1 First Avenue in HDR

With the new lens I recently purchased, I am more eager to take infrastructure and landscape photos. This was taken around 7:30 in the morning in Malaysia so the sun just recently rose up. Too bad there were no cute clouds forming above 1 First Avenue. This could have been better if I used the tripod with me.

Handheld HDR

1 First Avenue on HDR

This was shot using a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 11-16 2.8f lens. It was on 2.8 aperture at 1/320 shutter speed and at 12mm focal length on DX format. Three shots were taken on handheld with -3/+3 exposure biased variance between bracketing. Minimal tonal exposure was adjusted after merging three photos.

4th Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012

Since I missed the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Philippines early this year, I made sure that I will not miss the chance to take pictures of such gigantic balloons when they landed here in Malaysia. With such enthusiasm, my co-workers and I went straight from night shift work and some from their off to see these in person.

Hot Air Balloons Putrajaya

Hot Air Balloons

It was disappointing that only few balloons were available for public ride and they are tied onto the ground. Ergo, the balloons can only fly a few feet above the ground. If they held the venue in a wider and more open space like in Clark Airfield, there would be more air flight shows, parades, family activities and such.

To my dismay, I just enjoyed the event considering it is a mini-team building event with friends at work.

OSO at Putrajaya

OSO at Putrajaya

Below is a short video while walking from the field back to where we park.

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Batu Caves

Batu Caves on UWA

It was last Saturday that one of my fulfilling goals this year to acquire a new Tokina 11-16 2.8f happened. I went to Digital Mall with Sheena to purchase the lens. I got a pretty hefty discount from all of the upsells that were pitched by the salesman. Anyway, it has been almost two years since I got new accessories for my camera.

I have never imagined riding the KTM Komuter because of the horrible experience the last time I rode the train. I was very surprised that it was a smooth ride, though I rode from Subang Jaya all the way to Batu Caves station. It was like a horror ride when you start your journey from KL Sentral.

With the slim UV lens and with the CPL filter attached, I started shooting the scenery without the tripod using mid-closed f stops and fast shutter speeds as the sun was shining so bright that day. I couldn’t get the perfect angle and maximize the effect of the CPL because the sun was always shining directly above my head and vignetting was an issue especially when using the farthest focal length, 11 mm, even on DX with a crop fact or 1.5 – which converts to 16 mm on full frame size. It was only around 5PM that I finally had the chance to take a good shot with the CPL effect on the final shot.

Below are my post-processed shots. Next time, I will deal with the sun with some GND filters.

Macro on Reverse Ring

I remember when I was still waiting for employment to Malaysia, I paid a visit to a nearby butterfly sanctuary in SSS Village, Marikina City. It was when MCF’s administration that built the House of Butterflies. For visitors, you have to pay 10 pesos, I think, for you to visit the place. It is a small decent garden with a lot of floral plants.

Yellow Flower

Yellow

Caterpillar

Way Up

Orange and White Flower

Pollen

And so, I tried this reverse ring that can take macro shots even without a macro lens! You just have to deal with manual focusing. I prefer using a prime lens, in my case, a Nikkor 50mm 1.8f , because it still has aperture blades that you can select so you still can control the light passing through the reversed lens and bokeh.

Dried leaf

Tongue

Butterfly

Sip

Flower and Ant

Point Out

These images were taken and saved on JPEG. I could have have been more flexible in adjusting during post-process if I knew how to work on with RAW images. Nonetheless, I am satisfied with the results.

Orange Flower

Net

Black and white butterfly on a leaf

Soccer

Twigs

String

Some of these shots were printed on 8R and I was astonished how vibrant the colors are! They the softness is too much since I have opened the aperture a bit wider than the usual since I have to adjust manually, if only I have the macro lens, it could have been a lot better!

Orange and white flower

Ruffles

Cocoon

Coming Out

Orange and White Flower

Peeking Out

So if you do not have the budget yet for a macro lens, this is worth trying! This will test your patience, creativity and composition skills.

Flower

Magenta

Butterfly

Coiled

Brown Fungus

Fungus

I am just dumping whatever image I think would be decent enough to be posted here. LOL

Rec Flowers

Fingers

Brown Butterfly

Nectar

Flower

Merry Christmas

So which are your favorites?

Flower

Hair

Orange Flower and Butterfly

Looking Straight

Caterpillar on a leaf

Rock