Monday, September 27, 2010

可人儿(Three Cuties)


这一趟回乡,发现大哥竟然在家里收留了三位娇滴滴的可人儿。

第一位可人儿穿着花衣裳,在大哥的杨桃树下赏花嬉戏,喝的是天然保颜花蜜,游戏人间的生活,幸福洋溢脸上。我偷偷按下快门把她的绝代风情捕抓下来。

第二位可人儿穿着橙色上衣,青春调皮,一下子出现在面前,一眨眼又不知所踪。似乎还有位孪生姐妹。我不敢太过张扬,错失了把两姐妹摄入镜头的良机,只拍到可人儿在菜园搔首弄姿的倩影。

第三位可人儿穿着泛蓝闪光薄裙,丰满身材呼之欲出。这位可人儿虽然文静,放电的眼睛却让人热血沸腾。她轻轻依偎在大哥的辣椒树下,完全不畏忌慌张失措的我在为她猛拍艳照。

Within the little compound of my brother’s residence, there live some cuties that friendlily posed for me when I went back there recently to visit my mum and my brother.

The first cutie was the lady bee that was busy whole afternoon flying and dancing around the star fruit tree, enjoying the sweet nectar of the star fruit flowers. I guess she must be an experienced model who does not like to be photographed in an ordinary manner. Instead, her graceful movement around enabled me to capture some nice candid shots of her.

The second cutie was an orange colored beetle that played seek-and-hide with me. This playful lady and her companion were extremely photogenic when they appeared together in front of me. However, even though I have been shooting quite regularly lately, I was still not fast enough to capture both of them, but only managed a reasonable shot of one of them before they disappeared again.

The third cutie was a lady fly that may look less svelte but her fleshy look and big sexy eyes were the killer. The lady fly was the least active, resting quietly on the branch of the chili tree, allowing me to photograph her red hot look on the red hot chili tree in the hot afternoon of Sunday.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

野猫的一天(A Day of A Kitten’s Life)

小时候曾经看过猫抓老鼠,都是把老鼠玩得精疲力尽,而不会一举就把老鼠干掉。猫可以说是老鼠的天敌,老鼠碰上猫是无计可施的,卡通里的Tom & Jerry 例外。

在故乡大哥家遇见这两只可爱的母子猫。没有老鼠,却上演了一场猫抓壁虎的戏,实力悬殊之下,壁虎的命运可想而知了。

虽是路边的野猫,不可与身价不菲的宠物猫相提并论,两只相依为命的野猫却也过着相当快乐的日子。

妈妈说我到底是不是傻呆了,一整天拿着相机到处拍,连野猫野狗野花都不放过。。。


As a photography addict, I almost certainly would not miss any photography opportunity that comes my way. These two strayed cats that visited my brother’s house (when I was there) were no exception.

I spent a lot of time observing these two cats, one being the mother and the other being her young kitten. The kitten was hyperactive and extremely playful, running around in my brother’s car porch after a domestic lizard. The kitten obviously had the upper hand and the lizard eventually got dragged into the bush and eaten up. I guess this is another predator-prey relationship.

The strayed cats do not have luxurious life like some expensive cats that rich people keep as pets, but under the care of its mother, the kitten does live a happy life, at least on the day I was observing them.

Monday, September 20, 2010

儿童乐园 (Children Fun Park)



每个孩子到达儿童游乐场都会雀跃不已,所以途径吉隆坡时,就带姐弟俩到成功时代广场里的游乐场一游。

两个孩子都喜欢彩色沙艺术(Sand Art),各自选择了喜爱的图画细心的动起手来。因为之前已有过经验,驾轻就熟的很快就把作品完成。

现代孩童普遍上都花很长时间玩网络游戏,我却宁可孩子们减少上网时间,多花时间做做手工,到游乐场玩,甚至到户外玩玩泥沙也可达成较平衡的身心发展。


Before going to Penang, we stopped at KL for a night. The main purpose was to have a night’s rest before continuing the journey, to enjoy some hawker food here, to shop a little, to take some photographs and let the kids have some fun in a kids’ theme park.

For a short day’s stay, I could not go too many places for photography. Therefore when my kids were playing in Berjaya Times Square Children Fun Park, I took some 50mm shots to quench my photography thirst.

