Monthly Archives: September 2009

HDR Photography – Sibu Lantern Festival 2009

Tonight I have photo shot the night scene of the Lantern @ Sibu “Tua Pek Kong” Temple. This photo using the HDR technique and PS editing for enhance the atmosphere of the festival.

Night Scene of The Dragon Head @ "Tua Pek Kong" Temple

Night Scene of The Dragon Head @ "Tua Pek Kong" Temple

View from the Top of the 7 floor Pagoda

View from the Top of the 7 floor Pagoda

Dragon Body Lantern @ Jalan Centre, Sibu

Dragon Body Lantern @ Jalan Centre, Sibu

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac

adobeelements8Adobe has released version 8 of its Photoshop Elements image-editing software. Both the Windows and Mac versions see the addition of functions such as ‘Adobe Photomerge’ Exposure, Recompose and Quick Fix previews. Automated analysis tools can be used to add tags and identify people in your images for easy organization. Priced at US $99.99 and £75.82 in the UK, this latest release is now available for Windows, with a Mac version to follow soon.

Adobe Releases Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows and Mac

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Intelligent Technology and Ease of Use Delivers the Power to Do More with Photos

Sept. 23, 2009 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe®Photoshop®Elements 8 software available for Windows® and Mac, providing automated and intelligent photo-editing technology across both platforms. With the newest version of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software,*Adobe continues to make cutting-edge innovation accessible to users who want powerful yet easy-to-use tools to tell compelling stories with their photos.

“With nearly 20 years of Photoshop innovation under our belt, we are able to leverage industry-leading technology that the professionals use and make it accessible to our Elements customers,” said Doug Mack, vice president and general manager of Consumer and Hosted Solutions at Adobe. “We’ve simplified the editing process, without taking away any of the power, and incorporated smart tools with built-in intelligence to bring once difficult tasks, within reach of everyone.”

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows
With the enhanced Organizer, Windows users of Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 can easily manage media and find photo and video clips even faster than before. The new Auto-Analyzer automatically analyzes and tags media so users can quickly find the most interesting and highest quality content and People Recognition identifies people in photos, becoming more intelligent over time, as it learns to associate names and faces. Also, consumers can now automatically synch all their media across multiple computers.

Photoshop Elements 8 brings editing capabilities and simplicity to a new level. With Adobe Photomerge® Exposure, users can simply merge multiple shots of the same scene, with and without a flash, together to create a perfectly lit photo that shows every detail. Leveraging Photoshop CS4 technology, the new Recompose provides users with an easy way to automatically resize photos without distorting the most important parts. Additionally, Quick Fix previews allow users to visually choose the best color, contrast and lighting adjustments from a series of previews. Once photo creations are ready to be shared, Photoshop Elements 8 offers new interactive Online Album templates that can showcase photos and videos together.

For even more creative possibilities, Windows users have the option to purchase Plus. Additional benefits include 20GB of storage for automatic online backup and sharing (up to 15,000 photos or four hours of DVD-quality video), as well as regular deliveries of tutorials, tips and tricks, seasonal artwork and interactive online templates sent directly to the desktop software. Photos and videos can also be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection at Photoshop.com.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac
Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac is the perfect complement to iPhoto® for consumers who want to go beyond the basics and tell amazing stories with their photos. The software is loaded with new options to make extraordinary photos with ease. For media management, Mac users have access to all the features in Adobe Bridge CS4 software, which provides quick organization with a custom viewing workspace and full-screen preview with one-click close-ups. Keyword tags and a variety of search options also make it easy to find photos quickly.

Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac now includes all of the intelligent photo-editing options as the Windows version. In addition to Photomerge Exposure, Recompose and Quick Fix previews, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac features Scene Cleaner for brushing away unwanted elements, such as tourists or cars, from a series of photos to create the perfect scene. The Smart Brush helps users apply incredible effects to a specific area of a photo with a single stroke and Touch-Up brushes make common editing tasks quick, such as whitening teeth or making bright blue skies. When creations are ready to be shared with family and friends, users can display their photos on the Web with gallery templates or personal Web pages, by e-mail and on CD or DVD.

