I remember Najah commented on my photos from our bloggers' meeting, she'd say that it's the wrong camera - hehehe. So, after almost five years using Sony Cybershot P8, I am ready to learn something new and step up on learning DSLR camera!
My good colleagues, Mun Kit and Frashad push in getting DSLR is also another reason. These guys talk cameras, lenses, dpreview, PMA show at breakfast, lunch, and our afternoon coffee time!
So, on my trip to KL last couple of days back, celebrating Labor day and Wesak Day holidays, I made a visit to Sungei Wang Plaza looking for camera shops. I found out that there are six TARITA shops carrying different camera and videocam brands. After checking few shops, I finally made my purchase - the Nikon D40x.
I choose Nikon D40x after reading good reviews on photo review sites, its good price, good camera built, great specs, and need I mention that Nikon D200 is the camera those cool forensic cops use on CSI (I know, it's not D40x)! But what a brilliant product placement!
So, the shop gave a crappy camera bag and I had to get a new one. Frashad was kind to take me out to Click 'and' Snap shop in Komtar and I got myself the blower, UV-filter, and a Lowepro bag. And now I'm broke but it's all worth it! There's a high learning curve for me as this is my first SLR experience and yes, I plastic wrapped my Nikon D40x manual because I know I will need it so often for references.
Enjoy my photos on my Flickr page. Seriously, after using Flickr I totally understand why it is so famous among photographers. The interface provides you with the software experience asif you are in a desktop environment! In fact, this blog entry is written from Flickr which provides seamless interoperability with multiple blogging systems/providers.
Our colleague Richard Kimbrough is the proud owner of Rustybus, a pre-1968 Volkswagen
bus (Type II). In fact, Richard and his Rustybus is well known among the VW bus enthusiast worldwide. Here are a couple of his Rustybus shots appeared in a Japanese magazine:
The Cheesecake Factory pasta with pesto, mushroom, and chicken was a huge serving that I couldn't finish it. So, I had to asked the waitress Nicole to pack the food. It's still in the fridge and will heat it later for dinner.
It was an eventful day on Sunday. Sort of doing the Borat cultural learning thingy; did the American Quarter Horse events as well as laughing out loud at the comedy stand up club (next travelog entry).
We headed out way early at 7.15am to the WestWorld out in Scottsdale to enjoy the Sun Country Quarter Horse Show. It's a great ground with lots of horses, cowboys, cowgirls, trailers, and events. There are the amateurs and the professionals trying to make it to the national competition. What a competitive sport!
We were quite lucky to have met Cindy who came all the way from California with her husband and shared her great amount of horse knowledge with us. Apparently, Cindy competes the amateur competition and I had a good time asking her so many questions about the horses.
Just like the dog competition, there are so many breed of horses like the American Quarter horses and the Arab horses. These horses are bred and then trained for the different projects, i.e. competing in different sports. Wondering about how long does a horse live, Cindy told us that with good science and medication, horses can now live up to 31 years old when it was on average of mid-teen before.
Our colleague here Susan who competes in the dressage competition told us about the small surgery the vets perform on the horse to improve their teeth, especially the frontal ones and the molars.
Our favorite event has got to be the roping, where they start off chasing the small calf and try to tie in the calf's neck using the rope. It gets harder in the duo competition when two riders have to get out of the within 10-seconds after the bull is released (it is timed electronically using the installed sensors!) and one will rope the neck and the other one will rope the back leg; thus he's called the legger.
It was certainly great to experience this horse show and I look forward to learn more about it. Enjoy these photos and I will upload some videos I shot during the roping event on YouTube later.
Beautiful strings starts off the song, climbs to the repetitive chorus, and later a Gospel music-like background vocal arrangements that would take you deeper into the soul of this song. The love message here is a metaphor to the submission to a new religion. It is poignant in every way you look at it.
So spread the words of love and be thankful that you have found yours. For I have found mine but lately lack in manifestation. I have to partly thanks to song like this and genius like Yusuf to remind us all to follow the path of the righteousness once you have found that love.