Critical Appreciation – 004

Critical Appreciation – 004

The final pic in the series of which are pics I already commented on Maria Bernadette’s Fb, is |this image of a “fire fighter”. She captioned it as “Fire as weapon” #martialarts #kerala

It reminds me of the fire dance in Hawaiii and other Polynesian or Caribbean countries and cultures. I think you did the right thing by not firing a flash. Many photographers attempt to capture the streaking and light trails of spinning arcs and sparks. It may take more than one viewing to make test shots and to figure which shutter speed works best or to predict the movement. Spinning fire is always dramatic when captured right. Maria’s original pic (lower pic) didn’t capture the motion or dynamism of the “fire fighter”
Remember to always respect or abide by the boundaries set by the performers for safety reasons

My original comment:
“Moving fire is an excellent chance to show dramatic streaking of light. Try a different shutter speed the next time”

I used Photoshop’s motion blur filter to add some trailing to suggest motion (top pic). I didn’t like seeing the static moment of a martial art fighter standing still. The opportunity is rare and I feel it was a missed opportunity. A new subject is always a learning process so better luck next time.

See series 2 and 3 on my Fb or IG.


Critical Appreciation – 001

Maria Bernadette ( sent me this message;

“Hi Terrence, I hope this is not too much to ask for. I’ve uploaded some of my photos from Kochi and Munnar. Your comments will be much appreciated and please feel free to criticise as your comments would make me do better the next time”.

I am always hesitant to critic somebody’s work. When I was starting out I used to buy American and British photography magazines in which they had a column in where an expert or panel reviewed pics sent in by willing readers. The expert or panel will explain what he or she liked or didn’t and why. Also suggestions for improvements.

I felt I learned and benefited from it. With that in mind, I asked Maria if I can share the pics and my comments for the benefit of more people. She graciously agreed.

Send me a link or the pic if you wish to participate. It must be yours and not someone else’s. Don’t send a perfect pic just to show off. It is not a contest and done in fun.

Update: Found out the comment don’t show via Fb sharing,

So here it is: “I like that it isn’t overexposed adding to the air of mystery. Also the selective framing and cropping is clever in not revealing all. The trick with this scene is getting the exposure correct. Helps that the speed is slow enough to see the flames blown in the wind.”


That Mee Tarik Place

I saw this restaurant when looking for a budget Hotel in the Gombak and Setapak area. It is a few doors down from Ong Tak Kim Supermarket and is called the Mee Tarik Orient Palace.

It is run by a few mamak staff who dont speak much. They were upset when I wanted ice for my rose tea. I think they were afraid the flavour may not emanate from the the dried rose flower buds without hot water. Their waiter couldn’t express that. There goes my plans to ask him about the mee tarik.

From what I know, the signature Lamian or pulled and twisted noodles originated from China. It is also popular in Central Asian countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and is the national dish of the Uyghur people.

Hence, it was no coincidence and a pleasant surprise to find this restaurant also serving a variety of Chinese Muslim dishes. Unfortunately, all the pulled noodles available were of the soupy types that I didn’t like.

I ordered beef fried with onions and noodles. There is something special about eating fried crunchy onions with sauteed beef, Wonderful stuff. I think the noodles used were spaghetti. Loved it. Yumz.

Mee Tarik Orient Palace at 341 Jernai 3, Off Jalan Gombak Batu 5, Medan Idaman, Gombak.

Mui Choy Kau Yoke 梅菜扣肉

For Chinese Only.

Alex is Chinese. Thus it was not surprising his eyes light up when the boss at the restaurant suggested Mui Choy Kau Yoke (梅菜扣肉) or braised pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens – a kind of Chinese cabbage or bok choy.

The dish will always make a Chinese drool not just because it is a delicious porky dish but because it is from an ancient recipe. People are always happy to make a connection with tradition or heritage, I think.

The traditional Hakka dish is normally slow or home cooked and not always available at any restaurant. The total amount for all three dishes, Lala fried with bee hoon, Oyster Omellete (Oh Chien) and Mui Choy Kau Yoke came up to a reasonable RM 63, according to Alex who bought. Thanks, Alex.

I was telling Alex that I appreciate the restaurant for not pushing pricey dishes such as fish and prawns, unlike so many others.

Restaurant Seafood New Hock Heng Huat Tg Sepat. Address in previous post.

#chinesefood #pork #muichoy #kauyoke #tanjungsepat

Oh Glorious Oh Chien

Might as well look at the Oh Chien (oyster omelette) dish again through the GM-1 camera. Also many were asking for the address and specific directions.

There are like a million seafood restaurants by the seaside and it can be confusing. Finding a good and fairly priced one may be like finding a needle in a haystack. We were simply lucky acting on gut feelings. Pun unintended. Address given below.

Here you can better see the oysters are fresh, plentiful and peanut sized. In comparison, many roadside hawkers and food courts serve a version where you need a magnifying glass to pick out the oysters.

Restaurant Seafood New Hock Heng Huat Tg Sepat. Non-halal.
522 Jalan Tiga, Seafront, Tanjung Sepat. Tel: 016 647 8775

It is next to a big Chinese temple and next to the more prominently advertised Bay Watch Restaurant. Look for Jalan Tepi Laut. It is next to the old jetty being rebuilt now.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 250, f3.8, 1/250 sec.

#ohchien #lunch #oyster #tgsepat #seafood #ohchien #goldcoast #selangor