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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.

    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 and Photography | The Photographers and The Himalayas | Pokhara Nepal

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The Photographers and The Himalayas | Sunrise at Pokhara Nepal

“Photography is a funny thing. It is a way to capture a moment, explore the world, create art and tell a story. Its beauty lies in the feelings it conveys to the viewer, which can differ vastly from person to person.

Yet a camera cannot truly capture all the human eye can see; the subtle changes of light, shades of colour and depth of our view can never be fully realised in a frame. And still, there is a beauty and magnificence that a single image can convey that is beyond description.

It is a paradox and a challenge that photographers have been chasing since Niépce produced his first photograph nearly 200 years ago. The passion of the photographer is in the chase for that perfect image, the moment when anyone who sees it sits in silent awe and the artist finally smiles in satisfaction. The chase never ends.”

- Adirondack -

Travel and Photography | Portraiture at Pokhara With Traditional Malay Outfit | Baju Melayu

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Self Portrait Against The Himalayan Region

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Rade Knoxville | Annapurna Range in The Background

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Shukur Jahar | Annapurna Range in The Background

Baju Melayu is a traditional Malay outfit for men. It literally translates as ‘Malay Shirt’ and consists of two main parts. The first being the baju (long sleeved shirt) itself which has a raised stiff collar known as the ‘cekak musang’ collar (literally fox’s lease). The second part is the trousers. The two parts are made out of the same type of fabric which is usually silk, cotton, or a mixture of polyester and cotton.

A skirt-type adornment is also commonly worn with the Baju Melayu, which is either the “kain samping”, made out of songket cloth or the kain sarung, made out of cotton or a polyester mix. Both are loops of fabric which are folded around the wearer’s waist. A jet-black or dark coloured headgear called the ‘songbook’ can also worn to complete the attire.  - WikiPedia -

© 2012 Wazari Wazir | Self Portrait Against The Annapurna Range | November 2012

Actually the ideas of wearing this traditional outfit was first mooted since 2009, when me and some of my friends planning to visit India. We wanted to take our self photograph with the traditional outfit against the Taj Mahal but I didn’t bring the attire, only Ahmad Shukri did.

Anyway the idea is to get our self photograph against any iconic landmark of a certain places where ever we travel. Since the outfit doesn’t take so much space in our backpack, so I think it is a good idea to bring it, whenever we travel. Yes it can be cold up here at Sarangkot but it doesn’t take long to change our normal down jackets to this traditional outfit.

I think once n awhile it is good to let loose and have some fun. Enjoying ourselves instead of focusing on taking pictures. We are among the last tourist to leave this place. After we had enough photograph of the Fish Tail Mountain, have a cup of hot Coffee, enjoying the view, take photograph of each others, then only we leave this place. Most tourist leave this area as early as 7:30 Am after watching the sunrise, others  leave at 8 AM and we leave this area around 9:30 Am, before proceed to our hotel near Phewa Lake.

Travel and Photography | The Photographer and The Mountain at Sarangkot | Pokhara Nepal

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | The Photographer and The Mountain at Sarangkot | Pokhara Nepal

“The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I’m searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningful as possible.”

- Galen Rowell -

Sarangkot lies at the altitude of 1592 m above sea level,  is the small hilltop which is famous for its breath taking view of sunrise and Annapurna range and Fishtail (Machapuchare). From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167 m) in the west to the perfect pyramid that is Machhapuchhare (6997 m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937 m) in the east. Most people come here at dawn as early as 5:30 am, when the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours. It is also great place to watch a sunset  if the weather is good.

To those of you who have visited Nepal, should at least make a point to visit Pokhara and watch the sunrise from Sarangkot. You don’t really need to trekking to get here, most of the cars can drive you up here but to get a better view, you need to climb a little bit steep hill around ten to fifteen minutes to get  better view.

When I came here in November 2012, there were none of those beautiful yellow mustard flower. So now, we have a beautiful mustard field for our foreground and I think it gives much more interesting picture against a great sweep of Himalayan peaks. We are almost speechless when we  reach up here, almost don’t know what to do but just stood still and admire the grandeur of this place.

Travel Photography Tips | Don’t Forget To Try Slow Shutter Speed

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | A Buddhist Devotee Spins Prayer Wheel at Boudhanath Stupa | Kathmandu | Nepal

In photography sometimes we need to use fast shutter speed to freeze motion or actions, but sometimes, depending on certain situation  to give our photograph to have a sense of speed we need to use a slow shutter speed, so that those who will see  the photograph, knows that there is movement taking place.

The photograph above were taken at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, there is a large prayer wheel where Buddhist devotee spins the wheel as they walk around it. I spent more than half an hour here, experimenting with various shutter speeds until I get something that I like.

For a start, if you face something similar, maybe you can start with 1/60 then gradually get slower, I use 1/20 shutter speed for the photograph above. Other than getting the right shutter speed, I also wait until I get the “right subject” to come in, I mean someone that have character and I think the women in the picture above with  her traditional outfit work best for the moment.

Travel and Photography | Portrait From The Land of Gods | Nepal

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Portrait From The Land of Gods | Nepal

“Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is the one they would like to show to the world. Every so often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe.”

- Irving Penn -