True to original scene.

None to minimal sharpening & saturation.
No doctored sky or new-age white balance.

Seek comfort behind tiny imperfections.
April 22nd
1:47 AM
A Cobblestone LessonMontreal, Quebec


Walking down Rue Saint-Paul can be a hurtful experience because it’s paved with uneven (& sometimes loose) cobblestones.  We sometimes take so much for granted around us that we lose sight of those who keep us standing on our feet.  Asphalt has never felt so good.  


Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16 f/2.8

A Cobblestone Lesson
Montreal, Quebec

Walking down Rue Saint-Paul can be a hurtful experience because it’s paved with uneven (& sometimes loose) cobblestones.  We sometimes take so much for granted around us that we lose sight of those who keep us standing on our feet.  Asphalt has never felt so good.  

Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16 f/2.8

April 15th
1:33 PM
Princes’ GatesExhibition Place, OntarioNikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 

Princes’ Gates
Exhibition Place, Ontario
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 

November 23rd
10:01 PM

Equipment Crave List

Hoya NDx400 HMC 77mm 9 Stops ND Filter - $209.99

Problem with getting a nice ND filter is that I will also have to invest in a decent tripod.  Of course, a Gitzo tripod will be nice but those cost at least $600. Sigh!

The new Fastpack 150 looks amazing and with a side pocket that’s stretchable  and holds a water bottle.  But it’s 2x more expensive than the older model!

Lowepro Fastpack 150 AW - $103.99 
Lowepro Fastpack 100 - $59.99

How much do I need it?  Not at all.  I crave it because it’s a bag that meets all my needs —- but has a ‘small footprint’. 

Nikon AF-S DX 40mm Micro - $299.99
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - $499.99

I have been eyeing the 85mm f/1.8D for a year now but just couldn’t pull the trigger:

1) It’s an older model and does not work with non-motorized Nikon cameras.  Although it doesn’t affect my D90 but I would like to occasionally lend my friends who has D3000 and D5000 to use.

2) It costs $400 for a new one while the brokeh is not as good as the 1.4d.  There’s also reports of flaring.

3) Filter size is 62mm.  I prefer filter size to be either 67mm or 77mm (best).

October 17th
11:32 PM
A Walk to RememberToronto Harbourfront, Ontario
Have you ever had a walk with someone that it changes the world the atmosphere around you?  I did.  A clear sunny afternoon turns into a tasteful walk into the sunset.  I hope this picture reminds you of your own memories too.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 

A Walk to Remember
Toronto Harbourfront, Ontario

Have you ever had a walk with someone that it changes the world the atmosphere around you?  I did.  A clear sunny afternoon turns into a tasteful walk into the sunset.  I hope this picture reminds you of your own memories too.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 

August 15th
1:39 PM

Photography Roadmap

Roughly a year and a half ago (May 25, 2010), I invested in my first DSLR system.

Nikon D90 with 18-105mm lense - $1014
Nikon EN-EL3e battery - $72
Lowepro Classified 160 AW shoulder bag - $129.99 

Photography is an expensive hobby.  It’s not as simple as just buying a camera and 1 lense.  There are essential accessories that enhance your experience and they do not come cheap.

When I visited Hong Kong & Japan that summer, I acquired:

Trascend 16Gb Class 10 SD Card - $49.01
Nikon 77mm Circular Polarizer II -  $156.55

Nikon SB-600 Flash - $258.64
Velbon Pole Pod -  $167.01
Slik SBH-150DQ BK ballhead - $77.21
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 - $588.08

The problem with consumer lense is the maximum aperture — not enough light is getting through indoor and its inability to isolate a subject.  To solve this, I acquired a prime lense from Ebay (Oct 28, 2010).

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G - $198

Messenger bag is great for the occasional walking around with a light load. But I discovered that after more than 2 days, the strap will start digging into your collarbone.   Recently from Henry’s, I bought a backpack just for the Montreal-Boston roadtrip.

Lowepro Photo Sport 200AW - $159.99 

That’s a total of approximately $2871 CAD.

So how much have you spent just to capture better quality pictures on trips?

August 14th
3:19 PM
Cathedral Church of St. JamesNikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 

Cathedral Church of St. James
Nikon D90, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8