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Cliff Hunting Trip-The End

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I ended up my Cliff Hunting Trip project with this few long exposure shots, captured somewhere in Snowdonia National Park Wales. As my personal experience, i had never seen such a view like this in my entire life. It’s such a calming place, with a big lake surrounded by mountains in front of me, the water itself transparent and i could see clearly small rocks through it, the water surface was so clear and i could see the reflection the mountains on the suface, the air was so refreshing and the moment became more meaningful as i experienced one of the most beautiful sunset in my life.

Those pictures below were captured during the blue hour (a few minutes after complete sunset). Since many people asked me how i got such purple color of the sky, so here i share the secret behind this color. With a normal shot, you will get a picture with dark blue color of sky. But i tried something new, with a combination of ND8, Circular polarizer and Cokin P121M (NDgrad) and shot using bulb mode, the color will mix up and produce such little purple color. If you move the P121M (NDgrad) filter, you will get a normal color of sky. That’s all….and..the best part of playing with filters & long exposure photography is that you will not need much editing process because the color and composition are already there. If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. Enjoy….





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Cliff Hunting Trip-Snowdonia National Park Wales

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Snowdon is a region in north Wales and a national park of 838 square miles (2,170 km2) in area. It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951. The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085m). I arrived there after about 2 hours of drive from Aberystwyth and along the way, you can experience the beautiful landscape of the countryside of Wales.

To be honest, Snowdonia National Park is the most amazing place i have ever been due to the landscapes, the location, the air and also the enjoyment of ride through the National Park. I suggest to anyone who wants to visit Wales, visiting this National Park is a must, you would not regret it. I can guaranty that.









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Cliff Hunting Trip-Aberystwyth Wales

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My journey continued along the coast of Wales directed to a small town, Aberystwyth. Aberystwyth is an extremely isolated town, considering the population density of the United Kingdom. The nearest substantial settlements are located at least 1 hour 45 minutes drive away: Swansea. But Aberystwyth is a historic market town and famous with beach. I got only 45minutes to shot in Aberystwyth, so here we go….




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Cliff Hunting Trip-Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Wales

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You can see clearly that the name of this project is “Cliff” Hunting Trip, but until now, you have not see any Cliff photos from me.hahaha…Actually, based on my trip plan, i’ll capture some Cliff shots in Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales, about 2 hours journey from Cardiff. I arrived somewhere in Pembrokeshire about 3pm and felt so excited to play long exposure photography at a cliff. There is no exact address or postcode of the “main” cliff that i was heading to.( “main” here means like the most interesting cliff there, where tourist always visit because Pembrokeshire has a lot of cliffs along the coast). So i just follow my instinct to get to the cliff. And somehow, i arrived to a place, ‘looks’ like a tourist attraction because there were lots of vehicles and people at that place. I thought that was the correct location of the “main” cliff, unfortunately that was totally the wrong location. It’s actually just a mini jungle with a small lake in it. Then one of my friends asked a local (a granny), the direction to a cliff. She said that we need to walk 20min through the jungle, across the lake, turn right and left..bla bla…and then we will reach the cliff. We walked for God’s sake through the jungle just to find that cliff. After 20min walked, we arrived at……………………………erm…i could say the highest point of view of the lake!!! About 7 meters high from the lake. I looked out for the sea view, where is it?none!! There is no sea near me, not even close!! And this place is totally not a cliff. We were lost in the middle of a jungle!!ohhhh granny, it was all your fault……so i walked back to the parking lot and it took another 20min. Then, after the devastating incident, we asked a young man the direction to the nearest cliff and at that time i don’t even care if i reach the “main” cliff anymore. I just want to find a cliff, any cliff will be fine! After 10min drive finally, at about 5p.m we arrived here, i think only the local know this place.





All the cliff shots was captured using Cokin ND8,Circular Polarizer,Cokin P121M (NDgrad),remote release,tripod,manual mode.

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Cliff Hunting Trip-Landscape Cardiff Wales

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Continue from the last post…My 2nd destination was Manchester. I have no particular landscape shot in Manchester because i was there to rest and have fun with some new photographer friends. Then, the next destination was Cardiff, located in south of Wales. In Cardiff  i visited the Caerphilly Castle and went to the Brecon Beacons National Park. The view of the National Park was simply awesome, like you were standing in the middle of nowhere with the landscape of mountains and hills around you, but it was so cold at the time i arrived there and i could not hold any longer to shot more; i forgot to bring my glove with me and my hand was getting pale.


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April 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

April 2010 Wallpaper

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I’m so sorry for not updating this blog for about 3 weeks. There were a lot of stuff i have to settle up. But i come back with this post. Like i promised before, i’ll give free wallpaper each month and i’ll never break that promise.

For April 2010 wallpaper, i come up with a simple landscape shot, a shot that actually breaking the rule of third. Rule of third is actually a simple rule in photography to guide you so that a picture look balance in the frame of your shot. I’ll explain just a ‘little bit’ about this rule because i think most of you already know about it. Basically you need to imagine like in a frame there were 9 small rectangles OR 2 vertical lines and 2 horizontal lines.

For a landscape shot, to apply this rule, normally photographer fill up 2/3 of the frame (6 boxes) with ground or land and other 1/3 (3 boxes) of the frame with sky. Instead, in this shot, i did the exact inverse of it. “Rules were made to be broken”, a cliché statement. But, don’t break this rule if you don’t even understand totally about the rule. The question is ” Why i did something like that?”. You don’t break the rule just to have fun with no purpose. I did break the rule to add some impact to the shot. I want to show the gigantic group of the cloud, the movement or direction of the cloud. You can see that the cloud move like a curve to the left. If i apply the rule of third in this shot, you will not get the chance to see the direction of the cloud.

All right, back to the topic, remember about the “Cliff Hunting Trip” in my previous post? This wallpaper is actually one of my shots during that trip. The shot was captured around the area of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales. The exact location remain unknown because i just followed the GPS navigator directed to the Coast and i just stopped by to this place on my way to the coast.

So here is the wallpaper according to the resolution of monitor.

1280×800 and 1920×1200

I hope you enjoy the wallpaper and wish you have a great month ahead.

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March 31, 2010 at 9:15 am

Cliff Hunting Trip 2010

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All right, i’m off for a new trip, i call it…’Cliff Hunting Trip 2010′ around United Kingdom. But the cliffs that i and other 3 friends will be hunting are only around Wales. My main purpose of this trip is just to enjoy and appreciate the nature and learn more about long exposure landscape photography, as UK is quiet famous with their cliffs. So, for 1 week (2nd March-9th March), we all will be arriving each of the destinations below:

London- Manchester-Birmingham-Cardiff-Pembroke-Aberystwyth-Snowdonia-Manchester-London

Of course i’ll share my shots later on =D…so..pray for us for a save journey. Till later…………….

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March 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm