Monday, November 15, 2010

Jellybean Bloopers


How did the jellybeans came about? *Shrugs* Maybe they just fell off from some random jellybean packet and so happened they all were of different colors. Lets just begin by saying they were invited by earth's gravity.

I doubt taking away the element of gravity would help ease out this synchronize-jumping task. Swimming or floating in the air and drifting out of the picture's frame sounds worst than anything else! Imagine trying to work on a group picture in space. Ridiculous much!

I never thought that the auto mode on a dSLR is worthy to be used. I mean, come on lah, you paid so much for the gadget just to shoot on auto which many other compacts can do as well?! Not only does it not make any sense, but it's disgraceful in the name of photography!

I'd rather play with the program mode, though kinda similar to auto, but at least you can still adjust on the ISO - even that i still haven't gotten a good grip yet (dang i need more practice!).

I always like to shoot scenes like these outdoors, especially on fields. And when i mean fields, i meant lands with green grasses (with or without playgrounds), preferably with trees and DEFINITELY areas big enough to do (at least) a 50m sprint. Little did us girls know that our dear ChinSookYee, the pink jellybeanie, has a different definition of a field. Uniquely different, that has reached an unacceptable point.

We were all in Menglembu (Ipoh) and so SookYee was most familiar with this place. She brought us to Kledang Hill, which at first had me scratching my head. A field on a hill?? Are you serious?? Never mind, SY knows best since i live no where near there.

We drove there in two cars. I had to go through some sweat and blood rush moments while trying to park my car (there was no freakin' power steering) on a rather steep (for a beginner like me) slope. What's worst was, i had to do diagonal parking. GASP!

I was leaking with sweat. LEAKING!

Ahh... done. For once i was jollifyingly happy over my insignificant success (in parking the car). Got out onto the undeveloped sidewalk covered in stones and pebbles, having patches of grass here and there, plus the fresh air welcomed a boost on my happiness and excitement level up to near maximum. Ahhh... it felt like a blissful morning. Until SookYee pointed out that the undeveloped sidewalk i stood on, is the field. Huh?

Undeveloped sidewalk. Field. Oh my head!!! It's like saying Sambal Belacan and Watermelons are of the same. Indeed i've lost my senses!!! GAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

And and and.... All that parking effort!!!!! GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I seriously could have fainted. Thank God going down the hill (in free gear) didn't give me any sweat, or bloodshed. Plus we managed to enlighten SY the true definition of a field. I guess the word is just too deep for her. Tooo deeeepppp i tell ya!

Jump jump jump. Since fields don't include trampolines, jumping at the right second before the timer releases the shutter can be very tricky. The timing has to be right. Just right. And we couldn't afford to jump too many times - still in need of energy to get our breakfast later. Yes, we jumped with empty stomachs.

There was once we couldn't hear the beeping of the timer.. thus the funny half squat pose.

And when we were trying to piggy back each other, we received welcoming(?) honks from the four-wheel drive/lorry/car/motorcyclist. Perhaps the honks meant, "OI you girls are distracting me from the road!!"

Or it also can be interpreted as, "O.M.G. beautiful jellybeans!".

I'm just sayin'.

Not forgetting the happening of the impromptu pillow fight which was HILARIOUS! Plus the reward to our jumpaton was GOOD breakfast! Will update on that next time.

Meanwhile...SookYee, undeveloped sidewalks are not fields. Remember!

P.s. : Vandalizing pictures can be so tiring. Zzz....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Mabelstory Series : Jellybeans

Presenting to you the second series in pictures from mabelstory. Please allow all 8 images to load first.

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Wahah! There there! Another one of my mabelstory series taken with my dSLR, the D90. Contrary to most urban minds of non-photography lovers, having a dSLR does not guarantee the birth of beautiful pictures. In fact, i find that the compact camera is way easier to use and that was the gear i used for my previous one, the first mabelstory series.

There is not much of a satisfaction for this one from me, to be honest. Not as much as the previous one. Why? Many pictures turned out to be of much noise e.g. the eighth image, and some are highly exposed. I had to edit and edit and EDIT!

I guess the only thing that keeps me smiling is the sweet memories engraved upon these pictures. It's the treasured moments with my beautiful girlfriends that sort of neutralized this dissatisfaction of mine.

Especially the pillow fight... *winks at sookyee~

Oh oh! And there will be more pictures coming up soon on this series. It's the unforgettable and a must-see blooooopers / behind the scenes! Wahah!

UPDATE : BLOOPERS here (link)

Thursday, November 4, 2010

They Steal Spongecake!

Yes yes! They no kill us! They kill spongecake!

So the last post (A Mabel Ghost) were pictures taken from the big gun or more specifically known as the Nikon D300 dSLR owned by Ms Cass, adjusted to various modes that suits nature's glam.

Now my small gun, the Canon Powershot S80 compact camera, has a different tale to tell. Pictures are very much contrasted by microsoft's basic editing software, which is pretty obvious since Malaysia's greens are far from looking gloriously fresh.

Alrightey... I mentioned something about the natives from my previous post and if you were quick enough to relate it to this post's title, you'd make out what's about to come. I've never had such a happening and (rather) thrilling picnic ever before!

