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    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.

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Photojournalism | Mark Rutte | From Amsterdam To Kuala Lumpur

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (R) shakes hands with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak as he receives him at the Parliament building in The Hague, the Netherlands, on July 31, 2014.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L) and Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak walk during an official visit to discuss the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 5, 2014.

Just wanted to share with you guys some of the photographs taken at Netherlands Parliament building in The Hague during Malaysia Prime Minister official visit to Netherlands on july 31st and recent picture taken during Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte official visit to Malaysia on 5 November 2014. Different environment, different set up, but my intention here is to show about the environment, hence I chose to use wide angle image here.

I just wanted to share with you a little bit experince during my assignment at the parliament in The Hague, actually a lot of tourist visiting the parliament, they are coming from the left side and the right side of the building,  even though the official ceremony are taking place here, they (the security) clear the area just a few minutes before our Prime Minister najib Razak arrived, actually the tourist still can see the ceremony but from the right side of the picture (not in the photograph). Otherwise they are busy walking here and there where the official car sat on the tarmac.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The Hague, Netherlands, A woman cycles with two children on a carrier tricycle past the place where Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will arrive to meet with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on July 31, 2014. Razak is in the Netherlands on a two-day working visit over the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash in Ukraine.

The Hague Parliament building also known as The Binnenhof  is a complex of buildings in the city centre of The Hague, next to the Hofvijver lake. It houses the meeting place of both houses of the States General of the Netherlands, as well as the Ministry of General Affairs and the office of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Built primarily in the 13th century, the Gothic castle originally functioned as residence of the counts of Holland and became the political centre of the Dutch Republic in 1584. It is counted among the Top 100 Dutch heritage sites. The Binnenhof is the eldest Houses of Parliament on the world and that’s still in use.

When Holland had become part of the Burgundian Empire in 1432, the Binnenhof lost its purpose and was abandoned. Part of the complex was later made into the residence of the stadtholder of Holland, who governed the county in absence of its ruler. After Philip II was deposed as Count of Holland and the Dutch Republic was proclaimed in 1581, the Ridderzaal was initially a public space, often used by traders, stallholders and book sellers. In 1584, stadtholder Maurice moved into the stadtholder’s quarter, and in the same year, the Ridderzaal became the meeting place of the newly formed States General of the Dutch Republic. The expansions of the Binnenhof by Maurice were the beginning of a gradually advancing reconstruction of the castle that ended after the construction of the southern wing under stadtholder William V, in the late 18th century.

Between 1806 and 1810, under French rule, the administrative centre of the Netherlands was moved to Amsterdam, and the Binnenhof became useless and it was considered for demolition. When the Netherlands gained independence from France, however, the government moved back to the Binnenhof. The existence of the building was in danger a second time in 1848, when a new constitution instituted a system of parliamentary democracy and the States General wished to symbolically demolish the old government buildings and build a new complex. The local residents, however, cared more for the historic value of the building, and successfully protested against demolition. (WikiPedia)

After getting some information from the internet about The Hague Parliament building, from Wikipedia and some other source, now I do understand why it became one of tourist attraction in Netherlands. I’ve to say it is really a great building.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysian Media Team waiting for the arrival of our Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Parliament building in The Hague, Netherlands on July 31, 2014.

Photojournalism | Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte Official Visit To Malaysia

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) shakes hands with the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L) during official welcoming ceremony outside the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya on November 5, 2014. Rutte is on one-day official visit to Malaysia.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte inspects a guard of honour mounted by 106 officers and men from the First Battalion Royal Malay Regiment in Dataran Perdana, Putrajaya on November 5, 2014. Rutte is on one-day official visit to Malaysia.

Another busy day at our department today covering the official visit of Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte one day visit to Malaysia. Despite his tight schedule and only one day or to be exact less than twenty-four hour visit, our team of photographers from Department of Information Malaysia (Jabatan Penerangan Malaysia) was busy taking photographs from different venue and then we need to compile all of the photographs and make it into an official album to be delivered to Mark Rutte before he is schedule leaving Malaysia for Australia in the late evening. It is very high risk business, No, I did not mean “business as business” making money but a very high risk responsibility for our team. Luckily we did manage to finish the album at the designated time.

As usual when it comes to covering this kind of official visit by head of states to Malaysia, we work as a team, there is no way one single photographer can cover so many venue alone. It is almost impossible, so usually it take around somewhere five to ten photographers for the job (Not all of them taking photographs, some are busy doing editing, captioning and prepared for the album) but it depends on how many venue or events and how many days the head of state will be visiting Malaysia. Sometimes the head of state also went to East Malaysia like Sabah and Sarawak and we need more manpower for the task.

About the first photographs above where Najib Razak and Mark Rutte shake hands, I did not manage to get a nice frame simply because our Prime Minister Najib Razak was a little bit off to the right from the red carpet. I did try to move to the right so that both of them were in the frame but once I found the right position, both of them went ahead and I’ve to satisfy with the above photograph. We win some, we lose some, that’s life.

