Posts Tagged ‘Photojournalism’

Istanbul | Istiklal Caddesi

December 5, 2009

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This is among my favorite picture of Istiklal Caddesi in Istanbul, there are a lot of peoples here, you really can get lost in time here, watching people doing their business along the street or simply watching people just enjoy walking here. Definitely this is a must visit place for any traveler or tourist who come and visit Istanbul apart from most common tourist attraction like Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya at Sultanahmet. People here really doesn’t bother so much of you taking picture of them, maybe most people here are so accustomed with photographers taking their picture, after all, this is among the most popular tourist attraction in Taksim Turkey.

About the editing, I use a light texture to et a vintage kind of feel here. If you like to know a bit about my processing, here it goes, first I do my editing as usual, adjusting colors and contrast, then I choose “Blue Channel”, Red, Green and Blue Channel give different kind of monochromatic image, so in this case I like to use Blue Channel, copy that Channel and paste it on top of the layer, and start working from it. Turn it into sepia image before adding texture. The original texture are a bit hard, I just want a lightly texture, so I play around with the opacity, I mean reduce a bit the opacity of the texture until satisfied. Here I use soft light blending mode, which is always my favorite blending option. So if you have the time, play around, give your picture some artistic touch into it. If you don’t like doing heavy editing, that was fine but for me I like to try new thing, I like my picture to have “feel” when people watch it.

I don’t called this editing as a “manipulation” but an “enhancement”, the story is still there, the people are real, I did not add or remove what’s being there or what’s not being there, well, maybe I add a “texture”, that’s it. Those thing does not in anyway change the content of the picture, the people, the activity and the surrounding, it’s just that with this kind of an “enhancement” you can “feel it”…

HaiQal | Backlighting

September 28, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

When I start as a PRESS photographers among few things that bother photographers is “Backlighting”, whether it came from artificial light source or from natural light, sometimes PRESS photographers will shout or ask politely to their subject to move here and there to block the “backlighting”. Backlighting can cause “flare” that make our subject unclear especially on their face. Sometimes photographers will use flash and most of the times they do use flash to put back light onto their subject face so it does not appear to be dark and it is true that metering is tricky for backlighting.

To cut the story short, I love backlighting but that depend on my subject, as for example on my son pictures above, backlighting really add interest to my son hair, make it glow with rim light, in fact I did position my wife and my son so both of them catch the sunlight. Some of my friends ask me whether I use flash or reflector to fill in the light on my subject face. No I don’t, I don’t use flash and I don’t use reflector, I’m not a fashion photographer and I don’t want my shooting look like a commercial shot.

I took the metering on my subject face, if you are using PROGRAM Mode on your camera without any customization, your subject may appear dark because your camera will try to get some balance between the bright area and dark area of your subject, your camera exposure meter doesn’t know which one is important and which one is not. I rarely use PROGRAM Mode, most of my shooting are on MANUAL, so I took a reading on my subject face and forget the rest. Yes the background will be blown out, sometimes there is no details but in this case, like the picture above, the background is not my focus, so I don’t bother about getting the right exposure for that. There you go very simple and my editing is simple also and you can see I like to get my pictures especially portraiture have warm feeling or tone, during editing I bump up the temperature until my eyes satisfied.

Actually there is a lot of things going on about that picture above, I plan my shots even before I get out of the house, I’m very particular about my subject cloth,  when I see my wife or my son wearing something that I didn’t like, I’ll ask them to change the cloth or there is no photo shooting. For me a great shooting comes from great planning, most peoples doesn’t know what’s get on behind the scene, some people doesn’t bother to look deeply inside a picture and ask themselves why this particular picture work, why this picture grab our attention, why this picture stop us to look at it a little bit longer. that’s is how I view my favorite pictures on the Web, I stop and look and ask my self, why this pictures work and why some others not. That’s how I learn, I learn by looking at a picture, not just looking, but look deeper, thinking and then absorb the knowledge that can be found on each of a great pictures if we care to look at it more intensely rather than just browsing.

Welcome Home

September 9, 2009
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© 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.

Photographer | The Unsung Hero

July 16, 2009
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© 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

Excuse Me | I Was Approach by Two Policeman

May 7, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

This is my first time I set my foot in London, it was among my favorite destination but this is not my destination, I’ve wrote previously that I was in London because flight transit, from Heathrow airport I take Heathrow Connect to Paddington Station in Central London and from there we walk around, unfortunately the weather wasn’t good on that day, it was raining and very hard to find a shelter there. To cut the story short after we are tired of walking around not too far away from Paddington Station, I get back to the station and take few pictures in front of the entrance like the one you see above and later on I was approach by two policeman with a dog, you can see the police in the picture above, those in green.

When they approach me, one of the police officer ask me, whether I’m a tourist, yes I said, I’m a tourist and he asked me thet he want to look at what I’m photographing, so I show them my camera LCD, I asked them, is it ok with my picture, do I need to delete them, can I keep my picture, after he browse through my picture through LCD, he said ok, there is no problem, I can keep my picture after he take my name and see my passport and I’m free to go, no question asked later. Those police officer does not touch my camera, I was holding my camera and showed them the picture that I’ve take, I know why those two police officer come after me, there was a case not too long ago where one of the subway get bombed, so they need to know what I’m doing, whether I’m planning something with my picture or not and I’ve read somewhere that there was a story where London Police officer delete a picture from a tourist who take a shot of public transport in London. I personally think they have no right deleting someone else picture, if there was a case, it should be brought to the court and if the pictures being deleted, there was no case, no evidence, that was my personal point of view.

One thing that I want to let you all know is that, the police officer that approach me does not harasses me, he is very polite, does not push me around, and he treat me well, after they write my name on his notebook, he keep me free, no question asked. Everybody will have a different experience with London police, and that is my experience.

