Spot The Difference

Malaysia suffered yet another blow in the recent World Badminton Championships when top-ranked Malaysian shuttler, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei was being stretchered out from the badminton court during the men’s singles final match against long-term rival, Lin Dan.

There was plenty of coverage by our local media and also sports enthusiasts. Photos of injury-stricken Dato’ Lee was all over the Internet and printed media the next day. Malaysians were left with yet another great disappointed after the 2012 London Olympics defeat.

There is one particular photo that really caught my attention. It’s a photo of our Dato’ Lee being assisted onto the stretcher by medical officials and his opponent, Lin Dan. It’s a great shot and I love it a lot – shows great emotion, sportsmanship and compassion in one single photo. However, I stumbled upon yet another similar photo but of slight difference. I would assume that these photos are probably taken by two different photographers from the same direction.

Below is the photo that caught my attention and it was from Bernama, our national news agency.

http://images.bernama.com/foto/pages/view.php?ref=292039&search=zid+omar&order_by=resourceid&sort=DESC&offset=0&archive=0&k

The photo clearly shows Dato’ Lee being assisted onto the stretcher by medical officials and Lin Dan. Now check out the next photo that was taken from The Star. It’s the exact photo at almost the exact same moment but now there’s a big ‘Guangzhou’ word on the background. The photo was extracted from PressDisplay ePaper.

http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx

So I did a little further digging on this and came up with my own experiment. If you look at the photo from The Star, there’s a white gap (and two people standing) far right behind of Lin Dan. When compare side by side, there is a different between two photos, and assuming both photographers are using a 70-200mm lens (which is a common lens used by sports photographers especially for indoor events), even with the slightest shift of angle, there is a chance you can still see the white gap behind Lin Dan. Just take a look at the graphic below.

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However, the first photo does not show any of the white gap nor the two people standing behind. The word ‘Guangzhou’ too is clearly not visible. Then of course, there’s an inconsistency with the blue background from both the photos that is raising more questions in my mind.

Now Photomanipulation is quite common nowadays with the help of advanced editing tool such as Photoshop but such practice is strictly forbidden for mainstream media news. Now, I’m not suggesting that these photos are being edited or manipulated in any way, but the differences we see in these photos are definitely questionable.

[Photo source: Bernama & The Star]

Alarming Facts about Geotagging, Smartphone Camera and Your Kids

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

Although this is nothing new, being a father myself, I feel a sense of responsibility to keep reminding parents out there the risk that they are putting on their children everyday. It has come to my attention that many parents are still taking photos of their pride and joy especially with their smartphones without knowing the risk. Now the thing about a Smartphone, you carry it with you most of the time and it is the easiest way to post photos on social sites such as Facebook, Twitter and even Photobucket. Now here’s an alarming message to all parents who take photos of their kids with their smartphone – you could be putting your children at risk of abduction.

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

Almost all the latest smartphones in the market comes with better and higher resolution camera for you to take better and clearer pictures of your kids. But what may not know, is that these smartphones can also include information that may give abductees the upper hand when you post photos of your kids online!

Geotagging is a feature that is available on many of the latest smartphones in the market today. It is the process of adding geographical identification and information encoded into your photos taken with your smartphone camera. While the information encoded into your photos may not be visible, but with the help of a number of software available online, anyone can easily retrieve the geographical information from the photos. This information can be easily put into a map that will eventually give out the location of each photo taken.

Smartphone Camera Geotagging

That photo you took of your 3 year-old son at the nanny’s place or the photo from the park you bring your kids to play, will be made available to the public once you uploaded it to social sites. Sure, privacy settings can help but to what extend? Now watch the video below and find out how easy for anyone to actually map out your location from the photos you’ve uploaded online.

The best way to prevent anything bad from happening is to disable your Geotagging on your smartphones. If you’ve no idea how to disable Geotagging on your smartphone, you can refer to the videos below.

Android

Blackberry & iPhone

Now let’s keep your love ones save and always be vigilant with your online activities. Share this article if you find it useful.

Two Insanely Hi-Res Panorama Photos Ever Made

Jeffrey Martin may not be some glitzy celebrity from Hollywood but he is the founder of 360Cities.net, the web’s largest collection of stunning, georeferenced panoramic photos. Jeffrey Martin is also the creator of two insanely high-resolution panorama photos which makes him somewhat of a celebrity to his professional photography community.

His 320 gigapixel BT Tower panorama photo, created by stitching together 48,640 images taken with 7 Canon EOS 7Ds, has officially broken the record for the world’s largest panoramic photo. So how big is big? If printed at normal resolution, the photo would be 98 meters long (323 feet) and 23 meters high (77 feet) – almost as big as Buckingham Palace!

