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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
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.