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I was surprised when flicking trough tv remote control and stopped at SBS and this Eurovision 2012 flash came up with Anggun, one of my favorite Indonesian singer in the 80s-90s, was on one of it. She was huge back in Indonesia and then migrated to France and decided to change nationality and become one of Europe’s top singer. Not that I care much about Eurovision but this one is bit special because Anggun was there. What made it more interesting to me was at the end of the performance she said ‘Thank you, Terimakasih’ instead of “Merci’ as she was representing her current nationality, France. Not sure if she did it in purpose or just slip of tongue but that was cool. :D. She didnt win tough, Sweden did but she is still top singer for me.

Here is her performance at the Eurovision 2012 with “You and I (Echo)” and also one of her first performance in Indonesia, the song that made her one of my favorite female singer in Indonesia.

Anggun in Eurovision 2012 representing France:

Anggun, my favorite song and video clip that I grew up with:

In my previous post about Custom Bokeh, I mentioned about how to create custom shaped bokeh for still photography. On Thursday, I visited the opening season of Mindil Beach Markets in Darwin with fireworks and I practice the custom bokeh for that. The result was pretty entertaining and colorful, I couldnt stop myself watching them and here it is the video:

Custom Bokeh Video of Mindil Beach Markets Opening Season 2012 by Irawan

I was at the Australian Superbike Championship 2012 this afternoon and was surprised by how little was the crowd at Hidden Valley, Darwin. Maybe it was on Sunday and I came bit late, but fortunately I had a chance to see Crusty Demons. The Superbikes themselves was OK.

Crusty Demons performance were too short and didnt do too many acts but I got a chance to shot their styles. These are some that made me go wow and thought that these guys are 6. I shot these acts with cheap standard kit lense 55-250mm Canon:

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Caine’s Arcade

Caine is a 9-year old boy who spends his summer weekend at his dad’s used autoparts in East LA. Caine created an elaborate arcade games with his dad’s cardboard and offered it to any one who passed by to play with him, unfortunately, because his dad’s business is done trough ebay and no longer depend on walk in customer so Caine’s Arcade was not so lucky with customers. And then one day a film maker, Nirvan Mullick, who were looking for a door handle for his 96 Corolla saw this Caine’s Arcade decided to played it and he had a great fun and amazed with the boy’s creativity. He then came back to the shop and talk to Caine’s dad when he was not there and asked if he could make a short movie about this adorable boy.

The movie was brilliantly done with a great music and it went viral. I could not stop watching and always curious following the story development. In the website, cainesarcade.com, they open donation for Caine’s college fund with paypal and was initially targeted for $25,000 and then rised to $100,000 and as per today it reaches over $160,000. Good luck with the college Caine and congratulations for inspiring millions of kids all over the world.

This video is a good sample of good relationship of Dad and son and good parenting, great story, excellent videography and perfect internet marketing.

Check the video until finish:

Doing macro photography could be very fun as you can create a photo that your eyes wont see in everyday life or bare eyes. It requires a special lens to capture tiny object as a close up in details. But I just learned recently that you can do a macro photography without a special pricy lenses and get a way around it. One of my photographer friends mentioned to me the other week that we can do a macro photography with reversed lens. I was not sure what he meant at that time but he said its literally just reversing your lens back to front.

Not going to elaborate the science of how the reverse lens work but its pretty cool (you can see the science here: http://stephenelliot.com/2007/05/15/reverse-lens-macro-photography-tutorial/) . You can just hold your lens back to front against the camera or buy a special reverse lens mount.

So then I did an experiment on it and the result is surprised me, better than I thought. This experiment I used a standard cheap lens  kit EFS 18-55mm, I dont have any insect or something more exciting to capture so I just took whatever I have in the office :

This is how I did it without reverse lens mount

This is how I did it without reverse lens mount

Expreiment I:

Gargamel | Focal length 55mm maximum closest

Gargamel | Normal lens at focal length 55mm maximum closest

Gargamel | Same lens setting but reversed and closed up

Gargamel | Same lens setting but reversed and closed up

Experiment II:

Watch | Normal setting 55 mm

Watch | Normal setting 55mm

Watch | Reversed lens

Watch | Reverse Lens

Bokeh is originally a Japanese word meaning ‘blur’ or ‘haze’ (Wikipedia). So, in photography, bokeh is used when you take a photo with a very shallow focus (big aperture), the area that are out of focus will be blurry. Bokeh is mostly used for night photography where the light is out of focus and blurry and give it a bit of artistic feeling on it. Recently, I made an experiment with custom bokeh shapes with Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

How?

Basically, all we need to do is just covering the lens with shaped filter in black. I use lens cup with whole on it and put my custom shaped filter behind it: simple and save place in your camera bag. Another way is you could make a filter that you can put on top of your lens like most tutorial on youtube do. Or you can buy factory made custom bokeh filters, neatness guarantee but at the moment, I’m showing you my DIY filters.

Here are what I did, would be more shopisticated when the lights are more colorful and make it in video with movements. Will wait til the wet season gone and can not wait for Mindil Beach opening or Territory Day with lots of fireworks:) :

Here are the results:

Bokeh no filter

Bokeh No filter

Bokeh with broken heart shaped filter

Bokeh with question mark shaped filter

Bokeh with question mark shaped filter

Bokeh with positive shaped filter

Bokeh with star shaped filter

Bokeh with star shaped filter

And this is what the filter looks like:

DIY Cutom Bokeh Filter

DIY Cutom Bokeh Filter

I watched the keynote presentation from apple.com for the new iPad and conclude that if you have got iPad 2 already, not really urgent for upgrading it to the new iPad. Different story if you havent got one but planning to buy one, stupid not to choose the new one unless your budget is $100 short. Anyway, from the presentation, I gather that the only interesting thing for me was iPhoto for iPad, other than that are screen resolution and games which I’m not really in to.
Now, I did some testing with iPhoto for iPad 2, which requires iOS 5.1 and you just needed to update the iOS for free, and some silly pixelated result appeared. I published it on facebook and icloud journal, both are the same. With mozaic like pixelated result so you can not even see the photo properly. I’m not sure if I missed something here or it was just the internet connectivity thing, I don’t know. The image was not that big in size, only 2 something MB downloaded from facebook. This problem is also happening when you share it to ‘Camera Roll’ too.

Here’s the comparison between the result in iPad and published on the internet/share in camera roll.

On iPad 2:

iPhoto Journal on iPad 2

iPhoto Journal on iPad 2

And then i published it on internet/online,same thing when I shared it on facebook:

iPhoto Journal Online

iPhoto Journal Online

If you happen to know the solution for this, please do drop a line on comment below.