Nostagic journey, where my loves in filming began

3 years ago, I started exploring into commercial wedding filming using Nikon DSLR,  without much information, guides and training available, me and my buddy Chin Siang uses Nikon D7000 and started our journey and formed Motion In Style Cinematography. back then.

Albert Yap Filming with D810 & Atomos Ninja Blade

The ideas is simple, to create a short film for clients that entrusted us.  We grew from a small team of 2, to a bigger team since then.

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Going North for a break – Part 1

Wow, finally the hectic working weeks settled!  It’s time for me to take a break and recharge myself.  So, I’ve took a few day off, and together with my other half and another 2 friends of mine, we drove up North, and visited a few areas in Southern Thailand.

We begin our journey early at about 4am from Butterworth as we wanted to beat the crowd and traffics at the border.  We arrived at Kayu Hitam, Malaysia/Thailand border town and, thanks god!  We settled everything and step into Sadao, Thailand in about 10minutes time only.  Imagine if we are later a little while more, we might be caught in traffics and sometime ones might be stucked here for few hours.

We planned to spent our first and last day in Hatyai, and when we arrived there, it is still too early to check into our hotel, we decided to detour and visited Chedi Thaimongkhon, a big stainless steel monument built by devotees.

This is certainly a good place to do Timelapse, and I was told that the night view here is even better.   On the first night at Hatyai, we stayed in Hotel Hansa JB, a little off town but generally the hotel is very comfy for short stay.

We had some really nice ‘Siam-laksa’ in Hatyai, thanks to a Mr Ang’s Aunty, who stayed locally.  You can pick the sources to go with the rice noodle – ‘Laksa’, and along with it, you can have fresh vege, deep fried chickens and very sweet desserts!

*taken with my galaxy note 10.1*

Our day 2 is a bit more adventurous, we drove further North and visited Ko Yo, a small Island near Songkhla.  Our first stop is a temple, located right when you pass by the bridge connecting the mainland and the island.  I forgotten the name of the temple, but it has a very big reclining Buddha statues, don’t think you can missed it.  I took a few shots at the fishing village nearby here.

Along the way,  while we were scouting for some refreshing drinks, we discovered a nice restaurant right in front of a nice fish farms.

And we have the best steamed fish head of a gigantic 2.8Kg sea bass!

The tail portion of the sea bass was deep fried and also super crispy and tasty!  The whole meal consist of beverages, the fish, a tomyam seafood, a pad thai (Grass noodle salad) and a grilled giant squid cost us ~RM 180.  We thinks it is very cheap in term of the food quality & the portion.  The services however, is below par.

A panoramic view of the fisheries, taken with my tablet and edited with snapseed,

Our journey continued into Songkla, and we stayed at the Hotel Pavilion Songkhla, which is the generally lack of maintenance, and not worth to consider unless you have no other options.  The other hotel such as BP Samila Beach should be a better option.

We took a rest at the hotel, and later that night, we visited the road-side local food hawkers nearby for our dinner,  there’s plenty of good and cheap foods here that you should try!

Before we call it a day, we also visited the infamous Mermaid statues at Samila Beach, and I was really having a hard time photographing it nicely as we arrived there a little too late, the best time would be during Sunset golden hour, so you can get a nice background/skyline.

Continue in Part 2

 

 

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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