Black and White

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We have weekly challenge too at Kampret. This week’s challenge is black and white photography. I rarely take BW photos so I did some digital editing to some of my collections. I used GIMP to convert them into BW. Desaturate, adding some contrast and there…

 

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Geminoid F, The Beautiful Lifelike Robot

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The crowd

Cityplaza Taikoo Shing held an event on March 29 till April 15 2012, called Robot In Motion. They displayed many tiny robots in that event but the main star was Geminoid F.

“”Geminoid F is developed by Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro,  Father of Modern Japanese Robotic. ‘Born” in 2010, Geminoid F looks extraordinarily like human being and represents the most intelligent generation of robots to date. She can, not only simulate the human voice when talking and singing, but also express herself with up to 65 delicate human expressions.”” (It’s from the leaflet :D)

When I first saw the crowd surrounded a lady in red dress singing on the stage, I thought a female singer from Japan came to sing in an event. I’ve always been into the music so I went  down to the crowd to look closer to see who the lady was.

I was so surprised to find out that the lady wasn’t real. It’s a singing robot! OK, I, then, waited till she finished singing. I even came closer to the stage. She looked around, smiled, blinked and spooked the shoot outta me. She looked really spooky when she turned her head around and smiled!!!! Alright, now the fun part, taking pictures 🙂 Enjoy!

She looks real. Well, she's a real robot

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Close up!

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Look at her smile.

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Her hands are so delicate, unlike mine wahahahahahaha

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She is singing... well lip-syncing to be exact

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The real deal meets the robot-her

Captivated By The Night…..

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Hong Kong looks dull at daytime but when the night falls, this city turns into beautiful landscape full of lights. No wonder that Hong Kong is very famous for its scenery at night. The city that never sleeps, makes you don’t wanna blink your eyes when you see these iconic buildings smothered in colorful lights.

Nina Tower in Tsuen Wan, viewed from East Park, Tsing Yi

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Tsim Sha Tsui at night, viewed from Kowloon Park

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The Clock Tower, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

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Hong Kong and Kowloon Peninsula viewed from The Peak Tower

Lotus : Two By Two

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These lotuses pictures were taken at Chi Lin Nunnery. This nunnery is open for public everyday from 10.00-17.00. At stage one, there are four ponds full of lotuses which come in several colors. And here are the lotuses two by two (obviously there are the third in some pics hahahahaha). Enjoy 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge : Sun

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I took this picture at around 4 pm last month. I was at Jaimee’s school Open Day. I used the flash to make the starry effect as we can see on the pic below (actually I have no idea would I have  still gotten the “star” if I did not use the flash). Enjoy 🙂

Levitation Failed

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I knew about levitation from Kampret. I googled a lot after hearing that term. That time I don’t know anything about photography coz I  only liked to take pictures without thinking about the art or the composition or the balancing. I knew nothing.

 

I didn’t even know if a picture was good or not so good coz I only looked at the POI. I didn’t care about the story which the particular picture was trying to tell. Alright, I care about the story but not the whole story.

 

Back to levitation, according to tutorial I read on net, we need a really high shutter speed to “freeze” the subjects making them look like they’re floating in the air. What more important is the facial expression and the body language of the subjects. The subjects must look like they’re used to floating, like  it’s their habits or something (I’m not good with words ;))

 

As we know we can’t do much setting with pocket camera so I took my friend’s advice to try shooting levitation at broad daylight when the sun shines full force so the shutter speed is increased and makes the picture taking easier. Here are the results of my levitation (well, the model is only 5 yo so I could only encourage her to be happy jumping about like mad until I get a nice pic 😆 )

 

first attempt

 

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The second one.. Yipeeeee....

 

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Third way around, "My shoes are stuck on this model car!!!!" Failed to launch

 

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"Whoa.. whoaaa... I kinda am flying but I have bad feeling about this". She ended up on her bottom 😆 luckily the ground was soft :chuckle:

 

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"I'm levitating, Baby!" She looks like The Moon Goddess I saw on the mooncake tins 😀