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COLOR OR BLACK & WHITE MAYBE EVEN SEPIA
A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam.
The name cappuccino comes from the Capuchin friars, possibly referring to the colour of their habits or to the aspect of their tonsured (white) heads, surrounded by a ring of brown hair.
A cappuccino is traditionally served in a porcelain cup, which has far better heat-retention characteristics than glass or paper. The foam on top of the cappuccino acts as an insulator and helps retain the heat of the liquid, allowing it to stay hotter longer. The foam may optionally have powder (commonly cocoa, cinnamon or nutmeg-in the case of the photographs below, mint) sprinkled on top. ~Wikipedia
Shot details for all photos: Canon 50D, 24-70mm @ 32mm, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/40. RAW processed in Photoshop.
JACKIE CHAN LIMITED EDITION
This just in, the Canon 550D Jackie Chan Limited Edition for die hard fans of the action star. Could this be the exciting news Canon is waiting to announce in Asia?
Limited to only 2010 sets, better hurry if you want one, I am sure in the Chinese speaking world there are already lines forming outside of Canon dealerships. The set includes a 550D with a Jackie Chan dragon logo on the flash hood, a special Jackie strap, a special Jackie camera soft case and a special Jackie photo album. All this for a specially nice 10,000.00 Yuan (that’s mainland China currency) approximately PHP70,000.
If you wouldn’t mind living without the Jackie accessories then getting the body and EF-S 18-135mm kit lens would save a lot of heartache. A more detailed description of the launch and photos are at mydrivers.com
On another note, work has been insufferable this week and not much attention was paid to my blog. Rest assured, a lighter weekend is ahead and macphotographydy.wordpress will continue on it’s merry ways. Thanks for being patient.
AT NIGHT AND IN GOOD WEATHER
Taipei 101 at night is an amazing sight to behold. It was the tallest building (509.2 meters) in the world until The Burj Khalifa in Dubai topped at 800 meters tall.
Taipei weather is very unpredictable and on this night it cooperated.
Shot details: Canon 50D, 8 sec, f/5.6, 42mm, ISO 100, RAW.
Raw processed in DPP, slightly tonemapped from 16 bit TIFF file in Photomatix, further post processed in Photoshop, final uploaded photo is an 8bit JPG file at 1024 x 632 resolution.
This ones definitely going to the large format printers next week. At 350 dpi and 18×24″ I hope it comes out the way it’s seen here. Or it’s going to be an expensive test print…
A380 SKY KITCHEN (A380空中廚房): EATING ON THE GROUND
The service staff dressed as flight attendants serve in a replica of the A380 interior complete with first class.
Located in an upscale department store in uptown Taipei, just a stones throw away from the Taipei 101, this restaurant serves a western menu from pastas to steaks. Kiddie meals and rice entree’s are served in familiar airline plastic trays with other first class meals like steaks and chops served in porcelain tableware.
It was a fun one time experience with overall food and service nothing to rave about but an excellent photo op for all.
All photographs were shot on the Canon G7: 35mm, TV mode, 1/15-1/40 sec., iso 200, no flash, processed in Photoshop.
…IN YOUR LENSES
Stumbling upon a recent article ‘Finding the Sweet Spot’ by Ontario-based photographer, Steve Richardson, reminded me of questions posed by friends on particular lens sharpness of various makes. Generally, a standard answer would be-the relative optimum sharpness of a lens would be f/7 to f/8 to f/9 or the maximum aperture of the lens and decrease aperture by 2-stops. With the Canon 24-70 f2.8L a bias answer would be that it’s sharp throughout.
Of course, sharpness depends greatly on brand and sheer luck. A dependable brand (Canon, Nikon, Olympus Zuiko, Zeiss, etc.) will produce lenses with about an 85% success rate without obvious flaws. Until it gets dropped and the focus mechanism will need repair.
With third party brands (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.) sheer luck plays a huge role in getting a sharp lens. As too many factors come into play and most notably, third party lenses are reverse engineered from actual samples of lenses from the big two-Canon and Nikon. Resulting in a bigger chance a buy will result in a faulty lens. From a personal stand point, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and 10-20 f4-5.6 are excellent and cheaper third party options to their more expensive counterparts but still not impervious to flaws.
