Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 088, originally uploaded by gugs.

just another cityscape, this time taken with an old lens (one of Nikon's best a number of years ago), the 35mm f1.4 AIS (manual focus) on the D200 camera. I put the camera on a micro-tripod (a very small pocket Manfrotto tripod). Used the shutter timer delay option, pause was 3 seconds and aperture was f8. I am amazed by the quality of the details when the picture is viewed full size. -1EV exposure compensation done in camera.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


EUR_3010, originally uploaded by gugs.

A simple photo I took some time ago. I just put a rose on a piece of black paper, set up a wireless flash shooting to the ceiling on the left... I like the impression. Not my best shot (to my own criteria). Composition is not that good (attention point right in the middle) but I think it still works (a bit).
Shot with a Nikon D200 with the 105 VR Nikkor macro lens closed down to f5.6, handheld.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Various Singapore 77, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a very simple point & shoot shot... I found this building in a residential area in Singapore and liked the colors and the geometry.
This picture has been taken with a Nikon D40x (my favorite compact travel camera now) with the "consumer grade" 18-200VR lens. Some people don't like that lens (hence the double quotes) but I really like it for the versatility and the more than average picture quality.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Chinese chess

Various Singapore 35, originally uploaded by gugs.

This is a game I should learn. I find those players fascinating. I regularly visit Chinatown in Singapore, where a number of passionate people play every evening. I like the aesthetics of the game and the concentration of the players and their supporters. The place where they play is relatively dark. From a photography point of view, you need to go up to ISO3200 ! to be able to take a decent picture, here with a 70-200VR 2.8 lens, not exactly the cheapest lens in the Nikon catalog. The lens was attached to a consumer grade D40x camera, used in BW mode of course.