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Meet Mr Harald

When he was 48, he was informed by a doctor that his illness will never make him to 50.

“One fine morning at 5am in my office while i’m getting ready my paperwork, I have a sudden shocking moment and the first thing to come out of my mind is god. What have I did in my life? the sins that I made….Everybody is terrified of dying”

Since then, he became a Bible Missionary. He originated from Europe, stayed at Australia for a few years before deciding to travel to keep his promise to god. In Malaysia, he travel to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kelantan & Sabah. I met him at Gaya Street after being in Kota Kinabalu for about 1 week and might be travelling to Sandakan by next week. He was Philiphine before coming over to Sabah.

While talking to him, he quoted numbers of verse from The Bible and I ask him how he memorize each verse.

“Young man, I know you like photography. I know you can explain me about the aperture and the shutter speed, the light and everything about it. Same to me, I have been Bible Missionary for more than 20 years and I’m reading it until todaay. Can you see the similiar concept here?

His life and travel mainly depends on public donations.

I was on my way to the office this morning and decided to drive though Gaya Street when I see this guy with superb beard sitting on a bench reading “Knowledge Magazine”. I drove twice pass his sitting place and finally I make up my mind that I must go to him and take his portrait. The fear of getting rejected is always the issue here, but in case on being rejected, take the pill, swallow it and digest it. Then I got the confidence to approach him, spend a little time to know him, and lastly get the portrait. To my readers, meet Mr Jeremiah Harald. Phew…

Jeremiah Harald, 71.

Child Photography | Backlight II

These are some additional images from previous post.

Actually, these are collection of my favourite picture i took recently. However, those picture has several issue that it doesn’t speak like the other 2 images in my previous post. Sometimes, we are there at the right time, good lighting and you can’t miss the shot. But capturing with natural light need you to be quick especially during golden hour as the sun can’t wait us to clean up things (background/foreground), to stage or to arrange certain kind of thing. Even though it has several weakness, it does speak. I didn’t missed the expression & mood. It is good enough to print it and put it in our family photo album

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight II

Child Photography | Backlight

I can’t describe how i really love backlighting. When I travel around, I always scout the best place for backlighting. There are actually countless good backlighting spots between Kota Belud and Kudat.  Most of the spots are located just by the road site, but we still need to enter locals compound to be able to get the best composition. Kota Belud offering backlight with paddy field and chances to get some nice reflection too. When i drive back and fourth to Kota Marudu from Kota Kinabalu, I always want to stop by and take some picture. Time constrains, bad weather and most often is to pass this route not at the right time are the reason why i still have no photo of it until today.

Anyway, these are some backlight shots i managed to get recently at Kg. Indrason, Matunggong.

Child Photography | Backlighting

Child Photography | Backlighting

About the pictures above, all are taken with available light. The trade off for backlighting is we can’t really preserve clouds detail and it will appeared clipping highlight in our histogram. Those images then post-prosessed in Lightroom with VSCO Film Pack 04 presets.

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Newborn Photography

I’ve been inspired to do this shot by a good friend mine, Wazari Wazir. He shared his secrets in his blog, and i just can’t believe he manage to get the images without any studio equipment. So today with the curiosity in my mind i took few shots of my newborn baby boy just to see whether i can get the same result with just minimal set-up.

The set-up is really simple not as hard as to keep our baby remained calm. It was very quick shot, not more than 2 minutes before our baby break the silence.  You can actually “find” the newborn photography tips by Wazari Wazir in his blog (click here), just spent few minutes to dig in his blog to find the treasure. I’m pretty sure you will learn something along the way.

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Tadau Kaamatan – Portrait Series

“The Kaamatan festival is an annual event in the cultural life of the Kadazandusuns of Sabah since time immemorial. In its deepest sense, Kaamatan festival is a manifestation of Creator and Creation relationship, as well as Inter-Creations relationship. It embodies the principal acts of invocation of divinities, appeasing, purification and restoration, re-union of benevolent spirits, and thanksgiving to the Source of All. It is part of a complex wholesome Momolian religious system centered on the paddy rites of passage and the life cycle of Bambarayon – the in-dwelling spirit of paddy”-wiki

The peak of Tadau Kaamatan is on 30th & 31st May, most of the time, the event took place at KDCA, Penampang. This is the only day where the traditional houses arround the KDCA are fully occupied by its own native with their traditional costume, products, and some even performing traditional dance. I live near to KDCA which is just 3-4 kilometer away but this is my first time to visit KDCA during Tadau Kaamatan after about 4 years live in this area. I just had about 2 hour to walk arround it before i need to leave to do other things. Tadau Kaamatan gives a lot of portrait opportunity which i have set my date to be here next year for 2 days. In the mean time, this is some of the portrait that i managed to shoot during my 2 hour visit.

Dusun Tindal

Dusun Tindal

Dusun Tindal

“Dingkuh” from Tamparuli

Rungu Native with Sigal (Headdress)

Rungus Native performing Sumandai Mongigol

Rungus Native leading Sumandai Mongigol dance/ritual performance

Rungus Beads (Pinakol) & Sopilang

 

Native from Pitas

Feel free to view more images in my flickr set

“A still photograph is something which you can always go back to. You can put it on your wall and look at it again and again. Because it is that frozen moment. I think it tends to burn into your psyche. It becomes ingrained in your mind. A powerful picture becomes iconic of a place or a time or a situation.” – Steve McCurry

Eid-ul-Fitr | Child Photography | Available Light

© Mohd Shukur Jahar | Aidilfitri | Child Photography | Harith Irfan

© Mohd Shukur Jahar | Aidilfitri | Child Photography | Harith Irfan

© Mohd Shukur Jahar | Aidilfitri | Child Photography | Syafiq

© Mohd Shukur Jahar | Aidilfitri | Child Photography| Syami

© Mohd Shukur Jahar | Aidilfitri | Child Photography | Syami & Syafiq

“Dulang berkait sulaman tangan
Buang jerami berikat rotan
Samalah cantik samalah padan
Bertambah seri dengan senyuman”

– Warna Warni Di Aidilfitri

Intro

Dear readers,

First of all, i dont know how to start in but i can’t start without starting it in the first time. Well, it took me almost a month before i write this introduction since i made this blog. I’m not fluent in english but i’ll try my best to make you…. at least get the point, i do welcome some grammar correction. My purpose to write in english is so that not only Malaysian will understand what i’m blogging here, but worldwide.

I’m Shukur, Kota Kinabalu based photographer. Been actively shooting since year 2009. I shoot both available light & strobes, but available light is what i prefer the most.  I’m interested taking portrait of people, and hoping to have a chance to take maternity & newborn in future.

I’m now in love with backlighting, or maybe i’m addicted to it.

Luckily I have a 2 year old daughter, which is my main subject in learn & studying my craft in photography. So be prepared to see her face most of the time.  🙂

I really hope that what i blog here will give an advantage to others or at least to give some guidance if not really solve it.

I may also regularly post my past work and share experience / stories that I’d learned along the way.

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Lets start from here...

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