Flowers in Hokkaido (Summer)


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As you know, during my recent trip to Hokkaido for my honeymoon, I was amazed at the beautiful flowers that were available. Flowers were everywhere.  Every household had a small patch where they will grow Lavendar, Sunflowers, and other assortment … Continue reading

Back from my honeymoon

Finally .. woohoo.. back from my honeymoon in Hokkaido.  It was fun, but I’m glad to be back too.

Had a wonderful time with Steph, and together, we took many great keepers.  While I’m post processing them, here are 2 beautiful ones first.  Minimal post processing were done; just tweaking the contrast slightly.

The shot below was taken at Shikisai-no-oka flower gardens.  I really like this place.  Prefer here than Farm Tomita as although smaller, we get to drive buggies around, and stop whenever and wherever we want to take pictures of beautiful flowers.  Thought it would be fun to play around with a long exposure to see how the effect of Sunflowers breezing through the sun.  Was using the 17-40mm lens @ f22, 30 secs, ISO 100 with the B&W ND110 10 Stopper filter screwed on.

As we were moving from Furano to Abishiri, we stopped by Ginga Ryusei Falls.  In all honesty, I wasn’t too keen on the 2 waterfalls as there were little to aim at, and they didn’t look that nice too.

What interested me was the stream below them.  I went down to take a better look, and this was what I got.  Shot wide open @ 17mm, f11, 25 secs @ ISO 400, with the ND110.  Cheated with a higher ISO to ensure my shots are kept @ below 30 secs, so that the entire tour doesn’t wait for me.

Hope you like these two.  I’ll be adding more soon, so do come back.

Comments please…

Changi Beach

I had the chance to shoot with fellow Clubsnap member fibredrive last week.  He brought me to a familiar place (for landscape photographers) at Changi Beach.  Told you I was a newbie. Gosh I didn’t even knew the place existed.

When we got there, it was like almost 7pm.  In my heart, I was like “Well, we missed the golden hour”.  Oh how naive I was.  Fibredrive proceeded to setup his gear, and composed his shots.  Little did I then know that the “Blue hour” actually begins from 7.15 – 7.45 where the camera is able to pick up wonderful hues of blue and orange the sunset was giving.

As a newbie, I followed his composition, and took about 20 shots in between a 10 min period.  Each exposure ranging from 2 secs – 15 secs.  I then used Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro to post process it.

Quite please with myself on the end result.  Certaining given me the confidence to approach the same genre the next time.  Hope you like it.  Do feel free to give comments please.