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Istanbul | Turkey

November 16, 2009

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

When mention about Istanbul, image of Aya Soyfa, Blue Mosque will come into mind and also all those fairy tail and love stories about Constantinople will become alive. Istanbul is a great place to be and among world favorite travel destination. You can see Europe and Asia in one place living in harmony here. Actually it is not so easy for me to reach here. There were so many procedure to follow and in fact I get the approval the very last minute before the day I depart for istanbul from Kuala Lumpur.

To cut the story short, it was a long flight from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul on 7th November 2009 at 1 am in the early morning our flight Boeng 777 MH30 take off to Istanbul, it is a direct flight, non stop from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul which take us approximately 11 hours to get there. Alhamdulillah the journey was very smooth and the hospitality of MAS crew members on board make the long haul journey seem shorter. By 7:45am local time we reach Hilton Istanbul not far away from Taksim Square. I’ve a great experience while our vehicle passing through Galata Bridge and watching magnificent mosque along the journey really get me excited.

There were few minor problem when registering for our room at the hotel and thanks to Malaysian Embassy in Turkey, the problem solve quickly and before 9:00 am I’ve already got my room key no 092. We have a brief Media briefing by Ministry of Foreign Affair regarding of coverage of our Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for the COMCEC Economic Meeting at Four Seasons Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul. After that we, a group of eleven local media are eager to tour some part of Istanbul because the very next day when our Deputy Prime Minister arrive, we don’t have so much free time on our hand.

By 2:05pm local Istanbul time we are in the compound of Aya Sofya, it was really big and with my kit lens on my camera won’t fit the grandeur structure of the Aya Sofya. Some of media members wanted to visit Grand Bazaar and for me I’m not interested to shopping but more interested for photo shooting. So we split and will meet at this area of Aya Sofya in two hours time. I was walking alone without any media members with me, from one place to another place, this area called Sultanahmet where a lot of major historical site are within a walking distance, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Museum and Blue Mosque. A lot of people here and from what I can say it is really a photographers haven. Among the place that I really want to visit is Aya Sofya, I’ve to pay 20 Lira to get here or about MYR50 but it really worth the visit since I don’t know when I will be coming here again so the amount is nothing much compare with the experience.

I wish I’ve a wide angle lens, wider than my kit lens 18-70mm, if you guys planning to visit Aya Sofya, please make sure you get a super wide lens, something like 10-20mm or 11-16mm for DX Nikon camera but if you have FX camera like D3 or D700, 24-70 mm will do just fine. It is really big, the dome is massive with great decoration, islamic and also with christian motif. Fast lens really help here since it was dimly lit and this place is pack with tourist. Since I’m alone here I don’t have my personal picture here, pity me. I did not spend much time here simply because I’m running out of time and have few other place to visit.

My next stop is Blue Mosque just a minute of walking distance from Aya Sofya, this is a mosque so you don’t need to pay anything to get inside but you need to take your shoes off and put it in the plastic bag that was made available in the entrance of the Blue Mosque. Once again super wide angle lens really help here and I just have to satisfied with my kit lens. I really enjoy shooting here inside and outside of Blue Mosque and if I’ve more time I’ll definitely looking for much higher place to shoot Blue Mosque from the distance and get the Bosphorus in the frame as well together with the Blue Mosque. By 6:00pm, we finish our tour and get back to our hotel.

About the tram picture and people walking on the street, that was taken in Taksim and the street is famously known as Istiklal Caddesi and according to wikipedia, the street is approximately 3 km long but I did not walk the whole street just part of it because the time constrain. People here are very camera friendly, they really doesn’t bother much about people taking their picture, this street is full of tourist, you might not feel like you were walking on the Turkey street but more like walking in the European country. There were shops on the left and right side of the street, only tram allowed to pass through this street, it is for pedestrian but cars only allowed to pass through to get to the other side of the road. If you guys have plan to visit Istanbul, please make sure you spend a day here in the Istiklal Avenue and have fun watching people going through their lives here, this is really busy street with people from all walk of life and from all over the world.

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Welcome Home

September 9, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

After a long break, finally I can update my blog, I was not that busy actually but I just got back my computer today 090909. Almost two weeks I’ve been without my laptop, have to send it for repair due to “Random Shutdown” syndrome, every now and then my laptop will shutdown without any warning, just randomly. I think lately Apple computer have a lot of problem or maybe I got a “bad” apple.

About the picture above, t was taken during welcoming ceremony of our 1st submarine KD Tunku Abdul Rahman at Port Klang Malaysia after 54 days of voyage from France to Malaysia. It was very long journey indeed. Our King was there to welcome our hero back home, they are lucky to be able to reach home safely and are are very happy knowing that they can celebrate Eid-uL Fitri with their family members. Actually we will have our second submarine next year, I mean they will arrive next year.

Enough about the story, I just want a quick and brief update of my blog just to let you guys know that I’m fine, it’s just that I can’t update my blog because my computer was having a problem and have to send it for repair. Thank you guys for taking your time to visit my blog, I really appreciated it.

Portraiture Workshops | Kota Kinabalu

August 4, 2009
Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

Portraiture Workshops

This is my first Portraiture Photoshop Workshops in Kota Kinabalu Sabah, a million thanks to my friend Roslee Karim for organizing this workshops under his company Spylens Studio. I was at Kota Kinabalu two days before the workshops just to make sure everything was in working order, making final preparation in Spylens Studio where the editing class will taken place. This is also the first time my photoshop editing class taking place in the studio, previous workshops was in the hotel seminar room and not to mention my “Mini Workshops” taking place in “Coffee Shop” all over Kuala Lumpur.

