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Facebook Page Title Change

Hi Facebook,

I would like to change the name of the Facebook page blind eye productions found on this link:

https://www.facebook.com/vinhdaophotography/?ref=br_rs

to Vinh Dao Photography

 

Thanks!

Vinh

How to trigger a camera using a Godox Cells II

Here’s a quick tutorial for remotely firing a DSLR’s shutter using the Godox Cells II transceiver and a Godox FT-16S Trigger.

First off, you will need these components:

  1. Camera with a remote shutter release port  – I am using a Canon 5D Mark II
  2. Speedlite flash – I am using a Godox V850
  3. 2 Godox Cells II transceivers
  4. 1 Godox FT-16S trigger
  5. 1 Godox FT-16S receiver

Set one of the Godox Cells II on the hotshoe of the camera for “Camera” and “RX”. Then you need to put the Godox FT-16S trigger on the hotshoe located on the Godox Cells II attached to the camera.

You will need to get the other Cells II to “Camera” and “TX”. This will be off camera and will be the trigger that will fire the camera.

As you can see from the picture below, it’s not the most attractive looking setup but it works. And in High Speed Sync!

Also, if you have another Godox FT-16S trigger, you can manually control power levels as well!

A bit inelegant but it works!

A bit inelegant but it works!

 

 

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The Nokia Lumia 1020 hands on

Nokia Lumia 1020 phone

There’s been much ado about the new Nokia Lumia 1020 since it’s release. I happened to receive one through Nokia Vietnam and am running it through it’s paces. So far from what I have seen, the images are nothing short of stunning. I’ll do a more in-depth review of the imaging capabilities of the phone in a later post but until then, it’ll just be initial thoughts.

Nokia Lumia 1020 phone
I have to admit that the size is something that I have to get used to. My previous phone was an iPhone 4 which dwarfs this 4-inch monster. I have always been in the mindset of Steve Jobs in believing that a 4 inch screen is too big but after a couple days of use, I actually welcomed the added screen size.

Nokia Lumia 1020 phone

That bulge is where the imaging sensor is. And what a sensor it is! A backlit 1/1.5-inch (2/3-inch) CMOS sensor that give a total of  7712 × 5360 pixels (41 Megapixels). Luckily, the phone automatically saves a 5 megapixel image which makes sending images to facebook and twitter just a bit easier.

Nokia Lumia 1020 phone

Nokia also gave me a camera grip (tripod is mine) which doesn’t help the size of the phone but makes it more hand-holdable. You can also use it as a battery charger as it houses a 1,020mAh battery. It’s a very snug fit. Almost too snug as I feel like I am going to break it every time I try to remove it.

Nokia Lumia 1020 phone

Well, that’s it for my lightning review. I will start posting more pics from the phone when I put it through it’s paces in the next few weeks.

 

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Dried Fish Factory in Mui Ne

Photos of a dried fish factory while on a work trip to Mui Ne.

 

A worker in the factoryFish waiting to be cleanedFish being cleaned before being cookedCooking the fish in salted waterThe cooked fish are then placed in the sun to dryDrying fishA worker puts the fish out to dryA worker in the fish factoryTaking a shower

 

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Breaking Bad

One negative aspect of living in Southeast Asia is that you tend to miss out on certain pop-culture elements from your home country. I remember when I came back from living in Cambodia in 2005 after being away from Orange County, California for a couple of years and having my sisters tell me that Orange County was now cool.

Luckily, the world is a smaller place thanks to the internet. Which brings me to my obsession with AMC’s Breaking Bad.  Crazy wide camera angles, ultra saturated colors, time-lapse makes it one of the most visually stunning TV shows out right now. I have linked a couple of greats interview with Michael Slovis, who is the Director of Photography, here and here.

One aspect of my obsession is constantly checking out websites on new information on the exploits of Walter and Jesse. Through these constant page clicks, I discovered the amazing photography of Frank Ockenfels, who has been the official promotional photographer for Season 5. His body of work is stunning and he is responsible for some of the most stunning publicity shots I have seen.

It’s not only his knowledge of photography that makes him an amazing photographer but how he manages to capture the moment that makes his images so great. So I end with another Breaking Bad image that makes inspires me in it’s simplicity and power.

All photos taken by Frank Ockenfels.

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Messing with Nik Software

My wife and I currently on holiday in the UK and kicking back in our great rented flat in Brixton via AirBnB. In all honesty, I don’t know why anyone else doesn’t use this to travel. A huge living area, full-service kitchen and a big bedroom all within walking distance to the Tube for under $100 USD.

Fantastic.

Also, during the trip, I have been playing with the fantastic Nik Software Suite. Mainly HDR Efx Pro.

