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Franciscus Tan
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Landscape/Cityscape/Architecture Photographer with HDR/Digital Blending Flavour and Post Processing with a twist :)
Landscape/Cityscape/Architecture Photographer with HDR/Digital Blending Flavour and Post Processing with a twist :)

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The Entrance

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If you happen to reach Sydney using a boat as your mode of transportation, this would be the view that greet you as you approach this fine city.

Taken from the North Head lookout, it is actually a very nice place for a picnic, walk or just watching the sunset.

I found this frame is particularly difficult one to process as the lighting condition is very challenging. Although shooting landscape with a tele lens is a nice change. 

My mate Arnold Chan said this frame is not possible, here you go mate, no digital manipulation necessary 

Thanks to Marlon Cruz for taking the drive with me. We should return here one day.
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Thunder Struck

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This shot was taken from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Lightning started to flashed left and right so I decided to try my luck and capture one in my camera as I never actually tried capturing a lightning before.

This frame is quite interesting as the lightning seemed to be emanating from the top of the Harbour Bridge and hitting the sails of the Opeara House.

Single RAW process in LR and Photoshop CS5
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Added photos to LPC Contest #15 In the Still of the Night.

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Moonlight Sonata

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Out of our 4 days stay in the City of Sin, Bangkok, I have to say this session was probably the best. Not only we were blessed with awesome lighting condition that afternoon, but the location that Nik Cyclist helped arrange was nothing short of incredible. Everywhere you turn on top of that building, I found a different composition.
 
There will be many different photos from this location. Stay tuned!
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Thunder Struck

for prints and more, visit: http://www.the3nity.com/australia/e261a97ff

This shot was taken from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Lightning started to flashed left and right so I decided to try my luck and capture one in my camera as I never actually tried capturing a lightning before.

This frame is quite interesting as the lightning seemed to be emanating from the top of the Harbour Bridge and hitting the sails of the Opeara House.

Single RAW process in LR and Photoshop CS5
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When Two Worlds Collide

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When my two friends Gelacio Taar Pablo III and Marlon Cruz asked me to come to shoot milky way at The Palm Beach lighthouse, little that I know that in order to get there involved walking on the sand and walking up on a hill at least 30 degrees angle for about 20 minutes. Heck, I guess I needed the exercise anyway. 
All the drive and the walks did not disappoint. 

We took many photos there and i get to watch my first moonrise ever in my life. This is my favourite composition from that evening session. Its true that once you got your shooting technique downpack, you spent less time worrying about the technical and concentrating more about the visual/composition.

A single frame tweak in LR4 and Photoshop CS5. iso 1600, f2.8 and shutter of 30s.
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Epiphany

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I always felt that seascape is not my strong suite. It could be the shooting condition where you have to deal with wind, salt water, wet feet, wet clothes, or if you're not careful, it could be the demise of your equiment. 

But it does offer a certain kind of attraction. The clouds and the waves are like abstract element ready to be put together in a canvas that is your camera sensor.

In this particular session, I had an epiphany, that possibly my usual workflow during shooting might not be working too well for seascape condition. So I decided to change a few things and try to implement a different technique. Suprisingly, it worked quite well. And here is the result from that glorious morning.

Thank you for the fearless group: Gelacio Taar Pablo III, Marlon Cruz and Reinier Domingo for inviting me to this shoot down at Kiama. Although it was the first time we shot together, you guys treat me like your old friend. And last but not least, the trusty Arnold Chan for taking the time to drive down with me.
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Epiphany

for prints and more, visit: http://www.the3nity.com/australia/e3a04b65

I always felt that seascape is not my strong suite. It could be the shooting condition where you have to deal with wind, salt water, wet feet, wet clothes, or if you're not careful, it could be the demise of your equiment. 

But it does offer a certain kind of attraction. The clouds and the waves are like abstract element ready to be put together in a canvas that is your camera sensor.

In this particular session, I had an epiphany, that possibly my usual workflow during shooting might not be working too well for seascape condition. So I decided to change a few things and try to implement a different technique. Suprisingly, it worked quite well. And here is the result from that glorious morning.

Thank you for the fearless group: Gelacio Taar Pablo III, Marlon Cruz and Reinier Domingo for inviting me to this shoot down at Kiama. Although it was the first time we shot together, you guys treat me like your old friend. And last but not least, the trusty Arnold Chan for taking the time to drive down with me.
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Handel's Water Music

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First of all, Happy Easter to everyone!

Back again to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair. Possibly the best spot for a sunset shoot in Sydney as most of the location here are facing east.

In this occasion, we said farewell to Alan Carter of HDR Moments. After almost two years here in the big brown land, he finally said enough and returned to the miserable and cold Land of the Brits. We will miss you buddy! Come back soon. Also said hello and bye to Christopher Bowler

I also had the opportunity to meet with other Sydneysider photographers: Jason Ruth, Adam Scarf, Kelvin Lai, Natasha Mulhall and of course, to Arnold Chan

This session, the sunset was quite uneventful, but fortunately the blue hour was quite nice. Also following up on my previous Opera/Symphony theme, I call this photo Handel's Water Music, for obvious reason of whats happening on the foreground.

Digital blending of 5 exposures.
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Valkyrie

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Friends of mine had just taken the delivery of their beloved Porsche and asked me to take some photos of their baby, their pride and joy. I told them, in the line of my photographic style is to shoot it in a grand location and hope for some epic light.
One morning, we all woke up in the dead of the morning and drove to the Harbour. The light itself was not amazing, in fact it was almost a total failure because a blanket of cloud decided to roll in at about sunrise. Luckily there was enough break in the sky for some dramatic scenes.

Why the title you might ask? The combination of the Porsche (a German engineering marvel) and the backdrop of the Sydney Opera House reminds me of Valkyrie, an Opera written by Richard Wagner, a famous German Composer. 

2 exposures manual blending using luminosity masking, with RAW Processing done in LR 5 and completed in Photoshop CS6.
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