Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Let's Talk about Love" at Chenla Theater

Phnom Penh: "Let's Talk about Love" is a new Cambodian play on Saturday and Sunday September 15-16, 2007 6.00 PM, Chenla Theater. It is produced by Amrita Performing Arts in collaboration with BHOR Kompong Som and made possible through generous support CARE Cambodia. And I was authorized as a photographer in that event.

Here is the brochure: front_cover and back_cover

Do you remember the first time you fell in love? You might not know it, but that was all because of the trouble maker Cupid! Let's follow the adventures of Cupid and his side kick Valentine as they wreak havoc in Cambodia!

The play captures the hopes and expectation of modern day Cambodian youth, following them from cradle through adulthood as they discover love with its many consequences and pitfalls along the way and how they learn to protect themselves both emotionally and physically. The voyage is both funny and scary; it can be romantic and sad but all of it is part of real life.

Friday, September 14, 2007

My first Photo on Photo Competition in GLOBE Magazine

It is surprise to me for this month to see my photo in the 10 selected beautiful photos in the issue of September in GLOBE Magazine. You can see, the title "Picture 2: Beauty", my photo on page 36-37. It is the photo of Royal Palace. Download the full magazine here.

How to vote for the photo you like most? It is very easy, just send SMS to 092 821282 and text "picture x" (x refer to digit number from 1 to 10.) To encourage my photo, please send sms and text "picture 2". Thanks in advance.

Below is the full image...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Education Fun Fair 2007

Phnom Penh: Education Fun Fair 2007 was celebrated at Paragon Super Markert on 8-9th September, 2007 by G21 Magazine with some sponsors from University, Bank, Book Store...etc. Most visitors are teenagers.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Basic Photography: Exposure

This is the first article which tells all about the basics of photography, and it deals with Exposure. Do you know that click sound that cameras make? It originates from a "flip" of a mirror that allow light to fall on the camera's sensor (or for the old skool photographer - to fall on the film).

The effect of light falling on a sensor is called Exposure. That is because the sensor is exposed to light. (OK, great, so exposure happens when something is exposed. Big deal! no wait there's more...) When the sensor is exposed, it gathers the light and depending on how much light is gathered it creates an image.

Exposure is relative and is comparable by something called stops. (or F stops). The main trick for understanding exposure is that "opening" or "closing" a stop, doubles or halfs the amount of light that falls on the sensor. Lets have a closer look.

There are three main controls that you can use when deciding on the exposure setting: shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity (or ISO) Each will affect a different aspect of your final picture. The three elements are tied together in a rule called The Reciprocity Rule. Big name. All it means is that to keep an exposure unchanged - if you bump up one of the three elements, you need to move one of the other two down. For example - if you move from low ISO to high ISO, you will need to close the aperture or reduce the shutter speed to have the same exposure.

The nice thing about exposure is that it moves in doubles of two for any of the three controls. so If you move the ISO from 100 to 200, you need to cut the shutter speed from 1 second to half a second to retain the exposure.

You can look on exposure as a big pipe. Imagine a pipe filling a pool. The size or diameter of the pipe is the aperture - the bigger the hole - the more water can come in. Shutter speed can be imagined as the time you keep the water running. If you cut the time by half, the pool will be only half as filled. Lastly, ISO or sensitivity can be compared to the pressure (or speed) of water going through the pipe. more pressure means more water.

OK, now for some math - if you want to keep the amount of water going into the pool, you need to keep the "sum" of all three factors the same.

Lets take a closer look on each of the three exposure controls:

Aperture (pipe size): Aperture controls the amount of light hitting the sensor in a given amount of time. It also affects the depth of field, and overall sharpness of the picture.

Shutter speed (time faucet is open): Shutter speed controls the time that the light will be accumulated on the sensor. It also affects other aspects of the image like smear and for long focal lengths also sharpness.

ISO (water pressure): ISO will affect on how receptive the sensor will be to light. ISO will also control the granularity and noise of the picture.


Monday, September 3, 2007

My first nephew

He was born on Sunday, September 02, 2007 01:10AM at Somphob Sorphea. He got 3.8Kgs weight, and 0.58m height.
Yet, there is no name for this little guy.