Ettubrute – James Leng

Glowing Cities Under a Nighttime Sky

Glowing Cities Under a Nighttime Sky

On my night time flight back to SF from Amsterdam, I noticed that the lights from cities were making the clouds glow. Really spectacular and ethereal – it was really seeing the impact of urban environments from a different perspective. Each glow or squiggle represents one town or city!

Luckily the flight was half empty, so I was able to set up an improvised stabilizer mound made up of my bags, pillows, and blankets for my camera to sit on.

We were around the midwest at the beginning of the clip, and there were fewer cities once we hit the rockies. the bridge at the end is the san mateo bridge.

Technique: 1600iso; beginning – 1 (30sec) exposure / 45secs; end – 1 (4sec) exposure / 10 secs; total elapsed time: around 3 hours?

Equipment used: Nikon D300 (interval shooting mode), Tokina 12-24mm.

Music: Bloc Party – Signs

Midnight Lights of Twenty-Ten

Midnight Lights of Twenty-Ten

Amazing views from Grizzly Peak, Berkeley, towards the SF Bay. Caught the fireworks at midnight, celebrating the end of the ’00s and the beginning of a new, hopefully splendid decade. The Bay is such a beautiful place; and these will be the last days of the Oakland Span of the Bay Bridge as well…soon the new span will replace it.

Timelapses shot with 2 cameras, from around 10:30pm – 12:30am
Scenes: Bay Bridge + Fireworks: Nikon D300 & 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm
Mid-zoom SF: Nikon D300 & 80-200mm f/2.8 @ 80mm
Bay area overview: Nikon D300 & 35mm f/2.0
Oakland Docks: Nikon D100 & 180mm f/2.8
Berkeley Marina: Nikon D100 & 180mm f/2.8

Music: Equinox, by The American Dollar Band, from their new album Atlas. (thanks John & Rich)
Special Thanks to Mike, camera man and the human-intervalometer for the D100.

Sunset at Princengracht

Sunset at Princengracht

A wild saturday sunset in Amsterdam. I managed to catch the tail end of it.

My first test of my new B+W ND 3.0 filter. I think it stops down 10 stops…which has very cool potential for daytime long exposures.

1x8sec exposure / 10sec &
1x30sec exposure / 32 sec
Frames crossfaded in AE
Equipment: Nikon D300 + Tokina 12-24mm, B+W ND3.0

Music: The American Dollar – The Technicolour Sleep

AMAZING videos by James Leng or you can check out his other videos here.

Monday Flying

Good Monday morning, hope your previous week was good! Mine was filled with ups and downs but despite that, I would say I had an awesome week!

If you have not heard of Monday Flying, don’t fret, it’s never too late to know this new kid on the block *claps*. Monday Flying is an online site with an interest in providing an insight to Asia; Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and etc. I actually like how MF writes their ‘About’ page with this statement in mind – “With an aim in bringing delightful and interesting lifestyle news to you in a timely manner”. Which is what the editor, Stephie Tan, of Monday Flying feels that is lacking in the online scene.

A teeny weeny thing to mention, you can show me some (teeny) support by commenting on my humble contribution (here), not that it’s a big deal, but it’ll help me in writing better articles and also knowing what’s good and bad in the way I write. It’s definitely NOT about me, it’s ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU ALL LIKE!

Ps:The article I wrote was about Scrubb – a Thai music group that is worth listening to. I’d be posting up their videos real soon! Good music is worth every wait! Heheh!

Thank you VERY NICE!

The Return Of Craft

With the allure of the digital starting to wane, a new breed of illustrators see a different meaning in the term ‘new technology’, and introduce old-school craft methods back into image-making. Letterpress, silkscreen, etching, collage and stencils were new technologies for a generation weaned on the computer.

Computer Arts projects – Issue 132.