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Good morning beloved readers,

Today, for me to be able to see you all again here at VanillaSeven, its truly a blessing.

Yesterday was the saddest day of my blogging life. I believe some of you tried to visit my blog and greeted with a plain white page with a large FORBIDDEN letter. Well, thank you for your effort to visit me again today.

The reason VanillaSeven was down to its knee.

  • Our database was corrupted and blocked…
  • Users deleted, postings and images vanished…
  • Plugins went nuts…
  • Server overloaded, password denied and changed…
  • And the worst thing was, I was banned from entering my own wordpress.

This is every Blogger’s Nightmare.

But thanks to God, after struggling for hours, like a person refused to be buried alive, everything are restored, almost.

  • Some post might still have error.
  • Some of the plugins are disabled to prevent disaster.
  • One of VanillaSeven most dedicated member, v1olet, has lost most of her published picture. Almost all of them.

v1olet, I promised that I will link back every single photo that you’ve posted.

It will be a long painful recovery, yet we licked our wounds and standing up again.

We are in the process of upgrading VanillaSeven structure to make it leaner, sexier, safer, stronger and the most importantly more goodness for all of you. The reason VanillaSeven ever existed is because of YOU.

VanillaSeven humbly thank all of you.

… is the one that’s with you. It’s a book title from Chase Jarvis, a renowned photographer in the United States. I’ve never read the book, but I got the iPhone apps with the same name, which I use quite often for daily snaps (I’d like to show them, but I guess it’s another topic for another time). I couldn’t agree more with mr. Jarvis.  There were special moments when I wish I had a camera with me. Since I didn’t carry or didn’t have a camera at occassions , those moments just stay somewhere in my brain until I fail to recall them.

I’ve taken pictures ever since I was in highschool or even earlier (let’s see, many decades ago was it, ;P…). It was a pocket camera, tho back then you really need to have a huge pocket to fit one of those 35mm hand crank camera. I have a fair share of using 9 different cameras in total, excluding the ones I borrowed. Strangely the only one I couldn’t remember is, first camera. How weird is that? I know it was a Fuji (It’s the biggest brand in Indonesia until the digital era), but I couldn’t remember the type. After that came the Olympus Mju first generation, then my first SLR the Canon FN1000, entering the digital era with Canon Cybershot 1.3 Megapixel DSC-P30, then change to Nikon Coolpix 3700, satisfied with the coolpix, I upgraded to DSLR Nikon D200, only to downgrade to D80 a year later, sold my Nikon and crossed over to Canon 40D and finally the 7D. Mostly I love them all, except for the Sony cybershot. It was expensive at that time, and the indoor picture quality was just terrible. I believe it was released in Sony’s fifth year in the still-camera business, so it’s justifiable. And they’ve excelled ever since even though they remain the most expensive compare to other brands in each class.

Here are some pictures I took in the last decade using analog and digital cameras, and some from my phones. Sure in some of these images you could even see the pixel count, but I’m glad I took these pictures so I could relive these moments.

My nephew and robot,..the toy robot. Taken with a borrowed Canon Ixy 320 (3.2MP), remains one of my favorite shots. (click on image above to enlarge)

Mom and Dad goofed around. Good thing I had my Nokia 6111 handy at that time.

Sunset @ Stillwater, Oklahoma. Using film camera, with a color slide 35mm film, then printed and scanned without any photoshop retouching. The gradation is smooth like you wouldn’t believe.

Gazing at the sky. Same as before, using film camera, with a color slide 35mm film, then printed and scanned without any photoshop retouching.

Low resolution pic, clock wise from top left, My nephew acting like a boss (taken with Sony’s 1.3 MP camera), my chubby cheeked niece (taken with nokia 6600), Linkin Park concert 2003 (using Sony Ericsson T-630), A truck charging onto me, it was definitely on the wrong side of the road. Scary huh? (also taken with SE T630) (click on image above to enlarge)

So how would you know which camera is the best for you? Just find the right camera that you feel most likely you will carry around everywhere. If you feel the needs to upgrade from your pocket digital camera to DSLR because you feel the image quality of your current camera doesn’t cut it anymore, then go ahead pick one up. But, if you’re the type of person that finds DSLR bulkiness bothers you, don’t be tempted to get it just because everybody arounds you seems to have one nowadays. Trust me, it will collect more dust in your drawer than dust from your trip to a volcanic mountain. Other type cameras that should be seriously considered are the pro-level compact such as Canon G11 or Panasonic Lumix LX-3, and the Interchangable Lens Mirrorless Camera such as the Olympus EP2 and Sony NEX-5. Both types offer larger sensor than your average point and shoot cameras, and the creativity of the DSLR cameras without the bulkiness. If you’re the type of person who wants all features in 1 gadget with no hassle, then iPhone 4 is your thing. Sure its 5MP still images or 720p HD video is not comparable to most DSLR or even high end compacts, but it’s a phone!!! You always carry your phone with you , don’t you? Which means you’ll always have your camera ready with you. Whatever you bought, have it handy. So, any chance you see a ‘moment’, just shoot away!

by ingimg
ingenious imaging

KTM Train Station Tanjong Pagar, in Chinese 丹戎巴葛火车总站,  is closing down soon.

For this week, I will dedicate the posting for the only Malaysian Train Station in Singapore.

KTM is short form of Keretapi Tanah Melayu.

Tanjong Pagar railway station was completed in 1932.

KTM runs three daily KTM Intercity trains from Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, and several other trains from other parts of Peninsula Malaysia.

KTM also operates a shuttle service between Johor Bahru and Singapore for the benefit of those commuting to Singapore for work.

The only stops in Singapore are at Woodlands for immigration clearance by Singapore Immigration and disembarkation of passengers travelling from Malaysia and Tanjong Pagar.

This Singapore train station design feels very unique and nostalgic. I am trying to preserve its beauty with pictures.

by flyingbeagle