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The off-shore islands   Leave a comment


The off-shore islands

The off-shore islands in the late afternoon

The off-shore islands at dusk

A lovely evening at Inle Lake of Myanmar   2 comments


A lovely evening at Inle Lake of Myanmar

A lovely evening at Inle Lake of Myanmar

A lovely evening at Inle Lake of Myanmar

 

Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Edge”   2 comments


Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Edge”

My submission is the ” Sunrise at Penang Port ” for the theme “Edge” – Straighten Your Image. There are many straight lines to be straightened so I can only straighten the biggest mast of the yacht only – perfectly straight. Done.

SP Lim

 

Developing Your Eye II, Day Seven: “Edge”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Seven: “Edge”


Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Edge”

Day Eight: “Edge” — Straighten Your Image

  • At Ta Prohm, the jungle temple in the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, centuries-old carvings have fallen victim to time and tree roots. In some areas, walls still stand, their intact windows creating frames and portals. The solid, straight edges of the windows are a stark contrast to the stones that have tumbled down over time.
    Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Edge” ~ Straighten Your Image

    Developing Your Eye II, Day Eight: “Edge” ~ Straighten Your Image

     

    Today, show us an edge — a straight line, a narrow ridge, a precipice.

    Today’s Tip: Use an editing tool to check the alignment and adjust the image so that your edge is perfectly straight.

    Visit the resource page for straightening tips. Remember to tag your post with#developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

    Publish a new post

    Cheers,
    Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Developing Your Eye II ~ Day Six: “Landscape”   Leave a comment


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Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape”

My submission for Day Six themed “Landscape” is my cityscape of George Town at sunrise (missing the sun) taken from Penang Hill.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape” from Jeju Island of Korea

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape” from Jeju Island of Korea

This is my second submission of the seascape taken in 2013 at the Jeju Island of Korea. Hope you all like the two photographs taken locally and overseas.

SP Lim


Developing Your Eye II ~ Day Six: “Landscape”

Day Six: “Landscape” — Crop Your Image

Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can also capture a sweeping panorama of a city.

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape”

Developing Your Eye II, Day Six: “Landscape”

Today, take a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Today’s Tip: You may have trained your eye to crop your photo while viewing it “in camera.” But if not, crop your landscape photo once it’s uploaded onto your computer, using a free image editor like PicMonkey or Pixlr.

Visit the resource page for details on cropping and image editing tools. Remember to tag your post with #developingyoureye and check the Reader to see posts from fellow course participants!

Publish a new post

Cheers,
Cheri and the WordPress.com Team

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Landscape   20 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Landscape

    The Mangrove Swamps at Sunset

This was taken of the adjacent mangrove swamps at Bukit Tambun at sunset. We were enjoying the seafood at this small fishing village after a day’s trip to Ipoh for photo-shooting and eating pleasures. Ipoh is well-known like George Town, Penang for the delicious food too.

SP Lim

Bukit Tambun

This was taken of the adjacent mangrove swamps at Bukit Tambun at sunset. We were enjoying the seafood at this small fishing village after a day’s trip to Ipoh for photo-shooting and eating pleasures.

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Landscape
by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

After roadtripping through Utah’s surreal geological landscape last year, I bought a US National Parks pass and vowed to explore more of North America’s parks. There’s just so much to see.

On a recent hike up Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, I saw panoramic views of Southern California’s desert dotted with Joshua trees, rocky formations, and mountains far off in the distance:

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Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands, taken atop Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park, California.

For this week’s challenge, share a photo of a landscape: a wide establishing shot of a scene in nature or an urban setting. Landscape photography is typically displayed in a horizontal orientation; before getting started, read photographer Jeff Sinon’s tips on composition and finding the best shot.

For inspiration, browse our editors’ picks in the landscape category of Discover.

Cheri Lucas Rowlands | April 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Tags: landscape | URL: http://wp.me/p23sd-11Pg

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Half-Light   3 comments


Weekly Photo Challenge
Half-Light ~ a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story

As stated in the ending statement by Krista, I am not feeling especially literary or musical this week as in Malaysia, we did not study much about poem, verse, song lyric or story as our past educational lessons in English Literature was very limited. Those interested in poem and related subjects shall study or read on their own and this is not my cup of tea at all. Anyhow, this is a Weekly Photo Challenge and not a literary challenge so forget about the bonus points even if there is a prize, it shall be very unfair to those not well versed in English Literature, as the playing field is not level compared to United States,UK or other developed countries!

