Monthly Archives: November 2007

Do you like fishing?

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Photo by Kaali

It might not be too much about getting food for dinner for his family. This man was fishing alone seem to enjoy the outdoors and nature surrounding by himself. He must has always loved being outside.

It was a fun hobby that was also relatively easy to do. It was something that he could do to kill time and it was relativly inexpensive. This made it the perfect hobby for someone like him who enjoy alone in the nature surrounding.

Many people like fishing also means of providing something to free the mind and body of the worries of the day. Fishing is a great way to relax.

Sometimes people who are living in the town found so congested and noisy, perhaps is a time to get out from it to go outskirts for a change, getting away the heat and hot weather to the cooler surrounding with water and fishing.

Quite often I was asked about the effects of weather on fishing, but I have come to the conclusion that weather affects people/fisherman more than it does the fish. Most conditions that make us uncomfortable have little effect on the fish, and the so called ” perfect ” conditions aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

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Analysis of Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll autofocus performance

There are two analysis by Rob Galbraith which may answer most of our queries of Eos-1D Mark lll autofocus performance and the performance of the Nikon D3.

An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance Tuesday, June 19, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith

In our April 22, 2007 first look at the Canon EOS-1D Mark III, we described the camera’s autofocus as being blazingly fast at acquiring initial focus. So fast that covering women’s volleyball over several days was pure joy, thanks to an incredibly responsive autofocus system in the preproduction body on loan from Canon. We also found its autofocus to be quicker off the line in dim light than any camera we’d used before.

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High Jump: Canon EOS-1D Mark III production model (firmware v1.0.8)
+ EF 500mm f/4L IS, ISO 640, 1/3200, f/4
(Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

But that wasn’t the end of the autofocus story. We went on to say:Click here

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The Nikon D3 from ISO 200 to 25600 Thursday, November 15, 2007
| by Rob Galbraith

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Wide Spot: Nikon D3 + AF Zoom 14-24mm f/2.8G at ISO 200
(Photo by Nick Didlick)

Nikon has taken a grassroots approach to marketing their upcoming D3 digital SLR, putting it in the hands of professional photographers far and wide in the months leading up to its expected late-November release. And while this practice isn’t new, it is uncommon to allow those same photographers to use and distribute the files freely, especially from bodies running relatively early firmware. Such is Nikon‘s confidence in their first full-frame offering.

We’ve gathered files from three such photographers – Tony Bock, Nick Didlick and David Einsel – as well as photographer/author Peter K. Burian. From ISO 200 to 25600, here are full-resolution examples of what Nikon‘s new flagship is capable of.

Click here to continue

 

Federer and Nadal confident tennis is free of match-fixing

Reuters reported World number two Rafael Nadal joined Roger Federer on Wednesday in playing down the threat posed by match-fixing, saying tennis was 100% clean.

The men’s game has been hit by a series of allegations about match-fixing in recent months, with a number of players saying they had been offered money to throw matches. They all said they had rebuffed the offers.

When asked if he thought the issue had been blown out of proportion, Rafael Nadal said: “Totally agree. I’m sure everything is 100% clean.”

His thoughts echoed those of world number one Roger Federer, who said after winning the Masters Cup in Shanghai on Sunday: “It’s a great sport. It’s a clean sport and I hope that in the future it’s going to stay this way.” Click here for more.

Glenn Guan send me some photos of the world top tennis players who are in the Malaysian capital for a series of exhibition matches. His action photography are always sparkling me to share over here.

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World number one tennis player Roger Federer of Switzerland

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World number two tennis player Rafael Nadal of Spain

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Pete Sampras of United States
Photos By Glenn Guan / The Star

The landscape of sunrise and sunset in Japan

These are some pictures which I took four years ago when I was in Japan on a visiting tour. The landscape photos, sunrise and sunset, lighting and shadow were taken somewhere in a tourist spots where I was on the ways to visit Mt Fuji.

Photo by Chrisy

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Landscape Photography: Tips To Enhance The Experience
By: Albreht Moy

One of the great things about landscape photography is that the possibility is endless on where you can go, what to take a picture of and it all starts with a few steps from your own back door. The horizon is your limit.

Lighting speaks volumes in landscape photography. Getting up with the sun at dawn, watching the animals hurry around as they gather their food for the day, and while the sun is just peaking its face over the background would make for great photo with perfect light. When the sun is on its way down, this is great for a landscape picture of peace and serenity. This time of day is when animals and people are heading home for the night where the land is clear of “clutter” and the trees, skies and land are open. Shadows will add depth to any photo of the landscape and give it more of a three-dimensional feel to it.

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Landscape photography should be relaxing and fun to do. It also requires some time to get the precise composition. When a camera is slightly shifted one way or another, you can see how it will dramatically improve the picture you are looking to take. When it comes to taking a picture of the landscape, taking one photo is just as good as taking ten. You do not have to waste film on something that can be done right the first time, this can be achieved with a bit of patience, and some practice.

