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Landscape Photography Appreciation #1

I have decided to create another series of posts that deal specifically with landscape photography. I hope that this will make others be aware and appreciate what goes into creating landscape shots.

Among the different types of photography, I find landscapes to be the most interesting, fun and, in some cases, very frustrating. I have been in this hobby for about four years now and I think I have some ideas as to what makes landscape photography tick. I will attempt to describe my own experiences, compare it with other types such as portraiture or sport and generally point out why you should try it if you haven’t yet.

I understand that most people who visit my blog are after topics that discuss equipment so let me cover that first. What I like about landscape photography is that it does not require expensive gear to get fantastic shots. Even ordinary point and shoot cameras will get you there.

The photos below were captured by my Canon G10:


It does not matter if you have the cheapest small sensor m43 camera like my old E-P1 with 17mm/2.8 lens:


or E-P3 with 40-150 kit zoom:


Even inexpensive APS-C and kit lens are good enough such as the Nikon D60 and 55-200mm that I borrowed from my friend:


You want full frame? Then shoot with an old FILM camera:


Gear does not matter at all in landscape photography. Compare with sports or wildlife photography where you will need super telephoto lenses and cameras that shoot high FPS. Even portraiture calls for wide aperture telephotos that cost thousands of dollars. In landscape photography, any camera will do, even an iPhone can capture fantastic shots:


It’s all in your hands … and eyes. Gear has got nothing to do (figuratively speaking) with taking landscape photos. So go out there with whatever camera you have and start your own photography journey.

I’ll see you next time.

Upgrades

Q: What is more shocking than the release of the iPad 4?

A: The thousands of angry iPad 3 owners.

Unbelievable! Why would somebody get angry at Apple for releasing the iPad 4 within just six months of the iPad 3’s release? Will the iPad 4 suddenly render the iPad 3 a useless paperweight? Heck, my old iPad 2 still works like the day I bought it. What has the world become?!

I have several theories but my best guess is that the iPad 3 does not really mean anything to these owners. The gadget has absolutely NO VALUE to them. It’s just bling.

An item of value is something that you will keep and use until it breaks or until you have outgrown it. It’s not just the Apple iDiots but “photographers” are on the same spectrum of gear whoring. A new camera suddenly renders the old one unusable and so an upgrade is a must. Unfortunately, there is no stopping this insanity. It will only get worse.

Snowy Pilgrimage 2012 Update

I thought I would be able to update my blog throughout the course of the snowy trip. It turned out to be the most different among the trips I had. Not only did I lose access to the internet most of the week but the type of subjects and shooting opportunities were very different as well. There were no planned shots at all. I just aimed and shot whenever I got the chance. It was a run-and-gun type thing.

I brought my D700 with me because of the larger buttons that are easier to press in the cold. I also managed to bring my Olympus E-P3 by accident because it was inside my work bag together with my laptop. As it turned out, the E-P3 became my most valuable camera while the D700 stayed inside the car trunk!!! I would say that this trip was like a test drive of the E-P3.

For the mean time, here’s a shot I took with my iPhone in East Jindabyne:


I will post photos and stories when I get back to Brisbane tomorrow after a 12-hour drive.

— from my iPhone

My Most Important Gadget

iPhone 3GSLet me get straight to the point. I just love my iPhone 3GS.

I first got an iPhone 3G as a replacement for my trusty Nokia N95. My N95 was no slouch either. It was my most overused gadget back then. I used it to take photos, capture videos, GPS navigation (yes, I managed to drive from Brisbane to Sydney, to Melbourne, to Canberra, to Snowy Mountains just with my N95 GPS) and just about anything I could imagine. The only problem with my N95 is that it frequently drops incoming calls. I don’t know why it does that but my N95 wasn’t the only unit having the same issue, so it must be a design problem.

So, three months before my contract with Vodafone expired, I decided to pay off my N95 and got an iPhone 3G running firmware 2.x.x. To be honest, I didn’t like it at first. The camera sucks, no video recording, no copy and paste (!!!), and no MMS (very important for me). Then came the 3.x.x firmware update with very important features such as MMS and copy/paste. GPS navigation also arrived with Tomtom. This is when I realized that I could no longer live without it.

Apple released the 3GS a few months ago. It has a faster CPU, 600MHz vs 400MHz of the 3G, double the RAM and a new GPU. I tried some of my friends’ iPhone 3GS and noticed the noticeable speed improvements. I just gotta have it. And so I did.

Take away any of my other gadgets but never my iPhone 3GS. I can’t live without this tool anymore. It’s simply the most important thing that I carry with me everyday. I travel around Australia half of the year and the GPS positioning and navigation alone is worth it. Video recording helps me store some of the most important events of my travels. The camera is no longer a slouch. It’s got touch autofocusing 🙂 Couple this with the app called Photogene and you get a really nice photography tool. Facebook, Flickr, Ebay, Youtube or just plain internet browsing…I do all of these from within my iPhone. Who needs a netbook when you have an iPhone? With built-in tethering, I can get internet on my laptop anywhere there’s a phone signal. I also use my iPhone to play and create simple songs (I used to gig in Brisbane before I moved to my current job). When I’m bored, I play chess or sudoku. Although I still use my old iPod, which I received as a reward from the company I work for, I do have some songs stored in my iPhone just in case one of them runs out of battery 🙂

So there.

BTW, I do not work for Apple. I work for the world’s leading open source company but I am not a fanatic. I would gladly pay for something that works, open source or not. I do not want to discuss my views about open source here. That will be a subject of another post.