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.



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!


Festive Greetings

As another year draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you & family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Have a wonderful festive holiday and may the new year brings you more happiness, great health and prosperity. And some great photography too!

Merry Christmas


His pet, his net

Here are another 2 shots of the gentleman I met in Bali recently. As mentioned previously, I was supposed to shoot him at the lake nearby but when I saw his home with the great lighting I just couldn't leave the place. When you have a great subject in a nice environment, photography-wise, and in terrific lighting, I know I would be in for a good treat. And I was not disappointed.

His pet

Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm/2.8 @ f/3.2 ISO 2800, 1/200s

His net

Nikon D800E, Nikon 24-70mm/2.8 @ f/3.2 ISO 100, 1/320s


Going through some old files

I have not been shooting much of late and those who know me know that I process my files only when I have inspiration to do so - and I usually do it one at a time! It is hence not surprising that I still have many files that I have yet to process given the many workshops/photosafaris I had last year.

I went back to the shots I took of Natacha Meunier at the workshop with Burke Strickland, a hobbyist who flew all the way from Texas to learn from me. Here is one that I particularly like. This was taken at an abandoned bungalow in Kuala Lumpur with window light from my left and with the help of a reflector to my lower-right to fill in some shadows.

Hats to you - Nikon D3, Nikon 24-70mm/2.8


One evening in Bali

You have seen some shots taken in the mornings in Bali posted previously here. For the same reasons I like to shoot in the evenings when lighting is fantastic for dramatic available light photography - the only difference is that in the morning the light becomes harsher with time and in the evening the reverse is true...until you have no more light!

Here are some shots taken one evening that I would like to share. We had the privilege to shoot two professional Balinese dancers at an isolated beach.

Dancers for the Gods

Sometimes shooting from a different perspective can be quite interesting.

Dancing into the sunset


One morning in Bali

Whenever I have photosafaris I generally prefer to shoot in the early mornings and late evenings when lighting is amazing for photography - I like the warmth and the interesting shadows cast during this hours of sunlight. Allow me to share with you some shots taken in the morning during my recent Bali photosafari.

Morning prayers at temple in Ubud market

Morning market

Resistance is futile

Bathing time


The Bali Photosafari – September 5th-9th, 2012

Another fun and enjoyable Bali photosafari! This time was very different from previous ones - we had very different shooting opportunities and we stayed in one of the best villas in Ubud, the Tepi Sawah Villa. The format however was the same where we shot during the day and had post-processing sessions at night. The rooms at the villa was so huge that we actually had the post-processing sessions in my room. That means no irritating bugs/mosquitoes and we got air-condition too. How comfy!

The group with the Balinese dancer models.

I brought along my Fuji X-Pro1 and the Nikon D800E for this trip. The Samyang 8mm fisheye was permanently attached to the Fuji while I used the Nikon 24mm/f1.4 or 24-70mm/2.8 with the D800E. I simply love this 2 combos. Looks like these will be my main gear for my photosafaris.

I will be sharing some shots from the trip in the days to come. Here is one of my favourites so far.

Ramayana and Mahabarata

Taken with Nikon D800E with the Nikon 24mm @ f/7.1 ISO 100 1/320s,


Video clip of the 1st NPS Members Gathering of Malaysia

Shot entirely with a Nikon D3200 by Albert Yap, and photographed on D3200 by Kenny Chew.

Click image below to play.


Row, row, row your boat

I just returned from the photo-safari to Bali and from there a private trip to Singapore. What a whirlwind trip with plenty of fun and shots to share! More of that in another post.

Here is one I like to share. Taken during my last trip to Semporna in Sabah, Malaysia. Again aperture priority @ f/5.6 ISO 100 1/800s. Don't you simply love the clear sea water?