After our dinner at Carmine’s in Tropicana, we were invited to spend the night at a friend’s unit at Wyndham. The unit that they booked had a great view of Revel (the new hotel and casino they added in AC) as well as the Taj Majal.

Even though I had fear of heights, I setup my tripod at the balcony and it was just outside the sliding door (for fear of dropping the gears not to mention my phobia). I did a test shot and then decided to do several shots but not to be processed as HDR. I used photoshop to merge all the shots and then bring it back to lightroom and did the final process there. In lightroom, it gave me a huge range from -10 to +10 exposure, as compared to the standard -4 to +4, this method I picked up from Matt Kloskowski.

If you like to try this, just follow the simple steps: (1) shoot the scene like you would do an HDR; (2) import the pictures in lightroom; (3) select all the pictures of the scene you took and; (4) edit in merge to hdr pro in photoshop; (5) it will open up the hdr window, however, the only thing you need to do is leave it 32 bits and check the ghosting (to remove ghosts); (5) click ok and then do file save; (6) the file will be saved back in lightroom and all you need to do is process the picture and you will notice that you will have a great range; (7) process the picture to your heart’s content.



A Chink at Chink’s Steak

Last week my buddies and I went to Philadelphia to get some cheese steak for lunch. Mike lives in Philly and knows this place, Chink’s Steak. This has been its name since it first opened 40 or some 50 years ago. The owner was I guessed nicknamed Chink, hence, the name Chink’s. However, when it was bought recently, the new owner never changed the name and the funny thing happened, an old lady who I believe lives in the area complained about the name because of racial tone. It is really funny because nobody complained for the last many decades that it has been opened and I guess neither did this lady, who I believe is an Asian.

Our plan aside from eating lunch in the area is to get our pictures taken. By the way I am Asian with chinky eyes and my other colleague is the same. The other two are Irish American and Jewish American. We were thinking of racial slurs that we can use for them for fun. It is amazing how words can use to demean a person or a race. Racial slurs cause tension among people, cause a lot of issues morally and legally. But are we just getting too sensitive with all these, there are a lot of more demeaning words or insults that are out there and they are but words. Words are just words and regardless of how they are used or how they mean, they are still words. There is a saying “sticks and stones can break my bones but not words” is that right. I also think this is all because of the time we live in, we us a people are getting overly sensitive with all the things we hear or read and we get easily offended. People sue because they get slandered, people kill or hurt somebody because they said something they don’t like or they got insulted, people take a lot of pills because they get depressed because of what others say about them. Would you rather be punched in the face of let somebody insult you. Well personally, I’d rather get insulted than being punched. I have already a face only a mother could love and I will let another person make it even worst, no way. I’ve had experiences of being insulted in my everyday life and I did not let that get into me, how, I did not pay attention. I only kept the nice and kind words and flushed out the bad ones. Not easy but I’ve had a long experience. The trick is DON’T LET IT EAT YOU OUT.

Well about the restaurant, the steak is decent but I would like to go back there again because the waitresses working there are really lookers. I am not going to rate the food nor the waitresses, I will leave it all up to you. You can check their website by clicking here.

This picture we took after lunch. A chink posing under the Chink’s Steak sign, the other chink took the picture. The only regret is not taking the pictures of the waitresses, I should have. I guess I have another reason to go back.

Oh and by the way, this blog is in no way shape or form written to insult or demean anyone from either side of the fence. If you like to give learn to receive as well. If you want to throw insults then don’t get mad if get them back.

philadelphia convention center

Philadelphia Convention Center Mural

Last Saturday after our breakfast with Santa shoot at Hard Rock Cafe, I took this shot of the big mural at the convention center. I took this test shot and two other shots but I like the first one I took, don’t ask me why I just do. I used my trusted Sony DSLR Alpha 850 (which is by the way no longer in production) and the rented Sony 24-70 mm F/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens. I am loving the lens a lot. I took this shot handheld and my settings are as follows: F/4 at 1/20 second and with an ISO of 400. I did a minor post processing just to change the look and feel of the mural.



feet and puddle

I wanted to post this picture that I took early this summer after a strong down pour. This was taken at the Dizon’s residence when we were invited for dinner. After I parked the car, I saw this puddle of water and called my son to do jumps on it as I try to capture the action.

Well, it was hard to ask my son to do it and I think all in all I only had three exposures and he told me that he don’t want to do it anymore. I guess next time I need to bribe him to model for me.

My setup, if I remember correctly:

Vivitar 285 at 1/4 power on a light stand; F/2.8 at 1/400 sec and ISO 200; and I used a sony 100mm f/2.8 macro lens. I also used my SONY ALPHA 850 and I really love this camera and I hope they come up with a wireless radio trigger like that of the Pocket Wizard’s Flex TTL for Nikon and Canon.

Outside My Office Window

Land Rover

Land Rover Parking

My office is at the back of the Land Rover dealership and just outside my office window is the parking for their vehicles. One afternoon before I went home, I grabbed my camera because it was getting dark out and the cloud formation was dramatic. Selected Manual mode in my Sony Alpha 200, I usually shoot in manual except in cases wherein I need to shoot fast then I will select either Aperture priority or Shutter priority, and dialled this setting: F/8 at 1/4 sec using Sigma EX DG Macro at 70mm.

I then did a minor post processing in Lightroom 3 for a little curve adjustment and some localized adjustment as well.