Sunday, February 24, 2013

Foto: Flaming 'hot' dancer

While I was in Penang, attending the Chinese New Year Open House organized by Barisan Nasional, Penang, it feels so great. Not only Chinese were there, Malays, Indians even the tourist participating in the, I would say the biggest event early this year (of course before the General Election).

So, they invited Shila Amzah and Psy to entertain the people. Well, Shila Amzah performance was great, even better, the weather was not so hot. But when Psy's turn came, it's already at noon! Can you believe it, performing concert during the sun directly on your head? Dang!

That was the moment that I wouldn't forget, enjoying concert at noon! 

I already uploaded the photos of the celebrities but there are some photos of the dancers that I do want to share with you guys. Actually, the photos is spontaneous, because I didn't had the time to set my gear properly during the show. But the output are quite special...enjoy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

News: Nikon D7100 announcement

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Nikon D7100 related links:
A new Coolpix S3500 camera was announced in Europe.
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Nikon also announced a new WR-1 wireless remote controller for the D7100:
Nikon WR 1 Wireless Remote Controller Nikon D7100 announcement"The D7100 supports the WR-1, a highly functional transceiver that enables verification and adjustment of settings, as well as control over remote shooting. The WR-1 uses radio waves and supports 15 channels for communication over a maximum range of 120 m between multiple WR-1s. Not only can one WR-1 be configured as a transmitter and a second as a receiver to control operation of one remote camera, but multiple WR-1s can be configured as receivers for remote control over multiple cameras. A number of remote shooting options are available, including simultaneous release and synchronized release, as well as interval timer shooting and division of multiple cameras into groups for separate control over each group. Remote control is also possible using the WR-R10/WR-T10 combination."
Press release:
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Superior Clarity and Nimble Precision: The DX-Format Nikon D7100 Embraces The Advanced Enthusiast With Intuitive Engineering

Nikon’s DX-format Flagship Provides Agility, Amazing Image Quality and Wireless Connectivity
Melville, NY (February 20, 2013) – Nikon Inc. today announced the D7100, the HD-SLR that ushers in a new era of DX-format image quality and functionality for the experienced shooter and photo enthusiast. The lightweight Nikon D7100 has an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set that includes a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon's 51-point AF system and wireless connectivity.
"Solidifying Nikon's ongoing commitment to the DX-format D-SLR customer, the innovative D7100 provides new ways for photographers to capture their creative vision with incredible detail and precision, whether through still images or HD videos," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "The D7100 blends the best creative features with advanced-level functionality to give the enthusiast exactly what they want and that's a great shooting experience before, during and after capture, from shooting to sharing."
Engineered for Exceptional Image Quality
At the core of the Nikon D7100 is a new 24.1-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. The innovative sensor design delivers the ultimate in image quality by defying convention; because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used. Using NIKKOR lenses, the resulting images explode with more clarity and detail to take full advantage of the 24.1-megapixel resolution achieved with D7100's DX-format CMOS sensor.
Driven by Nikon's exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine, the D7100 realizes a focus on image quality that extends beyond staggering sharpness to outstanding images with a wide dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions. A wide ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600) allows for more versatile shooting to capture challenging conditions such as nature at twilight or even sports under less-than-ideal lighting. Even at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.
Performance and Features Geared for the Advanced User
The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, who demands a camera that conveys reliability and performance, and who is eager to embrace the next photographic challenge. These features include:
New 51-Point AF System - The D7100 features Nikon's professionally proven and lightning-fast 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon's 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016 pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting in order to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid color, frame after frame. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the center point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.
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Rapid Response and Operation - To help ensure the decisive shot is not missed, the D7100 can shoot at up to six frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to seven fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Overall operation and image processing is swift, while startup and shutter lag is nearly imperceptible with a release time lag of 0.052 s* (CIPA). Image data is also written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.
1.3x Crop Mode - Sports photographers take note: Building upon the telephoto benefits of the DX-format, the D7100 has the unique ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this innovative mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to seven fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.
New High Resolution LCD - The new, wide and bright LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a super high resolution of 1,229K dots. Now photographers can easily compose and check critical focus for HD video.
New Viewfinder - Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100% frame coverage, essential for proper framing.
Spot White Balance - A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.
Durable Construction - Built to perform in a wide variety of conditions, the D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the venerable Nikon D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).
Enhanced Interface - To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, the "i" button has been added to the enthusiast-oriented control layout on the camera.
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Sharing and Remote Shooting Simplified
Photographers know that moment when the shutter clicks and they have created something stunning which deserves to be shared. No matter where that moment occurs, whether in an urban landscape or isolated forest, they can now share their images wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.1 With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility application is available free of charge on Google Play™ for Android™ devices or from the App Store™. When using the application, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.
Capture Exceptional HD Video
For those looking to create multimedia content, the Nikon D7100 has a wide variety of innovative features for capturing HD video at various frame rates. With a press of the dedicated video record button, video can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV's when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone such as Nikon's ME-1, through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon's Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes like Selective Color or Color Sketch to create truly customized movies.
Full Control, Creatively
In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features so that users can unleash their creativity. Nikon's Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the color, tone and saturation of an image for creative control. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also at the disposal of the user. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function to let users capture photos with a vast tonal range.
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
For 80 years, the NIKKOR legacy has been providing world renowned optics for photographers. The D7100 is compatible with Nikon's dedicated DX-format lenses and more than 50 FX-format lenses. NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in sharpness and clarity in photos and HD video. For added versatility, the camera features a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon's popular Creative Lighting System (CLS).
WR-1 Transceiver
In addition to the D7100, Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon D-SLR cameras. This device uses 2.4 GHz radio frequency for maximum range when communicating with the camera, extending the range and functionality2 for remote shooting applications. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet3, and 15 channels are available. Users also have the ability to remotely control a camera (with a WR-1 used as a receiver) attached by operation of another WR-1 (used as a transmitter), and also perform simultaneous or synchronized release of shutters on several cameras using the WR-14. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of options for remote shooting, which include dividing remote cameras into groups and controlling each group separately and interval timer photography. Remote shooting by combining the WR-1 with WR-R10/WRT10 wireless remotes is also possible5.
Price and Availability The Nikon D7100 will be available starting in March 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $1599.95* with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens or $1199.95 for the body only configuration. Additionally, the new MB-D15 battery grip and the WR-1 transceiver will also be available in March 2013, and pricing for these products is not yet announced. The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is currently available and has a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95.

