Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Shots That Did Not Make It To The Review

If you have not read my review on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, please do read the full article over at Ming Thein's site here (click). 

In case you have not noticed, I have spent a lot more effort in shooting for this review, than I have previously. I was shooting tennis games, which I was not satisfied with my first attempt and returned for a second day to get better shots. Not because of the camera not performing, but me believing I could have done better, as a photographer. I even managed to get a friend, Carmen to model for me, and did something I rarely did, a beauty, arranged, model portraiture. Of course there was the usual insect macro stunt that I always did, and I figured you all have seen me done insect macro in a dozen or more reviews before, and it would have been too repetitive, so I only showed two sample images in the final review. In the midst of the SEA Games 2017 happening in Kuala Lumpur, I even attended the weightlifting, badminton and hockey games. I wanted to shoot some aquatics sports (diving and swimming), as well as gymnastics, but tickets were quickly sold out.

Unsurprisingly I came home with thousands and thousands of photographs, and a tight curation narrowed that pile down to just the series shown in the final review article. To my surprise, not a single street photograph, which was quite an achievement for the first time. And I made sure that every photograph played a part in illustrating the capabilities of the E-M10 Mark III.

Naturally, there are a few more favourite shots that did not make it into the final cut. I thought, why not put them here? Nothing wrong with these shots, some of them were a little redundant if added into the original series.

Malaysian weightlifter, Azroy Hazal. Shot at ISO3200. The Truepic 8 engine in the E-M10 Mark III managed to optimize the details, sharpness and noise suppression. 

This was probably the only insect macro I had with the E-M10 Mark III done at full 1 to 1 magnification with the M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro lens. All shot hand-held. If you know about macro photography you know how challenging it is to pull off a full magnification shot, especially that on Micro Four Thirds sensor, this was effectively 2 to 1 equivalent on a 35mm format. 

A damselfly. With a tight crop as follows. 

Crop from the previous image

 I even attended an album launch party of a local singer songwriter, Beverly Matujal, in hopes of testing the E-M10 Mark III under low light shooting condition. It turned out the stage was brightly lit, and I was shooting at ISO200-400 most of the time, nowhere near low light at all. Hence I did not include any of these shots in the final cut. 

There are many, many, many more shots of Carmen. I could not thank her enough for doing this. Do give her blog a visit and follow her on Instagram @itscarmenhong
She braved mosquito bites (you can see some of the marks on her legs) with no complains!

Ming Thein has wanted me to write about curation process, and how I edit (meaning, select photos not process) my images for my articles. I probably should sit down and write about that soon.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review Published On Ming Thein's Site

Hey guys, in case some of you have taken the trouble to check this page for my latest review of the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, I have published a full review of the new camera at Ming Thein's site here (click). 

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Special shout out to my beautiful friend, Carmen Hong who agreed to model for me so last minute, during my shoot reviewing the E-M10 Mark III.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nokia 6 - Smartphone Camera Review By A Photographer

After all the flirting with Huawei's latest flagship models such as Mate 9 Pro and P10, both featuring Leica co-engineered dual camera module, it definitely is a surprise for most to discover that I have recently purchased a new Nokia 6 for my own personal use. What a huge downgrade! And Robin, seriously, a Nokia?

I have been using the Nokia 6, a budget Android smartphone released by HMD Global for more than a week now, and despite the mostly lukewarm reception by tech reviewers and gadget sites in general, I find myself loving this phone more than I initially have expected. Yes, the Nokia 6 comes with the lowly Snapdragon 400 series processor, runs on basic 1080p screen, a seemingly ordinary and mediocre 16MP camera with an F2 lens. There really is nothing to write home about, based on paper specifications. So what is the reason for such a huge scale down?

I chose the silver version, because I think I have too many black gadgets. Something shinier and brighter can be a little refreshing. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nasi Lemak Burger

The burger craze has been around in Malaysia for several years now, but it never fails to amaze me how they reinvent the menu and make things relevant. The most recent hype that got all the attention of Instagrammers and food bloggers was the Nasi Lemak Burger. Initially I was not paying much attention to it since a popular trend would eventually fade off while everyone will jump to the next hip thing to try. However, after finally having the chance to try one myself, at the Myburgerlab earlier this evening, I must say the Nasi Lemak Burger exceeded my expectations, in every single way!