For some unexplainable reasons I ended up at the Orchid Garden in the weekend, though my body was still sore all over after the unexpected encounter on
No wonder guys like to send flowers to girls. Theres something along the lines there, is there not?
FEASTING ON THE NON-ORCHID
I guess I am getting a little too stressed out of shooting anything that moves (too quickly) for so many succesive sessions spanning the duration of weeks. Check back my previous entries if you do not know what I mean. For once, I would love to shoot something still, and take my sweet time to frame the subject and focus properly.
Therefore, shooting flower was definitely more relaxing and less energy demanding, since they do not crawl away from you, or fly away, or show their butts. This, was most approproate after the previous day's strenous exercise.
Also, provided the hazy and cloudy conditions on KL sky lately, shooting landscape was out of the question.
The Orchid Garden was very impressive to begin with. It is situated just next to the Bird Park which I have already covered several weeks ago. The land area of the garden was larger than I have anticipated, and the layout was somewhat very interesting. There were those flowers displayed under the built roofed shed, and there were those planted along the pathways out under the broad daylight. Walking around the garden was very soothing, and the entrance fee being RM1 for weekends, and free for working days, was quite a good offer, especially for photography-crazy
However I cannot say that there were that many variety of displays of Orchids. Most of the Orchids were in good condition, though not optimal. You do find whole lot of repetitive common Orchids throughout the whole garden, and only a few real rare and special ones.
I am not exactly an Orchid-literate person, and I just went and snapped what I saw, but some of them are truly remarkable !! Simply love the bright colours that stood out from the shady areas.
SEXY GREEN BUNCH
Some shots were taken with tele lens, and the rest were taken with standard kit lens with macro filter attached at the front. I could not quite get the perfect framing that I was aiming for, which proved that my on-the-spot composition was way off from my originally intended outcomes. Of course we only have to go through the bad ones, before actually being able to pull off really good shots at the end of the day. That is what we call, learning, and keep on improving. Much is still needed to be learned.
But at least I am shooting Orchids, not like some weird people (click) who loves Hibiscus. Yucks.
On a different side of things, I did manage to go around a few camera shops, and check out a few things. I am in need of getting a new camera bag, higher capacity Compact Flash cards, and of course, I am always on the look-out on camera accesories like additional lenses and some useful filters.
Not too long ago, there was this camera roadshow with all the brands showcasing their latest products, and I was unfortunate enough to have bumped into this guy who must have been born with the word "nikon" tattoed on his butt cheek or something.
He kept pushing on and on about Nikon Products, which I never invited his opinion to begin with, you know the drill, salesperson trying to brainwash the consumers.
FEW AMONGST MANY
These are his claims:
1) This Nikon P80 is the most powerful camera on the market today.
2) Olympus and Canon are not as good as Nikon in this camera category. Have you tried them? They are not as powerful as this Nikon. Eh, seriously, Olympus and Canon not so good, oh forget Sony, cannot make it one !! (eat your heart out Sony users !)
3) I can guarantee NIkon is the best. The other brands cannot compete with Nikon, they are not even close in terms ofphotography technologies.
My first reaction was... WHAT THE FUCK !!!
Alright, I did not screamed those words onto his face, but rather give him the WTF stare strong enough to burn holes through a paper.
WATER SPRAYING AT THE BACK
His first mistake was assuming that we consumers have zero knowledge on camera and photography. His second mistake, was not being observant enough, since I was carrying an Olympus Evolt System official bag that comes along with any Olympus DSLR camera purchase. His third mistake was not trying to gather what I wanted to look for in the first place, you do not blardy push a product to your customer, especially when your customer already has a better product than what you are tring to sell.
Of course, his last mistake, was being an asshole.
JOY OF SHOOTING FLOWERS
I have so many things to say to him, but all I felt at the moment was to shove my tele lens down his throat. Wait... thats not right, I felt more like shoving that Nikon P80 up his ass.
So, my actual response was, sorry, I am an Olympus user. I said those exact words with pride and dignity, and so I left that Nikon stall, and walked to the stall next to them, labelled prominently "Olympus". And I was greeted with uncontrollable smiles and chuckles, because the people at the Olympus booth have been watching from the beginning, and they were well aware that I was using an Olympus DSLR all along. (My olympus bag, remember?)
STANDING PINK OUT
I wonder how that Nikon guy's face looked like when I took out my Ollie and try on some new lenses there at the Olympus booth. Maybe if I was smart enough to capture his facial expression, that picture itself could potentially win me some awards.