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Project Bite

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Photo series for the year, accomplished. And i’m actually rather pleased with this one too!

This is Project Bite. And in it, features the staff/employees of Tech in Asia, all eating something. Fun, apt.

The series took me about 2 to 3 months to complete. The camera of choice used for this was the Leica Typ 109. The Leica monochrome colours really captured the essence of the project.

Big thanks to Max Lee, founder of Spark Asia for aiding in the journey, he kindly sponsored the awesome prints for this, for me to be able to construct the photos onto the wall of the office pantry.

And yes, finally, completion of a photo series.

Till the next one.

Poto Challen 4 – Fear

The past two weeks has been busy for the poto challen-gers.
With major events during work taking place, the challen was pushed back.

Meanwhile, for those who participated, here was Poto Challen 4 with its theme, “Fear”.

My babies. They are depleting. HALP. #potochallen #potochallen4

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Wake up everyday stronger than yesterday. Face your fears, and wipe your tears. T-minus: 6 days

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The fear of time eating it all up. #potochallen #potochallen4 #fear #rust #bike #leica #dlux #typ109 #vsco #vscocam

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Fret not, this week, the challen continues.

Poto Challen 3 – Dark

This week, Ian’s choice of theme gets randomly chosen.
And here are everyone’s take on the theme “Dark”.

 

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"If once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny" ~ Yoda

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Loved em? Do give us a follow!

Poto Challen 1 – History

Behold! The beginning of the Poto Challen!

The first week’s theme is History.

Here’s what we’ve come up with and our interpretations of the theme.

#potochallen1 – if they don’t buck up, these cobalt blue cars will soon be history.

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I wish my kids would grow up the way you did. \ Little Danish. Lorong Buangkok, Singapore, Jan 2015

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Piazza del Duomo #history #potochallen #potochallen1 #florence #italy #VSCO

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Fingers crossed to having more participants along the way!
Onwards to the next week!

Joel & Matilda’s wedding

5th March 2016

The church bells ring for the first of the cousins to get married!

Not much to be said, but their love story goes quite a way back. Hey, much kudos to my new cousin-in-law, Joel. Who had the balls to ask my uncle if he could date his daughter. And look where they are now. Happy for them!

In any case, with my new typ-109 in tow. I figured I should take a few shots of the wedding myself, and.. y’know, perhaps one-up the wedding photographer a little. And to be honest (yes i’m tooting my horn), I don’t think I did too badly.

I decided to go full manual and fire the Leica off in monochrome, because, what other camera brand does it best right? #haolian

So, this post, is for the newly weds, Joel & Matilda. Here are the shots taken on your magical day (in random order just because), thank you for sharing the special occasion with us. We love you!

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Here’s wishing you two a blissful marriage.

Love, Dan.

New cam – Leica D-Lux Typ 109

Huzzah!

I have bit the bullet, and thrown money to buy myself my first Leica! Although it is no rangefinder in the form of an M, or a powerhouse in the SL. But hey, the D-Lux Typ 109 can give DSLR’s a good run for its money. Ain’t shitting you.

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Have brought it around with me almost everywhere I go, shot a wedding and a funeral on it, and oh goodness am I loving it. I’ll probably do a review on it soon. But here you go, watch the GGR episode on it.

Psst. You can watch it in 4K! (Was filmed on Jean’s V-Lux)

Kind of regretted not getting the leather case with this though, within my 3 weeks of shooting with it so far, seems like its getting scuffed up a little. Yikes.

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I’m a total convert now. Thanks to Jean (who thanked me who brought her to the Leica event).

Will throw more photowalks on the blog soon! Stay tuned!

Photowalk – Superheadz: Korea 2015

The elusive Nikon FM2 is still not within my reach. But as far as film goes, the trusty Superheadz that Dexter gave me seems like a winner. It is still amazing what toy camera’s can do.

Earlier in the year we travelled to South Korea, yes, again. And instead of lugging the heavy D7000 along, I decided that the trip should just be done on my toy camera.

So here, as always, a photowalk of Seoul, taken with the 35mm toy camera goodness.

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Why did it take so long? I just didn’t get round to having them developed. Perhaps I should try developing them myself.

Stay tuned for the next photowalk!

