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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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The State Visit Of The Honourable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America To Malaysia | Behind Scene

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Seri Perdana Putrajaya Malaysia | With Department of Information Malaysia Group of Photographers (Last Pix)

Just wanted to share with you guys some of the behind the scene photograph during The Joint News Conference of Barack Obama, President of The United States of America and Prime Minister Najib Razak at Seri Perdana The Official Residence of The Prime Minister of Malaysia in Putrajaya.

Maybe you were curious to know, where is the US Media? Well actually they only came in just few minutes before the President walk to the stage. At that time, I was already concentrating on my task, so I don’t have much time playing around. Just few minutes before the news conference ended, they, the media from US already left this place.

The joint news conference here took place at about 1 PM but our group of local media already arrived here since 8:30AM. There is a tight security check before we can enter this hall, and yes the number of media which allowed to cover this event also kept to a very minimum. My position is static from the beginning to the end.

*About my photography equipment : Nikon D4,  Lens 70-200mm  f/2.8, 300 mm f/2.8, 24-120 mm f/4, 16-35 mm f/4.

Azman Ismail - T.Kasih, kalau boleh nak tgk lagi hehehe..

Photojournalism | The State Visit Of The Honourable Barack Obama, President of The United States of America To Malaysia

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | US President Barack Obama Inspecting  The Guard of Honour From The First Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment, During His Official State Welcoming Ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on April 26, 2014.

I wish I can share a lot of other pictures with you guys about my assignment covering the official visit of Barack Obama to Malaysia but I’m too tired to write anything here. Anyway, just be patient with me, I will slowly adding more pictures from this historical event.

Anyway, just to let you know also, the last U.S. President to visit Malaysia is Lyndon B. Johnson  in 1966,  48 years ago. I am honoured to have been given the amazing opportunity covering his official welcoming ceremony at the Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur.

Bercuti Bersama Keluarga Ke Bali | Tegalalang Rice Terrace | Ubud

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Tegalalang Terrace Rice Field | Bali | Indonesia

Pada kebiasaanya pengunjung ke Bali terutamanya dari Malaysia menghabiskan masa antara tiga hingga empat hari sahaja berkunjung ke sini, dengan anggapan bahawa dengan jumlah hari tersebut sudah cukup untuk melawat hampir kesemua tempat-tempat menarik di Bali, hakikatnya tidak begitu. Mungkin ada yang tahu ataupun tidak tahu atau tidak mahu ambil tahu, keluasan Pulau Bali adalah hampir tiga kali ganda keluasan Pulau Langkawi di Malaysia. Keluasan Pulau Bali ialah 2,232 sq miles (5,780 km²) dan Pulau Langkawi pula ialah 184.7 sq miles (478.5 km²).

Pada mulanya saya menyangkakan Pulau Bali ni lebih kurang Pulau Langkawi, ternyata saya silap, perjalanan dari Lapangan Terbang di Ngurah Rai ke penginapan kami di Ubud mengambil masa lebih satu jam setengah berbanding jarak antara Lapangan Terbang Langkawi ke Kuah yang mungkin ambil masa kurang satu jam. Ubud terletak bukan di utara Bali tetapi di pertengahan Pulau Bali, cuba bayangkan pula masa yang perlu diambil untuk ke utara pulau tersebut.

Maksudnya sekiranya kita hanya ada masa dalam tiga atau empat hari sahaja di Bali, kita perlu pastikan destinasi percutian atau tempat-tempat menarik manakah yang ingin kita kunjungi, memang amat mustahil untuk mengunjungi kesemua tempat-tempat menarik yang ada di Pulau Bali ini dengan lawatan yang singkat kerana keluasannya.

Antara lokasi yang sering menjadi tumpuan di Bali ini ialah sawah padi bertingkat di Tegalalang (Tegalalang Rice Terrace) yang terletak tidak jauh dari pusat bandar Ubud. Sekiranya kita tinggal di Kuta, perjalanan ke Tegalalang akan ambil masa hampir satu jam atau mungkin lebih tengok keadaan jalan raya manakala sekiranya kita tinggal di Ubud, ianya hanya akan mengambil masa kurang dua puluh minit sahaja.

