Monday, March 09, 2009

One Day at Genting


A friend (Yiaw Wei) whom I have visited in Penang last year paid a sudden visit to KL. For some weird and emo reasons he suggested we spent a day at Genting Highlands, just for the heck of it. I was a little reluctant at first since I was a little under the weather (nothing serious, cough and slight flu) and after splurging on the macro lens I do feel like I need to patch up some holes. After seeing how 'eager' he wanted to make Genting happen, and considering that I have not been to Genting yet despite the fact I have always wanted to go and explore that territory, I figured, screw it, lets just be there and treat ourselves to some fun we so freaking deserve.

HIGHER AND HIGHER SHALL OUR AIM EVER BE

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CABLE CAR

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BLUE MOUNTAINS

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(all the time on the cable car I could not help it but having the song "Over My Head" by The Fray playing in my head. Oh and the gorgeous sky)

Therefore, me, Yiaw Wei and another friend, Hong woke up at an ungodly early morning and got ourselves tickets of the all pass package (all day unlimited ride at the theme park + bus rides + cable car rides). This marked the first time I rode on a cable car in my life. I admit I have fear of heights, but somehow I did not feel any discomfort. Probably the excitement factor was kicking in and also probably I was too focused on steadying my hands on the camera snapping the breathtaking views from high up. It was refreshing feeling the cool air while seeing everything green around you, definitely not something you would get much living the city life of Kuala Lumpur.

ROBIN AND HONG

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FISHTAN aka YIAW WEI @ fishtan.blogspot.com

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(Yiaw Wei is a fellow blogger/photo-enthusist, and also one of the reasons I got myself a DSLR.)

Over the past years when I was in Perth, I was often being picked on for never been to Genting before, particularly the Singaporeans. I guess they assumed living in Malaysia means you are only concentrated at Kuala Lumpur which is not far from Genting, and little did they know that I only briefly visited this city a few times throughout my years of growing up. I have heard of stories about Genting, from friends I have known from my hometown Kuching, and from foreigners I have met in Perth. Some said wonderful things about the place, some told me it was nothing special, and obviously a handful would express their disappointment of Genting. I was not expecting much, but all I wanted was to have fun, and snap some pictures while I was at it.


WELCOME TO GENTING OUTDOOR THEME PARK

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(WTF is that Energizer thing doing there?)

FUN WITH WATER

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SPACE SHOT

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COLOUR AGAINST THE SKY

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A DRIVE AROUND THE PARK

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Since our visit to Genting was only for one full day, we decided to spent it all at the Outdoor Theme Park. The package we purchased included all day pass with unlimited rides. There were rides that could scare the shit out of anyone, but this was not the first time I have been to a fun fair, or something similar in nature. Most of the rides I have at least tried once, or witnessed before mainly at Perth Royal Show, and to be honest, there was nothing to shout about in Genting for this regard. Considering the fact that this could probably the only available theme park of such nature in Malaysia, I dare say it was not too bad. You still could get some adrenaline pumping in, if you would just set your thoughts aside and just immerse yourself in the mood.

The weather seems rather clear and fine on the way up with the cable car, but unfortunately the beautiful sky quickly shifted to something I rather hate when snapping pictures outdoor. It was murky white all the time, and it just did horrors to most of my pictures. Thus I spent a lot of my time photographing people instead, trying to capture the atmosphere and excitement from the facial expression. I have used my telephoto lens mainly, and it has been quite a while since I have last fully utilized this lens. I was really happy for this weekend I have put my macro lens aside and start shooting something non-macro instead. And I was enjoying myself thoroughly at that too.

SKY RIDE

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For this session at Genting, I have discovered the challenge of high-speed photography. There was this spinning tornado thing that goes at super high speed, and I intended to freeze the people on the rides, and capture their facial expression too. It was not difficult at freezing the motion since I could comfortably set the shutter speed. The biggest challenge comes in when you want to frame your subjects, everyone and everything were moving at such intense speed all the time. Focusing on the people was not easy as well, and locking on focus was almost impossible since the movement was too fast. The continuous focus could work, but I doubt it was able to catch up with such ungodly speed. A camera is only capable of doing so much, and for an entry level DSLR I should not expect much coming out from it, right?

So there was a huge challenge. Focusing and framing wont work as usual photography tasks. What did I do?

SPINNING AND SPINNING

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OMG ITS SCARYYYYY

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(Look at all their faces !! The one on the left says: MOMMMYYYYY..... the center one: maybe... AAAA?? The one on the right, Hong: HOLY SHIT !! OWNING !!


I depended on luck. And I trusted my camera to impress me. Like what Yiaw Wei boldly said, "we should not hold the camera back, it was designed to serve us in very demanding circumstances, hence it is a lot more capable than what we would want it to be."
I was glad that the camera did not disappoint !!