What I like about the HDR conversion using the Nik Software Suite is the amount of control given. What I don’t like about HDR iamges is that they look overly processed and don’t look realistic. Take for example, an image of the Ludlow Brewing Company truck I took while on the Ale Trail. A combination of 3 exposures bracketed at -2 and +2 using the Default setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Default setting

Nicely balanced but I would like a bit more oomph in the sky so I decided to push it a bit by using the Strong setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Strong setting

Looks good but you can see a bit of haloing around the truck which is a problem with HDR photos. Now altered with the Realistic setting.

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Ludlow Brewing Co truck HDR at Realistic setting

Now that’s what I want! The sky definitely pops and the haloing is controlled.

Well, that’s it. Am off to the largest Mall in Europe.

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Escape Magazine article

I have a new article up on Escape magazine for their City Reporter in their July 2011 edition. Check out the article below.

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The Inflatable Softbox

I went out today to buy some new Eneloops at a camera shop located close to the Central Market. I have bought various camera related gear at the shop over the past 2 years and am impressed with some of the KIRF items that they stock.
While checking out the owners White “Macbook Air”, she dropped the “Inflatable Softbox” in front of me.

“Only 2 dollar”

She also sells softboxes for $10 that fit directly on an attached speedlite but after trying it out in the shop, I just wasn’t impressed. But for $2 dollars?

Why not.

So I brought it home and did some tests to see if the inflatable softbox would be the next piece in the strobist light kit.

The deflated inflatable softbox

The deflated inflatable softbox

The deflated inflatable softbox

The deflated inflatable softbox

As you can see, it is pretty small and portable. I actually put it in the side pocket of my cargo shorts for the moto ride home!

Now inflated.

The inflatable softbox inflated

The inflatable softbox inflated

When inflated, it goes to about 8 inches long, 5 inches wide and about 7 inches deep. You can see the blowhole and the nylon drawstrings that keep the the softbox onto the speedlite.

So onto the pics!

I didn’t have my usual model around as she is at work so I had to use my cat Sam who loves to sleep on my product table.

First shot is just a Viv 283 bare bulbed.

Bare bulbed flash

Bare bulbed flash

Pretty harsh light.

Second shot is the Viv 283 with the inflatable softbox.

With the inflatable softbox

With the inflatable softbox

A bit softer but not too much. At least there is some serious light fall off at the corner.

Third shot was with a cheap Chinese diffuser bought from you know where.

Diffuser

Diffuser

Definitely a bit softer with more even lighting. Also, the diffuser takes the exposure down a stop.

Last shot was with the cheap Chinese diffuser and the inflatable softbox on top of it.

Diffuser with Inflatable Softbox

Diffuser with Inflatable Softbox

The fall off at the corner isn’t that bad and the light is a bit softer but still not anything like a proper softbox.

Question is whether I would ever use it?

Probably not as the light that it produces is still a bit harsh for my needs but who knows? It doesn’t take up too much space in the camera bag and used in combination with the diffuser, can be another useful tool in the kit.

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Smelling the roses

In the rush of being a freelance photographer, it’s hard to stop and smell the roses. Deadlines, meetings, research, pitches, more meetings keep me away from shooting for myself. Kinda like recharging the creative batteries so its nice to actually get a chance to go out and shoot just for myself.

I had a chance to do this on Sunday where I took a photography class out to Olympic stadium for a practical workshop. It was a great experience as the students were great and really took to finding their own style of photography.

I have been going to the Olympic Stadium over the years and I find it to be my favorite spot to shoot in the city. It’s a lively place no matter what time of the day.

A couple of images from the day:

Inside the Olympic Stadium

Inside the Olympic Stadium

Painting the steps at Olympic Stadium

Painting the steps at Olympic Stadium

Last one is a portrait of a football spectator that I previously snapped 5 years ago.

Portrait taken 5 years ago

Portrait taken 5 years ago

Portrait of a football fan at Olympic Stadium in 2011

Portrait of a football fan at Olympic Stadium in 2011

He was very surprised that I remembered him from 5 years ago. I told him that it was very easy to remember someone as handsome as him. He just smiled and then slapped me on the shoulder.

Nice one.

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Bokeh

Just three examples of the creamy bokeh that the Canon 50 f/1.4 can produce.

Untitled by Yim Maline

Untitled by Yim Maline

Shot from just under the nails, there were several focal points to create these images.

Shot at f/3.2 at 1/50

Shot at f/3.2 at 1/50

Shot at f/4 at 1/60

Shot at f/4 at 1/60

Shot at f/1.4 at 1/100

Shot at f/1.4 at 1/100

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