31 July 2010

Pulau Langkawi Cable Car

Langkawi Cable car is one of the must visit when you travel to Pulau Langkawi for holiday. It is one of the most trilling cable car ride I ever has as it needs to travel a distance of 2.2KM from the foot of the hill to the peak of the hill.

The scene from the cabin was awesome and the scenery when reached the top was amazing. The most must see when reaches the top is this cable bridge, connecting 2 mountain peaks. It takes some effort to hike to the bridge but when you are over there, cross over it to feel the thrill of hanging in midair.

However, before you head over to Langkawi cable car, please check on the this website for further information Langkawi Online.com. This is because on certain time of the month, the cable car station will be close for routine maintenance. So make sure your travel itinerary does not fall into this date.

Here are some pictures that I love the most and was taken from the Top Station.

 

Langkawi Cable Car,Top station

The Top Station

Langkawi Cable Car,Top station

 Langkawi Cable Car,Top station

The Sky Bridge

25 July 2010

Purple Tip Sebae Anemone – Nano Reef

This is a new live stock that I introduced to my nano reef aquarium few weeks ago. It is known as Purple Tip Anemone or Purple Tip Sebae Anemone.

Sebae Anemone is commonly known as the home for clownfishes (nemo). When ever you see a picture of a clownfish, you will see her sleeping comfortably on a Sebae Anemone.

Here are the picture of my Purple Tip Sebae Anemone, both from a distance and closer, taken with My Nikon D60 with my Tamron Sp90 macro.
Purple Tip Sebae Anemone 
Purple Tip Sebae Anemone

This is what I mean when it become the home of a clownfish.
Purple Tip Anemone,anemone. fire clown

However it seems that the color of tentacles of this purple tips sabae anemone will changed to a dark red-brown, with purple tips as time goes by. Well I will have to see how it goes in a couple of months time.

07 July 2010

Improving your chances in winning a digital photo contest

The greatest reward of being a photographer is to get your photos appreciated by as many people as possible. This is where photo sharing website such as flicks, social networking site and blogs play the roll.
However winning a digital photo contest or competition gives a much greater achievement for photographer. This is simple because expert judges which most of the time are professional photographers themselves choose the winner’s photo.
Being selected in a digital photo contest will help boost the confident of a photographer, in the same time raising the standard of their creation. It is like creating the best for the best. Therefore it is much encourage that photographer should learn to joint digital photo contest and see how's their creation fairs, and also take this opportunity to learn from other who are better.
Anyway here are some tips that will help you to increase your chances of being the best in a digital photo contest. Check out the following articles for further reading
"How to win a photography competition - 20 Tips from photo competition judges"

29 May 2010

Test shot of red hibiscus with Tamron 90 mm f 2.8 Di MACRO

Found a red hibiscus, fully bloom this morning in my garden. Immediately I took out my Tamron 90 mm f 2.8 Di MACRO mounted to my Nikon D60, on a Velbon tripod and start shooting.
For those who have done shooting hibiscus, the most challenge part is to have enough DOF. Hibiscus has a long stamen and by focusing  the stamen will cause out of focus effect on the pedal. Here no matter how small your F stop can be, you still won’t get enough DOF to have the whole Hibiscus in focus.
Therefore I choose to use a layer merge technique. By photography two pictures with one focused on the pedal and another on the stamen, merge and align in photoshop and apply some layer masking, I manage to increase the DOF to some extend and here’s the results.

Effect of shallow DOF. Something it works well if you know your composition.
This is taken with a white background. no major post processing, except for contrast & sharpen adjustment, cropping and texting.

15 May 2010

Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

This post suppose to be up last month in April but due to my busy schedule, I got to do it much later.
Putrajaya had its 2nd Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta this year and I manage to pay it a visit. Went there for 2 days, everyday, there are 2 session for the hot air balloon to lift off, one in the morning and one in the evening. Very unfortunately, the evening session was hinder by bad weather and many of the hot air balloons were not able to lift off.
Well the morning session was very much better and I manage to capture some of the activities, and I manage to shoot what I intended to.
It worth all the effort to wake up early and travel 50km to be here.
My Favorite
“May the force be with you”
2nd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2010

06 May 2010

My new lens, Tamron SP AF 90 mm

After couple of months of research, finally I got my hand on this lens, The Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Marco 1:1. I’ve been told that this is a value for money lens and the image quality is superb either. It is a cheap and affordable Marco and portrait lens ! With just less then RM1500 with F/2.8, what else can you ask for ?

