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[KISH] Back to SH

Well.. the Chinese New year break was LONG.. a bit too long…

Guangzhou SkyLine

It’s funny that the first day when i got back to work, my boss said. “wow you seems more tired then the way you look before the holiday!”  Well.. kinda..

Anyway, so i’ve went to Guangzhou (hence the above picture)
and also Hong Kong of course.
was able to do some street photo in HK, so was happy about that!
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[HKD] Light Stand Stablizer #strobist #DIYPhotography #DIY

Well.. another DIY from me!
So, I’ve came across these Cola bottle belt clip on the web (first time saw this was actually on the subway)
Been using these to clip a bottle on the camera bag for long time.
suddenly got this idea.

Prepare: Portable Lightstand Stabilizer #strobist #DIYPhotography

So, basically i took 3 of these clip, took the hook out and thread it with a cable velcro tie.

Usage: Portable Lightstand Stabilizer #strobist #DIYPhotography

and of course, you can mount three 2 liters one.  (click here for full size)


[HKD] DIY – The UmbrellaDish! #strobist #DIYP

Well! For the Strobist out there.  We all know how bulky the Beauty-dish is. 
Especially for me who doesn’t even drive in Shanghai, China. Carrying the big Beauty-Dish is hard. (and people often thought I am a Satellite Technician)
So I’ve always tried to avoid using it.

The other day, I was walking around XingGuang (the Shanghai Camera Mall, Yes a WHOLE BUILDING selling photography related stuff!!)  

I came across a little rather useless thing, which is a reflector that mount in front of the camera lens, to act as a “Ring-flash” that’s selling for 20 Chinese Yuan (about 3USD??)
But suddenly this strike me, I can make use of this thing. and solve the beauty Dish problem.

So.. BEHOLD!!! the UmbrellaDish!!!
[DIY] Tata!!! UmbrellaDish!

TATA!

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[KISH] 2010 First Snow in Shanghai

Let it snow~ Let it snow~
well… First snow this year in Shanghai is finally here…
and it is coming in hard!
First snow 2010, Shanghai
first time I’ve ever seen it cover the ground/roof in shanghai.
(it’s normal in Toronto i know… but not in SH!)
anyway just wanna say it!
Holiday season is coming (even tho there are no x’mas holiday here in China.)


[Kish] Help Portrait is coming! (Help Portrait 又来了!)

Help Portrait is coming soon! it’s only few more weeks away from Dec 4, 2010
Help Portrait 又回来了! 还有几个星期就到 12月4日。

If you don’t know what Help Portrait is:
Basically it is a world wide movement started by Jeremy Cowart, a Seattle based photographer.  On Dec 4, Photographers (no matter you are Hobbyist, Amateurs, Professional, etc)  will go out and help people to take portrait, for those who never got a chance to have their portrait taken.
It’s not about us, our pictures, or our portfolio. but is about sharing with others, other people who needs, and with other photographers. So in other word, the portraits will not be post, but only send back to the “model”. Only thing that will be post is the picture that we took WITH them. to tell a story.

如果你不知道HELP-PORTAIT是什么:
基本上Help-Portrait是一个由西雅图一名叫Jeremy Cowart的摄影师发起的运动。
在今年12月4日, 摄影师们(无论摄影对你来说是兴趣,业余,专业)都纷纷出来, 帮一些有需要的人事, 一些从来没有机会拍专业人像的人, 去拍一次“专业水准”的人像照。
这个活动不是为了我们(摄影师们), 也不是为了我们的照片,更加不是为了我们的作品集。
而是为了分享, 跟有需要的人分享, 跟其他摄影师分享。
所以换句话来说, 那些拍到的人像照, 是不会贴到任何地方。 所有拍得的人像照只会被打印出来, 发还给“模特”们。
我们贴出来的, 只会是我们跟他们一起拍的照片, 去讲这一个故事。

