Jungle trekking in Malaysia by lctan (1061)
rabani (9645) 2008-10-19 21:24
This section of the trail is almost similar to the Summit Trail between Layang2 (5th Shelter) and Lowii (3rd). Dense, claustropobic, wet and slippery. But I'm happy to report (:p) that the Summit Trail of Mt. Kinabalu is free of any leeches and other creepy crawlies. You have to actually really really look for one to get it to bite you.
Trekking up/down trails in most rainforest in Sabah, you need a faster lens than what you have here Tan. But still, it's how you handle the camera that counts for much. For jungle trekking, I would suggest something like 17-50mm at F/2.8. Or if not, shoot when your breathing is back to normal. Take a minute of rest before you start shooting anything ok :) In your work here, I can see signs of motion blur, caused by your elevated breathing.
Go slow and enjoy the hike. Only then you get to see more. And better.
Looking forward to see you this 29th.
Sawtooth Mt Kinabalu by MLINES (12516)
rabani (9645) 2008-10-13 22:29
Thought I took some times off from my nerve wracking and hair pulling project. Had missed commenting and critiquing for the longest time.
Seeing your exposure setting, you could squeeze some more aperture with the shutterspeed you are using. Right now your shutter speed is at 1/640. When it comes to landscape photography and with a good day like this, getting it with the "smallest" aperture is the call of the day. I would imagine, you could have ratchet up the aperture to say, f/8 for starter and move up to an aperture until your shutter speed is at say, 1/250 which is still fast enough to not get any motion blur.
The trick in landscape photography is to find the shutter speed which you could handhold safely without getting any blur caused by your handholding. Most people could handhold at 1/100s quiet nicely unless if Parkinson has a grip on you first (Knock On Wood).
In landscape and in most disciplines, the devil is in the detail. Better detail is almost always in the "smallest" aperture (=> f/8 ) but the tradeoff is in the shutterspeed. Never risk your shot shooting below 1/100s unless your camera is mounted on a tripod.
Hope to see you again Murray
The Golden Hour by Colombiana (2951)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-22 22:53
You did very well with this work. Even at F/2.8 at 2s and assuming you mounted your camera, the detail and colors are good enough. Others might suggest smaller aperture but to me, the risk increases as shutterspeed decreases when you opted for it.
Don't worry too much about technicality Maryori. You are a much better person to judge the best setting as you are at the scene. Just remember to have great time in photography and experience is always a better teacher. Just don't get blurred shots, that's all.
Super Star Virgo by jusninasirun (17160)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-10 0:58
Seeing this ship this way reminded me of my tour of duty on board such a cruise ship before but smaller. At that time, 23 years ago, the ship I was assigned to was the 2nd biggest.
Seeing this ship this way also reminded me when I missed it. I was practically an illegal/fugitive in my own country because technically, a ship is like a country of its own. Once you are on board a liner, you are its citizen. The shipping agent had to "smuggle" me across the country to the next port of call and "slipped" me in :
To me, the other side and beyond photography, is memories of another day. Make it good.
Come on baby light my fire by InasiaJones (31448)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-06 21:27
A different perspective of the New York skyline. With the Twin Towers gone, the skyline has lost its identity, its signature. But then again, just about anyone recognized the Statue Of Liberty anywhere. Andre, I would say this is a study of finding a poster shot of New York.
Taj Mahal Sunbathing by MeAT (1174)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-06 21:09
I see you have taken this very much differently from the norm. Most tourists would just be happy getting the Taj Mahal from the main courtyard or walkway. You must have stepped off into the grass. Somehow the slight off angle, give a better impression of the Taj or showing well the quality of light and what it shines on.
The graduated blue in the sky is also drawing, expressing well the golden tinge of the Taj.
City View by shevchenko (19051)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-06 20:58
Your work here reminded me of Central Park in New York. It also helps to conjure an image of a metropolis in a sea of green. Sky scraping grey and white buildings reaching out to the sky like granite pinnacles punching out from its forest of green.
Better photography, beside showing the subject in the most telling way, it spawns imagination.
Quiz : TE's biggest? by trekks (14348)
rabani (9645) 2008-09-06 11:10
At the moment, I don't have anything bigger than your posting here but it's tempting. A few years ago, there was a work with NatGeo in determining the tallest tropical trees in Borneo but not the biggest.
The tallest tree in the world would be the Redwood in California standing at 115.55m but 4 of the tallest trees in the world is in Sabah.
The Dipterocarpus standing at 88.33m on the ridge of Gergassi Ridge in Tawau Hill Park is currently the 13th tallest tree in the world. Also in Tawau Hill Park is the other 3 tallest trees in the world ranking at 14th (85.76m), 16th (84.85) and 17th (84.41m). All the trees are Dipterocarpus spec except for the 14th which is a Tualang or Menggaris. These reading were as taken in 2007.
So, the next time you come to Sabah, you might like to go to Tawau Hills Park in Tawau. But getting to those trees might be a problem. Tall trees are fragile and any disturbances on its ground would render its unstable especially if a lot of tourists go traipsing around its base.
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