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When photographing landscapes, give your photo a feeling of depth by including close objects in the frame as well as the distant objects.

A fine lens for landscape photography is the 50 mm lens that comes as standard equipment on many SLR cameras.But if you are seriously interested in photographing landscapes, a good lens to have would be a wide-angle lens.

Losing detail due to camera shake is the biggest problem in landscape photography.So, a tripod and a shutter release cable are very helpful tools to have.

Article Source: http://www.articlecube.com

Albreht Moy offers photographs for sale at his website.

Which is the Best — Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll?

This is my second posting about the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll.
Visuallens had registered good traffic when I posted a review of these two cameras.

The battle between the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark III continues. There are many die-hard users of both cameras and you can read the debates on these two popular cameras on many photograpy blogs.

I am neutral and I am not a so-called die-hard user of these two branded cameras. But I started my photography with a Nikon. I switched to a Canon when the EOS entered the market recently.

Let’s see how the Nikon D3 which I think is a superb camera stack up against its Canon rival. The Nikon D3 will be available in the market here by December and I am wondering how many professional photographers especially from newspaper companies and wire agencies will be using the Nikon D3 in the coming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Presently, the Canon 1D Mark III has a better edge over its new rival. It is leading in the professional models in the world market.

However, Canon had admitted 1D Mark lll had an autofocus problem but the company had solved the problem. It involved secondary mirror which was not staying aligned especially at high temperatures.

Nikon claimed another public relation advantage over Canon recently. NASA used the Nikon D2 in the recent astronaut adventure where the video telecast was widely telecast all over the world and everyone noticed the Nikon camera was used.

Can Canon maintain the same market shares of face stiff competition with the introduction of the Nikon D3 model in the market? We’ll watch how this battle unfold in the near future.

Meanwhile, check out for yourselves and compare these two sample pictures taken by a Nikon D3 and a Canon 1D Mark lll with High ISO 3200 and Sample 100% cropped. The lady photos are taken with the Canon 1D Mark lll and the baseball photos taken with the Nikon D3 with ISO 6400 and 100% cropped.

I was told that we are not allowed to use any pictures taken by the
pre-models for any publication as they are not fully-made model. I found
out that there are some samples of the photos taken with the Nikon D3 out in their blogs. Let me share with you of some of their findings.

To be fair with both parties, all of you can judge for yourselves by
examinating the sample photos taken with the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll.

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According Master Chong.com blog, the Nikon D3 pictures, shot at ISO 3200, were taken at a soccer field. They are believed to be taken using
a Nikon D3 and Nikon 400 f2.8 VR lens.

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According to DigitalReview.ca, Nikon Canada Inc. recently offered accredited professional sports photographers (attending the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball home games at the Rogers Stadium in Toronto), the opportunity to try out initial production samples of the new Nikon D3 12.1 MP FX Format digital SLR.

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There are two video footages of Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll for your viewing and comparation if you have a fast broad-band connection.

Click here to view : Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll

So you had read and view the comparation of these cameras, which one you decide now! Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll ? Welcome to vote and commend .

Read one of the comment by A.T

The Nikon D3 completely trashes the badly executed Canon 1D Mark lll.
In my opinion, the Nikon D3 stomping over Canon 1D Mark III is only a continuation of the historically better company, Nikon, with better technology, ideas, aura and best of all, sweet, mind-blowing and inspiring images that make want to take pictures just for the sake of taking them. Go Nikon!!!

A Malay Wedding

Recently I was invited to Azhar Mahfof and Yulia’s wedding so I thought I’ll give you a peek into what happens in a typical Malay wedding. Azhar Mahfof is a photographer from The Star.

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On Sunday November 4, 2007, the couple were married. The marriage treated the groom and the bride as king and queen for the day.

Usually in Malay weddings, they will hold two receptions; one at the bride’s house and another one at the groom’s side. As this was the bride’s turn to have the reception, a whole group of us from Star Photo went to support him. It is quite difficult to find the bride’s house at Kampong Kerdas, Gombak Selangor.

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Long tables were set up under the tents in front of the house for the wedding guests to sit and eat. The little pot which you can see on most of the tables, it contains water so you can wash your hands before you eat your food. There were fork and spoon for the non malay guests too.

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Marriage is a contract, and the akad nikah effectively forges the union. The akad nikah ceremony is in effect a verbal contract between the bride’s father or his representative (in this case the kadhi) and the groom. The dialogue must be articulated clearly as to be heard by three witnesses

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The simplicity of this ritual belies the tremendous responsibilities of the groom to care for his bride, and this is reinforced in a brief lecture on marriage and its responsibilities delivered later by the kadhi. The groom is also reminded that, should he fail to provide both spiritual and physical sustenance for his wife, the marriage may be dissolved if a complaint is made to the Syariat Court.

