There was a time not too long ago when the Canon Powershot G11 was all I needed on days when I didn’t feel like lugging the 5D Mark II along. Last evening was one of those days when I accompanied my daughter Jewel to the Anthony Abell College sports field for her track training. Just a few days ago, I field tested the Samsung Galaxy S III at the retired Seria sports arena while Jewel field tested her spiked shoes for the first time. The S III’s burst mode accurately locked focus the entire time I was able to keep the camera focused on her – very impressive. But that’s not nearly as impressive as what happened at the track yesterday – during a hurdle practice back-lit against the setting sun at 5.05 pm. The S III’s 20 frames burst mode kept up with the action consistently evident in the picture below. The G11 while good just wouldn’t have the speed to pull this off. In short, the S III is a great compact camera that also lets you make phone calls and share your photos online!
The original image out of the phone provided an excellent base to edit from. This image has been treated with a small dose of noise reduction along with increased contrast and saturation. PHOTO: Samsung Galaxy S III
It seems as though I’ve had the Caffe Tiziano coffee maker for a long time but looking back at the blog post, surprisingly it hasn’t even been a year since my first milk frothing experience right at home. There was just something missing from the inventory — a frothing thermometer you often see being used at Starbucks or Coffee Bean. These things aren’t exclusively supplied to cafes and restaurants if you know where to look. I knew exactly who would have these but at the time I looked they were out of stock until yesterday when I dropped by Guan Hock Lee with Eric and they had new arrivals.
Pour the milk into the steaming pitcher until it is just about 1/3 of the way full. Milk will double to triple in volume after the frothing process when performed properly. A stainless steel pitcher works best. It will dissipate some of the heat, allowing more time to infuse air into the milk before the milk gets too hot.
Slowly lower the pitcher until the tip of the wand is just below the surface of the milk (keeping the circulation going). When you can hear a hissing noise, similar to bacon frying, you have reached the perfect position for the wand to inject air into the milk. See instructions link for more guidance.
Full bodied Caffitaly Intenso Espresso combined with frothed milk served in double wall thermo-glass as much eye-candy as it is a strong and aromatic brew to savour.
There was a time when their cries would be my alarm clock to get up in the morning. There was also a time when getting up in the morning excited me — the rush to grab my gear, the uncertainty of the day’s catch. If you’ve just recently followed my blog updates, you wouldn’t have figured me to have an interest in birds. Then one day, they kinda disappeared from the my air space and I blamed the lumbering of their favourite control tower to be the reason. I was so infuriated but at the same time glad no hornbills were harmed in the destructive process.
Shortly after I published this post in the morning, I left for a series of meetings in the Brunei capital only to receive an interesting email when I got home. Turns out that this little fella is called Billy named by a University of Brunei Darussalam student who researched hornbill behavior in Panaga 10 years ago.
“YESSSSS!!!!!! the abnormal (unique) casque is unmistakable. It’s amazing. he is still alive n well after 10 years! he looks good n healthy.” — Gregory T.
When this hornbill isn't making noise, it's tidying and cleaning its feathers with its beak (also called preening) perched on a neighbour's antenna. Love this composition backdropped against puffy clouds.
The notch on the bird's casque is unique according to Gregory who is certain this is the same hornbill he had researched a decade back.This picture is also on Facebook, click on image to view other comments on Facebook