Sebelum kami sampai ke Tegalalang ini, saya bayangkan bahawa sawah padi ini terletak di kawasan pedalaman Bali, maksud saya mungkin perlu masuk jauh ke dalam kampung-kampung barulah jumpa sawah padi ini tetapi sebenarnya ia terletak di pinggir jalan utama menuju ke Kintamani yang mana terletak Gunung Batur di sana.

Kawasan sawah padi ini bukanlah seluas yang saya bayangkan, “compact in size” kecil dan padat tetapi unik dan cantik cuma saya tidak dapat hendak meluangkan masa yang lama di sini kerana anak-anak cepat bosan, maklumlah bukannya ada permainan apa-apa di sini, lagipun ada lagi tempat-tempat lain yang ingin kami kunjungi selepas ini.

Saya bayangkan sekiranya ingin puaskan hati mengambil gambar di sini, saya harus luangkan masa, paling kurang pun dua jam untuk turun naik dan berjalan-jalan di lereng-lereng sawah padi tersebut. Itu tak termasuk lagi menunggu moment-moment yang menarik, dah tentu ambil masa yang lama lagi. Secara purata, kami hanya singgah di sini lebih kurang setengah jam sahaja.

Di sebelah tempat parking kenderaan, sebelum kita turun ke sawah padi ini, terdapat banyak kedai-kedai yang menjual pelbagai cenderahati, tak ketinggalan juga warung-warung kopi sekiranya kita ingin berehat atau makan di sini sambil menikmati pemandangan sawah padi bertingkat ini.

Di Bali ini memang banyak sawah padi bertingkat, cuma bezanya ada yang agak tinggi dan rendah sahaja, cuma yang sering dipromosikan ialah Tegalalang ini, mungkin kerana mudah untuk dihubungi dengan jalan raya termasuk dengan menggunakan pengangkutan awam selain kenderaan persendirian yang kita sewa.

Selain Tegalalang, sawah padi bertingkat yang tidak kurang popular di Pulau Bali ialah Sawah Padi Bertingkat Jatiluwih yang terletak di Tabanan. Lokasinya agak jauh, sekiranya kita datang dari Ubud atau Kuta akan ambil masa lebih satu jam atau mungkin dua jam untuk sampai, nampak di dalam peta macam dekat dengan Ubud tetapi laluan untuk ke sana, lebih kurang sama jaraknya denga dari arah Kuta.

Semasa kami di Bedugul setelah melawat Pura Ulun Danau Beratan, ada kesempatan untuk kami singgah sekejap di Jatiluwih tetapi memandangkan anak-anak dah tidur lena dalam kenderaan maka kami lupakan hasrat tersebut dan terus pulang ke hotel. Untuk ke Jatiluwih ini kita perlu menggunakan kenderaan yang disewa atau kita boleh sewa motosikal kerana pengangkutan awam seperti bas, tidak sampai ke sini, itu maklumat yang saya baca dari blog-blog mereka yang pernah ke sini. Kalau anda ada masa boleh Google Jatiluwih dan tengok sama ada anda berkenan atau tidak dengan keadaan di sana. Sawah padi bertingkat di sana lebih luas dari apa yang ada di Tegalalang.

Hari kedua kami di Bali, kami hanya sempat singgah di Tegalalang, Pura Tirtha Empul dan juga di Kintamani melihat Gunung Berapi Batur dan juga makan tengahari di sana sebelum pulang semula ke hotel.

Perjalanan dari satu destinasi ke destinasi lain di Bali ni memang agak jauh dan memenatkan, dan kita perlu ingat juga, di Bali ini sentiasa ada sahaja upacara keagamaan dan seringkali jalan-jalan utama ditutup untuk perarakan keagamaan dan ini akan menambah lagi masa perjalanan kita kerana Pak Supir perlu menggunakan laluan lain untuk ke destinasi dituju.