I set the shooting mode to shutter priority at the speed of 1/1600s to 1/2000s, and ISO200 to 400. As the people were being spun by that evil machine, I clicked the shutter continuously, locking on AF and firing away. I tried using the continuous burst firing mode, but at 3.5 frames per second, it did not serve me fast enough to frame my subjects precisely. Perhaps a 10 frames per second DSLR could work? Hence, I relied on my own judgment and instincts, and as I have locked the autofocus on the first click I almost instantly clicked again to release the shutter rightaway, creating two successive clicks to get the particular framing that I wanted. Any minor delay or clicking the shutter too soon, the subject would have been out of the frame, or becoming out of focus (blurred). It was a crazy task filling the people in the frame (with the facial expression intact) and getting them on focus.

EMO ICE CREAM MAN

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GOING SOMEWHERE

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Obviously out of 10 pictures I have fired there were only one or two successful attempts. I was happy with the turnouts, and unexpectedly I was again amazed by what the camera was able to do. It was the speed of operation, and almost no lag camera performance that made a DSLR so powerful at situations like this. More impressively, the 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 may be just a budget tele lens (can probably get one for RM500 or less now?) but I felt that it did not slow down the speed of the camera on autofocus at all !! And the image quality may not be at the pro-level, but it came out more than satisfactorily.

LOOKING TO THE SKY @ GENTING

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It was a sudden and unexpected trip to Genting, and I was glad I went. It has been quite some time since the last time I have met up with Hong and Yiaw Wei, and it certainly has been an awesome time catching up with them. It was always good to be reminded of my roots, seeing the people whom I have spent a great deal of my time growing up with. It was even more interesting to see a lot of the qualities in them still stayed intact, and knowing that somehow gave me comfort. There are values that I have acquired from my old friendships I still strongly hold on to till today, and recent accidents events involving a large group of friends from different circles have shaken me quite badly. Hence, it was reassuring to find that people do share your beliefs.

I had a blast spending time with my old buddies at Genting. So there it was, I could not have asked for a better weekend. Oh and what do you guys think of Genting?

20 comments:

  1. lol@the mommy boy. epic fail xD imagine if his gf caught this pix somehow xD xD

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  2. hey fishtan,
    yeah LOL @ mommy boy LOL... nah, this blog not many people read so no worries.

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  3. It's been a while since my last trip to Genting. IIRC, the last time I was there just to have a coffee.

    Maybe I should visit the theme park again. Be a big fat kid for a day.

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  4. hey chong,
    ahaha it was my first time LOL.. how sad.
    ahahaha yeah having coffee over the good view and cool weather would definitely be something I would crave for from time to time !!

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  5. I can't remember when was the last time I was up in Genting. 4,5,6,7? Or even more than 10 years ago!!

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  6. hey ven,
    has it really been that long !! wow...

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  7. I also long time din't go Genting already. Have yet to been to the casino before. -.-" :P

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  8. hey shinky,
    I have not visited the casino too, was a bit rushed. ehehhe..
    but I have been into a casino elsewhere before ahhaha

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  9. wow everything is still the same! i been to genting a couple of times when i was a child and the rides are pretty much still there. its scary cos the way up was by coach on the winding road unless u could afford a cab but that was equally terrifying as well cos the road was so narrow and most of the cabs still work on manual shift. one wrong move and u can imagine yourself hurtling down the cliff face to your doom! muahahahah!

    -Marcus

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  10. hey marcus,
    yeah the way up to the highands was treacherous indeed, but somehow the way you described it has more excitement than fear LOL...
    I do think that a revamp and upgrade would do Genting good. The fact that you said it looks the same made the place sounded old.

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  11. you make me feel like going to genting again...but i think i wanna go cameron first. :p

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  12. Hahaha the faces on the space shot is epic win XD

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  13. hey silveraven,
    OMG I have not been to cameron before !! It is quite far from where I am now though, ahahah but one day I shall climb up there.

    Hey Miao,
    yeah the mommy boy pic was priceless !! Extreme facial expression.

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  14. 5 FPS on the E-3 isn't enough for action photog. I look forward to its replacement. If its as quick as the 40D (6.7 FPS), i'll be happy already :)

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  15. hey brandon,
    yeah I figured if 3.5 FPS isnt fast enough, 5FPS wouldnt make much of a difference in such high speed situation.
    LOL E-3 replacement, will u be the first in-line to get it?

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  16. count me in for that... after i get my 14-35.. and a couple of FL50Rs :P

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  17. hey brandon,
    LOL... when? gimme your 12-60 lah !!

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  18. LOL..

    I'll pass you my 12-60 AFTER i get my 9-18. currently the 7-14 flares too mch to be used for taking landscapes. bah... decisions.. decisions decisions! :S

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  19. hey brandon,
    wtf? downgrade from 7-14 to 9-18?? what happened? flare cant be that bad?

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