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It has been 8 days of Ramadhan. But only 8 days, everyone looks busy preparing for Eid. Raya song played on the radio. Shopping mall already putting up sales. Tailor no longer accepted any kinds of baju raya. Pretty much as usual as before.

This year, I’m celebrating Eid with my dear wife plus our most precious Arif Amsyar. We are really grateful for this gift. Amsyar is almost 8 month old. Busy figuring out how to crawl over the house.

Over this Iftar, I was busy finishing my work. Less than 30% left in progress. Tooks about 2 weeks to finish everything.

Just before ramadhan, I went to Cameron Highlands with Faiz, Sudin, Shahrul Hanafi, Lelen & Chombie. So this is the second part of Faiz & Lelen portraiture session. I hope they can use this ‘pre-wedding’ photos for their wedding day. I will accompany Faiz for his big day next year, I hope.

At the end of the session, we were very hungry, so a friends of Chen Chen (Napi) brings us to very nice restaurant for late lunch. We had western food, beef, lamb chop and some other dishes. I was expecting it would be very good dishes, unfortunately we was wrong. Faiz can’t even finish his lamb, Chen Chen wasted almost half of his lunch, Chombie can’t even swallow her dish.

The owner of this restaurant claimed his strawberry juice is the BEST among others in Cameron Highlands, he even asked me to search on the internet. But sadly it was awful.. Everyone complaints the strawberry juice. Yucks…. Haha.. So don’t trust the owner’s review next time.

Oh ya, we will travel to Pekanbaru, Indonesia this weekend. We will be there for 4 days. If anyone by any chances will be there, let me know. I might catch few photos of you, who knows?

Till then…

chombee + sudin { cameron highlands }

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This is not pre-wedding portraiture session, I think. Or it is? I don’t know. I’m just capturing this two ‘sometimes’ lovely couple who join us last vacation. I’m actually terrified to upload this photos since there was so many drama bout them when we were up there, or even until now? Haha. You think they’ll delete me from speed dial? You think I care? Coz Sudin won’t do that.

I was planning to shoot them the other day. But because of the drama they played, the session cancelled. So this is the only photos I have in collection. Sad. I was hoping to get lots more out of them. No big deal… I believe there’s gonna be NEXT time.. With them.

So all this photos wonder around Boh Plantation, Sungai Palas, Cameron Highland if you ever wonder. We missed to go few other spot because of time frame. Luckily we had that much fun.

While travelling, keep remind yourself to plan well, but please not stressed with all you plans. At least you have guidance. Try to travel light. Only bring enough shirts, less camera accessories and anything else that keep you bags weight like going to war. I brought my 17-40mm, 135mm, 50mm & speed light. I NEVER fire a single flash up there. I snap like 7 photos with 17-40 and only couple of portraits using 135. Most of the time I only use my most precious 50mm f/1.8 to cover 97% of my photo session. So I’ve already wasted few KG of my bag for that rarely used lenses. So on our next travel, I will try to bring lesser accessories than last time.

Till then, keep browsing.

alin + faiz – day 1 { cameron highlands }

One way to enhance you idea is by seeing places or things you never look at before. I always wanted not to make same pictures again. By referring to books, blogs & even billboard on the road, I will inspire to do the same thing as they did. So I always challenge my self to get the kind of photos I have never shoot before. There’s a lot of inspiration to make us do better than we have now. Not just local, we should look globally. The most admired photographers are often trying their best to make a different.

A friend asked me how to make people laugh. There are lot of ways to make people laugh. By making provocation, by making fun of them (not recommended sometimes if you don’t know them well), by asking them to do something they couldn’t and by giving them specific instruction that will tie them. At the end, you’ll see different side of them.

When you go to places you never been before, I’m pretty sure you’ll see things that make your photos different. It is not necessary to go some place far away from home. Maybe if you look at your back yard, bush next to your residence, your nearby small town, or even a coffee shop.

But I heard a method that used by a professional to train their apprentice. Print great photos from around the world that inspire you. Every morning you wake up, look at that photos. Just the photos in your collection. Do it for a month or so. You brain will memorize and you can manipulated your memory with that great photos. Good luck!

I had pleasure shooting Alin Rafei & Faiz Salleh portraiture session at The Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands yesterday and it was a full circle moment. At the end of the night we had toasted to love, happiness and hard work. I am incredibly proud of their effort to make this session success.

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The first day – 50mm become my favorite lens. Walaupun yang datang sini hampir semuanya dengan camera dan lens besar-besar, tapi aku jadi selesa dengan lens kecik & ringan ni. Masa-masa macam ni la baru terfikir kalau ada compact camera senangnya berjalan. Aku tengok minah arab, makwe jepun, semua bawak kamera kecik je. Tapi Malaysia semua bawak kamera besar dengan kit lens.

Dulu-dulu, orang tua kita pun cuma ada 35mm lens sahaja. Kemana-mana bawak kamera ni dan 1 lens sahaja. Jadi diorang kena kawal kamera dengan baik, kena compose betul2, kena kawal exposure dengan tepat. Lagi susah. Kita sekarang, gambar tak cantik boleh delete, snap balik. Pun jadi tak cantik jugak gambarnye kadang-kadang, selalunya lah. Sebabnya kekurangan ilmu basic DSLR. Jadi kalau pakai compact camera, atau prosumer kamera, dah tentu-tentu gambar cantik pasal ikut setting auto yang lebih baik dari kamera DSLR basic.

Kalau ada 35mm, mungkin aku akan pakai lens tu seharian. 50mm memang lebih sedikit ruangnya. Jadi kena jauh sikit baru dapat angle yang sesuai.

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Boh Tea Plantation, Cameron Highlands in my perspective. Only with Canon 50mm f1.8.

I was planning for sunrise photoshoot this morning. Unfortunately the mist is to heavy for the sun to come out. So I just drove to Gunung Brincang alone to capture the landscape. Just for 30 minutes, suddenly it started raining. So thats it.

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Sepatutnya aku dah berada di tempat lain masa ni. Minggu lepas lagi. Tapi last minute, projek tu tertangguh ke bulan 11…. Ada sedikit kecewalah. Cabaran betul bagi aku, kena terima jugak.

Bulan 11 belum tentu lagi aku dapat bagi komitmen. Sepanjang bulan tu aku dah terima tempahan, penuh 1 bulan. Mana mungkin aku dapat tolak lagi. Aku dah pun tolak beberapa job untuk bulan 7 ni. Sayangnya.

Jadi minggu ni aku aku decide bawak Amsyar & wifey ke Cameron Highlands. Kami babymoon ke sini tahun lepas. Dapat luangkan 1 hari je. Cameron Highlands jadi pilihan percutian kami walaupun buat kali ke dua. Ada plan nak ke Fraser Hill jugak, cuma tak jumpa apa attractions yang betul-betul menarik kat sana. Jadi harini aku bertolak seawal 6am dan sampai lebih kurang 12pm tadi. Sempat singgah ke Cameron Bharat Plantation sebelum check in The Heritage Hotel. Aku tak expect begitu ramai orang ke Cameron minggu ni. Rasanya esok dah tentulah jem kalau balik esok. Hmmm. Jadi ada harapan stay lagi satu malam ni. Kalau nak jalan2 harini pun tentu sana sini ramai orang. Aku plan nak ke Mossy Forest, Gunung Brincang harini kalau sempat. Nak naik atas tu je dah dekat sejam rasenye. Kalau cuaca baik, mesti nak kesana jugak main awan.

Now Amsyar tidur. Jadi kena tunggu dia bangun dulu barulah boleh jalan2 or pergi makan. Till then…

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