Penang Green Expo 2013 Photography Contest

Here you go, this is the 2nd year in a roll Penang Green Expo is holding a photography contest and PGN is co-organizing. This year the prize is richer and definitely better than previous year. And we also bring in more sponsors too. As the photography contest theme is I AM HEALING THE EARTH, contestants are required to submit Scenery Photo of Malaysia. Please be reminded that photos captured from Mobile phones, PDAs & Tablets are not acceptable.

For further details please go through the rules & regulations at below. Please click the link to download PGE 2013 Photo Contest Form.

PGE 2013 Photo Contest Poster

PGE 2013 Photo Contest Poster

PGE 2013 Photo Contest Poster Back

PGE 2013 Photo Contest Poster Back

The Problems With Nikon D800

I have recently come across a PGN member who owned a Nikon D800 from D700 upgrading. Few months after fiddling with D800, he had stumbled into the main problems of D800 which is the enormously huge 36 mega-pixels RAW files. According to him every time after TT outing, the headache comes when post processing. Some photographers to shoot with RAW files, some JPG will do, but majority on RAW files. In order to smoothly transfer from D800 to PC and from RAW conversion to JPG after minor touch up, the already high end PC froze! A further upgrading of PC will cost roughly RM5K.

After some deep thoughts, he called up Excel Photo Trading and offers on letting go it’s D800 + 2 other prime lense for a Nikon D4 and the price that he needed to chip in to see if it’s cheaper. It turns out that he just only needed to top up another RM2K+ for a D4! So D4 it is, D4 with it’s 16.2 megapixels is perfectly friendly with his existing PC.

Unless you all out there are loaded with dough then I think D800 or D4 ain’t much of an issue for you, for the rest stick with what you got.

Penang Hin Photography Contest Award

Finally we have received the prizes from HIN Organizer after their hectic HIN JB event. Good job lards, you should rest and get prepared for HIN KL and good luck! So immediately PGN contacted the winners and handout the prizes as soon as possible.

Winner Group Photo

Winner Group Photo

First Prize Winner Mr Edson Bo Ken Xin

First Prize Winner Mr Edson Bo Ken Xin

Second Prize Winner Mr Lim Boon Chew

Second Prize Winner Mr Lim Boon Chew

Third Prize Winner Mr Frankie Tan Chen Weng

Third Prize Winner Mr Frankie Tan Chen Weng

Click here for further submission of photos for HIN Penang Photography Contest.

Climbing the Great Arch, Getu Valley, China.

Photography by Sam Bie

Photography by Sam Bie

“Danny is an incredible climber—a machine!” says photographer Sam Bie of shooting climber Danny Andrada on Corazón de Ensueñoan eight-pitch route on Chuanshang Cave, also known as the Great Arch, in southwestern China’s Getu Valley. This may be the hardest continual, overhanging sport-climbing route in the world. The Great Arch is 164 feet high, 230 feet across, and 449 feet long.

After climbing for an hour, Bie was in position to capture the photo he planned for. “The perfect place for me to shoot was across from Danny’s route, aligned with the middle of the arch, about 525 feet above the ground,” he says.

Getting into position to shoot can take hours, and Bie often has long waits between photographing climbers. “I fell asleep twice in my harness!” he says. “Being rigged into ropes is my ‘office.’ I slept at work.” recalls Bie.

Bie photographed with a Nikon D300 and a Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED lens.

The location in Mandarin is 中国贵州国家公园紫云格凸穿洞。Photos & text are from National Geographic.

Weather Storm in Chong Qing, Sze Chuan, China.

This is Chongqing, China, where in July 2007 they experienced torrential rain and lightning storms considered the worst in 115 years. The city’s urban areas received over 266mm of rain in a 24 hour period; triggering landslides and mud-rock flows in 22 of its 40 counties and districts. A total of 41,672 lightning bolts were recorded in Chongqing in one day causing 48 power lines to go down, more than 300 power faults and more than 200 fires across the city.

The heavy rains also destroyed more than 10,000 houses and ruined 118,060 hectares of crops, causing losses of more than 863 million Yuan (US$114.1 million) and took the lives ofat least 60 people.

Weather Storm in Chong Qing, Sze Chuan, China.

Weather Storm in Chong Qing, Sze Chuan, China.

Best Wildlife Pictures : British Nature Winners 2012

National Geographic is running Best Pictures Award annually, of which scattered in many categories, these BPA is open for anyone who has taken some astonishing photos worldwide. The below winners’ photos are this year Best Wildlife Pictures Award : British Nature Winners 2012. Photos & texts from National Geographic.

BWPA 2012 Overall Winner - Matt Dogget

BWPA 2012 Overall Winner – Matt Dogget

Fish-seeking gannets torpedo beneath the waves in “Gannet Jacuzzi,” the overall winner of the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards, announced this week.

Photographer Matt Doggett used dead mackerel to attract the birds in a remote location off northern Scotland.

“I like this image, as almost every stage of the action is captured—gannets entering the water, gannets eyeing up the fish, gannets taking the fish, gannets eating the fish and then finally leaving,” Dogget said in a statement. “It looks like chaos, but the gannets know exactly where the other birds are.”

Now in its fourth year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards recognize amateur and professional photographers while highlighting the “great wealth and diversity” of British nature. Judged by professional photography experts, the competition is open to all nationalities, but the pictures must have been taken in the United Kingdom.

