Thursday, October 9, 2014

My 28mm Journey of Kuantan feat Tokina 12-24mm

Last long weekend, cracked my head not knowing where to go and what to do. The usual tourist site surely packed full of peoples and the traffic will be bad either. It cross my mind that I have never been to east coast, so Kuantan we went! Quickly find a hotel on Agoda few days before and start googling on what's the attraction over there.

Usually people went Kuantan to visit the famous ClubMed at Cherating or the rainbow waterfall at Sungai Lembing. The other attraction include the Teluk Cempedak beach and also the Sungai Pandan waterfall. The 4 hours journey from Melaka to Kuantan through the state road. I don't have to pay a single cent for toll!

First stop to the Sungai Pandan Waterfall, this waterfall is very well maintained but the road to the waterfall is quite remote and you have to passby a quarry before reaching the gate. I bring my D90 with Tokina 12-24 installed with a 10-stop variable ND filter for silky waterfall scene! I planned for this. Besides, the cool little X100s is always with us where ever we go.

The air is refreshing in the forest area beside the waterfall.
Alice in the wonderland scene? use IR filter in post processing.

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This shot is taken by her. Convert it to black and white and it's kinda cool!
The waterfall is larger than I expected based on the photos I have seen online. The standard lens hardly fit in the whole waterfall.
Besides just trying to go somewhere for vacation and relax, I have planned for this shot at this waterfall. Therefore I bring the wide angle and the 10-Stop variable ND filter with me in order to create the classic silky waterfall scene. Tripod is a must too! I din't bring my remote shutter release so I just use the self timer to take the shot. 

This is the output I imagine when planning for this trip!
This is me, after 10-20 shots, I stopped shooting knowing that I have got what I want. Many often forget the purpose of a vacation is to being there, enjoy and immerse into the place rather than behaving like a trigger freak. 

Taken by my very professional assistance of course.
While I'm shooting the waterfall, she got bored and start taking selfie. X100s really produce excellent image considering she was backlit and the lens flare on the top left actually got diffused by my UV filter I believe.
Selfie time!
This is the forest area beside the waterfall. I do some post processing to make the trees looks like a reflection.
We then check-in to our hotel and just chill off. First day is pretty much done! The next day we visited the Teluk Cempedak beach about 15 mins from the hotel. The weather is cloudy and I cannot complain about it. So, panorama shot! The image below consist of 2 sweep of pano from the x100s then later merge again using Microsoft ICE programs. The image then further enhance the saturation in post. 
Teluk Cempedak beach
This photo also merged using 2 frame.

Wide angle for a portrait shoot often create some interesting perspective. Just watch out and dont place your subject near any corner.
a curious monkey! Please be extra careful on your belonging.

There is one person in this photo!
To demonstrate what aperture does to an image. I then shoot this pose using various aperture to show her. The below one was shot wide open.

Sample Image from X100s wide open at f/2

I left the tripod in my car so I cant create silky seascapes. 

grandpa monkey
We then move on and go to Sungai Lembing approx. 45 mins from Kuantan town. I have purchased the ticket for the entrance to this Tin Mines Museum. It cost RM15 per person (Malaysian) and RM30 for foreigner. I have not much expectation here. After visit this place, I think I will never come again. To be fair, the tour guide over here is very friendly and help us take lots of photos.

600 meters below ground.

The train track into the mines.
On our way back, we pass by this magnificent cave. Once the long way drive in only we realize its an Indian temple within the cave.

Gua Charas, Sungai Panching

Suspension bridge near Sungai Lembing.
Last but not least, we stopped by KL for dinner and drinks meeting friend.

Hope you enjoy reading this. Thank you.

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