Pro quality lenses are also prone to it’s fair share of faults. Take the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II(US$1,800)-it’s not necessarily sharper than the Canon 85mm f/1.8(US$400) but the L version has weather sealing and produces a much more beautiful bokeh(background/foreground blur) than the non L f/1.8. Do these factors substantiate a purchase for a greatly more expensive lens? To each their own.
After thorough research and lens purchase the best thing to do to ensure a good copy is to test it’s sharpness. Here is a very simple and effective way of doing it. Just follow the simple instructions on Steve Richardson’s post over at Photogrpahy Bay.
Shot details: Canon 50D+EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, AV Mode(Aperture priority), f/2.0, ISO 100, AWB, Flash Off, Adobe RGB, Center-weighted average. RAW converted in DPP and post processed in Photoshop. The photo was cropped to approximately 2/3 of the original 15 mp and zoomed in (right) to check clarity of detail.
In ‘Finding the Sweet Spot’, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II was used for testing. Photographer Steve Richardson’s copy of this lens had a maximum sharpness at f/8. Does this mean the nifty-fifty should be used at all times at f/8? Determining lens sharpness should not deter you from capturing good photographs at any aperture. It is just a guide for knowing the exact opening for maximum sharpness when the need arises. All lenses should be used to it’s full potential by testing different apertures and shutter speeds on various subjects and compositions.
This author has used the nifty-fifty from it’s maximum opening of f/1.8 to minimum opening of f/22 and gotten excellent results time and time again. Not every photo is equal but you will get a good one most of the time. Finding the sweet spot on the cheapest and lightest lens in Canon’s line up only makes the nifty-fifty much more fun to shoot with.
Some very interesting UNOFFICIAL tid bit from Canon Rumors. The wide angle f/4L IS lens seems very interesting… gotta run half my body is already out the door. Enjoy the news.
About time someone spoke up
A CR regular has piped up about the massive announcement of new gear coming from Canon.
I’m told to expect 2 separate announcements, one for the prosumer market and one for the pro market.
* 60D Type of camera, it could be called something else.
* The EF-S 60mm Macro will receive IS.
* There is a “murmur” that a new 70-300 type of lens could also be announced.
* This will be the first announcement.
* The 1Ds Mark IV will be announced
* EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS will be announced
* A new f/4 wide angle with IS
* A new L prime, unknown as to which will get replaced. The 35mm isn’t a guarantee.
* A new Flash
* New accessories
* This will be the 2nd announcement and the big news for Photokina
The source says amendments could be made over the next few weeks, so keep checking back.
CANON MODE DIAL
Found these stickers through Canon Rumors.
I have never been fond of stickers on my Mac but once, just this once, I will make an exception. At least now, a large part of my classic white iBook G4 will be clean.
Put in your order through Suzie Automatic on Etsy.com. She’s got a few Canon dials, a Nikon and even a Leica(not pictured) I hope I don’t screw up the sticking part of the process…
The decal is easily applied if you follow the instructions we send along. We also send you a practice decal to get your confidence up.
This decal is about 5.5″ x 5.5″ and is made with matte black and green. Just like on the camera.
They come off if you really want it off and leave no stickiness behind. The vinyl is rugged and will last 6 years outside, but your computer probably won’t.
日月潭 SUN MOON LAKE, NANTOU COUNTY, TAIWAN ROC
I do hope you enjoy the photos below. The weather was horrendous short of a disaster. It was a mix of cloudy, light to medium rain showers and heavy fog to rub it in. The sky was a total white out and had to make the best of it-photographically.
The cable car system became fully operation only 2 months ago. It was an easy ride to the entrance of the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, which I opted to pass on. By the way, in the cable car system’s short life span it has already serviced 1 million visitors.
Just to keep things short, lets take from the ever convenient Wikipedia for a little background on Sun Moon Lake.
…the largest natural lake in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Situated in Yuchih, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake looks like a sun and the west side looks like a moon, hence the name.
Sun Moon Lake is located 748 metres (2,454 ft) above sea level. It is 27 metres (89 ft) deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93 square kilometres (3.06 sq mi). -Wikipedia