February 8th, 2025

This Saturday we're be visiting the Train Market, Aka Railway Market, at the Maeklong Station.  This is a very interesting market and lots of fun to shoot.  You'll want to read the entire feature this Saturday to learn more.

 

This Saturday we're be visiting the Train Market, Aka Railway Market, at the Maeklong Station.  This is a very interesting market and lots of fun to shoot.  You'll want to read the entire feature this Saturday to learn more.

Canon 5d Mark II, Sigma 20mm F1.8  @F2.8  1/1250th  ISO 100

 

February 8th, 1200

Fujifilm just announced the commercial release of their highly anticipated X100 digital camera.  This is the camera that stole the show at Photokina and CES, and brings us an old time look, superb mechanics, excellent ergonomics, promising optics, and hopefully great image quality to match.  The optics and image quality remain to be seen, but I suspect we'll be seeing some reviews hitting the net very soon with their take on image quality.  I'll list them here as they appear.   This is going to be a very significant camera for many reasons I'll discuss at a later time, but for now keep your eye on this model if you're at all interested in a small/compact, photographer friendly, everything done right, high image quality, masterpiece sculpted from the likes of Leica and other models noted for their mechanical excellence and cult building ability.

 

Fujifilm just announced the commercial release of their highly anticipated X100 digital camera.  This is the camera that stole the show at Photokina and CES, and brings us an old time look, superb mechanics, excellent ergonomics, promising optics, and hopefully great image quality to match.  The optics and image quality remain to be seen, but I suspect we'll be seeing some reviews hitting the net very soon with their take on image quality.  I'll list them here as they appear.   This is going to be a very significant camera for many reasons I'll discuss at a later time, but for now keep your eye on this model if you're at all interested in a small/compact, photographer friendly, everything done right, high image quality, masterpiece sculpted from the likes of Leica and other models noted for their mechanical excellence and cult building ability

 

February 8th, 0215

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

 

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

The big news over the last 24 hours has been Canon's announcement of new products.  Four new point and shoot compacts, a new T3i/600d DSLR, a lower priced T3/550d DSLR sporting 18mp and 12mp sensors respectively with the T3i offering an articulating LCD among other improved features.  There are two new lower end flashes, the 320 EX II, and 270 EX II, new features on these include the abiltiy to run as an on-camera slave mode.  For the pros and high-end enthuasiasts we have a new 500mm F4L IS II and 600mm F4L IS II telephotos, and the most interesting release is a Nikonesque 200-400mm F4L IS with a build in 1.4x teleconverter!  There are already previews of the DSLR's on most review sites.

 

February 7th, 0005

Lightroom and other imaging programs often have presets for toning effects ranging from sepia to black and white, and like this sample cyanotype.  Cyanotype is an old style process used by engineers both for it's easy and econonical processing, and because the blue toning makes lines and angles easier to be seen.  Think "Blue Print."  In my opinion cyanotypes rarely are the best choice for modern photography, especially since digital takes the processing cost and ease factors from the equation. 

Yet, with this composition which includes lines and complex angles I found it worked well, initially drawing your attention to the most severe lines and angles, and then the small details like the boat motor and boats/objects across the river, while effectively nulling the less important parts of the composition.  I prefer to skip presets in favor of doing my own toning.  What do you think, does it work?

 

Lightroom and other imaging programs often have presets for toning effects ranging from sepia to black and white, and like this sample cyanotype.  Cyanotype is an old style process used by engineers both for it's easy and econonical processing, and because the blue toning makes lines and angles easier to be seen.  Think "Blue Print."  In my opinion cyanotypes rarely are the best choice for modern photography, especially since digital takes the processing cost and ease factors from the equation.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/320th  24mm  ISO 100

 

February 5th, 1420

Are you one of those who would like an SSD but you need a higher capacity than you're currently willing to spend?  HighPoint has been making the highest performing SATA controllers for some time.  Now, they're offering a hybrid controller which allows you to connect an SSD and a regular HDD, which will then present as a single drive with 80% of the performance of the SSD and 100% of the capacity of the HDD.  Included software lets you tune the controller to most benefit your indivdiual workflow.

 

Are you one of those who would like an SSD but you need a higher capacity than you're currently willing to spend?  HighPoint has been making the highest performing SATA controllers for some time.  Now, they're offering a hybrid controller which allows you to connect an SSD and a regular HDD, which will then present as a single drive with 80% of the performance of the SSD and 100% of the capacity of the HDD.  Included software lets you tune the controller to most benefit your indivdiual workflow.

 

February 5th, 1200

New content will go live at 1900 local.  This week our Feature Photograph "It's Not About The Camera" talks about being there and the effort of selecting your composition, guest writer Eyal brings us Part 2 of "Champasak Vat Phou South Laos Part 2", we have a review of the "Airlive WN-5000PCI v2 Wireless-N Card" for your desktop computer, News For The Week of February 5th 2011, Rick brings us a user review of the "Sony Emount 18-200mm" lens for the popular NEX-5, and finally Steve's Musings titled "Speak Out" which takes a hard look at the Thai culture where speaking out against authority is heavily frowned on, and some of othe consequences from such practices.

 

February 3rd, 2330

Today I was out at the Train Market with a friend who is also a photographer.  It was an interesting experience and I just finished processing the images for a future feature on the Samut Songkram Train Market.  Look for it.

My friend was shooting an early Micro 4/3's Panasonic G1h, a very competent small camera with an articulating screen.  I've voiced my approval and enthusiasm for articulating LCD's in the past, especially when using my tiny Sony NEX-5.  Still, professional DSLR's don't have articulating screens and at a place like the train market this left me at a big disadvantage.  Or did it? 

I mounted my inexpensive Sigma 20mm F1.8 which turned out to be a perfect focal length for a very crowded market, especially considering it was covered by dark canopies and light was at a premium.  Shooting at F2.8 and ISO 100 I was able to keep my shutter speed above 1/200th for almost all my captures.  This was important when employing a "shoot from the hip" technique to compensate for the lack of an articulating LCD.

If you shoot all images from a standing position at eye level you end up with a not so interesting perspective.  With all the foods and other goods on small 'hip level' tables, and the merchants mostly seated behind these tables, you wanted to drop down on a knee as you looked through the viewfinder.  With an articulating LCD you could just hold the camera at hip level and compose.  With a professional DSLR you had to have developed a 'shoot from the hip' skill set, the ability to hold the camera at hip level, achieve focus, and make properly framed captures without looking through the viewfinder.  Shooting from the hip, something you do through practice and feel.  I was able to make many good captures today using this technique.

 

My friend was shooting an early Micro 4/3's Panasonic G1h, a very competent small camera with an articulating screen.  I've voiced my approval and enthusiasm for articulating LCD's in the past, especially when using my tiny Sony NEX-5.  Still, professional DSLR's don't have articulating screens and at a place like the train market this left me at a big disadvantage.  Or did it?

Canon 5d Mark II, Sigma 20mm F1.8  @F2.8  1/30th  ISO 100