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[2228] Of the view from Mrs. Macquaries Point at dusk

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[2227] Of cool or warm?

I had an outing to Mrs. Macquaries Point with a friend earlier today. Mrs. Macquaries Point means photography.

Here is one of my favorite shots from the outing.

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I typically like pictures that exude coolness to those which are warm. Bluish pictures provide the crispness that I like. It feels strong. It makes a statement. And I am always prepared to shout ‘Go Blue!’

Yeah, sue me.

I had that discussion with the friend about it and he thinks warmer pictures look better. Here is warmer version of the picture shot under different white balance.

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I do like the hint of warmth in the clouds but the second picture is too redish to me.

Maybe it is purely a matter of opinion which one can never be wrong.

Or maybe, for some pictures, certain colors just fit in. This bothers me a lot.¬†Achieving the ‘level of coolness’ through the camera is easy (trust me, no post-production manipulation here at all apart from resizing). Knowing which is better is more subjective and hence, harder.

Regardless, I have finally found a little clique to roam Sydney with. This is the beginning of an exciting and wider experiment in photography for me.

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[2225] Of a wallaby

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A wallaby is cuter than a kangaroo. Take it from me.

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[2223] Of another shot of Blackwattle Bay in raw mode

I have checked my visitor counter just now and boy, my daily average unique hit since June has dropped to below 100. The last time that happened was 2 years ago.

I could not help with the level of inactivity observed at this blog and at my column at The Malaysian Insider. There were so many things happening and I was at best grappling with them.

Now that I have time for myself, I have begun writing again for my column. I look to submit it by this Friday.

In the meantime, just to warm things up here and bump up my blog in your web reader, here is a filler: what else but a picture?

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Again, this is at Blackwattle Bay. Shot in raw mode as well, just like the previous photo.

I like this photo because of the perspective it offers. Okay, that is a load of bullshit. I just needed an object of interest and this was the most obvious around.

Here is something that I recently discovered. When I shoot in raw mode, the size of individual file is large compared to jpeg format. That is expected. Once transferred to a terminal and saved as jpeg, the size becomes about just a third compared to one shot in jpeg.

Question: why? More importantly, does saving the raw photo as jpeg adversely affect the quality of the photo?

So far, I hardly notice the difference.

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[2222] Of Sydney from Blackwattle Bay in raw mode

I have finally forced myself to get out and walk around the city. It is a good distraction from some personal matters.

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That bridge is called the Anzac Bridge. It is located slightly to the west of the famous Harbour Bridge. The central business district of Sydney is in the background. That body of water is called the Blackwattle Bay.

I live quite close to the shore and I like it.

And I like this photo as well. It is a little bit special compared to the other photos I have posted on this blog.

A friend of mine has been encouraging me to shoot in raw mode. And I took her advice. This is the first raw mode photo I have posted here.

I am unsure of the difference between raw and jpeg by looking at the photo. I wish I had another shot of the same scene in jpeg format so that I could compare. Allegedly, raw mode stores wider range of colors.