FRIM Shoot Part 2

For photography purposes, you are allowed to go into FRIM two times for free. We did not want to waste the opportunity so we were there again today. This time we went to the Canopy Walkway. Totally worth the climb. Since I shot mostly film, I’ll do another update once I get them developed. Here are the ones I took using my point and shoot and some from Afiq and Roger.

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Took the Rover trail to get to the Canopy Walkway. The suggested time to complete this trail was 35-45 minutes. It’s steep and very tiring so be prepared to sweat it out here.

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This is the Canopy Walkway. This is just the first stretch of it. There are 5 of them altogether. It’s high above the ground. So high that some people turn back after a few steps.

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Taking the first step. You must keep about “2 plank” distance (or about 3 meters) away from each other.

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You’re not exactly allowed to stop halfway. But some shots wouldn’t hurt.

There are stops between the bridges that are built on top of trees where you can stop to admire the scenery. These stops can hold from 4 to 8 persons at one time so you’ll need to keep moving when people come. The weather was good but the sky was hazy so KL couldn’t be seen properly from there.

It started to rain after we came down from the Canopy Walkway. We were still about 15 minutes walk away from our car so we decided to run for it, under the heavy rain. Got soaked within seconds. Mercifully, the rain stopped soon but we were already drenched. Went for lunch outside FRIM after that. Seriously difficult to find a mamak stall at Kepong.

We wanted to wait for sunset to get the perfect lighting to shoot a particular subject. So we dropped by Kepong’s Jaya Jusco to lepak.

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Playing House of the Dead 3 with Roger. This version has an improved reloading method which requires you to just pump the handle of the gun (like how you would reload a shotgun). Otherwise, the storyline remains very similar to the one I played before. I’ve finished the whole story. The bad guy died in the end.

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Not very relevant photo, but this was how we shot one of the mushrooms last weekend: 3 wireless SB600s.

Had some sushi at Jusco before heading back to FRIM for the final shoot. It was raining but we went on anyways. The slippery forest floor and the constant raindrops on the lenses are annoying. Because we were shooting the sky, this means that we have to constantly dry the lens prior to taking a photo. In one shot, I had the camera pointing up, pre-focused and everything, and Afiq was wiping the lens with a lens cleaning cloth. At the count to three, the moment he took the cloth away, I had to shoot or else the rain drops will have fallen on the lens and ruin the photo. We had to do it many times. It was hilarious. I don’t have the photos of the final shoot yet but it’ll be up on FRIM Shoot Part 3.

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Smelly tofu again.

And since FRIM was so near to the Kepong night market, and since it was a Sunday, there was no real reason not to take them for tofu. They could smell it the moment they got out of the car.

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No video this time because Roger took it like it was something he’ll eat everyday.

Definitely one of the more interesting weekends for me. Will consider going hiking/mountain climbing again. Continue reading

Recap

I planned to do a tutorial on product shooting (lighting, techniques, equipment selection) but I sold my Nikon D80 about 4 days ago so I couldn’t prepare the required materials. I promise I’ll get on with it after I get a new body. And I was supposed to do FRIM Part 2 but I haven’t got the photos from Afiq or Roger so that will have to wait as well. So here’s an ordinary blog post.

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On Friday me and Tan wanted to go check out the Fujifilm F100fd at Sunway Pyramid and see how it compares with the Canon Ixus 870IS. The Fujifilm F100fd is a unique camera because it uses a special sensor as compared to those found in conventional cameras. This enables it to give higher dynamic range and cleaner outputs at higher ISOs. The Ixus 870IS on the other hand is one of the cameras that I’m looking at to replace my current Ixus 55. But before that we dropped by at virtualmystic’s place to see how he was getting along with the overhaul of his E30.

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It’s a rear wheel drive car so the differential and the final gear is located at the rear, connected to the gearbox by a prop shaft.

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The inline-6 cylinder 2.5 liter engine. They are ECU controlled. Very advanced during that time (1980s).

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A full rack of Facom tools! Enough tools to dismantle your entire car. Does not mean that you will be able to put it all back together again.

At Sunway Pyramid, I managed to try out the Canon Ixus 870IS which lived up to my expectations. Fast and easy to use, practical image stabilization, and very sleek design. The steep price tag (RM1299) is something to consider. We did not get to try the Fujifilm F100fd because it wasn’t that popular here so no one seems to be selling it. If you are familiar with the legendary Fujifilm F31fd, then you’ll know why this camera is good.

But still, I might be going for the Ixus 870IS because I own the Ixus 500 and the Ixus 55 and I find them to be excellent compact cameras in terms of speed, ease of use, picture quality and design. You can’t go very wrong with Canon’s point and shoots.

Anyways, will be heading out to FRIM again tomorrow with film. Stay tuned for updates. Continue reading