Archive | November 2009

White balance – Auto or Custom?

[written by KopiOkaya]

During our F.U.N. is ONE!: ‘Rediscover Nostalgia’ Outing, some very attentive members noticed that switching white balance setting from AUTO to CUSTOM will affect color accuracy (which will in turn affect the overall mood of the image).

Amberture noticed:

Wrong WB (AUTO) resulted in Green turned out to be Blue color.

Correct WB (CUSTOM) – It was green in color.

[photos: Amberture]

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Bluffname explained: “Thinking about it, I believe the reason why the green part of the photo turned blue is not because of overcast sky or the fact that the numbers were in the shade.

It is because the scene was mainly yellow – which is a warm colour, so if the White Balance is set to AUTO the camera compensates by making the image cooler, ie more blue / cyan. In this case, it compensates a bit too much and so the green became blue.

If don’t believe, go back on a bright sunny day and shoot again. I am pretty sure the green will still turn out blue. Or shoot some non-yellow scene in the shade and see if the colour runs. eg if shoot green leaves in the shade or on overcast day, they will still appear green, not blue.

Setting White Balance to SHADE helps because in the shade there is less sun, therefore less yellow and the camera compensates by making image more yellow. But again it overcompensates and the “correct” colour is actually a bit too yellow, although now the green appears green.”

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But, I [KopiOkaya] know it is WAY more complicated than this. I was certain a camera’s white balance algorithm has got something to do with its proprietary firmware.

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As our discussion progressed, the topic got more confusing. So Andikong posted a series of tests.

[photos: Andikong]

So, who is right?

Instead of arguing who is right and who is wrong, I will offer the general users 2 solutions instead.

Solution 1: With a FinePix compact camera, before pressing the shutter,  go to MENU > WHITE BALANCE and scroll down the various white balance settings to select one that is most suitable or deemed accurate for the scene.

Solution 2: With a FinePix S-series DSLR or prosumer camera, shoot RAF (Fujifilm RAW format) and adjust the color temperature accordingly during post-processing.

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I hope everybody is happy now… but if users still insist on shooting JPEG with their FinePix S-series DSLR or prosumer camera, I have another solution for them.

Solution 3: Spend about S$1,600 to purchase a digital color meter such as this. This meter reads ambient light in Kelvin so the user will always gets perfect color temperature regardless of weather or lighting condition.

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Nostalgia rediscovered

[written & complied by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. is ONE!: ‘Rediscover Nostalgia’ Outing along Kreta Ayer, Keong Siak Road and Neil Road on 28th November 2009.

The main challenge of this F.U.N. outing was to capture the mood of the historical districts, buildings and landmarks which reflect Singapore’s rich culture and heritage. Thanks to FujiFilm’s SuperCCD, our members were able to give these faded legacies a new a new lease on life.

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[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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Some candid shots from Chinatown Complex Food Centre. The most unusual menu with comical English translations.

Oh! the best roast pork in Cow Car Water… what a name and where is this place?

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

DUMBLING SOUP and ONE TON NOODLE anyone dare to try!

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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The most nostalgic discovery of all is this 100 over year-old portraiture of Fok Yuen Gap (Huo Yuan Jia). You can find out more about this legendary Chinese martial arts ‘sifu’ here.

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

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REAL 3D is finally here

[written & photographed by KopiOkaya]

These days most Hollywood blockbuster movies are available in both 2D and 3D. Mentioning the word ‘3D’, first thing that comes into our mind is those uncomfortable polarized glasses we must wear to experience the visual effect. I can still recall vividly my first 3D experience. It was in 1983 when I watched the movie JAWS 3-D. By the time the show ended, I felt really sick and was about to throw up (luckily I didn’t), BUT the movie was good.

Fujifilm launched the REAL 3D technology during Photokina last year. It was groundbreaking news! (the announcement was featured on Channel NewsAsia) On July 22 this year, Fujifilm launched the “FinePix Real 3D System”. It claimed to be the world’s first 3D digital imaging system which let us enjoy three dimensional images without the need to wear special 3D glasses. When I read this, the first word that comes out of my mouth is “wow”. Finally, we  don’t have to wear those hideous polarized glasses to enjoy 3D effect anymore. So I waited and waited, hoping to see this new 3D technology available soon.

