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2009 is coming to and end soon and I have just realise that I have been blogging for a year already. I never thought I would have go up this far as I thought again it would be ‘warm warm chicken shit’ but of course I am proud of myself that really cannot believe I have blog for a year. Starting from nobody and now a very small potato that to compare with alot of great bloggers out there I am just 1% of them. This one wonderful year, I have met alot of people, bloggers and I recall back how I got my very first food review which I was very excited got invited by Sidney (BigBoysOven) and cannot believe it with my own ears that I actually got an invites. I do not know what to say to this wonderful guy that had help me alot and Ken (had thought me in photography) that I am slowly improving in photography skills. To the rest of the gang, you guys rockzzzz
– – – Happy 1st Anniversary to Taufulou.com – – –
Besides that I have 2 Voucher (Padicure and Manicure Worth RM68 and SPA Manicure Worth RM58) to give away, with small little criteria, drop me an email ([email protected]) with an honest feedback, what do you think about taufulou.com so far and ways to improve or what you love to see in the future.. 2 person with the most honest feed back will walk away with the voucher. (ps: do include your contact no. as the winner will notify through phone).
Notification will send to the selected person by 17th December 2009 at 5pm

I have just got to know that 1st of December is actually World AIDS Day. This is to create awareness to the public that HIV infection had causes this. This year’s theme would be ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’ . In this event Malaysian AIDS Council is also part of it.
 
 
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells. The four major routes of transmission are unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother to her baby at birth (Vertical transmission). Screening of blood products for HIV has largely eliminated transmission through blood transfusions or infected blood products in the developed world. (more readings click here)
Since AIDS was first recognized in 1981, it has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people, making it one of the most destructive diseases in recorded history.
Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, in 2007 the AIDS pandemic killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children.[1] In 2007, an estimated 33.2 million people lived with the disease worldwide, with an estimated 2.5 million people newly infected in 2007.[1] This has been attributed[who?] to lack of access to antiretroviral treatment in huge areas such as the continent of Africa, where (according to French researcher Olivier Schwarz), less than 10 percent of infected are reported to have access to it.[2]‘ – source from wikipedia
We live once in our life is yet just do not waste every precious moments yet we must :

by a few methods that Quaterback is one of the solutions..
Thanks to Wilson for sharing some.

Previously when I start blogging, I never thought of the day that I would actually have a name card for my blog not till very recently that meet up with quite a number of bloggers and also not to mention on food review, part of it that I keep seeing people exchanging name cards and thought its time for me that I needed one too.

Of course when it comes to design, the first person that would certainly come into my thought which is my close friend Lyssa.K, a designer with her own style yet is easy to communicate with her as she knows what I want too in the design.

When I first got the name card I was so happy just do not know why, I like it very much which the design is simple, nice and elegant.

Of course I have to thanks to Lyssa for helping me design and also Chris for giving me a good rate for printing.

Last weekend headed to mid-valley to watch movie that bought the ticket around 9pm show. Then was there around 6 something and I was like shit~ what to do for so long? Then since there is a Nikon road show going on in the center court and Coco plan to get a lens and was trying out. Then accompany her and explain to her on my view on this lens which I learn from my friends. Comparing those 2 lens with Nikon and Canon, I still prefer my Canon 55mm lens as the color came out nicer, that’s what I feel or I just do not know how to use Nikon function. Canon price of course cheaper compare to Nikon yet still this 2 brand had its pro and cons.

While waiting for her trying and I there is a competition going on too for modeling capture. Then I start to see people gather in the center of the stage. Without knowing what is going on which I thought the model show going to begin, so I just join the crowd to kill my time. The guy on the stage keep walking around and commanding the people around him to help him on setting up and got curious what is going on and ask the crowd there, asked one of the crowd that mention he is one of the best photographer in Malaysia, Louis Pang. One of the photographer which had won quite a number of recognition, I was like ooohhhhhhh… since got nothing to do and a event to kill my time of course stand there to see what are the tips he is giving out.

Starts at 7.30 sharp, comes out a pretty hot Emcee that hosting the event.

Then his topic of the day was ‘Lighting’. He asked the crowd, is there a good light or a bad light? In his saying, there is none either. As a photographer you can always create light around you even in a very dark room. The trick is how you are going to do that.

That creates a curiosity in me, as most of the time I have trouble to shoot at night and of course need a flash which I do not have.

His first lesson is, those who have flash attach on the camera, please remove them from your unit now. There are people removing but most of them are puzzled. As most of us were thought to shoot by using an attach camera.

His theory was to hold it with your hand then point the estimate the angle and point and shoot. This trick is trying to eliminate some unwanted shadow.

When I saw this, it looks familiar to me which I have learn it from Coco’s friend, Gary Ng which is another good photographer. Learn this trick from him a month back which I ask him why like that and he said to get better quality and try to avoid shadow.

Next was to use a Reflector to tone up the tone color which one side is dark and another side bright. This will create the natural color tone that you wanted.
The following trick definitely caught my attention. Was to use triple flash, which using the ‘Tri-Flash’ stand. This trick is used to create natural sun light during you face unwanted light during your shooting such as cloudy day, sunlight is not strong enough, or sun rise or sunset lighting. This definitely can create something that you are looking for. You can look at his website for the shot he mention by using this trick. Amazing on how he created out.
To even create more natural lighting for your shot, with another option is to use soft box by inserting ‘Tri-Flash’ in it to create a powerful lighting that you wanted even in a dim room.
To demo this shot, he is asking for another volunteer model, then I point Coco..lol~ then she got picked and was on the stage for the shooting. By using a gold reflector to create the skin tone, and a tri-flash to create the lighting he wanted as he shoots towards the direct spot light. (which I always try to avoid shooting direct light) but this is what he had manage to create out.

The result: Amazing~

With a natural skin tone, back spot light had become a nice background and the hair colour which you can see too. A great tips.

But in the end, what I feel that photography also means you need some investments. With a basic kit with flash and a lens and the most important is the trick you have learn and practice.

Manage to take a picture with him, Me — Coco Louis Pang

Thanks for the tips. Surely learn what is called Lighting and how you create it.

You can visit his website for more tips and his great shots. click here.

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