Monthly Archives: March 2008

Taking Silhouettes

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Never shoot towards the light.” We’ve probably all heard this old photography “rule,” but, for now, let’s treat it more as a general guideline. If you want to shoot some photos that really pop, that really jump out and grab you—shoot towards the light.

Silhouettes are photos where your subject is dark against a bright background. Using a sunrise or sunset as the backdrop for your subject can give stunning results—your subject becomes a bold black figure against a canvas of bright and vivid colour.

When you use a bright and cloud filled sky as your background, your subject often doesn’t come out pure black, but comes across as dark and moody against a brooding sky.Read More

Tips by Al Sanchez

Don’t you just love silhouettes? If you’ve ever seen those detective movies you know what silhouettes are. The detective only shown as a dark figure talking is the silhouette. The silhouette photo is a great picture that can be very amazing and visually appealing. These photos can make for mysterious, commanding, gentle, and intriguing photos. It can be a great way to put emphasis on a subject.

The most common and easy way to use a silhouette is when there is a single primary subject of interest. This is the easiest way to light as you simply light it from behind the subject and thus the subject will be turned into a silhouette. Of course, you can try more creative things like having silhouettes of hundreds of people but that will be much more difficult.

When taking silhouette pictures the shape and form of your subject is critically important. You will not see any of the details within the subject and only see their outline. The lines of the subject become very prominent. When taking photos of people as silhouettes, it can be very useful as you are seeing them as lines and shapes. Taking these types of photos of people can greatly improve your photos of people and posing them properly.

The background of your silhouette is extremely important. If your background is as dark as the silhouette it will be very hard to see the subject. The background color should be somewhat contrasting to the silhouette. This will make the subject stand out.

When taking silhouette photos, try to keep everything simple. Think of simple concepts to portray in your images. Because the silhouette strips the subject of all details it is a much simpler form of photography. Taking a silhouette against the sky can work very great and you most likely don’t even need any extra lighting. Simply place the subject against the sky and the light will make them become dark and silhouetted where the sky will be fully visible.

Silhouette photos can be very emotional photos. It can show very conflicting and deep emotions such as fear, sadness, grief, etc.

To practice silhouette photos simply try looking at a subject and see their outline and shape. This will give you a good idea of what they will look like when silhouetted. If you want to practice

About the Author

Al Sanchez has a great program that teaches you how to take better photos. He also teaches people how to sell pictures online.

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Kimi Raikkonen wins the Malaysian Grand Prix

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Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Jenson Button
of Briton in action where Kimi speed his way to win the Malaysian Grand
Prix at the Sepang Formula One circuit on March 2,2008
Photo by S.S.Kanesan/TheStar

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday March 23,2008 at Sepang F1 Circuit. He beat BMW’s Robert Kubica and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen.

Jarno Trulli secured an impressive fourth in the Toyota. Lewis Hamilton was only managed to fifth.

German Nick Heidfeld finished sixth and Australian Mark Webber made up for his bad luck in his home race in Australia last Sunday by finishing seventh. Spaniard Fernando Alonso was eighth for Renault.Felipe Massa spun out from second position and lost the race.

Well! I am happy that Kimi Raikkonen won the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang F1 Circuit. He who seldom smiled to the cameras, had reasons to flash a big grin after the podium celebrations..

Who will be the champ… Lewis Hamilton vs Kimi Raikkonen

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Who will be the champ on this coming Sunday March 23,2008 at Malaysian F1 Grand Prix……..Lewis Hamilton vs Kimi Raikkonen

Do you think these F1 drivers have any chance to win ……Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button or new comer Nico Rosberg and Heikk Kovalainen

Young McLaren Lewis Hamilton continued from where he left off in Melbourne by setting the fastest lap during the free pratice seesion in the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix here on yesterday March 21,2008. He claimed the top spot with a sizzling lap of 1:35.055.

The Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen had dominated for the most part of the second practice session in the afternoon. Brazilian Felipe Massa was relegated to second spot on 1:35.206 while Kimi Raikkonen, the reigning world champion, set the third fastest time of 1:35.428.

Britain‘s Jenson Button emerged with a surprise performance, finishing fourth fastest in his Honda.

German driver Nico Rosberg, who finished third in Melbourne and is the son of former world champion Keke Rosberg, was 12th as his Williams car was caught in the heavy traffic in the closing stages of the second session.

Fernando Alonso says it’s unlikely that he will be winner for a third time in his favorite track at the Sepang F1 Circuilt as he feels that his Renault has a lot of catching up to do before to challenge McLaren, Ferrari and even BMW Sauber. He could end up only 14th spot during the free pratice session

So who will immerge to be the winner of this Malaysia Grand Prix ? Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikkonen; Mclaren or Ferrari

Photo by SS Kanesan/The Star

Light and shadow-Thean Hou temple by night

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On the 10th day of the Chinese New Year, I invited two of my close friends, Tony , Joseph and their families for a dinner at the Pines restaurant in Brickfields. I chose to have dinner here as we all lived in Brickfields when we were teenagers decades ago..

We had the traditional Yee Sang as a start for our Chinese New Year get-together. We enjoyed the good food and the conversations which covered stories of our younger days in Brickfields for almost two hours.The dinner ended at about 9.30pm. We proceeded to the Thean Hou temple with Tony’s family.

As I had taken some photo of light and shadow at the Thean Hou temple in the day,. I was keen to take some photos at night. The display of red and colourful lanterns at night turn the whole place into a fairyland.

The temple was packed with people. Some were here to get their blessings from the Thean Hou goddess to have better luck and also to offer New Year prayers. Some others like me came to admire the colourful lightings and to take photos..

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