Monday, July 10, 2017

The Summer Palace, Beijing



The Summer Palace, Beijing. Shot and edited by yours truly. First built in 1153 by the Jin dynasty ruler, Wanyan Liang, the Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in the northwest of Beijing, China. UNESCO calls the Summer Palace which is a World Heritage Site: "A masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value". Filmed with Panasonic GH5, G85 and DJI Osmo.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Pete Souza on how he shot photographs of President Obama



Former Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza sat down with colleague and fellow photojournalist Marcia Nighswander to discuss several photos of President Barack Obama during his time at the White House.

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You can view all the photos here.

2 people in Japan did a Tyranitar raid and this is what happened



Having participated in 4 Tyranitar raids on Pokemon Go and failed in catching the Tyranitar in each of my attempts, I can tell you that what these two people accomplished is unbelievable. My raids involved at least 10 other Pokemon Go trainers. With that many trainers, taking down the Tyranitar Raid Boss is easy but catching it is almost impossible. This guy in the video caught the Tyranitar with only his first throw which is one great Curveball and a Pinap Berry!

Update: Surprise, surprise! Just caught Tyranitar in my 5th attempt at a Tyranitar raid. There were 15 of us at the raid so beating Tyranitar is easy with the numbers we had. After the raid, I threw 4 balls with a combination of the different types of berries I had, before I finally caught the damn mon. And now I even have enough candies to evolve my Pupitar into another Tyranitar. What a good day!


The Summer Palace in Beijing





3 Hours of He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe



My favourite cartoon of all time! I've watched every episode. Bought all the toys. Go watch 3 hours of He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe and you'll have the power too!

He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe takes place on the fictional planet of Eternia, a planet of magic, myth and fantasy. Its lead character is Prince Adam, the young son of Eternia's rulers, King Randor and Queen Marlena. Whenever Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power aloft and proclaims "By the Power of Grayskull!" he is endowed with "fabulous secret powers" and transformed into He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe.


Together with his close allies, Battle Cat (who undergoes a similar transformation from being Adam's cowardly pet tiger Cringer), The Sorceress, Teela, Man-At-Arms and Orko, He-Man uses his powers to defend Eternia from the evil forces of Skeletor. Skeletor's main goal is to conquer the mysterious fortress of Castle Grayskull, from which He-Man draws his powers. If successful, Skeletor would have enough power to rule Eternia and possibly the entire universe.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How to make Optimus Prime's sword in Transformers: The Last Knight



The expert blacksmiths and craftsmen from Man At Arms attempt to make Optimus Prime's sword from Transformers: The Last Knight.

How they designed the Pokemon Go loading screens


Here's an inside look at the work that goes into creating a new loading screen for Pokemon Go. From the Pokemon Go blog: "When designing a loading screen, the team starts by discussing what the most appropriate Pokémon to feature is based on surrounding events and the latest product release. In the case of the Steelix loading screen, we knew we wanted to celebrate the recent introduction of Pokémon originally from the Johto region to Pokémon GO. We wanted to create a throwback to the original Gyarados loading screen by using an epic Johto region Pokémon with a similar shape and size, and Steelix was the best fit. After choosing the most appropriate Pokémon to feature, it was then time to begin drafting concepts! We spent some time looking at references in various art books, online, and in nature for compelling compositions, lighting, and interesting color schemes."



How they shot Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch



The new season of Deadliest Catch was shot using Red, Sony A7s, Canon C100 and Canon C300 MKII cameras. They also used the DJI M600 drone. The award winning Discovery Channel series tells the story of  the crew of fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.

Dubai's The World Islands don't look like our World


I had a chance to fly above Dubai's The World Islands, an artificial archipelago created to resemble a map of the world. Weathering, sinking and erosion have made the The World Islands into a world that doesn't look like the world we know.

Pokemon Go Raid Battles now Live in Singapore and worldwide


Pokemon Go's new Raid Battles are now live! You'll need a Raid Pass which you can get by spinning a photo disc at a gym or you can buy a Premium Raid Pass from the Pokemon Go Shop which costs 100 coins. If you defeat the Raid Boss at the Gym where the Raid Battle is being held, you’ll earn special items and a chance at catching the Raid Boss.

From the Official Pokemon Go website: "You’ll receive a notification of Raid Battles happening nearby. You can also use the Nearby feature to locate raids happening around you. Don't worry if you miss a chance to join a Raid Battle as they happen frequently. Before the raid begins, a Raid Egg will appear on top of the Gym. A countdown will display the time until the Egg hatches and the battle begins."






The Beaches and White Sand Dunes of Mui Ne, Vietnam



New video is out! This time we brought our cameras and drone to beautiful Mui Ne in Vietnam, home to the stunning Sahara-like White Sand Dunes and nice beaches! Aerial cinematography by yours truly.

