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Today is a bright and sunny Saturday ~ 5 August, 2017 in Penang   Leave a comment


Today is a bright and sunny Saturday ~ 5 August, 2017 in Gurney Drive, Penang

 

Today is a bright and sunny Saturday ~ 5 August, 2017

Sunrise on the morning of the Sumatra Earthquake on 11 April, 2012   Leave a comment


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I woke up at around 6.00 am this Wednesday morning as I was going to the Tanjung City Marina to join my friends for an early dawn shooting of the sunrise. The colours in the sky was running riot with such splendid vivid colours of so many shades and hues ranging from red, orange, yellow to blue. The cloud formations were simply irratically arranged and abnormal. Probably, nature was showing us something was about to occur – stormy rains. The end result was the earthquake of over 8 in the Richter scale off Sumatra – happenning on the Indian plate of the earthquake=prone area. Penang was prepared for a warning of a tsunami strike at 9.11 pm that night but it was later aborted at 8.30 pm. It is better to be prepared than caught “with the pants down” .

SP Lim

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own. — Carol Burnett

Preparations for Lian Hua Dong Temple Procession on early Sunday morning of 4 March, 2012   Leave a comment


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I was early to shoot the Floats along Scotland Road but before I could take my camera out of my bag, it started to pour heavily. Not wanting to wet my camera, I wore a raincoat around myself and also my camera bag. After about 10 minutes of heavy rain, it came a stop and managed to shoot a few photographs depicted in this series. Happy viewing.

SP Lim

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. — Steven Wright

Taiping before the rain-storm   Leave a comment


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Stopped over at Taiping as I thought I can capture the Lake Gardens but the weather was cloudy. Soon the rain bursted out of the dark clouds showering the town – which is well-known as the wettest town in Malaysia. Well, the best plans can usually go wrong if the weather is an unwilling ally. Took a few shots and had lunch. Bye Taiping – some other time then.

SP Lim

My favourite Wayang or Chinese Opera portraits from the Hungry Ghost Festival 2011   Leave a comment


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Sometimes, I think some great photographs have some lucky element in them. Yes, indeed to me for this 2011 season of Hungry Ghost Festival. At times I felt so lazy to go out of the house for this nightly outing of photography – not for supersition but sheer laziness and lethargy as grossly overweight from the recent durian season. I started off on the second week of the Hungry Ghost Festival ( lasts a month ) so I missed out on the only Cantonese Wayang which usually took place at Jalan Samak. Luck also plays a part in shooting the more “premier” Wayang Troupe than the “mediocre” one. The current one performing near my place of residence at Pulau Tikus Market is of lesser standard as one compares the leading “stars” in the drama. After shooting for half an hour, I was dissatisfied and had to call it a night. Probably tonight I can be more lucky in the selection as I might go to observe 4 Wayang Troupes if they are still performing in town. Getai/Kotai/Koh Tai, the modern-type of singing performances are not my cup of tea so I seldom shoot these performers. Lighting also played a part in getting good photos – conducive lighting is in between the over-glacing one and dimly-litted one. The last one shall be the use of better equipment like better lenses – f2.8, L lens, with Image Stabilizer, etc. can easily compensate my poorer skills. Bye for now, as I am running off to tonight’s photoshoot and hoping for the last favourable factor – good weather with no rain.

SP Lim

Difficult to be a good Wedding Planner and Wedding Photographer   Leave a comment


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In every profession, the phrase of “easy and smooth sailing” is indeed unpredictable. Yesterday, I was awaken by telephone call from a friend, S.Y. Cheah. He happened to go on his morning stroll at Youth Park or now known as the Penang Municipal Park near Botanic Garden, Penang. He happened to see another mutual friend of our from Poh Hock Seah who is also a keen photographer K.W. Choong. He is there at the Youth Park to capture photographs from an upcoming wedding planner’s company in Penang with all the attractive imported stuff for wedding functions and wedding photography. Well, it was indeed a great moment of opportunity of capturing some good photos and learn something about wedding photography as there were two professional wedding photographers. To sut the matter short, it is indeed a trying and difficult profession as one have to depend on the good weather with good lighting condition. On that morning, the weather was dull and cloudy. After the rain clouds drifted away it was sunny again. However, unfortunately the rain clouds drifted back again and it started to drizzle slightly creating a less favourable lighting condition at around noon. They started off early at 9.00 am. At this point, I took off as I need to download my takes (photos) for the lessons of the morning. I must say thank to my friends and the staff of the new company and the wedding photographers for the great opportunity and wishing a great start to their new business venture.
Oophs, sorry … I forgot about the lovely couple, the first client of the company, for being such sporting and loving “models”. Kamsiah and wishing both of you a very happy marriage.

SP Lim

A wet Wednesday   Leave a comment


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Yes, it started to rain very heavily and definitely dampened one’s heart with depressing feeling. I can well remember that my late wife told me that she liked rainy days by listening to the rhythm generated by the raindrops on trees and our awnings which can be quite deafening sometimes. With her gone, I shall alone listen to these falling raindrops from above. Well, it is also time to switch off our TV as the Astro decoder cannot work with falling rain as ” Services currently unavailable “. I thought they promised to resolve the issue but as “1Malaysia & Malaysia Boleh” slogans – just mere empty promises. Back to the rain, rain can both a blessing and threat. Why? Rain is the exilir of life to the dying vegetation and shrinking lakes in certain drougfht-stricken parts of China and death threatening to the Mississippi River with her banks overflowed leading to massive floods last month of May 2011. The weather of the world is playing havoc and perhaps a signal to worse scenario to befall us in the near future. Is the Aztec Calendar with the year 2012 being not documented signal the end of humankind. I can safely say it is our own doing that causes this karma.
SP Lim

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