Monday, March 4, 2019

Mobile Photography, Catching The Morning Sun

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Here I am, back again at my favorite stomping ground, Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya, not because of anything else except that it is very close to where I am staying. A couple of minutes walk will take me to one of the side entrances and an hour or so later I would have finished the roll of film I was testing the camera with, or a couple of dozen images shot with a different test lens mounted on the digital.

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There is nothing grand or spectacular about this place either, but, depending on the time of day, or the day itself, there could be a large crowd watching or participating in a fishing tournament, an RC powerboat derby, kids enjoying the playground facilities, joggers, or just people doing the morning or evening exercise.

For photogs like me, being at the park with its three fairly large water containment areas, and a scattering of high rise developments adjacent and within the surrounding municipality, sunrises on a sunny day are the best time. You will have to get over your sleep deprivation, of course, and have worked out on a plan of what you want to do.

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Sunrises on a sunny day are one of the best times to do your scenic photography, where you will be shooting the rich, warm, early morning sunlight as it flows over the landscape. Colors of nature are intensified and equally spectacular shadows are there for the taking. It is one of the two periods within a day when the light is most ideal for capturing breathtaking images.

In terms of composition, one of my favorites is to go for a vantage point where you shoot towards the sun and backlight the subject or have the sun shining from an angle that will add sparkle to shiny surfaces, leaves with waterdrops or spider webs with moisture drips.

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Another advantage you might have by being in the park at sunrise is that there are still not many people around. Space is all yours, albeit the other early bird who has already set up deck-chair and a battery of fishing rods already cast as he sits with a pair of headphones over his ears as he watches the sun rising.

What will your camera be? To each his own. For me, it could be as simple as my newfound favorite camera phone which I have been using since late 2018, the candy-bar Nokia Asha 300 feature phone, a product of 2011.

I started using this phone for my mobile photography images late last year and has yet to succumb to the euphoria of realizing that the Nokia ASHA 300 is one of the better fixed-focus point-and-shoot camera phones to have around.

Though the sharp, crisp and clear images are only 2985x1980 bits (5MP) in resolution, they have worked tremendously well for me after a quick edit on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpening on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.

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It goes without saying that enjoying photography and the satisfaction of enjoying the fruits of your amateur endeavors is not about having the best and the most in cameras and equipment, but rather how well you address and plan for the creativity at hand.


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