I finally invested in a two light setup after playing around with just a single cheap umbrella for a while. This shot was taken against a plain white wall in my house. One umbrella is place directly in front of the model with another to her right. Both strobes were shooting into the umbrellas to give a nice soft bounced light. I was amazed at the difference shooting into the umbrellas made compared to shooting through the umbrellas. I hope to try a few more shots soon if I can get some time and energy.
Shot in an iPhone 4 and edited using Camera+
Whilst visiting a village in Thailand these two kids came up to us for a chat. The village was relatively poor but was able to grow their own food and earn some money from passing tourists. They reminded me of how my parents would have grown up with just the bare basics.
With some cloud cover in Dubai and the help of a little city haze, the usual mid day glare was reduced quite a bit. A trip to the Dubai Marina on a lazy day allowed me to capture this shot of the huge number of apartment blocks that line the edge of the Marina. It's an up market place with very expensive boats lining the Marina... but then again, this is Dubai so nothing is ever done on the cheap or at a small scale. I've been very impressed so far with the 16mm pancake lens on the NEX-7. With a stopped down aperture it really can provide some decent sharpness.
I was lucky enough to have a meal at the restaurant called Sky47 on the 47th floor of the Marina Bay Sands. From the top of the three impressive towers you get a grand view across one of the most amazing sites in Singapore. Most of the land seen here is reclaimed sea where the water has been filled in to enable building. The domes on the left are the "Gardens By The Bay" which are ecology domes which house a variety of plants and fauna from across the world. In one of these domes there is even a ten story waterfall. The super tree grove can be seen on the right hand side of the picture. To me they look like something out of Sim City and their scale is hard to believe from this high up. If you are ever in Singapore this is definitely a sight you shouldn't miss.