In my two submissions for Half-Light – also quite an interesting term for “Dusk or Dawn” in my interpretation. One photograph will show the scene before the sunrise that is early dawn or morning half-light at the Fishing Traps at the Chew Heritage Jetty of George Town. The other photograph of the Kek Lok Si Temple at dusk or evening half-light before the sunset.

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The Fishing Traps at the Chew Heritage Jetty of George Town. Taken before the last sunrise of the year.

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The Kek Lok Si Temple at dusk or evening half-light before the sunset.

SP Lim
Sadly poor in English Literature and Poetry.

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Half-Light
Share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story.
Photo by Krista. CCBY

By Krista

I love evening half-light: that time just before dusk when the sky still holds light as darkness creeps across the land.

That magical half-light reminds me of a favorite poem, “Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven,” by William Butler Yeats. These two lines in particular speak to me of comfort, warmth, and peace:

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light

Here’s the poem in its entirety:

Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

— William Butler Yeats

Krista WPC

Half-Light ~ Photo by Krista. CCBY

Photo by Krista. CCBY

Share a photograph inspired by a favorite poem, verse, story, or song lyric. Bonus points if you share why the particular text resonates with you. (Though you certainly don’t have to!) If you’re not feeling especially literary or musical this week, see if you can capture the beauty of morning or evening half-light in your corner of the globe.

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Photo 101 ~ Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town   Leave a comment


Photo 101
Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town

This photograph was taken during Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Outing of Sunrise at Penang Hill. However, the sun did not appear due to intense cloud coverage on the mainland. In the end we just took photographs of the cityscape. As city dweller, I seldom take natural landscape nor have the luxury of shooting beautiful natural landscape in the city and I shall search further for natural landscape which I took a few years ago on the Mainland from my photo archives. I submit this first entry until I get another natural landscape from my archives which is in another hard disc. Apologies.

As for my photo editing, I use Picasa for cropping and other required editing. It is very convenient for me as I am using for many years but the problem is the storage of the photographs as I have a few hundreds of files of numerous photographs. As a senior citizen, I forgot to label the hard disc so the problem of recalling starts.

SP Lim

Penang Hill Sunrise

A Hill View of the City of George Town, Penang at sunrise

Can you observe the faint lightings of the two bridges connecting Penang Island to the Mainland Penang? The First Penang Bridge is 13.5 km or 8.4 miles long, built by the Koreans of South Korea or Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; hanja: 大韓民國), while the Second Bridge is 24 km or 15 miles long, built by the Chinese of People’s Republic of China. The Second Penang Bridges is known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah or Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang).

Near Sungai Dua

The landscape of Seberang Perai Utara (Northern Part of Mainland Penang) with more natural greenery.

I managed to take this more natural landscape of the Northern part of Mainland Penang (Seberang Perai Utara in Malay) where animals like goats, cattle and chicken were reared. There are padi (rice) fields nearby.

SP Lim

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Photo 101
Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

We’ve practiced our establishing shots, captured street scenes, and observed the natural world. Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.

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Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Get inspired: the landscapes of nature photographer Kerry Mark Leibowitz are stunning.

Today’s Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? Sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look for:

Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.
A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the “Rule of Thirds”).
You can crop any image in your dashboard. When viewing the image in your Media Library, click Edit Image:
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In the Edit Image screen, drag your cursor across the frame to select the area of the image you’d like to keep. When you release, the crop option — the first icon at the far left — will become clickable. Clicking this button will crop your image.

While you can crop as much as you’d like off the sides, top, or bottom, your image may only need a subtle snip. Start slow, and crop little by little. If you make a mistake, restore the original version in the Edit Image tool under Restore Original Image.

If you choose not to use the crop tool in your dashboard, you can also use Photoshop, PicMonkey, or an application on your computer like Preview (Mac) or Photo Gallery (Windows).

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

March or Spring or Vernal Equinox with Heat Wave in Malaysia   2 comments


Sunrise

The Sunrise while we were on the way for a photographic outing in Kedah and Perlis.

A heat wave in Malaysia.

It is currently very hot and dry in Penang, Malaysia. Temperatures are soaring upwards to above 40 degrees Celsius. It is simply too hot to take photographs during the day-time, so photography has to take a back seat for the current heat wave for senior citizen like me. About 14 persons had been stricken with heat stroke already. Schools have to close if the heat wave continues as warned by the government. The heat with the high humidity is just too hot for my personal experience for this current heat wave, as I was able to bear these heat waves in the past. We have to take our bath more often (3 or 4 times a day) and drink at least 3 litres of water daily.

