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Lata Mentagan | 26th April 2009

We will go to Lata Mentagan, Maran this Sunday. It is about 1 hour car journey to this small waterfall. Our aim is landscape & macro photography. Those interested to come please read our flickr forum. My friends who had been there warned us about that creepy craeture called ‘pacat’ which is endemic there :D

My earlier days with dSLR

I bought SLR because my Sony Cybershot was not able to give me good picture of my arowana. My first SLR was Canon 300D. Bought it from Syahrin Aziz. The body alone cost me RM2K plus. Can’t remember the exact amount. Apart from shooting arowana, the next ‘genre’ that I felt in love was macro.

I started with reversed 50mm. There was no Raynox at that time.It was very very hard to shoot with reversed lens. It was very very dark & I had to focus manually. Having said that one of the daisy taken with such technique accepted for the publication in Digital Camera Magazine.

I also used 4+ macro filter even earlier than that i.e. the time I had Canon 300D & 50mm lens. But I sold everything to a young college student & jumped to Nikon at the time when Nikon D70s appeared in the market. My macro stopped at using reversed lens only.

Then I moved to shoot using telezoom. I loved to go to the zoo to shoot animals.

I bought 55-200 lens than later a 70-210 f4 lens but I was never satisfied until I got myself 105mm f2.8 & 80-200mm f2.8 somewhere in 2006. I still remember, I bought them together when I went to UPM for a tennis tournament.

I also love doing CLS (Nikon’s term for wireless creative lighting system). In fact it was one of the reason I bought D70s back in 2004-2005. I wanna shoot my arowana dancing in her tank with the lighting coming from above.

Quite recently I began shooting landscape & had been to many places just to shoot beautiful scenery. Shooting animals in the zoo or waterfall in famous tourist areas become less interesting. I prefer the real nature. And the place with few people.

I have been to volcanoes in Indonesia, fierce rapids in a very remote area of Ulu Tembeling and a jungle in Raub. And you guys can see them all in my flickr or gallery.

Fraser’s Hill Episode III

The 3rd photo trip to Fraser’s Hill. (Photo) Hunting tarantula, trap door spider & birds….Went with dR ali, Rejim & Wan (8 times Mr Malaysia). What a wonderful trip. Not as many birds as before because there are now many reconstructions up there and therefore too noisy for most birds. I hope things will be back to normal next year.

Will post the pictures later.

Black Armoured Trapdoor Spider

I think this is an Argiope……can’t remember

Sulphur Breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti) Mountain Leafbird Warbler
This is a new species I managed to capture from this trip