The panorama photo was taken from atop of BT Tower in London in partnership with British Telecom to commemorate the Olympic summer of 2012 and offers a massive, browsable 360-degree view of London in extreme detail.

Each of the 7Ds are equipped with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and Extender EF 2x III teleconverter, and then attached to a Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama head. The BT Tower panorama photo is so huge; it took three weeks and the abilities of a powerful Fujitsu Celsius R920 workstation to actually stitch everything together.

You can browse the entire 360-degree London 320-gigapixel panorama photo here.

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His next biggest panorama photo would be a 600,000 pixel-wide panorama photo of Tokyo city. This second largest panorama photo consists of 10,000 photos stitched together by the same 12-core Fujitsu Celsius R920 workstation. With all that processing power, it still took him 12 weeks to process the Hi-Res panorama photo. While it took 7 cameras for London, in Tokyo he only need one trusty 7D and 400mm f/5.6L lens mounted on top of a Clauss Rodeon VR Head ST robotic panorama head.

360tokyo

The photo was taken on September 2012 from the lower observation deck of the Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo panorama photo weighs in at 180-gigapixels as compared to the 320 London photo. Even so, no image of such size never existed as a single file. Even Photoshop can only handle images up to 300,000 pixels wide.

If you feel like checking out more places, then head over to 360Cities and browse more high-resolution panorama photos. Do note that viewing experience may vary due to device/PC performance. If everything fails, you can watch the YouTube video below.

Most Creative Chalk Art Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot by Redd Bullets – Joey Khor & Regine Seet

I’ve seen some great pre-wedding photo shoot but never have I come across such imaginative use of chalks in what I consider the most creative chalk art or chalk drawing pre-wedding photo shoot ever.

Joey and Regine are close friends of mine and I’m very happy that they are finally married. Joey and Regine’s wedding was not just simple ceremony, it’s a work of art on display. From the proposal to the pre-wedding photo shoot, everything was carefully planned and executed creatively by Joey and his friends. You see, Joey is a creative genius, and when he teams up with some of the most creative people in the industry, you’ll get to see some really artistic mix of creativity in their work. Just take a look at Joey and Regine’s absolutely gorgeous pre-wedding photos.

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Like every pre-wedding shoot, Joey & Regine’s pre-wedding photo shoot is no simple task either. Joey and his creative friends spent two days to finish the shoot.  All the scenes are drawn spontaneously and it took an hour and a half to finish each scenes. Then to shoot each scene was about two hours – while the guys draw, the bride gets her make-up done. In total, they spent about 13 hours spread across two days just to finish the photo shoot. Check out this video as to see how they make this photo shoot possible.


Joey+Regine Prewedding Project from Boyd See on Vimeo.

Here’s a quick introduction of the rest of my creative friends…

Julian Oh is an artist, photographer and owner of Redd Bullets. He’s also wicked tattoo artist. You gotta check out some of his wicked tattoos and drawings here.

Angel Kay is a really talented song writer and music composer. As you can see, he’s also a talented artist too.

Joey Khor, the groom is a kickass creative director. He has won numerous awards for some of his visual arts that he created.

Boyd See is the person documenting all the behind-the-scene footages. He’s also behind this awesome video. And last but not least, the bride’s make up is by Kenny Yee of Makeup Miracle.

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Where Is The Love?

It’s been crazy lately – Pollution, corruption and deception. Tear gas and water cannons. Abuse of power and hurting of the rakyat. Demonstration for change and demonstration of stupidity (Bersih 4.0). The point is… where is the love? What have we become?

Loved Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is The Love and I wish to quote a part of the lyrics…

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you’re bound to get irate
Madness is what you demonstrate

And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you got to have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y’all

Came across this traffic light at the junction this morning. Somebody actually masked the red light with a cutout shape of a heart. Even when the light was red, somehow I had this calm and warmth feeling. Morning rush hour traffic somehow don’t bother me anymore. Totally loving it.

Capture Amazing Space Photos with the New Canon EOS 60Da DSLR Camera

If you’re looking to buy a new Digital SLR camera or you’re an aspiring photographer looking to take picture of the night sky. Well, look no further as Canon has released its new Canon EOS 60Da Digital SLR camera. The Canon EOS 60Da is a successor of the Canon EOS 20Da which was optimized for Astrophotography.

As many expensive DSLR cameras aren’t optimized to shoot photos of the heavens and night sky, Astrophotographers, photographers who mainly take pictures of astronomical objects, have to learn how to tweak their camera settings to get the best photos from the night sky.

