Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KK... A LIttle Bit More..

I was flipping through the images I have taken during last weekend's trip to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and boy, I found a few more images which I thought are worthy to be shown here. I know I have overflooded the previous entry with more images than usual, but hey I do not get to travel to North Borneo that frequently, and even if I do I usually do not have the time to shoot that much. It was great to getaway from the busy city and immerse myself in a peaceful place, thinking nothing but photography, doing it together with like-minded friends. More importantly, they were all Olympus supporters. 

This image was taken with the 75-300mm lens. I needed that extra zoom (to about 100mm) to get this framing. It was an interesting composition which I rarely explore, where I placed quite a lot of elements within one frame. There was that man in the river looking for sea cucumber, a bird flying by on water, with the landmark State Mosque and the majestic Mount Kinabalu in as the backdrop, all this bathed in the magical morning golden sunrise light. And that mist hovering around the mosque was the icing on the cake. 



The same two kids playing in the water from last blog entry, but with a different place of shooting. They were under the platform of course, and nearby to the adjacent markets. This image was taken during the sunset, and again I just like how the golden light touched everything. 

I could not resist when I saw "Sarawak Kolo Mee" selling in KK, so I gave it a try. Unfortunately it did not taste quite like the real Sarawak Kolo Mee, though I do admit the noodles (whatever it was) was quite delicious. 

In the poluted city of Kuala Lumpur, clear, blue sky is a rarity. This was not the case for Kota Kinabalu, the air was so clean, the sky was always blue, and beautiful. Using a wide angle lens, allowing more sky in the composition, it allows for the gradual deepening in blue shades (similar to polarizing effect). No matter how you shoot this Mount Kinabalu it just looks so awesome. 

A night shot of the State Mosque, this one shot with the 9mm F8 fisheye body cap lens, mounted on the PEN E-PL5. For a cheap lens, it is not bad, and the distortion was corrected so it does not look fisheye at all. Even after correction, the lens is significantly wider than 14mm coverage (referenced in the subsequent image, which was taken at 14mm F2.5 lens). 

This shot taken using Panasonic 14mm F2.5, surely is sharper and better in every way than the previous shot (fisheye body cap lens) but hey, you can easily see how much width I have lost. Again, I am quite pleased with the performance of that Panasonic pancake wide angle lens. It may not be the sharpest or fastest lens out there but it does its job very well. 

For Malaysians, especially those who are in the Peninsular, if you have not visited Sabah and Sarawak, do kindly consider these beautiful places as your next holiday destination. You do not need to travel out of our country to experience beautiful places and diverse culture. This serves as reminder to myself too, as I have yet to explore every part of Malaysia. That means, MORE photography opportunity for me, and I will take it one step at a time. Malaysia is such a beautiful place, and I am proud to be here. 

1 comment :

  1. Hi Robin,
    Thank you for sharing yet another beautiful and scenic view of Sabah. I love the Mount Kinabalu and the Night State Mosque shots. Love to climb Mount Kinbalu again.
    As for me, now I am still digging your blog entries for every info on Closeup and Macro photography. Your review on M.zuiko 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 really help to utilize the lens capabilities. Still need alot of shooting practice to nail the shot I want. Maybe one day, I will join your your Olympus Workshop on this.
    Thank you for these valuable information.
    May you have a great day.
    John Ragai

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