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  • Welcome to My Blog!

    Hi, I'm Wazari Wazir, Malaysian Photojournalist working for the Government of Malaysia. Will be sharing a wide variety of pictures here from my official assignment and personal pictures. I do conduct Photography and Photoshop Workshops if there is any invitations.

    I've Conduct a Photoshop Workshops in IIUM International Islamic University Malaysia (Gombak) and also at Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT), in Selangor and other Photography Workshops all over the country including Sabah Malaysia North Borneo.

    My Blog is The Winner for Best Photography Blog 2014 during MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week Blogger Awards 2014.

    Thank you for visiting My Blog and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me through my email...

    wazariwazir@yahoo.com | Tel No : + 6012 2812753

Travel Photography | How To Photograph Strangers

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Portrait of an Old Man at Bhaktapur | Nepal | 50 mm

“I am a nutty traveler. I never hide myself during I am photographing or traveling. I interact with the community whom I go to visit. I give them time to understand me and I take time to understand them. In any place you will find children and dogs first to welcome you. They will follow you and you have to win their hearts.

If they accept you then the community will accept you. Documentary/travel/street whatever photography I am doing I always know I have to respect people and their thought. If someone refused me take picture I accept it with respect. I take photography when I feel the person is easy with me and in the time when I got an affirmative signal.

After taking picture I show them and heard their comment. Sometime I take print with me to show them, surprise them. Small interactions make you confident as a communicator and a photographer. It is important to be trustable when you are a photographer. A small thanks and a big smile can win many hearts.”

Gmb Akash -

I think the quote from GMB Akash, an award winning Bangladesh Documentary Photographer has said it all. To those of you reading this post and hoping to get some magic formula on how to photograph strangers will be disappointed. First thing first, there must be something interesting about a strangers that you met  that make you wanted to photographed them, I don’t think each and everyone that you stumble on the street are photogenic or worthy of photography. Yes, I know, each and everyone of us are unique in our very own way but that doesn’t mean each and everyone of us or strangers that you met are worthy to be photographed.

About the photograph an old man above, what attract me about them is their unique face, an old man or women always have a great face to photograph, the wrinkles on their face has a lot of stories to tell. But  the thing that attract me the most about them is their traditional Nepali Topi or headgear known as “Dhaka” or “Dhaka Topi”. A portrait of them wearing a “Dhaka” is what separate their portraiture from anyone else, most people who have travel a lot will immediately recognise that, they were a portrait of Nepali people.

The first thing that you need to do in order to take a formal portrait of them looking direct at your camera  is to approach them. Start with a simple greeting, it is best to learn on how to greet a stranger with their own national language, for Nepali, just say “Namaste”, smile or simply say hi, tell them what you like about them, show them some respect, or if they currently doing something, show them that you are interested in what they are doing, ask them some question. The most important thing is, talk to them, communicate with them.

Talking or communicating with them will not always give you a license to photograph their face, but most of the times, a stranger will feel at ease once they get to know you, your interest and your passion on why you wanted to photograph them. Some of the strangers that you met can speak good English, some of them them can’t, but you can always use a universal language, a hand gesture, just show them you camera and they will understand.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Tamang Women With Her Baby During Losar Celebration | Nagarkot | Nepal | 24 mm

Sometimes I spent a few minutes talking to a stranger without ever talking a single photograph of them. On our way to Nagarkot from Kathmandu, we stop by at a small village, there was some kind of a celebration there and I ask someone there about it, what’s it all about and he told me that they, the Tamang people were celebrating “Losar” or Tibetan New Year. I spent more than fifteen minutes talking with him and totally forget to take his photograph.

Anyway, I did not regret because that simple conversation with him open doors for me to photographed few people there, like the photograph of the women with her beautiful baby in the photograph above. They welcome us to celebrate with them, asking us to enjoy the foods that they prepared for the festival and also dance with them.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Me With Tibetan People at Pokhara | Nepal

Actually the key point here is that, you need to ask, the worst thing that you will get is No. Some people are too shy, they refused but if you never try, the answer will always be no. Even if taking a photograph of a strangers is not your interest, talking to them while traveling will definitely enriched your experience. You might never know that maybe some of them or their friends or relatives  have been to your country, the only way to know about it is to strike a conversation with them and  most of them are more than willing to share their story.

There you have it. There is no magic recipe, the only key point here is communication. Talk to them, communicate with them and give them respect that they deserved.

