Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I know it's late. I'm still in the office. But at the moment I guess I'm not really working as I'm typing this. The line is down. My e-mails are stuck. It will take a while or maybe it will take them all day to rectify this. I know I should worry but there's nothing I can do.

I sat down in front of the PC thinking about the things I've done and things I'll be doing. It has been such a long time since I've blog kan? And my blog timings are becoming less frequent. Most probably because these couple of months/weeks has been busy with books. I've got a book from Joe McNally, another from Scott Kelby and I'm still waiting for the last one from Dane Sanders of Fast Track Photographer.

Yeah, not forgetting a DVD from Sessions with Joey Lawrence.

I'm also in the plans for more personal trips and getting some conceptual shots in the planning. I'm trying to leave the place and travel for the time being and just shoot to get myself out of my comfort zone. Look at light differently, look at available light differently and most importantly understand people. I've been looking way too much at other photographer's work and understanding the way they shoot, how they shoot and the way they sell it. It's time for me now to gather, compile all those data, all that knowledge and mash them together into one big ball of 'understanding'.

Ok, enough about photography or my work.

My plans for April will be a trip down to West Sumatra where I hopefully will be able to visit some beautiful places. Planning to see some rocky roads, renting it out and living in cramped up spaces. Not the most ideal vacation but I needed the change. One that will challenge me to appreciate the comfort that I have in Malaysia.

Then I'm headed down to KL for a doctor's visit on the 8th and maybe the 9th. After that a well needed rest in Damai Laut sponsored by the people in Swiss Garden for photographing their staff profile. That'll occupy my time from 10 till 11th.

Hopefully, there'll be another photoshoot slot in between that time and my Redang vacation on the 30th till 2nd @ Terengganu. Beach shots, snorkeling, trekking, meeting with new peeps, getting out and about. It'll all be over before you can say Aprilfool.

I'm in need of traveling funds. E-mail jimmyang@gmail.com for donation instructions. Please?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

One day trip to Alor Setar.

Gua hari ini nak bergegas ke Alor Setar. Alasannya nak hadiri jamuan kahwin kawan. Tapi aku rasa tujuan sebenar aku ialah mencari tempat besh untuk tangkap gambar. Confirm satu Alor Setar tu banyak especially kat pusat bandar. Tapi gua rasa malam lagi best. Petang macam terik saja.

anyway here are some shots I took from Alor Setar.

After Alor Setar we went down to Penang, Gurney for some good movie. The Lovely Bones were cute but I suppose Peter Jackson could've done more. The views were breathtaking though. Cinematically, I was inspired by every inch of light, composition... everything. It looked beautiful.

BTW, got myself a new Cascade Nike Messenger Slingbag. OHSEM! No more camera backpacks k?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

10 years ago...

Its amazing, I remember when I was 19. I had so much hope, so little care. The only thing that I cared much about was books, grades and a girl to call my own. I was just 19 and I'm so optimistic. I didn't know about HTML, CSS or PHP. I don't even know what Photoshop is. I just had a PC installed with MS Words, Excel and some King Of Fighter games. At that time, it was all I ever needed. It was all I ever wanted. I had a mobile phone. A Nokia 3210 and I thought the Nokia 8250 'Butterfly' was the coolest phone on the market. I think I still does.

When I was 20, I studied harder. I got better grades but life was pretty much the same. Sitting in a bunk looking at the computer, regurgitating whatever I've learnt in the classroom into notes and notes of irrelevance. Thank god there was dramas, activities, assignments. It made life a little less boring. But all I cared about was still the same things, same worries, same people.

It took a fair share of shook to where I am now, to where my priorities have changed. It took a whole new shift from studies to working. Now I'm worried about my loans, mortgages, parents, partner and most importantly health. You know what changed my priorities? That whole shift from studying to working. I just realized that for our priorities to change, we need to accept change. From Boy to Man. From Man to Husband. From Husband to Father.

Hopefully, that change will happen soon, to ME.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Hot FM Big Jam.

Gua menjejakkan kaki ke atas padang ini. Stage semua telah disetupkan. Ramai yang berkerumun. Benda free memang semua orang nak. Kalau nak suruh aku bayar RM100 untuk kurangkan orang di sini, memang aku rela. Tapi apa nak buat, Hot FM memang sengaja nak buat kita lebih hangat daripada biasa. Hangat ini tidak biasa, hangat ini bersalutkan bau badan dan ketiak. Nasib baik I tinggi, orang lain yang merasa ketiak aku. Tersenyum sinih aku sambil sengaja naikkan tangan menjauhkan raksasa lain.

Gua dan Abbas memasuki ikut celah, nak tengok dgn lebih rapat lagi. Gua tahu lepas ini gua tak boleh duduk, tak boleh berganjak, nak pengsan pun kena pengsan setempat aje. Kalo tidak tak sempat gua tengok lubang hidung M.Nasir dan Anuar Zain. Kidding. Gua lebih suka lubang hidung band Bunkface, MUH, Hujan, FT dan Akim.

Shila udah perform tadi petang, kalo tidak boleh kita berbicara macam dulu kat PIFF. Album terbaru Shila dah keluar. Anda dah dapatkan belum? Dapatkan ori tahu? Setakat nak download itu biar download yang ori jugak. Jgn nak sumpah rezeki orang.

Anyway, sambil MUH menyanyi lagu 'La la la la Kerja' Budak bertiga tepi gua menari melompat lompat. Perempuan depan bagi dia satu jelingan. Mereka tertendang kaki aku jugak. Diorang memang tgh khusyuk dgn lagu ini. Gua tidak berganjak, menikmati lagu daripada MUH. Kesian gua tengok budak budak sebelah gua. Confirm belum dapat kerja lagi.

.random lessons.

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