SP Lim

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The spring equinox officially arrives that Sunday at 12:30 a.m. EDT. Astronomically, the equinox March 20 signals spring’s beginning in the Northern Hemisphere, while in the Southern Hemisphere it marks first day of fall. It occurs when the sun crosses the celestial equator on its apparent way north along the ecliptic. The word equinox stems from the Latin words meaning “equal” and “night.”

From International Business Times.

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From Wikipedia

EQUINOX
An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September.

On an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. They are not exactly equal, however, due to the angular size of the sun and atmospheric refraction. To avoid this ambiguity, the word equilux is sometimes used to mean a day in which the durations of light and darkness are equal.

Etymology
The oldest meaning of the word “equinox” refers to a day when daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration.[4]

The word “equinox” comes from this definition and is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, aequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night).

Names

Spring equinox and fall (or autumn) equinox: colloquial names based on the seasons. However, these can be ambiguous since the northern hemisphere’s spring is the southern hemisphere’s autumn, and vice versa. The Latinate names vernal equinox (spring) and autumnal equinox (fall) are often used to the same effect.

March equinox and September equinox: names referring to the months of the year they occur, with no ambiguity as to which hemisphere is the context. They are still not universal, however, as not all cultures use a solar-based calendar where the equinoxes occur every year in the same month (as they do not in the Islamic calendar and Hebrew calendar, for example).

Northward equinox and southward equinox: names referring to the apparent direction of motion of the Sun. The northward equinox occurs in March when the sun crosses the equator from south to north, and the southward equinox occurs in September when the sun crosses the equator from north to south. These terms can be used unambiguously for other planets.

First Point of Aries and first point of Libra: names referring to the astrological signs the sun is entering. Due to the precession of the equinoxes, however, the constellations where the equinoxes are currently located are Pisces and Virgo, respectively.

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Photo 101 ~ Day Six: Penang Bridge ~ Connect & Tags   17 comments


Photo 101

Day Six: Penang Bridge ~ Connect & Tags

In the current theme of “Connect”, a simple entry of our famous icon and landmark of our Penang Bridge of 13.5 km or 8.4 miles, is submitted herewith. Now, we have a longer second bridge (24km or 15 miles long) named the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge or Penang Second Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah or Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang) E28 which is slightly further away from this first bridge but lesser used by the commuters owing to the higher toll and location.

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Still using the First Penang Bridge regularly.

From Wikipedia:-

BRIDGE

A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles without closing the way underneath such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. There are many different designs that each serve a particular purpose and apply to different situations. Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.

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The sun rose slowly over Penang Bridge

The Penang Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Pulau Pinang; Chinese: 槟威大桥; pinyin: Bīn-Wēi dà qiáo; Tamil: பினாங்கு பாலம்), route E36, is a 13.5-kilometre (8.4-mile) dual carriageway toll bridge and controlled-access highway in the state of Penang, Malaysia. The bridge connects Perai on the mainland side of the state with Gelugor on the island, crossing the Selatan Strait. The bridge was the first and, until 2014, the only road connection between the peninsula and the island. The bridge is the second-longest bridge in Malaysia and the fifth-longest in Southeast Asia by total length, with a length over water of 8.4 kilometres (5.2 miles).

The bridge was inaugurated on 14 September 1985. The current concession holder and maintainer of the bridge is PLUS Expressways. Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd was the concession holder before it was merged with the current concessionaire.

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Day Six: Connect & Tags
In this age of social media, we hear the word connect often, don’t we? Connect with us on Facebook! Connect with me on LinkedIn! Given what today’s technologies can do, it feels like the world is getting smaller, and we’re more connected than ever before.

There are many ways to interpret this theme: from a gadget to a handshake, from a bridge to a gathering among friends. What’s yours?

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Today’s Tip: Don’t forget to tag your post! Tags group your related posts together, help to organize your site content, and tell readers what a post is about. Tags make it easier for others to find your latest posts in the Reader, too.

Tag this post appropriately. “Photography” is a sure bet, and “photo101” — our official course tag — is a great way to connect with other participants. Consider other tags, too: for the image above, I might also tag it with “bridge” and “San Francisco.”

However, don’t over-tag! Between five to fifteen tags per post (or a combination of tags and categories) is good practice.

Cheers,
Josh R. and the WordPress.com Team

Early morning view of George Town, Penang   Leave a comment


This is the early morning view of George Town, Penang in the month of December, 2015.

SP Lim

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