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Alvinology is a a Featured Nikon 1 Motion Hero!

By alvinology, February 21, 2012 10:53 am
The Thinker

The Thinker

Remember my Photography Fun at Little India and Merlion Park with the New Nikon 1 J1 blog post?

There’s an aftermath.

Nikon has just launched a snazzy website to market the new Nikon 1 in Asia and Alvinology is one of the featured “motion hero” for Singapore!

Alvinology featured on the Nikon 1 website

Alvinology featured on the Nikon 1 website

Other than Singaporean bloggers, the website also features bloggers/ motion heroes from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

What is a Nikon 1 Motion Hero?

According to Nikon:

Motion Heroes are always ready to capture the world in a whole new way,creating incredible photos powered by imagination.With the Nikon 1’s blazing fast auto-focus and continuous shooting capabilities, you can turn simple motions into breathtaking images. See our Motion Heroes in action and be inspired.

When Nikon asked me for a statement on what being a Motion Hero means to me, this is what I replied:

“By not taking arrows to my knee. I can be a legend with Nikon J1. The motion sensor can detect flying arrows.”

It was a little tongue-in-cheek, particularly with regards to the Skyrim reference. The motion sensor is really powerful though; no joke.

Nikon 1 cameras are equipped with the world’s fastest autofocus and the most focus points in the world.

Yes, they can really capture flying arrows in motion!

The phase-detection AF embedded in the newly developed sensor will track and capture fast-moving subjects in sharp, crystal-clear focus while the focal plane phase-detection AF with the world’s widest area coverage of 73 points recognises the moving subject as a plane to ensure that images are captured accurately.

You will see on the website, many amazing motion photos and videos taken using Nikon 1 cameras, in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Here are some samples featuring the PK Girls from Taiwan:

PK Girls at a birthday party in Taiwan

PK Girls at a birthday party in Taiwan

PK Girls with cosplayers in Taiwan

PK Girls with cosplayers in Taiwan

PK Girls in Little India, Singapore

PK Girls in Little India, Singapore



Pretty amazing aren’t they?

More are available via the official Nikon 1 Asia website!

Not only that. Hold your horses. You can now be one of the lucky few winners of a brand new Nikon J1 or V1 Camera!

How? Just head over to http://nikon1.nikon-asia.com/hero.php?lang=en and submit your most creative photo of you planking or floating:

Join now to win your own NIKON 1!!!!

Join now to win your own NIKON 1!!!!

GOOD LUCK!

Photography Fun at Little India and Merlion Park with the New Nikon 1 J1

By alvinology, January 16, 2012 10:56 am

Last Wednesday (4 Jan), the folks from Nikon invited me to try out their new Nikon 1 J1 camera at an interesting photography event. [NOTE: All images in this blog post are powered by the Nikon 1 J1]

Me with the Nikon 1 J1

Me with the Nikon 1 J1

Briefing at Nikon School

Briefing at Nikon School

Together with seven other Singapore bloggers (Melissa, Adrian, Clara, Holly, Sabrina, Celeste and Peggy), we met with three bubbly Taiwanese photographer/ bloggers, Jenny, Karren and Xiao Bao who flew in specially from Taiwan.

Here are the links to Karren’s portfolio:

Blog: http://karren309.pixnet.net/blog
Photography Portfolio: http://www.wretch.cc/blog/s101050
Flickr Album: http://flickr.com/santa019
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KarrenKao

The three of them are planking enthusiasts as well as avid photographers and models for strange, but fun poses. They were on a mission to plank at selected iconic locations in Singapore and we went with them to Little India and the Merlion Park to join in the fun.

First stop, Little India

First stop, Little India

Residence of Tan Teng Niah

Residence of Tan Teng Niah

Brightly coloured windows

Brightly coloured windows

Indian dude hiding from the fiery sun between the shades of some potted plants

Indian dude hiding from the fiery sun between the shades of some potted plants

Me with Holly and Clara at Little India

Me with Holly and Clara at Little India

The first stop at Little India was at a quaint little colourful Chinese house – Residence of Tan Teng Niah. Jenny and Karren changed into brightly coloured Indian saris while Xiao Bao taught us how we can make use of the fast auto focus and the continuous shutter of the Nikon 1 J1 to take amazing motion shots like these:

The Nikon 1 J1 offers two of world’s best features for capturing all the perfect moments in life. The camera is equipped with the world’s fastest autofocus and the most focus points in the world.

The phase-detection AF embedded in the newly developed sensor will track and capture fast-moving subjects in sharp, crystal-clear focus while the focal plane phase-detection AF with the world’s widest area coverage of 73 points recognises the moving subject as a plane to ensure that images are captured accurately.

With these two features, I was able to create some really cool animated GIFs like these:

Holly Jean jumping over Karren and Jenny

Holly Jean jumping over Karren and Jenny

Da Bao jumping over Karren and Jenny

Xiao Bao jumping over Karren and Jenny

Double jump shot with high-five

Double jump shot with high-five

Impressive isn’t it?

The world’s fastest autofocus delivers the world’s fastest continuous shooting. The camera can continuously capture images at approximately 10 frames-per-second while the AF constantly tracks the subject and keeps every element in razor-sharp focus.

Motion photography has never been so easy!

Best of all, the Nikon 1 J1 is simple and intuitive to use, balancing the portability of a compact camera with the high image of a DSLR.

