Thursday, 12 April 2018

Fujifilm GFX50S Dynamic Range ~ Details and Recovery for under and over shots

So this is not a technical site. For that you can check dxomark and such. But noting results the medium format sensor used in the Hasselblad X1D, Pentax 645z and the GFX is a very good sensor for recovering details in shadows and highlights. Overblown highlights being the tougher of the 2.

It is advisable therefore to shoot to the left. It is geek speak for shoot underexposed a little, to the left just means the histogram peak(s) are on the left side of the histogram graph instead of the right side which means more overexposed with possibility of blown highlights if it's very much to the right at high peaks. You can see this in the top right side of the Lightroom screen grabs below for the blown and severely underexposed picture. 

So this was shooting in a studio and the flash didn't fire so I got a shot that was almost all black in RAW. too toooo much to the left

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but this is no ordinary RAW... this is a (crop) medium format sensor :) though not a full sized proper medium format sensor this sensor is significantly bigger when compared to 35mm and captures more info and produces better Image Quality (IQ)... and so it can recover the below from close to black pic. 
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and with a few more tweaks...

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and zooming in for detail which the gfx50s has a LOT of... not too bad i must say
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so i swopped lens and was going from a slower aperture to a faster aperture and a few stops more light causes this. again look at the histogram at the right end of the graph
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and recovered ot to this... not the best pic but it is definitely usable if I wanted to use it. nose may be a little too hot though
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Monday, 12 March 2018

Timetapestry (Raphael Too) on Channel NewsAsia Site & Podcast: Investing in Top Timepieces

Check out this podcast u must :) it's me sharing my thoughts on the luxury watch market, investment considerations and some general remarks. again just my opinion and some stumbles but ok lah first time recording for me LINK

Pic below the podcast page pic is from L to R, Julie Yoo, Valerie Tan, myself and David Bottomley.


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Friday, 23 February 2018

A Watch Wonderland In Singapore Suntec City ... A Time For Curated Horology

I had meant to do a writeup sooner but have been busier of late and this is the Chinese New Year period too :) Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Chinese New year to all Chinese readers out there. Ok on to it then! Watch Wonderland [ https://wonderland.watch/ | https://www.facebook.com/wtchwndrlnd/ | https://www.instagram.com/watch.wonderland/ ]

Welcome to Watch Wonderland! :)

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they will work with the brands they carry to come up with limited edition (LE) tie-ups with 
them so there may be more interesting pieces to check out in future

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hmm what's on show you ask? et voila

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i'll just share on the watches as i saw them (more or less) so first up is the gruppo gamma
It looks slightly similar to another brand out there 

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some pretty pieces though... these LEs are cool

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colors are good

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and the back is cute :)

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next up... VENTUS! i liked them enough to buy them. nice designs from the makers of zelos

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Interestingly enough, they carry select Seikos too. specifically some of the ones that I like :) i love a good turtle

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Seiko is milking the reissues and it's great to have the old designs refreshed... just wish it wasn't at such high prices

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i mean some even cost an arm and a leg ;)

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up next are 2 brands that i had not seen before... orodeus which is a Singapore micro brand

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and CLVII who came up with these skull head watches that look like high end speakers aeroskull from jarre technologies.. google it

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they also got vintage, retro style watches there. some are pretty cool. that zelda watch is too cool :) but longevity is a question mark for that one

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new old stock (nos) record watches... very nice retro styles

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other than cool decor things going on...

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they've got timing machines and nice large tables for courses that they offer the watch loving public. leather strap making and watch making. checkout their facebook page (link at the start of this post) for dates

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last pix of the space.. oh and what's that over at the back

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the electricianz... designed by studio divine, same folks who designed the 7 friday pieces... this reminded me of another timepiece and i just realised what it is... the sevenfriday q series with the time counter on one side

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that's it for now and i will definitely be dropping by watch wonderland again and will be doing 1 or both courses in time. say hi if you spot me there :) ciao


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Seagull 1963 Quickie Review cool column wheel chronograph movement


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This was never going to be a long post and this watch has been out there awhile with a number of variations of it abouts. I had always thought of getting one of these but something held me back in the past. This current variation ticks many of the boxes and it's aesthetics appeal to me. This is a good value (read 'cheap') and interesting watch coming in at €222.18 (approx S$360) for the leather strap version, shipped to me in Singapore. 

Why interesting? It's got a pretty cool movement. 

What ticks within the 1963 is a variation of the Venus 175 (31mm) that was a popular and decent column wheel chronograph movement in the 50s. Venus was a manufacture in the past producing movements alongside the likes of Lemania and Valjoux.

From Chinese watch wiki site (i.e. not sure how valid any of it is ;) : "Project 304 chronograph

In 1961 the Ministry for Light Industry received the order to develop a new 'aviator's watch' for the People's Liberation Army Air Force. This was designated "Project 304". The Venus Watch Company, Switzerland, were wanting to offload the calibre 175 chronograph tooling to raise capital for development of their calibre 188. The USSR were not interested, but the Chinese were. The 175 tooling was purchased for Project 304 and installed at the Tianjin Watch Factory. By October 1965, the third test batch were completed and submitted to the Ministry and Air Force for approval, which was passed in December. The production version was designated ST3. By May the following year, 1400 chronograph watches had been delivered to pilots of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)."

Seagull have been using variations of the 175  ever since it was acquired. The original version of this watch model project 304 is said to have been created for the Chinese Air Force in 1963 and this is reissue of that model and explains the 1963 tag.


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For this version, the dial has "21 zuan", Chinese for "21 jewels" below the 12 o'clock marker and the Chinese characters note "China" (1st line) and "Tianjin Watch Factory" (2nd line). I think the 21 Zuan is pretty daft especially noting where it is on the dial. That's where brands normally put their brand name or logo. Although Seagull there might no be too appealing too. For some models the logo is there and it's so so. In my mind, I pretend that it says 'Zi Juan' a Chinese brand name that means who knows what and it kinda works better for me then :) 



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Other things i like about this watch. They offer 38mm and other models in 42mm (but maybe with differences) but I am happy with the 38mm version which would be closer to the watches of old. 

Overall if you aren't hung up about size and you actually like watches beyond just showing off the latest and greatest and uber expensive piece, then this is something worth considering in the affordable and fun range. 

hmm maybe a white dial version would be good in future sold with a nice blue strap :) cheers, raph

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

A PhotoShoot During the Singapore F1 2017 Race... A Different Pole Position

I love dance and view it as an art and creative expression. I used to be a pretty ok dancer too a long time ago in a galaxy far far away :) and I also would love taking more dance pix in time. So given the opportunity i was very keen on shooting this super talented pole dancer in Singapore, Elena. You can check out her IG here LINK there will be more pix in time but for now here are 2.


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hmm interesting photobucket deemed the second image too risque to post (i think) which makes no sense because the above shows about the same. had already decided 
that i won't be renewing my photobucket service going forward before this and this is just further validation that it is the right decision.
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