Fireworks at Chew Jetty, Penang



The ninth day of Lunar calendar or what we mentioned as 正月初九 among the Chinese,  was a day for worshiping the Lord of Heaven ( 拜天公).

Fireworks were pretty common in the modern days when there're celebrations, so I decided to take my tripod, intended to capture some fireworks. Chew Jetty was holding one of the largest praying celebration in Penang, so the crowd was... um.. uncontrollable.

I tried to take quite a number of shots with slower shutter speed, but they are no where near to decent, as the boardwalk was shaking due to the crowd movements. Therefore, I stepped up the shutter speed to 13 sec and took 3 shots on the different portion of the scene. As you all might know, I always like to take several shots on a single scene and combine into a panoramic view. In such way, I can get sharp details on particular sections from the 3 shots. In addition,. the view angle will be > 150° on the scene. This is not achievable without a wide angle lens and a full frame camera. Well, I came up with a cheaper solution =).

Some of you might be wondering that the color and lighting seems to be unnatural. Yeah indeed, I did HDR (High Dynamic Range) toning on the photo, trying to balanced up and get back the details on the darker area. Therefore, some of the portion is having higher exposure while the others are kept neutral. I wasn't good in all this, please feel free to give suggestions if you have. Thanks.


November 23, 2013

Hong Kong Island View From Victoria Peak


Hong Kong Island View From Victoria Peak


From my previous post (dated at 27th of December 2012) , it has been almost one year from my last update. I admit that I have been lazy in updating photos here.

Well, I hope I will be maintaining my consistency in near future.

Recently, I headed to one of the travelling hot spot, which is Hong Kong. I wasn't good in planning the travel itinerary, so I traveled with the travel agency.

 I took this panoramic view of Hong Kong island from Victoria Peak, or better known as 太平山 in Chinese. The scenery was really breath taking. I took this photo without a tripod, hence the shutter speed is largely depend on the ISO setting of my camera. It ended up with significant grain and color noise. It took me quite sometime and efforts to get rid of the grain and noise. Not too bad huh?

December 27, 2012

Wat Arun, Night View


Wat Arun, Night View


As promised, night view of Wat Arun Temple has been uploaded. I captured the scene on a dinner cruise which sailed along Chao Phraya River. The cruise is better known as Chao Phraya Princess Cruise. It cost me 1200 baht to get onto it, with serving of buffer dinner.

December 24, 2012

Pomegranate Juice


Pomegranate Juice


Pomegranate juice, has anyone tried this before? It costs about 35 Thai Baht in Thailand. 3 for 100 Thai Baht.

December 22, 2012

Wat Arun Temple, Thailand


Wat Arun Temple, Thailand


Recently, my family and I paid a visit to Thailand (probably we were impressed by how they advertise Amazing Thailand locally).  We visited this Wat Arun temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Arun is one of the must-visit landmarks in Thailand. It is called Temple of the Dawn as well. I wasn't in time to capture this in the dawn, but I managed to capture it in the night time. In the next post, I will share the temple in night view. 

I don't know much history on this temple, but what I can do is to quote from Wikipedia to let the readers have some insight on this temple:

A Buddhist temple had existed at the site of Wat Arun since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was then known as Wat Makok, after the village of Bang Makok in which it was situated. (Makok is the Thai name for the Spondias pinnata plant.) According to the historian Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the temple was shown in French maps during the reign of King Narai (1656–1688). The temple was renamed Wat Chaeng by King Taksin when he established his new capital of Thonburi near the temple, following the fall of Ayutthaya.[2] It is believed that Taksin vowed to restore the temple after passing it at dawn. The temple enshrined the Emerald Buddha image before it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaew on the river's eastern bank in 1785.[3]
The temple was located in grounds of the royal palace during Taksin's reign, before his successor, Rama I, moved the palace to the other side of the river.[1] It was abandoned for a long period of time until Rama II, who restored the temple and extended the pagoda to 70m.[1]


The temple is way too big than what I have expected. What I did (again) was to capture the scene in pieces and combine it with photomerge. Probably if you are aware in my photo-blog, I always like to do so. This is the main view of the Wat Arun Temple.


