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Bow Falls

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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Jack & Kaelyn

Jack & Kaelyn at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne CBD.

Taken between 4pm and 6.30pm, which was way beyond sunset. Off camera flash with Canon Speedlite 580EX II. 

The photo below is the most challenging shot of the session as it was total darkness by that time. Without a torchlight, I was unable to use Auto Focus to focus on Jack and Kaelyn. As a result, I had to use manual focus with small aperture to get the sharpest focus on the couple. Exposure was 4 seconds! Good that Jack and Kaelyn managed to stay still throughout the duration. 

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Ashwin & Radha

Ashwin and Radha at Webb Bridge, a beautiful bridge located at the South side of Docklands.

On a day when the shy sun was in total hiding, my Canon Speedlite 580EX II, mounted on a tripod played a crucial part in providing additional lighting to light up the lovely couple. 

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Melbourne GPO

8 May 2010

I've finally received the new EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM earlier this week, just in time for Edmund and Stefenie's engagement ceremony next week. I've always been keen to take some shots at the corridor of Melbourne GPO so I thought it would be a great opportunity to test out the new lens in the dimly lit corridor. Once again Johanna has to be my model.

The results? The lens overwhelmed me. Not only it's very sharp, it also performs very well in low light condition. f/2.8 also allows nice bokeh effect to be produced. The only caution is that sometimes the DOF will be too shallow for certain shots so I have to watch out if I want most parts of the photo to be sharp.

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Learning Portraits

27 April 2010

I was so happy to have finally sat for my actuarial exam today. Now I have all my time back to concentrate on photography.

I thought I could learn some portrait shots with the cheap EF 50mm f/1.8 II while waiting for the arrival of the new EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM which I've ordered while preparing for my exam (can't wait). I spent quite a lot of time researching whether to buy this lens while preparing for exam. As usual half of the time I wasn't studying.

Johanna was my model for the night as we chose to practice the portrait shots in our living room. The EF 50mm f/1.8 II is sharp but it is quite difficult (slow and not precise) to get it focused at the right spot, which is one of the main weaknesses of this very affordable lens. So it's definitely a no no for event photography where subjects move around. Hmm... maybe my next lens will be the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM.

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