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Danau Toba, the heaven on earth – Part 1

Due to works especially, I am not able to update this blog as often as before. Having said that I managed to squeezed some time to go to Medan & then to Danau Toba to capture its beauty after I saw Doc Budies’ pictures. I know that October is not the best month to visit Danau Toba but I just can’t wait to see the landscape with my own eyes. I called my buddy, dR Ali who as I expected will say yes to go with me. Then Badang also sms/emailed me his eagerness to follow us. Emran also wanna go but his father fell sick & it is better for him to stay with his family.

To cut the story short, I made a few calls & emails to Dr Budie & on 10th October we flew to Medan, my first time to Sumatera.

Me & Ali drove to Badang’s house in Danau Kota on 9th Oct just before Marghrib. Reached Badang’s house at about 10PM. Slept in Badang’s house & Joe, Badang’s friend sent us to LCCT at about 4:30AM 10th Oct.

One extraordinary incident happened, Badang left his Nikon D700, an expensive full frame DSLR which is great for landscape in his drybox at home!! At first me & Ali pity him but later we teased him “kaw-kaw”. How can one forget to bring camera to a photography trip!!!

We boarded AirAsia AK450 to Medan ontime. Upon arriving at Medan, we were greeted by a man inside the terminal building who shouted my name. I was so surprised! How can someone know my name here. Then he introduced himself as Doc Budi’s friend. Oh! Wow! We bypassed all security & immigration checks. We went straight to collect our baggage & Dr Budie was already there waiting for us. He must be ‘some body’ in Medan……

However the humble Doc Budie immediately ushered us to his car & we drove to a Petronas station. Another suprise for us! A Petronas station in Indonesia! We had our breakfast there. There we waited for Pak Johnny & Dr Anwar. We exchanged souvenirs there. Pak Johnny is the admin for Toba Photographer Club. And we got ourslef a nice TPC vest! Dr Anwar is a O&G specialist who own a private hospital.

Badang & Ali enjoying teh tarik at Suria Petronas, Medan.

Badang & Ali enjoying teh tarik at Suria Petronas, Medan.

So many things to tell, but let me just summarise what we did in Medan & Danau Toba.

Day 1 – 9AM-6PM – We were driving in 2 separate cars, me, dR Ali &  Badang in Doc Budi’s car. Pak Johnny & Dr Anwar in Dr Anwar’s car driven by Dr Anwar’s driver, Pak Nordin. Our aim is to reach Parapat, a small town in Danau Kota by 4PM to meet with more photographers who were there for the Danau Toba Festival 2009. We stopped at various places. But we packed our lunch first because we were told that there will be difficult to find good muslim reataurant along the way. We then continued our journey and the first place we stopped for photography was Penatapan, a rest area where we were able to see & photograph Medan.

Market by the roadside. How creative way to strap the ducks like that.

Market by the roadside. How creative way to strap the ducks like that.

View from Penatapan.

View from Penatapan.

We continued the journey & stopped at various places for photograph. Some farmers & their farms, church but the highlight of the day is the breathtaking scenery at Sipisopiso. I am not so impressed at the waterfall….but the scenery of Danau Toba!!!

The paddy field.

The paddy field.

The farm again & the dramatic clouds.

The farm again & the dramatic clouds.

The farm again. I think this is cabbage.

The farm again. I think this is cabbage.

Danau Toba.....approaching Sipisopiso.

Danau Toba.....approaching Sipisopiso.

Danau Toba from Sipisopiso.

Danau Toba from Sipisopiso.

Same view minus the tree.

Same view minus the tree.

A panoramic view.

A panoramic view.

Last, biut not least at Sipisopiso is the waterfall....

Last, but not least at Sipisopiso is the waterfall....

We stopped at few more places after that.

Not really sure where this is.

Not really sure where this is.

Then finally, we stopped for lunch at Restoran Pandang Simarjarunjung.

Lunch at Simarjarunjung.

Lunch at Simarjarunjung.

I’ll continue later.

Luarbiasa Nature Photocamp Advanced Edition @ Royal Belum 2009

Logo designed by Rejimus Mongolius.

