A Simple Rose

31 03 2010

A Simple Rose, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

A simple rose I have found
It’s not the flower that grows from the ground,
Its beauty is one of such delight …
This rose is soft to the touch in all its perfection.

The envy for all the flowers in this garden
Its fragrance will consume your every obsession.
This rose must be a gift, a gift from above
A gift from Heaven to show us love.

Every morning I wake to see its petals glisten
Its easy to see how one could be so smitten
If love was a rose it would shine so bright
Because all I need is this rose in my life.

Life Is Fragile

31 03 2010

Life Is Fragile, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Little Julie’s on the backporch
Rocking her little man in her arms
It’s just them two and it’s always been
And neither of them knows just why or when
It happened that way
But they go on
She’s holding his little hand
And singing softly as the evening falls
He’s growing fast and the time is flying
She looks at him and starts to cry
A tear of joy
And she goes on and on
She knows

Life is fragile and a heart is easily broken
in a world of shattered dreams
When no one seems to care
But there’s a light of hope she carries
To get them through the dark of life unfair
Life is so fragile
You’ve got to handle it with prayer

Tommy’s in the hallway
Pacing up and down the marble floors
He and Lynne have been waiting so long
To hear their first born cry at dawn
And bring them joy
And he goes on

The doctor come to Tommy
But there is something somber in his eyes
He says something went wrong
And we tried to save him
We tried hard boy
But he didn’t make it
But Lynne’s alright
And he starts to cry
And he holds her tight
And they go on and on
They know

Life is fragile and a heart is easily broken
in a world of shattered dreams
When no one seems to care
But there’s a light of hope they carry
To get them through the dark of life unfair
Life is so fragile
You’ve got to handle it with prayer

They may never find the reason
But they always find their peace
When they’re reaching out to heaven
To the One who never leaves

By Kevin Lawson

I Love to PLAY!!!

29 03 2010

I Love to PLAY!!!, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Allah SWT berfirman, “Dia memberikan anak perempuan kepada siapa yang Dia kehendaki dan memberikan anak lelaki kepada siapa yang Dia kehendaki, atau Dia menganugerahkan kedua jenis lelaki dan perempuan (kepada sesiapa yang dikehendaki-Nya), dan Dia menjadikan mandul siapa yang Dia kehendaki. Sesungguhnya Dia Maha Mengetahui lagi Maha Kuasa.” (asy-Syura: 49-50).
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Heal The World

22 03 2010

Heal The World, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Heal The World

There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow.
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow.
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space, make a better place.

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

If you want to know why
There’s a love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares for joyful giving.
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear or dread
We stop existing and start living
Then it feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
Make a better world, make a better world.

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race.
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

And the dream we would conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify it’s soul
Though it’s plain to see, this world is heavenly
Be God’s glow.

We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel
You are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we’ll cry happy tears
See the nations turn
Their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space to make a better place.

Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for
You and for me.

How to setting colorspace to match with web galleries

21 03 2010

I noticed that, at times, my colors at home would be much different than the colors that appeared on Flickr and Facebook. After figuring out the proper solution, I refer to the video made by Trey Ratchliff (I’m Big Fan Of Him) and would like to share this video in case some of you are having the same problem.

Simply work in either Adobe RGB or ProPhoto RGB colour profiles with your master image (wider colour gamut for printer friendliness). then when you want to go and chuck it on the web do the following (PS-CS4)
Edit > Convert to Profile > sRGB. then save your image. Yiou should have 1 image that is sRGB and another that is Adobe/ProPhoto RGB (for prints).
Hope that helps.

Into the sea…

21 03 2010

Into the sea…, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

I’m having problem when uploading image with RGB colour space into the Flickr, which is blue colour tend to be more magentas and looking dull.

Already refer to the Trey Ratchliff video about “How Colourspace work in Photoshop”


but the problem seem to be the same. Yes its is does not look obvious but for me it’s not satisfying my visions.

Is that my monitors need for colour calibrations??

Does anyone know how to prevent this problem..??

Dance to the dawn…

21 03 2010

Dance to the dawn…, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Shot this picture 07.07am just before the Sunrise. This is actually my first sunrise photoshot with my “shooter” partner Mr. RealVista. We doing very last minute planning but luckily weather are good not like the other days back


On My List for Month-End Shopping
Cokin Filter

Nikkor 35mm f/2
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8

I do love prime lens very much

What Lens Should I Obtain For My DSLR Camera? ..By {Siamak Samardy} My Guest Blogger this week..

20 03 2010

Nikkor lens…, originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

One of the most important advantages of DSLR cameras (i.e. semi-professional and professional) is the ability to use different lenses. However deciding on what lens to buy and what lens is suitable for a specific type of photography is a bit difficult. In this article we learn about advantages and main purpose of using specific types of lenses, hoping that we make it easier for you to decide.

Let’s have a look at different types of lenses and learn when they are used.

