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Have you ever been disappointed by your camera, or more to yourself for taking a rare opportunity photo but out of focus? I have :D. No software can fix that problem at the moment until recently new invention came up with LYTRO.

Meant to shot me,not the bridge

Meant to shot me,not the bridge :D. It will be different story if it was shot with Lytro.

Its a light field camera that can be used by anyone and no need to worry about the focus. Simple words, shoot now focus later. They just started shipping the new product to their first buyers on 29 February 2012. This brilliant invention captures a photo with a large depth of focus so with only using their software, we can choose or change the focus as we please. By uploading to their gallery, we can even play around with the focus by clicking the point where you want it to be focused. I can imagine now the problem like my picture above will be gone soon with DSLRs applying this technology.

Lytro Light Field Camera

Lytro Light Field Camera

Here are some photos that you can play around with the focus. The picture is not live in this blog because wordpress.com doesn’t allow iframe embedding, but if you click below images and go to the link, you can play around with it and see what I mean.

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Lytro

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Lytro Camera

Click to see and play around with focus.

Lytro

Click images to see Lytro camera result.

First time in NZ and we traveled around in South Island driving from Christchurch toward North and stayed overnight or two in Kaikoura, Nelson, Hikitika, Queenstown, Lake Tekapo and back to Christchurch before flying to Sydney. All footages and photos taken by Irawan during trip February 2012.

Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann

Sydney and Manly Timelapse Video

Lake Tekapo old church timelapse

Pocket camera on window mount suction pod. Driving from Christchurch to somewhere around Greta Valley South Island.

More videos to come…

As I’m now starting to get in to videography, and I myself enjoy traveling (who wouldn’t?), here are some amazing and inspiring travel video. I kinda like to go to vimeo.com than youtube because you find lots of craps in youtube and vimeo are more selected and arty video. Very easy to find a quality video for reference and the forum makes it good place to learn. Anyway, this shouldnt be a comparison between two but about travel photography.

I guess to have a good travel video most of the one I like use tripod and wide angle lenses with big aperture. Timelipse is popular for travel videography and the result could be amazing, taken from different angles and with a bit of panning too. Thing is, when you travel, are you going to take all of your photography gear or just basic stuff? Well, if you call yourself enthusiast you should. GoPro camera would put your travel video more lively and increasingly very popular.

Here are some videos that I like:

1. The Longest Way 1.0 | One year walk/beard grow time lapse

This guy is pretty inspiring, he did a walking trip and went for 4500km trough China and Gobi Desert and even tough he never finished his goal to Germany, still pretty awesome. He took a photos his face everyday and see how he doesnt look like he did. Not surprised if this video won so many short film festivals.

2. Eat, Move and Learn

Thats what we do on our travel. Rick Mereki did an awesome job on doing the video:



3. Time is Nothing (Kien Lam)

He decided to quit his job to travel and took timelapse videos around the world and this is what he achieved 17 countries later. This video has been featured in mainstream medias. Wish I could take that decision….

4. Lost in Tokyo (Mark Blamley)

10,000 photos in 2 days in Tokyo. Inspiring timelapse of Tokyo.

5. Water&Rocks, New Zealand

This is more like tourism video than a travel video but still very enjoyable to watch.

6. Many Steps (Takayuki Akachi)
This is another unique idea that he traveled the world and filmed some daily life and corners of places he visited. Awesome!

7. 5 Minutes of Syria (Ruslan Fedolov)

Great videography by Ruslan Fedolov.

8. Venezia

This video has shown how powerful DSLR cameras are for making video and movie and 5D Mark II is the king as to Michael Jackson to pop music.

9. Postcard from Bali (Stephen Kot)

Beautifully done this video is. With Canon EOS 5D Mark II and shallow depth of focus with 50mm f1.4 made this video so elegant and gave it a warm feeling to watch.

10. Toy Thailand

Great combination between tilt shift and timelapse makes the objects look small like toys.

