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Saturday, 22 September 2012

Cherating Beach II

I woke up at 6.30AM sharp to make sure everything was good before I leave to take pictures of the sunrise. The baby was still sleeping, and my husband Dani too, although he woke up later just to know that I was leaving the room keys with him.

1/4000, f/6.3, 50mm
Saturday morning could be the wrong morning to shoot anything by the beach. THERE WERE ABOUT 100 PEOPLE WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE.

1/4000, f/5, 50mm
Most of them maybe were photography students. They had tripods with them. Their teacher even talked to me in Cantonese, thinking I was one of her students maybe.

1/4000, f/6.3, 50mm
Almost all the pictures I tried to snap had someone passing by in them. So, I had to switch the lens to 50mm and go closer to the beach just so the people wouldn't walk in front of me.

1/4000, f/8, 50mm
Tripod! Tripod didn't work very well on the soft sand. I had to just hold the camera with me, putting the display on level gauge. The closer I got to the sea, the harder it got to snap anything since I couldn't even balance myself properly.

1/4000, f/7.1, 50mm
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. I'm very disappointed with my photos this time, so there's no need to rub it in my face. I know what I can do, and these ones are not my best shots.

1/4000, f/3.2, 50mm
A lot of 'if's. 'If I had another day', 'if the laptop wasn't broken and I had it with me', 'if I went on Friday morning instead of Saturday', 'if Alisha, Dani, and I didn't get sick', etc.

The fact that I went too close to the sea, having droplets of salty water on my lens (that I didn't see until I came home to check the pictures on the laptop) made me even more frustrated since that really ruined some of my photos.

1/4000, f/11, 50mm
I wanted to take a walk by the beach that early to take pictures of the sea animals being washed up by the shore, but I had to come back to our room right after the sunrise to give Alisha her medicine. My pa-in-law later told me he saw a jellyfish, and by the time I was reaching there, the sun was already too high and I could feel it burning my skin.

1/4000, f/8, 50mm
There were many sea objects. I just didn't have the time. Our trip ended at 12 noon, where we had to check out and load our stuff back in the car. It was a short trip, but I'm happy we still had some fun.

1/4000, f/6.3, 50mm
I called my dad asking whether he'd like to see my in-laws before leaving. I was hoping he could drive up to Cherating to find us, but Dani said he could drive to Kuantan to meet up, there was no problem for him. We still had to pass by Kuantan first before reaching KL anyway.

1/4000, f/4, 50mm
My parents rented a bungalow for themselves, and two of my siblings. We went out to have lunch together, and my mom packed us some lychee jelly to bring back home. Both of our cars got parking tickets later, which is rather strange since other cars parked at the same place with the car registration number starting with 'C' (to indicate that they bought the car in Pahang and probably even living there) didn't get the parking tickets. Hmm.. curious.

1/4000, f/7.1, 50mm
Our trip has ended. We had to reach KL before it got dark because of the car. But we got home at around 8PM anyway because we had to make some stops to let the car rest a bit during the journey.

1/4000, f/20, 50mm
I've learned that those 45 minutes of sunrise is not enough to capture what I wanted. I've been having images and plans in my head before going to Cherating, but I didn't snap any of them. Maybe another time. Dani said he will try to see whether we can go to a closer beach like Port Dickson, just so Alisha can have much more fun playing with the sand.

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