Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Past shots ...

Putrajaya bridge at night ...

Reflections ...

Reflection of crane wading in ...

Beautiful light ...

Duckling in limelight ...

Historical Melaka

Common sight around Melaka Jonker walk ...

Bees in flight ...

Bees drinking from a fountain ...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Nikon Center Berjaya Times Square

Some pictures taken at Berjaya Times Square,
lens courtesy of Nikon Center.

The center is really friendly place to be,
you could even loan a lens to try on your own camera body.
Model shooting at the premise only.

Items on demo rigs :
Nikon D3s
Nikon D3x
Nikon D300s
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon 400mm f/2.8
Nikon 500mm f/4
Nikon 600mm f/4

Lens on test : 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

Hand held, lighting was harsh towards evenning ... focus on the lady
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
1/90s f/2.8 ISO 800

Hand held, focus on the guy ... bokeh is excellent
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
1/90s f/2.8 ISO 800

Hand held, fisherman on bridge ... again nice bokeh
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII
1/60s f/4 ISO 800

Machap Birding

Common Moorhen
Gallinula chloropus

First encounter with this bird ...

Heron balancing on a stick waiting for prey ...

Another pose ...

Lesser Whistling-Duck
Dendrocygna javanica

Family of ducks in hiding ... can you spot them.

White-throated Kingfisher
Halcyon smyrnensis

Closest shot of a kingfisher ... see the feather details

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Raptor Watch Tg Tuan light house

Again as usual not giving up, went to the light house again.
Race to the top of the hill in 10 mins to setup the
camera before the show case begins ...

Arrivals, raptors flying in from the sea from Indonesia ...
Touch down at the peninsular Tg Tuan

Some raptors circling the sky,
at one time there were more than 15 of them ...

Oriental Honey-buzzard
Pernis ptilorhyncus

Various shots of the raptor ...

Aerial display ... a pair crisscrossing in the sky

Grey-faced Buzzard
Butastur indicus

The closest encounter as one lone raptor fly by ...

One of the machine guns on the hill top.
It was BLACK vs WHITE event ... may the force be with you.

View of the lighthouse at the end facing the sea ...

Spotted an eagle's nest on the way back ... must be a local bird

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monash University Convocation 2010

Monash University convocation event held recently at the
Sunway Resort & Spa Hotel. Sneaked in for these photos ...

The speech that left the audience ...

Charming professor ...

Captured this shot of a young graduate,
gaze of her eyes says it all .

I like the colour of the skin tone and the sharp details.
It looks much more like a fashion shoot than graduation photo,
details in the hair & glint in the eyes.

The setup never fails to amaze me.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Light house birding trip ...

Raptor watch ... was expecting sky full of raptors, only saw 5 different birds on the day. The light-house was not open to the public, entrance granted only with written permissions cutting short the trip due to extreme hot sun.

Raptor on a far-away tree top ...

Raptor in-flight ...

White-throated Kingfishers
Halcyon smyrnensis

But elsewhere ... kingfisher

White-breasted Waterhen
Amaurornis phoenicurus

... the usually shy Wak-wak crossing the road

... another raptor drying the wings before calling it a day

Collared Kingfisher
Todiramphus chloris

... supper for the king-fisher, posing for caligraphy art work

Light house day trip ...

Masked residents ...

Flowers on the edge of a cliff over looking the sea ...

Flowers by the light-house ... un-edited

Scene from a far away country side ...

Sunset over the sea ...