Oh, and see the rest of the Superheadz shots here!

Stay chill all~

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Review – GGR

I’m pretty sure AW stands for All Weather. And nikon’s coolpix AW range seems to have it all right. Perhaps it’s the R&D from weather sealing their dslr cameras and all.

 

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Either way, let me tell you about the AW120.
Let’s start with specs. This camera has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with an aperature range of f/2.8-4.9 and a focal length range of 4.3mm to 21.5mm.
It has an electronic VR system as well as in built gps and wifi. Oh, and its shock and waterproof too. So you can go crazy with it.

 

In all honesty, the very much plastic feel of the camera does not exactly justify the pricing of the camera, it makes it feel less rugged. Though engravings on the front of the camera that reminds you of its waterproof and shockproof capabilities make you feel a little more secure about it.

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The standard compact size of the camera at times makes you forget its actually one in a premium range, but we’re all spoilt by the micro 4/3’s and dslr’s in the current age aren’t we? The back of the camera dishes very simple and straightforward controls with zoom toggle switches, the record button and dedicated buttons for changing modes, flash, exposure compensation and macro.

One thing that stumped me at first that took awhile to get used to was the position of the lens, which is located at the top right of the camera (left if you’re shooting). But it isn’t too much of a concern when you’re shooting except at times you forget its there and part of your finger gets in the shot.

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The camera works pretty well in day conditions, though at times shots with the flash can get too direct, making the lighting a little harsh.

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I propped the camera up against a ledge on the roof at night and to be honest was rather impressed with the amount of light that was able to enter the lens. Something not many compact cameras can conjure, though that being said, it had to be stable and i don’t think most people would want to leave home with a compact cam with tripods.

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Again, this picture of the mosque took a few tries to get it right. But when you do, the camera does reward you with the hard work you put in to take it.

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However one thing to note is the autofocus, both at night and in the day. If you’re trying to get something that would be only open for a split-second you’d have a tough time, most resulting in blurry shots. So, nope, definately not one for street shooting this.

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Colour though, it is everything you’d expect from a premium compact, meeting expectations thoroughly.

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The colours are not exactly vibrant, but it works and easy to live with.

 

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Where the camera comes into its element though, is around water.

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Be it stills or videos, the camera extends its capabilities where many other premium compacts are not able to, such as taking videos or stills in water. Divers use this camera too, providing a stable and reasonable priced all rounder camera that has capabilities that allow for underwater fun.

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All in all, this camera is at a good price point for water sport junkies, its size makes it compact and reasonable to carry around. With its waterproof capabilities this camera makes a good sidearm for the divers. Though if you’re not exactly into that sort of thing there isn’t much to wow you.

Never once did i complain about it being too heavy or obstructive when i had it slung across my shoulder when i was out. But then again thats the beauty of a compact. And this, an all weather compact. The main question of whether you should get one of these or not lies ultimately with your wants and hobbies.

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Either way, head down to the camera store and give it a whirl. Better yet if you could be so lucky as to try it in water conditions, thats where it comes alive.

Do head check out the GGR youtube video for more of my take on this camera. Meanwhile, stay awesome, stay compact awesome~

The Nikon FX Experience and Nikon D750 Launch

Yesterday, Betterdanthis/GGR was invited to The Nikon FX Experience at Funan the IT Mall.
This covered the launch of Nikon’s Brand new Full Frame DSLR. Do check out the Press Release HERE.

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We were greeted with dashes of yellow, black and white (Nikon’s company colours, duh) which was a pretty pleasant touch.

The event layout was sectioned off into two areas, one a stage area where workshops are to given by renowned professional photographers the next few event days and a showcase section of their work. This was seperated by an elevated high podium of sorts which features 5 of the new D750’s for testing.

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And on the higher level, a range of cameras with massive lenses ranging from the D610 to the flagship D4s with a 400mm lens that costs $15,000 of you hard earned money. It felt as though we were snipers with that lens shooting people that didn’t have a clue from the distance. Paparazzi in the making much?

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Nikon also brought out 4 of their professional photographers from their stable to talk about their experiences.

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From Left to Right: Bryan Foong (Professional Wedding Photographer), Imran Ahmad (Professional Underwater Photographer), Alex Soh (Professional Travel Photographer) and Chris McLennan (Professional Wildlife Photographer and Nikon New Zealand Ambassador).