During the post processing, I adjusted the saturation to obtain total black and white to a relatively saturated color for different images taken. The different degree of tone and color saturation gives rise to different feel to individual’s personal liking.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

街头摄影 (Street Photography)



在每一个城市最繁忙的街道上,茫茫人海中,每个人都有着自己的故事。

城市是许多人造梦的的地方,寻觅理想的过程中,难免有彷徨失落的时刻,也有孤立无援的时候。跌倒爬起跌到爬起的过程,都是些动人心弦的生活故事。

每一张街头掠影,每一张似熟悉实陌生的脸孔,虽然都是时间的过客,却道尽人生百态。

喧哗闹市的背后,有着破烂残旧的后巷;人们狂欢购物后,是否也有着失落的心。。。。



During the Hari Raya Holidays, I took a break from the routine to drive back to my hometown. On the way back, I stopped at a few places for food as well as to take some photographs.

Having played with macro photography for some time, I tried out my first debut on street photography with my Sigma 18-250 super-zoom lens and it turned out quite fun and interesting.

In a busy street of a city, people from all walks of life could be seen interacting with each other. There were also some lonely wanderers. I am sure everyone on the street has his/her own stories to tell. All these photographs combined can depict to certain extent the street culture of a particular city.

What I found interesting were the strangers on the street blended so well into the environment and the images. It gave me a feeling that their life and the street are closely integrated.

For locals, I guess some may be able to recognize the street.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Predator or Prey

I find the following article from “Moment of Science” web site interesting and wish to share it here:

We generally think of spiders as top-of-the-line predators, but this Moment of Science reveals a case when the spider definitely comes out on the short end of the predator stick.

Spiders are often thought of as one of the creepiest, cruelest creatures around. There are numerous horror films that cast spiders as the monsters. For some, fears might involve the web and how the spider meticulously entombs its prey before it feasts on it. However, there are insects that probably give spiders nightmares: wasps.

A female wasp stings a spider in her own web, temporarily paralyzing her. Then the wasp lays an egg on the spider’s abdomen. The paralysis wears off, and the spider gets up and goes about her business as usual. But this isn’t the end of the story. The egg on her abdomen hatches, and the larva sucks the spider’s body fluid. The spider still continues spinning her web like normal.

When the larva is about ready to construct its cocoon it injects the spider with a chemical that causes it to spin a twisted tent instead of its regular web. Finally, the wasp larva kills the spider, devours it, and then suspends its cocoon in the shelter of the tent the spider constructed.

I am terrified by how the wasps kill its preys and used them in part of their reproduction process. I am so terrified that I need to take a break.

Monday, September 6, 2010

磨练 (Hardship)

在风雨中长大,历尽苍桑生活的孩子,在大风浪之后,将更加强壮,继而成为社会栋梁。

在奋斗中的朋友们,克服了挫折之后,明天就会更好。

Blogger Mei Teng said, to appreciate peace and to know who you are, you have to go through a war.

In fact, for some, life is a tough journey. Those who survive through the hardship and tough life will emerge stronger and tougher, and their life stories will be inspiring for others.

Friday, September 3, 2010

种子 (Seed Pods)

孩童时代,科技不发达,孩子们大都玩泥沙长大。也许因为玩具不多,对花草与虫儿如蜻蜓,萤火虫,蟋蟀等好奇心也多些。

长大后,大家各自升学就业,忙碌与盲目的生活,早已忘却了这些孩童点滴。

这棵儿时熟悉的花,曾经是母亲与邻居们爱种的花树。当时年幼的心,看着花的种子自动爆开感到很好奇。一些熟透的,手指轻轻一碰就裂开,种子撒落地上,神奇得很!连尚未成熟的也急不及待的把它压破。

因为摄影,竟然找回了久违的孩童心境。。。。

I remembered my mum and our neighbors used to grow this flower within the vicinity of the neighborhood. Instead of appreciating its flowers, I especially like to watch the seeds popped open when they were ripe enough. A soft touch with my little finger would make the pods pop open. The little mechanism of nature was really fun and amazing.

After growing up, life had been busy and we had been playing with gadgets such as i-pod instead of the flower seeds’ pods.

Through photography, I feel like time is flowing back to the childhood days…….

Thursday, September 2, 2010

有起有落 (Ups and Downs)

人生有起有落,是个正常现象。如何在起起落落中从容面对,才叫做生活的智慧。。。
In life, we always have our ups and downs. I guess, to be able to live happily through the ups and downs, require the real wisdom….

Life's Sayings

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life, it goes on. (Robert Frost)

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. (Winston Churchill)

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