Monday, January 21, 2008

Portrait: Pat @ All About Kuai

I been quiet busy with two projects on progress. One of the job was halted due to the client didn't respond and it might took longer to finished the end product. At first i didn't plan to take any photo during working on a job. My friend Zi was asking to have a photo session and i thought this time it would be better to pay my attention on her camera. Kuai or Pat join last minutes and i took this opportunity to snap some few portrait photo on her.

Never have I expected that she quite relax with camera pointing on here. Some earlier photo shot taken with my friend was filled with doubts and lack of confident. I had a session with Debbie but i was barred to put most of her good photo. At the end i just put most of Flory photos. Anyhow, i got a few good experiences dealing with girls when doing a photo shot even thou i don't think i learned enough to deal it professionally.

We went to Tanjung Aru beach to snap few photos. The weather was not quite right and the cloud all over the sky. Sun not expected to shines and a bits of rains starting to drops luckily well after we finished.

I'm didn't do portrait shot for about more than a month. Basically, the more people snapped the more and vibrant the look will be. With few month gaps for a portrait or any photo job, i find it difficult to get used to every photo session. I saw Pat's confident on the beginning of the session but i was not quite ready for it because this is not really a planned test shot.

There are few warm up shot and after getting used to it, I tried for more vibrant and emotional shot.

Jumping snap shot was inspired from smashpop trend even thou he is not the one who started it. Zi and I spend few jumps until we got a good post. I choose to take a close snap shot but it seems that the shutter speed quite slow and the result was blur movement on her face. The later jump shot look more confident and interesting and even look better after photo shop touch up.

Side or profile snap is quite familiar among portraits photo. Again, I had problem on choosing which lens to use. For a portrait shot, lens with bigger aperture fits nicely because of the depth of field effect. I spent some shot with every lens i had.

Again a typical free pose shot. Playing with water didn't turn out great compared to the second photo that again a usual pose.

These last two photos was a blow. I never expected that i got this from her. It seems that she has talent posing for camera and if she wants to be in commercial it wouldn't be a problem.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Time Laps Sunset at Sutera Habor Marina

Today, the weather was nice. The sky was clear and i knew the sunset going to be perfect good. I tempted for very long time to capture the sunsets using time laps with my video. I didn't use the camera because my camera doesn't have the time laps function device to take a time laps photography. I don't think it is necessary to take time laps using photo camera except one doesn't have a video camera with the time laps function. Now days, most of the video camera has time laps function called interval frame recording.

I only managed to spent one hour at the sutera harbor marina because my friend needed to go back early. I think the time is adequate for a first time test shot. I plan to do a time laps for 12 hour in future or a growing beans or flower. We will see then.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Photo: Rasa Ria Shangri-La Resort Beach

I drove for the first time all the way to Rasa Ria Resort with my friend as a guide. Unfortunately, upon arrival to the resort, a security guard prohibited me and my friend to enter the beach estate and to take any photo. I plan to take some portrait test shot at there but have a second thought of doing it at there. I might try to go to Karambunai and see what interesting there. If not, i guess that i will have to go to more photographer friendly resort for a change.

For you information, i didn't take any shot of the resort because i don't want any of the management email me and complaining. I took few photos but these three are the most interested and worth to touch up.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Humble but Arrogant

I read an article on mSTAR Online in which wrote the statement from Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek who told the press that his mistake was he working too hard that lead him to be Malaysia Health Minister and Vice President of MCA as i quote below.

PUTRAJAYA: "Kesilapan besar saya sejak datang ke Kuala Lumpur ialah untuk melaksanakan tugas saya sebagai Menteri Kesihatan dan naib presiden MCA," kata Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, yang meletakkan jawatan sebagai Menteri Kesihatan dan semua jawatan parti semalam setelah mengakui bahawa beliau adalah lelaki dalam aksi seks rakaman DVD, salinan cakera itu disebar luas di Johor.

