August 28, 2010

New Gears in the House XX

I still can't live without a remote shutter. It is quite inconvenient for me to use the 2 second timer and most importantly, I can't do bulb exposure!

I bough a Phottix Cleon II 2-in-1 Wired/Wireless Remote Control from and received it today. As usual, their service is fast and efficient. This gadget can be used either wired or wireless. In wired mode, everything will be same as the conventional wired remote shutter, single shoot, half-press focus & bulb mode and no battery is required.

In wireless mode, a transmitter is needed. The unique part of this Phottix Cleon II is, I can even trigger bulb mode in wireless mode! It also enables me to switch to 2 second delay from single shot using just my transmitter and I do not need to change the setting on my camera. Furthermore, I can even trigger few cameras of different brand at the same time using a single transmitter. Off course, I will need additional receivers.

For anyone who is in need a wireless trigger with bulb mode, I highly recommend Phottix Cleon II. I also bought 2 battery cases for 4AA batteries.

(holds firmly 4 AA batteries)

(even for AAA batteries, the case will hold the batteries nicely in place and it will not move)

Price: RM 115.00 + RM8.00
Discount: RM2.52
Net: RM 120.48

Total spending to date: RM 14,010.03

Putrajaya 02

Went to Putrajaya with JH. Putrajaya has no excitement for me now.


Very tiny Jumping Spider, I have to crop extensively.

August 27, 2010

Phottix Battery Grip BP450 & Phottix Wired Remote Control C6 Sold

Since I updated to 7D, these items has been sleeping in my Dry Box. I finally found a new owner for them.

Price: RM 200 + RM25
Discount: -
Net: RM 225

Total spending to date: RM 14,114 .55 - RM225
..........................= RM 13,889.55

August 21, 2010

Endau-Rompin (Peta) Trip

This was an unexpected trip for me. I was informed on Thursday evening by Philip. And I confirmed the trip on Friday morning. It was a 3-day 2-night trip to Endau Rompin (ER) National Park (Kg. Peta) in Johor. ER is the 2nd national park gazetted by the Government of Malaysia and its the 2nd largest national park in Malaysia. Person who come along are liewwk, Jason, Andy & his girlfriend Maureen and off course Philip himself.

We departed from KL around 5:15am in the morning and we arrived in Kluang around 8:30am. After some simple breakfast, we continue our journey to Kahang and register ourselves at the Johor National Park Corp. (JNPC) office and wait for the 4x4 to fetch us into the jungle.

After an hour or two of bumpy ride, we finally reached our resting place around 11:30am. It looked like a holiday chalet instead of a jungle camp (well, I was expecting to camp). However we did not take the chalet because it is quite expensive, we stayed in the dormitory (hostel) which can fit 30+ person. However, we were the only guests in the dorm for both nights.

(4 of us are using Lowepro Vertex 200 AW camera bag)

After some lunch, without wasting any time, we started our 1st macro session. However the timing seems to be wrong, perhaps due to raining season. We can hardly find any bugs. We cant even spot a single bug on a tree trunk (which is very unusual for a jungle area). So you can totally forget about exotic & rare bugs.

(Robber Fly with Prey - Natural Light)

(Damselfly - Natural Light)

(A planthopper nymph)

(Some small and cute mushrooms)

We ended our first macro session around 5:30pm because we can hardly find any interesting subject to shoot. We are saving our energy for our next macro session (night macro).

We started our night macro around 8:30pm. Liew said he saw some Blue-eyed Cuckoo Bee in the afternoon and he brought us to their possible resting ground. This was my first night macro experience and I instantly found out that my lighting gear is insufficient for night macro. My torch is too dim to find any bugs. However, this night macro session was a disappointment as we could not find the bee and we only managed to find some weevil, shield bug and toads.

We ended our first night around 11:30pm and we are resting for the next day.

===== Day 2 =====

The 2nd day was a tough day. We decided to go for a 45 mins boat ride and proceed to a waterfall named Upih Guling (I do not understand the word "Upih" but Guling literally means "Rolling"). I have learned a lesson here: Never believe what the Orang Asli (Indigenous People/Aborigines) said in terms of distance and ETA. I was told that it is only 1 and a half hour trek to reach the waterfall, but in fact, it took us almost 2 and a half hour to reach.

(The jetty)

(Let's roll!)

(Taken on the boat)

The Orang Asli need no rest and they can continue to trek the jungle for whole day. The city-people like us are totally exhausted when we finally arrived the waterfall.

(Kuala Jasin)

(Snapped this at our resting place - Kuala Marong. According to Philip, these fish are the famous 红吉罗 - Red Mahseer [Tor tambroides], which costs RM280-300 per kg alive)

(Upih Guling Waterfall)

The waterfall is famous for the unique shapes of the rocks and pothole, due to swirling water that erodes the rock in over thousands of years.


