A good lens with high optical resolution is far more important than having a good camera because it is a good lens that produces sharp clear images.

If you have ever wondered how lenses are made, these are 2 videos produced by Sigma showing their lens manufacturing factory in Aizu, Japan.

Sigma lens factory, Aizu, Japan.

An artistic video of Sigma lenses being made at its Aizu factory in Japan. Interesting observations: painting the element edge at 2:40, assembling of barrels and tubes at 3:20, feeling the smoothness of rotating rings and listening to them at 3:55, and frequently looking at elements for dirt or smears.

Sigma lens factory chapter 2, Aizu, Japan.

The second artistic video of Sigma lenses being made at the Aizu factory in Japan. Interesting observations: measuring using a micrometer screw gauge at 1:05, pressing of individual diaphragm blades at 1:59, some kind of inspection to a cam barrel (that is shaped and cut precise to 2 decimal points of a millimeter) at 2:53, painting of a switch at 3:36, assembling of internal barrels at 3:47, wiping off grease or handling marks after complete assembling at 4:03, handling of tiny lens parts at 4:38.

Sigma lens factory

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In mid 2012, I worked with an American film-maker, Larin Sullivan, on the production of a documentary about a unique Melbourne fashion designer who designs garments for the dead. I provided technical advice for time-lapse photography, and also an urgent camera repair to the digital camera that was used to record time-lapse images.

Produced by Matchbox Pictures, in association with Film Victoria and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the documentary titled Anatomy – Soul was screened on 26 March 2013 at 10pm on the television channel ABC1.

A synopsis and trailer of this documentary is at:
http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3698709.htm

You may watch the full 28-minute documentary online until 9 April 2013 at:
http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stories/s3725147.htm

My name appears in the end credits at 27:42 as time-lapse advisor.

Time Lapse In A Documentary Film

This was my first attempt at time lapse photography using a digital camera such as Canon EOS 40D and Nikon D3. The captured images were compiled into a video using a PC-based program application with the appropriate timing set for every frame and between frames.

Time lapse of St Kilda beach pier

Time lapse of Flinders Street Station

Time lapse of the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets

Time lapse of Chinatown 1

Time lapse of Chinatown 2

 

Time lapse of sunset at St Kilda beach pier.

Time lapse of sunset at St Kilda beach pier.

Time lapse of Flinders Street station.

Time lapse of Flinders Street station.

Time lapse of the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets.

Time lapse of the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets.

Time lapse of Chinatown.

Time lapse of Chinatown.

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Time lapse

In July 2011, a few friends and I went on a road trip to Mount Hotham and the nearby alpine village of Dinner Plain. Rising to 1861m, Mount Hotham is the highest altitude in Victoria for skiing. The ‘powder capital’ of Australia which regularly posts the highest snowfall in Victoria, Mount Hotham also offers spectacular views of the Victorian alpine mountain range, and is a challenging 4 hour 30 minute non-stop drive from Melbourne. With stops along the way for quick meals, wheel chain hire, and at visitor information centers, the drive to Mount Hotham realistically took us slightly over 6 hours.

During this visit to Mount Hotham, some HDR images were shot and are presented in the gallery below.

The Victorian alpine mountain range as seen from Mount Hotham.

The Victorian alpine mountain range as seen from Mount Hotham.

Walking in knee-deep snow near the Razorback which leads to Mount Feathertop.

Walking in knee-deep snow near the Razorback which leads to Mount Feathertop.

On a snow field at the alpine village of Dinner Plain.

On a snow field at the alpine village of Dinner Plain.

Thank you Calvin, Setiadi, Nikki, Ivan and Jenny for your effort and contribution into making this 3-day 2-night 910km road trip to Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain a success. More images and information are in my Facebook profile.

Scenery in HDR – part 4

In June 2011, I went on a few road trips to countryside Victoria and did the following HDR (high dynamic range) images. Locations included Olinda, Cape Schanck, Narbethong, Eildon, Kinglake and Murrindindi.

The above gallery of images contains HDR images photographed using Canon EOS digital cameras and processed using PhotoMatix Pro. You may notice a few images slightly blurred because the camera moved slightly between exposures when no tripod was used. Ideally a steady tripod should be used to keep the camera absolutely still when shooting images for HDR photography.

At Olinda doing HDR photography.

At Olinda doing HDR photography.

Near Cape Schnack at Mornington Peninsula doing HDR photography.

Near Cape Schnack at Mornington Peninsula doing HDR photography.

At Narbethong doing HDR photography.

At Narbethong doing HDR photography.

At Narbethong during sunrise doing HDR photography. This is a HDR image.

At Narbethong during sunrise doing HDR photography. This is a HDR image.

At Eildon (Lake Eildon / Eildon National Park) doing HDR photography.

At Eildon (Lake Eildon / Eildon National Park) doing HDR photography.

At Eildon (Lake Eildon / Eildon National Park) doing HDR photography.

At Eildon (Lake Eildon / Eildon National Park) doing HDR photography.

At Murrindindi doing HDR photography of a waterfall.

At Murrindindi doing HDR photography of a waterfall.

At Murrindindi doing HDR photography of a waterfall. A triumphant end-of-the-day photo for the successfully completion our road trip objective.

At Murrindindi doing HDR photography of a waterfall. A triumphant end-of-the-day photo for the successfully completion our road trip objective.

Thank you Harnam and Vincent for doing these road trips to the countryside. More images and information are in my Facebook profile.

Scenery in HDR – part 3

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In this gallery are some images I photographed in Australia and in Singapore in 2009.

Compliments and criticisms through the comments feature, or through e-mail, are welcomed.

Portraits – part 6

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On some model photo shoots, casual behind-the-scenes images, and sometimes even videos, are shot for sentimental keepsake and potential documentary.

In this gallery are behind-the-scenes images of some photo shoots that happened in 2008.

Behind the scenes – part 2

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In 2008, I holidayed twice in Singapore. These are some of the images I shot.

Compliments and criticisms through the comments feature, or through e-mail, are welcomed.

Portraits – part 5

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In this gallery are some images I photographed in Australia in 2008.

Compliments and criticisms through the comments feature, or through e-mail, are welcomed.

Portraits – part 4