As for this year’s winner, it’s a “striking image that manages to capture in parallel the raw power and grace of the diving gannets,” judge Greg Armfield of the international conservation organization WWF said in a statement.

BWPA 2012 - Hidden Britain Winner - Dale Sutton

BWPA 2012 – Hidden Britain Winner – Dale Sutton

A bush cricket appears frozen in mid-leap in British photographer Dale Sutton‘s winning picture, “Leap for Freedom.”

Sutton, who specializes in high-speed photography, described his motivation for the photograph in a statement: “I wanted to show people a bush cricket in mid-leap. We all see grasshoppers and crickets sitting on grass stems but never after they have just taken off. This had to be done in a controlled environment, using a special high-speed flash and an array of equipment. I think I caught the essence of the subject well.”

BWPA 2012 - British Seasons Winner - Jules Cox

BWPA 2012 – British Seasons Winner – Jules Cox

A hare tucks back its ears and huddles against the cold, in a picture by Jules Cox. Cox captured the scene in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, said to be home to the largest swath of mountainous Arctic acres in the British Isles.

BWPA 2012 - Backyard Wildlife Winner - David Thomas Handley

BWPA 2012 – Backyard Wildlife Winner – David Thomas Handley

A wasp prepares to take out the trash—fuzz pressed between mandibles—from a nest in a cavity wall in Tan-y-fron, Wales. Photographer David Thomas Handley had to use a stepladder to get the shot, which was taken above a garbage can in his backyard.

“As it was the weekend and there was nobody available to come and deal with the wasp’s nest, I thought I may as well try and get some photos,” Handley said in a statement.

BWPA 2012 - Animal Behaviour Winner - Amanda Hayes

BWPA 2012 – Animal Behaviour Winner – Amanda Hayes

Photographer Amanda Hayes tried for more than a week to photograph herring gulls trying to steal puffins’ sand eel catches as the puffins landed, but the smaller birds kept outwitting the gulls.

But one day, “a puffin landed and a herring gull grabbed the back of the puffin’s neck, lifting it high off the ground,” Hayes said in a statement.

“Fortunately for the puffin, it wriggled free and escaped. I’m not sure whose heart was beating faster—the puffin’s or mine!”

BWPA 2012 - Habitat Winner - Alexander Mustard

BWPA 2012 – Habitat Winner – Alexander Mustard

A young gray seal blends into surrounding rocks as it explores a cave in the English Channel. “I saw a seal swim through this colorful cave, and so I waited … and waited,” photographer Alexander Mustard said in a statement.

“About every 20 minutes a seal would come along and have a look, I suspect seeing if there were any fish sheltering here. This small cave was obviously an important hangout for seals.”

BWPA 2012 - Urban Wildlife Winner - Phil Jones

BWPA 2012 – Urban Wildlife Winner – Phil Jones

Roosting starlings watch flying starlings in photographer Phil Jones’s winning picture, taken in Aberystwyth, Wales.

“Starlings roost under the pier every autumn and winter and put on a great aerial display most nights,” Jones said in a statement.

“I wanted something a little different, so concentrated on the perched birds looking out to sea with the movement of the flock beyond them. Given the poor weather, it took several visits to get the photograph I had in mind.”

BWPA 2012 - Living Landscapes Winner - Stephen Powles

BWPA 2012 – Living Landscapes Winner – Stephen Powles

Whizzing cars in Devon create glowing streamers of light—and a barrier for wildlife—on a road that cuts across one of Britain’s largest expanses of Culm grassland, a type of wetland.

“Sadly, the North Devon link road was put through the middle of this ecosystem,” photographer Stephen William Powles said in a statement. “Taken at night, the image shows even more dramatically how the road has cut through this habitat. The deer sign further emphasizes the conflict.”

BWPA 2012 - Animal Portraits Winner - Neil McIntyre

BWPA 2012 – Animal Portraits Winner – Neil McIntyre

A red deer stag peers between pine trees in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park. “Over the winter months some [properties] subsidize the feeding of the red deer to help them over the hard times,” photographer Neil McIntyre explained in a statement.

“The estate where this shot was taken feed them in a pine wood, perfect for the shot I was after. After a few near misses, eventually one stag stood in the perfect position and I got the shot I wanted, with the out-of-focus tree trunks framing the stag.”

BWPA 2012 - Wild Woods Winner - Jeremy Walker

BWPA 2012 – Wild Woods Winner – Jeremy Walker

Photographer Jeremy Walker had to move quickly to capture sunlight streaming through Hampshire’s New Forest—the shadowy pattern was constantly changing. But he called the work “an absolute joy.”

It was a “classic autumnal afternoon: clear skies, a distinct nip in the air, and dappled light breaking through the golden canopy to play on the forest floor,” Walker said in a statement.

BWPA 2012 - Young People's Award Winner - Ashley Butterworth

BWPA 2012 – Young People’s Award Winner – Ashley Butterworth

Arctic terns greet each other in mid-flight in a picture taken by Ashley Butterworth, 14, which won the British Photography Awards’ WildPix Young People’s Award in the 12-to-18 category.

BWPA 2012 - Young People's Award Winner - William Briggs

BWPA 2012 – Young People’s Award Winner – William Briggs

A male chaffinch prepares to land in a picture taken by 8-year-old William Briggs, who won the 2012 contest’s WildPix Young People’s Award in the under-12 category.

BWPA 2011 Overall Winner - Richard Shucksmith

BWPA 2011 Overall Winner – Richard Shucksmith