Kuala Lumpur | London

April 18, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

Syukur Alhamdulillah, akhirnya setelah 12 jam dan 20 minit dalam penerbangan saya telah selamat sampai ke Heathrow Airport London tepat jam 5:30am waktu London, masih blur-blur lagi waktu sampai di sini, maklumlah first time sampai kat sini, orang kampung sampai di Kota Raya London, semua benda nampak menarik dipandang, memang sibuk di Heathrow ni, pelbagai jenis manusia yang boleh kita jumpa di sini. Saya bukannya keseorangan di sini tapi dengan sekumpulan Media yang bertugas atas urusan rasmi untuk negara tercinta. Beban yang dipikul memang berat, tapi insyaAllah akan dilaksanakan sebaik mungkin.

Lama sebenarnya kami transit di Heathrow ni, lebih kurang 12 jam, bukan takde flight line tapi kami terpaksa menunggu ketibaan sebahagian lagi delegasi dari Malaysia di sini, sebelum meneruskan perjalanan ke Kota Santiago di Chile. Oleh kerana masa menunggu yang amat panjang, kami mengambil keputusan untuk keluar mengambil angin sebentar di Kota London, pilihan terbaik kami ialah dengan menggunakan train ataupun lebih dikenali dengan “tube” di sini. Kami mengunakan “Heathrow Connect” dari airport untuk ke Central London, perjalanan mengambil masa lebih kurang 25 min untuk sampai ke Paddington Station di Central London dengan tambang £6.90 untuk one way ataupun £13.80 untuk return ticket balik ke Airport, kami membeli return ticket kerana kami hanya akan keluar sebentar sahaja sebelum kembali ke airport dan meneruskan perjalanan ke Madrid dan seterusnya ke Santiago Chile.

Kami difahamkan perjalanan akan mengambil masa lebih kurang 2 jam ke Madrid Spain dan 13 jam 30 min dari Madrid ke Santiago Chile, perjalanan yang amat panjang dan cukup memenatkan, tambahan pula dengan Time Zone yang berbeza-beza, sedikit sebanyak memeningkan kepala. Perbezaan waktu di Chile dan Malaysia adalah 12 jam, senang nak kira, kalau di Malaysia 8 pagi di Santiago Chile 8 malam. InsyaAllah ada masa saya sambung lagi.

Farewell | Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

April 4, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

” I became a photographer because it involved me in the entire world around me. “I became a photographer because it provided me with food for my soul and bread for my table. “I became a photographer because it enable me to observe the human condition and to record the parade of human events…”

Malaysia New Prime Minister Sworn In

April 4, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

First of all I would like to say thank you for all visitors to my blog, I’ve written anything lately, just pictures, actually I do have a lot of stories to tell but my time was very limited, this past few days was really busy for me and my department, we are working very hard to document a history for our country, we just have our new Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak sworn in as a Malaysian Prime Minister before Malaysia King, you can see the picture above, in order to cover this event we must all the necessary preparation and there was rehearsal to attend to, we cannot make any mistake, this kind of thing happen just once, we must get it right, there is no such things as second chance like shooting model, if your picture is blur, you can reshoot but this one, either you get it sharp or you don’t. It was a heavy responsibility indeed. I wish I can wrote in details about the ceremony but I’m really tired, hopefully my pictures can speak, if you have any questions, just use the comments bellow to voice your question and I will try my very best to answer that.

Assignment with Prime Minister

April 2, 2009
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UMNO | Historical Assignment

March 29, 2009
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© 2009 Wazari Wazir

© 2009 Wazari Wazir

This is actually truly a historical assignment, I’m talking about politics in Malaysia. Usually I don’t like to publish my official job here, I don’t want you to get bored with all those political figure but this one is different. It was not an easy coverage, a lot of photographers here, all great angle are fully occupied by a photographers, they just don’t want to miss anything from any angle. It was historical indeed to welcome back former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad taking his busy life even after retired to come to this UMNO annual general assembly and what surprise others is that he walk to the stage and shake hands with his “friends” there, especially with Malaysia incoming Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Prime Minister himself Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. I don’t want to write about politic here so much, I guess you can read the whole story somewhere else, I just like to focus on photography aspect here.

About photography, I’ve heard my friends complain that, they are running out of memory, their battery camera runs dry, for me, to cover this historical event, we as a photographers must be 100% ready. The night before assignment, please make sure your camera battery fully charge, make sure also to bring extra battery, most photographers here are using 300-400mm lens, so the battery run dry faster than if you are using wide angle lens. Please format your card, so you don’t wasting your time formating your card when you change your card here and make sure bring extra memory card. The best thing is if you can bring an additional camera body, I mean bring two camera if that is possible, one camera with wide angle lens and the other with telephoto lens, 300mm or 400mm is a must here, there is not much times to switch lens while covering this event. Things can happen unexpectedly like picture above, nobody expect that Tun will come down from where he is sitting above the hall to the stage. If you are running out of battery or memory card, you are in trouble, this is not a model shooting where you can repeat again and again, this is once in a lifetime coverage, if you don’t get it, you don’t get it.

For me I’ll always make sure that at least I’ve another 100 free shots on my memory card, if there is only 50 shots left, I’ll change the memory card, I don’t want to gamble here because during this event, I shoot continuously in burst mode so the memory can filled up pretty quickly, just to tell you the truth, I don’t get 100% sharp image, some are blurry or shaking and few of them are a bit underexposed because my flash could not recycle fast enough in burst mode, I did not use external battery for flash because I don’t have it.

What I’m trying to share with you here is that be prepared for something that will happen, unexpected thing do happen in this kind of events, so get ready…