Photographing bottled beverages is not in the same league and complexity as photographing food. Bottled beverages in all their shapes, sizes and curves attract highly undesirable bright spots and reflections. When Bahagia Distributors contacted me about their photography requirement — I accepted the assignment, fully aware of the lighting challenges I had gotten myself into. In order to minimize eye straining efforts during post-processing I arranged with the client to scrutinize the sample selections I was to bring back to my studio. We went through a few boxes and picked the bottles that had near-perfect text, brand logo and shrink sleeves alignment. Fast forward a few days of work and several editing revisions the finished files were handed to their design team for the graphics layout and finishing touches that you see here.
After weeks of planning to hike Canada Hill with buddies training for our December 17 Mount Kinabalu climb, the day finally came and kicking off our late morning hike is this landscape of our neighbour’s bustling city from the top of Miri’s hiking hot spot.
Image © Jan Shim Photography
In approximately 2 months, I’m going to attempt my first Mount Kinabalu climb ever. I was offered a spot to join the December 2012 group but declined not because I wasn’t physically fit but I wasn’t mentally prepared to deal with the prospect of mountain climbing even though I had something like 6 months prior notice. As a regular singles and doubles badminton player I deal with sustained energy bursts that would last up to 2 hours or so at each game which really just means intense cardio workout. Gradually I added running and hiking to my weekly workouts which by now included regular trips to Sungai Liang forest and Bukit Shahbandar 9 hills and over time the appeal of climbing Mount Kinabalu grew more and moreto the point a two months wait seems torturous.
When I first started running in the forest, I wore Nike running shoes designed for flat surfaces. I’ve lost count the number of times I slipped at both Sungai Liang and Bukit Shahbandar. It never occurred to me to look for appropriate shoes because I was looking at the wrong places. Also, my idea of hiking shoes are those bulky ones that you would have difficulty just walking in them much less run. Decision to climb Mount Kinabalu made me look harder for a pair of shoes that would give me the best of both world and I came across these: GoLite XT80 so light, comfortable and designed with “Rock Absorber” technology to handle the punishing, unpredictable terrains of the great outdoors — some prefer the gym, I just prefer nature!
“We designed and built a shoe that absorbs the uneven terrain with the “Rock Absorber” materials, rubber and polyurethane or EVA close to the ground and the protective “chassis” close to the foot … reduces the motion and wear and tear on your ankles and body by 33%.” — GoLite