Mui Ne is a beach resort town in Southeast Vietnam and a popular weekend getaway from Ho Chi Minh City. Mui Ne has two beaches with a number of resorts, shops and restaurants. One of the popular attractions in Mui Ne is the White Sand Dunes. They extend up to 20 kilometers along the coast. Located next to the White Sand Dunes is a beautiful lake known as the Lotus Lake.







Saturday, May 13, 2017

Drone Heaven! Inside the DJI Flagship Store in Hong Kong



Take a look inside the DJI Hong Kong Flagship Store, located in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong island. The 10,000 square-feet store features DJI’s full range of consumer and enterprise products, flying areas and experience zones.

The ground floor displays the hand held Osmo gimbals, the Phantom 4 and Inspire drones and accessories.

On the 2nd floor, you can find DJI’s industrial series of drones and gimbals, including the Matrice 600. There's also a gallery of images taken shot by DJI users.

Video shot using the DJI Osmo. And here are some photos!


Friday, May 05, 2017

Sandstorm covers Beijing with 900 AQI hazardous air



Beijing and parts of northern China were hit with a hazardous sandstorm on May 4 2017 with the air quality index exceeding 900 AQI! The sandstorm was thought to have originated in the southern Gobi desert.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Football Manager 2017: Spurs 3-4-2-1 Tactics



Here's how I tweaked my Tottenham Hotspur 3-4-2-1 formation and tactics in Football Manager 2017 and went on to win the Premier League title and more!

I went with Kane on top as the Complete Forward supported by Eriksen and Son behind him in the Attacking Midfielder roles. Lamela and Rose are the Wide Midfielders, Dier the Ball Winning Midfielder beside Dembele the Box to Box Midfielder. The back three is Wimmer on, Vertonghen and Walker. And lastly Lloris as the Goalkeeper.

Also, a bonus match using the same tactics vs Man City. Enjoy!

Inside Vietnam's Cu Chi Tunnels



A quick exploration inside the dark and claustrophobic Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The Cu Chi tunnels were used by the Viet Cong soldiers in their fight against the Americans during the Vietnam War. Filmed with DJI Osmo in 4K.




Friday, April 07, 2017

Kung Fu Journey is now on Viddsee



You can now watch and like the documentary I directed, Kung Fu Journey on Viddsee. Kung Fu Journey tells the story of a Kung Fu Master in Beijing who travels back to the legendary Shaolin Temple and to Tagou Martial Arts School, one of the largest martial arts school in China, with his young Kung Fu students to further their training and deepen their knowledge of Chinese martial arts.



Thursday, April 06, 2017

Watch the premiere of my documentary film Kung Fu Journey



Catch the worldwide premiere of my documentary directorial debut, Kung Fu Journey. It was filmed entirely in Tagou Martial Arts School, the Shaolin Temple and its surrounding areas in Dengfeng, China.

Kung Fu Journey tells the story of a Kung Fu Master in Beijing who travels back to the legendary Shaolin Temple and to Tagou Martial Arts School, one of the largest martial arts school in China, with his young Kung Fu students to further their training and deepen their knowledge of Chinese martial arts.


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Panasonic Lumix GH5 V-Log L Color Grading with FilmConvert



FilmConvert has just released new camera profile for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 which contains profile settings for all the pictures on the camera at launch, including V-Log L.

Here are some GH5 V-Log L 4K footage that were edited and colour graded by me using FilmConvert's GH5 camera profile. Additional grading was also done using Lumetri. Edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Original GH5 V-Log L footage shot by Nuemann Films.

DJI Mavic Pro: Vietnam's Ho Tram Beach 4K (Preview)



Preview. Full video coming soon. Shot using DJI Mavic Pro in 4K, D-Log and graded with FilmConvert. Watch it in glorious 4K.

And here are some pics of me flying the Mavic Pro.




Monday, March 06, 2017

Mystery solved: Cannot connect to CNN.com

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Recently I couldn't connect to CNN.com. I tried using Firefox, IE and Chrome and all these browsers had the same problem. Other websites loaded fine. So I tried clearing my cache and cookies. It did not work either. Thinking that it could be my network or my modem and router, I turned off my modem and router for a few minutes before turning it on again. Still it didn't work. I used my iPhone to connect to my network to check if CNN.com can be viewed on the iPhone. Surprisingly, it could! So it's definitely not a network or modem problem.

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Next logical thing to check was if it's a firewall problem. Opened my McAfee and found out that Net Guard was blocking an IP address. Apparently McAfee thought this particular IP address could be harmful to my computer.

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Next step I did was to allow Net Guard to allow this connection for all programs.

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And CNN.com was back online!!! Problem solved.