Athena Carey Photowalk, Malaysia 2013

March 24th, 2013 – It was a super Sunday for Zuikoholics, as we were given an opportunity to participate a photowalk with the infamous Athena Carey (2012 IPA winner) and Sanjitpaal Singh (2012 IPA winner) which was held at Batu Dam, Ulu Yam, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

The event was supported by:

Four Zuikoholics members attended the photowalk i.e. Suzailan Jai, Jamil Talib, Zairi Rozali and Razif Hadi. We gathered at the nearby Petronas Station before the junction to Ulu Yam road. It was raining that day, but it did not stop us from attending the event. We arrived at the meeting point around 3.00 p.m. However, we were having hard times to park our car, since it was crowded with vehicles and other visitors as well.

 450D + EF-S 10-22mm 
f/8 | ISO 1600 | 1/20s | Razif Hadi 

Upon arriving at the location, we were greeted by our fellow friend Mr. Roonie Oh and he had introduced us to Athena Carey, the attention of the day. We were also given the opportunity to take a group photo with her, by using FujiFilm Instax camera. It was our first time having had our photo taken using this kind of camera. Quite cool in fact.

  O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
Pin hole Art filter
f/3.7 | ISO 800 | 1/640s | SuzailanJai

After the registration took place, we gathered at the assembly point. The event started around 3.30 p.m. with opening speech by Athena Carey and photowalk briefing by Sanjitpaal Singh.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/7.1 | ISO 200 | 1/80s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 2500 | 1/140s | Razif Hadi

We took the chance to capture some of the moments during the photowalk. This event was attended by multi-racial and ages and it was amazing of how photography can create a bound of connection regardless of your status.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/5.7 | ISO 500 | 1/13s | SuzailanJai

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 1600 | 1/250s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 2500 | 1/300s | Razif Hadi

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/1600s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/1000s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/1200s | SuzailanJai

The weather was not on our side that day. The rain down poured heavily before the event and it was hazy all the day. Nevertheless, it won’t stop Zuikoholics from clicking our cameras. Moreover, in this kind of lighting situation, we have to try a different kind of setting to optimise the result of every image.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/4000s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/11 | ISO 200 | 1/5s | SuzailanJai

450D + EF-S 10-22mm
f/8 | ISO 800 | 1/125s | Razif Hadi

X-Pro1 + Fujinon XF 18mm
f/8 | ISO 800 | 1/210s | Razif Hadi

Despite of having a warmth temperature during the photowalk, we managed to capture beautiful photos of landscape especially in black and white. The contrast of the foreground combined with the blending tone of the ambient light at the background creating a wonderful scenery in which we hardly seen at our home in the city.

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/22 | ISO 200 | 1/3s | SuzailanJai 

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/13 | ISO 500 | 1/20s | SuzailanJai

D200 + TOKINA 12-24mm  f4
f/11 | ISO 400 | BKT | AndyJamil

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E-P3 + M.ZD14-42mm II R
Panorama (5 photos)
f/8.0 | ISO 200 | 1/80s | Zairi Rozali

D200 + TOKINA 12-24mm  f4
f/4.5 | ISO 100 | BKT | AndyJamil

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/800s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD17mm f/1.8
f/1.8 | ISO 320 | 1/250s | SuzailanJai

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E-P3 + MMF-1 + ZD9-18mm
f/8.0 | ISO 200 | 1/80s | Zairi Rozali

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E-P3 + MMF-1 + ZD9-18mm
PP from RAW
f/11.0 | ISO 1000 | 1/40s | Zairi Rozali

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E-P3 + MMF-1 + ZD9-18mm
PP from RAW
f/9.0 | ISO 200 | 1/100s | Zairi Rozali

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E-P3 + M.ZD 14-42mm II R
PP from RAW
f/8.0 | ISO 400 | 1/80s | Zairi Rozali

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E-P3 + MMF-1 + ZD9-18mm
PP from RAW
f/7.1 | ISO 400 | 1/80s | Zairi Rozali

It was about time for us to move on to other part of the area. We left the event at about 4.45 p.m. as we considered the primary objective to take photos at the Batu Dam was fully accomplished. Then, we moved towards the nearby waterfall for some slow shutter practice with Zairi Rozali.

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E-P3 + MMF-1 + ZD9-18mm + CPL + ND8
f/14.0 | ISO 200 | 2s | Zairi Rozali 

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm + CPL + ND8
f/16 | ISO 200 | 1/2s | SuzailanJai

O-MD EM-5 + M.ZD12-50mm 
f/10 | ISO 500 | 1/50s | SuzailanJai

Ulu Yam is a fantastic location for the nature lover and also suitable for a recreation venue as well. Many of the visitors come to this place on the weekend to enjoy the chillness of the waterfall and the river freshly flowing from the top. Not forget to mention, it is a good place for fishing too.

We wish to express our gratitude to both of the IPA winners for the invitation to join the photowalk. A million thanks to the sponsors too, for making this event more merrier.

Before dismissing ourselves from the photowalk, we had a high-tea at the restaurant nearby the junction to Ulu Yam. We had a good time today, and probably will be visiting again soon in the future.

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