Hi! I've had a painful lesson learnt last week where, due to my carelessness, I've lost my Mindshift Gear Backlight 26L camera bag, will my lenses, batteries, high-capacity SD cards, flash, mini tripod and all my NiSi filters. Thankfully, I had both my SONY A6500 camera with me, one with the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens and the SONY A6300 with SONY E 18-105mm f/4 medium telephoto lens. It could have been worse, so, in that sense, I'm thankful that nothing physically happened to me. Alhamdulillah.
Based on this painful experience, I would like to share it with all of you so that, hopefully, the same thing do not happen to you. Here goes...
A study carried out by Lenstag back in 2014.
The Alpha Universe website has done a great job in compiling series of settings for the SONY A7RII by the world renowned photographers. Thought of sharing it here. Personally, I like "Greg Benz's A7RII Setup Guide for Lamdscape Photography". What's yours?
I've planned the trip back in October 2015 under Frozenlite Ventures, with a strategic collaboration with Ahmad Caravan, a reputable Malaysian-based travel agent with recognition by the New Zealand's tourism authority.
The trip began on 28 August 2016 until 9 September 2016, covering 2,548km in the South Island, New Zealand. Some of us took the KUL-AKL-CHC route, while others took the KUL-SYD-CHC way. All the participants were required to arrive in Christchurch one day earlier.
The trip's mission patch was designed by El'Arief Mohd Khair.
Two motorhomes were rented and codenamed:
1. Nur Ismail Mohammed (Tour Leader/driver)
2. El'Arief Mohd Khair (driver)
3. Ibnu Al-Kurauwi (passed away in December 2016)
4. Mawardi Bahar
1. Amir Bakhtiar Abdul Razak (driver)
2. Haamirisyuan Aidil Morzailan (driver)
3. Dr. Ng Qui Hin
4. Fadhlur Rahman Abd Raffar ("Badz")
The itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 (28 Aug 2016): Christchurch - Moeraki Boulders (278km)
Day 2 (29 Aug 2016): Moeraki Boulders - Lake Benmore - Lake Tekapo (232km)
Day 3 (30 Aug 2016): Lake Tekapo - Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (104km)
Day 4 (31 Aug 2016): Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Day 5 (01 Sep 2016): Aoraki Mount Cook National Park - Glenorchy (308km)
Day 6 (02 Sep 2016): Glenorchy - Te Anau (218km)
Day 7 (03 Sep 2016): Te Anau - Milford Sound (117km)
Day 8 (04 Sep 2016): Milford Sound (stranded due to avalanche advisory)
Day 9 (05 Sep 2016): Milford Sound - Queenstown (286km)
Day 10 (06 Sep 2016): Queenstown - Wanaka (71km)
Day 11 (07 Sep 2016): Wanaka - Lake Tekapo (201km)
Day 12 (08 Sep 2016): Lake Tekapo - Christchurch (252km)
Stay tuned for further updates on the journey itself!
All the images were taken using the Nikon D750 DSLR, SONY A7RII, SONY A6300 mirrorless cameras and SONY RX100M4 point-and-shoot camera. For any inquiries on the purchase of this images, please email to email@example.com or please go to the "Contact" tab above. Thank you!
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After using the SONY A7RII for a little over 2 years now, I have finally found the perfect landscape companion for my camera. It is the native E-mount lens in the form of Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8. I've been searching for a lens that can have beautiful star burst effect, has a focus distance, light weight, beautiful colour rendition...and the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 has it all. So far, I'm very happy with the performance in landscape photography and currently planning for astrophotography to put this lens to the test.
The lens comes from Zeiss's Distagon family, The “Dista” in Distagon is derived from the word “distance.” Combined with the previously mentioned “-gon” meaning angle, a Distagon is a wide-angle lens with a large distance to the image. A majority of modern Zeiss wide angles are Distagons, including some normal-wides in the 35mm range.
1. Compatible with all SLR and DSLR cameras.
2. Better suited for digital sensors than Biogon designs.
3. Allows larger apertures.
4. Minimal spherical aberration and vignetting when stopped down.
1. Large in size and heavy in weight;
2. A curved field curvature;
3. Distortions are very difficult to correct and require complex elements; and
4. Ultra wide angles have severe coma, chromatic aberration, and distortion.
I would seriously recommend this lens to SONY A7 users for landscape photography. For more details on the lens, you are welcomed to click at the link below.
Thank you & good day!
I was extremely happy to have been featured on the The New Straits Times (in the Life & Times section) in conjunction with the Federal Territory Holiday on 1 February 2016, Special thanks to my good friend Izwan Ismail for making this a reality. This marks as a great personal achievement as well as recognition for all the years I've been involved in landscape photography. Alhamdulillah...
Moving forward, more HDR & DRI workshops will be held in the near future for photographers from around the Klang Valley. To cap things of for this year will be a return trip to New Zealand in late August 2016, with the hope of capturing some snow, milkyway and the elusive Aurora Australis. So far, five friends have confirmed participations and there are still 2-3 slots open for participants.
So, stay tuned.
Another rooftop outing and this time, I was invited by a friend who is staying there for a few days. According to him, he rented the apartment unit through AirBNB mobile apps. Access to the roof deck is only available to those with the apartment's access card. Ample of parking spaces in the basement of the building.
On the morning of 16/1/2016, I was invited to shoot from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka building in Kuala Lumpur. Photo courtesy of bro Effendi Safar Jini. Some sample images are as follows. Thanks for viewing.
Alhamdulillah, I was given the opportunity to shoot from the newly completed serviced apartment in Kuala Lumpur, namely Platinum Residences. It was a pleasure to shoot with SONY Ambassador Fakrul Jamil during this outing, together with fellow Alpha shooters (Rasdi & Zaidi)
On the eve of the new year, I was blessed with an invitation to go up the Banyan Tree Residence in Kuala Lumpur to capture the fireworks display. Arrived at site @ 10:00pm and we went up with the lift straight to Level 51 and then climb up 10-floors of stairs to the rooftop for the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city skyline. I used the SONY A7RII and the SONY FE 16-35mm F4 to capture all the images. This shot, however, was taken by my buddy Effendi Safar Jini a.k.a. Mentary Merah as a momento after we were done shooting.
My sincere thanks to the organizers!
This is the photography journey of Nur Ismail Photography where all the experiences from this year onwards will be shared with the audience. Thanks for stopping by! :-)