Date:
23, 24 & 25th October 2009 (Fri-Sun)

Venue:
Kem Zabri, Tasik Banding, Grik

Objective:
To learn & share photography knowledge & experience in the natural environment

Contents:
1. revision on basic photography & composition
2. Landscape photography & editing
3. Macro photography & editing
4. People photography & editing
5. Special photography – HDR, IR & Lighting

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Concept:
Nature Photocamp was the brain child of dR Ali. He mooted the idea of having an almost free or at least very affordable knowledge sharing concept of practical photography training with no business intention at all. In this kind of Photocamp, even the instructor needs to pay their own fee, travel entirely using own expenses instead of getting paid for the knowledge he/she shared in many other workshops. We believe that the more one share his knowledge & skill the more he will learn. We never have the intention to compete with other professional workshops by the real professional in the field. We just merely provide alternative.

The fee is shared among ALL participants & committee.

Secondly, the photocamp is a practical session. Less talk, more action (shooting). Mentor-mentee concept applied here. Participants will be split into smaller groups & they will learn from one-another.

Why Advanced Edition for this time round? Because participants will be exposed with special photography like HDR, IR & basic concept of lighting beyond the use of flashlite.

Previous Photocamps:
1. Nature Photocamp Basic @ Ulu dong – Nov 2008
2. Nature Photocamp Basic @ Jeram Perahu – Feb 2009
3. Nature Photocamp Basic @ Jeram Mak Nenek – May 2009

Itinerary:

23 Oct 2009 (Fri)
2PM – Registration
3PM – Briefing – Ayahsu, dR Ali
4PM – Boat ride to Kem Zabri
5PM – Check-in & afternoon tea
7PM – Free & easy
8PM – Dinner & solat
9PM – Landscape, Macro & HDR – Mr Ali Shamsul Bahar, Mr Liew & Mr Dashuki
11PM – Supper & Adjourn

24 Oct 2009 (Sat)
5AM – Daily briefing & Solat
6AM – Breakfast
7AM – Jungle trekking – Shoot rafflesia, waterfall – Landscape & macro photography
12PM – Lunch
3PM – Afternoon break
4PM – Trekking – Macro photography
5PM – Lookout Tower – Sunset
7PM – Free & easy
8PM – Dinner & solat
9PM – Lighting & IR – Mr Azraie & Mr Ali Shamsul Bahar
10PM – Feedback & photo discussion
11PM – Supper & adjourn

25 Oct 2009 (Sun)
5AM – Daily briefing & Solat
6AM – Breakfast
7AM – Visit to Orang Asli settlement – People/portraiture/lighting
11AM – Morning break
12PM – Closing
1PM – Lunch
2PM – Check-out, boatride to jetty & end of photocamp

Committee:
Project Leader – Mr Sukairi
Secretary – Mr Norhisyam
Treasurer – Dr Jamalludin
Photocamp Coordinator & Chief Instructor – Ali Shamsul Bahar
Logistic, Accommodation & Safety – Ayahsu
Design – Mr Azraie
Souvenirs – Badang
Photo Contest – Dr Jamalludin

Cost:
RM150 inclusive of meals, accommodation, training material, boat ride & one piece of t-shirt.

Next Photocamp will be on 14-15th Nov 2009 at Ulu Dong, Raub, Pahang. For details, please visit www.luarbiasafoto.com.

p/s Oh btw, there is no more vacant place available. The seats were all taken within24 hours. Sorry. Please visit the website regularly.

Rinjani 2009 Members

So far the confirmed members for REPAT (Rinjani Extraordinary Photo Adventure Team) are:

  1. Arey – The Leader
  2. Remi – Assistant to Leader
  3. dR Ali – Motivational & Spiritual Leader
  4. Jasni – Assistant to Spiritual Leader
  5. Abahko – The Runner
  6. Pahat – Flag Bearer
  7. Nizam – Bata Representative
  8. Emran – Descend Leader
  9. Jamal – Sweeper

Wakakakaka…..