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Eyes pleasing HDR

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High dynamic range (HDR) image can produce a lot of eyes pleasing effects. Of course one of those is creating balanced highlights and shadows. Besides that it also brings the viewer into a hyper reality space, i.e. a scene that is real but doesn’t look so. It brings out a dreamy sensation.

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Bloodnests 血燕

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There are a lot of negative news recently regarding fake bloodnests. The most eye catching news that came out was about a research report that concluded chemically induced bloodnests can cause cancer. As a birdnest producer and trader, I feel that I have the urge to explain what bloodnests are all about. First of all, the general public believes that bloodnests are made by swiftlets by spitting their own precious blood. This general believe was most probably spread by the original nests trader long time ago to increase the value of red nests and it was passed down generation by generation. The reality is there is no such thing as spitting blood by the birds to make their nests. So, why are the nests red in colour? There are a lot of theories behind this phenomenon. The most popular among the nests trader are the following:

1. Bloodnests are nests made in a lateritic cave. The nests, which have high absorption power, absorbs the mineral from the wall causing the colour to change from white to red.

2. The food sources of the birds contain elements which are red in colour, causing the saliva of the birds to turn red.

Personally, I believe the first theory is more logical, since bloodnests are only found in certain caves in the Borneo island, and I have not yet encountered red house nests.

In conclusion, if possible, check the source of the bloodnests before buying any. If the seller tells you that it is blood house nests, 99% that those nests are chemically induced. So beware.

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AutoCAD 3D Modelling

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Working as a birdhouse consultant now, I am always very eager to show my client the 3D CAD drawings of the birdhouse. I spent a few hours refreshing my mind on how to use AutoCAD yesterday and another few hours producing this model. I was able to present a fly through in the model space to my client and I thought it was quite impressive myself.

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Original Logo for daveckw.net

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Original Logo for daveckw.net

I created the above image long long time ago (when I was in A-Level if I remember correctly) using Photoshop. The website has been stagnant for almost three years since 2nd year in uni. Not until a few days ago when I realised my website was down (the host moved to a new server without backing up my data, how shitty was that?), I decided to give my website a fresh look. I have not touched any web administration for a long time, so I was quite slow in the beginning. After setting the dns entry for my domain, and the ftp account, I finally got my website up again. Then I needed to decide how I was going to design the pages. I didn’t think designing the entire website from scratch like what I did before was a good option, it just takes too much time. So going for a blogging system which is very popular at the moment seemed like a good way forward. I have heard wordpress a lot but didn’t really know how it works. After doing some research online, and getting some inspiration from Boon, I managed to install the wordpress system and here you go, this is the brand new website.

p.s. The entire process of setting up a website is really fun.

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The Wonder of Colours

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While I was sitting there enjoying the sunset, I felt a real calmness inside me and time just seemed to stop at that very moment. Colours really can penetrate into our souls. The red warmed me up while on the other hand, the blue tried to sooth my mind, and I was in the state of equilibrium, where nothingness felt upon me.

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Reminiscing Second Year in Uni

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Today, I was browsing through the videos folder in my hardisk and I found a few videos that I made when I was in Uni. Looking at them gave me a nostalgic feeling on the good old student life. I found the following video particularly interesting. Andy and I were trying to “steal” some wireless connections from our neighbors. We were sitting in front of our doorstep in no. 9 Prince of Wales Terrace, using our laptops. I even webcamed with my family.

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Sunset in Reading

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Every time I look at a sunset, I am deeply amazed by the richness of colours in the sky. However, when I try to capture the scene using a camera, I find the photo normally doesn’t reflect what I see, either the background is too bright or the foreground is too dark. After doing some research online, I came across a photography technique called the HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing. The philosophy behind this is that three photos with different exposures are taken and then they are combined using special software to give a single image, with even highlights and shadows. The image above was produced using this technique. As you can see, the colour in the image is very vivid, both the background (the sky) and the foreground (the cars) are well exposed. Generally, I am quite impressed by the image produced above.