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Posted by YL on 09/15/2011 in Nature Images with No Comments

I stopped by Vista View Park early this morning. It was a cool and sunny morning and the grass seemed much greener than the last time I visited this park.

Vista View Park is actually a converted landfill. The Davie Landfill was closed in 1987 and after clean up and restoration of the natural habitat area, it re-opened as Vista View Park in 2003. That is why there is a noticeable elevation in a relatively flat Florida landscape.

Posted by YL on 08/26/2011 in Portrait Images with No Comments

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Posted by YL on 03/09/2011 in Travel Images with 1 Comment

I woke up early on the morning of Monday March 7th to photograph the beach in Dania Beach Florida. Around 8:12 AM I took the image below.

In the background is the Dania Beach pier. Hotels in Fort Lauderdale can be seen beyond the pier at a distance of about 4 miles.

The photograph was taken with a Canon 7D camera and a zoom lens set at 28mm; shutter speed 1/200 sec, aperture f/16 and ISO 200.

Posted by YL on 02/10/2011 in Nature Images with No Comments

Take the front lens cap and the rear lens cap off your lens and look at the base or rear of the lens in a well-lit area. Very likely you will see an opening at the base. That opening is called the APERTURE of the lens.

The APERTURE refers to the opening at the base or rear of the lens that allows light entering the front to pass through to the sensor or film.

The light passing through the aperture can be increased or decreased by changing the size of the aperture. In photographic terms this is referred to as varying the f-stop.

F-stops are numbers – actually fractions – that represent different sizes of the aperture. Common f-stops seen when using a digital SLR are:

1, 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22

These values are sometimes written as f1, f1.4, f2, f2.8 etc or f/2, f/4, f/5.6 etc.

It is very important to note that the “smaller” values like f/2 and f/4 represent larger openings or apertures and the “larger” values like f/16 and f/22 represent smaller apertures.


This apparent complexity or confusion is easily solved by thinking of f-stops as fractions, which they really are.

Which fraction is larger: ½ or ¼? A half or ½ is larger than a quarter or ¼. Likewise f/2 is larger than f/4, which is larger than f/8 and so on.

You may wonder why not make life simple by having just one aperture of a fixed size. Well, if there was just one aperture, some of the creative effects you see in photographs would not be possible. The ability to vary the size of the aperture by varying the f-stop gives photographers a creative tool to produce stunning images.

A large aperture (f/4.5) was chosen to create the blurred background in the image below. This prevents objects in the background from becoming a distraction as your eye focuses on the yellow-crowned night heron. Generally, large apertures are used to create blurred background.

Posted by YL on 01/31/2011 in Travel Images with No Comments

I live in Hollywood Florida a few miles away from the beach. I actually wished I lived on the beach so that I would see a lot more sunrises. Early Sunday morning January 30th I woke up around 5:50 am, left the house about 6:25 am and arrive at Hollywood Beach Broardwalk in time to see Venus and the Moon together and shoot some sunrise photos.

At around 7:05 am the first sight of the sun appeared and for what seemed like a few seconds the sun sprung up above the horizon. There were a few clouds in the sky, which added to the colorful spectacle.

Watching the sun as it slowly emerge from the “other side” of the horizon is indeed a wonderful experience. It is a gentle reminder of the cycles of life – day and night, light and dark – and the constraint of time that governs our life.

I shot several photos of the event and felt that the following is the best of the lot.

After taking several shots of sunrise I walked along the broardwalk looking for intersting sights. Here is a structure you may find interesting:

Posted by YL on 12/31/2010 in Product Images with No Comments

In an effort to broaden my skillset, I invested in a studio light tent bought on eBay, to capture product images. I have played around with this tent using the white, black and green backgrounds that came with the tent.

I have placed the tent in my backyard using available natural light and I have also placed it near a large window on the south side of the house. At this time of the year when the sun in low in the “southern” sky, there is an abundance of light in the afternoon to light my tent.

On New Year’s eve I was playing around with a soda can and this bottle. The can had more reflections than I cared to see. The Ting grapefruit drink bottle was much easier to photograph. After many tries with different lens and varying angles, I thought the image below was the best of the bunch.

This images was captured with my Canon EOS 7D camera and Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L lens set at 60mm. Here are the other relevant settings:

Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed: 1/20
Aperture Value: 4.0
Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average Metering
ISO Speed: 200
Image Size: 3888×2592 pixels

The camera and lens were supported on a Bogen tripod and I used the self-timer to ensure maximum sharpness.

Posted by YL on 12/13/2010 in Nature Images with No Comments

We have been experiencing colder than normal weather with temp. dropping below 30 degrees in some locations. As a result some maple tree have gone through a progression of color changes similar to that seen up north.

I saw the most spectacular “red maple tree” while visiting Tree Tops Park (Davie FL) on Monday December 13th. Here are two images of this colorful scene:

Posted by YL on 12/11/2010 in Portrait Images with No Comments

I teamed up with other photographers I met through to shoot models at a studio in Dade county. Over 20 photographers were at the meet and I got a chance to listen to some of the pros as they share their experience about indoor lighting and shooting model indoor.

The following shots were what I considered my best efforts for the day:

Posted by YL on 12/02/2010 in Travel Images with 2 Comments

On a sunny day in south Florida I was driving along the Rickenbacker Causeway and noticed the new paved area near the beach. From this paved area on the southside of the highway I was able to get majestic views of the buildings along Brickell Avenue.

The building below is the Santa Maria Condominium at 1643 Brickell Avenue. This condo was completed in 1997 and has 51 stories. Currently (Sep 2011) there is a unit on the 8th floor for sale. It’s a 2/2 condo covering 2100 square feet for only $945,999.

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