Listening to them talk about their experiences on stage thrown me into much temptation to run about the world snapping my heart out with my own Nikon, they were proud to use the system and so am I. And I digress. Back to these professionals, we have got exclusive interviews with them that is oncoming within the next week on the “wertypoo” channel on youtube that features these guys giving you awesome advice on how you can go about your photographic journey just like they did. So do hang tight for the uploads! They will be called “GGR Pro Tips”.

Check out this GGR Episode for more on the event!

The Event runs from the 3rd to the 5th of October so if you’re into all things photography do head down to check out the new cameras and workshops they’ve got planned. Or if you’re around the area, drop by and check it out, test some DSLR’s. And enjoy!

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Meanwhile i’ll just wait for the time we can get our hands on a review set of the D750 and drop a full review here on Betterdanthis.com and GGR on “wertypoo”.

Till then, Stay classy all!

 

GoPro Hero 4 – Press Release

Ok, here we go again. The extreme sport camera company is churning out yet another power packed action cam.

And i’m sitting here in front of my laptop still kicking myself silly for not investing in the IPO earlier in the year. FYI they released the IPO at $24 and right now as of this post. Its $90. URGH.

Either way, they are slating for an October 5th release which will most probably push the stock prices further up.

By now, its probably too late to buy, so lets all just mope about it and look forward to purchasing the cameras itself then.

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The new Black Edition boasts 2 times a performance boost compared to the Hero 3+ Black Edition. With 30fps capabilities for 4K and an extra high speed 1080p 120fps capture rate.

The Silver now sports a built in touch display.

And here’s the Press Release:

 

SAN MATEO, CALIF. (September 29, 2014) – GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO), enabler of some of today’s most immersive and engaging content, today unveiled HERO4, the highest performance line of capture devices the company has ever made.  HERO4 is available in two editions, HERO4 Black at MSRP $499 and HERO4 Silver at MSRP $399.  GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favorite experiences.

HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutter in most scenarios while allowing for time-bending slow motion effects. HERO4 Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Additional enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface that allows for easier discoverability and access to key features and controls. The HERO4 Black is simply the highest performance GoPro yet.

HERO4 Silver delivers the same professional image quality as HERO4 Black less some of the higher performance video capture modes including 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120. HERO4 Silver includes a brilliant built-in touch display for those who value convenience and ease-of-use over the no-holds-barred performance of the HERO4 Black.

The new HERO4 line will be available October 5 on GoPro.com and at select retailers worldwide.

“For the past twelve years, our passion has been to make it easy for people to self-capture jaw dropping, professional quality footage of themselves engaged in their favorite activities,” said GoPro Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman.  “That passion led us to embark on our most ambitious design and engineering effort ever, and the result is nothing short of the ultimate GoPro—the HERO4 Black.  We can’t wait to see what the world captures with it.”

HERO4 Black – 2x the performance, yet again.

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The flagship HERO4 Black builds upon GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning technology to deliver the next level of GoPro image quality, versatility and performance:

  • Incredible ultra high definition 4K video at 30fps allows for life-like video capture as well the ability to extract 8.3 megapixel video stills to use as photos
  • Faster* high resolution frame rates of 2.7K at 50fps and 1080p at 120fps
  • 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second
  • Updated user-interface with improved discoverability and access to key camera controls
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi* combined with Bluetooth® delivers enhanced GoPro App performance and improved power management
  • MSRP $499
  • For more information visit the HERO4 Black product page

“A common pain-point is deciding between capturing video or photos of an experience,” remarked Woodman. “Each frame of4K30 video is similar to an 8.3 megapixel photo. The result is that users can simultaneously capture eye-popping 4K30 video and impressive 8.3 megapixel photo-like video stills at 30 frames per second when using HERO4 Black. It’s one of the many wild capabilities of this impressive new device.”

HERO4 SilverProfessional quality capture. Touch-display convenience.

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The HERO4 Silver sets a new precedent for convenience and ease-of-use with GoPro’s first built-in touch display:

 

  • Brilliant built-in touch display allows for easy camera control, shot framing and playback
  • Professional quality video capture at 2.7K30, 1080p60 and 720p120
  • 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi* combined with Bluetooth® delivers enhanced GoPro App performance and improved power management
  • MSRP $399
  • For more information visit the HERO4 Silver product page

 

The most advanced GoPro cameras yet.

