Monday, November 22, 2010

Strobist with my Aufa Amani

A day with my girl in my home. Strobist using a cheaper lighting gear. I've always sought out the "easiest to use" cost effective lighting I could find. I've never been impressed with photographers showing a "gazillion" dollars worth of gear to shoot a portrait.

Why start with just one light? Because you can get amazing portraits, that’s why. Did I mention less equipment, less complication, less cost, and less time? Oh, and once you’ve mastered portraits with a single light, using more lights is pure gravy. 


Manipulation picture.

One light portrait.
{She geting mad on me.
Never give her my camera}

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kapitan Tandoori House

Kapitan TH is a very famous Indian restaurant chain within Penang. Some even believe that this restaurant serves the best Indian cuisine in Penang, especially their significant dishes, which are Tandoori chicken with Naan and chicken Briyani.
For the Briyani, the most famous one should be the chicken Briyani. Usually the rice will be cooked until it is in golden hue but not too oily. The rice that flavored with many spices is serve in a claypot and comes with a light curry gravy. The marinated chicken laid on top of the rice had thick ginger smell and served together with their home-made mayonnaise sauce. Many customers found that the portion of Briyani is quite generous and relatively satisfying.
Other than these, their menu is quite extensive too, which offers various conventional Indian foods like different kinds of roti canai, Naan, Briyani, curries and others. Besides than these ala-carte dishes, Restauran Kapitan also serves plenty of ready cooked dishes with reasonable price. One other very famous drink of this restaurant is the Badam Milk (Almond Milk), which is a kind of cow milk boiled with grinded almod, cashew, nuts and raisin. The boiled raisins and cashew buts adds flavor to this soothing drink, which makes it an wholesome drink.

Penang, November 16

Penang is a state in Malaysia, located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia by area after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite.

The National Physical Plan of Malaysia envisages a Conurbation of Georgetown encompassing George Town and surrounding areas. The greater metropolitan area of Penang consists of highly urbanized Penang Island, Seberang Prai, Sungai PetaniKulim and the surrounding areas. With a population of approximately two million, it is the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia after the Conurbation of Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Whispering Auction Of Kuala Muda

A one of a kind auction takes place at the fish market wholesale market of Kuala Muda, Kedah each morning. Boats of all sizes return with their catch and land on the beachhead next to the market. Crew then pick the catch off the nets and sort them out by type, size and value.

The batches of fish, prawns and other seafood are then brought to the auction floor and placed in plain view of potential buyers. Interested buyers then approach the seller and whispers discreetly the offer price for the lot on sale. The seller collects several bid via this whispering manner and then points to the bidder that has offered the highest. No one knows what the other has offered and the winner wins fair and square.

I think that this spectacle is unique and no other fish auction operates this secretively. This is the first time have seen buyers & sellers whispering to each other.

The tsunami wrecked considerable havoc on the fishing community of Kuala Muda.Homes & means of earning livelyhoods were lost. In fact houses on both sides of the coast road leading to Kuala Muda were obliterated by the wave and many are still rubble today. The entire Jetty and Fish Market were also swept away and they auction the fish under a makeshift tent today while a new permanent structure is being built.

Perkampungan Nelayan Kuala Sungai Muda,Kedah

Try an old version

The Boats make a money

Selling and buying fish through whispering

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Majlis Berendoi Muhammad Thaqif Haqimie

Mengikut sumber, berendoi berasal dari negeri Perlis bermula sekitar tahun 1930-an. Tokoh berendoi negeri Perlis ialah Ku Zainal Ku Abdullah yang sudah terlibat dalam kesenian ini selama 15 tahun. Peralatan persembahan ialah sebuah “endoi” atau buaian digantung di tengah-tengah rumah, air satu jag dan juga sirih pinang yang diletakkan di dalam tepak. Upacara berendoi ini boleh diadakan pada siang atau malam hari. Berendoi dimulai dengan Maulud dan lagu yang didendangkan ialah Selawat Nabi kemudian lagu-lagu lain. Ahli sesuatu kumpulan berendoi sekurang-kurangnya empat orang. Isi lagu-lagu berendoi berupa puji-pujian kepada nabi dan juga nasihat kepada kanak-kanak dan juga ibu bapa. Jumlah lagu yang didendangkan pada setiap kali persembahan bergantung pada kehendak tuan rumah.