Pricing and Availability
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) is available now at www.adobe.com, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac will be available in Oct. 2009. Both products will be available soon at retail outlets such as Amazon.com, Apple (Mac only), Costco.com (Windows only), Best Buy, Office Depot and Office Max.

Photoshop Elements 8 (Windows) is available for US$99.99, and users can purchase Plus from within the product for US$49.99/year. Plus is available to Windows customers in the U.S. only. Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac will be available for US$99.99.

* Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service (April 2002 to March 2009) based on units sold (North America only).

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The First Lantern Event @ Sibu

To celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, The First Lantern Event at Sibu. The street  filled with the lantern.

Lantern at Sibu Gateway

Lantern at Sibu Gateway

Swan at top of the Big Lantern

Swan at top of the Big Lantern

Dragon Head at Sibu "Tuo Pek Kong" Temple

Dragon Head at Sibu "Tua Pek Kong" Temple

Dragon Head at Sibu "Tuo Pek Kong" Temple

Dragon Head at Sibu "Tua Pek Kong" Temple

Preparing the Latern

Preparing the Lantern

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Night Scene - Swan Lantern at Sibu Gateway

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Adobe releases Lightroom 2.5 & Camera Raw 5.5

adobelogoAdobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5. These are final versions of updates which were originally posted as ‘release candidates’ on the Adobe Labs site, and are now available for immediate download. Both provide additional Raw support for Nikon D300S, Nikon D3000, Panasonic DMC-GF1 and Olympus E-P1. Although support is offered for Panasonic DMC-FZ35, it doesn’t extend to the Japanese and European version of the camera (the FZ38). In addition, the ACR update also includes corrections for sensors with non-conventional color filter arrays (as introduced in the most recent DNG specification).

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v2.5 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v5.5 (Windows)

My KL Photography Contest 2009

img_MyKLPhotography_PosterMy KL Photography Contest is a joint collaboration with Travel Times, News Straits Times, Nikonian Academy and Time Out Kuala Lumpur. It runs from September 1 to October 15, 2009 and welcomes the participation of people from all walks of life, be it beginner, amateur or even professionals.

Judges for the event will be Jerina Foong-Chin, Putri Zanina from Travel Times, New Straits Times, Andrew Boey from Nikonian Academy and Chee Wah from Time Out Kuala Lumpur. Submissions will be based on originality of the photograph, and the effectiveness of the photographer to capture the interpretation of Kuala Lumpur.

Among the exciting prizes to be won are holiday stays at Swiss-Garden International properties as well as photography equipment and professional training from Nikonian Academy, Malaysia’s biggest and most popular photography academy.

There will be up to 8 winners in total, the first prize comprises of RM2,000 worth of photography equipments, RM300 worth of photography training at the Nikonian Academy and a 3-day/2-night stay at the exclusive Swiss-Villas, Damai Laut; all worth up to RM6,000 in total. The contest will culminate with an award ceremony at the auspicious launch of the Swiss-Garden Ballroom in November 2009 with selected photographs being exhibited to the public.

College students or fresh graduates are also encouraged to participate as Time Out Kuala Lumpur will award one participant with the ‘Time Out Kuala Lumpur Young Photographer’s Award’ together with a 3-month internship at Mongoose Publishing Sdn Bhd.

For more information, you may contact Swiss-Garden Hotel Kuala Lumpur at 03 2141 3333, or visit www.swissgarden.com/mykl.

Beautiful Sabah – Digital Photography Contest 2009

Beutiful Sabah Digital Photography Contest 2009

Beautiful Sabah – Digital Photography Contest 2009

September / October / November / December theme is now open for submission!

