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.

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.

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.