Happy New Year 2017

Among them were American Chris Raborn, fellow Malaysian Kok Han Low and Indonesian Pantjoro Prakosa, to name a few. Delighted to make your acquaintance.

Will be sending this as a hand crafted, personal greeting card to valued friends tomorrow onwards. With the recent Christmas card experience in mind, please do not reply with a flashing gif that can trigger an epileptic fit. A simple text reply is good enough. Thank you.

This was the last time we stood on the multi-storey car park which is now closed. It has sacrificed itself for a good cause. I think it will save Ampang Park from demolition and become the location for the new MRT station.

Happy New Year 2017.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f3.7, 0.5 sec.

#fireworks #newyear #newyearseve #nye #skyline #kualalumpur #petronastwintowers

Gotham City Is Bluish, Not Black

My intrepid friend Mohamad Amirizzuan Ramli (@amirizzuan on Instagram) was lamenting about how poor a shot he got with his phone. It wasn’t too bad, actually. He was at the Ampang Lookout Point on top of Bukit Ampang. My shot from the same location, on a different night, is shown on the lower half of the pic.

He noted that he wished he carried a spare camera as I do. The problem wasn’t just the limitations of a phone. The phone camera’s auto exposure algo probably saw it as a night scene and kept the blacks black while maintaining the highlights.

Also if you notice carefully, there is camera shake (visible when magnified) that degraded the overall quality of his picture somewhat. Always take note of the shutter speed if it is shown. You may need a tripod or some sort of stabilisation below 1/60th of a second. Hand holding can cause camera shake resulting in blurriness. Try putting your elbows on top of a car with its engine switched off.

The key is manual control and many phones nowadays can now do that. Without understanding the principles and dynamics, a spare or another camera won\t necessarily produce a better picture.

The thing to remember is part of the atmosphere of a night shot is created by the ambience. This can be the city’s light pollution trapped by cloud cover. Avoid a hazy night, though.

Yes, don’t go to the lookout point when it is already pitch black. Go before 9pm or earlier and the camera ought to be able to see lingering light from the earlier sunset. A tripod and manual exposure helps. Play with the white balance setting too.

Mine: Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 50, f6.3, 13 sec.

Amir: Huawei Honor 5X, ISO 3555, f2, 1/15 sec.

#skyline #cityscape #cityview #nightview #gothamcity #gotham #nightphotography #nightscape #landcape #night #hazefree #kualalumpur #bukitampang #lookoutpoint #skyline #sonyalpha #a7r #zeiss #landscape #demo #tvsexample

Conjunction of Venus And Jupiter 2015 – Part 5

Half the world is sleeping
Half the world’s awake
Half can hear their hearts beat
Half just hear them break

I am but a traveler in most every way
Ask me what you want to know

What a journey it has been
And the end is not in sight
But the stars are out tonight
And they’re bound to guide my way

Lyrics from The Journey as sung by Lea Salonga.

All good things must come to an end. The planets Venus and Jupiter are going separate ways in their celestial journey but will meet again on August 27 next year (2016).

I was lucky to see the sun, the earth and the sky bidding them farewell with a spectacular sunset today. You can see both planets in the jet contrail in the upper center. Jupiter is now lower and less bright.

Goodbye and see you together again, next year.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f7.1, 1 sec.