As planned I went back to shoot the hot air balloon in Putrajaya in the morning on its last day today (Sunday, 22 March 2009).
Unfortunately the morning weather was unfavourable. The sky was cloudy resulting in flat lighting and whitewashed sky – something that photographer dislikes big time because the resulting photo will not be satisfying no matter how much you spend your time on Photoshop trying to “enhance” it. If the lighting is flat it is flat, full stop. No software could make it any better. So instead of shooting more balloons in flight I concentrated more on the details and the activities of inflating the balloons. It was, I admit, an interesting sight, nevertheless.
Photographers squeezing their way into the ballon inflating area where only photographers are allowed
The balloons took off
The flying balloons
Inside the pink balloon
The pattern inside one of the balloons
The pilot pumping in the hot air
Red and pastel-coloured balloons
Although in the morning the light was flat and dull due to the cloudy weather I went there again in the afternoon hoping that the lighting would improve in the evening. And the lighting did improve a lot. In the late evening it was the magic hour in its true sense! Do enjoy the pictures below.
Illuminated by the warm rich evening light
The lighting that every photographer dreams of
The balloons flying over the Putrajaya Lake
Hovering over the MOF Building
The balloons were approaching the Putra Mosque
Hovering over the Putrajaya prominent landmarks
The cruising boat entering the frame added drama to the dreamy scene
The silhouetted balloon flying over the apartments in Putrajaya
Ever since I blogged about the upcoming hot air balloon fiesta in Putrajaya my blog’s hits have skyrocketted. Obviously it is a keenly-awaited event especially among photographers.
I went there on the first day on 19 March 2009. Thank God the weather was perfectly fine with blue sky and generous sunlight and yes it was not disappointing. It’s a shame though I arrived a little bit late. Upon arrival many balloons have taken off as they started inflating as early as 7.00am while I arrived at 8.00am.
However I still managed to capture a handful of balloons and the activities of inflating the balloons and I was also able to capture its surrounding.
For those who couldn’t make it on 19 March and 20 March the event is still on until Sunday. I plan to shoot again on the last day i.e. Sunday, 22 March 2008
I am delighted to share those tremendously colourful pictues with you here.
This red balloon in the shape of a coffee mug belongs to The New Zealand team.
Heating up the air inside
Mug-shaped balloon belonging to a New Zealand Team
The yellow balloon belonging to the Malaysian team
Preparing to inflate
Balloons of Malaysian and New Zealand team
Hot air pumped in
Belgian team came up with a clown-faced balloon
Spectators and photographers
Shadows of spectators
Inside the balloon
The Malaysian balloon took off
The motor gliders on show
The balloons and zappelin flying over Putrajaya
The Malaysian team
To see more and larger pictures please visit my online photo gallery here.
Do come back as there will be more photos of hot air balloon. The fiesta is not over yet. Do watch this space
By the way comments and criticism are welcome with open arms.
Yesterday I went for street shooting as I was on leave. Unfortunately the weather was not favourable. I went out in the afternoon and after a while it rained pretty heavily. Yes, rain can present a totally different photo opportunity you might argue but I couldn’t find any yesterday when it was raining. Perhaps I was not prepared to take rain shots.
However here are a few decent shots that I bagged from somewhere in the neighbourhood of Section 14 PJ.
Comments and criticism are welcome with open arms.
Man at work | I believe true fitness is what it takes to do this kind of strenous job.
Someone is looking over your shoulder! | I found the image of the cyclist on the billboard realistic and proportionate to the real human size and the cyclist appears as if he was looking at the mobile phone that these two gentlemen were discussing.
Staircase in a cage
It has been quite a long time since I last took a night shot. Night photography is not everybody’s favourite but if the timing, the light and the subject are suitable it can produce an awesome result. One thing to remember though, night scene should be shot while the sky still retain some colour and not to be done when the sky is totally dark. The sky still has some colour before 8.30pm i.e. before Isyak prayer time for muslim.
Today I went to take some night shots somewhere near Universiti LRT station along the Federal Highway. The subject is Menara TM and its surrounding.
Menara TM at night
Menara TM under the moon
Menara TM along the ever busy Federal Highway
The light trails on the Federal Highway
Please check out the earlier posting on the Menara TM.
On 25 February 2009 my wife gave birth to our fourth child at the Serdang Hospital at 1.35pm through cesarean section.
It’s a girl and she is our third princess in the family. Alhamdulillah, thank God the baby and the mother are both doing fine.
My wife and I would like to immensely thank all the staff involved at the Serdang Hospital – the specialist doctors, medical officers, nurses and the rest of other staff – for their professionalism, dedication, helpfulness and hospitality that they have shown while my wife and our baby were there. Thanks so much.
We also would like to express our gratitude to our parents, siblings, in-laws, relatives and friends who prayed for the safety and the well-being of both mother and the baby.
It is hard to describe how nervous and apprehensive I was whenever waiting for the arrival of a newborn child as we never knew whether both the mother and child would come out safely. It is all in the hands of God and we can only pray to God for their safety.
Last but not least I wish to thank my wife, Nina, for being so patient and so willing to endure all the unbearable pain of giving birth to our fourth child through cesarean section. That makes my love for you much stronger.
Our princess on the second day
Still on the second day
Baby with her sister, Batrishia
Baby at home on the third day
Baby at home on the third day