Ants tending to their herd of aphids. The aphids are sap sucking animals which the ants kept for their sugar supply. Sap is rich in sugar which the aphids take and excess will be excreted. The aphids are treasured by the ants for their sugar-rich excrement.
Hi! i am finally awaken from my slumber after like more than one year away. First post in 2010. Not bad hor… I havent changed into a spider lah. Just one my models in my new hobby – photography. Actually, not new also lah, been doing photography for 3 years already. but recently got very addicted to macro photography. Macro photography is shooting animals not more than 10mm in size. Aiyah, insects and bugs lah. Forgive the pun, but really got bitten by the “macro” bugs hahaha….
Didnt get myself killed running the annual Singapore marathon. Tried that stunt in 1987, and i couldn’t walk for 3 months. Ok… i exaggerated, couldn’ really walk for 3 days. What i did this time round is to organise a photo shooting marathon that started at 730 with breakfast and ended at midnight. Never bluff, got photographs to show…
morning session: Botanical Garden
Evening: Sunset at Labrador Park
Night: Orchard Road – Shaw Centre
Entrance to Orchard Road
Takashimaya Shopping Centre
The crazy bunch who joined me for the marathon. Group photo taken in front of the Chinatown Relic Tooth Buddhist Temple.
Wish everyone a happy 2009!! … and hope you will end your year end with a bang too like pipit!!!
My first attempt at still life – a skeletal outline of a leaf. Shot this at the Singapore Garden Festival 2008.
Met up with a friend and fellow Pentaxian at the Museum last Saturday. Wee Kiat has just won the Singapore Young Photographer Award 2008 and together with some friends, we were at the museum admiring his works and those of other merit winners. WK has taken up the hobby only two years ago but his talent is so immense he won awards while little bird like pipit can only blog about him!
WK used an entry level K100D, same as pipit, with a 10-20 wide angle lens as his kit lens. His landscape photographs are breathtaking and you can check him out at flicker under the nick of night86mare. He has since upgraded his camera body to K20D and with his price money of $5000, i am sure a few more lenses before he flies off to London after his school holiday ends at September.
For those who are interested in photography or just enjoy beautiful photographs, can drop by the Singapore museum. For those who like to meet him, he will be at Labrador Park this Saturday with some photography buffs to shoot some shorescape and sundown. The meeting is at 4 pm Saturday 26 July 2008, Labrador Park and those interested to join the shoot can leave a message in my comment box.
Macro photography (MP) is really a hobby for the sadists. Who in their right frame of mind, beside an insect biologist, would go around looking for tiny insects, and upon finding one, crouching for hours straining both eyes and backs trying to get that perfect shot.
Ok, flowers can be macro photography subject too but the challenge is always to catch a good shot of that never stand still butterfly. Maybe MP is also for the egoist because i don’t know whats wrong with taking a stationary flower. At least it is bigger and would not fly away when you try to get near.
After trying two sessions on my own without result, finally consulted a sifu (master) in macro photography, and the massage auntie at my neighbourhood tui na joint for my sore back. The massage auntie told me not to go after the bees and wild flowers but my MP sifu is more philosophical.
“Let not chase after the fleeting but should wait for the right opportunity. Secure your base, and the tired and beautiful will come!” What sifu was trying to say was one should just find the right flower and wait for the insects to come. Reasonable but then this sound a lot like fishing. The only difference is nobody gets hurt!!
Below are my homeworks for the first session with my sifu.
Nice or not?
Attended an exhibition in Hotel Istana in the big city of KL last week…
Had a first hand experience of KL famous peak hour traffic jam. A first for me. Getting caught in a jam is not too bad for me as i have my Pentax k100D with my tele lens mounted on it. There are many interesting street scene to “shoot” and i was just as trigger happy to comply. I had a lot of fun but could not say the same of my driver friend.
Yawning…. me too if i were to wait for a bus that seemed to take eternity to come.
“Don’t bang me!” seemed like what the guy was telling the Waja driver! This was actually a poster on a bus, shot at a traffic light junction…
KL has a lot of beautiful post-war buildings with Islamic-influenced architectural features. This photo was shot near the dataran merdeka where Malaysia was declared an independant country many years ago…
there are a lot of sky scrappers too. overall, KL gives me the feeling of a city in a hurry to develop, with the interspersing of sky scrappers and low-rise shop houses have seen better times. for a city that is this well developed, i was struck by the lack of mass public transport option like mass transit rail.
There are a lot of huge in-your-face type of advertising boards in this city touting a myriad of products and services. This one is trying to sell a mobile phone service. The model looks a bit like Eason Chan, the singer, from far, isn’t it?
We were stuck for like an hour and a half in the jam. It was already dusk when we reached PJ, the place i put up while in KL.
That’s all for my first experience in a KL jam. Will not be my last as….
I will be back! I dread the day i have to drive ahhh……
my first attempt at close up photography with my new DSLR pentax camera. the shot was taken with the 18-55 kit lens. the model is ZAKUII from the “Gundam” anime series.
The toy was a present from my cousin and was one of my favourtie collection of toys. i actually have a few more of these *ahemm*. This particular one has an interesting storey behind it. It was “accidentally” given away to a relative in China by my mum a few years back. All cos this particular one come with a nice box that i never opened then. So, mum thot i have no interest in it as it was left untouched in the glass cabinet.
In the end, I had to ask another relative to go to China to retrieve it back for me.
Marvy, if you are reading this, you know this is “big boy” toys, just like the transformer!!
There seems to be a lot of interest on my housemate Ramsey, the ram-fish after this post.
By popular demand, may i present to you, my esteemed readers….
Can you spot Ramsey?
Transformer, is one of my favourites cartoons during my growing up years. When the movie version sailed into town, it is like a wet dream comes true for a young-at-heart like me. The only spoiler in the movie are the humans. The action scenes are too few and far in-between. It is like having sex but not reaching orgasm *sigh*. Since this is a made for human movie, cant really expect the robots to be the main stars, right?
Pumped up after the movie, i MUST get my “OPTIMUS PRIME” the toy!! Sadly, the only OP i can afford is those made in China model, costing S$12.90. The OP made by Harbro (the license toy maker) costs S$99 and out of my range.
Welcome to my made-in-china TRANSFORMERS…..
When they are not fighting a war, they are six hardworking construction vehicles….
If provoked, these construction vehicles can transform into six tiny green robots…
The Ultimate Robot – can you still see the six tiny green robots?
As with all dreams, even the wet one, we wake up and go back to the real world. Now, this robot sits pretty in my store room and will only be come upon to entertain when the nephews and nieces visit…