Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 July, Hulu Langat Revisited (Birding)

I revisited Hulu Langat again today after I have put down the Sigma 150mm-500mm earlier in March this year. Yes, I haven't been birding much since March, except the time when I was traveling in Thailand with my Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Anyway, around 8 o'clock in morning, I picked up a friend of mine in Puchong and headed towards Hulu Langat after a quick breakfast. Upon reaching there, we were surprised to see a group of photographers were already there! Surprise ! Mind you, it's on a Wednesday...

We were there for the Blue-eared Kingfisher. But lucky for us, another two birds also came to the same spot searching for food, the Rufous-backed Kingfisher was one of them.

All photos are taken using the Sigma 150-500mm adapted to the Sony a7ii using Sigma mc-11 in APSC mode. I also used the fluidhead monopod instead of the tripod this time.

© Edward Chen.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top Spinning and Coconut Plucking Monkeys (2017 Sony Alpha Super Workshop Kelantan - Part 3)

The next stop of the event was at Pantai Cahaya Bulan, where we were told that there would be monkeys plucking coconuts, traditional top spinning, and also batik (textile) making. Somehow I missed the batik printing part as I didn't know where or when it was. Haha......

Here are some of the photos taken using the Sony A9 with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens, as well as the Sony 70-200 f4 FE lens (all photos are post-processed in LR cc):

© Edward Chen

Girls with their pet monkey. © Edward Chen

Climbing up is no difficulty for this monkey. © Edward Chen

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Galeri Wau Pak Sapie and Sony a9 (2017 Sony Alpha Super Workshop Kelantan - Part 2)

We departed to Galeri Wau Pak Sapie, which is along Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan. Upon reaching the gallery, I was given the chance to try the Sony Alpha 9 (a9 [Shashinki]). So I immediately took off my Sony 16-35 Zeiss lens from my Sony a7ii and attached the lens onto the a9. πŸ˜†

Me and Sony a9. lol © Edward Chen

2017 Sony Alpha Super Workshop Kelantan - Part 1 (Arrival)

I went to the 2017 Sony Alpha Super Workshop in Kelantan. Here are some of the photos taken during the trip which was sponsored by Sony Malaysia and Kelantan Tourism (transportation, lodging, food and venue).

We reached Kota Bharu around six o'clock morning and stopped at Dataran Muhammadi. I went to the nearby market for a short walk while waiting for photographers from all over Malaysia to gather up.

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah Kota Bharu. Sony a7ii + Sony Zeiss 16-35mm © Edward Chen.

Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah Kota Bharu. Sony a7ii + Sony Zeiss 16-35mm © Edward Chen.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Morning walk at the Setia Alam Wetlands

I thought of going for a short walk at the Setia Alam Wetlands after sending my kids to school early in the morning. But it was already seven o'clock when I was leaving the school, so I decided to do some grocery shopping before I went (since the sun was already rising). πŸ˜†

I reached the wetlands slightly before eight o'clock and took photos as I walked around the park. 😊 

All photos are taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Kowa Prominar 8.5mm f2.8 MFT manual focus lens.

© Edward Chen Photography
As expected, due to the time of the day, it's not really what I wanted. The sun was too bright and the lighting was harsh. But it wasn't hot, so I just continued my walk around the park.

© Edward Chen Photography

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Twilight with Light Painting & Steelwool in Putrajaya. Photos taken at the PSPJ group outing.

I have been away lately, rested while keeping myself occupied to more important tasks related to family and work. Now I am back ! 😁

Just last Sunday I joined the PSPJ photography club for a photo outing near the Seri Wawasan bridge in Putrajaya. While waiting for the participants to arrive, I went to the bridge and took some photos. Many people have taken similar photos here, so why not I take some too? 😊

All photos are taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M1 with the Kowa Prominar 8.5mm UWA manual lens for micro four-thirds except for one or two closeups when I used the Olympus 12-40mm Pro lens.

Live Composite / Live View are used during the steel wool spinning and light painting. I enjoyed seeing the photo being created as the lights started to fill in the frame.

Here are some examples of how Live Composite can be used according to Peter Baumgarten:

Gary Ayton shows how it works here:

© Edward Chen

Olympus OM-D EM-1 + Olympus 12-40 Pro lens © Edward Chen