Dec042010_poster
This year, we will be working with New Citizen Life Center (Minhang) at  182 Lincang Rd. Fenfa School, Minhang District, and Help take photo for the Migrant Families
今年, 我们会跟 新市民生活馆(闵行)【上海闵行区临沧路182号奋发学校】 合作, 为流动人口家庭拍他们的人像照/全家福
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[KISH] Sidetracked from Help Portrait, “The Farm Visit” …

This Saturday, we (Myself, SueAnne, Savio, and Lumi) went to do some Help Portrait Preparation, while we are on the way, we saw this farm while we are on the Metro. So we decided to stop there after lunch to check it out.
[Street] Farm at HuaningLu #1
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[KISH] Well.. Finally Expo is over

Well.. It’s Nov 1, 2010 today…
and Expo is finally coming to an end….. And there are a few thing i notice right after.

I suppose there are some good thing and bad thing that such a huge event had brought us.

Expo 2010: The China Pavilion In front of Sunset  (Strobist)

Read on to see a video of Poor Haibao got beatup 😀
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[HKD] Done Travelling

So! I am back to Shanghai.
It was nice to visit Home@Toronto and travel around the US.
but also it’s nice to be back with all my gears and toys around!

So as i said last time, I will post a few more strobist style pics that I took during the US trip.
So here we go!
[Strobist] "The" elephant sunset at NMNH
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Travelling!

So i was taking one of those bus tour with my parent and my wife to the states for 4 days (3 nights)in the camera bag, i had my film cameras and my little G11 with a few flashes.

That is why i am away online for so many days.

of course. the picture from the film camera won’t be availiable any time soon. but most of the G11 pic are processed. and alot of them are strobed!

on the final day, the cloud got heavy with the blue sky behind, was at a service stop waiting. so i got got my gear out and took this.

[SP]:Travelling the strobist way

Strobist info. G11 with ND setting on, ISO80, 1/400 sec, f5.6.
Flash triggered with RF-602, one flash 430EX at 1/2 power at a very obvious location. then the sun is behind me behind the cloud.

More pic to come…


[RANT] [KISH] Finally WordPress is not behind the wall!

Finally!  WordPress can be access freely in China!!
no more blocking! woohoo! (at least for now!)
Abandoned House Search: Window in a window


[HKD] [KISH] Strobist Workshop Test Run

We’ve been talking about we wanted to host a Strobist 102 workshop.
we did 101 a few time already, time to move up and go practical.
So last weekend, few of us decided to do a test run.
Organized a small scale workshop with 5 people only.

Strobist Workshop Sept 2010: Behind the scene

It was quite successful I think.
We hired one model, and XXOM also brought a friend. 

Read on to check out some of the model shots and test shot!! and find out how we think about the meetup

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[KISH] Searching For Abandoned Building I

So.. I was suddenly in the mood to search for broken building this week (well.. I’ve been trying to search for a while..)

Somehow i have a thing for broken places, used to love the “Brick work” in Toronto (used to be a brick factory, got discarded for years)

First stop i went was M50. on Moganshan Lu (莫干山路)
there is a building I’ve seen a few time.. but never got the chance to find way to access it.

Abandoned House Search:  I couldn't find the way to get upstair

here’s the building. It is a 3 floored building but i i don’t think upstair can be access.. the floor already hollowed.. probably not safe to get up there.
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[KSOW] OT: I just want direction

Got XKCD subscribed on RSS feed.. and today’s comic is funny (at least it is funny to me.)
so i figure i would share


[KISH][HKD] Light Painting: August Flickr Meetup

Summer is TOO hot in shanghai….
so …   we decided to have NIGHT time meetup this month!
Since lot of us got no high-iso or super fast lens.
walking around town could cause a problem…

so… someone came up with the idea of doing night painting!!!

[FlickrMeet] Light painting: Just chilling in the park
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[KISH]Late entry: Shanghai World Wide Photo Walk

First of all,
I have to say i was going to update this 2 weeks ago.
but my connection to WordPress been acting up like crazy!
So i can’t post anything properly until now.

