Observations & Commentary

Updates to my Guide To Nikon Capture NX-D

I have made a few updates to my Guide To Nikon Capture NX-D, which remains as the most viewed post of this little blog. I really didn’t think much about it when I wrote it, except that I felt that someone should write something about this much-maligned and underrated gem. This time, I made some amendments about recommendations for colour noise reduction and revised some grammar throughout the article to make some points clearer. -WY

The Best Focal Length For Street Photography

Quiet Foggy Urban CitySingapore 2013: Quiet Foggy City Afternoon

It’s about time I start updating my gallery of street photography images. Digging through my archives, it is interesting to see how my shooting style has changed over the years. I also realize that my own opinions about what makes a street photography image good has also changed over the years as I gained more exposure and experience. Some images which I thought were unique and gained a lot of “likes” now look cliché and boring to me. I also noticed that my images actually had more variety back when I was still using a kit zoom lens. My technique may have improved today, but I seem to have less compositional and subject diversity than I used to get compared to when I was using a zoom lens. Time to rethink what is really the best focal length for street photography? Continue reading

2017 Week 24 Gallery: Good Street Photography Is Hard

Singapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A HotelSingapore 2017: Window Cleaners Working On A Hotel

The original title of this essay was “Street Photography Is Hard”. After a bit of thinking, I had to append “Good” to the beginning of the title. After all, it has been several weeks since I posted any street photography related content. That is because it was so difficult to find street photographs I took which I feel is decent enough to share. Continue reading

How Much Resolution Is Enough For Photographs In A Blog Or Website?

I have been constantly revising the resolution of the images I post online. Is 1080px too large and subject your pictures to increased risks of illegal appropriation and misuse? Is 480px too small to make an impression on your audience? Is there an optimal size for all use cases?

To begin, we have to talk about the issue of browser scaling. If a picture does not fit into the content column of your blog, the internet browser is going to scale it down. Browser scaling automatically makes your pictures ugly.
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The Fall Of Asahi Pentax And How It Relates To Nikon

In 1919, Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. was founded and started manufacturing lenses for eyeglasses. They eventually progressed to manufacturing projection lenses, binoculars and camera lenses. In 1952, they released the first domestically manufactured SLR camera – the Asahiflex. In 1957 the Asahi Optical Company acquired the name “Pentax”. Since then “Asahi Optical” and “Asahi Pentax” became world-renowned names in photography. They were bigger than Canon and Nikon put together.
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2017 Week 15 Gallery: Snippets Of Paris

Paris 2017: Winter Along River Seine In The CityParis 2017: Along The River Seine In Winter

To continue from my previous post, in this post I will finally get to discuss about some serious impressions I have of Paris. Continue reading

A Long Absence And Nikon’s Current status (March 2017)

Singapore 2017: Life Among GeometrySingapore 2017: Life Among Geometry
(Nikon D610, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G Micro)

It has been a long time since I last posted. The main reason is because of work – in a single month I was out of the country for three weeks. I also had some problems with my home which saw a lot of necessary rectification works. As a result, I did not get around to post as often as I hoped to.

The good news is that things are just starting to settle down. The rectification works are still ongoing, but at least I managed to find a little time to post this.

I want to talk about the Nikon of March 2017. From my previous posts I had hypothesized that Nikon will finally reveal the successors for the D750 and D810 at CP+ 2017. Unfortunately and surprisingly, this was not the case. Apparently the scope of restructuring and retrenchment at Nikon was more severe than anyone could have guessed. Nikon basically turned up at CP+ 2017 which was held in their own home territory with nothing new to show. This is causing a fair amount of uncertainty among Nikon users. Those users who have already switched brands to Fujifilm, Sony, or other camera companies are justifiably hugging themselves for making the decision to abandon what appears to be a failing company. In all fairness, this does not seem like a bad decision at this point! Continue reading