The Changing of the Guard

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

If you have last Saturday’s edition of The West Australian (19 May 2018), look at the photographs in the special liftout section on the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle. In that section is a 10 cm x 7 cm photograph, and it is captioned, “The Changing of the Guard near Windsor Castle.” At… Continue reading The Changing of the Guard

Travel photography

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During recent travels, I had the opportunity to take many photographs, and also to see many other people taking photographs. While I am not an expert travel photographer, I noticed a few things worth commenting on. For most people, the best type of camera for travel photography will probably be mobile telephones (assuming that they… Continue reading Travel photography

February 2017 photography workshop

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Earlier this week, I conducted a photography workshop for First Tae Kwon Do Western Australia. There are several photographers in the FTKD WA community who give generously of their time and energy to contribute pictures, many of which appear on FTKD WA’s Facebook site and FTKD WA’s Instagram site. This workshop was an opportunity to go… Continue reading February 2017 photography workshop

Tulips at Araluen

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It’s Spring, and the tulips are blooming at Araluen Botanic Park, a short distance away from Perth. The park is nestled in the eastern hills and generally seems to be cooler than the coastland at this time of year, from my limited experience of it. Framing the subject with a distant background is generally a… Continue reading Tulips at Araluen

Something a little different

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A family member asked me to make a business portrait for him; he’s organising a conference next year, and needed a picture for use in the prospectus and related documents for the event. This is something a little different from what I usually shoot, but I was happy to oblige. Below is a low-resolution version of the… Continue reading Something a little different

Ducks and cockatoos

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Today was the Labour Day holiday in Perth, and a sunny day for photography at Jackadder Lake in the suburb of Woodlands. I didn’t actually visit the lake with the aim of photographing birds (otherwise I certainly would’ve brought my telephoto zoom lens along), but I noticed avian activity in a particular area and walked over… Continue reading Ducks and cockatoos

Micro contrast

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“Micro contrast” is a term I’ve heard used many times, and something that I’ve probably had some implicit understanding of for some time, but I don’t think I ever took the trouble to research it. Thom Hogan has recently published an article on micro contrast, and I think it’s well worth a read through for… Continue reading Micro contrast

Japan with a 50 mm lens

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A few months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan. Photographically speaking, it was clear that a mobile telephone camera or other ‘small sensor’ camera would not be desirable, and this left me with essentially choosing between my Nikon D70S and Nikon D700. Although the D70S had probably the more appropriate lens for travel… Continue reading Japan with a 50 mm lens

Shooting football

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Thom Hogan recently wrote about shooting football—not the type of football that most Australians would think about, but rather American football and association football (soccer). While he does go into some technical details about the cameras and lenses he shot with, he also devotes significant attention to photographic technique. The points he makes are applicable… Continue reading Shooting football

Really, really low light

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When we talk about low light action photography, we’re only speaking in relative terms, of course. There’s low light, and then there’s really, really low light … the kind of low light in which we can shoot the stars. If you’re interested in astrophotography, Canon and Nikon have both produced DSLRs that are optimised for the task. I… Continue reading Really, really low light