Going North for a break – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1, I attempted to shoot a panoramic shot using a long exposure along with moving cloud,  the merging process is more difficult than I taught, auto-merge from Photoshop CS6 does not works, and in the end I manually transformed and merged 5 individually shot photos into one.

One the next morning, before we travel back to Hatyai for more foods and activities, we have a short trip around the town, and visited the 3-pieces dragon/giant serpent monument.  The giant serpent is believed to oversee the town and to offer positive blessing.

The last day from our trips consists of eating, shopping and again shopping at Hatyai, typical Malaysian-lah… 😀  So there’s nothing to show here, fast forward to our last station before returning home the next morning.

We stopped by Danok, and visited Riverview Restaurant for our very heavy lunch.  Beautiful lake side, awesome choices of seafood and cozy weather!  What more can you ask for?

After the very heavy lunch, we headed back to home and this concludes my 4D3N trip up north.

Last but not least, the equipment used in this trip are as following,

  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon AFS 28mm F1.8
  • Nikon AFS 17-35mm F2.8
  • Nikon AFD 50mm F1.4
  • Nikon AFD Fisheye 10.5mm F2.8
  • Tamron AFS 70-200 F2.8
  • Manfrotto 190CX3 Tripod + 701HDV Head
  • Lowepro Computrekker AW 15″

All photos were lightly enhanced using Adobe Lightroom 4, panorama was created using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

The Shot

First of all, it has been a really long while since I last blogged about anything. I’ve decided to share this, as today is a  special day that I would like to share with all of you, the following shot was featured in the ‘Bulletin Mutiara’ Penang, many-many thanks to the editorial for choosing my photo especially Chan Lilian!

A little story behind this;  I shot this night Georgetown scene with the awesome Nikon D800 & a 70-200 tele lens from the top of Penang hill. Originally I am up there at Penang Hill to do some time lapse sample, and end up I captured this interesting shots.

Another good news to share is, the same shot in my facebook album now has over 400 likes, and 200 shares on Facebook by known sources.  Thanks you to everyone who has supported me, and I am really glad that you all liked it.

The bulletin will be circulating around certain area in Penang, and if you are interested to read a copy, you can always download the digital version at this link.

Last but not least,  I am now part of Nikon Malaysia officially and will be taking care of Nikon Club events, to help the northern region NPS members and many more interesting  tasks.  It is a giant step for me for now, and I will continue to share more from time to time.

Tips on Low Light Photography

Dusk is one of the most amazing moment for photography and to get a good picture at this moment is pretty easy if you know your basic.  First you’ll need a steady tripod, then make sure you are familiar with your camera &  system, the more you know the better your chance at getting beautiful photos as dawn fade away very fast, especially the best duration of ‘golden hour‘ is only about 10minutes at most;  You really do not want to be wasting your time finding a feature or setting of our camera.  So,  study your manual and understand your camera before you go out and shoot!

Generally, your will be shooting with a relatively long shutter speed to get the nice colors from the horizon.  In order to get the longer shutter speed we preferred,  we will be using low ISO together with a small aperture.  In this series of photos,  I used mainly Nikon 24-120VR, Nikon 18-35 and Nikon 50 f/1.4 on a Nikon D700.  Generally I used aperture smaller than f/5.6 to f/22 on some cases.   I’ve adjusted the ISO from 100 – 1600 depend on my subjects and the motion blur effects I wanted to archive.

Attached here with some of the photos I shot from a local theme park at Queensbay, Penang, there are edited with Adobe Lightroom 3.  Please feel free to comment or share them to your friends.

&. btw,  I am planning for an intensive class of Adobe Lightroom 3 for intermediate users,  do send me an email if you are interested.

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Celebrating Anthony + Stephanie

Finally I have the time and idea to edit this set of photos, which was taken a long time ago, back during Chinese New Year this year.  Anthony was a schoolmate of me who happened to be working in Shanghai and met his soul-mate, Stephanie there in a land far far away.

They had a simple buy fun wedding in Anthony’s home town, which is pretty nearby to my neighborhood – Setia Pearl Island!

The wedding kicked off in the morning with fetching the bride, gate crashing and tea ceremony session at Sungai Ara, followed a church solemnization.  The reception is held at EQ ballroom.

I shot all these photos mainly with a 50mm, on a Nikon D700.  Some shots are taken with 18-35, and the rest with 70-200.  I picked and edited these photos on Adobe Lightroom 3.

Feel free to share them if you like, and of course, I am always open for wedding assignments.

Celebrating Mr & Mrs Choo!

Congratulation to Mr & Mrs Joseph Choo!  Joseph is a good friend of my since long time ago, and I am glad to be invited to his photographer for his ROM in Putra Jaya earlier this year.  We had a lot of fun shooting in Kuala Lumpur, and here are some of shots from the series!

These photos are mainly captured with Nikon D7000 & D700 with a few lenses.

Feel free to share this photos if you like them, or talk to me if you need someone to cover your big day!