Archive | June 2010

Photo of the Month – June 2010

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm Finepix S100FS

Appropriately, I should have titled this post “Photo of the Moon”.  After all, this month’s chosen photo is an image of a half moon by Yingbin1005. Yingbin1005  joined F.U.N. in April. Being the ONLY female member and a newcomer to photography, I must say her photography and Photoshop skills  have improved by leaps and bounds in barely 2 months. That is no mean feat for anybody!

Yingbin1005 bought her first Fujifilm camera, a FinePix F200EXR, in March after strong recommendation from Andikong (thank you Andy). Since then, the F200EXR has never left her sight. She brings it everywhere she goes, even to work! Continuously snapping photos and posting them on SgShoot Photography Forum for members to critic and comment.

After clocking more than 2,000 actuations on her F200EXR, Yingbin1005 knew it was time for her to progress to a more advanced camera. She acquired an used FinePix S100FS from fellow F.U.N. member, Second Wind, this month. Again, this “new” camera becomes her faithful side-kick and creative tool.

Now, let me share with you the “story” behind this month’s photo. It started on the eve of Vesak Day when I shot a picture of a full moon over Bright Hill Temple. Yingbin1005 saw my picture and became utterly curious. She wondered how I could achieve such clear foreground, yet a well-defined moon. I showed her the technique. It became her ultimate quest  to take moon pictures as good as, if not, better than mine. She waited patiently for the moon to appear, took a few shots with her F200EXR, but without much luck (the moon appeared too tiny). Finally, her quest came true shortly after acquiring the S100FS. She managed to capture the moon with perfect execution. The 400mm focal length, high dynamic range and low high ISO noise of the S100FS help greatly.

Both Bluffname and I have to admit that this “young aunty” is definitely a tough cookie.  Her perseverance, diligence, open-mindedness and positive attitude are fine qualities for all photographers, both male and female, to follow and learn.

Three cheers for Yingbin1005… Hip hip hooray!!!

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No Kidding!!! Singapore Performing Arts Junior Championships 2010

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Ranging from vocals, instrumentals, dancing and acting, come and watch these young and aspiring talents, aged 7 – 19 yrs, from around the world gather together to battle it out for the grand prize of US$5,000 in this year’s Singapore Performing Arts Junior Championships. The event is part of the 2010 International Kids Performing Festival.

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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And the winners are…

Procon “Best of Singapore” Champion

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

SPAJC 2010 Grand Champion

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Fujifilm Reinforces Organization for Digital Camera Business

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

Enhancing Product Power and Accelerated Development by Transfer of R&D, Procurement, Quality Assurance to Omiya Base

FUJIFILM Corporation has announced that it will transfer R&D, procurement and quality assurance functions for digital cameras, currently located in Taiwa-cho, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi Prefecture (“Taiwa”), to Saitama-shi, Saitama Prefecture (“Omiya”) where lens development is located. This transfer will take place in July 2010 to reinforce the organization of the digital camera business.
As previously announced, Fujinon Corporation (“Fujinon”), the leading company in the development and production of lenses headquartered in Omiya, will be integrated with Fujifilm as of July 1, 2010 to further strengthen the optical device business. Through these actions, the cooperative structure between the development of digital cameras and their optical lenses – a key device for digital cameras – will be reinforced, thereby enhancing the efficiency of both product planning and development.

By relocating the R&D, procurement and quality assurance divisions for digital cameras to Omiya, which is the lens development & production base, it will build an organizational structure that maximizes the lens technology accumulated by Fujinon as applied to digital cameras. It will also further strengthen coordination with sales, marketing, product planning divisions, enhance the structure to promptly and flexibly plan, develop and launch competitive products that meet customer needs, and aim for growth of the digital camera business.

In Taiwa, FUJIFILM Digital Techno Co., Ltd., a subsidiary, will continue to engage in production technology, assessment/analysis, after-sales support and other activities related to digital cameras. Production of digital camera sensors, which has partially remained in Taiwa, will continue until June 2011, but will be commissioned to a partner company after that time. Fujifilm will remain committed to developing digital camera sensors and will further develop high quality proprietary imaging technology such as the Super CCD EXR.

