Saturday, 28 January 2012

Stag Beetle

Was doing some short birding trip but ends up doing macro work as well.

A shot of a stag beetle that I found in the forest.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Bukit Sarang Information ready

Have just finished my simple writing on Bukit Sarang.

Now you can read the information on my Bukit Sarang page button above.

A view of plank walk at Bukit Sarang


Monday, 16 January 2012

Odonates and others

Was away for a long week of traveling but was able to take some macro shot.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Places of interest around Bintulu, Sarawak

For Adventurer,Naturalist and Nature lover

Few months back I met a couple from Netherlands at Similajau National Park here in Bintulu. As we greet and introduce ourselves our conversation turned to the topic of what kind of things a tourist can see in Similajau and are there any other places that they can visit in Bintulu other than Similajau? How to go there? Can you bring us there? etc.

It then came to me that I need to include these information here in this blog.

I hope with bits of information here in this blog will help any tourists or visitors to Sarawak and Bintulu on what does Bintulu have to offer for them. Also for fellow local photography enthusiasts to have an idea on these places where they can enjoy their photography work.

Places that I put up here are the one that I think would be interesting for you all to consider visiting. Other than that, some of these places that I am sharing here are places that no normal tourist have been to.

So coming up in my page will be information on these places:

Similajau National Park

Kamijan Waterfall

Bukit Sarang

Binyo Penyilam

For more information just send me an email.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Copyright infringement?

Couple of days ago I was trying to look for my blog in the internet and I searched my photography nickname in Yahoo and Google. When the result came in I found out that I have maybe hundreds of things related to my nickname showed up (not in some unmannerly website though).

I look at most of it and I understand why. The biggest contributor was whereby my photos from flickr are linked to search engine such as Flickr. Second biggest contributor is where my photos are linked to someone's website or blog featuring animals or plants that I photographed and lastly is my contribution to the scientific community via research papers published online.

I guess many of us are unaware of how many linked website have featured one single photos that we took and posted online.

My real question here is whether linking those photos without any permission from the source is a copyright infringement? Where in my case I was not notified by some or most of the blog or website operator. I know free publicity is always good but it will be good if the photos are linked to a website that helps in selling it :)

I understand that crediting the owner of the photo is a good thing, but in the end who really cares about who took the photo after hundreds of usage? I am not earning a living through my photography works but I do hope people will donate something for a poor photographer like me to invest on equipments for more good photos, don't you?.

Anyway, here is a definition of Copyright Infringement from Wikipedia that I took:

Quoting: " Copyright infringement is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works under copyright, infringing the copyright holder's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works."

Here are some of my most used photo in the web (without me knowing):

 1. Asian Paradise-flycatcher

 2. Bat Hawk

3. Leopard Cat

 I hope none of my photos here will be used without my permission. Any kind of donations are welcomed.

First couple of shot for 2012

Early birding shot for year 2012 was done in one of the park in Bintulu town. Species you would commonly find in gardens and at your backyard.

Part of my 2012 project will be compiling photos of birds around Bintulu town.
This will help the local authorities in identifying bird species and locality in Bintulu especially for waterbirds or migratory bird species.

 Olive-backed Sunbird

 Pied Triller

 Yellow-bellied Prinia

Monday, 2 January 2012

Some shot from 2011

Enjoy some of my 2011 photo collection

Black Winged Stilt can be found in Bintulu

A beautiful orange coloured Huntsman Spider

Small but beautiful Pelophryne signata can be found in lowland forest of Sarawak

This wild ginger is endemic to Borneo

This Bornean Horseshoe Bat can be found in caves all over Sarawak

A beautiful Black and Yellow Broadbill

A sleeping Garnet Pitta

Impressive camouflage and protection of an unknown Stick Insect

Common but not everyday you will find one

New Year 2012 Nature Photography Blog

This blog is part of my 2012 dream to share with viewers out there the beauty of Sarawak's nature and landscape particularly in the place where I am currently working. Apart from that, I would like to inform readers and viewers that I'm also able to organize group visits to some of the sites where I took the photos if anyone is interested.

I start my blog with a short brief on how I got stuck on photography until now.

I started photography since my early days as a student doing my Degree in a local university. I started with a Digital Nikon camera that save photos into diskettes. Wow..was that the most advance tech gadget at that time. At that time I have no idea at all on what is aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc.

Then I slowly move to another digital camera as technology progress. I started to use another Nikon digital camera that has a superb close up for macro shots (I forgot to mention that I am really in love with macro photography). From there on I began to learn why some of my photos looks nice with blurred background and some didn't come so nice (I was on Auto mode all the time). Years and years gone by, I step into the world of having a job in a company where I can extend my love for photography more than ever where my work requires me to be involve in scientific research (as I even do before) and field work assignments in the forest (that is my favorite part!). This enables me to learn more on nature and a chance for me to keep on with my passion for photography.

I then have a chance to get my hands on a more sophisticated superzoom camera which is a Panasonic FZ 50. Man..wasn't that camera fantastic too! (compared to the Nikon with diskettes :P). It is then that I learned about Aperture, Shutter speed, macro etc and I started to notice there is the M (Manual) mode in the camera. But I was still  a student in photography, at that time I rarely use flash but depends on natural light, no such things as Night Photography! Differently these days I can't live without an external flash for my macro photography. I guess some of you out there understand why.

It was until I got my hand on my first DSLR cameras and the first one was a Canon 40D that I began to learn how hard it is to get good shot with DSLR without a proper set up. Only through reading, looking at other photos and doing some trial and errors by myself I have manage to improve my photography skills to the level of what I have today (although I still am not a great photographer).

My photography work now are mainly on nature eg: animals, birds, plants, insect and landscape. I do shoot events but that will not be displayed here. I am still learning and it is still along way to go for me in photography.

Until then enjoy my last shot from the year 2011.

Happy New Year!