Anyway, hope this won’t happen again.

Now the main story.
So 2 weeks ago, on July 24, 2010

WWPW2010: Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk Shanghai

We were having the first “Scott Kelby’s Annual World Wide photowalk” in Shanghai.
We went from Jingan Temple all the way to Huaihai Zhong Rd.. about 3.5km
we had 35 people in the group! all with camera in their hands, and walked for good 3-4 hrs!

It was great fun! and many many thanks to John for organizing this!

Anyway.. gonna share some more pic after the break, so click to see more!
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[RANT] [KISH] EXPO!! Still tons of people!!

So,
Was dragged to the Shanghai EXPO again last week.
and gosh.. there are ALOT of people.. even more than the last time i went few months ago!
Expo, lots of people!
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[RANT] [KISH] OT: taobao? fake post? beware.

Well.. taobao. usually give me a very good experience.
I mean.. i’ve heard lot of people doing bad thing on it, but this is the first time i bump into it…
and well.. i dodged the bullet i guess…
taobaofake2

read on! and see what happened to me…
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[REPORT] [KISH] Interphoto & Digital Imaging Exhibition -Part 2

Here’s the 2nd part… let’s continue where i left off in part 1.

After we left Yongnuo, we went upstair to check out more lighting stuff.

we stop by a booth called Nanguang.
they all do continuous light.  (non flash)
and came across one BIG ring flash consist of whole bunch of florescent tube mounted in circle.
at first, i was a bit sceptically about this thing… (never really a continuous lighting guy. like flash more)
but well.. i have to say the quality is quite good.. and the catch light is very interesting!

zoom-2488
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[KISH] [HKD] Apple opened their first store in Shanghai

Well..  i figure i would report this. even tho i am not an apple fanboy (Don’t like i-tune)
Apple opened their first “Apple store” in Shanghai (2nd one in China, the 1st one was in Beijing)
[STREET] 1st Apple store opened in shanghai today

this morning..  thousands of people lining up trying to gets in…

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[REPORT] The 12th China Shanghai Interphoto & Digital Imaging Exhibition (a.k.a the Made-in-China photo gear show) -Part 1

Yes.. another New category!
this one is called “Photo Report” [REPORT]
Like the name suggested. it will be reporting any photo news. including event, gears, etc.

First one.
we going to talk about the The 12th China Shanghai Interphoto & Digital Imaging Exhibition
So, this is the first time i go to this exhibit.
what’s going on there are Chinese manufacturers bring out their product and show it to everyone.
there are a few big non-chinese company too (such as Canon, HP, Epson, etc)

Last Saturday, Myself, Savio, David and Lutz went to this show, since we were kind of invited by Phottix

So I guess, naturally let’s talk about them first.

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[KSOW] A “Ferrania Zeta Duplex”.. How could you not want on one of this!!

Ferrania Zeta Duplex, originally uploaded by John Kratz.

OH com’on! how could you not want one of this!
this is the best looking camera i’ve ever seen!! GOSH.. you have no idea how much i want it now..
it use 120 film… and i just happen to have tons of it. !


[KSOW] Kool-Stuff-On-Web: The iPhone Fashion Shoot By Lee Morris

Ok! new category! it’s called “Kool-Stuff-On-Web”
If i came across something worth mention on the web.  i will post it here.

so expect to be short post. unless there are lot of explanation needed.

First one.. Today on twitter, i came across this video titled “The iPhone Fashion Shoot By Lee Morris ”

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[HKD] The Little beetles

So … another “How Kirk Did-it”
This time featuring the little Beetles toy car.

[Strobist] Little Beatles

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[RANT] [HKD] Oh snap! i left my bankcard in the ATM

So i was doing some shopping at the supermarket, then after i done i realize i am out of cash
so i want to the Atm.

got some money out… and then left…

OH! Snap!!! I left my bank card in the ATM!

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