The Story of “Lake Kenyir Discovery Photography”
Assalamualaikum all. I’m very very excited for this kind of trip. Last year Azrul (pencerita) organize a trip for 30+ photographers to Tasik Banding/Royal Belum in Perak. This year it’s Lake Kenyir’s turn. We all stayed at the Lake Kenyir Resort & Spa (A super nice resort). gathering at KL Sentral on a Friday afternoon, we endure the 9 hour journey to Lake Kenyir by bus. After several reshuffle of group list, I’m placed with Ian Ahmad, Ali Dahlan, Meor Fendy, Adli Ghazali & Abang Zaini.
Unlike last year, this year I came prepared with a reliable tripod (the new Manfrotto I bought in May). But since my workhorse D700 and ultra wide 17-35mm f2.8 lens were sent to Nikon for servicing, I brought my D90, my sis’ kit lens 18-55mm, Fariz’ macro 60mm f2.8 lens (borrowed) and the 80-200 f2.8 tele. During the course of the trip, abang Zaini’s 12-24mm f4 ultra wide & Azim’s 18-200mm lenses were borrowed as well 🙂
The first picture I took (taken from our nice chalet balcony.
Since I wanna share a lot of pics from the trip, sit back and enjoy the selection of pics. All were lightly edited in Lightroom & Photoshop.
Mount Gagau (resembles a moaning face from sideway angle)
Different part of the lake yield different colors of water. Nice reflections too!
It took us 1 hour & 45 minutes by a Ferry Boat to get to Gua Bewah.
The entrance itself was a sight to behold.
This is Tiniey Tajudin. The model assigned to our group. This picture was the winning picture in the “Human Interest” Category. And I Won a 3d 2n package a a result 🙂
The group photo I took at the entrance. Our mentor & jury for the contests are Che’ Mat (MMU Lecturer), Ted Adnan (Pro Photographer) & Engku (Pro Photographer).
From Gua Bewah we moved to Lasir Waterfall.
We ask Tiniey to become a tourist (complete with Ian’s camera as prop)
I am not a nature photographer. this is my best attempt at capturing the waterfall. Must try harder next time 🙂
Unlike Royal Belum trip, we didn’t have enough time to capture flora & fauna subjects.
Mas Cotek plant. Illuminated using off camera flash
Details in a waterdrop
Orchid. Top 5 in the flora category. Winner in the special Jury’s Award category
Spider. Shot against the sky. Framed by the trees.
Wish I had more time to spend on the small insects… 😦
Moving on to the “Commercial” category. Pics of the resort & it’s facilities. Thanks to En Latif, our guide, we had access to the entire resort.
View of the main resort building, overlooking the swimming pool and the terrace restaurant.
Relaxing at the spa.
Group A in one of the Chalet with Tiniey
Resort lobby view at night
After winning the “Resort” category ast year, I didnt put any hope in winning this year. Just trying to give my best by shooting and selecting my best picture. I enjoyed every second of the trip.
Receiving the first out of 2 prizes
2 hampers, certificates & my free trip certificate.
Group photo. Credit to ted Adnan
Group A picture (taken by Azim). We all posed as Indonesian Band wannabe…hehehe Look how serious we all pose 🙂 Meor Fendy (Drummer), Adli Ghazali (Rhythm Guitar), Abang Zaini (Bassist), Ian Ahmad (Lead Guitar), Amrufm (Keyboard) & Tiniey Tajudin (Lead Singer)…hehehe..You guys rock!
PS: Condolences to Bro Ali Dahlan who lost his father on our first night at the resort. He had to rush back to Perlis via LCCT. Al Fatihah