Day +617: Boxing Day Portrait

Continuing on from yesterday, I took some more family portraits. The backdrop is distinctively Australian countryside. The image was shot on a Canon 6D with 50mm lens at f5, ISO 100, 1/125th. The subjects were lit by an off-camera high-speed sync flash + softbox. I was using my wife’s gear for this shoot, because there […]

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Day +616: Crazy Christmas photo

The silly season is called this because there is a bunch of people who get together, over-indulge, and act like fools. And it’s usually the parents / grandparents who ask for a group photograph. Most of the time, this picture is horrible, because it is the silly season, and people get together, over-indulge, and act […]

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Day +608: Christmas Lights

We go to Grandoaks Place in Castle Hill most years to see the Christmas lights. This year was as big as ever, although some of the old favourite houses chose not to decorate this year. Santa even made an appearance. Most people who took pictures did so on the cellphones- they’re so good nowadays that […]

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Day +607: Family

Pictures of the entire family can be hard to get; we succeeded tonight with one half, and we’ll try again at Christmas with the other. Not only does an extended family photo include getting all the people in one spot, but everybody has to be co-operative (ie. no tongues sticking out, face-pulling, etc). It’s like […]

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Day +606: Christmas Bauble

With holidays less than a week away, Lydia & I would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. 2016 Has been a very exciting year for us professionally, with the establishment of Derek Chai Photography, a Sydney-based business specialising in wedding and family portraits. As we draw up […]

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Day +240: Playing tourist in my own city

It’s the last Saturday before Christmas, and I decided to play tourist. I took the train into the city to see what this city has to offer during the festive season. First stop: The QVB. Next stop: The Christmas tree in Martin Place. Other than the tree, there wasn’t much else to celebrate the season. […]

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Day +234: Christmas lights

In what has become a traditional for our family, we went to see Christmas lights. There is a street in Castle Hill (Grandoaks Place) where the residents create elaborate displays every year. The street is usually packed, but being a Sunday night (school isn’t out yet), there was hardly anybody there. It made parking much easier, but […]

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Day +227: Going Wide

The Canon 16-35/2.8L ii lens represents the widest wide-angle lens I’ve ever owned, the previous being the short end of my 24-105. I’m sure that this is going to be a great lens for landscapes (I consider Disneyland a “landscape” too :-)). 16mm is wide, given that I shoot with full-frame cameras. Most people own […]

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