Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Salam Untukmu

Location : Kergunyah, Australia in infrared style....

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan.............merdekakah kita...
Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan.....semakin tundukkah kita...
Selamat Menyambut Aidilfitri.........dimanakah kita.....

Maaf Zahir & Batin

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Uplifting Sunrise

Location : Kolombong, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Tips 84 : Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.

I watched sunrise behind Mount Kinabalu almost everyday. And everday its a spectacular view especially when the weather is good. It brings smile and lightened my spirit everytime seeing it....

"Kami akan memperlihatkan kepada mereka tanda-tanda (kekuasaan) Kami di segenap ufuk dan pada diri mereka sendiri, sehingga jelaslah bagi mereka bahwa al-Quran itu benar. Dan apakah Tuhanmu tidak cukup (bagi kamu) bahwa sesungguhnya Dia menyaksikan segala sesuatu."
( Fussilat 41: 53)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Will U ever fOrgive me?

The background image was shot in Tallangatta, Australia. The moon drawn using a brush and the girl image is from the internet. Not really satisfied with this editing because I still got problem with the image of the woman...

Fantasy Colors

Location : Tallangatta, Australia

Still believe in Infrared Photography. After a certain period of time with real colors of this beautiful world, sometimes it feels like we should break free from the routine of originality.

Thats where this IR concept comes...at least I think so. With too many unforgiven reality, we need to escape just for a moment to the magical colors of dreams, of hopes. To let us believe that miracle still exist....

(In the picture : Ted Minty - a geologist who loves volcanoes, a great photographer who loves to shoot same place in different seasons. Have seen his work and its awesome. Thanks forever Ted...dont worry this picture is not for sale...:))

I think he stands there on purpose so that I can shoot him with his marvelous landscape..hahahaha..

Something Bout Love

"There's something bout love that breaks your heart, Its sets you free"
by David Archuleta

Gosh this song so nice with his cute voice and baby faced looks, suits well with this image dream manipulation of mine. Just simple layering masks and brush brushing...

You can view David's video here. Enjoy if you like this music genre....I know I am...;)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pink Pom-Pom

Location : Sekolah Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Maklumat, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

I just love the colors...precious gift from God...Alhamdulillah.....

The Ant Story

Location : Sekolah Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi Maklumat, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Really miss my camera, miss outing and at last a little opportunity to be back in the dreamworld of my lense. Looking at everything, trying to see the unseen world, the hidden inner stress finally leashed out...

- and oh my, that ant is so cute...as if saying "hi there sis, long time no see"....hehehe

Its time to forgive, its time to forget, its time to move on. If goodbye is the right word then let it be, its not us to determine, never us to see it be...

The He Ant : Hi Darling, I'm home...
The She Ant : Oh Hi Sweetheart, miss you so much...
The Kids Ant : .........

Tips 2 : Enjoy what you are shooting
Tips 9 : Be pleased with the little prosperities
Tips 5 : Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Macho Men's Best Friend

Location : Tg. Aru Island, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Tips 37 : Discover the things you think are beautiful
Tips 42 : The eye moves to the point of contrast

A boot, hammer and sticky muddy mud, what's on your mind? Conventionally speaking, its a diagram of a man and nature, a partnership of hardworking, being dirty and full of sweat which not many prefer today. In the eyes of a woman, thats a sexy image (hahahaha...) and what I called original macho man... ;)

But on second thought, it could also fit the image of a murderer.....huhuhu...

Demi Sebutir Kasih

Location : Tg. Aru Island, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Tips 33 : Every shooting situation is different than you expect
Tips 41 : Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera ;)

This photo was taken in 2009 and in the middle of the day. A totally contrast to a photographer's advise to shot early in the morning and late evening to get the perfect light. Well they are damn right. The original photo lacks all the right colors and the right tone. But since we are already there, may we had the best we could get....Its a moment though..at least for me.. ;)

Friday, August 13, 2010

100 Photography Xperience Shared

This is a killer article in Digital Photography School (DPS) website. Hope it can give inspiration to you as it did to me eventhough it seems I disqualified all the tips...hahaha...
But I think I will try to implement all the tips here, just one step at a time..

So here they are, The 100 Photography Xperience Shared by Martin Gommel and added by writer of DPS.

Martin Gommel is a photographer on Flickr that also has a blog called KWERFELDEIN (German) and has generously offered to to translate one of his photography articles for Digital Photography School.

100 Things I’ve Learned About Photography

Since I found photography two and a half years ago I have learned different things which I would like to share with you today. These lessons have made me richer and I hope that you will find them refreshing and inspiring on your journey with the camera, too.

1. Never do photography to become a rock-star.
2. Enjoy what you are shooting.
3. Prepare well for your shooting, realizing that your battery isn’t charge when you’re setting up for that sunrise shoot is too late!
4. Always take one warm garment more than you actually need with you
5. Pay attention to your thoughts and emotions while you are shooting
6. Set goals you can achieve
7. Write tips about photography, because writing is also learning
8. Never go shooting without a tripod
9. Be pleased with the little prosperities
10. Build relationships with potential photo buddies
11. Watch the place you want to shoot first with your heart then with the camera
12. Always stay calm
13. Know that you tend to overestimate yourself
14. Perspective is the killer
15. Dedicate yourself to photography, but never browbeat yourself too much
16. Take part in a photography community
17. Keep your camera clean
18. Never compare yourself to others in a better or worse context
19. Find your own style of photography
20. Try to compose more and to hit the shutter less

21. Seek out and learn to accept critique on your images
22. Do something different to recover creativity
23. Get inspiration from the work of other photographers
24. Criticize honestly but respectfully
25. Get feedback from your lady
26. Don’t copy other photographer’s style
27. Be bold
28. Take care of the golden ratio
29. 10mm rocks!
30. Take selfportraits
31. Read books about photography
32. To give a landscape photograph the extra boost, integrate a person (maybe yourself)
33. Every shooting situation is different than you expect
34. Pay attention to s-curves and lines
35. Always shoot in RAW
36. Keep your sensor clean, so you can save some work cleaning your image in post production
37. Discover the things you think are beautiful
38. It takes time to become a good photographer
39. The best equipment is that what you have now
40. You can’t take photographs of everything

41. Break the rules of photography knowingly, but not your camera ;)
42. Pay attention to the different way that light falls on different parts of your scene
43. The eye moves to the point of contrast
44. Clouds increase the atmosphere of a landscape
45. Start a photoblog
46. Accept praise and say “thank you”
47. ‘Nice Shot’ is not a very useful comment to write
48. ‘Amazing!’ isn’t useful either. Try to describe specifically what you like or don’t like about an image.
49. You are not your camera
50. Ask a question at the end of your comment on a photo to get a ping-pong conversation with the photographer
51. Do a review of your archives on a regular basis, the longer you photograph – the more diamonds are hidden there
52. Always clarify what the eyecatcher (focal point) will be in your image
53. No image is better than a bad one
54. Everyone has to start little
55. Your opinion about photography is important!
56. Leave a funny but thoughtful comment
57. Speak about your experiences with your photo buddies
58. Limit your photograph to the substance
59. Participate in Photocontests
60. Post processing = Optimizing your image to the best result

61. Shoot exposure latitudes as often as possible
62. Use photomatix as seldom as possible, HDR’s always have a synthetic flavor
63. Always remember what brought you to photography
64. Never shoot a person who doensn’t want to be photographed
65. Always turn arround, sometimes the better image is behind you
66. It’s who’s behind the camera, not the camera
67. Mistakes are allowed! The more mistakes you make, the more you learn!
68. If you have an idea and immediately you think : No, this is not going to work – Do it anyway. When in doubt – always shoot.
69. Understand and look to your histogramm while shooting. It delivers very important information about your image
70. Know your camera, because searching the menu button in the night is time you don’t want to waste
71. Shoot as often as possible
72. Believe in yourself
73. Don’t be afraid of getting dirty
74. Pay attention to qualitiy in your image
75. Your photographs are a personal map of your psyche
76. Re-check your ISO-Settings. It’s aweful to detect the wrong settings on your screen.
77. Be thankful for long and thoughtful comments on your images
78. Never trust your LCD. Normally it is brighter and sharper as the original image.
79. Provide for enough disc space, because it’s cheap and you will need it.

80. Learn to enjoy beautful moments when you don’t have a camera with you.
81. Always arrive at least half an hour earlier before sunrise / sundown, composing in a hurry is a bad thing.
82. Try to amplify your mental and physical limits. Takes some extra shots when you think “it’s enough”
83. Pay attention to structures in the sky and wait until they fit into structures in the foreground
84. Visit the same place as often as possible. Light never shows the same mountain.
85. Print your images in big size. You will love it.
86. Calibrate your monitor. Working with a monitor that is not accurate is like being together with someone you can’t trust. It always ends badly.
87. Don’t think about what others may say about your image. If you like it, it’s worth publishing.
88. Never address reproaches to yourself. Learn from your mistakes and look forward, not backward.
89. Fight your laziness ! Creativitiy comes after discipline.
90. Ask yourself : What do you want to express in your images ?
91. Always try to think outside the box, collect new ideas about photographs you could do and ask yourself : Why not?
92. Search for a mentor.
93. Photography is never a waste of time.
94. Every community has it’s downsides. Don’t leave it out of an emotional response.
95. There will always be people who will not like what you are doing.
96. Henri Cartier-Bresson was right when he said that “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
97. A better camera doesn’t guarantee better images.
98. Always have printing in mind when you postprocess your images.
99. Photography is fair : You gain publicity with the quality of your images. Unless the images are stolen, there is no way of cheating yourself higher.
100. Write a 100 things list


