Out of the nest

Single Shot #17

This little Sunbird chick was venturing out of its nest for the first time. In a few hours, it will fly off to start a new life. Shooting birds requires lots of patience as they are shy and will fly away at the slightest movement. One way is to establish a schedule to be at the same spot regularly, moving closer to a better vantage point slowly. This way the bird will become familiar with the photographer’s presence and feel that less threatened.

Shooting this chick took a few days. The previous days, the chick was ensconced in the nest with only the beak showing. On the day this photo was taken, the chick was ready to take flight and to explore the wider world.  Wishing the chick a bon voyage and good luck.  See you soon.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 70 – 300 mm /f4-5.6, 1/100 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 400

Shooting the Rising Sun

Single Shot #16

What is it in sunrise that fascinates people? Definitely not the regularity as the sun rises everyday, and sets too. It’s the slowly revealing of the details with the dawning light and the anticipation of a new day. It is the transforming of the darkness and greyness to colour. It is also the dramatic lighting of the clouds from the low-angled light of the sun. That and more.

The sunrise at Angkor Wat attract thousands of photographers every morning. You can say that the photographers are, themselves, part of the landscape. The image below is one of the many that I shot at Angkor Wat and Siem Reap.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 24 – 105 mm /f4, 1/400 sec @ f/6.3 ISO 200

Quiet Comptemplation

Single Shot #15

Some photos communicates the mood better when processed in black and white. I took this image in my walk about on a hot afternoon in a crowded market. crowds were milling around, visiting and shopping and that was why this image seem especially poignant as the man seems to be lost in thoughts amongst the crowd.



Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 70 – 300 mm /5.6, 1/200 sec @ f/5.6 ISO 640
Post processing using Silver Efex Pro.

HK International Commerce Centre

Single Shot #14

The Hong Kong International Commerce Centre (ICC) is a 490m skyscraper is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. The 108 storey building is the tallest in Hong Kong (2016). Because floors ending the number ‘4’ were omitted, the building is marketed as a 118-storey building. It houses banks, retails outlets, restaurants and two hotels.  There is an observation deck aptly names Sky100 on the 100th floor. The Ritz Carlton Hotel occupies floor 102 to 118.  The swimming pool at the 118th floor is the highest in the world.

ICC was developed by Sun Hung Kai Properties and was completed in phases between 2007 and 2010. The tower was officially opened in 2011. The design architects was Kohn Pederson Fox Associates in association with Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd.

The photo was taken in November 2010 catching the reflection of a late morning sun on the top façade of the tower. The flare is real. Post processing was done to simulate the feel of film.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EFS 17 – 55 mm /f4 at 17 mm. 1/800 sec @ f/9  ISO 200 (cropped)