Happy snapping and good luck to those who participate!
My small collection of waterfall shots.
Sungai Gabai Waterfall located about 30km from Kuala Lumpur City Centre.
Waterfall at FRIM, Kepong.
For bigger pictures please feel free to check out my pbase gallery under landscape + nature category.
National Geographic Magazine is well known to be one of the magazines that appreciates the quality of photography besides its informative and enlightening articles in promoting and expanding the geographic knowledge. Its staff photographers as well as its assigned contract photographers are considered the best photographers in the world who are always looked up to by other photographers worldwide.
Names like Jodi Cobb, Steve McCurry, William Albert Allard, David Alan Harvey, Michael “Nick” Nichols and Steve Winters just to name a few are modern legends who never cease to come up with awesome images that wow National Geographic readers in its each new issue. In fact its current Editor-in-Chief, Chris Johns was its staff wildlife photographer, not a writer, before he was promoted to be the Editor-in-Chief.
And to further prove that National Geographic is committed to promoting photography it allocates a large space in its website for activities related to photography and one of the sections that I find interesting is its Photo Tips.
The Photo Tips are divided into categories namely:
- Digital Photography Tips
- Landscape Photography Tips
- Travel Photography Tips
- People & Portrait Photography Tips
- Action & Adventure Photography Tips
- Videos: Photography Tips.
The contents of each article are pretty comprehensive and enlightening but the articles lack photos.
However don’t fret, there is another section that displays photographs by the renowned National Geographic photographers and each photograph is accompanied by a short note and tip why the photograph was taken and what makes it interesting. The section is categorised into five segment of galleries as follows:
- Gallery: Landscape Photo Tips
- Gallery: Travel Photo Tips
- Gallery: Adventure Photo Tips
- Gallery: Portrait Photo Tips
- Gallery: Digital Photo Tips
The opportunity to learn photography is endless on the Net and what’s more the lesson is provided by National Geographic Magazine, the authoritative party when it comes to photography.
Enjoy your lesson!
As a photographer you must have heard the phrase “f/8 and be there”. I don’t really know what it exactly means but as a photographer we can guess that it must surely mean that roughly if you set your aperture at f/8 which is normally the “sweet spot” of a lens and you can just shoot anything at that aperture without bothering to make any adjustment to the aperture. It is generally a general purpose aperture that you should stick to and what you should do is just concentrate on shooting without bothering much about the aperture (and shutter speed).
The result for The Press Photographer’s Year 2008 has just come out.
Take a look at the result and savour the superb photographic works by among the best photographers and photojournalists in the world here.
I found an academic working paper on Malaysian mosque architecture entitled “The Political Ideas of Islam and Their Influence on Mosque Architecture in Malaysia” by Mohd Tajuddin and Alice Sabrina very interesting. It discusses the architecture of three mosques in Malaysia namely Masjid Negara (The National Mosque), Masjid Putra (The Putra Mosque) and Masjid Rusila (The Rusila Madrasa) and the three leaders who conceived the idea of the mosque – Tunku Abdul Rahman al-Haj, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and Tuan Guru Hj Abdul Hadi Awang respectively. It is their thinking, vision on Islam and their political influence that gave great influence on the architecture of the three mosques.
While I have some pictures of The Putra Mosque and The National Mosque unfortunately I don’t have any picture of The Rusila Mosque (Madrasa). I will take its picture whenever I go back to Terengganu next time.
The Putra Mosque in the early morning
The Putra Mosque in the late evening
The National Mosque completed in the early 1960′s just after Malaysia achieved its independence on 31 August 1957.
Do read the working paper by Mohd Tajuddin and Alice Sabrina entitled “The Political Ideas of Islam and Their Influence on Mosque Architecture in Malaysia” here which is in PDF format.
Check out my previous blog entry on Mosque Architecture in Malaysia.