HDR photography

Using Canon 5D Mk3.

I have upgraded my Canon 5D Mk2 to Mk3 wanting to enjoy shooting the HDR mode in the camera.  However, I have not been able to get a satisfactory shot using the HDR mode. I will need to try out more of the HDR effects to see for other outcome.

Dinawan Island



A different sunrise

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, f/13.0, 04s with 0.6+0.9 ND Lee filter

This morning, I woke up late at about 6:10am where the sun has raised above the hills.  Lucky, I got a chance to take try out the 10-stop Lee filter and 0.6 and 0.9 ND soft Lee filters.  Walked towards the sea near the rocky area, I set up the camera and installed the filter holder, then fitted it with the 0.6+0.9 ND soft Lee filter. Above is the shot and the rocks was brighten using photoshop.

Later, I removed the 0.6 ND filter, just keep the 0.9 ND filter, wanted to try out the big stopper (10-stop).  So I focus on the stones (about 1/3 of the frame away) with the 0.9 ND filter fitted. Once in focus,  I  turn off the auto focus to avoid re-focusing when I depress the shutter.  As I wanted a 30 seconds exposure using the big stopper, I adjusted the Aperture so that the shutter speed stayed at 1/50s. So, when slot the big stopper at the back of the ND filter the shutter speed will dropped to 30 second.  The result I got is the silky look of the sea.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm lens, ISo100, f/11.0, 30s with 10-stop Lee filter

Following is another attempt on another angle using the same setting, this time on the Portrait view.

I then turned my subject to rocks in front of me as foreground.

Dinawan Island

Last weekend has been very exciting and fruitful for me.  I was invited by the owner as a backup photographer to capture some pictures of his resort at Dinawan Island, off Kinarut, Sabah.   My wife and I checked in to the island on Saturday afternoon with my younger brother and his family. Boat transfer from the mainland only told about 10 minutes.

Dinawan island consists of 2 islands which was separated by a lagoon. The new resort is located at the smaller island on the right from the above picture.  The purpose of this photograph assignment was for the development of resort’s website. In the list, we need to capture an aerial view of the island.

The photographer needs to be lifted to the air by a parachute pulled from a boat.  It was my first in life time riding a parachute and ‘flying’ above water.  This made me very excited and worry if it is safe to ride on it, and whether I will fall into water as this will also damage my camera !!

I attempted 2 flight in air to photograph the island.  Saturday afternoon was not successful due to cloudy weather. But, on Sunday, it was sunny day until late afternoon.  The above picture was taken closed to noon time. Even the light was strong, I still need to set my ISO at 1000, and F/11 with a CIR-polarizing filter, at aperture priority.

Below is another picture on the lagoon view.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO1000, F/11, 1/800s