Fujifilm will continue to strive for growth and enhancement of the digital camera business, and contribute to the further improvement of the Quality of Life of people by providing unique products and services.

F.U.N. Photographer of the Month – May 2010

[written by Bluffname and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Effective June, F.U.N. officially has a National Geographic photographer among its members. A picture of Excelglsi showing a black ant being attacked and “pulled apart” by a group of red ants is published in the June 2010 edition of National Geographic, which is arguably the world’s most prestigious and best-loved “photography magazine”.

National Geographic (June 2010 edition)


[Images copyright © 2010 National Geographic Society. Cover photo: Peter Essick / Bottom photo: Luke Chua (Excelglsi)]

We are proud of Excelglsi. But it is not for this reason alone that we honour him as our Photographer of the Month for June 2010. Rather we like to highlight his spirit of learning, adventure and experimentation that got him to where he is today. In fact, we thought up an alternative title for him: “Researcher of the Month”.

Excelglsi loves to experiment and try new things. He used to shoot film and slides, but stopped for a few years. When he returned to photography, he was disappointed with the quality of digital cameras. He almost gave up. But his disappointment led him to explore the world of macro photography. And he excelled in it. His macro photographs, mainly of spiders, earned him the nickname “Spiderman”. He is also among the first and few to take “action” macro pictures, like the one of the red ants attacking the black, which earned him a place in National Geographic.

[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]

In the process, he made some surprising discoveries about super macro photography where tiny subjects like spiders and ants can be made to fill a large part of the picture frame. Among other things, he found that inexpensive point and shoot cameras, fitted with a Raynox close-up filter, are actually better at macro photography than costly DSLR cameras with equally costly macro (or micro) lenses. And he has shown other F.U.N. members how to take super macro photographs just like he did.

More recently, Excelglsi starting experimenting with IR (infrared) photography. Here again, he is not afraid to try new things. While almost all IR photographers shoot landscapes and greenery, Excelglsi also shoots IR flowers, people, insects and more.

[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]

With his enthusiasm, he was taking and posting photos almost daily! Among the group of us, Excelglsi is by far the most hardworking. And productive!

And he stumbled on more surprising discoveries when he shot his first IR stage performance at the Esplanade recently. While he rest of us struggled with low light, high ISO and slow exposures – which often resulted in blur and noisy photos – Excelglsi found that his IR camera allowed him to shoot at much higher shutter speeds.

[photo: Excelglsi]

He ended with clearer, sharper pictures than most of us. As for the strange colours that came with IR, he either left them as they are for special effect, or converted his images to black and white. It takes an experienced eye to detect that his black-and-white images were originally IR.

This brings him to another area of experimentation – and to the most remarkable thing about Excelglsi… post-processing.

Excelglsi has long resisted post-processing, and we only recently discovered why. He is colour blind! This makes it difficult to distinguish certain colours and to make good judgement during post-processing.

[photo: Excelglsi]

But it did not stop him. When Excelglsi finally learned to use Photoshop and Nik Software, it sparked another rash of experiments.

To be sure, not all this experiments are successful and not all his images are liked by others. One recent photo that he processed, in particular, looked like a picture of ghosts. Others look like old, faded photographs taken by our grand parents.

[photo: Excelglsi]

[photo: Excelglsi]

But Excelglsi is never discouraged. He takes it all in stride and goes by the motto: Failure is the mother of all success. That’s the spirit we all admire.

“Three steps one bow” bromancing at Bright Hill

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

It was Vesak Day eve. F.U.N. members were all set and ready to photograph the “Three steps one bow” ceremony at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (Bright Hill Temple). The religious event stretched for more than 12 hours. Devotees would take three steps before kneeling down for a bow. It took each devotee more than two hours to complete the entire course. From first to the last devotee, our members were there to capture all of them.

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The Chief Abbott of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery – Venerable Kwang Sheng

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pr0

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[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[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

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

[photo: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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Finally… The Last Devotee

2010

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

2004

[photo: Bluffname]

2005

[photo: Bluffname]

2006

[photo: Bluffname]

o: yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR