Sunday, September 25, 2011

Infrared Batavia Girl

Infrared Falsecolour series is another version of infrared with a low cut off value of IR rays and allowing more visible light into the sensor, thus creating a near normal skincolour. However, the choices of colour is limited by each version of falsecolour filters manufactured and not as flexible as true infrared. Falsecolour is suitable for potrait photography where the colour of skintone can be adjusted using the white balance and minimal post processing for final touch up.

Tones in Batavia Infrared

Talent : Ameera and Jehan
Infrared Falsecolour Series : Batavia Version
Modified by
Nikon D90 with 18-105mm
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Saturday, September 24, 2011


This Hymenoptera insect or Kelulut (local name) or Trigona sp(scientific name) is a stingless bee from Apidae family. This bee is quite unique where each unit cells in its nest is not in a shape of hexagon as other bee familites. The honey is taste quite sour and this kelulut valued not by its honey but by its propolis. The propolis formed as a black wax and contains high antibacterial properties.

Dont you think the nest looks quite yummy ?

The crispy but tough non-hexagon nest of Kelulut underneath a banana leaf

Notice the pollen under its feet?

Terminator on the move..with blurry mind...:)

Daily routine of a Kelulut. This flower must contains very sweet liquids as ants can be seen here all over this flowers.

This is not a Kelulut but another different and bigger bee roaming around.

Images digital cropped and post processed in photoshop
Nikon D90 with Tamron SP90mm
Location : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Original Scent of Pulse Infrared

Original Pulse Infrared without skintone editing but with slight digital make up touch...The distinct pale colour of skintone is the unique and prominet feature of an infrared image with a cut off value infrared ray between 600nm and 800nm depends on the manufacturer's specification.

Another version of Infrared where more visible light allowed in the camera sensor which called Falsecolour has cut off value below 600nm. It means we can get almost natural colour of human skintone by playing with the camera white balance. See more samples from different versions of infrared at

Personally, I love the original infrared colour of skintone, hair and iris in potrait photography. In pulse infrared it gives you this romantic blue colour in the iris, wavy blues of hair and bluish pale skintone. A tightly framed potrait would emphasize more on the features of the subject and this is where infrared can yield the variant looks of potrait. Usually the pale bluish colour of skintone which is not preferrable by many can be edited to bring out a more acceptable skin colour.

If I wanted normal colour looks of a potrait then I will shoot in visible light. Infrared, obviously is different and what is different should stay different. If we try to levelling the differences to the same standard as visible light image then what is the point of shooting in Infrared ?
The choice is yours.... :)

Talent : Ruby
Nikon D90 Pulse Infrared Modified Camera With Nikkor 18-105mm
Location : Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, September 5, 2011

Normal Vs Infrared

Visible Light Photography
Nikon D90 with Tamron SP90mm f2.8

With normal photography, a potrait will reveal the personality of that person by the means of composition, colour, light and expression. Most of the time visible colour photography brings the true colour of life and conveying the message exactly as what you see on the photos. Blue skies tells you stories of sunny day, red flowers gives you the feeling of love, green grass inviting you to enjoy a brisk walk under the evening sun, and the emerald colour of the lake urging you to feel the softness of the water. It touches all the five senses in us.

In potrait above, true colours give the strength and compliments to Ruby's personalities and beauty. She looks fresh, confident, strong, determine, seductive yet well-mannered.

Pulse Infrared Photography
Nikon D80 with Nikkor 18-105mm

Infrared Photography release a different touch and feeling to the photo, to the audience. Infrared successfully caught the attention of people or photographers who loves art, loves something out of ordinary, a dreamer by heart, sensitive to inner expression. With Infrared, anything that seems boring, uninspiring, too humble or too ordinary will emerge with a new look that surely makes you turn your head twice.

Here, with infrared, we are looking at more than physical characteristic of Ruby. We are seeing beyond her, her inner beauty and the whole feeling or aura surrounding her. The colours choosen made us believe of her softness, sweetness, gracefulness, long-lasting kindness, timeless affection and modesty. For me, infrared divulge the sixth sense perception.

What do you think ? Can you feel the differences?
Whatever people may think and even though I am crazy with infrared,
still I love BOTH versions....! The choice is always yours... :)

Talent : Rubyanna Muhammad
View more pictures of Ruby in my previous post here
Location : Taman Jalil Alip, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

The Light

Photoshoot session with my sister's friends on the fourth day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri at Taman Hiburan Jalil Alip, Sandakan, Sabah. I have not been in this park since my early secondary school and I totally forgot what it looked like. We did not went inside the park but lingering at the three lakes within the area looking for the right spot.

That was when I noticed this georgeous, beautiful light of evening sun shining through the leaves and between palm trees. Instantly I realized how could I missed this beauty all this time by not practising what I already know. A knowing without feeling, without impact. It was only recently that I started to really look and observe how the natural light controls everything, how the light shapes the day, how the light touches the mood. Suddenly what sifu Rabani's said and taught really made sense, grabbed my inner understanding, with a blow. It certainly not the camera, not the models or subject but deeper inside the photographer's ability to 'see' and deliver. No wonder he started us with macro photography.... :)

I love the backlighted hair of Ruby. It made her glowing, outlining her from the background. How to shoot a backlit potrait? Just shoot into the sun, not directly but slightly angled, move the light source out of the frame and find a way to light up the model's face or it will be dark.

A warmth light in the late evening, a cozy feeling, calming a unstable heart....:))

Beautiful Ruby

How could we as human would be so arrogant, contented with ourselves when everything is not ours but borrowed from God...? We know but we always forgot. Alhamdulillah for the opportunity to see...HE is everywhere....look closely and you will see HIM.....

The Friends in Pulse Infrared

Talent : Ruby, Rina and Suzie
Assistant Photographer : Siti Noor Jehan
Nikon D90 with Tamrom SP90mm f2.8
Location : Taman Jalil Alip, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia


the more powerful the photo, the less it makes viewers think about photographic technique, and the more viewers tend to think of the subject matter, with technique forgotten.

Harold Davis (Photo.Net)

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