Macro Photography – The Ultimate DPS Tutorial list

Macro Photography is amazing. It can transport you into another world that is weird, exciting and fascinating.

This list by Digital Photography School could well be the Ultimate Tutorial list for beginners. It contains 9 newest tutorials and 15 of the most popular ones over the last few years.

There is a whole new world out there waiting for you.  Have fun!   😉

DPS Macro Photography

 

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Nik Collection Filters for free

Nik SoftwareIf this sounds too good to be true, you can be assured that such an unbelievable offer is indeed real. Such a steal, and at the most attractive price of FOC!

If you have not already downloaded it, you can download it here.

This popular & powerful suite of Post Processing Filters was once commercially sold for $500. Nik Software was acquired by Google in 2012. More about it here. Google is therefore very generous to make it available for free in March this year.

You can edit the full image (Global edit) or any part of an image that you choose (Local edit) using Control Points. There is no need for masking. It is a rather cool way to post process your image.

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YouTube Video Intro – Viveza  2: Using Levels and Curves and Control Points

 

I recommend reading this article for a good overview of each component in the collection. It will give you a good idea of the features & tools to use to enhance your image for the specific look & feel that you desire >>>  Digital Photography School – An Overview of Google’s Nik Collection Filters for Post-Processing

By now, if you have not downloaded Google’s Nik Collection, at the very least you have heard that this once $500 software, was made free for download in March 2016. The Nik Collection, as it has been known for over a decade, is a set of photographic filter plug-ins, and image enhancement tools, that delivers another look and feel to your photo.

The Nik Collection is comprised of Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Viveza.

View the short 2m 13s video pictured above here.

Photofunia Fun

If  you have some time to kill, you will find messing around with Photofunia fun, entertaining & even rewarding.

With just a single picture, it was super easy to have my face superimposed over various images to assume the fantasy roles.

My friends & family know very well that I am a very reluctant model but what the heck. For the sake of good fun, I shall make an exception this time. LOL, I can always delete this post if I change my mind, ya?  At the risk of making a fool of myself, here’s the Picture Gallery with me as the main leading character WHOAMI TODAY. One could say that I had so much fun that I got quite carried away.

Before I am reminded, I know that I should lose my glasses in some of them.  🙂

My Android smartphone provided the entertainment. Photofunia’s also on the web.

What are you waiting for?  Choose your preferred device. Time to transform yourself!

Good LUCK!!

The Debunking of Urban Legends

Urban legends are one of the sources of viral spams. They have been around for ages. It’s time to get smart about it. They are really a waste of time & system resources. And it is made worse (with its multiplying effect) when we propogate it without thinking.

An example of an urban legend making its rounds … Fetuses found in chinese restaurant freezers

Things go awfully wrong when we accept what’s being circulated on the Internet as the truth. Viral spams get viral because of the shocking / disgusting contents which motivates the receiver to share instantly. So as not to be deceived by these fraudulent materials, we must first challenge the reality & its validity by verifying the news in the first instance.

Snopes.com is a very old & established site to validate such documented cases. It has a huge / extensive database of debunked cases which will verify the ‘news’ & confirm if it will be a waste of time & resources to circulate to others.

No surprise that old cases  gets a new life every now and then.

But if the website is hard to remember, a quick Google Search is just as effective.

Snopes in Google Search

All you need for the search is the relevant keywords and sure enough, it throws up Snipe.com with the conclusion of their investigation. If FALSE, do not share / circulate. We shall not be deceived!!

BTW Jackie Chan has died multiple deaths.

Stay safe & Happy computing everybody!

Kai’s Plato – A Unique Seafood experience

We wanted to have a special birthday celebration for my sister-in-law KT and Kai’s Plato was suggested by niece-in-law Immy. Since we live to eat and are ever ready for a food adventure, Kai’s Plato seemed to be an interesting & attractive choice and was confirmed as the venue.

It was planned as a surprise birthday celebration but KT found out about it. So we ‘cancelled’ the event & went ahead with it so that it would be a surprise no-surprise celebration. She was pleasantly surprised so it worked. LOL, real fun, it was!!

I did mention Unique so what’s unique about Kai’s Plato? Since it is in KD, it obviously won’t be by the beach.

Alright, here’s what everybody is talking about in Kai’s Plato’s own words …. “the 1st in Malaysia to have the most tiers with more than 10 types of scrumptious seafood in a tower platter.” Fresh seafood comes served in a tower platter to be finished tier by tier from top to bottom. Cool! The tasty yummy soup in the bottom platter is a splendid way to finish a great delicious sumptuous feast. It goes well with the Angel hair.

Take a look at the Side Orders menu if you want some side dishes. We had soft shell crabs, deep fried squid & otak otak. I love the crabs which were really crunchy and appetizing.

Wait, there’s another surprise. The other unique point about Kai’s Plato is its concept of “Hands and Table”simply enjoy and eat with our hands as they are the best utensils we have for eating seafood. I think we all can pretty much agree with this statement. It was a simple affair of helping yourself to food from the platter (Caution: It’s steaming hot!) and attacking it on waxed paper laid over the table. But you will need a bowl for the soup.  😉

To fully enjoy this new experience, photography unfortunately had to take a backseat. You do not want to mess with the camera with dirty messy hands for sure! The pictures were quick snaps with my Zenfone 2. Food Photography, however, will be the priority on my next visit.

While waiting for your tower platter, create some memories on clam shells with the  coloring pens provided. They get to go to the wall in the restaurant. How’s that for creating some lasting memory?

The birthday boy / girl gets a complimentary bottle of Makkoli rice wine to celebrate the moment. High Five!

So, if you are a seafood lover and are looking for a unique dining experience, you are in for a treat. We had a blast enjoying the fresh seafood & each other’s company. Thanks for a great recommendation.Immy!!

Is Kai’s Plato recommended? It gets a DO-DID-DONE recommendation for satisfying our search for a new & good experience. Service was good & attentive. The environment is relaxing with a fun ambience.

Kai’s Plato is located at Garden Office @Encorp Strand, Kota Damansara in the building block beside GIANT. They are on Facebook, so check them out for further details.

We were a bit disoriented when we were in the car park. But the food adventurers were not deterred, of course.

QUICK INFO

Address
No. 12, Jalan PJU 5/1, Kota Damansara

Petaling Jaya

Phone:  017-283 2883
Reservations can be made via SMS, WhatsApp & Facebook PM.

 

Let the story unfold ……

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steamed whole fresh fish

Chinese Steamed Fish recipe. Easy to prepare, delicious result. The tasty goodness of fresh fish with steaming hot rice is amazing awesome!

Homemade in Hong Kong

hong kong is blessed with an abundance of seafood. cantonese people, in general, love to eat fish. they use the simplest technique to cook them, thus preserving its natural flavor as much as possible. when you have fish that was just caught in the morning, the last thing you want to do is mask the sweetness of the meat.

craving for seafood, we made a quick trip to our local wet market. our fishmonger recommended the sea bass. she said it was the catch of the day. without hesitation, she picked the best one for us. faster than we can count the money from our wallets, she descaled and gutted the whole fish in less than one minute. doing that ourselves might have taken us 10 minutes at least. once we arrived back home, all we had to do is rinse the fish, boil some water, and chop up green…

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