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KLCC Long Distance by Night PDF Print E-mail
Nov 14, 2013 at 07:19 PM

Believe it or not, this shot is a still from a video camera, taken with a lens that is at least 20 years old. I was testing out my old Mamiya 220mm lens on the Red, shooting timelapses from my balcony, which is about 8km (5 miles) away from KLCC Twin Towers. Marrying new tech like the Red with classic lenses from the past can yield some lovely surprises. In this case, the sharpness on this image is incredible, especially if you consider that the light had to travel through 8Km of KL's diesel-laden atmosphere. To check out the full size 4K Ultra HD version (which makes lovely wallpaper), click this link. It might take a while to load because it's a 10MB file.

KL Skyline up close by night.

Super High Res Caltex Station PDF Print E-mail
Oct 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Here's a commissioned job I did recently for Caltex Singapore's new office. The finished shot is up on a wall about 5 metres wide, all printed at magazine quality 300dpi. You can walk right up to it and see intricate detail as if you were there. The finished artwork is over 58,000 pixels wide and is made up of more than 280 individual 21 mega pixel shots. You may think that it doesn't look like that in real life. Sure it doesn't. The sky was shot in Utah, USA, and the cars in the foreground were shot in Kuala Lumpur.

Super High Res Shot of Caltex Tampines, Singapore

KLCC Night Through Contax PDF Print E-mail
Oct 21, 2013 at 09:12 PM

Testing out some new lenses on the Red. Astoundingly, this shot is from a video frame. And if you click on it you'll get to see/download a high resolution 3200pix wide shot shrunk down from the original video. Be warned, it's an 800K download, but it makes great wallpaper.

Technically, although these lenses are new acquisitions, there are in fact fairly old. This one I used for this shot is the 60mm Macro from Contax, which went obselete in the 90's. Yet this old glass is far superior to the stuff being peddled by the likes of Canon and Nikon these days. Even my Canon L 85 Prime, considered one of the very best Canon lenses, cannot get close this level of sharpness. I'm also seeing astounding results from my old Mamiya 645 lenses, which went out of production in 1997. They really don't build them like this any more.

KLCC and KL Menara glow in the dark

Storms over New York PDF Print E-mail
Apr 24, 2013 at 01:59 AM

Not every day is sunny. And when you've paid to get into a helicopter it's nicer if the sun shines. But then again, when you can get shots as dramatic as this, maybe bad weather is an upside.



 

Site updating PDF Print E-mail
Mar 31, 2013 at 03:09 AM

I'm back in KL and very busy processing all the footage from our American trip. There are hundreds of hours of footage to recolour and package for Corbis, and sometime I will also have to get all the stills ready too. It's a mammoth task, in between which I also have to re-start the business here and make sure that we earn a living. As you can imagine, keeping up with the various blogs is a toughie.

So here's a shot that I treated very quickly last night just to get things moving. It was taken from the top of the Empire State building in October last year. More to follow soon.

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Greetings from chilly Arizona PDF Print E-mail
Dec 09, 2012 at 06:45 AM

Sunset at Monument Valley

We're about one month away from the end of our grand journey. From Virginia we headed down to Tampa, Florida, then across to New Orleans, through Austin, Texas, and the into New Mexico for Santa Fe, Roswell and lots of desert. On the way through Arizona we popped into the Meteor Crater, off the old Route 66 (see middle shot, below). Now we're in the final day of our stay near the Grand Canyon, AZ, which also included a drive up to Monument Valley in Utah. I got plenty of great shots there, but this is one of my favourites. Click it for a full HD resolution version.

Sunset at Sedona A very large hole in the ground A small portion of the Grand Canyon

We'll be in LA for Xmas, and back in Malaysia around the 8th January. See you then.

Greetings from the East Coast of USA PDF Print E-mail
Oct 24, 2012 at 07:47 PM

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The Lady It's been a long time since I updated this blog. I tend to be more active on Facebook these days, although that might change soon. Since July we've driven over 12,000 miles up the west cost of the USA through Portland to Vancouver in Canada, over the Canadian Rockies, back down into Minneapolis in the USA and around the Great Lakes (including Chicago) to Maine, then down to Boston, New York and Washington DC. We dropped in on a lot of people that I've known online for many years, and strengthened a good few friendships. So here are a couple of shots from those travels. When I get back to Malaysia I'll update this site more fully. Chrysler building from The Rock

The hero shot above is from Antietam Battlefield, which remembers a particularly savage engagement of the Civil War. I took a lot of pictures there, but this one says it all. However, there's always room for another one, including this one from underneath the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Boogie! PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2012 at 10:09 AM
 Darrin 'Boogie' Berlin The first leg of our US stock photo/video trip has begun, and we've been enjoying the wonderful hospitality of our Southern California hosts. We're really impressed by how nice and courteous everyone is. The weather is great and the kids are enjoying a very big adventure.

So far we've had to get through the process of opening bank accounts, transferring money over (which has been totally mishandled by Standard Chartered Bank), buying a car and stuff. Our first weekend was spent visiting an old 'virtual' friend, Darrin 'Boogie' Berlin, who lives in a quiet place about half way between San Diego and LA.

Darrin has an awesome collection of fabulous guitars, which is quite appropriate because he really knows how to play them. He used to be the lead guitarist in several now defunct LA Country/Punk bands, most notably Tommy Homicide and The Last Americans. Now he's settled down to the quiet life, but there's still a big heart of the rebel in him. You can hear his lead guitar skills at the bottom of this post on a track that I released as Calamity Pop and featured on our second album in 2006.

Sunday morning, we engaged in the traditional American pursuit of firing some lethal ammunition at some paper targets. Handguns not being allowed in the parts of the world that we live in, this is always a great opportunity to have some fun, and we fired plenty of lead at into the back wall, from a variety of guns including a Magnum 44 hand cannon. It was our youngest son's 10th birthday, so he also got the chance to save the world from a Zombie Apocalypse.

Connor vs Zombie

Earth Platinum in the British Library PDF Print E-mail
Jul 16, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Earth Platinum, the largest Atlas in the world, is now owned by the British Library. Watch the BBC Coverage of the event here. The Guinness Book of Records also took the time to measure it and confirm its status as the largest Atlas ever made.

Here is the gigapan of the first launch event in Abu Dhabi. This one took quite some time to do as lots of people moved around while we were shooting, so I had to fix many dismemberments to make people whole again.

Spotting the Sunbathers at Abu Dhabi PDF Print E-mail
Jun 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM
In June 2012 my son and I went to Abu Dhabi for the launch of Earth Platinum, which features the Singapore F1 night shot. While we were there we went out for a wander, like 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen', and took the opportunity to take a few more Gigapans. This is the beach, which attracts sunworshippers despite being a Muslim country. The temperature that day was around 42C, but it's a dry heat so the sweat practically boils off you.

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