Brave the Penang Storm

Most photographers like to photograph their landscape pictures on a beautiful day with clear sunny blue sky, without a doubt scenery as such makes us happy. I used to be doing that at the past, but things change slightly nowadays for me. I think artists are crafters of human thought and emotion, I want to try expressing the emotion and dramatic mood in my landscape photography.

Since then, I started chasing storm clouds in Penang Island since the last two years. The mother nature never fails to surprise me with the spectacular phenomenon. Now, I would go out when I know there will be a storm, to try get some pictures. The downside of shooting at bad weather is that, if you are unprepared it’s easy to get soaking wet or having your gears damaged by rain water. And not forgetting, the possible risk of being strike by lightning.

Often, I will carry a big umbrella with me when I plan to chase the storm. I always have my bag’s built-in rain coat on to protect my gears from getting wet. A cleaning cloth is a must, to get ready for the needs to wipe off rainwater on my camera lens. Most importantly, I think there is not a single photo that is worth more than our own life, it’s always good to think of our own safety when photographing on the field.

To get massive storm clouds in Penang Island can be quite rare due to our geographical location. Penang island is strategically sheltered between the peninsular of Malaysia and Sumatra of Indonesia. Fortunately, we still get monsoon season in Malaysia, so this will give us some variation of climates throughout the year.

From these photos, maybe you can relate that having the best photographic gears are not the things that make a good photographer. In my opinion, it is the commitment and effort to anticipate that perfect shot matters. I hope you enjoy what I am sharing, feel free to share them with your friends. Thank You

 

 

 

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Lightning Season in Penang Island

For almost a week, Penang was hit by massive lightning. The funny thing is the lightning show start almost everyday at the same time, which is in the evening. I’m always fancy about lightning, I start shooting lightning with my film SLR back in 1992. For DSLR I only manage to get some start from this week. To make a lightning interesting, foreground is rather important, but safety always put in the first priority.

Some of my tips on lightning shooting……….

1.You need a tripod for the long exposure shot. Lightning often happen in a split of a second but what you need to do is actually shot in longer exposure to “wait” for it to happen.  In this case, tripod is a must.

2.Sometime you have to purposely keep your setting under expose, so when lightning appear in your frame, it will make the exposure just nice but this sorely depends on luck also, sometime the lightning will come out of no where to over expose your shot.

3.Continuously shooting mean let your shutter continue clicking no matter what happen. that is the only way to be “lucky” to get some of it.

4. Prepare to get wet on your lens as most of the time you need to point your lens higher to capture the lightning on the sky, do prepare a lens cleaning cloth to clean your lens when ever is necessary.

5.Brave the Storm. The only way to get the lightning is to go out and shoot during the storm, before you go just prepare some covers to keep your gears dry but also remember safety first, find a safe place for your shooting, don’t every use a tree as your cover,  you are not THOR.

I hope I can get more in the following week. Below are some compilation of my lightning photos. Hope you like it.

Penang Second Bridge

In conjunction with the opening of Penang Second Bridge or Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge, I’m here to display my all time favorite photos – The making of the second bridge.

My partner and I have been photograph this Penang second bridge for almost a year, it was never an easy assignment on a bridge to be honest.  Hazards are found everywhere, we must make sure taking care our own safety during the shoot. The purpose of China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) assign us is because base on the photos we have share in George Town Facebook page They hope we can shoot something extraordinary with the bridge, and not those building progress. So this is what I have created and hope to share with all the nation of Malaysia.

These photos are for display only. Those on display here available for licensing or purchase as print. Please contact me for further enquiries or to discuss your photographic needs if you are interested, you may contact my email jordan.lye@gmail.com or you can purchase it through my website Stocks Gallery

 

Outbound Love Penang Scene, 单恋双城,槟城拍摄地点

当《单恋双城》开播时,因为没有大牌明星的阵容,而且也只是 小制作的电视剧,所以就钩不起我的兴趣去看。而家里只有我老婆在追看,原因是洪永城主演,她是他的超级粉丝。虽然老婆她一直告诉我很多拍摄的景点都在槟 城,但我一点儿兴趣都没有,反而觉得还是忙我的东西比较好。

至到某几天闲着没事做,就陪老婆看了一、两集,但却让我慢慢的中毒了,这部剧吸引我的地方 其实不是它的主题歌和剧情,而是一幕幕很有亲切感的槟城街道和风景,一点一滴的钩起了我很多的回忆。

我虽然生长在槟城三十多年,但因为家在亚依淡区,平时也很少到市区活动,所以对喬治市这地方不是很熟悉。直到去年承接了喬治市世界遗产的拍摄工作,我开始 放慢脚步穿插在这陌生的地方,开始寻找和摸索一个个具槟城特色的拍摄地点。为了让这拍摄成果更有声有色,我也不断的和喬治市里各行各业的人交谈及进行拍 摄,以确保不错过任何一个角落、任何一个细节。这长达三个月的拍摄过程虽有时不顺利,有时也很累,但它可说是我人生中另一个前所未有的摄影体验。所以看着 这《单恋双城》时,就特别有感触,仿佛一张张拍摄的照片在脑海里盘旋、万般滋味在心头。

看了几遍后,也开始喜欢上它的主题歌和剧情,就把《单恋双城》在槟城所拍摄的每一个地点重新整理,以自己的照片把它们展现出来,好让自己以及同样也在寻找这份浪漫的朋友们不 断回味它的美,共享我们的共同回忆。 希望大家会喜欢。

p/s :所有拍摄地点的照片乃未完整记录在内,有待更新,敬请跟进

如果有兴趣要游览那些地方的话可联络我 jordan.lye@gmail.com

 

I try to show all those scene with my photos on the outbound love drama (单恋双城), but I know I still miss out a lot of them, will keep update on it. If you have any suggestion please do let me know. Here my outbound love tour begin…….

Light Painting Part II

After a few attempts of my very first light painting, I’m looking forward for some improvement to make it nicer with ambient light and better composition. Sometime I’m think of shooting alone but going out alone in such a remote place I know is a bad idea. In photography safety always come first, photo come second. This mean I must always wait for my friends availability for the next outing in some new location.

The main challenge is to find a place which is “ideal” enough for the shot, because you need to open your shutter for a while to capture the light. After try some error, I slowly can control some of the movement of steel wool and the LED lights. I notice location is the key to make the photos interesting, and a bit of moon light illumination will be great. I will survey out some locations when I got the time for my next light painting shot.

My advice for those who like to try with steel wool photography, make sure you cover your body well to prevent any accident that might happen or may surprise you, especially your eyes and hair. Investing in a safety sunglasses and hat won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We just want to have fun in light painting and not to be a hero, better safe than sorry.