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Monday, March 30, 2009

An Earth Hour Memory

To sum up a meaningful event, I would like to make this post.

From the day I learned about the event at Youth 09.
I am eager to help out at least a bit.
I saw the Earth Hour video and made a poem or what looks like a poem.
I post up a self-made ad about the Earth Hour at the top of my side bar.
I saw the television advertisement and copy the Hijau song by Zainal Abidin.
I made a wallpaper for Earth.
I use it to make it into my blog template.
Lastly, I went to KL Tower to watch Earth Hour and learned something new.

Sorry if I have made any of you angry or sad using my words. I do critic a lot due to this Earth Hour.

Khinhooi

I Saw the World in New Light

From the Earth Hour, I learned new things. But before I get to that here are a few snap shots from the top of Kuala Lumpur Tower at the very Earth Hour.


This is the moment before Earth Hour, the Petronas Twin Towers.


And Maybank building with the surroundings.


This is the Petronas Twin Tower during Earth Hour.


This is the part of area at the right of Petronas Twin Towers. All dark except for a KFC building, the MBF signboard and Wisma Hap Seng. Apparently, Bangunan UMNO forget to turn off their signboard or DO NOT turn off, whichever it is.

Now to share a bit.

I can say Kuala Lumpur is a great city. Most of the buildings participated in the Earth Hour. Most turned off their lights.

I am very touched on the moment they turned off their lights especially the Petronas Twin Towers.

I saw a place decorated with a large '60' sign made out of candle lights or bulb, whichever it is. It is high from above so I cant tell but it was large, maybe 50 meter width. It was really a great effort in making this world event a success.

This somehow show how our country is united.

At the same time, some buildings do not turn off their lights. They leave their signboard on. What are you trying to promote? Ego? Ignorance? Stupidity? Is your signboard that important to be turned off just for the sake of the world. Or you think the world is so useless that it does not need any care. You think this event is so insignificant?

And I learned that our college is not participating in the event like other hostel. They just made an annoucement to tell all the people to turn off their lights. Obviously, no one will ever listen to that announcement under the bad public addressing system.

And to those who don't turn off because of ignorance or insignificance, I would say, you are so egoistic. You only think for yourselves. You are so materialistic.

Of course by turning off the lights for one hour could not make a difference. But it is the effort that counts. If you never turn off now, you will never do it in the future. You never show the will to help.

You think you yourself by one person will not make any change but think in a big scale please. If everyone think like you, then we will have so many people turning off their lights already. Seven billion or more humans living on Earth.

I cannot express in words how I hate those types of people. Yes, I am being stereotypical but I have to because I cared. One last world, You made me SICK.

Enough of EMO words. TO help now. These are a few steps to help reduce the consumption of energy:

- Increase your air conditioner by two degree. Don't be a baby who scared of the heat.

- Turn down your load speaker knob by 30 degree. You are not deaf okay.

- Clean your fan occasionally. The dust will consume more torque, meaning consuming more current, meaning consuming more energy.

- Turn down your monitor intensity, you are not blind.

- Turn down the water heater in the shower or better, don't use water heater. I never use any water heater at home or hostel room.

- Turn off the lights when you are out. Who are you leaving the lights on for? Ghosts?

- Don't use any wallpaper on your monitor. Leave it black. The monitor needs energy to generate RGB lights on the screen.

- Use the stairs if you are going up or down one to three or four levels only. Don't use the lift. No wonder there are so many obese people nowadays.

If everyone and I mean EVERYONE (which is impossible because of those people I mentioned above) is doing this, then our world will be in a better condition.

Khinhooi

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tomorrow is Earth Hour


Tomorrow is going to the time we all unite and close all the switches for our lights. Let the world be united to fight against global warming and all those that is bad.

Even better, you spend some time with your family and friend doing dark activities (Not ahem ahem la you perverts). Sing song, hang lanterns, looks at the moon, etc

You can also go out and have a walk around the neighbourhood and scold those who don't turn off their light (Tell them they are a n00b). Or you can go to any activities listed at the Earth Hour Malaysia Website.

Doze off early is a good idea too and wake up again at 9.30. Or you can run naked around the house, no one will see it since it is dark. Don't get caught by your dad or mum.

Me? I am planning to go to the Kuala Lumpur Tower to see the Petronas Twin Tower. Hoping to make it there and hoping it will be a nice one.

But after Earth Hours, remember to always fight for Global Warming. Turn off non-essential lights and appliances off. A flick of switch can make a difference.

Khinhooi

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Tribute to Earth Hour



My tribute to the amazing Earth Hour is by having an Earth Themed Blog Template.
It will be reverted back to the original theme soon after the Earth Hour.

Remember to Sign Up for Malaysian Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org.my and Pledge to Turn off Your Lights at the 60 Minutes of Earth Hour.

And check out this post. Interesting things to do during Earth Hour here.

Yeah, Ku Lihat Hitam.

