Penarik Beach located about 55km north of Kuala Terengganu is famous among local as well as foreign tourist for its pristine white sandy beach and turquoise blue sea. It is still untouched by development unlike the beaches on the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia. What makes this beach more interesting besides its beautiful seascape is it is also home to conventional offshore fishermen. Penarik Beach is located in Kampung Penarik whose inhabitants are made up of mostly fishermen. Last week I stopped by at this beautiful beach on the way back to Jerteh, my hometown, from Kuala Terengganu and managed to capture a couple of photographs of the fishermen’s activities there. It is a dying trade and I believe in the not too distant future this scene will vanish forever at the expense of the so-called development.
Stumbled on this scene when dropping by at Bandar Baru Kuala Lipis on the way back to KL from my hometown, Jerteh. Loved the smoke emanating from the burning charcoal added with low-angled lighting in the late evening. It gave a sense of drama and atmosphere. My personal opinion-lah
What do you think?
Four thousand years ago, the valley of Mecca was a dry and uninhabited place. According to Islamic history, the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) was instructed to bring Hajar and their child Ismael to Arabia from the land of Canaan by God‘s command.
As Ibrahim made ready to return to the land of Canaan, Hajar asked him, “Who ordered you to leave us here”? When Ibrahim replied: “Allah”(God), Hajar said, “then Allah will not forget us; you can go”. Although Ibrahim had left a large quantity of food and water with Hajar and Ismael, the supplies quickly ran out and within a few days the two were suffering from hunger and dehydration.
According to the story, a desperate Hajar ran up and down between two hills called Safa and Marwa seven times, trying to find water. Finally, she collapsed beside her baby Ismael and prayed to Allah for deliverance. Ismael struck his foot on the ground, causing a spring of water to gush forth from the earth. Other accounts have the angel Jibral (Gabriel) striking the earth and causing the spring to flow. With this secure water supply, they were not only able to provide for their own needs, but were also able to trade water with passing nomads for food and supplies. When the Prophet Ibrahim returned from Canaan to check on his family, he was amazed to see them running a profitable well.
The Prophet Ibrahim was told by God to build a shrine dedicated to him adjacent to Hajar’s well (the Zamzam Well). Ibrahim and Ismael constructed a small stone structure–-the Kaaba–which was to be the gathering place for all who wished to strengthen their faith in Allah. As the years passed, Ismael was blessed with Prophethood and gave the nomads of the desert his message of surrender to Allah. After many centuries, Mecca became a thriving city and a major center for trade, thanks to its reliable water source, the well of Zamzam.
One of the main trials of Prophet Ibrahim’s life was to face the command of Allah to devote his dearest possession, his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Allah’s's will. During this preparation, when Satan tempted Prophet Ibrahim and his family, Hajar and Ismael drove Satan away by throwing pebbles at him. To remember this rejection of Satan, stones are thrown during Hajj.
At the time of sacrifice, Ibrahim discovered a sheep died instead of Ismail, whom he hacked through neck. When Ibrahim was fully prepared to complete the sacrifice, Allah revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. Ibrahim had shown that his love for his Lord superseded all others: that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God. Muslims commemorate this superior act of sacrifice during Eid al-Adha.
I feel like sharing with you that my picture above was selected to be in the Daily Dozen in National Geographic website, Your Shot section.
Among the pictures submitted to Your Shot section in National Geographic website, 12 best pictures are chosen every weekday and from the pool of pictures for the whole month and the best two are selected to be printed in National Geographic magazine in the Your Shot section.
Below is the screen shot of my picture in National Geographic website in Your Shot Daily Dozen. It appeared in August – Week 2. Click here to go to Your Shot Daily Dozen and choose August Week 2 to get to the page below.
Every year in the month of Ramadhan muslims from within and outside Kuala Lumpur will throng Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman area to shop for clothes and food in preparation for their Eid festival or Hari Raya as they call it in Malay. They could get almost anything there at a bargain. It is such a happening and colourful place even the grand and glittering shopping malls around KL find it hard to match.
I took the opportunity to shoot around the bazaar last weekend. Enjoy the pictures!
Malaysians do not seem to be greatly affected by the current world economic slowdown despite the Bank Negara’s (the central bank) recent announcement of lowering the GDP growth forecast for this year resulting from worse-than-expected export slump. Instead you can still find them indulging in shopping frenzy whenever any shopping mall is having a sale.
