Mengkabong Bridge, Tuaran

Many people, including myself see this bridge as one of the favorite spot for landscape especially to take the sunrise with Mt Kinabalu in the frame. As early as 4:30am, we drove from KK to the bridge at Tuaran, to park the car before reaching the bridge and walked towards the middle point of it and wait for the sunrise.

This round, it’s different, I’m standing at the opposite side, trying to capture the sunset with the bridge in the frame.  The above shot was a result of merging 3 separate shots together (as the bridge is too long, even with my 17mm lens).

Later, we cross the bridge and reach the opposite side of the river.  While the sun is setting below the horizon,  here is the shot,

When it’s getting darker, the street light is switched on and I tried the reflection shot.  Here and below

Just before leaving, I took another closer shot of the bridge.


Atkinson Clock Tower

Atkinson Clock Tower at Kota Kinabalu, Sabah was built in 1902 and completed in 1905 to commemorate the first District Officer of Jesselton, Mr Francis George Atkinson, who died of malaria at the age of 28.

A two-faced clock was presented by Atkinson’s mother Mary Edith, as a memorial to her son. Gazetted as a historical building by Sabah Museum in 1983, it was one of the three buildings still left standing after the war. The original clock was replaced in 1964.

It has been standing at the hill overlooking KK town for so many years. City people living in KK who come to KK will definitely pass-by this clock tower.  It strikes while I was photographing it…It was 6:00pm…

Testing 5D Mk3

Recently, I got my Canon 5D Mk3 and wanting to try out it’s ability to shoot at low light.  Here, during my trip to Kuala Lumpur, I took a walk to the KLCC from my hotel. The above was a shot taken at handheld.  The details look good and sharpness is maintained.

Later, took a walk at Bukit Bintang area, and photographed the following 2 shots, also at handheld. Setting was fully auto.  Just like to see the color which is very nice.


Painting the Rock

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, f/22.0, 6s

Today’s sunset was very vivid.  Because of the strong bright lights at the sky, I can’t capture the details of the rock surface.  Didn’t use any filter to bring down the light in the sky.

We tried using the filled flash to bring out the details.  But that produced reflection on the water.  We tried the other method, that is to use a touch light to paint the surface of the rocks, to bring out the details.

Following is another shot with that effect.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm lens, ISO100, f22.0, 30s

Teluk Villa, Putatan seaside

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, 23mm focal length, ISO100, f/22.0, 6s

Yesterday, we visited a new beach site, at Teluk Villa housing area at Putatan.  The moment I saw the sea front, I like it very much as it has many rocks along the beach.  This is what I have been wanting to photograph for sometime.  The sky on the other hand was dark and cloudy.

We still wanting to give it a try.  The images taken on that day was on the darker side.  The photos shown here are after post processing using photoshop to enhance the colors.

A different sunrise

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, f/13.0, 04s with 0.6+0.9 ND Lee filter

This morning, I woke up late at about 6:10am where the sun has raised above the hills.  Lucky, I got a chance to take try out the 10-stop Lee filter and 0.6 and 0.9 ND soft Lee filters.  Walked towards the sea near the rocky area, I set up the camera and installed the filter holder, then fitted it with the 0.6+0.9 ND soft Lee filter. Above is the shot and the rocks was brighten using photoshop.

Later, I removed the 0.6 ND filter, just keep the 0.9 ND filter, wanted to try out the big stopper (10-stop).  So I focus on the stones (about 1/3 of the frame away) with the 0.9 ND filter fitted. Once in focus,  I  turn off the auto focus to avoid re-focusing when I depress the shutter.  As I wanted a 30 seconds exposure using the big stopper, I adjusted the Aperture so that the shutter speed stayed at 1/50s. So, when slot the big stopper at the back of the ND filter the shutter speed will dropped to 30 second.  The result I got is the silky look of the sea.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm lens, ISo100, f/11.0, 30s with 10-stop Lee filter

Following is another attempt on another angle using the same setting, this time on the Portrait view.

I then turned my subject to rocks in front of me as foreground.

Relaxing evening

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO50, f/22.0, 0.5s

It has been at the back of my mind that when it comes to afternoon, I will observe the sky and see if there will be a nice sunset coming later of the day.  Taking picture is just for enjoying and it can help to release some of my stress.

The wave, sound and the air at seaside makes you calm and relax.

Following are cropping the same photos on 2 angle.

Have a happy weekend !!

1 Borneo

Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO200, f/20, 30s

This whole roll of buildings in the photos is actually under one complex called “1Borneo”.  It consist of shopping mall, 3 hotels and 3 blocks of condos.

The photo was taken at 6:53pm at long exposure when the sky are blue.

Following is another angle that is nearer to the complex. The blue sky is gone.

Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO50, f/8.0, 4s

Happy shooting !!!