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.

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 !!

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.


KK Night

I posted the sunset look of the same shot earlier.  I personally like this night scene a lot with the sunset at the horizon.  This shot has more coverage of the Kota Kinabalu city as the council has just cleared the overgrown tree in front of the observation tower.

Following is another view of the beautiful city.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO100, F/16, 1/13

I did some adjustment of the photo using Photoshop as there is some distortion on the building as I tilt my camera downward too much.

Follow by the latest shopping mall in town, i.e. Suria Sabah.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO200, F/22, 1/13s

Another angle.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 17-40mm Lens, ISO200,F/22, 1/20s

Have a nice weekend !!

Relaxing at the beach

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO100, F/6.3, 1/160

It’s a relaxing afternoon, re-visit the Tg Aru Beach with 2 other friends, trying to capture the activities there.  Searching around and notice many tourist arriving at the beach to enjoy to soft sand and the view.  This area has improved a lot compare to 5 years ago.  There are restaurants along the beach, providing sits for visitors…

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, F/11, 1/20

After walking around at the beach for a while, most of them sat down along the beach benches, or directly on the sandy beach to observe the sun set behind the cloudy sky.

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO200, F/14, 1/80

Using Canon 5D MkII, 24-105mm Lens, ISO320, F/8, 1/25