I took this picture at Sogo Shopping Complex in Kuala Lumpur as Sogo is now having a sale before being reprimanded by a plain-clothes security guard that taking picture was not allowed inside the shopping mall. I obligingly left knowing that I have bagged at least a decent picture though.
Last Sunday I took a walk in and around PJ Old Town Market and tried my hand at street photography. I admit I am still a novice at street photography although this was not the first time I did it.
I welcome any criticism and comments with open arms.
Do you ever fancy becoming an audience at a photo talk by among the finest photographers in the world? Yes I mean among the finest photographers in the world not some Malaysian photographers who just started holding a DSLR last year and this year has started holding a photo talk showing half baked works, and worse they charge you to see his/her half baked works. Yes it happened in Malaysia but let’s not discuss it here.
The photo talk by the finest photographers that I mentioned above can be found at TED.com, an annual conference that brings together people from Technology, Entertainment and Design background, hence the abbreviation TED.
I have summarised and listed down here a selection of photo talks by world reknowned photographers as follows:
- David Griffin, National Geographic’s Director of Photography entitled Photography connects us with the world.
- James Nachtwey, considered the modern legend of war photographer and the winner of 2007 TED Prize. His presentation of touchy war photographs is entitled Searing pictures of war.
- Frans Lanting’s presentation entitiled A lyrical view of life on Earth
- James Nachtwey, another presentation by him entitled “Use my photographs to stop the worldwide XDR-TB epidemic”.
- Kristen Ashburn’s presentation entitled Heartrending pictures of AIDS.
- Nathan Myhrvold’s presentation entitled A life of fascinations
You can find more of equally powerful talks at TED not only on photography but also other topics.
Hope you enjoy those interesting photo talks.
It has been more than 3 years since I last shot the majestic Petronas Twin Towers. Although the Twin Towers have been shot to death they still attract many photographers who try to capture them from any unique angle or at any specific time when the lighting is different and unique from others. It is not an easy job capturing something that has become subject to various other photographers.
I decided to photograph the Twin Towers last Saturday. I drove there very early in the morning just after “sahur” and subuh prayer. It was still dark before 7.00 am and at 7.00am I had my first shot taking advantage of the dramatic deep blue sky at the crack of dawn. Thank God the weather was fine which resulted in very beautiful lighting without being covered by thick cloud. The nice lighting excited me and I spared no time to take advantage of it before it went away.
It is also a good opportunity to add to my collection of photographs to the image bank at which I park my photos for sale. You can browse my photos for sale at acclaimimages.com here.
Enjoy the pictures!
Some interesting facts about Petronas Twin Towers:
- Combined the towers have 1,000,000m2 of floor space;
- At the 41st and 42nd level a skybridge connects the two towers 170m/558f above the ground.
This bridge is 58.4m/192f long, weighs 750 tons and is open for the public since the end of 2000.
The entrance is free (closed on Monday!), but only a limited amount of timed tickets (800) is given out each day. Chances are you will have to wait in line quite a while, before you get such a free ticket;
and you’re only allowed on the bridge for a mere 10 minutes. Worth it?
Maybe, but instead a visit to the observatory of Menara Kuala Lumpur is much more interesting,
though there is an entrance fee there (of RM15);
- The towers have 32.000 windows;
- The building costs were US $ 1,2 billion;
- The towers were designed to symbolise strength and grace using geometric principles typified in Islamic architecture;
- Without pinnacle the buildings are ‘only’ 378m/1,240f tall;
- The towers are part of the 100-acre KLCC Development. Other components of the development include the Suria KLCC, a six-story, 93,000 square feet shopping centre (with 270 specialty shops, cinema’s and a food arcade), Menara Maxis, Menara Esso, the 20-hectare KLCC Park, a 6,000 capacity Surau, the District Cooling Centres to provide air conditioning and infrastructure works within the vicinity. The whole complex was built on a former horse-racing track;
- The towers’ complex includes an art gallery, an 840-seat concert hall, and an underground parking lot;
- The main occupant of the buildings is Petronas, the national oil-company;
- Though completed in 1998, the buildings were officially opened on August 28th, 1999;
- Each tower contains 80,000 m3 of concrete in strengths up to Grade 80, almost 11,000 tonnes of reinforcement, and 7,500 tonnes of structural steel beams and trusses.
- When standing in front of the building and looking towards the entrance, like seen on the picture above on the left (kl015), tower 2 is the building on the left, and tower 1 is the building on the right.