Hakuna matata peeps? Mushumushu wakawaka whateverlanguageyouspeak! Please no scratch me camera lency! Actually i didn't have to worry about my baby being touched because all this fella concentrated on was our food.

Do you see it?? The green spongecake in the trees?? I tell you, they're first class stealers! First give the cute face, sniffin' a lil with its eyes locked on yours. Seems like love at first sight, until a split second later, daggers shot out from it's gaze and then came the gnashing of its teeth. Immediately, it snatched the handbag! No, i mean the spongecake. Good thing, we saved the rest of our mini food kingdom.

Nasty spongy landing for the cakes. I didn't even manage to try that cake before that mini ape got hold of it. It was funny looking at how the monkey was trying to unseal the container, and even funnier looking at the sponge cakes 'escaped' down the tree. Hahahahah...

Nevermind lah. Consider it as a visiting token from us... At least the 10second live drama was interesting. It would be a bazaar if a camel somehow pops up on the roof or something! Or maybe the monkeys start juggling ze cakes! But y'know what's even more piquant?

Julian's smashin' kick on Jo's *insert body part*. Hahahahha! All it takes for this snapshot is a good poser kick and a dramatic jump. Easy like anything. If you fail, then safe yourself... and crawl your way to the next stop :

Ahhh... what else is easier than invading this prohibited playground? There is nothing better than being indulged in our nostalgic moments. Acting like over-sized toddlers with enhanced abilities such as this :

If your baby does that, you make sure he/she don't go stealing other people's spongecakes next time!

Going back to the time where men's best friend were these gentle giants... that don't bark and can't afford to roll over.

No seriously! You can ride on them blue dinos! They won't bite! Can even slide down their..... ..... .....

Gunung Lang can really steal the heart of your child. Or , steal a child into your heart?

Besides the fact that the grass ain't as green as it looks in these pictures, you can definitely go for the romantic factor from these balaks / tree trunks.

Don't forget to visit some other friendlier natives too... that wouldn't steal sponge cakes!

While some may appear shy, others are really nosy. And smells unworthy. Urgh!

If i were an ostrich, i would specialize in math. So i can calculate the mass of that teeny wheeny thang in that head of mine. And then die of depression.

Anyone, by any chance, has a close relation to these pea-brains?

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Pinky : Gee Brain, what are we gonna do tonight?
Brain : The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world!

They're Pinky and the Brain
Yes Pinky and the Brain
One is a genius
The other's insane
They're laboratory mice
Their genes have been spliced
They're dinky
They're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain.

Boy do I miss these brainiacs!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Mabel Ghost

Once upon a time, long after the invention of jeans and flip flops, lived a girl by the name Mabel... who died in her jeans and flip flops. Somehow.

Her favorite past time was to sit *cough* gracefully *cough* on the balcony with her signature smile and get tanned. Even though there was excessive exposure to the sun's rays, skin cancer wasn't the cause of death, neither did she toast to death.

One thing is for sure, her uncle dearest was devastated.

Where could she have died?

Did she die still the balcony?

Did she die in the playground?

Did she drown and sank beneath the lake's mirror surface??

Or did she die because her brains shrank..and feathers invaded her???

Dear uncle Hansel could take it no more. He was determined to just kill himself and become a Hansel Ghost.

First attempt has failed him, but he quickly made a second attempt.

Which he also failed miserably. The others tried to talk him out of it... until he blurted out the truth about how the Mabel died.

She died because he had taken away her one and only past time. He shut her away. He killed her by killing her hobby. It's like when someone takes away the internet, the computer, the mobile phone and the fridge from you! It's an INSTANT DEATH!

And so, the others decided to lend a hand to uncle Hansel's failed attempts. Wait no, they lent him their legs.

Now the Mabel Ghost has adopted a new past time. And she has been doing it for an infinite number of times, in those jeans and flip flops of hers. And the signature smile.

"Jump jump. I like."

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Damn long didn't write a picture based story of my own! Feels a little bit awkward this time, maybe because of my lack of typing these days? Or perhaps the reason is me being dead in the script?

Anyway, this post dates back to the month of August, 21st when i decided to make a call to all the youths for an outing.

It has been an extremely long time since we last gathered for whatever events outdoors. Must have been decades ago we last connected with nature herself! What better way than to have a morning breakfast in Gunung Lang!!

To be honest, even though i was the one organizing this outing to this recreational park, it was seriously my first time going there. Heck, i don't even know how to get there myself! Luckily YokeLin & Julian were familiar with the place.

It was my first time having a decent picnic as well - decent as in the food was edible, unlike the last time when i hiked to Pologround with my fellow rangers and had to cook there but none of us remembered to bring salt or spices or a knife! And we even lost our sausages!!! D:

This time here in Gunung Lang, all we had to bring was ready made food while some are in charged of bringing beverages. Ahhh... blissful moments!!! Plus the whether sided on us; no rain, no microwave auras from the sun.

Of course, not forgetting Ms Cassandra Chong Yoke Lin who took all these wonderful pictures with her D300! Credits to her!

I could tell... we all had a tremendously enjoyable time together!!! Hopefully the next time the others will get to tag along as well.

Oh by the way, something interrupted our supposedly calm and peaceful picnic...

. . ...It was the "natives".... . .
UPDATE : check it out here (link)


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