© 2014 Muhairul Azman Supian | Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte  is looking at a photo album from Department of Information Malaysia. The photographs were taken by photographers from Department of Information Malaysia during his one day official visit to Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur International Airport before heading for Australia. The album were presented by Malaysia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin (left) and Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (right) on November 5, 2014.

Related Post : Album For The President

Natural Light Portrait Photography

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raphael Portrait With Window Natural Light | 50 mm | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/200

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Raphael Portrait With Natural Light  | 50 mm | f/2.8 | ISO 100 | 1/200

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I like using natural light when it comes to photographing my kids. Natural light is free, but it is not available all the time, unlike using flash photography or artificial light, you can use it all the time. So the real challenge when using natural light is that, you need to act quickly before it gets too dark.

The photograph of my son Raphael above wee taken in the doorway, I tell my son to stand in the doorway but he refuse to stand, instead he sits on his little plastic bicycle and move here and there. Actually the real challenge here is not about lighting, but to have a high level of patience. Personally for me, I will never give up until I got what I really want.

I’ve to make all kind of crazy things just to get my son attention, he is always moving around. So the first thing that you need to pay attention when photographing super active kids is to use a very fast shutter speed. Here I use shutter speed of  1/200. I like to have a clean image, so I use ISO 100, the grain there was added later during editing in the Adobe Lightroom. There were no  “noise”  visible at ISO 100 for this images.

For the beginners out there, if you notice, the lighting here is a little bit tricky. It can easily fools your camera metering because there were large area of dark side, if you use Auto setting, the probability of getting overexposed image is high, so the solution is to use to Spot Metering and Lock the Exposure or use Manual Mode like what I’m doing here. What I’m trying to say here is to get the exposure right especially the shutter speeds (make it around 1/100 and above) and then just focus on capturing the right moment.

Travel | Amsterdam | The Secret of Happiness

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Rijksmuseum | Amsterdam | Netherland

A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men.  The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain. There lived the sage that the young man was looking for.  However, instead of finding a holy man, our hero entered a room and saw a great deal of activity; merchants coming and going, people chatting in the corners, a small orchestra playing sweet melodies, and there was a table laden with the most delectable dishes of that part of the world.

The wise man talked to everybody, and the young man had to wait for two hours until it was time for his audience.  With considerable patience, he listened attentively to the reason for the boy’s visit, but told him that at that moment he did not have the time to explain to him the Secret of Happiness.  He suggested that the young man take a stroll around his palace and come back in two hours’ time.

“However, I want to ask you a favour,” he added, handing the boy a teaspoon, in which he poured two drops of oil.  “While you walk, carry this spoon and don’t let the oil spill.” The young man began to climb up and down the palace staircases, always keeping his eyes fixed on the spoon.  At the end of two hours he returned to the presence of the wise man.  “So,” asked the sage, “did you see the Persian tapestries hanging in my dining room? Did you see the garden that the Master of Gardeners took ten years to create? Did you notice the beautiful parchments in my library?”

Embarrassed, the young man confessed that he had seen nothing.  His only concern was not to spill the drops of oil that the wise man had entrusted to him.  “So, go back and see the wonders of my world,” said the wise man.  “You can’t trust a man if you don’t know his house.”  Now more at ease, the young man took the spoon and strolled again through the palace, this time paying attention to all the works of art that hung from the ceiling and walls.

He saw the gardens, the mountains all around the palace, the delicacy of the flowers, the taste with which each work of art was placed in its niche.  Returning to the sage, he reported in detail all that he had seen.  “But where are the two drops of oil that I entrusted to you?” asked the sage.  Looking down at the spoon, the young man realised that he had spilled the oil.

“Well, that is the only advice I have to give you,” said the sage of sages.  “The Secret of Happiness lies in looking at all the wonders of the world and never forgetting the two drops of oil in the spoon.”

– Paulo Coelho – (The Alchemist)

The story told by Melchizedek to Santiago in The Alchemist book written by famous Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho is something that I remember the most. In fact The Alchemist book,  inspired me so much to travel the world. To take chance, to embrace an adventure, to see the wonder of the world.

If you have read the book, you will understood about the story better. What I’m trying to relate here with my story is that, I was given a great responsibility from my department to come over to Ukraine and Netherlands to make a visual coverage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which is believed to be shot down in eastern Ukraine. I’m not here for a holiday, or for a photographic adventure.

I know that my priority here is to focus on my task but at the same time it would be foolish for me if I don’t take the chance  to see whats Ukraine and Netherlands has to offer. I’ve to widen my view and not just focusing on the task at hand and ignore everything. I wouldn’t know when I will be coming here again. So I decided to visit few interesting places in Amsterdam when I’ve a little bit free of time, it would be a waste of time for me if I just spending the whole day at my hotel room even though I was very tired.

I quickly study the Amsterdam map, look for an interesting place and then together with my friend Safwan Mansor from Malaysia Gazette, we took the tram and head over to Rijksmuseum. The reason I really wanted to visit this place is to witness by myself the most iconic “I amsterdam” Logo located in front of famous Rijksmuseum. There is another great pace to visit not very far from the Rijksmuseum which is the Van Gogh Museum but we don’t have much time. The photograph above were taken around 7 pm, a day before we flew home, our last day in Amsterdam.