Walk With Me

Location : Tg Aru First Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Tips 11 : Watch the place you want to shoot first with your heart then with the camera
Tips 63 : Always remember what brought you to photography

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nite Walk

Location : Magellan Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Outing quite some time ago with a photographer friend. Actually I dont really like night photography because I hate bringing my tripod!!...hahaha what a reason.

Fumbling with the exposure love triangle of aperture, shutter and ISO...whatever...finally these 3 photos I got in the warm, hot nite...feeling blues.....with my hands shaking all the time....I'm getting old already, I guess...

But I think I manage to get these sharp images because I placed the camera on the tablebench or flat rock as you can see in one of the pictures. The rest of the other pictures....arrgh..you wouldnt want to know, its terrible than worst...(bida' urang bilang...)

Next time should go to the city..with my tripod. ;D

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Let Go

Location : Tg. Aru Beach, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Al-Fatihah buat rakan sekerja, sahabat yang telah kembali kepada ketentuan-NYA, kembali kepada Zat yang menciptakannya, kembali kepada asal kejadian segalanya. Semoga Allah melapangkan kuburmu, mengampunkan segala dosamu dan merahmati rohmu bersama mereka-mereka yang beriman disisiNYA. Kami akan menyusul kemudian....

Dan sesungguhnya tidak sedikit pun manusia itu dapat mengubah sesuatu melainkan dengan kalimah dari NYA. Kepada-MU kami akan pulang, dan kepada-MU yang menguasai setiap inci setiap detik, kami kembalikan segalanya. Segalanya adalah milik-MU.

Lahaulawala Quwwata Illahbillahil Aliyyil Azeem....


Location : Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Rasa Ria Resort, Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia

Ops, sorry, I know this is an awful picture. Its been cropped tremendously thats why there is so much noise. Edited the tone and played with channel colors....

I just love the moments...:)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Petikan Yang Indah

Seringkali hati kecil mengaduh sakit, seringkali jiwa meratap hiba..dugaan dan ujian yang bertimpa, kadangkala menewaskan semangat yang ada.
Kadangkala kita terasa sendirian, saat terasa betapa kita dipinggirkan..dan tika kita menyangka sudah tidak ada apa yang lagi bernilai dalam kehidupan, yang kita lihat hanya jalan suram di hadapan..

Kita marah pada Tuhan, kita kecewa dengan ketentuan yang diciptakan..kita menyalahkan takdir hitam, saat sendu airmata mengaburkan kewarasan.Lalu kita hilang pertimbangan, di antara keimanan dan rasukan syaitan.

Yang kita nampak hanya jalan mudah untuk melepaskan, lalu ada yang seringkali memilih kematian sebagai penyelesaian..

Pernahkah sekali kita fahami alam, mengapa Tuhan hadirkan pelangi selepas hujan..mengapa Tuhan tumbuhkan bunga selepas kontang, hanya dari benih hitam yang kusam..lalu bila Dia sirami hujan,maka tersenyumlah alam..betapa indahnya aturan Tuhan.

Mengapa tidak ada hujan berpanjangan, atau sinar mentari yang menyinari alam..mengapa harus ada putaran alam, seperti hitam malam dihiasi bintang..mengapa untuk tidak ada sekaligus dalam satu masa, mengapa harus hilang sesuatu untuk sesuatu..

Jawabnya SENANG.....
Kerana tidak ada kemanisan tanpa ada kepahitan,dugaan dan rintanganlah yang mewarnai kehidupan..untuk mengecapi kebahagiaan perlu ada pengorbanan, setiap kesenangan akan ada bayaran..seperti Tuhan hadirkan pelangi selepas hujan, dan kicau burung yang menyanyikan kedamaian..

Biar Pun Hujan Dalam Hati, Pasti Ada Pelangi Yang Menanti

Petikan dari :
Pelangi Selepas Hujan


Friday, August 6, 2010

Choosing The Best

Location : Tamu KPD, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Fruits are made to be enjoyed, Options are made to be choosen.
Selecting the best option is easy,
but deciding the right one is difficult

Once you decide

walla..there you go...just enjoy it or suffer with it...
who knows whats next..?

when choosing the best, are we the best already....?


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