1st try on this lens does amaze me with it sharp and reasonably fast autofocus, especially when you mount it on a Nikon D60 body. White balance looks good. The only complain iI have is on the autofocus build in motor, it sounds rough compared to Nikkor lens, but then, for just 1/2 the price of a Nikkor lens, what do you expect.

I’ll post some photos later after fully learned about this lens, as it is a prime without VR, it require some skill adjustment to use it. Therefore stay tune for some results. If you are someone who are new to Marco photography and wanting to explore the Marco world without investing too much in equipment, try out this lens.

Here are some spec about this lens.

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Marco 1:1

Model: 272E ()

Lens Construction (Groups/Elements) : 9/10

Angle of View : 27°

Diaphragm Blade Number : 9

Minimum Focus Distance : 11.4in.(0.29m)

Macro Magnification Ratio : 1:1

Filter Diameter : ø55

Weight : 405g (14.3oz)

Diameter x Length : ø2.8 x 3.8in.

(ø71.5 x 97mm)

Accessory : Lens hood, Case

Mount : Canon – Available

Nikon – Available

Pentax – Available

Sony – Available

For more detail, please visit Tamron official site

26 April 2010

Why digital photography?

 

Just like to share some thought here.

The birth of digital photography has brought much convenient for people to capture the best photo they desired. It basically don’t cost any to take digital photos, and it does not need too much of skills to do so. Today’s digital cameras are designed such that it is easy to use and very user friendly. It is small in size hence make it portable enough to be carried around easily.

Digital camera can provide instant feedback once you take a photo. The photo playback function, let you review all the photos that you have taken and if you are not happy with them, it can be easily deleted and retaken. This allows you to keep trying until you get the right photos.

Printing of digital photos is much easier then before. Just select your best photos and send them to any nearby photo kiosk and you’ll get your photos in a short while. Alternatively you can choose to print it with your home color printer. Just connect your camera to the printer and press the print button and there you have it, your very own digital photos in hard copy.

Don’t like what you see in your photos? Edit it. Digital photography’s biggest advantage is the ability to edit, change and modify it. Don’t like the color, change it. Don’t like the exposure, correct it. All this can be easily done with a photo editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop or PhotoEditorX.

Lastly digital photography has the ability to share the photos you have taken with your love ones and relatives. Just simply attached the photos into your email and click on the send button. Just that simple! For a much more creative method of sharing, you can create a digital scrapbook of your photos, before sending it out or share it in social media website such as Facebook, personal blog or online photo album.

Apparently, digital photography has really paved way for making photography convenient and easier at the same time achieving high quality photos. It just shows that there's no other time to opt to digital photography than now.

28 March 2010

Up north to Alor Setar

Alor Setar, the capital city of Kedah, which is also my wife’s hometown. Went there during the Chinese New Year holiday. Took the initiative to photograph some landmark places and here they are.
Telekom tower, one of the most prominent landmark. Come after KL tower was build.
Long exposure technique of Balai Besar, just directly opposite of Masjid Zahir
Masjid Zahir in HDR at dust.

23 March 2010

Terengganu Waterfront

The day was hot, the sky was clear. As I travel to Kuala Terengganu, I decided to checkout Terengganu Waterfront. One most prominent landmark found here is the Felda Residence Terengganu.
terengganu waterfront, felda residence terengganu
terengganu waterfront, felda residence terengganu



Due to the hot weather, the sky was fill with just a small dash of white cloud. This give a contrast fill sky and immediately caught my attention to photography
terengganu waterfront
Along the waterfront, found some food stall preparing for business.
terengganu waterfront
Someone with a good looking superbike just pull in to have a cup of cold drink.
terengganu waterfront
Looking at the time, is time to head off for dinner  and return to hotel to have a good rest.
terengganu waterfront

17 March 2010

Ridel River Front at Sunset

When visiting Kota Bharu for business, Ridel Hotel is where I used to set foot in, simply because of the facilities and the location of it. On awesome thing about this place is that it faces a river front and sometime during the evening, you’ll find some great sunset scene.
kota bharu, riverfront, sunset
kota bharu, riverfront, sunset

Here’s what happen one evening. At about 7.30pm, I’ve decided to take my early dinner, when I was coming out of the lift, I was confronted with this scene.
On this day, the sky was bright and clear, we usually gets hazzy sky but today was good. So I run up to my room and grab the camera.







kota bharu, riverfront, sunset

Just in front of the riverfront, there’s a small boat village and here are some fishing boats I assume d parking and waiting to go out to sea for the day catch..
kota bharu, riverfront, sunset

14 March 2010

Pantai Cahaya Bulan, Kota Bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan, kota bharu
Pantai Cahaya Bulan, aka PCB is one of the must visit beaches found in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Everyday it attract hundred of visitors and tourists. Golden sandy beach with crystal blue sea water makes it an ideal place to unwind or even have a picnic with your love one.
Pantai Cahaya Bulan, kota bharu

However due to the rough sea condition with wave hitting the shore at great force, sand erosion has becoming a problem and the beach is beginning to be eaten away by the wave. In order to slowdown this process, big large rock's fortress was build. This Rock fortress has changes the scene of Pantai Cahaya Bulan from what it used to be before, but there's still sufficient beach available to enjoys.

