Auckland in winter….Coxs bay _ New Zealand


Coxs bay in Auckland, New ZealandWinter in Auckland, New Zealand

We say there are 4 seasons within a day in New Zealand. That is true….especially in winter which is this time of the year.

Coxs bay is one of the many bays around Auckland city, New Zealand.

This is also yacht harbor….but during the low tide, all the ships are stack like this.

Evening in winter is exciting….weather changes and so as lighting and reflection…..

Leica Digilux 3 14-50mm

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Auckland city in winter morning


Auckland city in the morningAuckland city in winter morning

This time of year in New Zealand is middle of winter.

This is the view of Auckland city shortly after the sunrise.

Weather in New Zealand is changeable in winter. There was too many cloud earlier time.
It could be some morning mist which is making the image a bit fuzzy…..

Leica Digilux 3  Olympus 40-150mm F3.5-4.5

Leica Digilux 3 with Flash


Leica Digilux 3 with build in flashLeica Digilux 3 with Flash

Leica Digilux 3 has been my main camera for last 5 years.

There are many good things….but I would say this integrated flash is extremely good.

As you know, most of integrated flash can do only “direct lighting” which always looks like “point & shoot photo” although if you use expensive SLR…….

That is why lots of people says integrated flash on SLR is useless.

But not on this Leica Digilux 3.

This one does direct flash like all other camera and does “bounce lighting” as well.

When you first press the Flash button, as the photo shows, the flash lifts 45 degree up.

Flash with bounce lighting

This is the image with “bounce flash”. You don’t see unneccessal reflection and it nearly looks like natural lighting.

Then, when you press the button again, that is direct flash.Flash with direct lighting

This is the image with “direct flash”…..you can see strong contrast and reflection.

As you see, the first image with bounce looks more natural.Sample with bounce lighting

This means you can do this kind of lighting with integrated flash !!

Isn’t it amazing? People says the flash guide number is too small. And that was how they stopped making this system.

But I would say this system has been extremely useful and lots of times you don’t have to carry bulky external flash with me.

At least, I can take better flash photos compare with most of other SLRs.

Cleveland Park _ North Vancouver


Clevelend Park _ North VancouverCleveland park is a small park in North Vancouver beside Capilano lake.

In this time of the year, still the weather is not quite stable in Vancouver. Still those mountains are covered by snow….but from the lighting it is not winter anymore.

People say “Leica can capture the air”…..here is a photo taken at the same location in winter. Compare to the picture, this one looks hotter not only because of the clothing.

Leica Digilux 3  14-50mmF2.8-3.5

Adobe Photoshop _ Old car in California


Adobe Phogoshop _ Old car in California

The other day, I found a photo of an old car.

Well….it looks a bit familiar to me. About 30 years ago, Olympus produced camera called OM20. The camera itself was nothing special…but I was quite impressed the catalog photos which seems like been taken near “Lonepine, California” which is near the border of Nevada or nearest town to Death Valley.

There was a photo of an old rusty car in a middle of desert. That mast have been sitting at the same spot for several decades. There are many bullet holes on it…..that is telling the rough history.  It was such a dramatic photo for me when I was young.

30 years after, I fount this photo and I am quite sure it is the same car which I saw 30 years ago!!

Thanks to the dry weather in desert….it is still keeping the shape.

Well…I decided to play a little bit with this photo….

Old car in California _ original

This is the original photo. I extended right hand side of the background,  replaced background to more dramatic snowy mountains by using channel mask and adjusted entire levels.

Where you see the buffalo skull….there is the border of the extension of background.
When I did it, I was using Photoshop CS2. But with CS5, this kind border will be much easier.

This is something I would like to see in the future….