Khin Hooi

edit: The Earth Hour is over for 2009. You can always check back using the Earth Hour Label

Photography Techniques

These are photography techniques I use. I am still a learner so comments and critiques are welcomed. Now I would like to share some here.

This is a photography tutorials by Temporary40. This may derived from other source. Here we go.

Hi there, before starting, I would like to say something. Photography is an interest that is so easy and relaxing. You just need a camera or a camera phone will do. No need for some killer SLR camera although it will be a great advantage.

Technique Number One: Using the rule of thirds

This is the very basic rule to use.

Another way is to use the Golden Ratio. You can surf here . This is too complicated and this is actually done by great minds of the past.

We will just stick to rule of thirds.

First of all, we divide the canvas by thirds horizontally and vertically. Like so.



And we should focus on the lines of thirds. Like so in the area of whites. The more whites, the more we should put the object to focus.



Excellent Example




The lamp pole is focused on the vertical line and the lamp itself is focused on the intersection. The table is focused on the lower right intersection. The more object is focused on the thirds, the better.

Good Example




The lady is focus on the lower left intersection.

Fair Example




There is nothing to focus on but the horizon is focused on the upper horizontal third. So try to put horizons on the thirds line.




Again, we try to focus the grass but the grass is not really an object but rather a large entity.

Bad Example




Although the horizon is on the line of third but the little island is at the center of the canvas, bad work, bad work.

Technique Number Two: Using Perspectives to create Line and Depth.

God created perspective, so make full use of it to capture nature's wonders. Perspective is useful to create line and to have a feel of 3D in a 2D canvas.



Excellent Example




This picture has a good symmetry and has a full perspective and have a feel of space.






The perspective end point is at the lower right intersection of thirds and the pole is at the vertical third line.

Good Example




There is a spacey feeling but the picture does not focus on anything, just a plain beach.

Fair Example




The 3D feel is there, but the perspective end point is out of the canvas, making this a fair example.

Bad Example


No perspective at all, but the picture is not a bad one itself.

Technique Number Three: Using focus

Use focus on the object you want to put emphasis and blur other stuff you want to odd out. The object could be in front or at the back or at the middle.



Excellent Example




There is something to focus on






The picture emphasize on the ball in a game of basketball. This shows how important the ball is.

Good Example




The focus is in the middle and blurred at the front and back. It is not an excellent example because of no special object to emphasize, it is all flowers.




The emphasis is the plant and the back is blurred. This could be an Excellent Example but the back is too bright and the object to emphasize is dark.

Fair Example




The emphasis is the grass and the end point of perspective is out of the canvas.




Again, the emphasis is the twig, no solid object.

Bad Example




The emphasis is the violet flowers but it is put in the middle of the canvas and the flower is sticking out of no where.

Technique Number Four: Capturing Humans and Animate Objects.

It is important to focus one the particular object. Either human or animal. And either can be portrait or life shot. Never cut off object at the edge, it is a photographer's worst mistake. If it is a human, make sure the head until at least the knee (or waist or abdomen) is in the photo.

Excellent Example


A portrait picture, from head to the abdomen, faces are put at the upper horizontal line of thirds


The cat's head is put at the lower left intersection of thirds and its body is whole, at least until it is blocked by the stone.


Life shot, the human is until the knee and they are doing something.

Good Example


The cats are put in intersection of thirds, but not really excellent because it is taken from aerial view. No creativity


The faces are put in the upper horizontal third line. The backlight is too bright

Fair Example


The face is in the upper left intersection of thirds but the body is missing


Although in this life shot photo, the focus is in the lady buying the vegetables but there is a people who are cut.


The body is cut


The humans seems to be floating in the air


The heads are too far to the side of the photo


The cat at the right is only halfway taken.


The face is too far to the edge

Bad Example


Don't capture people's face blocked by something


Don't capture people's face cut by the edge


Try less butt or prevent it totally


Again, don't cut people's face by the edge


All the humans seem to be looking to the middle of the air.

Technique Number Five: Using Trees as Borders

Some fancy tree leaves can make a photo beautiful because it acts as a natural border. Some people prefer it, some don't but I do. The 'border' should not exceed the third lines.

Excellent Example


The border is at the upper right corner of the photo. The border also prevents from empty sky.

Good Example


The border is there but there is no focus.

Fair Example


Too much border will ruin the photo


The border is blocking the object of focus


Too much of border will block the object to focus

Bad Example


Too much border until it appear dark, bad work.

Technique Number Six: Using Different Point of View

In my personal opinion, the lower point of view is, the more depth you will feel with your photo.

Excellent Example


The camera is only a few inches from the ground, creating a good depth and have a path's feeling

Fair Example


This is taken almost 90 degree straight above but not really a good one because no rule of third used.

Technique Number Seven: Feel Your Way Through

Don't use manual or even this post, just feel your picture, you will eventually get a good photo.

More of my photography here.