  • Main Theme – Nature Inheritance of Sabah
  • Sub Theme
  1. Marine Life of Sabah
  2. Flora of Sabah
  3. Fauna of Sabah

Contest Rules

  1. No age limit – Contest is open to all.
  2. Contest is open to all Malaysians.
  3. Only photographs taken with digital cameras are accepted.
  4. Each Participant may submit up to four (4) Photographs for each Sub-Theme on the Current running Contest.
  5. Submission after deadline will not be entertained.
  6. Only original and unmodified images taken in Sabah will be accepted.
  7. Photographs that are deemed obscene, provocative or otherwise containing objectionable content will be rejected.
  8. By submitting a photograph the participant is undertaking the responsibility of admitting that it is his/her own original work and that he/she alone own the copyright to the photograph.
  9. Participant is also taking the responsibility that it is an authentic and accurate depiction of subject matter presented.
  10. Participant is also taking the responsibility that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest whatsoever in the photograph.
  11. Participant must grant the Organizer a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license to display the photograph.
  12. The decision of the panel of judges is final.

For more info click here.

National Geographic’s International Photography Contest 2009

Enter Your Photos to Win

Every year, National Geographic’s International Photography Contest draws thousands of spectacular photos from users around the world. This year could be your year—send in your photos for a chance to win a digital camera kit and have your image published in the magazine. Winners will be entered into the Worldwide International Photography Contest.

You can submit up to six photos in three categories—People, Places, and Nature—between now and October 31, 2009. Winners will be announced in early December. There is an entry fee of U.S. $12 for each photo.

For more info click here.

SilkAir Destinations Photography Competition 2009

NEW PHOTO COMPETITION LAUNCH:

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SilkAir is calling all photography enthusiasts to take part in its first international online photo contest – SilkAir Destinations Photography Competition 2009 http://www.silkairphotocontest.com

Through this contest, SilkAir is encouraging participants to capture the beauty and uniqueness of all the destinations that it flies to. Unlike other photo competitions, there are no specific categories; SilkAir is simply looking for the best images from any of its 31 destinations. Review the full list of destinations

Open to both amateurs and professionals, the submitted photos will be judged by a select panel of judges comprising award-winning photographers from New York, Prague and Maldives as well as photo editors from leading magazines.

Closing date for entries is 24 December 2009, (Midnight) Singapore Standard Time (GMT+8).

The following entry fees are required:
– USD 5 for entering one image
– USD 10 for up to three images
– USD 15 for up to six images

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Canon digital camera (Powershot G10 or equivalent)
  • A pair of return Economy Class tickets to Singapore on SilkAir or Singapore Airlines and a 2D/1N stay at the Regent Hotel Singapore.
  • A pair of SilkAir Business Class tickets to Phuket and a 3D/2N stay at the Indigo Pearl Hotel Phuket.

The first and second runners-up will also win air tickets and hotel stays.
View the full list of prizes

The copyright of every image entered is fully respected and remains with the photographer. View the full terms and conditions

Model Photography Competition @ Kuching

Model Photography Competition at Kuching organized by Sarawak Photographic Society. We have 7 member of  The Photographic Society of Sibu to join the photo contest. This trip I with C.S.Hii, Leong & Ms.Kho. It was fun.

Group Photo for Starting Shoot

Group Photo for Starting Shoot

C.S.Hii & Models Ms. Chung & Ms. Pamela

C.S.Hii & Models Ms. Chung & Ms. Pamela

Chung, Kevin, Pamela

Chung, Kevin, Pamela

Ending Group Photo

Ending Group Photo

National Day Miss Photogenic Photo Contest 2009

31st August, our Malaysia National Day. The Photographic Society of Sibu organized “National Day Miss Photogenic Photo Contest 2009”, sponsored by Tango Photo Studio, Sibu.

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Group Photo before start photo shoot

Photo Contest Models

Photo Contest Models

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