Lightcatcher Exhibition Pt.2

Today is a continuation from yesterday’s post on the Lightcatcher Exhibition. I would like to thank all the guests who came to make this event such a memorable one!


Nikon D800 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + SB 700


Lightcatcher Exhibition Pt.1

(Panorama shot of the gallery taken with Iphone 4s, CLICK for a larger view)

Over the last weekend, I was part of a photo exhibition held by our photographer group ‘Lightcatcher’. Just over 20 photographers were involved in this exhibition (myself and Vea included) and the exhibition turned out to be quite a success with around 200 people attending on the opening night. Since there are a lot of photos, I think I will write the post in parts. Today’s post is of the candid photos in preparation of the exhibition.


Nikon D800 + AF-S 50mm f1.4 + SB 700



Shell and Moojun’s Wedding

It wasn’t that long ago when I wrote a post about our outing with Shell and Moojun. Now they are a happily married couple.
Vea, being Shell’s best friend, was the maid of honour. This also meant that, I, as Vea’s boyfriend, got to see how much effort was put into the planning of this wedding by Shell and I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said I had never seen a wedding planned with such meticulous detail. In the end though, it all seemed to be worth it, I saw a LOT of people having so much fun!


Nikon D800, Nikon D700, AF-S 24-70 f2.8, AF-S 70-200 f2.8, SB700, SB600

Ross Park BBQ

It’s a fact that I love food, especially when it is a BBQ held on a perfect summer weekend 😉

BBQ at Ross Park with my friends! 😀

I took my flash gear with me, knowing that I will have plenty of opportunities to take some portrait photos 😉

And photo of me and Vea’s shadows 😀

After the BBQ, the guys played volleyball and girls…chatted. 😀 Well, the time flew by and the sun was already setting over the horizon but that didn’t stop me from taking more photos 😉

I tried using Tungsten White Balance for the camera and put CTO gel on the off camera flash to get the above pictures.

And here is lovely Vea, being a human flash stand 😀



Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 + SB 700/SB 600



Whittamore’s Farm: Strawberry Picking

I have never been to a strawberry picking before until this weekend. It was hot and rather humid but it was still a lot of fun 😀

Vea and I went to Whittamore’s Farm to do some strawberry picking with our friends (more precisely, Vea picked strawberries and I took photos :P).

Since it was a sunny day AND it was the weekend, there were a lot of people at the farm but that didn’t stop us from having fun 🙂

But I think it was the kids (Aiden and Ryan) who had the most fun 😀

The berry pies they sell at the farm are ridiculously delicious 😀 I highly recommend trying them out 🙂

For those interested, here is the link to Whittamore’s Farm Homepage

and Map directions 😀


Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB 600 (off camera)

TOL: Kortright Centre pt. 2

As promised, today I would like to write a post regarding the portrait shoot at Kortright with TOL.

The location was wonderful! Rays of sunlight beaming through the leaves and the shades killing the harsh noon sunlight helped with the portrait shoot 😀

In almost all of these photos, I was using SB 600 as an off camera flash (triggered by pop up flash on my D700). Lighting up the subject without blowing out the nice green lights in the background… 😉

This was my first time, really trying out the off camera flash using CLS. Sinc I didn’t have any light-stands or umbrellas so in some of these photos, the light is pretty hard as it came directly from a bare strobe (SB 600). I can’t wait to see the results I could get with some light stands and shoot-through/reflective umbrellas later.

Like I said, since I didn’t have any light stands/tripods, I was either holding the flash in my other hand or setting them on a tree branch…. considering the circumstance, I am quite pleased with the results I got 😉

I am still waiting for the shoot through umbrella, reflective umbrella and a light stand that I ordered over the internet. When they arrive, you can bet I will be experimenting with them a LOT 😉


Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB 600 (0ff camera)

TOL: Kortright Centre pt. 1

Today I am going to write the post in two parts, since I want to concentrate on the portrait section of the post in part 2 and introduce the location we visited in this post (part 1).

Over the weekend, with the people of TOL, we went to visit Kortright Conservation Centre in Vaughn.

I wanted to try out the off camera flash photography during this visit and I was extremely pleased with the results 😀 I used SB 600 and SB 800 (my friend Sangyun’s) to take the portraits. You can expect to see many more portrait shots in my follow up post 😉

Although the weather was hot and the sun was high up in the sky (it was around 11AM, when I took most of these photos), not the best of conditions to take photos :P, but the tall trees provided the shade and nice beams of light 😀

The trail in the conservation area is really nice and there are MANY interesting spots to take photographs. Remember to take water though, it gets pretty hot 😉


Nikon D700 + AF-S 24-70 f2.8 + SB 600 (off camera) + SB 800 (off camera)

Cheesecake Factory!

Cheesecake Factory is a very famous restaurant located in Walden Galleria in US. The usual wait time is anywhere between 40min to over an hour but it is worth the wait 😉

The portions are big so I suggest you take fewer dishes than the actual number of people you will be dining with, that way you can actually try out their tasty cheesecakes 😀

After dinner, it was time to go home. Does anything seem out of ordinary to you in the above picture? 😉 (hint: we are Canadians visiting US shopping mall :P)


Nikon D700 + AF-S 24mm f1.4 + SB 600

Ivy, back in Toronto!

YJ is a group of Vea’s very close friends who all have same initials in their Korean name. Ivy is a member of that group and she came to Toronto to visit us (and her family 😉 ) from Korea!

St Louise is one of her favourite eat-out places and she was VERY happy to taste those delicious wings again 😀

And of course, we were very happy to see her too!  (as you can see in the pictures ;))


Fujifilm X100