Red-Bearded Bee-Eater

This bee-eater was taken last year.  It has a very unique call, like a growing alarm call and a series of deep hoarse descending call notes ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.   More often, we can hear it’s call but can’t see it as it normally perches concealed and only flying out to snatch insects.  The male forehead is lilac, the female is red and juvenile green.



Using Canon 5D Mk3, 800mm Lens, ISO640, f/10, 1/400 -1/3Ev

This was actually a birding trip to Mt. Alab, a place which we have missed for sometime since the last visit.  The weather was cloudy and drizzling.  Birds are no where to be found.  While waiting, we saw this insect hanging on the barbed-wire. It’s body is about 3 inches long.  (Haha, shooting macro using a big lens, still my first time)…

Then we saw this green spider. In fact, there were many such spiders around the brushes.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, 100-400mm Lens, ISO400, f/8,1/500

Then another type of insects.

Using Canon 5D Mk2, ISO400, f/11, 1/125s

Painting the rock (1)

This is the image I captured today.  Following yesterday’s outing and trying the use of touch light to brighten the rock.  We went back to the same spot and wanted to take a better shot.  We brought along our flash gun and few touch lights.

Waiting for the sun to set below the horizon and the sky is darker.Using a long exposure of 30 seconds, which gives us longer time to apply the filled lights using the flash gun and touch lights. This is very helpful as we are using Lee filters to stop down the shutter speed by 5-stops, but the rocks details in the foreground just couldn’t stand out if not with the help of the flash and touch. It was fun for doing this.  I also like the result.  Following is another image on the effect.


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.

Sunrise at Guakon

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, f/16, 10s

This morning we started as early as 3:30am, picked up by my brother at about 3:40am, and then another friend.  3 of us headed to a small town called Tampaluli for breakfast.  We arrived 10 minutes earlier before the shop is opened for business at 4:30am (The only shop that open so early in town).  We had a quick breakfast and started our journey to the shooting spot deep in the village, about 10km away from the town.  Just when we have set up our camera, we wasted no time as the first light is appearing at the horizon.  Above was the photo taken at the early moment.

Guakon, is a photographers’ favorite spot as we can photograph the Mt Kinabalu, at the sametime has the sea of cloud as foreground.  The weather was very nice to us and the cloud above the mountain was very pleasant for shooting.

We continue shooting, and the sky’s colors become richer, more and more colors started to appear. The mist below the mountain starting to evaporate. Below was how it look.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm lens, ISO100, f/13.0, 1/30s

Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lend, ISO100, f/13.0, 1/3s, +1/3EV

When the sky was brighter, we turn our focus to the mist in front of us.

Some closeup shots

Here is the mood when the sunlight catches the mist.

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.

Filter – Big Stopper

Using Canon 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, F/13.0, 20s

Trying out the new filter from Lee Filter, i.e. Big Stopper, 10 stops.  Too bad, my 17-40mm Lens’s  UV filter was dented while climbing rocky area of the beach, to gain a higher ground.  That’s why I have to shoot using the 24-105mm lens, fitted with the Lee filter holder, a 0.9 ND filter and the big stopper.  With long exposure, the water became silky.

Following is another view by cropping from the same picture.

I really like the filters as they made the sunset more real and at the same time retained the color. Need not to mention the silky look of the sea water surface. Following is another photo using the same filter.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, F/13.0, 30s



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 !!