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One needs to distinguish the mas kahwin and the hantaran (dowry). The small sum of the mas kahwin is to ensure that even poor people could marry, for marriage is encouraged for all healthy Muslims. The hantaran, on the other hand, is more customary and may go into thousands of dollars. Often, the hantaran takes the form of both cash and jewelry or clothing.

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The istiadat hantar belanja (sending of dowry and gifts) and upacara akad nikah (solemnization) often take place at the bride’s place. The recent trend, though, is to hold the solemnization in the mosque as was performed during the Prophet Muhammad’s (saws) time. The solemnization is usually conducted by the kadhi (marriage official) in front of witnesses after both partners are asked separately if they consent to the marriage. Gifts are then exchanged and there may be a recitation of the Quran.

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Gifts from the groom are checked to ensure that they are as promised. They will then be displayed in the bridal chamber. Gifts of clothes, toiletries and even prayer mats (to signify their adherence to the religion) are presented in intricate boxes or forms known as gubahan.

After the akad nikah ceremony , relatives and friends then process and they will have a walking procession to the bride’s house. It was just a few minutes walk but the groom who is also known as “raja sehari” (Malay for the king for the day) was escorted to the house under a yellow umbrella and bearers of bungga manggar (the decorative flowers at the side). Sounds of the kompang (drums being beaten) heralded the arrival of the groom. The bride greets him with a kiss on his hand and they are led away to the bersanding ceremony

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Then it is time for the bersanding ceremony, where the groom and bride will sit on the pelamin (Malay for dais) that is specially prepared and decorated.

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They are attended by two friends who will fan them while the sit in state looking like a king and queen for the day. You can see some nicely decorated flowers at the bottom of their feet. Those are the bunga telur (Malay for flower egg), which is traditionally given out to those who bless the happy couple. The egg symbolises a fertile union and the hope that the marriage will produce many children.

Happy Marriage and enjoy the moment of life as husband and wife.

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Pictures taken by Kamarul Ariffin/The Star

More photos on Azhar’s Album

Do you know why mother panda is unable to care for two of her cubs and has to abandon one?

The Chinese name for the giant panda, 大熊貓, literally translates to “large bear cat,” or just “bear cat” (熊貓).

Most bears’ eyes have round pupils. The exception is the giant panda, whose pupils are vertical slits like cats’ eyes. These unusual eyes, combined with its ability to effortlessly scale trees, are what inspired the Chinese to call the panda the “large bear cat.”

The panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. Pandas may eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish and yams.

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The giant panda is a favorite of the human public, at least partly because many people find that the species has an appealing baby-like cuteness. Also, it is usually depicted reclining peacefully eating bamboo, as opposed to hunting, which adds to its image of innocence. Though giant pandas are often assumed docile because of their cuteness, they have been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predatory behavior. Research shows that in cases in which its offspring may be under threat, the panda can and often will react violently.

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A female panda may have 2-3 cubs in a lifetime, on average. Growth is slow and pandas may not reach sexual maturity until five to seven years of age. The mating season usually takes place from mid-March to mid-May. During this time, two to five males can compete for one female; the male with the highest rank gets the female. When mating, the female is in a crouching, head-down position as the male mounts from behind. Copulation time is short, ranging from thirty seconds to five minutes, but the male may mount repeatedly to ensure successful fertilization.

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The whole gestation period ranges from 83 to 163 days, with 135 days being the average. Baby pandas weigh only 90 to 130 grams (3.2 to 4.6 ounces), which is about 1/900th of the mother’s weight. Usually, the female panda gives birth to one or two panda cubs. Since baby pandas are born very small and helpless, they need the mother’s undivided attention, so she is able to care for only one of her cubs. She usually abandons one of her cubs, and it dies soon after birth. At this time, scientists do not know how the female chooses which cub to raise, and this is a topic of ongoing research. The father has no part in helping raise the cub.

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When the cub is first born, it is pink, furless and blind. It nurses from its mother’s breast 6 to 14 times a day for up to 30 minutes at a time. For three to four hours, the mother may leave the den to feed, which leaves the panda cub defenseless. One to two weeks after birth, the cub’s skin turns gray where its hair will eventually become black. A slight pink color may appear on the panda’s fur, as a result of a chemical reaction between the fur and its mother’s saliva. A month after birth, the color pattern of the cub’s fur is fully developed. A cub’s fur is very soft and coarsens with age. The cub begins to crawl at 75 to 90 days; mothers play with their cubs by rolling and wrestling with them.

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The cubs are able to eat small quantities of bamboo after six months, though mother’s milk remains the primary food source for most of the first year. Giant panda cubs weigh 45 kg (99.2 pounds) at one year, and live with their mothers until they are 18 months to two years old. The interval between births in the wild is generally two years.

All Pictures taken in Panda Zoo, Beijing by Chrisy. © 2007 Chrisy, All rights reserved.