Sunday, December 30, 2018

Tried a different approach today and used the drone to take timelapse photos of the sunrise instead. The effect is only visible after combining the photos on the computer. However, I have forgotten to enable tripod mode during flight and thus the photos are not as stabilized as intended.

Nevertheless, here's the final result, in 4K.

What do you think?

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sunrise Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I tried out the S&Q feature again in Kuala Lumpur this morning and this is the result of it.

What do you think?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sunrise at Masjid Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz Shah, the Shah Alam Mosque, Malaysia

I've expected a rainy morning today, but went ahead to Shah Alam for a sunrise shot anyhow. It actually turned out quite alright!

© 2018 Edward Chen. The view of Masjid Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz Shah from Taman Tasik Shah Alam.
Taken with the Samsung smartphone camera and edited raw using Snapseed.

It's common that people nowadays use the smartphone, a device which they always have on them as their primary camera. However, I was a little surprised of how powerful a smartphone camera can be these days. I wouldn't imagine producing a photo like the one above with my older smartphone cameras.

The photo above was taken handheld using the Samsung Note 9 and then edited RAW with Snapseed right away with the phone. All these were done while my Sony a7r3 was still recording S&Q on the heavy tripod. At times I was thinking if I should have left the camera and the tripod behind! Haha!

Below is the video taken from the Sony a7r3, available only at 720p due to the filesize. You may also watch the 1080p HD version here:

Note: 720p only due to size constraint 

With the rapid advancement in smartphone AI technologies, I think it may affect not only the feasibility of getting a dedicated camera like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 micro four thirds camera, but also other advanced cameras like the Sony a7 series which are currently popular among hobbyists.

What do you think?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Misty Cameron Highlands - a short video clip

I have been using the Sony a7R3 for some time now and has since traded-in my a7ii. Yup, sold everything including my battery grip. Although I have been missing some of the features which originally got me interested in the Sony a7ii, the a7R3 has some unique features of its own. One of those features is the S&Q (Slow & Quick) feature.

The video clip above is taken using the S&Q feature, 1fps for a total of 20 minutes. In the end, it only gives me less than a minute long clip.

Yes, I am not new in producing video clips, but I am STILL not good at it. 😜 But I hope you will like it.

A processed photo of the day before at Sg. Palas Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands.
© 2018 Edward Chen
The scenery in Cameron Highlands can be breath-taking one day and extremely dull in the next day.

Have you been to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia?