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As recommended by Institute members
As a CPA, I always over-exert myself with
work. Allowing me to gain balance in
my life, I take photos during my holidays
A common problem for taking land-
scape photos, especially of sunrises and
sunsets, is that it is difficult to capture
both highlights and shadows in detail. To
help with that, you should first understand
that our eyes can perceive an extraordi-
nary range of contrast in a scene, a range
that’s far greater than any camera’s sensor.
We can see a scene’s highlights and shad-
ows in detail but the camera has trouble
capturing both ends of that drastic range.
High-dynamic-range (HDR) photog-
raphy is a function that adds pictures with
ratio from light to dark. Instead of taking
just one photo, HDR uses three or more
photos taken at different exposures, and
combines them together, highlighting the
best parts of each photo. The histogram
will tell me if I am blowing out the high-
lights or blocking the shadows. If either
happens, I can adjust the aperture or ISO.
In my experience, I set the bracketing, or
the technique of taking several shots of
the same subject at different exposures, to
“+1”, “0” and “-1”. The camera then varies
the shutter speed to obtain this bracket-
ing and because HDR photos should be
taken using a tripod, the shutter speed is a
Using HDR, you can capture the sky’s
detail in a sunrise or sunset photo without
making the land or any buildings seem
dark and vice-versa. Once you get the
hang of it, HDR will be a great tool for
shooting better photos.
How to shoot landscape photos with high-dynamic-range photography by Tony Wan, Director
at Ascenda Cachet CPA Limited and Co-Convenor of the Institute’s Photography Interest Group
Our bodies depend on water to survive. Every cell,
tissue and organ in our bodies needs water to function
correctly. Water is no doubt the best option for staying
hydrated, but other beverages can contribute to our daily
water intake as well. Here are some healthy drinks:
Authentic Tea House jasmine green tea is great
for drinking during leisure time to refresh yourself.
Research has shown that the rich concentration of
natural antioxidants in green tea helps prevent and
treat cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol levels,
rheumatoid arthritis, infection, tooth decay and more.
Aquarius water is an electrolytes replenishment
drink with a unique and refreshing citrus taste. It is
low in sugar and calories and helps rehydrate the body
and replenish electrolytes
lost during sweaty exercise
ZICO premium coconut
water is low in calories and
fat, and contains high doses of
important vitamins and minerals.
This all-natural beverage is effective for
rehydrating after light exercise.
It is important to drink even before signs of thirst
appear, as thirst is a signal that your body is already
on the way to dehydration. Drink more than thirst
demands and drink regularly throughout the day.
Healthy beverages available everywhere by Tony Chak,
Finance Director at Swire Beverages Limited
54 February 2016
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