HERO4 Black and Silver share powerful new features that expand what’s possible with a GoPro.

Protune™, now for photo + video.

  • For those who prefer to take manual control of their GoPro to maximize versatility and performance, we’ve expanded our professionally minded Protune mode to include Color, Sharpness, ISO Limit, and Exposure controls for both photo and video capture.

New settings for after dark.

  • Whether you’re shooting the Milky Way or a campfire hangout, Night Photo and Night Lapse allow you to capture stunning images of ultra low-light scenes with customizable exposure settings of up to 30 seconds.

Mark your best moments.

  • HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments with the push of an on-camera button while recording, making it easy to find, playback and share your favorite clips in GoPro Studio or with the GoPro App.  You can also HiLight Tag using the mobile GoPro App or the new Smart Remote accessory.

QuikCapture speed and convenience.

  • QuikCapture makes it easy to power on and record with the press of a single button. When enabled, a single press starts video capture, while a press and hold engages Time Lapse photo capture.

High-performance audio.

  • A totally re-designed internal audio system combines with a state of the art microphone to capture clean, high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic rangeof previous models.

Introducing the HERO – The perfect entry-level GoPro.

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GoPro is also proud to debut HERO, the perfect entry-level GoPro.  Designed with simplicity in mind and built directly into a rugged, waterproof housing, HERO captures high-quality 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 60fps. HERO captures the same immersive, eye-popping footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world—all in a simplified package that’s accessible to everyone with an MSRP of $129. For more information visit the HERO product page on GoPro.com.

New Mounts and Accessories that Help You Capture and Share Your World

October 5th also marks the availability of these new GoPro mounts and accessories:

 

  • Smart Remote – Control your GoPro from up to 600’ (183m) away with the wearable and waterproof remote. Conveniently mark key moments as they happen with the Smart Remote’s HiLight Tag button when paired with a HERO4 Black or HERO4 Silver.

 

  • The Handler – A compact floating handgrip. Lightweight, ergonomic and durable, The Handler is perfect for handheld shooting during any activity.

 

  • New BacPac accessories – A new and improved Battery BacPac provides almost twice the battery power over the camera’s internal battery alone. And a new LCD BacPac provides improved touch and swipe performance when used with HERO4 Black.

 

GoPro App and GoPro Studio

GoPro announced several updates to its popular GoPro Studio desktop editing software and mobile GoPro App.

GoPro Studio makes it easy to import GoPro footage from your camera to your computer to create professional-quality videos. GoPro Studio features GoPro Edit Templates, template versions of some of GoPro’s most popular videos.  All you have to do is replace the original GoPro video clips with your own favorite clips and the editing style that has made GoPro famous becomes your own. GoPro Studio now supports the HERO4’s HiLight Tag feature, making it easy for GoPro Studio to identify your videos’ best moments thereby allowing for faster and more convenient editing. Also new to GoPro Studio is Flux™, a powerful ultra slow motion and speed ramping tool that enables the dramatic time-shifting effects GoPro has become so well known for. Want to highlight a particularly awesome moment in one of your edits? Flux that thing and share it with the world.

The GoPro App for mobile not only gives you instant access to the GoPro Channel and all of the incredible content that has made it the number one brand channel on YouTube, it also gives you full control of HERO4 Black and Silver and allows for quick and easy changes to any mode or setting.  Expanded GoPro App support for HERO4 also includes support for HiLight Tagging while recording, as well as searching for tags during playback.  As always, the GoPro App also allows for shot preview, playback and sharing of your favorite photos and videos via email, text, Facebook, Twitter and more.

GoPro is committed to inventing innovative tools that make it easy for people to self-capture and share engaging and immersive experiences with others.

Learn more about HERO4 line and the entire GoPro ecosystem of software and accessories at GoPro.com, or visit your local retailer today.

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I am truly excited to see what else people can come up with and use the GoPro for.

Personally i guess for a start i’d poke around at getting a normal Hero model first.

Then we’ll see where that takes us after.

 

Press Release Link: Click here