I couldn’t help but feel peaceful walking through the temple complex at Goa Gajah. One of the few places that made the experience all the more worthwhile for me. I could actually see myself retiring in Ubud, Bali.
If you’re wondering where have I been these past few months, I’m actually doing guest posting on AnakBrunei.org.
To those contacts in Melaka that I’ve passed my name cards, and wondering where the articles I’ve supposed to do, you can find it over at AnakBrunei.org. You can find the list of the articles I’ve done here: http://anakbrunei.org/tag/guest-blogger. Please do check it out!
A slice of Saigon life, one zebra crossing at a time.
It’s quite hard to explain how the traffic flow in Ho Chi Minh City to my friends without them uttering disbelief. When I said that people just cross the road without needing the traffic to stop, I see that tiny amount of disbelief in their faces. I find that this photo is a perfect representative of the hectic hustle and bustle of HCMC, also known as Saigon.
At the start of this write up, I’ve said that this is a slice of Saigon life, and if you study the photo carefully, you will find the odd tourists looking for direction on their maps, uniformed officials, well dress workforce, and the blur of motorcycles far outnumbering their four wheel counterparts. And in the background you can find the famous B?n Thành Market, a marketplace where you can find tailored $20USD silk shirts alongside stalls selling the local delicacies.
I’ll do a full write up soon on my Tripping, which I can give you tips on what stuff to do or get to make for an awesome experience. I’ll go about it in chronological order starting with Thailand.
I have a looooot to talk about but man, where to start? Maybe this photo would be a good teaser as any. This was taken right beside Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh. Lovely city. Would love to tell you all about it soon.
First and foremost, Happy New Years 2009 everyone! Hope you had an awesome time in 2008, an awesomer time at New Year’s Eve, and the awesomest time in the year ahead!
As you can clearly see, I was back in KL to do a spot of partying, a spot of R&R;, and a spot of photography, if you can believe that. Figured I’d stuff my bag full of clothing rather than photography items, I gambled on just bringing my D300 body and 50mm f/1.4D, as my main target was to do another shoot with my fave model there. And I’ve worked out a booking with Ted Adnan and Barebones Studio so I have my shooting space and lighting gear ready when I got there, so I have the opportunity of utilizing a bigger shooting space, without having to lug my heavy lightstands around, as my backpack is heavy enough, and finally get a chance to meet one of the region’s Strobist heroes.
My travel was not without it’s perils. The boat, Seri Anna, taking me to Labuan disembarked so late and travelled so slow that by the time I reached Labuan terminal, I was literally already late for check-in at the AirAsia counter at Labuan Airport. Got out of the terminal, I whistled for a cab and when it came near The license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this cab was rare, but I thought, “Nah, forget it. Yo, holmes to Bel-Air!” I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and I yelled to the cabbie, “Yo holmes smell ya later!” Looked at my kingdom I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel-Air.
…sorry, sorry… Internet meme… Had to do it…
Anyway I whistled for a cab, got in as fast as I could, paid him double so he could get me to the airport within like, 5 minutes, jumped out when I got there, ran to the counter. I asked what the closing time for the counter was, and he said, “9:45”; the exact time I have on my watch. The same kinda thing happened as well when I was going to KLIA’s LCCT. Finished the shoot quite late at 4pm, while my flight was supposed to be 6pm. Ted’s studio was in Kajang. KLIA was quite a ways away. Traffic was jammed.
Under the predicament at hand, the model need not send me to LCCT, she was late for an appointment anyway. But she sent me still anyway, getting lost in the process. And people wonder why she’s my favourite model… Well fortunately that’s the end of my perilous journey to KL. Hopefully in the near future, I’d pick out far better travel arrangements so as not to stress myself out during my supposed R&R; session.
Anyway, here’s an ubiquitous shot of Petronas Twin Towers at night. I’ll post other shots soon. Again, limiting myself to one lens is quite a good exercise in getting the shooting cobwebs out. More shots to come soon!
Was doing a bit of shooting at Sheraton, which comes up in the next post, and I was driving over to Hua Ho to check out a lens case for my smaller lenses, when I saw the shimmering reflection off of the nation’s most famous landmark, the golden domes of the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. When I stopped by closer to take this photo, I saw other BruneiForever Forum members also taking shots here, as well as various other people taking snapshots of the great mosque. The facelift which had just concluded recently really brought out the splendour of the dome.
I’m gonna post just the photos I took from my first morning in KL which I did a bit of sightseeing, going around to KL Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers. Lovely people, lovely sights, lovely nightlife. In short, I had an awesome time shooting and exploring that city, which I can safely say, that never sleeps.
If you people know the reason I went there, you know how to get to my Flickr and check out the stuff I took. Definitely not gonna post it here.
The lads wanted to hang out last night at the Arch, so after much contemplation I decided against bringing the 50mm f/1.4 and just stick on the Sigma 14mm f/3.5 and figured I just either shoot at ISO1600 or just do some really trick long exposures.
Fandi got ahold of it and started playing around with it, manual focusing and all. Let me tell ya, I was so proud at that moment, much akin to a mother duck teaching a duckling how to swim.
Anyway, I guess I’d better get used to this $700 mistake, and by the looks of it, it might come along with me on solitary long exposure night outings now. This thing is not at all bad at night time.
I like how it keeps the columns relatively straight, and not go fisheye on me.