Next, we were taught how to make use of the 2.5 times slow-motion video function to record sleek videos like these:

Stylo-milo slow walk effect


Slowly turning and face the camera


Matrix-style prata tossing


Prata switching


Simple, fuss free, no editing needed. Again, impressive! There are even default music tracks that can be recorded together with the HD video.

Playing with roti prata up next

Playing with roti prata up next

Karren and Jenny playing with roti prata

Karren and Jenny playing with roti prata

From the Peranakan house, the two Taiwanese ladies moved on to playing with roti pratas at an open field beside a coffeeshop – with Karren tossing a prata towards Jenny who will dodge, Matrix-style.

I was able to capture many priceless photos of the prata landing smacked on Jenny’s face and other Matrix-like kungfu shots. With the Nikon 1 J1’s SMART PHOTO SELECTOR mode, it would be next to impossible to miss any photographic moment.

When shooting fast-moving subjects, it is difficult to keep them within the frame or you may miss a fantastic photo opportunity due to the subject’s unpredictable movements. With Nikon’s SMART PHOTO SELECTOR, all you have to do is push once on the shutter-release button and it will automatically take 20 shots at a high speed of 30 frames-per-second. What’s more, it will automatically select the most spectacular shot from the series of shots taken!

Two-person musical chair game

Two-person musical chair game

Fastest butt wins!

Fastest butt wins!

Karren is the winner! Jenny will have to do the prata dodging stunt for losing

Karren is the winner! Jenny will have to do the prata dodging stunt for losing

Check out the prata suspended in mid-air

Check out the prata suspended in mid-air

Prata dodging - Matrix-style

Prata dodging - Matrix-style

Jenny is super flexible!

Jenny is super flexible!

Perfectly executed and captured prata doging shot with the Nikon 1 J1 super fast auto focus and continuous shoot

Perfectly executed and captured prata doging shot with the Nikon 1 J1 super fast auto focus and continuous shoot

Prata dodging fail

Prata dodging fail

Smack right into the face

Smack right into the face

Going through all the Little India photos before heading to Merlion Park

Going through all the Little India photos before heading to Merlion Park

Moving on from Little India, we headed to the Merlion Park where we can get a clear view of the Marina Bay cityscape alongside the puking Merlion. Once there, the Taiwanese trio surprised us with a whole arsenal of bubble making tools.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park

Our mission there was to play with bubbles and take some cutesy shots in the process.

By now, I was really wowed over by the Nikon 1 J1. Check out these beautiful bubble shots:

Clara blowing bubbles

Clara blowing bubbles

Small bubbles, frozen in motion

Small bubbles, frozen in motion

Melissa making bubbles for Karren and Jenny to pose with

Melissa making bubbles for Karren and Jenny to pose with

Fun with large bubbles

Fun with large bubbles

Karren behind a giant bubble

Karren behind a giant bubble

Even the little kid is intrigued

Even the little kid is intrigued

Creating long bubbles

Creating long bubbles

Another long bubble

Another long bubble

Jenny, Clara, Karren and Holly playing with large bubbles

Jenny, Clara, Karren and Holly playing with large bubbles

Love this shot - the bubble burst at the back, but is still intact in front!

Love this shot - the bubble burst at the back, but is still intact in front!

Another similar bubble burst shot

Another similar bubble burst shot

This bubble burst in the middle

This bubble burst in the middle

To round up an eventful day of photo shoots, Jenny and Karren changed into a Jack Sparrow and a princess costume respectively. With their costumes, the pair enacted a wedding proposal with the Merlion in the backdrop as a photo opportunity for us.

Proposing in front of the Merlion

Proposing in front of the Merlion

Accepting the proposal

Accepting the proposal

And they broke into a dance

And they broke into a dance

Round and round

Round and round

Hopping and skipping

Hopping and skipping

Thereafter, they did their signature planking, right beside the Merlion:

Hopping down the steps, hand-in-hand

Hopping down the steps, hand-in-hand

Planking by the Merlion

Planking by the Merlion

Close-up on the planking duo

Close-up on the planking duo

Side-by-side planking

Side-by-side planking

Parting shot with Jenny and Karren

Parting shot with Jenny and Karren

The Taiwanese trio is really sporting aren’t they?

I admire their high energy level throughout, in spite of the hot weather and all the “hardships” they have to endure to create the perfect photo opportunities for us. From lying on the heated and dirty concrete floor and getting smacked in the face by an oily roti prata in Little India to getting drenched by the puking Merlion at the Merlion Park; the trio were always gamed.

In case you think they are just regular nut jobs with nothing better to do, Jenny is a medical doctoral researcher while Karren is a qualified doctor who gave up her job in medicine to practice photography. Don’t play play.

The day ended with some light snacks at a Vanilla café. There was a lucky draw to win a brand new Nikon 1 J1. I usually suck at lucky draws, but for some reason, it was my lucky day. I walked away with a spanking new Nikon 1 J1! What a great start to 2012!

The Nikon 1 J1 is available in five colours and there’s a whole range of Nikon accessories to add-on, ranging from body cases to telephoto zoom lens. I will be checking out and buying some of these soon.

My most sincere thanks to Nikon for organising such this event and the friendship made with Jenny, Karren and Xiao Bao, as well as the other Singaporean bloggers, most of whom I already knew.

Look forward to more amazing photos on this blog, powered by the new Nikon 1 J1 from now on. ☺

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