Berbeza dengan sekarang, peredaran masa membuatkan Majlis Berendoi ini diubah mengikut kesesuaian. Di sekitar Kedah, Majlis Berendoi ini dimulakan dengan bacaan Surah Yassin. Setelah doa selesai, bayi di suapkan dengan kurma yang dilenyek bersama air zam zam dan di akhiri dengan Maulud dan nasyid.

Endoi yang digantung di ruang tamu

Majlis Berendoi Muhammad Thaqif Haqimie


Friday, November 5, 2010

Creative With Your 50mm

In photographybokeh (pronounced /boʊ'kɛ/) is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light." Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—"good" and "bad" bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.
Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights, as blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

The term comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means "blur" or "haze", or boke-aji (ボケ味), the "blur quality". The Japanese term boke is also used in the sense of a mental haze or senility.
The English spelling bokeh was popularized in 1997 in Photo Techniques magazine, when Mike Johnston, the editor at the time, commissioned three papers on the topic for the March/April 1997 issue; he altered the spelling to suggest the correct pronunciation to English speakers, saying "it is properly pronounced with bo as in bone and ke as in Kenneth, with equal stress on either syllable". Bokeh replaced the previous spelling boke that had been in use at least since 1996, when Merklinger had also suggested "or Bokeh if you prefer."
The term bokeh has appeared in photography books at least since 1998. It is sometimes pronounced /ˈboʊkə/ (boke-uh).

With large aperture, you'll get a great bokeh

The depth of field (DOF) is the portion of a scene that appears acceptably sharp in the image

50mm will give you a great portrait pictures

Creative Lighting (Gurney Hotel)

Lighting or illumination is the deliberate application of light to achieve some aesthetic or practical effect. Lighting includes use of both artificial light sources such as lamps and natural illumination of interiors from daylightDaylighting (through windows, skylights, etc.) is often used as the main source of light during daytime in buildings given its low cost. Artificial lighting represents a major component of energy consumption, accounting for a significant part of all energy consumed worldwide. Artificial lighting is most commonly provided today by electric lights, but gas lightingcandles, or oil lamps were used in the past, and still are used in certain situations. Proper lighting can enhance task performance or aesthetics, while there can be energy wastage and adverse health effects of poorly designed lighting. Indoor lighting is a form of fixture or furnishing, and a key part ofinterior design. Lighting can also be an intrinsic component of landscaping.

Make it creative

simple lighting with one speedlite fire

Softbox make your pictures look soft

Be creative with your lighting system


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Amazing Malaysia (Pantai Pasir Panjang)

Balik Pulau terletak di belakang Bukit Bendera dan mengadap Lautan Hindi dan Selat Melaka. Oleh itu ia terdedah kepada obak besar seperti tsunami 2004. Pekan ini agak terpencil dan lambat membangun berbanding dengan bandar Georgetown.Jalan perhubungan hanyalah jalan raya dan bot nelayan. Jalan raya dari Bayan Lepas di selatan dan dari Teluk Bahang di utara. Jalan tengah dari Relau. Jalan raya ini terpaksa mengelilingi kawasan berbukit-bukit seperti di ar terjun Titi Kerawang. Dari atas bukit anda dapat melihat kawasan Balik Pulau yang landai di tepi pantai.
Antara kampung yang terdapat di Balik Pulau ialah Kampung Batu Putih , Kampung Batu Kecil , Kampung Sungai Pinang , Kampung Sungai Rusa ,Kampung Permatang Pasir, Kampung Pokok Manggis , Kampung Titi Teras , Kampung Permatang Tengah, Kampung Sungai Burung , Kampung Terang , Kampung Perlis , Kampung Genting, Kampung Genting Dalam, Kampung Shee Tan , Kampung Paya Simpang Empat Genting,Kampung Pagar Buluh , Kampung Masjid , Kampung Baruh ,Kampung Seronok dan Kampung Binjai.

Secara keseluruhannya kawasan di sini menghijau kerana dijadikan hutan simpan. Antaranya ialah Hutan Simpan Bukit Gemuruh, Hutan Simpan Bukit Genting Hutan Simpan Pantai Aceh dan Hutan Simpan Teluk Bahang.

