Malaysia’s King Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (C) inspects the guard-of-honour during his birthday parade in Kuala Lumpur, June 5 2010. The King birthday is officially celebrated as a national holiday on the first Saturday of June, regardless of the officeholder’s actual birthday.
This is really a historical event, so I think why don’t I try present it in a different way here, after all, this is not really a photojournalist site, this is a personal blog for me to express or to present my art work the way I want it to be, not like truly in a photojournalist way, don’t worry though, the original RAW files is remain unharmed at the office, just the way it was taken right from the camera.
This kind of editing will surely get rejected from the editorial world, this is not an acceptable editing work, like I said, this is only for My Blog, my personal way of presenting it to the world, head over to my flickr if you want to see some of the pictures that I took during this event without “vintage” editing, just click the picture above and you will be directed to my flickr site, you can also browse the same event that I took in 2009.
I took this shot with 300 mm f2.8 lens because it was quite a distance to get this tight shot with a normal lens, in fact some of the photographers are using 400 to 500 mm lens to really get a tighter shot of The King, maybe they are using full frame camera. Everybody can get this shot, this angle is not only for the PRESS, anyone with a long telephoto lens should be able to get a better shot from here, from this angle. Wide angle lens is great to get an established shot but to really captured the mood here, you need to get it close, to get it tight and that’s where super telephoto lens helps a lot.
To my foreign friends here, who read my blog, please do remember this date if you ever planning to come over to Malaysia especially Kuala Lumpur, remember this date, not really the “date” actually but just keep this in your mind, this event took place here at the Merdeka Square or locally known as “Dataran Merdeka” on the very first Saturday of June. The time is from 8 a.m in the morning right until 9 a.m. This is something not to be missed. The good news is not many people around, so you can get a better view or better shots to take home as a souvenir. Guys, it is not everyday you can photographed a King.
* I did add some Textures to the photograph above to get that kind of vintage feel, to learn about how you can add a Texture to your photograph, just click the banner below.