Sunday, August 29, 2010

Dusk – Tanjung Aru Beach (Yes, again)

Just when I was about to take a nap before shower, my friend called up asking if I want to go to the beach to take some sunset shots.  So there I go, again. 

Expect to see lots of sunset shots taken at the same location, over and over again.  After all, it’s just the best for such view in the city, and every sunset is different…simply beautiful. :)

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People @ Gaya Street – Part 2

Since I didn’t have any plan this morning, I went to Gaya Street again to look see around, to visit a couple of friends whose families have Sunday stall at the street.  And of course, taking some pictures too.  Perhaps I didn’t have enough sleep last night, my brain was blank, I have no idea what I was going to shoot.  So I just simply snap here and there.   

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This is one funny looking dog at Gaya Street, a regular too.  It does attract lots of attentions.  You might wonder how does the owner dress up himself (yes, the owner is a man).  Well, he is just an ordinary old man. :)


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After the Gaya Street sight seeing and chit chatting with friends, I stopped by at Tanjung Lipat before I went home.  It was sort of quiet, perhaps due to the fasting month for Muslims.


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Lightning – Lok Kawi Beach

Saw some flashes in the sky last night while I was having my dinner at a coffee shop.  So after dinner, I went home to take my camera and drove to the spot where I can get a clearer picture.  Lok Kawi Beach was the place, cloud was concentrated and heavy above the sea, and lightning was flashing behind the cloud.  So parked my car, and setting up the tripod.  As soon as I was going to mount my camera, I realised that I left the tripod base plate at home…DUH! 

No tripod mount, means no remote shutter release, and it also means no long exposure from the usual way.  So what I did, hand pressed camera on the tripod head, breath in, and press the shutter, on bulb mode, for as long as I can hold my breath.  Some shots turned out quite nice.  Lucky me!  However, I missed out quite a lot of big bolts. 

Thanks my cousin for stopping by too.  Informed him when I reached the place and saw the beautiful bolts.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Close Up Shots – Grasshopper

Having nothing much to do yesterday afternoon, I went to my backyard to check on my plants.  There I saw some grasshoppers on the fence.  So I thought it’s a good chance for some close up shots.  On the side note, now I know who damaged my plants leaves.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Kota Kinabalu At Night

We first saw the beauty of our city at night when we were at the Kasih Sayang Resort up on Kokol Hill.  Since the weather was not clear during that time, we have been planning to revisit the hill again (not the resort).  I was still a little bit energetic even though been in the bush for one whole afternoon yesterday, so invited my friend out for some more shots after dinner.





The Lost World In Kiansom – Part 2

My friend called me up yesterday morning while I was still sleeping.  “We are going to the Kiansom lost world.” he said.  So without delay, jumped up from the bed, washed up, get ready, packed up gears, had some good breakfast, and headed to the jungle again.  We hiked further up this time, but not till the top yet.  It looks like a very long way up before we can see reach the top.

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Further up from where we stopped the day before.  We stopped at this point as the time was over 12noon when we reached here.  The path to go further up looks quite steep and slippery.  If we are to go up, we might not be able to come down before dark, consider the time we need to take some photos.  Not a good idea.


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Some little creatures we saw while we were up there.  One thing for sure, a macro lens will be in the bag when we come again.

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Spent about nearly 4 hours time in and out.  A pretty good exercise I would say.  After a short rest, we went to the downstream across the road.  The small waterfalls are even more beautiful but too bad we couldn’t find a way to get down.  Besides, it looks like it’s within someone’s else territory too…never mind, we just took some more photos.


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And spotted a few pretty yet friendly village girls too, behind the rocks.  Looks like they were doing some washing in the river.  Since the distance was quite far away, so swapped in my 70-300mm zoom.  I only managed to photo this girl as the others were not in my clear sight.  A friendly wave from her confirmed no problem for a photo. :)


Monday, August 23, 2010

The Lost World In Kiansom – Part 1

Me and my friend decided to explore Kiansom today after an afternoon tea.  Photo shooting, exercising, and enjoying the nature at the same time, how wonderful can that be?  So after tea, came home to pack up my gear, and headed out. 

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We decided to check out the river first, the only river in Kiansom.  The first time we came to the river was about 18 years ago, somewhere near a village.  I still remember there was no bridge during that time, and the only way to cross the river is to drive through it…natural born 4x4 spirit eh. LOL!   There is a bridge now, and there is no way to go down to the river again except crossing over from people’s backyard…and that’s not good.  So forget about there, this part of the river is further down from the village.  Not bad too.

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After taking a few shots, we packed up and continue to check if there is anything interesting at the roadside.  There we came across a mini waterfall.  Looking from the roadside, one will think that there is nothing much to see. But we decided to get down and hike into it…it’s like a lost world!

Now, a second trip is under planning, to hike further into the jungle, into the unknown place for most of the local city people.  I bet it’s going to be awesome!

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