Nur Ismail is an architect by training and is currently attached to one of the leading property developers in Malaysia. He became involved in photography back in October 2010 and the interest on landscape photography after joining a photography workshop organized by Warnaiman Azizi and Tan Hock Teck known as “For Better Exposure” (FBE) in Kemasik, Terengganu in July 2012. From the workshop, concept of reciprocity in exposure triangle, namely aperture, shutter speed and ISO, was introduced, as well as being exposed to the art of seeing and composition. Usage of photography filters for single exposure shots was also covered during the two-day workshop.
To Nur Ismail, photography is about capturing the moments created by the Almighty; It is about immortalizing the awesome moments and share them with others…and long the way, make some bucks from selling the images to microstock agencies. Apart from joy of photography itself, the hobby has allowed Nur Ismail to have many friends from all over Malaysia, all sharing the same passion and hobby. His works can also be seen at these sites: Shutterstock, Fluidr.com, 500px.com, Pixoto.com and Getty's Images. For timelapse works, please view them on Vimeo.
Living in Kuala Lumpur did not offer much choice for landscape photography except for cityscape photography. Other types of photography from street, macro, product and portrait are not his forte for his own personal reasons. Nur Ismail feels that cityscape photography is the most interesting type of photography; simply due to fascination with the city lights and skyline, coupled with the sunset and sunrise moments, which added the real challenge in capturing beautiful Kuala Lumpur cityscapes. More interesting is the challenges and opportunities from several good friends to go rooftopping, a term used by photographers to capture the Kuala Lumpur city skyline from the roof top of various buildings in Kuala Lumpur.
Nur Ismail love the challenges in photographing the Kuala Lumpur blue hour sunrise and sunsets as well as night photography. Because of the strong highlights and shadows during these low light conditions, he began to search for other ways and methods to capture these low light cityscapes and during one seminar organized by Kabir Malek back in 2013, he was introduced to the concept of high dynamic range (HDR) photography and this is where he met my very good friend and sifoo Vedd Edd. Nur Ismail began to follow Vedd Edd closely on several rooftopping outings and from there, the interest in Kuala Lumpur cityscape photography became even more interesting and fulfilling for him….fulfilling because some of the rooftops require special permissions to access and not many have that opportunity. Nonetheless, there are several publicly assessable locations where one can shoot the Kuala Lumpur skyline from up high.
When Nur Ismail first started to become serious in photography, he would go out and shoot, sometimes at minimum five times a week, during sunrises and sunsets just to build up the skill and the frequency reduced greatly to occasional evenings upon invitation from friends and over weekends. Nowadays, he only shoot whenever he has a little bit of free time and when there is an invitation to go to a place that he has never been before. Nur Ismail’s works can be viewed on Facebook as well as Flickr and he is currently the co-administrator of the Frozenlite photography group.
From the trainings and workshops attended, Nur Ismail is able to shoot with both single exposure and multiple exposures (or better known as HDR) techniques, depending, however, on the situation and lighting conditions. With single exposure, he would use photography filters to balance the exposures in order to capture the moments, however, in low lighting conditions during blue hour sunset or sunrise as well as night conditions, the use of HDR technique comes into play to capture the images. HDR is basically the concept of digitally blending multiple exposure shots, either manually or automatically, into a single image with all the highlights and shadows balanced, creating a well balanced and exposed image.
The Kuala Lumpur cityscape is best shot at dawn or dusk and at night due to the glowing lights of the buildings in Kuala Lumpur city centre and this is further enhanced by the gleaming Petronas Twin Towers as the focal point of interest for the Kuala Lumpur city skyline. Nur Ismail would normally go the shooting locations after work and arrive there in time to set up his equipment and shoot….and in most cases, in his office attire.
Beginning 2016, Nur Ismail has teamed up with his friend Vedd Edd to organize HDR workshops in Kuala Lumpur which spans over a two-day period. The workshops involve practical shooting sessions at various locations, from river streams and waterfalls surrounding the city, to the glittering Kuala Lumpur skyline, together with in-class HDR photography editing lessons. For enquiries, please send an email to email@example.com. Thank you.
In taking his photography passion to greater heights, Nur Ismail has also teamed up with Vedd Edd to form Frozenlite Ventures, a business entity specializing in corporate photography services as well as supplier of photography products.
He currently shoots with the SONY Alpha A7R MarkII full-frame mirrorless camera, the SONY Alpha A6500 mirrorless camera and SONY DSC RX100 Mark IV, together with an arsenal of lenses, accessories and filters.
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