Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 7.35.40 AM

Editor’s Note: Each week we’ll be featuring members of the Photofocus community.  Part of our New Year’s resolution is to focus on new and emerging talent.  As such, Melissa Niu will personally select images from our readers and feature them here on Photofocus.

Today’s featured photo is chosen from ViewBug (The World’s Best Photo Contests) community.

“This photo was taken during the opening ceremony of 2013 Singapore National Day. I used a Canon 5D Mark 3 with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens. Originally, I wanted to use my 70-200mm with 2x extender to get a close up shot of the planes. As we were waiting for the planes, I switched first to 24-70mm lens to get some cityscapes shots. Then all of a sudden everybody was pointing to the sky as the planes were already approaching. Unable to switch lenses, I continued shooting with whatever lens was attached to my camera. Fortunately the 24-70mm lens fits the view. The scene was so fast that I was able to take only a few shots before the planes and the formation disappeared. I’m always inspired to take photos that are random, challenging and that requires technical skills. I’m drawn to photojournalism or street photography or photos you capture during events like this one. The event happened late in the afternoon or during golden hours. I used aperture priority at F5.6, and as the sky will be the key point of the picture, I added +0.7 exposure compensation to get some details of the clouds. Set at ISO 800, the camera measured the shutter at 1/640. As always, I shot in Raw and processed by LR5. Believe it or not, no cropping or straightening was made on this photo, I feel lucky that the composition was perfect.” – Jose

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 7.35.40 AM

To see more of Jose’s work, see his portfolio here.

If you would like your photo featured, read this article.

We’re excited to feature your work to the Photofocus audience!


This Post Sponsored by: Be a kid in a camera store. Rent lenses, cameras, lighting and more from the original and best online photographic and video equipment rental company.  Use PHOTOFOCUS15 in the checkout special instructions to receive 15% off any April rental.

Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. You can easily view images with their iOS app or web service. Plus your photos are backed up to the cloud with several plans to match your needs. Be sure to also check out the Lightroom Learning Center to learn new ways to work in Lightroom.

ViewBug  Stick With ViewBug & Photofocus throughout 2014 – because we’re announcing the biggest contest in Photofocus history — coming soon!

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft. Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try free for 10 days by visiting Photofocus.

The Topaz Labs Image Enhancement bundle. Open up a world of creative possibilities with a seamless, integrated workflow. You don’t need to be a Photoshop wizard to look like one. Click here and use the code photofocus to get a 15% discount.


Let us know your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About MelissaNiu

Melissa Niu is a storyteller at heart. Niu's work ranges from her Broadcast Journalism experience at NBC in Seattle to her recent work as a co-founder and host of the photography platform, [FRAMED] Network. Her passion for photography, music and journalistic skills harvests into a massive need to tell a good story. As a mother of three daughters and running multiple businesses, Niu is constantly seeking balance, health, laughter and progression.


Featured Photo, Inspiration, Landscape, Photography, Shooting, Your Focus