Archive for February, 2009

Driven By Desire | Mount Kinabalu

February 27, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

I’m really sorry for my long absence here. I was back here in Kuala Lumpur last Monday 23rd Feb but I was too tired to write anything, in fact I haven’t burn all those Sabah picture especially my Mount Kinabalu to DVD yet at the times of this writing. Still too damn tired and all my body still not fully recover yet, soreness all over. The climb was tough, it may not the highest mountain in the world but it’s still not so easy to climb for a sedentary guy like me, unless you are an adventurous person who climb mountain here and there and climbing a mountain is your yearly ritual, that should not be too tiresome for you.

I’m still adjusting to normal boring working life after spending a week traveling here and there each and everyday during my stay in Sabah. The climb just took two days two complete with one night stay at Gunting Lagadan Hut, it was cold up there, the place that I’m staying doesn’t have a heated room unlike Laban Rata Rest House, which have a heated room.

Climbing a mountain is not for everybody, but to those who have a desire to do so, not many people like to leave the comfort of their home to enter the wild. I was told by our Mountain Guide Mr Fendi that, a large numbers of climbers come from a foreign country especially Australia, more than thousands of people climb Mount Kinabalu every year. Mount Kinabalu is not technically difficult to climb but never ever under estimate or take it for granted, you still need a good stamina to climb it, not everybody who climb Mount Kinabalu reach the summit. The weather can change dramatically up there, the wind can be so strong than can pose danger to climbers. You still need to train few month in advance prior to your climbing and not to mention, to book early as early as five month ahead because the space at Laban Rata can finish up very quickly.


Heritage Trail Photography Workshops | POSTPONED

February 13, 2009
Heritage Trail Photography Workshops

Heritage Trail Photography Workshops


7th March | Alor Star Kedah

Konsep Workshops Photography kali ini lebih menjurus kepada “Travel Photography”, bagaimana bermain dengan komposisi, sudut kreatif dan sebagainya, kita juga akan mempunyai model untuk sesi ini nanti, bukan model wanita tapi dari Pemilk Basikal Tua, rasanya lebih mencabar daripada kita mengambil gambar model wanita yang dah sememangnya cantik.

Target untuk photography workshops kali ini lebih kepada beginner, bukan juga untuk mereka yang baru sehari dua membeli kamera, tetapi untuk sesiapa sahaja yang merasakan diri mereka masih lagi ditahap beginner, kalau dah advance pun nak join, silakan, saya tiada sebab untuk menghalang sekiranya bayaran telah dibuat, tetapi jangan harapkan sesuatu yang “Advance” untuk workshop kali ini.

Editing pula, kita akan menyentuh atau memberi penekanan kepada sudut “Portrait”, sebenarnya kalau kita tahu teknik editing yang betul serta yang tak betul maksud saya “Creative Editing”, gambar apa pun kita boleh edit, cuma penekanan lebih kepada “Portraiture” kerana sebahagian besar gambar yang kita ambil adalah melibatkan gambar orang, jarang sekali kita mengambil gambar pemandangan yang kosong tanpa unsur kemanusiaan semata.

Kita akan belajar bagaimana untuk menaikkan “Seri” gambar, contrast, cropping yang bersesuaian, sedikit tentang “Black and White” dan lebih penekana kepada penggunaan “Layer Mask”. Saya banyak bermain dengan “Layer Mask” untuk setiap editing saya, dengan secara mudahnya, saya akan dedahkan cara saya mengedit gambar sebagaimana yang saudara dan saudari lihat di Flickr saya. Saya hanya memberi saudara Idea, selebihnya terpulang kepada saudarta dan saudari kerana sentuhan editing masing-masing tidak akan sama walaupun kita belajar dari guru yang sama.

Apa yang saya harapkan kepada bakal-bakal peserta bengkel saya kali ini, “Learn to Explore”, Berfikirlah di Luar Kotak, jangan terlalu terikat dengan apa yang saya ajar, ianya hanyalah sekadar panduan semata, selebihnya kena “Explore” sendiri, saya tidak menggunakan “Action”, “Preset” dan juga “Plug In” untuk semua editing saya. Kita akan belajar menggunakan Photoshop sepenuhnya…

Bengkel ini saya adakan dengan kerjasama saudara  MZAIDI

Saya akan berada di Kota Kinabalu Sabah dari 16hb Feb hingga 23hb Feb, kemungkinan besar saya tidak dapat membuat sebarang update tentang workshops ini, untuk sebarang pertanyaan dan maklumat lanjut sila hubungi saudara Mzaidi : 019 5112662

Tentative Program :

  1. 9:00am-12:00pm –  Photography Shooting ( Travel Theme ) di perkarangan Rumah Tok Su, berhadapan dengan Wisma Darul Aman, bersama dengan lima orang pemilik basikal tua.
  2. 12:00pm-1:00pm –  Rehat dan makan tengahari, basic lunch disediakan.
  3. 2:00-pm-4:30pm –  Sesi Editing ( Portraiture & Travel ) di Hotel Seri Malaysia Alor Star Kedah.
  4. 4:30pm-5:00pm –    Rehat
  5. 5:00pm-7:00pm –   Sesi bersambung dengan diakhiri dengan sesi soal jawab (Q & A)

    Face of Wisdom

    February 4, 2009

    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    I was at Petaling Street or famously known as Malaysia China Town when I spot this guy, I ask him whether I can take a picture of him and also ask about his age, he told me that he was eighty nine years old age. A very lucky guy to be able to reach that age I guess. I don’t have much time talking to that man because I was with a group of photographers there and I don’t want to interrupt that man having a great time there with few of their friends, I guess most of their friends there are about the same age of him, given the choice I would rather take a portrait of a man or a women at that golden age compared to taking picture of a beautiful model. This man have a lot of stories to tell, maybe we can learn few things about life, about his experience, family life and all kind of things that will make us appreciate what life has to offer and hopefully we will not do the same mistake that older people do.

    Paskal | Command and Do

    February 3, 2009
    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    © 2009 Wazari Wazir

    I love taking picture of man in power, I mean not in political power but man or women who have such a powerful energy and stamina like this guy picture above, just look at his eyes, full of power and fearless. We need this kind of man to protect our country, fearless man, will do anything for our country. He is from PASKAL ( Naval Special Force ) is the elite special operations force of The Royal Malaysian Navy, which conducts unconventional warfare , guerilla warfare, jungle warfare, direct action, counter-terrorism, close protection for VVIP, specific enemy assassination, hostage rescue and special reconnaissance as well as foreign internal defense.

    It was officially established on October 1st 1980. I guess you can do your homework more on the internet, but the fact is most of the details are not covered, you won’t be able to see the truly PASKAL, they are very secretive about their operation and also their training. It was for our own good I guess, what I can say is that, not everybody fit to be a PASKAL members, they are only for the tough among the toughest, nobody want a weak man to protect or country. I never get tired of taking this man in action, rarely do we saw this man in action in public, this shot was taken at Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur, during Malaysian Armed Forces Career Exposition in Kuala Lumpur. The expo aim to lure more young Malaysians to opt for careers in the military.