We start our workshops with get to know session and I’m a bit surprise to know that almost all of them come from”Educational Background”, teachers, lecturers and also those who involve in “Education Environment”. Our photo shoot was a bit late, the sun is high already but we did make the most of the times and the lighting available, yes we just play with natural light, no reflector and no flash. I did not get the best shot but I do believe that most of my student get the best angle and the best expression from the model, I don’t want to make this photo shoot personal, so I just let my participants enjoy their time with the model.

After we have our light snack and tea break, it’s where the fun start, the editing, we head to Spylens Studio to do our editing. Some people just could not wait to edit their picture, this is not photojournalist workshops where minimal editing is all we need but this is “Artistic Editing”, where we enhance our picture just for pure enjoyment and satisfaction, I came from photojournalist background so I do know where to draw the line when it come to editing “Photojournalist Picture” but when it come to personal stuff, for me and for my opinion, the sky is not the limit, we are only limited by our own imagination.

The first thing that I really stress to all the participant is, we must get a great short for a start, Photoshop is not a tools to fix a bad picture but it is a tool for enhancement. To enhance our picture to make it even better and more presentable,  even in those “Darkroom Days” they do the editing in the dark, dodging and burning here and there, to get great contrast and tone between dark area, grey and totally white area. If the picture was printed without any dodging and burning, the picture will look flat, lifeless, even though the picture is great on it’s own, it still need few “editing” in the darkroom to make it more presentable.

To all the participants, thank you very much for your support. Feel free to expand the ideas and the method that you have just learn, let the juice of creativity flow freely.

Photographer | The Unsung Hero

July 16, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

His photographs had been and will be published more than a thousand times. Every time we celebrate the Independence Day, the media will publish all these pictures again and again. Business enterprises, large-format picture printers, photo treatment companies will repeatedly claim credits as well as reaping cash of the pictures they use but the original artist remains uncredited. ( Shutter2History )

I was very lucky to have met Malaysia great photographer Wong Swee Lin at his house, not many people here in Malaysia knew or have heard about him but to those who were born after our Independence Day 1957 sure enough have seen historical photograph taken by him, he have cover three Malaysia Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn. As a Malaysia we truly appreciated what you have done for our country, without people like you we can only here about the story without any pictures to see.

I don’t want to write long story about Wong Swee Lin here because it was too long but if you are interested to know more about him, I suggest you visit HERE

Talking About Blogging

July 14, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

First of all I would like to apologize to all of you who keep coming here but upset with nothing new to read here, actually I was a little bit busy lately and to make the thing worse is that my Apple MacBook Pro crash on 30th June, as usual each time when I woke up in the morning I will turn on my computer to watch the news and browse randomly on the internet but on that day when I hit the power button on my Mac, nothing happen, just a small sound, very short one and that’s it. My MacBook Screen blank, I try few times but nothing happen and I gave up so I bring my Mac to Apple Centre and what a shock, they told me that My MacBook Pro Logic Board need a replacement and to make the matter worse, I don’t have Apple Care, so I need to pay a heavy price for new Logic Board.

I have a lot of stories to tell and to share but sometimes I just don’t have much times to wrote, my works keep me away, for those of you who just get to know me, let me tell you that I was working full time as a photographer for the Government of Malaysia but I don’t quite often post my official assignment picture here, I just don’t want you to get bored. As an official photographer for the Government of Malaysia I cover politic or politician a lot especially our Prime Minister, his deputy and other Minister and we also cover our King function.

But here on my blog I just like to share a lighter side of me, I need a break from too much politics and that’s why from time to time I go out and shoot something else like a beautiful lady. It was just for fun. I like to Blog but I just can’t update it quite often, I wish I can. I hope my picture will be the extension of what I’m trying to say. Picture above was taken by my friend at the Marriott Hotel in Santiago Chile, you can see clearly a reflection of the Andes Mountain on the glass, it is very beautiful indeed. My job sometimes take me away from my family and the only  thing that made me feel just like at home is because of technology called the internet. Almost everyday when I’ve free time, I will Skype with my family back home in Kuala Lumpur, time different between Santiago and Kuala Lumpur is twelve hours, very easy to remember, a  different night and day…

PASS To | Another Busy Day

June 15, 2009
© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Kepada rakan-rakan seperjuanagn dalam bidang fotografi ni, nak mintak maaf la banyak-banyak andaikata, saudara ataupun saudari antara pengunjung setia ke sini, mintak maaf pasal tak dapat nak update sangat dengan cerita dari Langkawi, memang teramatlah sibuk, tak sempat nak berehat. Mana taknya, hari Ahad saya sampai di rumah dah lewat petang, esoknya pulak, saya dah mula sibuk dengan assignment Persidangan Menteri-Menteri Pelajaran Negara-Negara Komanwel di KLCC, full satu minggu dari pagi sampailah malam. Rasa macam nak patah pinggang pun ada memikul beg kamera ke hulu dan ke hilir.

Apa nak buat dah kerja, cuma nak bagitau saja, bukannya saya malas ke apa nak update, memang banyak perkara yang hendak dikongsi bersama namun apakan daya, masa amat terhad untuk saya. Saya menaip ni pun dah lewat tengah malam, HaiQal pun dah tidur. Ibunya pergi berkursus hampir seminggu di luar kawasan, so sementara dia pi berkursus ni, saya agak sibuk melayan HaiQal, hanya disebelah petang dan malam sahaja, setelah pulang dari bekerja, siang hari waktu bekerja, HaiQal di jaga oleh neneknya, ibu saya, rumah kali tak jauh dekat jer, so taklah jadi masalah sangat, cuma keletihan tu tetap terasa juga, bukan mengeluh ke apa, cuma berkongsi cerita, ada kalanya assignment saya meghiburkan dan ada kalanya agak membosankan, begitulah putaran kehidupan seorang jurufoto.