The kids are on their school holiday and the rainy season of December has brought much rain to many parts of the Belait district. To my delight, I had waited since August for this otherwise semi parched lake to be filled up again. Tipped by recent pictures of Luagan Lalak on Facebook I made an impromptu trip (Facebook link) there with Jamie and Jewel. After I was done photographing multiple shots of the panoramic view across the lake, we headed to one of the huts for a short rest. There, I was going through the camera menu and happened to stop on the Multiple Exposure and HDR settings page.
I know how multiple exposures are made using Digital Photo Professional but doing the same in-camera I thought would be tricky in that you would have to visualize the results before taking the shots. There wasn’t a better time to experiment so off I went with two frames, one to the left of the lake zoomed to fill the whole frame and the other a wide perspective of the landscape. The resulting composite is the image below straight out of the camera (with a few localized tweaks in Photoshop).
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September 2014 was all about franchise food photography. I had bookings to photograph KFC, Starbucks, Sushi Tei, Auntie Anne’s and Gloria Jeans food menu, all in the same month. A week before the Starbucks assignment, I photographed KFC Brunei’s Premium Italian Desserts in three offerings: Profiteroles, Tiramisu and Chocolate Tartufo. Of the three, I have sampled the Tiramisu and Choc Tartufo — can’t say which one I liked better but as far as sweet desserts go, I guess I would take turns having them again. Now to find time to sample the Profiteroles.
As I have no behind-the-scenes photos of the assignment to share, here are close-up images of the mouthwatering desserts used in the actual packaging instead. According to KFC Brunei’s Facebook announcement, these desserts are now available in all stores nationwide.
I do not normally pack a camera, compact or otherwise, when I am out and about on the hills of Bukit Pak Natu in Sungai Liang, a location that has become a favourite to hike because of several steep hills that ensure a productive workout. Compared to Bukit Shahbandar which is an hour away, this is the next best thing for those of us staying in the Belait District. This time, I brought my PowerShot G11 along with a Lollipod just in case we felt like a quality group photo (as opposed to poor smartphone front camera IQ). And group photo we did except this time we had owner of Mr Baker’s Bakeshop Eric Pui hike with us for the first time on these hills.
The regular fab 4 + 1 at a scenic spot of Bukit Pak Natu overlooking the green landscape.
An hour and nineteen minutes later we were back where we started — oblivious to us chatting away during our descend to the car park that we would end our hike the most spectacular way imaginable — fire in the sky sunset! Normally, I don’t pay much attention to sunsets as I’m not particularly fond of dark clouds typical of sunsets that I’ve seen over the years at the beach but clearly this is the exception.
This image was captured using the G11 in two separate frames that I stitched to produce a breathtaking panoramic view. I was able to capture the same scene using my Samsung S3 but IQ wouldn’t be nearly as good as the G11’s sensor.