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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Perhentian Island - Simply Magnificent!

After eagerly waiting for several weeks, the anticipated trip has come.. Perhentian Island. We reached there Thursday morning and spent 4 days there. It was a long drive up to Kuala Besut, Terengganu, but it sure was worth the wait!

Here are some of my Perhentian Island landscape series..

#1 - Landscape reflection
Perhentian Island series

#2 - See thru
Perhentian Island series

#3 - State of Tranquility
Perhentian Island series

#4 - Untitled 1
Perhentian Island series

#5 - Exiting ray
Perhentian Island series

#6 - Conflicting path
Perhentian Island Series

I still need to work on my 'landscape eyes'. Lucky did some practice on landscape shots during my Penang trip. Will I come again? Without any hesitation.. YES!!

Next up.. will be sharing the faces of those who have joined the trip. Interesting shoot where direct flash was used to compensate harsh backlight from the sun creating an interesting effect..

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - A memorable phototrip

In conjunction with the ShutterAsia 2nd Anniversary celebration, a photo trip to the charcoal factory in Kuala Sepetang, Perak was organized. A group of 15-20 members came in from the Northern, Central region and KL. Despite of the coming in from different places, we managed to meet up at the charcoal factory in between 9-10am. One of the factory managers was kind enough to give us a briefing on the process of producing charcoal.

I have set in mind that I'll be producing black and whites, so most of the shots are in B&W to add a historic/nostalgic mood to it. However, some shots are left in color as it was best to do so..

#1 - Boats are used to transport the woods from the mangrove forest nearby to the factory.

#2 - The barks are skinned off before being put in the chamber.
Photo Trip - Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

#3 - Hardworking villagers been doing this job for generations.
Photo Trip - Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

#4- A hardworking villager
Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

#5 - An old school transporter
Luput ditelan zaman...

#6 - The burning chamber
Photo Trip - Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

It really was an interesting and memorable photo trip. I wouldn't mind visiting this place again..

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sunrise in Penang

There's a bunch of guys/gals celebrating ShutterAsia's 2nd anniversary in Penang over last weekend. Plenty of shooting involved. Went to Shamrock Beach nearby Batu Ferringhi with wife and Capix to shoot the sunrise.. A little rusty, especially with landscape, but it's a good practice for the upcoming Perhentian Island trip, scheduled third week of March.

Well, here's some sunrise shots.

Sunrise in Penang

Sunrise in Penang

Making an Entrance

Sunrise in Penang

Sunrise in Penang

Sunrise in Penang