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…


Special Sunset

This sunset is special as this is the first time seeing the sunset with the ray shooting up from the horizon.  I believed that was due to a clear sky after much rains in the past few days.  This ray appeared at almost half hour after the sun disappear from the horizon.  The upper part of the sky displayed the deep blue color too…
The sun can be seen very clearly while setting….

Passers by are admiring the sunset ….

Sunset at Water Village

This beach adjacent to a water village is located off KK city. During low tide, people can walk on the beach, collecting seashells for food.

I picked this site to photograph the sunset with the intention to include the village in the picture, to create the mode of fishing village.  However, the houses were too far from my view point.

Then, I spotted the stream (on the right hand side of the scene) joining the drain, discharging water from one part of the city.  I recompose the picture and get the following shot.

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.

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 !!!

KK Night

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, f/13, 20s.

Sometime, no planning is better then properly planning for an outing to shoot sunset scene. My friend and I have been trying to shoot sunset for the past 2 weeks.  Get ready the gears and make plan to meet at certain spots, but weather just not in your favour at the hour before sunset.

Today, I was on my drive home at close to 7pm, seen the sky getting blue. Decided to stop over at a overhead bridge, climb up to the middle of the bridge where cars are running over below the bridge. Set up the tripod and captured the scene.

Didn’t tried the panorama or HDR shots…just crop the original photo for the panorama view.  The buildings on the left was brighten using photoshop CS4.