Prime Lenses and Zoom Lenses: A lens with a fixed focal length is being called a prime lens. This is opposite to zoom lenses which have varying focal length. As the focal length is fixed, in order to compose a photo you will need to adjust your distance to the scene to have specific objects or people in the photo. In zoom lenses, you will use the zoom level to compose the photo instead of changing the distance of camera to the scene.

Prime lenses have a more simple build than zoom lenses and they can be designed to have very much better performance, sharpness and quality than zoom lenses. Zoom lenses normally show different types of errors in different focal lengths while prime lenses have the least amount of such errors. Prime lenses are very compact and much smaller than zoom lenses. Their price is also cheaper than zoom lenses in an equal aperture size. You can buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens for a Canon or Nikon camera for around $100 while a zoom lens with the same aperture size might cost above $1000.

Aperture Size: Bigger aperture sizes (i.e. smaller f number) like f/1.4, f/1.8 and f/2 provide more light to the camera sensor and therefore are faster lenses (photo can be taken in a faster shutter time). However zoom lenses with bigger aperture size might be unbelievably expensive. F number is calculated by dividing the focal length to the aperture diameter. As an example if the aperture size (i.e. diaphragm window) of 50mm lens is set to 6.25mm the f number will be 50mm/6.25mm=8 meaning that with this aperture size, lens has been set to f/8.

Normal Prime Lens: A prime lens (i.e. with a fixed focal point) with a focal length of 50mm is called a normal lens. Photos taken with a 50mm lens seem similar to what our eyes see at the scene (perspective, angles etc). Canon, Nikon and some other DSLR brands, as mentioned in previous section, sell normal lenses with f/1.8 aperture size or better (like f/1.4) with a cheap price. An f/1.8 normal lens is suitable for relatively low light conditions and produces sharp and bright photos.

Short Zoom lenses: Zoom lenses which cover the range of up to 50-60mm can be considered in this category. Examples of these lenses are 35-70mm f/3.4-4.5 and 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lenses. Nowadays some Canon and Nikon models are offered with a cheap 18-55mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. These lenses can be considered short zoom lenses while they also cover wide and super wide range.

Super zoom lenses: These are the types which cover a super big range. Super zoom lenses like a 18-200mm lens cover wide-angle as well as tele focal lengths.

However the most important feature of these lenses is their convenience of avoiding lens change. These lenses can offer almost every focal length you need and therefore they are sometimes being called as “walk around lenses”. If convenience is not a matter for you, we recommend you to use more than one lens which have a better performance in a smaller focal length range.

Wide-angle and Ultra Wide-angle lenses: Lenses with a focal length of 21mm to 35mm are normally called wide-angle lenses. Lenses with a focal length of less than 21mm are called ultra wide-angle lenses. These lenses can be either prime lenses or varying focal length ones (zoom lenses). Wide-angle prime lenses have better aperture sizes (in the range of f/1.4 to f2.8) than wide-angle zoom lenses (aperture sizes of f/3.5-f/4.5 most of the time). Again the zoom types provide flexibility while prime lenses provide sharper photos, cheaper price and bigger aperture size (i.e. better photos in low light conditions). There are also zoom lenses which just cover wide and super wide ranges. These include 21-35mm, 18-28mm lenses.

The large coverage angle is also one of the benefits of wide and super wide lenses. An ultra wide lens can sometimes capture up to a 90 degrees angle or even more.

Wide and ultra wide lenses normally have perspective distortion. This kind of distortion causes the nearby images to be photographed very much bigger than far away objects. These lenses are suitable for taking photos inside buildings, street photography and so on.

If you mostly shoot inside buildings, a lens covering focal lengths of 28mm or below will be suitable. This kind of lens allows you to capture a considerable angle of a scene without the need to have a big distance with the subject(s). However, if you shoot portraits and nature a longer range lens will be more useful. In these cases a 35-135mm lens is very good.

Long telephoto lenses: Lenses with a focal length of 135mm or above are normally considered as long telephoto lenses. Tele lenses which have varying focal length are called telephoto zoom lenses while those with a fixed focal length are simply called telephoto lenses. You can easily find 55-200mm, 55-250mm, 70-300mm, and similar telephoto zoom lenses for most of the DSLR brands. However because of the big range of the lens and complicated design, different focal lengths of the lenses might show different errors and quality. These lenses normally have a lower performance than short zoom lenses and fixed focal length telephoto lenses. A 200mm telephoto prime lens is an example of non-zoom telephoto lenses.

Medium telephoto lenses: Lenses with focal length of the range 85-135mm are sometimes referred as portrait lenses. This is because their perspective distortion is low and a suitable distance between the subject person and camera can be maintained. Many telephoto zoom lenses can be used in this range, but they are heavier, bigger and their maximum aperture size is smaller than prime lenses. However if you shoot a lot of portraits, you would rather use medium prime telephoto lenses like with a focal length of between 85mm and 105mm maximum aperture size of f/2. Prime medium telephoto lenses have less perspective error and as mentioned earlier their image quality is sharper and brighter and bigger aperture size prime lenses are cheaper than zoom lenses with the same maximum aperture size.

