For a B&W change, today I present to you a Minolta Man caught early morning at 7.10am for sunrise.
Venue : Yarra River, Melbourne
Dress : tropical rainforest attire
Shoes : air ventilation type, flat soles
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D
Bag : No brand
And for writing the above, I know I will definitely get a severe bashing from the Melbourne boys.
OK, let me change slightly [happy now, skippy007?]
Venue : Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak Borneo.
This chap showed up 6.30am for a sunrise! He walked briskly, having only less than 45minutes. I saw him shooting the local tattoo man in the sampan across the Sarawak River ride, hope that it will not be blur in the moving boat or dim light condition.
I understand he is not a morning person, so imagine seeing him up early! Oh, I remember now. I also bumped into him the night before at a steamboat dinner place in town. The thing is, when you see another photographer carrying a dSLR, it clicks, no matter how you are dressed or where you are from.
Relatively speaking, he is not very much taller than me :) [not very much, but he is taller] so any physical fight outcome - wait and see! But we prefer to compete with the cameras :) and I am pretty sure this Round No.1 at the riverfront he wins them all, judging from the hoping and brisk walk to catch all the shots he can get.
Dedicated to Klaudio & Dewi Dadich who came to visit from Melbourne, Australia at last minute. Somehow I am always very pleased to see TE visitors to Kuching. And he looks younger in person than his profile photo :) I say SO!
The origins of the city's name have never been clear. "Kuching" does translate into "cat" in Malay  and "kuching" is an old Malay spelling. However, the new official Malay spelling today would be "kucing," but both of them are pronounced the same. There is a separate explanation whereby it may actually be a variation of the Indian name for "port" - "Cochin". Kuching was first settled by Indian traders who set up base at Santubong. Artifacts of Hindu origin can today be seen at the State Museum.
One highly unlikely explanation is a story based on miscommunication. According to the story, when Rajah James Brooke arrived in Kuching on his yacht, the Royalist, he asked his local guide what the settlement's name was. The guide, thinking that the English adventurer was pointing towards a cat, said "Kuching." However, Sarawakian Malay for cat is "pusak" and this explanation does not hold much credibility.
Another explanation is that the city was named after the "mata kucing" or "cat's eye" fruit. Trees bearing this fruit used to grow in abundance by the river banks - where the city's commercial heart, is located. There is a hill in the heart of the modern city called Bukit Mata Kuching, and was named after the fruit. Also, at the foot of the hill, there was once a stream called the Kuching River. The stream, located in front of the Tua Pek Kong temple, had large amount of silt deposit and during the 1950s, was filled in to make way for roads and the city's expansion eastwards.
Another possibility is that in those days, asking a person which river he/she came from, was quite common. As the river that flows along the Brooke's residence is known as Sg. Kuching (Kuching river), it would have been a possible that Brooke's reply was Kuching. Hence, the area which the Brookes reside which eventually became the administrative centre would be known as Kuching.
There is another more credible explanation and that Kuching actually means "Ku" - Old and "Ching" - Well or "old well" in Chinese. During the Brooke's rule, there was no proper water supply and water-borne diseases were common. In 1888, there was a Great Cholera epidemic. However, water from a well at the present day China Street in Main Bazaar area saved Kuchingites from the disease. Clean supply of water from the well helped water-borne diseases became a thing of the past. Evidence of the well is still found at China Street. As Kuching expanded and the population and demand for clean water supply increased, the well was not adequate to supply the clean water and it was replaced by clean water supply from Matang area later.
Despite those various explanations, the city was named Sarawak under Rajah Sir James Brooke's rule. Under Rajah Charles Brooke's rule, the city was renamed Sarawak Proper in order to avoid confusion with the ever expanding Kingdom of Sarawak. Only in the latter part of his reign was Sarawak Proper renamed Kuching.
The city has never been noted for having a significantly large population of cats. In fact, the many cat statues, the Kuching Cat Museum and other association with cats have been largely a recent phenomenon, part of a modern effort of tourism. Many travel brochures refer to Kuching as "Cat City" or the "City of Cats".
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phwall (6785) 2009-05-14 0:34
Almost neighbours today. So, I thought he'd be taller, you know all that grey rainy weather down in Melbourne makes you grow longer. He also looks like he could do with a bit of fattening up, better send him around to Santo's for a couple of ton of pasta and red wine.
I'm sure Klaudio would like this shot very much, I do.
azaf1 (15929) 2009-05-14 3:23
Nice dedication and nice b/w capture. Like the vertical frame and the contrasts manipulation.
Have a lovely day and TFS
patdeph (35748) 2009-05-14 3:39
a good picture for a very funny note!I am sure that Santo will appreciate!
