Featured Portrait – Donald

Donald

This is the first portrait I’ve taken (which is not of myself) using all these wonderful lighting stuff I’ve been working on. This one is a simple setup using 2 lights. As usual, the tough part was managing the shadows. Stay tuned for more on how this image was taken.

Price of petrol in Malaysia increase by 40%

The Prime Minister has announced that the price of petrol will increase by 40% to a new price of RM2.70 per liter.

I wrote earlier that we have to seriously look into the various subsidies that exists in Malaysia and formulate a plan to eliminate it totally. Why? Because state intervention through subsidies should be an interim measure, not the end solution to economic problems. Well, it looks that Malaysian subsidies on petrol and other fuel products is a thing of the past though I am sure there are many people who will not (and are already not) happy with it.

We should expect to see the prices of other items increase dramatically and that is a dangerous thing for the economy. Discontent and unmanaged energy like that is likely to lead to a lot of headaches. What is missing is the plan to generate economic activity so that people can start earning more. People will need to be more efficient in what they do and not create economic ‘waste’.

Its not a matter of reducing costs but being more cost efficient. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what happens in 7 hours time when Malaysia awakens to a new, more expensive day.

DIY Softbox

I’ve been busy again, this time making a small softbox for the speedlite. Have a look. Obviously the one below and on top are softboxes lit by Speedlites 580EX and 580 EXII. The one in the middle is a home made snoot with grid lit by a Nikon SB-16 which was given to me by my late uncle a long time ago. Didn’t have a use for it until now.

Lighting stand

This is a picture of them in action.
Lighting stand lit

Am gonna test them soon with a subject and I’ll giver a heads up on what they are capable of. If it works, I’m gonna make bigger softboxes.

Self Portrait with the sax

Reza with the sax

Wow. I have spent the last 3 hours trying to get this one right. I wanted to balance the light on my face and reduce the contrast there. The problem is that I would spoil the shadow effect (which I wanted). Everything I tried would cast a spill onto the shadow. Anyway, this is going to be one of those images that’s gonna float around in my head until I get it right. I’ll post the lighting diagram with the explanation later. The lighting diagram is below.

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Flash Diffuser

Flash Diffuser

I made this flash diffuser after reading Chuck Gardner’s instructions on how he builds his flash diffuser and I added some modifications of my own.. It’s very power efficient and directs the light anywhere you want it. The other great thing is that it becomes flat when dismantled.

See more and read on to find out how to make your own.

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