Antara lokasi berhampiran dengan Balik Pulau ialah Teluk Ara, Muka Head, Teluk Duyung, Teluk Aling, Sungai Tukun, Sungai Teluk Awak, Sungai Teluk Bahang, Penang Butterfly Farm, Pusat Kebudayaan Pulau Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Teluk Mat Inca, Teluk Pisang, Teluk Nibung, Pantai Mas, Hutan Simpan Laksamana , Durian Orchards, Sungai Pinang, Air Terjun Titi Kerawang, Nutmeg & Clove Orchards, Bagan Kuala Sungai Pinang, Sungai Rusa, Sungai Samagagah, Sungai Air Putih, Titi Peropok, Hutan Simpan Balik Pulau, Kampung Melayu, Kuala Jalan Baharu, Kebun Besar, Sungai Burung, Pekan Genting, Sungai Nipah, Sungai Betung, Sungai Ara, Pulau Betung, Pasir Panjang, Teluk Dwalin, Gertak Sanggul, Teluk Gemuruh, Teluk Pasir Belanda, Teluk Bongkok, Teluk Kumbar, Teluk Arab, Teluk Pak Pajun, Teluk Cut, Teluk Pak Bidan, Panara dan Sungai Bayan Lepas.

Lokasi saya kali ini di Pantai Pasir Panjang yang terletak bersebelahan dengan Pulau Betong. Dari Georgetown hanya mengambil masa lebih kurang 30 minit dan jarak dari pekan Balik Pulau lebih kurang 10km sahaja.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Amazing Malaysia (Gua Itik & Gua Gendang)

Pengkalan Hulu, pernah dikenali sebagai Kroh atau Keroh, merupakan bandar yang terletak di daerah Hulu Perak, utara Negeri Perak. Ia terletak di sempadan antarabangsa antara Malaysia dan Thailand dan sempadan negeri antara Perak dan Kedah.Pengkalan Hulu dengan keluasan hampir 40km persegi dengan kepadatan penduduk hampir 30,000 orang juga sebagai perantara di antara negeri-negeri di sebelah utara ke bahagaian selatan tengah Semenanjung Malaysia dan juga Pantai Timur Semenanjung dan juga pintu masuk antarabangsa berhampiran Negara Thailand. Bandar berhampiran di negara Thai ialah Betong di Wilayah Yala.

Terdapat 2 buah gua batu kapur iaitu Gua Gendang (gua utama) dan Gua Itik. Gua ini merupakan salah satu produk perlancongan utama yang terletak di Pengkalan Hulu. Lokasi gua tersebut adalah 6 kilometer dari Pengkalan Hulu dan 1 kilometer dari Tasek. Gua Gendang ini telah menarik ramai pelancong dari pelbagai pelusuk negeri. Tetapi pejalanan kami bermula dari Gua Itik dan terus ke Gua Gendang.

Pintu masuk ke Gua Itik.

Kami menyusuri anak sungai untuk masuk ke dalam gua.

Berehat sebentar menunggu anggota Bomba memberi 'Green Light' untuk masuk ke dalam Gua Gendang.
Sempat shoot lumut yang terdapat di kawasan sekitar.

Setelah colok dan lilin di pasang. Kami di benarkan turun dengan mengunakan anak tangga

Tangga dipenuhi lumut, terlalu licin.

Lilin menjadi panduan kepada kamki semasa berada di dalam Gua Gendang. Dengan keadaan gua yang gelap tanpa sebarang sumber cahaya, penglihatan kami terbatas.

Pemandangan di dalam gua yang sempat saya rakamkan.

Stalactites yang terhasil dari pengaliran air.

Dengan penglihatan yang minimum, pergerakan kami terbatas dan hanya berpandukan kepada lilin.

Pemandangan dalam gua.

Lagi stalactites yang semapt saya rakamkan

Anggota Bomba dan Fasi berehat sebentar.

Hujan. Tak sempat nak mandi. Takut kepala air.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Slow Shutter (Bagan Ajam Sunset)

Trying my new filter B+W ND110

Canon Photomarathon 2010

Picture without theme..