Side View.


Side Towers.


This was captured in front of the entrance. 


This was captured on the half way up to the top of the temple. 


In silhouette.


Overview of the temple.


Due to the limitations of the number of pixels and file size in blogspot, I have to heavily compressed and rescale the pixels. If you would like to see a clearer view,  feel free to drop me a message here =)


December 5, 2012

Butterfly


Butterfly


Hmm ... A butterfly on the trees. I wasn't expect to see this on my stroll to the garden, yet it just crossed into my sight. I took this down without hesitation and immediately after the shot, it flew away. I can't say it is nicely taken, but this is the only shot I am left with.

August 28, 2012

Sasa, a Domestic Mongrel Dog


Sasa, a Domestic Mongrel Dog


Recently, my family has adopted a local mongrel dog from SPCA (Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). I myself suggested to take a dog from SPCA, rather than buying it at the pet shop. In a way it could save my budget spent on dogs, and also to help to reduce the number of stray dogs in Penang. Furthermore, the adopting fees will be used to maintain the operation of the non-profit SPCA, which worked hard for animal welfare. A tribute and appreciation to them!

August 25, 2012

Wavy


Wavy


(click to enlarge) 
Cameron Highlands Tea Farm, a place that the photographers would like to visit again and again, particularly to capture its wavy tea plantations. The real scene is truly eye-catching. The wideness and broadness of the scene makes me hard to fit everything into my camera. Even a full frame + wide angle lens wouldn't give me what I was eyeing. Therefore, I decided to capture the scene in pieces. The photo over here consists of 6 separate pieces. The pieces was later combined into one photo with photo merge. It gave me 80% of what I saw and I was pretty satisfied with it =)

March 10, 2012

Waxing Gibbous Moon


Waxing Gibbous Moon


I believe, watching a bright moon is really enjoyable. At this phase, the moon is called Waxing Gibbous. It's just about few days away from the full moon. I took this photo with my Tamron 70-300mm and yet, large post cropping was needed.

March 4, 2012

My Jack Russell Terrier Part 2


My Jack Russell Terrier Part 2


It's a leisure day! I brought my dog to Golden Sand beach to have some fun. Of course, I didn't forget about my camera to capture some of the precious moments. We strolled for about 20 minutes and unfortunately it started to rain and we were forced to call it a day. These are some of the shots taken: 











February 14, 2012

My Jack Russell Terrier


My Jack Russell Terrier


Initially, I intended to have some freelance photography while bringing my pet for a walk. However, I ended up in taking its photos instead. Jack Russell Terrier is an agile dog, therefore I didn't manage to capture loads of good shots. Just several better ones here.

Curious of something?

Rawww !

Gotcha !




January 15, 2012

St. Anne Church


St. Anne Church


Locating in foothill of Bukit Mertajam, St. Anne Church can be regarded as one of the early structures in Penang. I was lucky to have the chance of visiting this historical building thanks to my friend, who brought me all the way to this place. Suffice to say, I have zero idea on this building as I am not a Christian nor a Catholic (please forgive me if I said anything wrong). If you wish to know more about it, you can search for its info in the web. The building is definitely pleasant to look at. Please pay a visit to the church if you have the chance to do so.

The old church, now called the Shrine of St Anne 

Statue of Jesus

Building that connects the church to the shrine 

Side tower of St. Anne Church 

Statue of St. Anne Square

 Wide inner view of St. Anne Church (Click to enlarge)

Overview of St. Anne Church (Click to enlarge)

December 15, 2011

The Art of Panning


The Art of Panning


Night theme parks are always a good place to play around with cameras. Particularly we can play around with the lights and motions of the "amusement rides" (I guess they are called amusement rides? Not too sure). And this time I tried a photography technique called panning which emphasizes in capturing the motions of the objects. I started off with shutter speed of 1/60 seconds all the way to 1/25 with +1 exposure compensation due to the low lights. This technique truly requires a lot of patience, and I failed 60 % of my shots too !

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