Pantai Cahaya Bulan, kota bharu
Being on the east coast of the peninsular, facing the South China Sea. Wind blowing at Pantai Cahaya Bulan makes it a ideal place for kite flying. Kite vendors are commonly found selling various kind of kites.
Pantai Cahaya Bulan, kota bharu
Pantai Cahaya Bulan, kota bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan is also famous for its delicious Muslim foods, located along the beach, selling mainly refreshing coconut water, cold beverage, cook foods and their most famous deep fried seafood. Drop by and have a cup of refreshing coconut juice before you leave.

06 March 2010

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu
One place that must visit when visiting Kota Bharu, Kelantan is the central market, which is also known as Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah.
It is a wet market where people come and buy their daily glossaries. Products ranges from vegetables to seafood. Beside the wet market which is located on the ground floor, upper floors consist small cubical shops that sell all kind of stuffs. There are probably some good bargain stuff to look for.
What is interesting about Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, is the amount of vegetable you can find in every stalls. My visit was a bit late, almost near noon and some of the stalls are closed.
Here’s one that is still working and you can see the amount of veggies she has to sell each day.
Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah is also one of the popular place that attracts photographer, I guess is the verities of colors and the life and living of people in this place that makes photographer so interested to photograph.
Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu

28 February 2010

Chrysanthemum Flower at Macro

Hope I’m not wrong, the flower below should be belongs to the Chrysanthemum family. Took this macro flower photography of chrysanthemum at a hotel reception not too long ago.
I do not have a dedicated Marco lens so I relied on my Kenko 25mm extender, go along with my 55-80mm Nikkor D lens.
I photography this with my Nikon D60 and SB600 flash gun with a flash card on it. Focusing was in manual as the D lens do not have a autofocus motor build into the lens. F-stop was at F/10 in order to get better DOF.
This photos did not go through too much of post processing, a little sharpening, curve adjustment and white balance adjustment.
Hope you like my macro flower photography of Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum, macro flower photography
Chrysanthemum, macro flower photography

21 February 2010

Simple tips on how to take better photos

Photography is all about knowing how to use a camera and knowing how to make decisions. Photography is also a good way to occupy your free time. It is a fun and harmless hobby that everyone can have. Beside that, it is also a good way to bring a community together for projects, such as photographing activities and outing.
To get your photography hobby started, here are some simple guides that will help your to take better photos with your digital camera. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to know how to take better photos with your camera, just know this few simple guides and you will start seeing significant results in your photograph.

Caring For Your Equipment
Before buying your digital camera, it is important that you know how to take care of it and keep it in its best condition. In order to take better photos, it is important that the optic lenses are kept clean at all times. Dust, dirt and even fingerprint will cause blurry photos. Cleaning your optics lenses require extra attention such as using proper cleaning tissue and solution that is meant for the purpose. Do not use general household cleaning solution, tissue paper or even saliva as this will cause serious damage to your equipment.
Well maintained equipment will prolong the lifespan of your equipment, especially the lens and in the same time help you in photographing flawless photos. This is one area that all photographer must pay extra attention to.

Understand How Camera Focus
Understanding how your camera lock a focus will help you take better photos too. Almost all digital cameras today have autofocus with two-step shutter release function. In dark lighting, you will notice when the trigger button is pressed halfway down, a red light appears for a moment but not in areas that are brighter. When the trigger button is press fully down, there is a flash. What actually happen here was when the trigger is half press, the camera is locking the focus on the objects and when the trigger is fully press, the camera takes the focused images. Therefore it is important to ensure that the camera has accurately locked the focus on the object that you want to photograph before it captured the focused images.
Many time and it happen to me also that blur photos are photographed when the camera lock the focus wrongly. In order to minimize this effect I usually will try to lock the focus a couple of time by 1/2 pressing the trigger a few time before I fully snap the photos. This helps a lot in ensuring better focus lock and takes better photos for you.

