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.


Sunrise at Dinawan Island

It was a cloudy morning. Can’t really get a clear view on the Mt. Kinabalu at the background.  I focus my shot on the ray.  This ray effect was achieved when the sun raised just above the mountain range.  Use a small aperture will create the look.  This ray effect can be created on any bright light source.

Happy shooting !!

Sunrise at Mt. Emei

Using Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm Lens, ISO1600, f11, 1/500

This beautiful sunrise was taken at Mt. Emei, SiChuan province, China in March 2010.  This lovely sunrise was shot at around 6.10am at about 3000m above sea level.  Following were more shots taken there after.

ISO1600, f11, 1/500 at 6:12am

at 6:16am, ISO640, f10, 1/400

at 6:19am, ISO800, f14, 1/400

at 6:23am, ISO1600, f8, 1/640, using ND fliter

Following are 2 shots of the buildings at top of Mt Emei. (Please click on image to enlarge)

ISO640, f10, 1/50

ISO640, f10, 1/50



Using Canon 5D Mk II, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, f13, 30s

This sunrise photo was taken before CNY. The Masjid Bandaraya at Likas. I have seen other photographer’s work on this subject. Finally, I can get my own shot with sunrise. I like the reflection very much!!! You can see the mosque upside down and can’t really tell the difference.

Below is the earlier minutes of the sunrise where the sun light just break the horizon. The reflection is not perfect as I need to meter the sky to get the correct sun ray. Hence, it looks darker at the water level. Also, the building lights is still switched on.

Using Canon 5D Mk II, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, F14, 1.6s

Following is taken earlier at 5:51am

Using Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, f5.0, 8s

Sunrise at Mengkabong, Tuaran

This sunrise series were taken this morning at between 6:00am to 6:30am.  Sunrise at Borneo is later (i.e. after 6am) in early of the year.

In order to overcome to different brightness levels, i.e. sky, mountain and the foreground, and not using ND filter. I tried out staking 3 photos taken using Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm Lens, at 75mm focal length. Manual mode, ISO250, speed 1/8, and at 3 different aperture at f14, f18 & f22. These 3 photos was later processed using HDR function under Photoshop CS4.

The above photo was a result of merging 4 photos together using Photomerge in Photoshop. It was taken using Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm Lens at focal length at 40mm, on manual mode, ISO 160, f14, and exposure is fixed at 2 seconds.

Another HDR below.

Following is just a close-up shot of the mountain. One shot using Canon 5D Mk II, 100-400mm Lens at focal length of 100mm, ISO250, f13, 2.5 seconds exposures.