Macro Lenses: Macro lenses are designed to provide very high level of magnification and also very short focusing distances. In normal zoom lenses minimum focus distance (i.e. the distance between lens and the object) is normally larger than 30 cm. This distance is a few centimeters for macro lenses so you can take photos from a shorter distance and have a sharp and very detailed photo of a very small object (like a small flower or a bee).

by: Siamak Samardy

Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque (Floating Mosque), Kuala Ibai, Kuala Terengganu

17 03 2010

Floating Mosque II, originally uploaded by Nasey.

“One of Terengganu’s beautiful mosques, the Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque, which is also referred to as the Floating Mosque (Masjid Terapung), draws in not only local residents, but also visitors who stop by in their journey to perform their prayers.”

Tea Roller….

16 03 2010

Tea Roller…., originally uploaded by dinbrasco.

Cameron Highlands (or Tanah Tinggi Cameron in Malay) is located in the state of Pahang. Currently, there are two main roads that connect major towns in west coast of Peninsula Malaysia (such as Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang) to this popular highland resort town. The older access point is the Tapah – Ringlet route while the newer access has since been built from Simpang Pulai – Kg Raja.

The tea centre is accessible from a small road turn a few kilometres north of Brinchang town. To be exact, as you head north, Kea’s Farm to your right should be a good landmark to indicate that a left-turn into Sg Palas Tea Plantation. Boh Tea Centre is located at the end of this small road.

When I first visited the tea centre back in 2002, it only featured an old tea house adjacent to the tea-making factory. Recently, Boh has opened a new tea centre at the same site with superbly designed interiors and exteriors, plus a tea café with a view to die for!

I really loved the new tea centre. It is very fashionable with modern-cum-Zen designs all around along with freshly painted walls and decors. Narrative posters are arranged along the pathway to tell a story or two about the history of Boh tea company and the natural environment of Cameron Highlands. There is also a video room where visitors can view short documentaries about tea processing and the history behind it.

The actual tea factory is still left intact in its old condition – white painted brick walls with red window. Inside, while most of the machines are of modern design, you can subtly feel the old world’s era of tea making. It is as though you were being transported to the day where the smell freshly picked tea leaves were interspersed with the vitriolic smell of the fermented ones. While the whole process is rather intricate, it is can best be summarised in a five-step process:

Tea process....

  1. Withering
    To remove the moisture content of fresh tea leaves by blowing dry air onto them. This is done for two reasons. First, to enable the leaves to be twisted and rolled without shattering into flakes, and second, to allow certain natural chemical process to take place inside the leaves to improvise the actual taste of the tea as the end product.

  2. Rolling
    To release and to expose the leave juices to oxygen. Back in the old days, leave rolling was done by hand. Now, the factory features a rolling machine called Rotovanes.

  3. Fermentation
    To facilitate natural reaction within the leaf cells as they are exposed to oxygen. To be a bit more technical, natural enzymatic action converts catechins into thearubigins and theaflavins within two hours of exposure. This is when the leaves turn coppery in colour as opposed to the initial light or dark green. Fermentation, while done in a short span of a few hours, is the most crucial process to improvise the taste of the end products.

  4. Drying
    To stop the fermentation process. Somewhat similar to the withering stage of the leaves, except that a blast of hot air is blown through the fermented leaves. At the end of this process, the leaves will appear crispy black as we normally see in our homes.

  5. Sorting
    To remove stalks and fibres from the end product. Tea grading is also done to characterise the tea leaves by their sizes.

Enough about the world of tea making. The best feature of this new tea centre definitely goes to the tea café that juts out from the hill into the open air. Like I said, the view is absolutely magical. The café is partitioned into an indoor and outdoor area. Naturally, the strategic spots outside on the balcony are normally hard to obtain. The chance of floating on air with a superb view whilst sipping on exquisite cups of tea is probably everyone’s cup of tea, pun intended. The view from inside the café is just as splendid as there are glass walls all around for the equally breathtaking view.

The café sells a big selection of teas, unlike the tea house at Bharat Tea Plantation. Exquisitely named tea blends like Gunung Chantik, Palas Supreme and Bukit Cheeding are featured on the menu, along with Boh alternative range such as Jasmine Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon Myrtle, Passionfruit Orange, Strawberry Raspberry as well as the Seri Songket flavoured teas like Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Clove & Cardamom, Cinnamon, Earl Grey with Tangerine, Lemon with Mandarin, Lychee with Rose, Lime & Ginger and Mango. Indeed, the choices are yours.

Last but not least, there is a great gift shop inside the tea centre where wonderfully packaged tea products are sold and they do make great gifts for the ones back home.

A Cup of tea....