Depth Of Field
One aspect of taking a pleasing photograph is “depth of field”. When you look at a picture, you will notice that all the area surrounding the focused subject is also focused. This area is called “depth of field”. Depth of field will determine the amount of area that will be in focus. Many time depth of field can be manipulated by changing the aperture size of the lens. A smaller aperture size will give a wider depth of field and hence making everything look sharp. Vice versa, a big aperture opening will produce a narrow depth of field, this will produce a sharp focused object while the surrounding will be out focus / blur. Depth of field is one of the elements that can help you to take better photos by making an ordinary photo look different and better.

Rule of Thirds
Rule of thirds is a great technique that helps many photographers create eye-catching pictures. It is the most simple and popular technique to master and used in photography. In order to use the rule, divide your screen into six different parts: three horizontal sections, and three vertical. The area when both the vertical and horizontal line intersect, will be your focus point. Placing the subjects of your picture near to the focus point will help create a balanced and attractive picture.
It takes great practice to have this technique embedded into your composition skill. Therefore a photographer must have the habit of keep taking photos all the time. Engage in a 365 project is one way to improve and strengthen your photography skill if you want to take better photos.

Tripod
A tripod is a must have equipment for all photographer. In order to take better photos, the camera has to be steady when the shutter is press. A shaking camera will cause lens blur or motion artifact hence producing blurring photos. Tripod is one tool that help photographer to take steady shot and eliminate camera movement. A Tripod is particular useful when taking long exposure shot such as night scene, landscape photography where there’s no moving object and even macro photography, as small amount of movement will cause extreme motion artifact.
Invest in a good tripod that is steady and firmly stand when placed. Make it a habit to carrying it with you all the time when you are out photographing. You will be amaze how much better your photo will look with using a tripod to shoot.

Photo-editing software
Last but not lease, master your skills in photos post processing is a must for all digital photographer. There are so much you can do with your camera to take good photos, photo-editing software will help in making your photo much more eye-catching. Tweaking the brightness / contrast, color saturation, tone curve and simple sharpening the photos, cropping and resizing put the final touch to your photos before it is publish. A more comment photo editing software that most photographers prefer to use is Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Element.
Adobe Photoshop and Element are great software to own if you are serious about photo editing, however it don't come cheap. It will be a great investment to do in your photography hobby. Alternative to this two powerful software, there are alternative photo editing software that don't cost you an leg and arm. PhotoEditorX is one that you can consider, light weight, powerful and impressive in feature. Don't be fool by the price tag and thinks that it does not match up with those giant.
The above are some commons tips to help you on how to take better photos. There are other resources available such as books, magazines, online tutorials, forums and even ebooks that can help you to be a better photographer.
Never stop learning if you want to be a better photographer.

11 February 2010

Stock photo business

Selling at stock photos at stock photography site has becoming more popular and biggest source of income for most photographers.
Professional photographers does it so does amateur photographer. It is the simplest way to run your own photography business.
It does not take a lot to start your own stock photo business and you do not need to be a professional photographer to do it as well. As long as you know how to photograph good quality photos, that’s all it takes.
Here’s basically what you need.
  • Digital camera
  • Computer
  • An Internet access.
Although the process to start and own a stock photography business is simple, but being successful and earns lots of money from it will have to take some efforts.
To be successful in making your stock photos popular and earn hundred of downloads, you need to know whom you are selling to and what they are looking for. Therefore a certain amount of research and market analysis is required.
To help you to start with, click here for more info

03 February 2010

Secret Garden at 1 Utama

Here’s some flora picture taken from 1 Utama Shopping Centre’s roof top garden, known as Secret Garden.

If you need some time to unwind, yet indulge in great nature, this is a perfect place to be. It is open to public and entrance is free on every weekend.

Head there and enjoy yourself with nature.

Nature / macro photographers, here’s a best place for some practice shot.

06 January 2010

At A Close Distance

I’m always fascinated with macro photography. Looking from a close distance just makes you wonder how details things can be.
The bokeh effect, short depth of field, just awesome. Just can’t wait till I have the budget to get a proper macro lens

03 January 2010

Start A New Day with a Cup of Coffee

 

I always start my day with a cup of warm and rich coffee. Whether is it the caffeine of just psychology, it just make you feel so charge up to face the day ahead!

Coffee is good for your soul and your heart ! but not too much !

01 January 2010

Happy New Year 2010

 

Shot this on new year eve. Have all the info needed for firework shooting, have all the tools ready, remote trigger, tripod, flash card, and clean lens.

But when the time come to shoot, everything just went wrong, I was not at the best position for the best coverage and the remote trigger did not work. I therefore have no choice but to use what I have to shoot as much as possible hoping that some will turn our right.

Here’s the result, out of about 100 shot, only this is presentable. As for the rest, it is either badly compose or too much camera shake.

Guess next try, will have to do more research, especially on the location of display.

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