Friday, April 19, 2013

More Perth Adventures

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The sky has been overcast and ugly since I arrived in Perth, which was not what I expected because I have remembered Perth fondly for her clear, deep blue skies, which always seemed impossbly beautiful. Though my schedule has been rather tight, I did manage to squeeze in a bit more time just to go around and rediscover Perth.

In the afternoon I went to Harbor Town, where all the factory outlets were at, and to my surprise, I found myself not doing shutter therapy, but retail therapy (well, when I was creating the phrase shutter therapy, it was actually a modification from the original "retail therapy"). I found great sale happening at Nike Factory Outlet store with 50% discount off everything in the store. I bought myself shoes, shirts and a bag.

Ironically Kuala Lumpur is known to be a place for shopping, and yes we do have dozens of incredibly large shopping malls, some of the largest in the region. However, I often found myself coming home empty handed, and was not interested in anything KL shopping malls had to offer. Although Harbor Town was no where near the size and grandness of Malaysian shopping scene, I must say I like Harbor Town a lot better. I always find a lot of things I can buy, and at very good bargain. Believe it or not the items that I bought were actually cheaper than what I could find in Malaysia !!

After doing some shopping, I took a bus down to Mounts Bay Road, where the famous blue boat house was at. It was one of the overused wedding outdoor photography shooting location, and believe it or not I have never shot it before. The same place was also a location of interest for my current assignment. I arrived in time (this time just for personal shoot) for the approaching sunset. And I regretted not bringing my tripod and ND filter along to smoothen the water, but I did what I have to do to get the shot I wanted: I placed the camera on a shoebox (I bought new shoes from Harbor Town, at 50% discount!!!!) so that I have some elevation from ground level. I used smallest aperture F22 and lowest ISO at 100, to get as slow shutter speed as I can. I then oversxposed the shot a little to get even slower shutter speed. I managed to get 3.2 seconds shutter speed, which was surely not sufficient to turn the water into smooth milk, but it worked well enough to minimize the choppy wavy water which I thought was quite unsightly. I know I know I should have carried my tripod along and the ND filter, but hey, I was on vacation and I was supposed to relax !! I took a few quick shots and spent the rest of the precious few minutes of the dying sun enjoying, taking in the breathtaking scenery. I miss Perth so much.

Just after the sunset, I met up with an old friend for dinner, and finally, I was cutting off one item from the list of things to do in Perth: eating Broadway Pizza. If you have not eaten this, I assure you it is simply amazing.

I am cutting the night off early, to get some rest, because tomorrow is the DAY. The actual wedding day happens tomorrow and I will do everything I can to get the best shots possible.

All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital Lenses 11-22mm F2.8-3.5  and 25mm F2.8 pancake lenses. I apologize for the inconsistency of color rendering (white balance) and exposure balance, as I am doing all this in a China cheap Android tablet with lousy LCD display.

The Blue Boathouse



Perth CBD

New funky building I have not seen before 

Harbor Town, shopping heaven !!

I finally did some shopping !!! Happy !!

And a slice of heaven on earth !!! Broadway Pizza.

18 comments:

  1. Chris Reinhart4/20/2013 12:20:00 AM

    Wow! First shot is really amazing Robin! Love that dynamic sky.

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    1. Thanks Chris !! The sky was awesome !

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  2. Awesome pictures you got there mate,but the thing is I can't stand the Broadway pizza picture.I assumed it is way better and delicious than Malaysia's Pizza Hut or Dominos.By the way,fascinating scenery though..Keep on the good job there and have a blast,cheers!-Timothy

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    1. Thanks timothy !!
      I assure you, after a bite of this Broadway Pizza, you won't want to have Pizza Hut or Dominos (only valid for pizzas in Malaysia) for the rest of your life ever again !

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  3. Great shots Robin. And here I thought Perth was a sleepy little coastal town in the boondocks of Australia. I was thinking of going there after seeing the PBS ( public broadcasting series ) series on the creation of Australia ( I think it's 4.3 billion years old, one of the oldest places on earth ). The problem is that its another 32hr. trip from Boston, like my trip to the Maldives in Jan.
    Another thing, you must be one of those photographers that is out there photographing in the best light when all the rest of us are eating dinner! I have my wife to blame for that, she likes to have dinner at 7:30, the best time to shoot! Wait until you get married......Better get all your sunsets out of the way now.

    On my vacations I take my OM5 ( that's what I call it ). And like you, when I shoot for clients I use my Nikon D700. That may change in the near future when I see the quality I'm getting from my OM5. Good luck on the wedding, those are a bitch ( sorry for the bad word ) to shoot. NO one thinks they look good enough in the pictures and they blame the photographer instead of GOD! If they're your friends they probably won't dare say anything. That's good. Especially if you're not charging them the going rate! Make sure they pay for your Broadway Pizza.

    Take care,
    Christian

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  4. Hey CHristian,
    Thanks for the kind words. If you have not visited Australia, you must come for a long holiday, and you may also visit Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney, all great places with many beautiful places to shoot !!
    The sunset was at 6.30pm so we did shoot just before having dinner. (of course the sunest gets earlier when it is winter). It was a great appetite opener before the big dinner at broadway pizza !!
    Wedding can be a pain sometimes, I agree, but at the same time it can be really rewarding, especially if the clients love your photos !!

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  5. beautiful shot of the boat house in fading sunlight robin! and still jealous :(

    -Marcus

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    1. Marcus, Perth misses you too !! Don't be jealous, come come !

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  6. Hey you grant some awesoem creativity with us. Like and love this kinda of amazing and useful stuffs.

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  7. The sunset photo is nice, it shows the "rule of thirds",
    have a nice time with friends in Perth.

    pt

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    1. Thanks pt !! I had great times with friends !

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  8. Ahhh pizza, the ultimate food porn!

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  9. Nice going Robin. The old gear still works.

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    1. Ananda, of course it works !! Never a doubt.

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  10. The first picture is mesmerizing!! Wow!

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