Tuesday, 25 December 2007
This year also marks the Palace's coming to grasp with internet technology to issue a simultaneous release of the recorded speech on YouTube.com, which, for those not in the UK, will be able to watch via the world wide web. Kudos to the Palace!
Watch on YouTube : The Queen's Christmas Speech
Don't worry, its only about 7 minutes long.
Monday, 24 December 2007
I couldn't find a suitable scene to point my camera at, however. It was visual noise for me at that moment.
I continued walking past the fair and noticed in the hedge along the pathway, there were some small white flowers that were blooming in the shrubbery despite being winter, and they were magnificent. The scene caught my eye immediately and I made a photograph of it. I hope you like it.
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
The great thing about the GV2 (unlike the GV1) is that the pop-up flash is still usable, with the flick of a switch on the left side.
Because of my shortsightedness, I prefer to use the external finder to compose my shots, traditionally, so that my eye does not need to change focus off the main scene to the LCD and back again, causing strain and missed opportunities. In addition, I can turn off the LCD display entirely, thus extending battery life.
Sunday, 16 December 2007
16 December 2007
Also walked past the Godiva chocolate shop window and had to photograph this enticing display..mmm those that know me know that I love chocolate!
(Click on the each picture to see a larger version)
Sunday, 9 December 2007
(I popped by the V&A today and photographed Chihuly's huge glass chandelier in the foyer with the Ricoh, showing excellent detail and low noise.)
The GR Digital II however improves on this performance by cutting this shot to shot interval in RAW mode to about 3 seconds, and the camera has an internal buffer to write the files whilst allowing me to release the shutter immediately after the first shot. The High ISO files are quite film-like also, with noise appearing like film grain and is therefore ideal for high contrast black and white images. With 10MP resolution and a smallish 1/1.8'' sensor, this is an ideal street-shooter's stealth camera, with good depth-of-field. It even has a snap-focus setting to approximately 2.5m preset which improves the shooting lag. This gives me a usable professional digital camera that has the potential quality of RAW adjustments and enlargements should I choose to print large.
Another useful setting is its ability to shoot 3:2 format which is the same as 35mm film format. I cannot get used to the 4:3 format on all digicams yet and I seldom if at all crop my images, tending to frame my images critically as I compose.
I would thoroughly recommend keen enthusiasts among you to consider this camera if you are in the market for a decent digicam. Leave the zooms behind and consider using your feet to compose. You will not be disappointed.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
Title: “I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival
Date: 8 - 9 December 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)
Title: “I Love Valley of Hope” Carnival
Venue: Dewan Orang Ramai, Sg. Buloh Leprosy Settlement
Initiated by: Sungai Buloh Settlement Council Organiser : Save Valley of Hope Solidarity Group
Co-organiser: KLSCAH Youth Section, SUARAM, Lost Generation Space Supportive Media: Photo Creator Magazine, Ai FM
VISION: To preserve Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement as a heritage for mankind
1. Firmly acknowledge the immortality right of living of the lepers patients in Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement.
2. Introduce the Valley of Hope, educate and create awareness among the public regarding the importance of preserving heritage.
3. Assemble the support and strength of all groups, in corroboration of saving and preserving the Sg Buloh Leprosy Settlement as National Heritage.
Day 1 : 8 Dec 07 (Saturday)
*10am-6pm Photo, Leprosy Settlement History and Flora Exhibition
*9am -12pm Drawing Competition
*1pm -2pm Opening Ceremony
*10am -1pm Movies/Documentaries Sharing
* 2pm-5pm Forum: The Value of Preserving Heritage (Mandarin)
2 days 1 night “I Love Valley of Hope” Youth Camp
Day 2 : 9 Dec 07 (Sunday)
8am-12pm Family Day & Exposure Trip
10am-3pm Photo, Leprosy Settlement History and Flora Exhibition
10am-12pm Movies/Documentaries Sharing
12pm-3pm Cultural Stage Performances
I photographed the living conditions, the activities and the inmates there during my visit and gotten to know a few of them. It brought me closer to understanding the condition of leprosy and the stigma it still has on sufferers although they are completely cured but disfigured. I learnt that the government funds the operation of the settlement, although the living conditions are pretty dire and basic, the inmates are self-sufficient due to generous donations from the public and social organisations.
Many inmates also grow fruit, vegetables and plant seedlings to supply the local garden centres, earning a small amount of income. Visitors are few save for relations and family members although this particular settlement is a Christian one, there are regular visiting clergy. There is a Muslim settlement adjacent I understand.
The settlement is quite large and set in a clearing which is green and lush with spectacular views of the surrounding hills. It has a local coffee shop where inmates hang out and a small sundry store also. A few inmates get around the area by motorbike or bicycles as they suffer from mobility problems although most suffer from facial and hand disfigurement.
I wish the settlement well and hope the event this weekend will raise the profile and awareness and preservation of this historical settlement and enable more public visits.