There is another beautiful lake nearby which is called Tasik Air Biru, literally means Blue Water Lake. However, we were too exhausted to visit the place and we head straight back to our dorm. It was another gruesome 2 hours trek and we finally reached our dorm around 3:00pm.

After taking some rest, we decided to give another try for night macro. It seems that luck is not on our side as it started to rain after 30 mins we went into the jungle. Another worthless night.

(Almost full moon - 2 days before 15th of every month in Chinese Calendar)

We went to bed quite early (9:45pm) as there are nothing much activity we can do.

===== Day 3 =====

This morning we decided to go for a jungle walk/trek in a trail called Pantai Burung Trail, literally means Bird Beach Trail.

We were supposed to follow the jungle trail which is only 30 mins walk. However it rained so heavily last night, many of the trees has actually collapsed and blocking our road. We have no choice to get out of the trek and use the main road instead (which is a solid tarmac road). We finally reached the so called Bird Beach (it is actually a point bar, with beach-like sand, thus the name). The scenery there was not too bad, and Liew even located the Polar Star's location and keep it as a record for future star trail photography usage.

(Pantai Burung sunrise)

(HDR - 3 exposures)

We are leaving this place around 11am, so without wasting much time, we head back to our dorm and took a bath and start to pack our stuffs. We departed the place around 11am and reached Kahang around 2:00pm. After having a lunch at Kahang, we continued our journey home as the next day is working day. Back to urban life.

August 14, 2010

Bukit Tinggi 04

4th visit, with Philip & Carmen.

(I found this Tree Frog sleeping on top of a piece of leaf)

(Philip found this special Longhorn Beetle - Natural Light)

(Same Longhorn Beetle close-up)

(Carmen found this Longhorn Beetle)

(Very tiny Beetle)

(Alien-face Beetle)

(Jumping Spider with Prey)

(Flower Mantis [Theopropus elegans]- Natural Light)

(Flower Mantis - Natural Light, stacked from 4 pictures)

(Hmmm.....finger lickin' good....)

(7D + MP-E 65mm, 3:1 magnification)

August 09, 2010

Kuantan & Sungai Lembing Revisited - Day 3


The 3rd day was a gruesome day. We had to wake up around 4:15am to prepare for the hike. We started our journey around 5am. I was so tired due to yesterday's activity (Waterfall) and my legs are pain. Furthermore, I am carrying a bag loaded with my camera gears and it weighs more than 6kg.

However, I still managed to reach the top before 6am. The weather was a bit disappointment as the cloud are too thick. I could not get a nice shot of sunrise.

We reached the bottom of the hill around 8:15am and had some breakfast. We went back to our hostel and get some rest.

Around 2pm, we checkout and went straight to Kuantan to have our lunch there. We decided to go Beserah and take some photo. Beserah is famous for the shooting location of a local movie - "Woohoo". I never watch this movie though.

It was around 6pm when we finally depart from Kuantan and head to Kuala Lumpur. I reached home around 11pm after having dinner with them. What a fun-packed trip we had. I will certainly visit this place again.

August 08, 2010

Kuantan & Sungai Lembing Revisited - Day 2


I arranged the Rainbow Waterfall trip on the second day instead of the last day due to the time needed to venture into the waterfall. It would have been too late for us to bath, rest and checkout if I arranged this on the last day. We departed around 5am.

In order to go in the waterfall, you will need to rent a vehicle (a lorry or a 4x4). the trip needs 2 hours to get in and another 2 hours to get out. We have to travel on wheel for 1 hour, and travel on foot for another hour.

I have read about this waterfall on other blogs before this, and what they said was right. It is so bumpy that we are exhausted after we arrived the place they park the car. The 4x4 we traveled with was overloaded, resulted severe damage on the fuel tank and its suspension. The suspension coil and bars are broken. However, we still managed to reach the place safely.

We started to walk on foot and we actually have to cross several rivers. We were lucky that leeches didn't turn out. We reach the water fall around 9:30am. The journey was more tough than what I expect as we have to climb some rocks in order to reach the waterfall.

(Vertical panorama of the waterfall - 3 shots)

I was so lucky to found a Tiger Beetle (and I expected to encounter some interesting bugs, that's why I brought my macro lens and DIY diffuser).

We reached our hostel around 1pm. After taking some rest and bath, we decided to drive around Sg. Lembing. we visited the suspension bridge and noodle factory as usual, and this time we even went to the Sg. Lembing Museum which I never went before.

The place is quite attractive as we learned about the history of Sg. Lembing. The Museum is formally PCCL (Pahang Consolidated Company Limited) Manager's House.

We ended our day with another round of steamboat (yes, it was yesterday's leftovers).

(To be continued...)
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