Bags packed, ready to go

Bags packedFuji X-Pro1 + Zeiss Touit 12mm/2.8 @ f/4 ISO 400 1/340s

Like the song goes, all my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. I have a routine when I go on a photography trip as far as packing is concerned - check passport validity (you'll be surprised how often even pros overlooked this), bring backup camera (I'll be bringing my Nikon D800E with the Fuji X-Pro1 as the backup), lenses, batteries, chargers, photo-storage device, electrical outlet adaptor etc. By doing this it is unusual I'll miss anything!

My flight is at 6:50am tomorrow which means I'll have to wake up real early since one has to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. Anyway this photosafari will be a packed photography programme - we will be having plenty of shooting opportunities. Let's hope the weather and lighting will be kind to us.

As always, I am excited already!

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Our world

Two more days and I'll be on my way to SIem Reap. Another photo to share.

Again taken at Tonle Sap, this time at sunset. I noticed the wonderful clouds which would make a great background. And to get that extra rim of light on the left side of his body, I got him to rotate to his left. I must say it came out quite well.

Our world

_DSF0650 copyFuji X-Pro1 with Zeiss Touit 12mm @ f/7.1 ISO 200 1/280s

 

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Time to bathe

When one visits Siem Reap, especially for photography, Tonle Sap is a must visit. There are always so many activities going on and the children there are always so eager to pose. Here is a shot taken at early evening of a boy having his bath.

Time to bathe

_DSF0469 copy2 copyTaken with Fuji X-Pro1 + Zeiss Touit 12mm

PS Notice that I was using the Zeiss Touit lenses (12mm and 32mm) for yesterday's and today's shots during the trip - I was asked to review these 2 lenses for Shriro Malaysia. I presented the findings during their official launch in Kuala Lumpur recently.

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A few more days to my Siem Reap photosafari

That will be from October 12th-16th. I will be there a day earlier in preparation for the participants to have a fun and fruitful time. All the participants have gone through a 2-day intensive course on my post-processing workflow. Now they will have a first-hand experience on how I go about getting my type of images during the day and we will be talking photography at night over a beer...or two.

In conjunction with this upcoming safari, I'll be posting a shot from SIem Reap daily till the start of the event. This shot will start the ball rolling.

Caught in the net

_DSF0226 copy copyTaken with Fuji X-Pro1 with Zeiss Touit 32mm/1.8

 

 

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Post-processing workshop

In preparation for my SIem Reap photosafari, I will be having a 2-day post-processing workshop for the participants on September 21st and 22nd. This is also opened to those who are keen to learn my style of post-processing. Places will be limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact me here if you are interested.

Latest 17/9/13 : Slots all taken up. Registration closed.

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After

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Here are the details:

Intensive post-processing sessions (over 2 days):
Day 1 - Basic (*see description of syllabus below) - RM300
Day 2 - Advance (Only for those who have attended Day 1. *see description of syllabus below) - RM250
     Those who sign up for both days on registration will get a discount of RM100.

Syllabus
Day 1 - The Basics
How to make the image pop
How to ‘play with light’ during post-processing
How to improve compositions
Subject isolation
Correcting errors
Recap and review/ image critique

Day 2 - Going further
Preparing for advanced post-processing
Selective post-processing
More techniques on ‘playing with light’ during post-processing
How to change the mood
Artistic post-processing
Recap and review/ image critique

For the purpose of preparation, registration will close on Thursday September 19th. Bookings will only be confirmed after I have received your payment. So book your slots early! Thanks.

 

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Photosafaris to Bali, Siem Reap and Bagan (Myanmar)

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I’m pleased to announce the photosafaris for the rest of the year. There will be two big changes over the usual photosafaris I used to organize. Firstly, I’ll have 2 days of intensive post-processing sessions at a convenient date prior to the respective photosafaris. Those who have signed up for the photosafaris but are unable to make it to the post-processing sessions will have a chance to learn from me during the photosafari itself. This will save time and space (and energy!) during the photosafari. And due to demand for my post-processing workshops, especially those who can’t make it to any of the photosafaris, you can now attend and pay for just the post-processing sessions.

Here then are the details:

The cities (and cost) for the photosafaris will be:

Bali – postponed.