Nicou (127964) 2009-05-14 4:04
Très beau protrait, de ce photographe, le NB colle à merveille avec le sujet, superr cadrage, mangigique,
bravo et maitié
dip (23822) 2009-05-14 4:08
beautiful B&W shot,good captured and composed,
a funny and interesting note too!
paura (47166) 2009-05-14 4:32
Interesting post here, Bill. The black and white photo composition input eotion in the job. Nice background. I like it, wel done.
bobocortis (15988) 2009-05-14 5:07
A simply but well-captured portrait of an amateur photographer with his camera, taking a shot. You hand has been well stopped, the outcome is good.
Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2009-05-14 5:44
Nice scene. God shot. Interesting B-W work.
jmdias (58185) 2009-05-14 8:20
nice view of the photographer and his "big black eye", nice option for black and white and excellent framing
wolf38 (31284) 2009-05-14 9:56
Hello Bill. So early on the way. As it seems, this photographer was more interesting than the sunrise. The photo pleases me very well. You recognized the ideal moment accurately. In the sense of the word, a good shot. Best regards, Wolfgang.
hay_kes (30854) 2009-05-14 16:40
Very beautiful B&W photo vith nice moment.TFS.
delpeoples (54471) 2009-05-14 18:17
Hi Bill, that Klaudio has a great profile. I always thought he'd have more meat on his bones :) I've got plenty to lend him! Anyway, it's a nice full-body portrait and I like the B&W. Nice and sharp and the contrast is great. TFS, it's always nice to see our TE friends in close-up. Best regards
danyy (0) 2009-05-14 23:41
bel honneur à cet art que nous adorons, la photographie.
Le n&b est bien vu car il rappelle que la photo a commencé en duotone et qu'elle a fait un long chemin technique depuis tout en laissant la possibilité de photographier nostalgiquement.
UlfE (14641) 2009-05-15 11:14
Really funny picture. I guess he represents the typical TE member. Unaware of the the sourroundings and over-concentrated on taking a good photo. TFS and have nice weekend!
Charo (51210) 2009-05-15 15:32
Wonderful portrait of this member of the TE that I have the pleasure of knowing.
Great shades of gray and very good details.
ChrisJ (102893) 2009-05-15 20:24
I found Canadians very much like Australians. Warm, friendly, & easy to get along with. Although I've heard that some people from Toronto, can be a bit brusque/unfriendly, the same as (some) people from Sydney. Maybe it's a big city thing? Oh the photo... Good pov, with an excellent shallow dof & tonal range. Tfs!
ymrk (14955) 2009-05-16 2:08
The another work for once at again! :D
Great BW version,great sharpness with impressive descriptions in here.
rodgerg (55767) 2009-05-16 2:28
A scene of everyday's life....of a turist photograph very well collected. Good use of verticla format and of B&W. Attitude oth the man very well collected. Pleasnat BG too.
Have a nice WE,
Miha2ou7 (5048) 2009-05-16 14:56
I`ll be sure to ring you when I`m hanging around Kuching. :) Quite hefty clothing for Malaysia? In any case, a nice photo with a good contrast and focus.
Cretense (68691) 2009-05-17 4:29
Great photo, great portrait, excellent capture of a fellow photographer! Great framing and composition, great light managment, excellent choice of b&w! Congratulations!
John_F_Kennedy (43355) 2009-05-17 23:49
Nice idea, great composition with good light! Very good composed and framed!
skippy007 (12510) 2009-05-19 4:09
Bill, I thought I was going crazy for a minute, I could not make any sense out of this, he looked familiar, the scene looks familiar, it could very well be on the Yarra River, the date taken was very recent, my thought was that you are in Melbourne & that your are about to surprise me, but no your note reals it all. Glad to see that you were able to spend some time together. I like Peter's idea, when you are in Melbourne we will try & organise for the TE members & yourself a night of good Italian pasta & red wine, see if we can put a couple of kilos on those small thin frames ;-)). Nice shot Bill, I would be very surprised if Klaudio did not like it.
Thank you for your note, always interesting, amusing & informative.
jusninasirun (17162) 2009-05-20 23:22
Goodness Bill, I thought you have left for Melbourne with this post. Guess what. Minolta Strap is not sharp but the logo is so well recognized :-)....
Ha ha... excellent B+W which is very useful for street shooting.
The guy is cool with nice gray tone of b+w. Well captured action along the Sarawak river.
TFS and best regards,
lucasgalodoido (21101) 2009-05-21 4:35
a great câmera, the Minolta, and interesting portrait of photographer. Good choice for B&W tones.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-05-22 19:02
Hi Bill. This looks like quite a natural pose for Klaudio, I expect it’s a well practiced pose anyway ;-). Well captured and nice PP. thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
cfreire (11741) 2009-05-28 14:13
Very nice portrait in B&W and you chose a good framing for it. Well done. Regards, Consuelo
pierrefonds (59426) 2009-05-30 19:02
A goos capture of the photographer in action usin a Minolta. The portrait is showing with precision the details of the photographer. The subject is well framed. The use of the b & w is giving a special effect to the photo. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) (14348)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2009-05-14
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D700, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, 4Gb Sandisk ultra II
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-14 0:25