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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Abstracts in C

Downtown Brooklyn is changing very quickly, with buildings going up at a very fast pace. With development comes the scaffolding and other construction materials that often present itself as a wonderful canvas for photography.

Abstracts in C major and C minor refers to the dominance of the color cyan. C major is where cyan fills out the photo. C minors are duets of cyan with other colors.

These were shot with the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash on a tripod.

Abstracts in C

Abstract in C / 20090825.10D.51828.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Abstract in C / 20090825.10D.51812.E1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Abstracts in C minor

Abstract in C minor / 20090825.10D.51822 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Abstract in C minor / 20090825.10D.51820.P1 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Related SML
+ SML Flickr Set: Absracts
+ SML Flickr Set: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
+ SML Flickr Set: Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Multi Strobes

I've done multi-strobes before. But only in the studio, and always with a tripod.

Tonight I went to see Arthur's Landing and I took some photographs. The place is completely dark and I'm using my flash. The dynamic energy and motion of the musicians were lost, so I thought to myself, why not try it out with multi-strobes - it's silly to get the 580EX and just stick it on with TTL all the time.

So here it is. Hand-held at a live event, with no tripod, trying to hold the camera still while setting the flash to multi at 10Hz. It's pretty clear that I couldn't really hold still, as there are double-image of the drums, but the musician's motion were captured. I will definitely shoot more in multi-strobes in the future.

Arthur's Landing @ Zebulon / 20090823.10D.51790.SQ.BW / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

The event
Arthur's Landing
Genre: Pop / Experimental / House
A celebration of musical genius Arthur Russell

About Arthur Russell
Wikipedia: Arthur Russel (musician)

Charles Arthur Russell, Jr. (May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, singer, and disco artist. While he found the most success in dance music, Russell's career bridged New York's downtown, rock, and dance music scenes; his collaborators ranged from Philip Glass to David Byrne to Nicky Siano. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, a series of reissues and compilations have raised his profile in the 2000s.

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+ SML Flickr Tags: Arthur's Landing
+ SML Pro Blog: Arthur's Landing

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fish story

From time to time, I browse back old photos in my Lightroom library and find things that I did not like then that I like now. The intensity of the green is so intense in the raw file that I had to tone it down quite bit. Looks like they're having a family meeting of sorts.

20060115.10D.37873 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Circles Story

Walking down 7th Avenue at night, I encountered the reunion of circles, and the beautiful notes they left behind.

Reunion of circles / 20090814.10D.51486 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Through the eye of the circles / 20090814.10D.51491 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

.... / 20090814.10D.51504 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Location: Signage at 888 7th Avenue, New York, NY


There is something exciting about lines and texture coming off of natural decay, and stories to be found with each mark. It's up to anyone's interpretation. For me, these marks taken while riding the Boston Duck Tour forms the gateway to the heavens.

20090802.10D.51356 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51354 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51353 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51351 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51350 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Last week a went up to Boston to join my parents visiting from Hong Kong to visit my sister. Unlike my previous visits where I was too busy with my friends, I really got to spend some quality time with my family. Since it was a family trip and not a photo trip, I brought only a single lens and I now declare the 24-70 f/2.8L my everywhere lens.

My sister was kind enough to drive me around the MIT campus and the Harvard Medical School where she now works to see some pretty spectacular buildings, and I am grateful for I have found some very eye-candy to savor for a good while.

Stata Center, MIT / 20090801.10D.50908 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Stata Center, MIT / 20090801.10D.50884 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Stata Center, MIT / 20090801.10D.50906 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Stata Center, MIT / 20090801.10D.50905 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

Harvard Medical School / 20090801.10D.51003 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51288 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)

20090802.10D.51309 (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)