Thursday, June 12, 2008

New video footage added to China blog

Ever since returning from my 6-month stay in China back in 2004, there was always this nagging feeling I had at the back of my mind – there was one more thing I wanted to share with my readers, but I never was able to do so.
What was it?  In Chapter 17 I talked about what REAL Chinese food was like, and I also talked about the only food I encountered while there that I could not bring myself to eat:   Chicken embryos – still in the eggshell – that you open up, dip in salt, and the put the whole thing in your mouth – feathers, beak, everything.  You could buy them from street food vendors everywhere.  And although I showed pictures of them on the blog (, I really wanted to go one step further – to show a video of local citizens breaking the egg open, dipping them in salt, and then throwing the whole thing in their mouths.  Alas, I never got the opportunity to film it, but my desire to add the video persisted.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Gary Fong’s Lightsphere II Diffuser - Cloud – Personal Experience sells a very popular light diffuser that I tried out, ann now finally my report is in.  In principle the diffuser is a great idea - not only does it soften the light, it also distributes it everywhere.  If you're in a small room with low, white ceilings and light-colored walls, this has the potential to make the lighting look much more natural.  Plus, there are so many variables regarding where the light goes!  You can shoot with the "top" (the "cloud") off or on, or you can point the entire assembly forward for a full-on, diffused light.  I like having choices.

But how does it compare to my old standard, the piece-of-paper-strategically-placed-on the flash (as described in my books) which is essentially FREE?  Click here to read the whole review and find out!  

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