I guess there are nothing wrong to work hard and get raised to the good position in his career life. I guess everyone who read this article believe that Dr Chua Soi Lek trying lay low the incident that he has done and used up his arsenal of work portfolio and record to cover his bad image. Make no mistake that he is a good health minister and the minister who previously hold the post also a good minister. I think that every man or women who take ministerial post should be work hard. I think it is no point of telling something that you should be doing as an extra effort that should be applause or doubted as a political move from other peers.

"Jadi ramai orang berprasangka buruk mengenai pergerakan saya, kenapa orang ini bekerja keras jumpa anggota... jadi beliau mestilah ada agenda politik. Dia mestilah bercita-cita tinggi."

And then, i read his statement he said that the press coverage about his intention to challenge the deputy president post cause the downfall of his political career. I found it hard to believe when i read this because as every politician knew before that press coverage is the best friend that you don't want to mess up. By bombarding the press on his down fall, he again trying to distract the real issue on his resignation of all post that he took.

"Ini bertambah buruk disebabkan akhbar. Akhbar sentiasa melaporkan bahawa Dr Chua ialah pencabar terhadap timbalan presiden, terhadap presiden.

"Akhbar membantu membunuh karier politik saya, secara jujur... jadi kebenaran ialah mata pena itu lebih tajam daripada pedang," kata beliau.

I don't know if he knew that the real thing that killed his political career was the distribution of the DVDs of him having an affair with other woman. Yes, indeed that is part of the cause but doesn't he know that he only can blaming himself when he decided to having an affair with the woman, having sex with her and might be ended up framed and betray by the woman who he having affair with. An example that can be seen from is the former US President Bill Clinton that almost destroyed his presidential career. Luckily he is alive and survives until his presidential term ended. Nevertheless, this event was blamed by Al Gore, former vice president and a presidential candidate who lost to George W Bush the main cause of his defeat.

It is true that sex scandal is a bad public relation disaster among the high profile person even thou that it mean nothing to people that like you and me. I will not care if my friend, boss, supervisor or neighbor is having an affair with other woman or man, but it might be wrong to see any person that received high honor in public image to do the same thing. Maybe some will said that is not fair, everyone is the same and he might demand the same equal right of treatment of his privacy life. Well, never does he know that when one was put in a spot light of fame and famous, his life will not belong to himself. He belongs and own to the people who votes for him in ballot box and push his political career to the top.

I believe that Dr Chua Soi Lek has himself to blame over what happened to him. Yes, partly to blame the people who framed him and possibility the woman who allowed this thing to happen? My speculation is the preparation of setting up few camera and the CCTV equipment in the hotel room makes me think that only people who very close to him can leaked out such of this information to any people who desired to framed this old pity minister. I found it so hard to believe that the level of his arrogant although he humbly apologize and admit of his wrong doing in the DVD.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Sabah Horse Polo Club: The Match

It is not easy to take photo and video in the same time especially in high speed event. I can't really fully focus on the subject that needed to photographed or capture in video. At least i tried my best and the result is not as bad as i thought. The polo match was short but i took one day to only play four games. The reason to be given is that the horse need to rest and cannot be push over the limit. Basically, one game only lasted for about 15 minutes and in 2 games. I'm not really using the terminology of the games because I don't have a clue what it called. To know more about the game, please read it at wikipedia.

This is the first match team. I was told it is a novice team. Some rules doesn't apply in this match so, it will be an advantages for the seasonal or veteran player.

For this shot, i use a 70-300mm zoom lens. Luckily the light is bright and my the shuttle speed is high and even without a VR (Vibration Reduction) for this lens, it turn out quite well. Panning for the horse is a bit tricky because the ball is so small and sometimes i snap horse that running for nothing.

Second half in first match

The second match is among the veteran and seasonal player. The rules are stricter and the horse needed to run more to being coped with the game. The player needs more skill in hitting and handling the ball. To hit the ball while riding the horse is not an easy task and need lots of training in riding skills.

Veteran and the seasonal players’ team.

Second half of the second match.


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