The leaning tower of Teluk Intan, Malaysia.

Leaning tower of Teluk Intan Leaning tower of Teluk Intan

Hey, we have our own leaning tower too you know..., complete with fancy colors :)

Four Seasons

Spring Spring

Summer Summer

Autumn Autumn

Winter Winter

Four Seasons Four Seasons

All pix processed in ACDSee from a single photo. There are no seasons where I am, so we shall have to make do.

Flying Dragons

Black/Gold Dragonfly 1 Black / Gold Dragonfly 1: ISO100, 1/125 sec, F4.4, 86.4mm

Black/Gold Dragonfly 2 Black / Gold Dragonfly 2: ISO100, 1/160 sec, F4.4, 86.4mm

Gold Dragonfly on a Flower Gold Dragonfly on a Flower: ISO100, 1/200 sec, F5.0, 86.4mm

Striped Dragonfly Posing Striped Dragonfly Posing: ISO100, 1/200 sec, F4.4, 86.4mm

Striped Dragonfly in Acrobatics Striped Dragonfly in Acrobatics: ISO100, 1/320 sec, F5.6, 86.4mm

Bronze Dragonfly in Bloom 1 Bronze Dragonfly in Bloom 1: ISO200, 1/125 sec, F4.4, 86.4mm

Bronze Dragonfly in Bloom 2 Bronze Dragonfly in Bloom 2: ISO160, 1/125 sec, F4.4, 86.4mm

All pix taken with normal FZ28 without any extra attachments or lens. All are cropped and tuned with Picasa. Surprisingly, the image quality is still rather high and it was fun. Thanks to Adelene for inspiring me to take more and better photos.

A Red Devil

Red Devil, F4.4, 1/125s, ISO250

A plant with everything in red including leaves and stalk, contrast well with the green leaves behind.


Sunflower, F2.8, 1/100s, ISO100

There are things that we do not see even though they are right in front of our face. Open your eyes, and you shall see the richness of life.

FZ28 HDR Using A Single Photo

I was waiting for my food in Macau when I saw the what seems like the typical street scene and shot the below:

Program Mode, 1/80s, F2.8, ISO100

As you can see, immediately I saw that a large part of the photo was darker than I would like, so I adjusted the exposure for more to make things a little brighter:

Program Mode, 1/40s, F2.8, ISO100, +2/3EV

You might have noticed, this was way too bright for me. This is a classic case of the camera not having enough dynamic range to really pull out a great photo, where the darker parts should be brightened up while the brighter parts should be darkened up. That's when I remember something called HDR.

I googled about how to make an HDR photo and basically found out:

  • You should shoot 3-5 photo, at 1EV step difference, preferably using RAW and a tripod.
  • You should buy the Photomatix Pro software at USD$99.

First of all, I hate RAW, it's big and unwieldy and offers too little benefits to justify it's cost. Although the FZ28 can shoot 3 bracketed photos at your determined EV steps, I didn't do that in Macau as I was looking forward to the food. I shot only the 2 photos you see above, that's it. Plus, I am an amateur, not a professional and I didn't shoot to make money, just for self entertainment. It makes no sense for me to fork out $99 bucks just to make HDR photos, to put on a blog where nobody visits and I had to force my friends to look at (you know who you are). To top it all off, you still have to put in a whole lot of hard work into the shooting and post processing.

Guessed I am too lazy for that, but then I remembered that I did play around with HDR before, using just a single photo and ACDSee Pro. Off I went, and using just the first photo in this post, I fiddled with the somewhat graphic equalizer looking controls on ACDSee, and voila:

Program Mode, 1/80s, F2.8, ISO100. Lighting adjusted in ACDSee Pro. Colors Untouched.

Look at the car, look at the paved road the car is on, look at the boxes on the right, the green leaves on the left, the brighter and better looking yellow sign board above the car...there is only one word to describe this: Amazing. Looks great, easy, lazy HDR for me. Could this be applied to some other photos too?

At long last, the food finally came and I was mighty hungry, it was good:

Program Mode, 1/10s, F2.8, ISO400.

Program Mode, 1/13s, F2.8, ISO400.

Wild Mushroom

Program Mode: F4.4, 1/160 sec., ISO160.

They grow only on specific spots, and grow extremely fast overnight and disappear in about a day or two. Catch em while you can.

Program Mode: F3.7, 1/100 sec., ISO100.