Telok cempedak : landscape composition


Photo was taken in telok cempedak, kuantan pahang, Malaysia. 5MP lenovo A390 camera was used then postprocessed using afterfocus software.


This was the original photo taken by 5MP handset camera with B/W set. It was shot around 10am when i was dating with my wife. 🙂
The scene was perfect even lighting is awesome. Unfortunately, my nikky D90 was not there, but i wont miss this moment. Coz, yeah the light is perfect. So, i pulled out my handphone lenovo A390, tried to compose with rule of third, then…shot !!!

Later, only a simple retouched with pixlromatic.

So, never miss anymoment, just grab everything that can shoot. 😉


outdoor shooting @bukit pelindung : laying down : composition


Photo was taken using 5MP lenovo handphone camera and reprocessed using afterfocus software

“Shoot and post with what ever you have in every situation”. This will boost up both your skill and your passion in photography.

This shot was managed by my wife with only 5MP handset camera. No special set was used, only focus with composition. Simple retouched was done in afterfocus and pixlromatic software later on.

That is me on the photo. My wife and i went to bukit pelindung, kuantan, pahang state of malaysia to do some physical exercise. Lucky me that i brought my nikon D90 with 18-55mm kit lens and 50mm 1.8 lens (1990). So i took a fee photos of tower in there. Yes, in the top of this hill there are 7 towers for communication. This is one of them.


Suggestion, never hesitate to sit, lay down or even crowl, to get better composition.



Nikon D90 50mm F1.8 lens @F2.8 1/50sec ISO 800

This is the last picture from my Nikon D90. Coz just now, she has been passed to new owner. Not if because i need money urgently. She was my eyes to see the world. well, there is no time for grieving. let observe this picture…

Actually, this is my first attempt with this kind of shot. Never read “how to” regarding this type of shot. I know..i know.., you can key in the words of food photography technique in google and in a sec…baam!! problem solved. or you can read a book like Digital photography by Scott Kelby and you will get the answer, soon.

However, sometimes, learning from experience using all knowledge that you have to solve a new thing, is quite interesting. So then, this is only my opinion, open discussion for public.

1. Lighting,
This is not lightNing sorry bad joke. 🙂
The most important of food photography is lighting. It is almost the same like you do product photography. You have to control the light. Using artificial light source usually is the best way in this shot e.g. flash gun, studio light, or even two or three table lamp.

However, sadly to say, i did not have that kind of light soure. the only light was coming from the window in my kitchen’s wife. Reflector, diffuser? Nope, did not prepare with one of them. Lucky me, the glass on the window is covered by blury material, so it can be considered as diffuser, right?

2. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera set
Not one of them is important, i mean, they are not the “K” factor, but really give amount of contibution here. Let say, i want to focus on very specific part of the food, so that is why i am using F2.8.

Then, Shutter speed never mind coz my set was A-mode. ISO 800 was set to unsure my sensor got enough light.

3. Composition
Yes, it is same important as lighting. Even, it should be the first set you have to consider. Try to shoot in every angle, position, set of food, set of background, etc. Then, analyze in your “darkroom”.

So, here we go, Timlo, a special food from Solo, center of java, Indonesia.



Nikon D90 with 70-210mm F4 lens at 95mm f4 1/250sec, ISO 400.

Sometimes, we forget to say thank you to Alloh azzawajalla to His creation until, we grab and look closer with our eyes. Subhanalloh, without pressing the shutter botton, our eyes can take a picture of it and save in the largest memory ever built, our brain. Let say it again, Subhanalloh.


This photo was taken in surrounding of Tasik in IIUM Mosque Kuantan Campus. if you are wondering what it is. Actually, it is the flower head of Mimosa pudica or Putri Malu (indonesian name). I shot around 8am when the sun is rising. Lucky me, the night before shooting was rain. So, the grass was fresh also the wheather. After rain is the best time for outdoor shooting in my opinion.

1. Aperture. This setting is very common for those who intend to get shallow DOF (depth of field). With this F/4 zoom lens, the largest aperture i can get is only 4. However, to get shallower DOF, focal length will play a significant role.

2. Focal length. in the previous, i said this can play a major role in this type of shot. Using zoom lens will stand out/pop up the subject. The only problem is you have to get optimum focal length, so your stand position is not to far from the subject. Because one of things for swallower DOF, you have to be closer with the subject. I shot at 95mm. Lucky me, this lens focusses closer than any other Nikon non-micro telephoto zoom (

3. Background. As you know, the far your subject from the background, more pop up effect it will be or it will be out of focus. However, not only the distance you have to be sure, the compositiion of color in your background, more colors involve in your background, more distraction from the background. So, make sure only one or two color include on your blury background.

The question for this picture?

if you notice, the light falls in high intensity to the subject, in this case is flower head of Mimosa pudica. How to solve this?

*writing style is following Mark Shimazu Photography

Red Onion

Red Onion

You will realize that is red onion. But, if you try to key in the keyword of onion in google search like i just did, the first result was The Onion, America’s Finest News Source. Well, i am not sure what is the corelation between Onion and this news website. What do you think?

Well, in this picture, i am sure it is red ‘vegetable’ onion (Allium cepa), right? Just a simple brief about this vege. In my opinion, or maybe it is your thought too, that onion is a world class vegetable. It has been investigated with a lot of positive effect to our body. Let say, one of them is antioxidant. The latest publication in journal of fuctional foods (Tasahil et al., 2013) explain clearly regarding the antioxidative properties from onion varities (pearl, red, white and yellow) and phenolic is a major compound that take role in it. So, that is for very short scientific explanation of onion.

next is from the photography point of view,
This shot was taken using Nikon D90 with 70-210 F/4 lens in F/4, 210mm, 1/30sec and iso 800. It was a simple shot with no special light setting or even with low light situation. You can shoot using single focus set, use center point..lock..then recomposs, or adjust your focus point to upper right side.

The question for this picture is,
is it a still-life shooting?