I don’t know what better title can I give to this post. Lol.
I’ve been quite a landscape person since I started my photography journey over two years ago. And along the way, I’ve befriended landscape photography sifus/enthusiasts, whom I’ve gained knowledge and various insights from on the said subject. Landscape photography will always be my favourite as compared to other types of photography mainly because of the opportunity to be close to our beautiful planet Earth and to capture the beauty of the places and scenery.
In the spirit of blogging and keeping this humble blog of mine alive, I’m sharing a few landscape photos that I have shot over the past few months. They’re all my favourite shots to date.
#1 Sunrise at Cyberjaya lake.
I don’t remember when did I take this shot. I woke up early that morning so I could catch a glimpse of sunrise in Cyberjaya. As you can see, the sunrise wasn’t all beautiful due to the clouds, but I managed to take a few shots and post processed it to bring out some details in the sky. To be honest, this isn’t an excellent shot either with the dark bridge and buildings. But the one thing that I like about this image is the peace and serenity that I can feel by staring into it.
It makes me feel calm.
#2 Lightning strike
This is by far the most ferocious lightning that I’ve shot – not sure if it’s right to place it under landscape category though. Chasing lightnings isn’t easy but it could be fun and rewarding. Of course, I didn’t spend my time chasing and capturing them. Towards the end of last year, like every year end, it rained heavily on daily basis. Thunderstorms and flash floods often occur in Kuala Lumpur. And with Cyberjaya being located less than 40km away from KL city centre, we do get a fair amount of thunderstorm during that time.
Believe it or not, the above photo was taken from the window of my room. It was a rainy night and I noticed the nonstop lightning strikes in the sky. So, I set up my gears by the window and started shooting. When I checked back, I was so happy when I noticed this amazing shot. I cropped it into an almost square-size photo during post-processing stage because the left and right sides were actually blocked by the concrete of the apartment building and the window of my room.
Like I said, it felt.. rewarding. :)
#3 Sunset in Cyberjaya, from my apartment
I forgot when I shot this, but it was definitely in 2012, according to my watermark. One evening I was mesmerised by the beauty of the clouds formation. So, I took out my camera, set it up on a tripod at my apartment balcony and started taking a few shots of the beautiful scenery.
This image is a combination of three bracketed images, IIRC. I post-processed it using the HDR technique in order to bring out details of the clouds as well as the otherwise shadowed apartment building. To be honest though, I think it’d be much nicer if there’s no apartment building in the frame. :P
#4 Sunset near Cameron Highlands
This image is a more recent one. During my sem break I was in Ipoh, where my sister is working. So one day we decided to take a break and chill in Cameron Highlands. This shot was taken on our way back to Ipoh from Cameron Highlands. We stopped by the roadside when we noticed this beautiful sunset scenery – that’s why I don’t have the name of the place, cos it’s basically nowhere.
The following shot was taken at the same spot.
#5 Sunset at the hills
I like this version better. It’s a zoomed in version, where my intention was to focus at the intensity of the orange sky and the top of the hills that looked as if they’re fading away in the orange mist/haze.
As you might have noticed, the sky closer to my side was filled with dark clouds. I cropped most of them out of the frame and give this photo a wide-angle look. Lucky for us, the rain only started to fall after we’ve arrived in Ipoh that night; or else the road down the hill would be really hazy and dangerous.
#6 Sunset over Pura Batu Bolong
Pura means temple. Pura Batu Bolong is an ancient temple in Bali, Indonesia. This was taken last May, when my family and I visited Bali. I like this shot very much. The silhouette temple and people, the setting sun, and the orange sky – what a breathtaking sight. You should visit Bali some time to see if for yourself :)
There you go. Six landscape photos I’ve shot in recent months that I love most. There are of course other photos that I love too, but I’d bore you for sure if I were to include everything in this post. Lol. I’ll be compiling other types of photography that I’ve tried soon, so if you like this post, do come back for more! ;)
P.S. all of the images in this post (in fact, all my landscape shots) were taken using a Nikon D90 and a 18-70mm (D70s kit lens) at various settings. Yes, the legend is true – kit lens can do wonders too! :)