News : Kualiti Lensa Buatan Tangan

SEMPENA sambutan ulang tahun ke-80 Nikkor yang mengeluarkan lensa untuk kegunaan kamera Nikon profesional, syarikat kamera gergasi Jepun itu telah mempamerkan cara pembuatan pelbagai jenis lensa kepada pihak media dalam lawatan ke kilangnya di Tochigi, Jepun baru-baru ini.

Kesemua lensa tersebut diproses dengan kepakaran dan daya kreativiti manusia bermula dari reka bentuk hinggalah pemasangan setiap bahagian dalam sesebuah lensa Nikkor.

Setiap lensa yang siap direkabentuk, akan melalui beberapa proses presisi dan ketepatan iaitu pemilihan bahan asas yang bermutu untuk membuat kaca kanta (raw material), pemotongan kaca kanta (lapping), pengisaran (grinding), penggilapan (polishing) dan penyalutan (coated).

Selepas melalui proses di atas, kesemua kaca yang telah siap dalam pelbagai saiz dibawa ke bahagian pemasangan mengikut kategori lensa yang hendak disiapkan misalnya lensa 24mm-70mm, lensa 35mm, 300mm, 500mm, 200mm-400mm, 800mm dan sebagainya.

Nikon yang mengeluarkan lensa sejak 1933 telah mendirikan kilang yang beroperasi secara komersial pada 1961 di Tochigi dan memberikan peluang pekerjaan khususnya kepada penduduk setempat.

Hampir 400 pekerja mendapat peluang pekerjaan di situ, namun setiap petugasnya mempunyai kemahiran dan kepakaran tertentu dalam pembuatan lensa Nikkor.

Kanta yang benar-benar bermutu akan dimasukkan ke dalam setiap lensa dengan menggunakan kemahiran tangan pekerja di mana mereka akan menyiapkan sesebuah lensa dalam masa sejam pada tahap piawaian yang telah ditetapkan.

Menurut Pengurus Besar Jabatan Pengurusan Korporat Tochigi Nikon Corporation, Hironori Takahashi, dengan kepakaran serta ketelitian para pekerja, sesebuah lensa tahap tertinggi (high end) untuk kegunaan jurufoto profesional akan dihasilkan dengan lebih bermutu dan berkualiti.

''Ketelitian pakar-pakar kami dalam penghasilan lensa tahap tertinggi tidak boleh diragukan kerana semua lensa yang dipasang di kilang ini telah melalui semua proses di atas dan diuji dari pelbagai sudut teknikal serta mekanikal sebelum ianya dipasarkan ke seluruh dunia," jelasnya.

Tambahnya, sebab itulah Nikon terus berpegang kepada falsafahnya - Kebolehpercayaan dan Kreativiti (Trustworthiness and Creativity) yang menjadi tunggak kejayaan syarikat tersebut dalam industri penghasilan produk kamera dunia.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Foto: PSY 'Oppa Gangnam Style' @ CNY 1Malaysia, Penang

This is the most controversial show in Penang. Even though it was viewed as a political strategy by some parties which will competing in the next General Election, people still love it.

Here is Psy who is popular with the Oppa Gangnam Style song and the 'horse dance' performing at Chinese New Year 1Malaysia Open House in Penang


Foto: Shila Amzah @ CNY Open House in Penang

Shila Amzah, she has the beauty and the talent. Well spoken Mandarin, good in English, charming, she's really deserved the Asian Wave award.

Put a side her 'dark' love story, she could go far from here

Now, here she is, performing four beautiful songs for the people who came to celebrate Chine New Year in Penang. Enjoy!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tips: Gambar cantik tidak semestinya datang DSLR yang mahal

Siapa cakap kamera mahal macam DSLR tu 'wajib' jadikan gambar yang diambil indah-indah belaka? Siapa cakap kamera murah seperti kamera kompak harga dua tiga ratus jadikan gambar-gambar kurang menarik?

Cliche' betul korang ni...

Kawan saya yang juga seorang jurugambar selalu mengatakan orang yang berada dibelakang kamera itu memainkan faktor yang penting untuk menjadikan sesebuah gambar itu indah dan menarik untuk dipandang.

Yup, sama bersetuju, dan ingin saya tambah satu lagi, kemahiran menyunting menggunakan beberapa perisian juga memainkan peranan yang amat penting. Tak kisah lah anda menggunakan photoshop, lightroom atau kedua-duanya atau selain dari itu, kemahiran menggunakan warna, kontras dan pelbagai lagi aspek pencahayaan akan membantu gambar anda menjadi amat bermakna walaupun hanya menggunakan kamera 'cikai'.

Contohnya gambar dibawah ini, (saya tidak katakan gambar ini menarik, cuma lebih enak dipandang setelah menggunakan pelbagai kaedah suntigan), saya hanya gunakan kamera dari tablet samsung sahaja, sedikit 'touch up', sudah mampu menaikkan mood memandang...
Gambar tanpa suntingan
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Jangan lupa untuk kreditkan gambar anda ya!