Siem Reap – 12th-16th October (5d/4n)(RM1960 or USD660) - confirmed.

Bagan, Myanmar – 16th-21st November (6d/5n)(RM3330 or USD1150) - FULLY BOOKED!
(I will limit the number of pax to a maximum of 12)

Previous workshop participants receive a 20% discount off the total.

Intensive post-processing sessions (over 2 days):
Day 1 - Basic (*see description of syllabus below) - RM300
Day 2 - Advance (Only for those who have attended Day 1. *see description of syllabus below) - RM250
     Those who sign up for both days on registration will get a discount of RM100.
     I will announce the post-processing dates for the Siem Reap and Bagan photosafaris at a later date.

Syllabus
Day 1 - The Basics
How to make the image pop
How to ‘play with light’ during post-processing
How to improve compositions
Subject isolation
Correcting errors
Recap and review/ image critique

Day 2 - Going further
Preparing for advanced post-processing
Selective post-processing
More techniques on ‘playing with light’ during post-processing
How to change the mood
Artistic post-processing
Recap and review/ image critique

Please note that when you pay for the photosafaris, you’ll get:

Hotel with daily breakfast on twin-sharing basis. Single room supplement - Siem Reap(USD120) and Myanmar (USD330).
Internal transport and airport transfers.
Entrance fees to the various places.
‘Models’ and English-speaking guide/driver.
Daily post-processing sessions where applicable.

It excludes your international flights, meals not mentioned, personal expenses, travel insurance and tips to guide/driver. 

Like all of my previous sessions, places will be limited, so please send me an email if you’d like to make a booking; I’ll need a 50% deposit now to secure your place, with the balance due three weeks before the workshop start date. Participant cancellations are fully refundable up to 1 month before the workshop date; refunds thereafter are only if I have to cancel due to unforseen circumstances. All sessions are subject to a minimum of five participants to go ahead; if this is not met, full refunds will be made. Previous workshop participants receive a 20% discount off the total.

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Shooting in the mornings and evenings is always fun

Since I do available light photography exclusively, I simply love to shoot in the early mornings and evenings when the light is warm and diffuse - it can be enjoyable and rewarding. Sometimes even simple subjects can be stunning. Before the introduction of high ISO performance cameras - specifically the Nikon D3 - noise could be an issue. Not any more. We can now shoot in very low light which can be quite dramatic. To me, these high ISO performance cameras are godsend for available light photographers.

Here are some examples.

Morning walk in Bagan, Myanmar.

Nyaung Oo village

Sunset football (Bagan).

Bagan

Sunset in Guilin

Guilin

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I am back

I know I have been 'away' from this site for more than a month now - I just could not find the inspiration to write. This was compounded by the fact that I did not shoot much. To get back my inspiration I went back to some of my old files and found, to by astonishment, I still have so many keepers that are worth sharing that I have not processed. Below are a few from the recent discovery.

Oh no, not again!

Not me

Making faces

Faces

Carefree

Carefree

More on my travels for the year. I have confirmed a private trip to Bhutan, a place that I have always wanted to visit, and photograph. This turned out to be the most expensive trip that I have ever embarked on but I know I will not regret it. This trip will be from May 18th till the 24th. I am already excited just talking about this. Let's see what I'll come back with.

I mentioned previously that I would like to visit Semporna this year again. Unfortunately I have to shelve this plan given the latest political development in the region lately. If everything goes as planned, I will have a photosafari to Bali in early July, Siem Reap in late September and Bagan in November. Stay tuned for future announcements. Contact me here if you are keen to join me in any of these photosafaris.

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My photosafari plans for 2013

I actually do not have any fixed plans yet but what I am certain is that I will be going back to Semporna, Sabah.

Semporna

Semporna

I foresee a lot of traveling this year, mainly private photography trips, which will include Myanmar, Bali, China besides Semporna. I mentioned 'mainly private trips' because I tend to get better shots during such trips. Some of you have indicated interest in joining me. For you, I will surely come out with some interesting program after the Chinese New Year. If any of you are interested to join in the fun, please do not hesitate to contact me here. I will then keep you in the loop.

Now to start planning my own private trips and start off another great year of photography!

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