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

 

 

 

Batu Kawan Toll Plaza

There are two toll plazas for the Second Penang Bridge . The first is called the Integrated Toll Plaza while the second is called the Second Penang Bridge Toll Plaza. Both are located in the mainland Batu Kawan

The purpose of this shooting is the LED light and street light that the company supplied. There are some challenges for this project. 1st is the unpredictable weather and the traffic on the expressway. 2nd, you cannot find any details or map from the google map because it is newly build and Google is yet to update the database. 3rd, All the shot must be in blue hour, which mean my shooting window for each location is less than 15 mins a trip and a trip to there and back almost 60KM, is kind of time consuming. 

In order to have a safe shooting environment, I need to spend on some traffic equipment such as emergency road light, safety cone, safety vest, and also hire an assistance to help me take care of the traffic. I also need to survey the area and get familiar with the road and find the best angle before I start my shooting. This project took 2 weeks to finish.

 

Penang Panorama

I was assign to shoot a Penang Panorama from the clan jetty to the Swettenham Pier. At first we are planing to take on a sampan (small boat) into the middle of the ocean for this shot but somehow I notice the angle will be too low from a sampan. In the end I want to try again by shooting from the Ferry.

I have tried last year but fail to get it done because of the moving ferry. This time I try for more than 10 set of Panorama shots and luckily in the end was able to put one of them together. Another challenge is the weather, I tried a few times before I can get a clear blue sky.

This photo will be print out and put on a 10 feet wall in the Armenia Street Heritage Hotel.

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.

Interior photography for Sains@USM

Interior photography for Sains@USM campus. "Sciences and Arts Innovation Space” or better known as Sains@USM, is a planned space for an innovation park aimed at providing a platform for a fusion of innovative ideas from multiple and across disciplines.

My assignment is to photographer the interior and exterior facilities of the campus for Sains@USM, this campus is newly renovate with many different kind of rooms for difference purposes such as meeting, training, conference and exhibition.

For a better understanding you may visit their official website at http://sains.usm.my/index.php/en/

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

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。

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The Macallan Masters of Photography

As part of The Macallan Masters of Photography campaign, Macallan has appointed Elliott Erwitt to take pictures of places, views and sceneries all around Scotland (the birth place of Macallan). Elliott's work will go on a world tour and Malaysian is given the privilege to exhibit his work on the 23rd of January at a media and guest event.


I feel deeply honored to have been invited to join this exhibition by shooting 15 photos of iconic places, things, sceneries around to show the beauty of Penang. I got less than a month to complete the 15 photos, the key of the shooting is all the photos must be taken with a Leica camera. because Leica is the main sponsor of the event, and everybody know Elliott Erwitt is a Leica man. I really hope to bring out the most of the penang and share it to the whole world. It was a fun assignment and I hope you do enjoy the photos

 

Light Painting Part II

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. 

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Light Painting

Light Painting

I started to find interest in light painting because of the recent outing at night. I'm addicted to night photography in the penang island, mainly is because the sky which full of stars and milkyway, secondly is easier for me to go out since most of my family members are already asleep. I do not think of rushing back and can take my sweet time to compose and observe. The most challenging part is sometime you need to do it alone in the middle of the night, and feel a bit scary and uncomfortable. Anyway these are the photos I shoot in the first 2 nights. I hope I will go into it more. Enjoy!!!

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Logos Hope in Penang

Logos Hope in Penang

Logos Hope was purchased in 2004. The ship's gross tonnage is three times that of Logos II, the ship it replaces. The extra space gives visitors the opportunity to choose from a wider range of activities and will allow for more crew members to serve on board. Logos Hopeis OM Ships International's largest ship. After going through a complete renovation to transform her from a ferry into the ship she is today, Logos Hope launched into active service in February 2009.

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Khoo Kongsi

Khoo Kongsi

This is my second visit to this heritage site, last time was in 2007, it seems has some changes in the exhibition hall. I'm so lucky to have 2 frees entry pass, so I go along with Tommy Chai for this Khoo Kongsi shooting, The Khoo Kongsi (公司) is a large Chinese clanhouse with elaborate and highly ornamented architecture, a mark of the dominant presence of the Chinese in Penang, Malaysia

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Penang Thaipusam 2010

Penang Thaipusam 2010

This was the second Penang Thaipusam which I took part, but unfortunately I miss out the Kavadi session which already done on yesterday due to my work. So today we gonna try something new, this time we went to Lorong Kulit, this is the place where the devotees prepare them self by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with vel skewers. 

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