Sunday, 20 January 2008

Back ache

OUCH! That's what I felt when I was sitting doing computer stuff last night (Saturday). I think I may be suffering from a slipped disc. One of the cushion discs between my lumbar vertebra might have got dislodged when I hauled the super-heavy bag up 2 floors on Friday night... Funny, I only manifested itself when I was sitting in a funny position.

I can't bend properly, can't move quickly and I didn't make it to church on Sunday :P

Now I have to lie down and try to keep the pressure off the spine for the next few days to allow it to recover.


Monday, 14 January 2008

Street Photography

Haha, this is my first time trying to shoot street photography. For the uninitiated, street photography means pictures of scenes centred around people and buildings, but usually outside. Pictures of the street. Some people even break it down to different themes, e.g. everyday objects, people's activities etc...

Anyhow, we (Mas and I) decided to follow Flan to do some street photography last Thursday, which was Awal Muharram, the Muslim new year, which happens to be a public holiday.

Here are the results:
(Click on image for larger view)
blue building up periscope trapped in the city stairs astro dishes astro dishes grate lamp post graffiti alley chimney green pipe astro dishes bricks

We also shot each other heh heh...
mas with cat

And we also shot some dead wildlife:
dead mouse

Monday, 7 January 2008

Mini studio on a budget

Hi y'all boys and girls, it's time for another edition of the El-Cheapo DIY show *cough cough* OK enough of that corny intro.

Sometimes, we like to take pictures of small figurines or objects where we want the object to be in a field of white or black, just to make it stand out. Here's an example:

octopus plushie

or this:


Photo studios will have those pull-down backgrounds where you can change the scenery in a matter of seconds, but what I used is a simple method that anyone can use.

The equipment used in the shots above: manila card and some clips :D Here's how it looks:


I used part of a metal bed because I was using a magnet and a 30cm plastic ruler to keep the manila card in place. The most important thing is to make the manila card curl from the ground to the wall (or whatever 90 degree angle object you use). This will give the impression of an infinite background :P You need to have some way of pinning the manila card to the wall and the floor so that it doesn't flex away in some strange direction.

That's it!

A better option would be to use a frame to construct a tent, so you can drape white cloth over it to be a light diffuser. That would also make it portable, so you can bring it around to other places, in case your light source is far away :D

Random Photos

Here's some stuff I was shooting lately:

octopus plushie

and an experiment with some leftover oil from some pork stew:

oil lamp

The oil lamp was made from excess oil that was scooped out from the pork stew that we had for dinner (yum yum). The oil was to be thrown away, but I wanted to see if it can be used to fuel a simple oil lamp. So I ripped some fabric from an old piece of rag to become the wick, set it in the oil and lit the wick.

oil lamp

The oil lamp did light up and kept burning. But I had to fabricate a shield out of aluminium foil for the wick so that the flame did not burn out the whole wick to ashes. :)

Only problem was, the friendly neighbourhood cicak (house lizard) tried to eat the wick :P We found the wick outside the bowl the next morning (we snuffed out the lamp before going to bed so that it doesn't become a fire hazard).

Anyway, experiment worked :)

Saturday, 5 January 2008

CSP movie outing

Whoa, just watched Alvin and the Chipmunks with a whole lot of people from CSP and thereafter had a bowling session at CPS Bowl. Yes, it's kinda confusing with all the acronyms and such heh heh...

The movie was (sad to say) only so-so. Yes the chipmunks were cute and all, but argh, lets just say the movie is a good one to entertain you when you really have nothing better to do.

Next, we went to have dinner at the Palm Square food court, and the after-dinner conversation centred around pulling teeth (no kidding!). Enough about that. :P

On to the bowling segment. It has been ages since I went bowling, and it really showed... I barely broke 100 points in my first game, even though I was helped by a misbehaving lane that allows you to keep throwing balls until all the pins are knocked down :P Second game was a little better, but not by much. At least I managed to get past 130 points heh heh...

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Black and White Photography

I had a little brainwave with the following photo from the CSP Christmas Party:

It is a nice candid photo, but it does not have the Oomph... so I experimented with the various ways to convert this into black and white, and this is the result:

What I did was to split up the original RGB photo into its red, green and blue components. The red component seems the nicest, so that's the one I picked for the final photo. There are many other ways to change this to black and white, so your method may differ.

It looks kinda grainy, though... maybe I'll try more filters later.

Happy New Year 2008

Gah, 1 day late, but anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008!

Year of the Rat coming soon...