Today, my wait is finally over. The Fujifilm REAL 3D System is available in Singapore.  I tried out the world’s first consumer-grade 3D camera  – the FinePix REAL 3D W1, at the Fujifilm Roadshow at Liang Court this morning.

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The Fujifilm REAL 3D System has 3 components – camera, viewer and printer. Currently, we can only view 2D images on conventional LCD monitors (those used in our computers). The FinePix W1 is 2D and 3D selectable. In other words, if you are not ready for 3D, you can still shoot 2D.

The price tag for FinePix W1 is SGD$899 (inclusive GST) and is available at most electronics and photographic stores.

[photos: KopiOkaya]

Information about FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera and Fujifilm REAL 3D System are available at www.fujifilm.com/products/3d/.

A Blazing Performance!

[written & complied by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. is ONE!: ‘Kalaa Utsavam Indian Festival of Arts‘ Stage & Performing Arts Photography Outing at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on 21st November 2009.

The main challenge of this F.U.N. outing was to properly capture the spectacular fire breathing stunt. Thanks to FujiFilm’s SuperCCD and high dynamic range, our members were able to grab the most astonishing fire images.

From Aakaar Puppet Theatre of India

Swaagat! (Welcome) – Folk Traditions of Rajasthan!

The pieces of Swaagat Samaroh is performed to welcome guests from across the world and introduces audiences to one of Rajasthan’s most spectacular forms of traditional puppetry.

A colourfully attired dummy horse (kachhi ghori) dancer escorts guests to their seats and then begins a fantastic celebration in the form of a play. Performances include the kachi ghori, body puppets, life-sized puppets, mask puppets and the famed traditional string puppets. The artistes performed to the music by percussionists and harmonium player, accompanied by voices of singers and story-teller.

Welcome to Rajasthan!

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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We pledge to go Green…

[written and photographed by KopiOkaya]

Jacob and I went for a meeting at the green building last Thursday morning (19/11/2009). There, I noticed almost all offices and departments have this ‘Mission Statement’ plaque on every wall. This prompted me to think Fujifilm Singapore is in fact a very customer-oriented company. Nonetheless like any organization, there will be operation and service lags. There will always be employees who fail to meet the expectations of customers or clients. After all, organizations are operate by humans and, humans are imperfect.

As customers,  we must try to be understanding,  gracious and accommodating; instead of complaining every time. There are policies which all Fujifilm staff has to adhere. Also, there are limitations which their staff cannot extent; service pricing is one such example. It is impossible for Fujifilm to match the pricing of their competitors due to constrains. Therefore, if any misunderstanding or mis-communication does occur, please be very patient and verify with the respective staff calmly. Their staffing is small. Do give yourself some extra time. Don’t rush. I am sure, you will be pleasantly surprised how good their service can be.

[photo: KopiOkaya]

Topeng standard, Encore!

[written & complied by KopiOkaya]

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. is ONE!: ‘Da:ns Festival 2009’ Stage & Performing Arts Photography Outing at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre on 31st October 2009.

Talking about challenging one’s photography ‘kungfu’, stage photography is the ultimate challenge indeed. White balance, shutter speed, aperture, composition and capturing moments – all these techniques which you have read and learned will be tested and pushed to the extreme at once.

Synopsis of Wayang Topeng

The masked drama, or Wayang Topeng, is a genre of Javanese dance in which the dancers wear masks, or topeng. The masks are made of wood and shaped like the human face, and either carved, painted or covered in batik. The masks are worn throughout the entire duration of the performance. This form of dance drama originally developed as a folk art and was subsequently developed further in the court environment to become an art form of the Surakarta Palace.

The magic of Wayang Topeng begins from the very first moment, before anyone even steps on stage. In the background in the dark, there first appears a figure. Even though she wears a mask, it is clear that she is delicate, refined… And very beautiful.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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And the grand finale…

[photo: Excelglsi] A truly FUN gathering of Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pros.

Rumours are… Well, rumours

[written by KopiOkaya]

I read this article here and it makes me wonder how good this person is at image manipulation.

Can you spot the differences?

The “so-called” Micro-S10EXR

[photo: 43rumors.com]

Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR

[photo: digitaltrends.com]

Can you recall the S6 Pro rumour? This is another one of those nonsensical hoax.

Folks… Don’t believe everything you read or see online, unless you find one in store yourself.