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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Glide Models : Leonora

Swepp Beauty Academy
Model: Leonora Pang

Happy Chinese New Year!

These Chinese themed photos were taken a couple of days ago for Leonora's portfolio. We shot these in two locations. The first was in La Vintage restaurant and the second one was done in a Chinese temple. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sensational Seas Of Sabah Book Launch

Some photos from the Sensational Seas of Sabah book launch at the Star Marina of Shangri-La Tanjung Aru. 

"Created by Scubazoo - A world renowned team of wildlife photographers and filmmakers takes you on a voyage across three seas to the region's top scuba diving locations, introducing the incredibly diverse marine ecosystems that Sabah has to offer. Divers and snorkellers will be astonished by the wast array of marine species thriving in Sabah's waters which makes for some unforgettable experiences - Graceful Manta rays gliding over your head, A huge Whale Shark feeding on plankton and schooling Hammerhead Sharks cruising in the deep blue off the deep walls of an ancient coral atoll. 

Sabah's pristine reefs covered in colourful hard and soft coralsare home to some of the most bizzare creatures which have to be seen to be believed, from tiny Pygmy Seahorses, to mesmerising Mimic Octopus, or even a Rare Weedy Scorpionfish. Besides being a vibrant habitat for a phenomenal mixture of marine life, these rich seas provide food and livelihoods for many Sabahans. Therefore, ongoing conservation projects and raising public awareness about environmental issues is absolutely essential to ensure future generations live in peace and harmony with Sabah's precious areas." - Sensational Seas Of Sabah

The book contains words and photography by Jason Isley, Gilbert Woolley, & Christian Loader.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Flying Dragons

Forgive the post title, I just couldn't come up with interesting names to call this post. There was a state-wide blackout yesterday that lasted for around six hours and even more in other places as the power was restored in stages. As chaos had surely ensued within the city, I was left completely bored and without anything to do. I set out once again with my camera into the garden. Just as I wondered if there was anything interesting to take photos of, a dragonfly caught my attention as it flew around and perched itself on the branches of a dead plant which had more dragonflies.

Its times like these that make me wish I had a macro lens. The few dragonflies that were sitting on those branches didn't scare too easily and they just sat there the whole time I was taking photos, even when I got really close with the lens. These photos were all shot at f/8 to try and get more of them in focus. 

An interesting thing I found was that auto focus in situations like these where there are plenty of other objects such as branches or leaves in the frame which are high in contrast can be a challenge for the 6D. Whether using the center AF point or selecting all of them was really difficult to pinpoint towards any of the dragonflies as it tends to back focus instead towards the bush in the background.

The only solution I came up with was to get really close and select the center AF point as well as filling most of the center frame with the subject, making it easier for the AF system with just a slight adjustment with the FTM focus ring as I switched angles.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Wedding : Farizah & Shamsul (Part II)

Image Credit : Mahira Khairia
These are more photos from another short photo session with Farizah & Shamsul.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Frigid Moon

The last couple of nights have been very cold, which is probably what caused the moon to exhibit an optical phenomenon known as the Corona. 

Here's the definition from Wikipedia:

In meteorology, a corona is produced by the diffraction of light from either the Sun or the Moon by individual small water droplets (and sometimes tiny ice crystals) of a cloud or on a foggy glass surface. The corona consists of small number of concentric colored rings around the celestial object and a central bright aureole. The angular size of the corona depends on the diameters of the cloud droplets - small droplets produce large coronae.

 For the same reason, the corona is clearest when the size of the droplets is most uniform. Coronae differ from halos in that the latter are formed by refraction (rather than diffraction) from comparatively large rather than small ice crystals. Reddish colors always occupy the outer part of a corona's ring. (This is an atmospheric Airy disc.)

This photo is a composite of three separate exposures to display a wider dynamic range as the Corona surrounding the moon was a little too bright to capture enough highlight detail in a single shot.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Wedding : Farizah & Shamsul

Happy New Year everyone! I didn't manage to capture any fireworks during the new year so I guess I'll just have to wait till Chinese New Year. Until then, here are some photos from a wedding assignment that Mahira and I were hired for just before Christmas. 

 I'd like to once again congratulate Farizah & Shamsul on their wedding! This was a very brief photo session after their solemnization. We didnt have much time as the sun was setting and the rain clouds made it even darker. We were happy with the few photos that we got before it started raining. Hope you guys enjoy the photos.