Daily Archives: June 15, 2007

Crossing Bridges IV: Tawau & Semporna – Day 2

4th of June 2007. The wake up call was at 5 30am. Why so early? Sunrise is at 6am and the first agenda of the day is to capture some sunrise shot.

We walked about 800 meters from the hotel to the seafront, and we passed along this scene,

Dawn in Tawau

Sunrise...

Where’s the sun?

I purposely hide it behind some objects, such as the mosque and the trees, for aesthetic and safety reason. I composing for strong lines and silhoutte while avoiding direct sunlight that could damage the nerve in the eye. All those lights magnified thru the lens and converging on the eye won’t do you any good.

When I finally ge tto the seafront, the sun is already appeared above the horizon and the warm sidelighting began to illuminate the land…

Early morning light in Tawau...

…kinda snappish kind of photography, but when there’s another 30 odd photographers around you clicking away, you kinda get in the ‘mood’ oso *grins*

Soon, I realised the errors of my way, and began to actually ‘look’ into the scene and deciding that if I shoot everything I may not to be able to show anything, soo…

A boatman awaiting passengers in Tawau...

..I decided to concentrate on the many boats that plying the area. Btw, local folks calling this particular seafront area ‘Batu’. That’s mean ‘rock’ in the Malay language.

Soon, more boats appeared and after haggling over the price of renting one we hop on to one and began to explore the surrounding area…

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..a close up of a fishing boat
A close up...

..and then, I saw this image,

I decided this is the shot that I’ve been looking for. A fleet of silhoutted fishing boats in a back lit scene.

I believe the French word for it is ‘contre-jour’ tho I have no idea how to pronounce it.

I am preparing some materials for this weekend workshop (of which all available slots are fully subscribes weeks ago) so I got to go back to work.

Till next time. Wassalam.