590IS. He recommended tweaking several settings under manual mode (which included setting Aperture priority) and if the pictures are any indication the shots do look way better compared to those taken with auto mode. (oh and the post was sponsored by Canon)

The Canon PowerShot A590IS comes at half the price of the IXUS 980 IS (SGD 369.00 / SGD 659.00) with more manual controls, less megapixels and half of the latter’s good looks. Is this particular model any good or are there any 0ther alternatives under this price range with similar features? 

Canon Powershot 590IS

Update 2

Been browsing around again and I think I found the perfect camera (for me) – The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. It offers superb manual control in addition to its auto-mode, comes at SGD 499 with looks far better than the A590 IS

Canon PowerShot ISX110 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX110 IS, my dream camera… for now.

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Up Next

The results are out, and I’m moving on to the next and final semester of my studies here. Can’t believe I’ve made it through 3 semesters in this place, and its all by Your grace. The results are good, its a wee bit more to the best grade but it doesn’t matter. Your blessing is apparent and it’s more than what I asked for anyway.

I’m getting my Higher Diploma this Saturday along with a graduation. To be honest I feel indifferent, mainly because it doesn’t feel like a graduation to me. The B.A. semester begins a week after and that marks the first step towards the ‘real’ graduation. In any case I’m grateful to be able to pursue my degree.

Transition to a new semester aside, I feel that there are way bigger changes commencing. Changes that are perhaps happening in the spiritual realm, changes that I can’t properly describe and are not yet apparent. I’ve been established with the truth that my God is a good God who is out to bless me despite my flaws at the expense of His Son’s death at the cross. I know I’m the Righteousness of God in Christ and being so I am accepted and pleasing to Him.

I believe Daddy God is changing Knowledge into full fledged Revelations. It’s been 2 years since Eugene introduced me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its about time I grew beyond mere knowledge. I’ve  pictured myself receiving breakthroughs and blessings when I’m back in church. Apparently Daddy God’s blessings, unrestricted to time and place, doesn’t wait.

I don’t expect this to be an overnight change and neither will it be a walk in the park. There’s a lot about me that needs to be dealt with and He knows best.

I want to be free…

I want to live life Your way…

and I want to love You more than life.

colors of autumn - julkusiowa

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“Live In Your World, Play In Ours”

KotakuGuide

In a time where ‘Next-Gen’ consoles and HD displays are all the buzz, Kotaku’s The Good Olde Days: a buyer’s guide reminds us of that not too distant past where the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube still held that prime spot in your living room/gaming room.

I was a PS 2 fanboy who wanted an Xbox so that I could flame people on both forums, besides there was all that hype about Halo! Today, I’m still ‘waiting’ to get an Xbox 360 and / or PS 3 minus the fanboyism. My PS 2’s still alive and kicking… over at my cousin’s place. Being the avid console gamer that I once was, it’s pretty sad to say all I’ve been playing for the past year is WarCraft 3 and StarCraft; that being said both games are awesome classics which I wouldn’t mind being stuck on a deserted island with… unless of course the deserted island has broadband internet connection then WoW may be a better choice.

My plans were to get an Xbox 360 once I leave Switzerland but reading the buyer’s guide convinced me that I’ve not had the best of my PS 2 yet. I’ve played some of the biggest titles on the PS 2, which undoubtedly contributed to some of my greatest gaming moments ever, yet there’s still that few gaming gems I’ve yet to play.

The list of ‘old games I HAVE to play before my PS 2 dies’ is currently made up of:

  1. Persona 3 & 4 (P4’s a new game)
  2. Beyond Good and Evil
  3. Shadow of the Colossus
  4. Shadow Hearts 2
  5. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain

while the list of ‘great games I’m glad I played before my PS 2 dies’ are:

  1. Final Fantasy X & XII
  2. Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2
  3. God of War 1 & 2
  4. Dark Cloud 2
  5. GTA Vice City
  6. Tekken 5
  7. Jak and Daxter 3
  8. Resident Evil 4
  9. Zone of the Enders 2 (the awesome game no one played)

(that’s all I can think of right now, do let me know if I missed something I ‘MUST’ play)

I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my PS 2 before I move on to that PS 3 and / or Xbox 360. Not gonna make the same mistake I did with my PlayStation 1 where I gave up playing Final Fantasy 7 and 9 halfway and treated the poor console as a thick place mat.

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The Coke Revolt

CNANOT

theStar

500 protesters and a few hundred petitioners do not make up the Malaysian population.

Most, if not all Malaysians do not condone the attacks, but not all Malaysians believe in protesting and boycotting cokes either.

I’ve said enough.

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Is Botak Jones Really Botak?

With my sis’ recent trip to Singapore, I’m reminded once again of that awesome week in Feb. Apart from Church, Botak Jones was among the highlights of the trip! Not that it was the best meal ever or the fullest meal I’ve ever had, I just really like this whole ‘Damn Good Food at a Damn Good Price’ concept thingy and the huge portions served. It’s almost like a challenge from the Botak himself to finish it, inducing the kiasu-ness within…  not to mention that sense of achievement when you finish everything on your plate and more!

I miss Botak Jones so much so that I downloaded a Botak Jones’ menu in PDF from the site and read the entire thing at 3am in the morning! (yes I am damn wu liao) Funny how I learnt so much more from that menu than my F&B modules in First Year. Did you know that a Steer is actually a castrated bull? I sure didn’t. Anyway, for my next visit to Botak Jones’ I’m gonna be having the ‘U-Crazy-What?!’ burger. I’m an aficionado of huge burgers and I’ve come across quite a few of them in Switzerland, the largest so far being Yeti Bar’s Abominable Burger which sends Triple Whoppers everywhere running in fear and compels the Big Mac to rename itself as the Mac Mini. (btw, why no new Mac mini during this Macworld ar?)

I miss Singapore. Can’t wait to be back, and back for good.

You have that dream job waiting for me don’t you Abba?

=)

A totally random thought, I wouldn’t mind ‘gaining experience’ at Botak Jones for awhile… after all I offer ‘Damn Good Service at a Damn Good Price’ too. Don’t believe? Ask my previous employer at Shangri-la. At SGD83 per month working 5 days a week, 8 hours per day I’m pretty value for money too.

Botak Love

”Remember, Botak Jones is about bringing good quality food and service to the heartlands and beyond at ”Damn Good Prices”, not cheap food at cheap prices.”

(It makes a point doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure I could write something similar somewhere in my CV)

Visit the Botak @ BotakJones.com

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O’Nine

2009’s gonna fly by real fast if the past 2 days is any indication.

Been working on this never ending accounting report for the past few days with a whole load of work just waiting to be completed. The less than exciting New Year celebration aside, I’m more than excited about 2009.

No resolutions this year, its bad for health. Seriously.

Its 7 more months to go till I’m leaving the school for good and I’m convinced of way better things to come. Been having huge dreams lately, dreams so mind-boggling I’d dismiss them as mere fantasies… but I’m gonna be proven wrong.

I’m looking forward to July but the journey begins today, and its gonna be a good one.

Happy New Year guys, He’s got a great year prepared for us and I’m looking forward to hear of the many awesome blessings He has for you all.

Be blessed.

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