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Jeezz,, how could I miss Where The Hell is Matt?

2011 had been an interesting year for my photo journey. We went to the Philippines for the first time, that was exciting and beautiful, went back to Indonesia to visit families and had a chance to go to Sulawesi and dive in Bunaken, something that I’ve always wanted as it was apparently one of  the best diving spots in Indonesia.

The highlight was when we were about to go home to Darwin and visited my aunt in Denpasar and was looking for a taxi and then someone with his motorbike grabbed my EOS camera and ran away, but then the insurance were easy enough to cover the lost and with the same price as the lost camera I bought, I could upgrade to a better one. Altough, I still cant forgive myself for not backing up the photos from that holiday.

And the other highlight is I made some of my shots in to the local newspapers, and one of them, which was the Cyclone Carlos, was at the front page.

Anyway busway, :D, here are some photos from 2011 that I like, should’ve been more with the lost one:

Glenelg South Australia | December 2011

Glenelg South Australia | December 2011

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I am obsessed with slow motion video with Twixtor, it makes your slow motion video smooth. What it does is it fills the gap between your frames so there will be no rough movement on your slow motion. It can enhance your video that was taken in 50fps or 60fps to 1000fps or more. Its a dear software but cool. Wonder if there’s an open source version of it 😀

Here are some interesting examples:

In my definition bokeh is how you play around with shallow aperture. It could be lights at night, color or subjects. Wikipedia describe it as  the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur,in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light. Here are some interesting bokeh photography:

Grouchy | Irawan

Lego Mini Character | Irawan

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At first when I saw her photostream in flickr, I thought  she was just an amateur photo model hired by some photographic student. But then I found out that she herself was the photographer with a very unique style and ideas. She is following this pattern of 365 which means a  continuous daily photo album that she takes  in everyday life for a year, and this make her being so creative.GillyFace her photostream name is, its a parody of Silly Face I suppose? Anyway, beside her decent post processing skill that always make me wonder how did she do that, she has a great ideas and concepts of the scene. Recently I follow her page on facebook found out  that her photos was featured and being a cover of Illusory Magazine.

Here are some of my favorites:

Eggsecution

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This facebook major lay out changes has been around for few weeks now but it is not officially launched yet. I was not really interested on what changes facebook has made until I saw the Map feature where it shows the places of your activities on the map, and you can actually do some creative stuff with the ‘cover’ image and your ‘profile photo’. Just so you know that there are some exciting new stuff like no other social medias have had before. I was about giving up Facebook because it gets boring and no major changes happened beside friend’s updates and craps they posted. Anyway here are what it will look like in the timeline:

1. Huge ‘Cover Image’ at your home page. Before timeline, we only have our profile picture as our cover, but now they provide us with huge and wide image behind our profile picture. The container size is : 1021×378 pix. It will look like this:

Facebook Timeline

Cover image of Facebook Timeline

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Goshdarnit! WordPress

Didnt mean to swear on my blog :D. Its just that this is the impression I got from using WordPress blog for free: frustrating. Feel like ages just to click any buttons at the administration back end but not at the front end of the site. I’d like to ‘go back’ to WP again for my future blog because I just found out that by default it has a special feature for iPad and for other modules. I found it out accidentally when I read my sister’s blog. She might not know this feature because when I asked her whether she did the mobile lay out herself or not, she didnt know what I was talking about.

Anyway, not only I had to understand and learn about how WordPress work, not that I never really in to it I get annoyed with how slow it saved from any click on the button. I thought it was my internet connection but it was not. Few clicks later this notification popped up:

Notification at the back end of WordPress

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Its a development of .gif images and how we create it that becomes a great innovation to the digital photography. Firstly introduced by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg who described in cinemagraph.com:”an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.”
It looks like movie file but its a .gif still image where some part of the images are moving smoothly. Since it was introduced, lots of photographers created this style, even amateur photographers can do it, here are mostly their first attempts to Cinemagraph:

Jamie Beck | Cinemagraph of NYC

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