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Lubuk Tapah

Recently we held a photo outing at Taman Negara Endau-Rompin (Selai entrance) in Johor. This is a special outing where series of basic photography talks followed by practical sessions were conducted especially to guide friends who were new to photography. This is a no-profit effort where everyone share the cost, including the instructors and fasilitators.

I never been to Selai. This place was proposed by the Director of Johor National Park Corporation (Perbadanan Taman Negara Johor). The accommodation was sponsored by Taman Negara Johor & souvenirs by Nikon Malaysia. A total of 53 people involved in this project. Many came from Pahang and Kuala Lumpur. There were also participant from Kedah, Johor Bharu, Perak & Kelantan.

We gathered a Taman Negara office in Bekok (the small town before Selai). A total of 11 4WDs (excluding 4WDs from Taman Negara) were needed to transport all of us. The journey from Bekok to Lubuk Tapah, the name of place where the chalets was located, took 1 hour through palm estates, Orang Asli settlements and jungle.

Getting ready to board 4WD to Lubuk Tapah

The convoy.

Arriving at Lubuk Tapah. dR Ali is giving a quick briefing.

How the chalet/hut look like. I would say, it is comfortable for two persons. Not three. No attached toilet.

Upon arrival, we were treated with steamed tapioca (ubi rebus) & anchovy condiment. Heaven!!

Mr Fakhrul (Taman Negara official) giving the welcome speech & safety briefing.

The first official event was a basic photography talk by dR Ali & basic macro photography by Emran Tamil. The very next day we were tested with downpour. But many were undeterred by that challenge. They went on shooting bugs, flowers & rapids. Kudos to you guys!

On the second night I gave a talk about landscape photography. And few of us spent the night trying to shoot star-trail. I realized how difficult to find a correct exposure and it was time consuming. On the last day, majority went hiking to Takah Pandan. I didn’t go. Thanks to the late sleep for the star trail…..so instead, I shot the landscape nearby.

Then I went to sleep.

After lunch, we had a simple closing ceremony and a group photo.

We hope everyone enjoyed the photocamp. We need not to pay hefty amount of money to learn photography & to have more friends.

See you guys in the next NPC.

dR Ali talk about photography…(in Malay)

dR Ali recently interviewed by local radio station (in Malay)….

dR Ali talk about photography

The interview was captured using iPhone 4 Voice Memo, synced to my iMac & using iTune to convert the M4A format to MP3. To do this, just change the import setting under Preference>General from AAC to MP3.

Java III – Bromo-Ijen-Surabaya

Java is my favorite photography place. I have been to Jogja few times. The first trip was Feb 2008 where I ‘accidentally’ went up Mount Merapi. Spent extra few days exploring Borobudur & Prambanan. Then in August the same year we went up Mount Lawu & Mount Bromo. In Feb 2009 we went to Dieng Plateau. In October last few months we went to Danau Toba in North Sumatera.

This coming March, we plan to revisit Bromo & to go further East to Ijen Crater. This is our detail plan:
Day 1 – Mon

  • 1200 Arrived at Juanda Airport
  • 1300 Lunch at Surabaya (Ibu Nuraini’s restaurant)
  • 1500 Travel Surabaya – Sidoarjo (where the mud flood occurred but we won’t stop here) – Pasuruan – Probolinggo – Ngadisari
  • 1900 Arrived at Ngadisari & stay overnight here (Cold)
  • 2000 Free & easy (Sleep early please, we have to wake up at 2AM)

Day 2 – Tue~ The most hectic day! The photography day!

  • 0300 Travel to Cemoro Lawang (entrance of Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park) – Please pack something for breakfast as I do not know where or when we can have one.
  • 0400 Travel by 3 4WDs (6 persons, about IDR450,000 ~ RM150 per jeep)
  • 0500 Sunrise from Penanjakan (Make sure to wear suitable jacket, cap, glove – it is cold up there. We pray Fajr here – bring some water for wudu’)
  • 0700 Descend to Lautan Pasir & Mt Bromo (Dust everywhere. Never change your lens here. Wear mask if possible. Horse ride optional & expensive too)
  • 0900 Continue to savannah (near Mt. Bromo)
  • 1100 Continue to Pane, Regulo and Gembolo Lake (at Panupane Village)
  • 1400 Travel back to hotel & lunch along the way.
  • 1500 Free & easy – Stay another night here. The place is cold. Plenty of human interest opportunity I guess.
  • Those who wish to arrange private trip to Bromo again with motocycle or the like, please do so during this time. Expense on your own but please go in a group. Try & catch sunset at Bromo if you want.

Day 3 – Wed ~ The traveling day

  • 0800 – Travel Ngadisari – Madakaripura Waterfall (At Lumbang). Can mandi-manda here.
  • 1200 – Travel Probolinggo (lunch here) – Bondowoso – Jampit.
  • 1800 – Arrived at Jampit. Stay overnight here (a coffee plantation area & KIV stay at Arabica Guesthouse – Tel: 08113505881)

  • 1900 – Free & easy

Day 4 – Thu ~ Kawah Ijen day

  • 0400 – Check-out from hotel/guesthouse. Please pack some food. Travel to Paltuding (the post to Ijen, fee about IDR20,000 each – please have a face mask ready). We try to catch sunrise at Kawah Ijen, a 1 1/2 hours hike (3KM) from Post Paltuding.

  • 1400 – Continue the journey to Banyuwangi – Check in into a hotel here.
  • 1600 – Human interest at Muncar till dinner
  • 2000 – Get back to hotel & free & easy

Day 5 – Fri ~ Going back to Surabaya

  • 0800 – Travel to Baluran National Park (I guess this is the usual tourist site)
  • 1300 – Continue to Surabaya (a long bus ride! ~ 5 hours). We will see what is good to shoot along the way.
  • 1800 – Arrived at Surabaya
  • 1900 – Free & easy

Day 6 – Sat

  • Outing & shopping in Surabaya

Day 7 – Sun ~ Fly home

  • 0800 – Last breakfast together & straight to airport