Now, the Canon EOS 60Da is a straight out-of-the-box DSLR camera for beginners who want to capture the wonders of space. It is three times more sensitive to hydrogen-alpha energy – the reddish light given off by hydrogen found in nebulae, galaxies and star clusters among other objects in space – than other DSLRs.

The Canon EOS 60Da camera packs a powerful 18-megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-C) that produces sharp and high-contrast images of astronomical objects, a major enhancement over the EOS 20Da model’s 8.2-megapixel sensor. So it is able to take vivid out of the world picture of the space with more details than images taken with an ordinary DSLR.

So, interested yet? Well, don’t jump in joy yet as the trade-off for this amazing piece of gadget is the price. The new Canon EOS 60Da will retail for USD$1,499 when it comes out later in the US.  As for now, there is no news of when Canon Malaysia when the Canon EOS 60Da will be available in Malaysia.

My Happiest Moment

So what’s my happiest moment? I used to ask this question a lot.

When I was 10 and I wanted a bicycle. I did well in school and my mom bought me my first bicycle; I thought that was my happiest moment.

When I was 15 and I wanted a computer. Dad struck 4D and bought me my first computer; I thought that was my happiest moment.

When I was 21 and I wanted a good start in life. I got my first job offer and it was for a big corporate company; I thought that was my happiest moment.

When I was 26 and I wanted someone to love. I met my soon-to-be wife and we started dating; I thought that was my happiest moment.

When I was 33 and I wanted to settle down. I proposed to my wife and she said yes; I thought that was my happiest moment.

After 6 years of courtship and 2 years of marriage, I’m finally someone’s husband and I thought this is definitely my happiest moment.

But little did I know, a year after marrying my wife, I became a dad. After going through nine months of pregnancy with my wife, my little baby has arrived.

Truth is, I’ve had many happy moments and all of it can be my happiest moments. We all have our happiest moment in every stage of our lives and we will never stop as long as we live, that is what makes us human.

What better way to preserve that happiest moment than with a great snap shot of it. Seeing my baby girl in my lovely wife’s arm… now that’s MY HAPPIEST MOMENT for sure!

 

Celebrating life itself is the happiest moment in life.

 

Canon Camera Malaysia Launches Canon EOS-1D X

Canon Camera Malaysia launches yet another groundbreaking flagship model, the Canon EOS-1D X with X being the 10th generation Canon professional SLR. This is surely the next generation DSLR camera to beat as it comes with  Digic 5+ processor, 18.1mp full frame, 61-point AF (41 cross type), 14fps (12 fps on RAW), ISO 51,200 native (expandable to 204,800).

Looks like the market will be flooded with more DLSR cameras very soon as many pros would opt for an upgrade to this baby.

The Canon EOS-1D X is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $6,800.00. The compact, lightweight WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and have an estimated retail price of $600. Availability for the GP-E1 GPS receiver is expected in April 2012 with an estimated retail price of $300.

Get IN TREND with Canon and WIN!

Yes! Get IN TREND with Canon and help me win too!

Canon Camera Malaysia is running a ‘IN TREND with Canon: Strike a pose with Canon Camera Strap and WIN!‘ contest on their Facebook page and I’m in the running to win cool prizes. I’ve been an avid fan of Canon Camera since I got my hand on my first Eos SLR camera back in 1994. Now, you can help me win this contest and you too can win.

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Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2011

Canon PhotoMarathon is not a sports event and no, you do not have to run around with a camera taking photos. It’s a photo competition for all photography enthusiasts.

Canon PhotoMarathon Malaysia 2011 is the region’s largest photo competition and it returns to Asia with more attractive prizes to be won.

This year would be my second time participating in this event however, due to fatherly duty; I had to forgo this year’s event.

My first Canon PhotoMarathon experience was back in 2010 and it took place in Penang. The event managed to draw more than a thousand over participants from all around the world be it Canon users and non-Canon users.

The competition requires all participants to go around KL city to shoot photos according to the selected themes. There will be 3 themes and it will only be revealed during the competition day.

This year’s Canon PhotoMarathon already has more than a thousand online-registered participants and many more walk-in participants are queuing up to register since 8.00 am this morning.

Participants will stand a chance to win twelve unforgettable expense-paid tickets to Tasmania, Australia and RM10,000 in cash plus plenty more cool prizes to be won.

If you’re wondering what is this Canon PhotoMarathon all about, I suggest to visit their official website for more information of the contest.

I’m surely gonna missed this year’s event. Perhaps next year then :P

Although I did not stay on for the PhotoMarathon. That did not stop me from getting my hands on this beautiful *slurp*

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