Archive for the 'Photos' Category

23
Aug
10

Renovations

Lina and I will be undertaking some very minor renovations to our condo. We have a new sofa bed coming. But before that gets here, we have to redo our cabinets.

We are going to repaint the kitchen cabinets, remove and replace the cabinets over the desk and repaint the living areas–sans bathroom and bedroom.

Sounds like it might be a lot, but our condo is very small, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

Luckily we found some contractors to help us out.

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16
Jun
08

Sun Shines Through

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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

I took this from the ferry at Swartz Bay as we docked. I was waiting in the line up to get off the ship, when I looked over to my right and saw this magnificent beam coming through the clouds. Of course I had both my cameras on me (did you expect otherwise?) and started to snap away. I didn’t realized the line had already subsided and I was the very last stragler. I also had my Shure earphones on, so I couldn’t even hear the lady from BC ferries trying to verbally flag me down.

Anyway, it was a very good day to be taking photos.
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13
Apr
08

Canon XSi Sighting

On Thursday, I stopped by London Drugs to see if they had gotten the XSi in yet. To my surprise, there it was sitting in it’s glorious display case begging to be bought. The photo department person and I chatted about it for a few minutes and called Lina right away with my findings.

So, today, I went to London Drugs again and had a chance to play with the camera. It seemed like a nice camera (what do I know, right?) with some nice features. I found that turning on the live view feature took a little menu navigating. But, once it was enabled it was just a matter of pressing the “set” button. The odd thing about the live view is the fact that it doesn’t seem to autofocus. I guess you are supposed to set up the shot before hand. Of course the autofocus may be in there, but as I only had about 5-10 minutes with it, I didn’t really have a chance to check.

Very excited.

24
Mar
08

Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park

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Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

Ever wonder where the road you drive on or drive past leads to? I do all the time. I like taking detours from regular routes to see where they lead and what’s around the corner. A little while ago, I decided to go all the way to the south end of Byrne Rd to see what’s there and found this park. The sun was setting and as usual had my camera on me. What a view.

25
Feb
08

Father & Son

Father & Son

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

Looking through Christmas photos to make into a slide-show DVD and found this pic of Rob. Is there any doubt the some things are more nature than nurture? Photography is in their blood.

21
Feb
08

Cody the Photographer

Cody the Photographer

Originally uploaded by Ryoh A

This is Cody getting ready to take a picture. He has a way better camera than I do! I wish we had toys like this when we were kids.

15
Feb
08

Vignette Effect

I’ve been experimenting with Pixelmator photo editing program for the last few months. It’s sort of like a stripped down version of Photoshop for the Mac. At $59 US for Pixelmator vs $649 for Photoshop, an amateur like me would go for the former. The only drawback is the fact that many filters that are found in Photoshop aren’t available. You can still achieve many of the same visual changes manually as you would with filters, it’ll just take longer.

My latest project is adding a Vignette effect to pictures. It’s when you add a dark soft boarder on your photos to help bring the viewers attention subtly toward the main subject.

Below are my first 2 attempts.

Original on left. Vignetted on the right.
Vignette Example

Orignal on top. Vignetted on the bottom.
Vignette Example

Tutorial for Vignette in Pixelmator