Photojournalism | State Visit of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, The President of The Philippines To Malaysia

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by His Majesty The Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak,  leaves the podium after inspects an honour guard during the state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square in Parliament House, Februari 28, 2014.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | State Visit of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, The President of The Philippines to Malaysia

Some of the photographs taken during a state welcoming ceremony for the Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, outside the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur on February 28, 2014. Aquino was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles among other officials. Aquino is visiting Kuala Lumpur at the invitation of Malaysia’s King and Supreme Head of State Tuanku Abdul Halim and Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Travel Photography | The Hitis of Patan | Stone Water Spout

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Hitis of Patan | Stone Water Spout | Patan | Kathmandu | Nepal

People wait in lines in the early afternoon are a daily ritual in the centre of the palace complex in Patan, Lalitpur. Water spouts are a natural alternative as water tankers find it difficult to navigate the narrow, crowded streets in Kathmandu’s historic district. If properly rehabilitated, the NGO Forum estimates water spouts could meet 10 per cent of the valley’s drinking water needs.

Kathmandu valley depended on traditional water structures like stone spouts (hitis/dhunge dharas), ponds (pokhoris) and wells for their water supply until the middle of the nineteenth century when water supply through pipes started. The valley has over 200 ponds, 400 hitis and countless dug wells.  The water supply systems date back to the Lichhavi Period, 1,500 years ago. The hitis are fed by man-made channels called Rajkulos. These Rajkulos start from the foothills and feed the stone spouts of urban areas in the valley. Few hitis are also fed by local aquifers. A filter system, which mainly consists of bricks, tiles and sand, is placed behind the hitis. The pokhoris, located in residential neighbourhoods, acted as storage tanks as well as recharge systems in the valley.

The indigenous tribes of the valley, the Newars, have a unique method of maintaining their water supply systems. They celebrate Sithi Naka and Machendra Nath festivals which aim at cleaning and maintaining the water supply systems. Sithi Naka festival falls in June when dugwells and hitis are cleaned. The cleaning of the systems is carried out in an organised manner. The tribes have a traditional method of checking the oxygen level in the wells before entering into these structures. Newars also worship wells, ponds and the water spouts. During Machendra festival, the water supply canals are cleaned and maintained.

Alok hiti in Patan area of Lalitpur district is a unique example where the community has pooled resources to revive traditional stone spouts. They have made new recharge systems to reactivate the local aquifers. The community has also developed a water supply distribution system, sourcing water from the hiti.  Many of these reservoir ponds were filled up due to construction or converted into garbage dumps.

MSMW Malaysia Social Media Week 2014 | Best Photography Blog

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Group Photograph taken By My Wife During World Bloggers Social Media Awards 2014 at Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir My Son HaiQal With The MSMW 2014 Trophy

Frankly speaking I really don’t know how to write this post. To begin I got an email from the Social Media Week that my blog was nominated for Best Photography Blog, they didn’t tell me, who nominated it. Up Until now, I don’t know who nominated my blog, then the organiser Malaysia Social Media Chambers asked me to promote my blog and this event to get people voting for my blog. Actually I felt like a winner already even though I just got nominated and I did very little in promoting my blog, knowing that there are thousand of other great photography blogs out there.

Anyway I would like to take this opportunity to thanks everyone, readers and followers and also those who voted my photography blog. The dinner for World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2014 was held at Zebra Square in Kuala Lumpur. I came here with my wife. Those two group photographs of me with the winners and VVIP were taken by my wife. The awards were presented by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, together with Shahul Hameed Shaik Dawood Founder & President of Malaysia Social Media Chambers and Dato’ Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman Director General Department of Information Malaysia.

This is the complete list of the winners for different category :

    1. Best Auto Blog – http://motoring-Malaysia.blogpost.com
    2. Best Business Blog – http://Abangensem.com
    3. Best Educational Blog – http://www.cikguhailmi.com
    4. Best Foodie Blog – http://sQuallcuisine.com
    5. Best Gadget Blog – http://WinnieKepala.com
    6. Best Lifestyle Blog – http://akupenghibur.com
    7. Best Music and Entertainment Blog – http://munsyeed.com
    8. Best Sports Blog – http://boladaily.com
    9. Best Photography Blog – http://wazariwazir.com
    10. Best Travel Blog – http://timetravelafif.blogspot.com
    11. Best Micro Blog – Denai Hati

For more complete list you can visit World Bloggers And Social Media Awards Category

Some of my friends ask me, what did I win, did I win a lot of money, to be honest with you, I did not win any money, not even a penny but just a trophy, a power-bank and pink colour Ninetology smartphone. But then the exposure that I get is tremendous, most bloggers knew that, “Links” is the online currency, I mean, when we get connected during Malaysia Social Media Week, most bloggers will talk about it and most of them also will give a direct links in their writings to the winning blogs and that links will create more exposure. I wish I can write more about the “benefit” of the exposure but maybe I will write it in another post.

At the moment there quite a few of interested person, company  or potential clients have contacted me for advertising purpose or collaboration but at the moment I’m more interested to collaborated with anything related to photography and travel.

MK Kimi - dah lama tp baru skrg nk ckp…congratulations Wazari Wazari. You deserve it

akubiomed - Tidak terlewat untuk mengucapkan tanniah kepada sifu.

Photography Tips | Using Camera Shutter Speed Creatively

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Buddhist Devotee Spins Prayer Wheel at Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu  | 1/3 | f/10 | ISO 160 | 24 mm

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Buddhist Devotee Spins Prayer Wheel at Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu  | 1/30 | f/3.5 | ISO 320 | 24 mm

“A Perfect Photo That is Empty of Any Feeling Will Never Equal a Blurred Photo Full of Emotion.”

- Olivier Föllmi -

Have you ever wondered why, even the most expensive camera or professional body camera have “Manual Control” or mode? Why they don’t have a simple Auto button, and let the camera do all the thinking, why we spend few thousand dollars on a professional camera and yet we still need to adjust here and there, why can’t Program or Auto Mode make it easy for us.

A camera, is nothing more but just a tool, but it was made for different purpose, some have advantage more than the others, if I can take a hoes for an example, the purpose of the shoes is just to protect someones feet, but then, sportsman, sprinters, marathon runners, trekkers, hikers and mountain climbers needs a different shoes for different purpose, same goes to photography, photographers need a different camera and lenses for different purpose to get maximum output.

Anywhere, the reason for this article is to let you know that a camera is just a tool, to use it creatively we must master our tool. For this entry, I want to talk about creative use of shutter speed. A camera’s shutter speed not only can control exposure, but it’s also one of the most powerful creative tools in photography. There is  a  lot of creative options when it comes to implying motion.

In order to use creative shutter speed creatively, we must understand about “Exposure Triangle”, it is about this three element to determine the right exposure, so that you photograph doesn’t appear too dark or too bright. In order to get the right exposure, we must control Camera ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed. In some situation for general shot, like you if you are covering an annual dinners inside the hotel grand ballroom, where the lighting is even, you can use Auto or fully Program Mode and with flash attach, most of the times, you will get right exposure, same goes to outdoors photography for general shot.

But, if you want to be creative with shutter speed or wanted to get a different look in your photograph, and wanted to select the shutter speed by yourself to get a desired effect, then you need to control the shutter speed manually, you can either use “Tv” Mode for Canon or “S” Mode on Nikon camera, Tv or S Mode is “Shutter Priority Mode” where you choose the shutter speed and the camera will choose the Aperture accordingly to gives you the right exposure.

For the above photograph I choose to use Manual Mode, for the two top photographs, I use slow shutter speed of 1/3, much slower than 1/30 for the last photograph. To get a slower shutter speed I need to use lower ISO and Small Aperture, lower shutter speeds means, more light will coming through, so to get the right exposure, I need to Lower the ISO to make the sensor less sensitive to light digitally and then I also need to use smaller shutter speed also in the purpose of reducing the light getting through.

Then I decided to get less movement, less blurry effect, in order to get that, I need to use much faster shutter speed, but I cannot simply use fast shutter speed and get the result I wanted without adjusting the ISO and Aperture, If I just use faster shutter speed without adjusting the ISO and Aperture, do you know what will happen? My picture will be too dark, underexposed.

In order for me to maintain the same exposure, I need to change the ISO to a little bit higher which is ISO 320, set the Aperture to f/3.5 and use a little bit faster shutter speed than the previous two photograph above which is 1/30.

Still photograph unlike videos cannot show movements, the photograph is static but by using shutter speed creatively, we can show or give the viewers a sense of movement in our photograph, If I use super fast shutter speed, and totally freeze the action there, most of you will think that the person is just touching or standing by the large prayer wheel, and some of you might never knew that, those large thing is a prayer wheel.

To those of you who are beginners, just starting out to get an interest in photography, there is no need to memorise those settings that I’ve given here, instead, get to know on how to control exposure by understanding about  “Exposure Triangle”, get to know you camera well, master your tool, then only you can create art. A photographers is a visual storytellers, we tell a story with our photographs and in order for us to tell a great story we must understand the tool at hand, which is our camera.

Actually by understanding on how our camera works is not good enough to tell a visual or interesting story, we also needs to know about good lighting, great composition. In another word, we also needs to know about our subjects, whether it is nature, building, human and we also needs to know about their culture, religion, belief, about communication and a lot more things to be a good photographer.

It is not a rocket science to basically understand on how camera works but it will take a lifetime to learn about photography. I would like to end my post here with a great quote from Edward Weston, 20th-century American photographer. He has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers  and “One of The Masters of 20th Century Photography.”

“The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it.”

- Edward Weston -