Sekiranya anda ingin ke Bali, rancang dengn teliti ke mana destinasi yang anda ingin pergi. Mungkin lebih banyak tempat kita boleh pergi dalam satu hari kalau kita larat tetapi apa gunanya menyiksa badan, bukanlah tujuan kita datang ke Bali untuk berehat dan bercuti. Bagi saya cukuplah ke satu dua tempat dalam satu hari tetapi kita benar-benar puas menikmati keindahan sesebuah tempat sebelum ke destinasi lain. Kalau ada rezeki lagi, insyaAllah saya akan ke Bali lagi tetapi ingin melawat kawasan sawah padi yang terdapat di sekitar Gunung Agung yang terletak di pantai timur, juga merupakan gunung tertinggi di Bali.

Travel and Photography | Postcard From Bali | Tegalalang Terrace Rice Field

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Tegalalang Terrace Rice Field | Ubud | Bali

Tegalalang Rice Terrace located on the north side of Ubud around 20 minutes drive. This area is famous tourist attraction for beautiful rice terraces, many tourists who travel to and from Kintamani stopped at this place to witness the beauty of the verdant terraced rice field scenery or having lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beautiful scenery of terraced rice fields. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the tourist icon in Ubud Bali.

The rice terrace is designed very beautiful with exquisite hollowing rice field and precisely located on the hill bank. In this place, you will see the Balinese farmer do their rice field in oblique area complete with its system irrigation. You will enjoy the beautiful panorama of valley with rice terrace and coconut trees ornament it.

Tegalalang offers a perfect Bali photo opportunity with its dramatic views. The vista sprawls down and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. The ancient valley of Tegallalang has a timeless quality whether there are tourists there or not.

Tegalalang has an outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot.

 

Travel and Photography | Uluwatu Bali | Indonesia

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Uluwatu Cliff | Bali | Indonesia

One of the reason on why people visit Uluwatu is because they want to visit Uluwatu Temple, which is situated on the rock with deep cliff bank. The view is quite stunning especially if you come here in the late afternoon, the sunset against the Indian Ocean is awesome from what I see on the internet, I mean we din’t get a chance to see the sunset here. We arrived here around 11AM and it’s quite hot.

© 2014 Google Map | Uluwatu Map | From Ubud to Uluwatu | Bali

As you can see from the map above, the distance from Ubud where we stayed is quite far from Ulutawu, it took us more than one hour and half to get to Uluwatu from Ubud Centre. On the other hand, if you stay around Kuta, it will take around maybe thirty minute or less to get there, depending on the traffic, it can get congested sometimes especially in the late afternoon, where people come for sunset.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | With My family Against Pura Luhur Uluwatu In The Background | Bali

My family posing against the Pura Luhur Uluwatu in the background. Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu temple set on the cliff bank in south part of Bali Peninsula. It is one of Sad Kahyangan Temple in Bali (six big groups of Bali Temples), located in Pecatu Village, Sub district of South Kuta, and Badung Regency or about 25 Km southerly part of Denpasar town.

It is situated on the coral reef sordid to sea about 80 meters above the sea level. It is featured by a small dry forest which is mostly called by Alas Kekeran (interdict forest) which is belong to the temple and dwelt by a lot of monkeys and other animal. Name of Uluwatu was come from the word Ulu meaning the head and Watu meaning stone. Therefore Uluwatu Temple mean the temple built in tip of coral reef.

About the photograph on the right side with me and my family in picture was taken by a domestic tourist from Jakarta Indonesia, he came here with his wife. Actually he offered me to take my family pictures, so that we can have everyone in the photograph. To get the photograph, he had to climb a wall behind, so that we can see the bottom of the cliff below. Some people said that Pura Luhur Uluwatu is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali but for me I like Pura Ulun Danau Beratan in Bedugul the most. One more thing, the road from Kuta to Bedugul or from Ubud to Bedugul where Pura Ulun Danau Beratan is located is much more scenic than the road to Uluwatu.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Uluwatu Cliff | Bali | Indonesia

Most tourist who visit Uluwatu is to visit Pura Luhur Uluwatu but the other thing that attracts tourist here is the Kecak Dance performance, which is held daily.  Actually there are many places all around Bali which have Kecak Dance performance but what set this place among others is that, it is set against the beautiful sunset. If you can see from the photograph above, behind my wife, there is a theatre like platform where tourist watch Kecak Dance performance. If you stay in Ubud, there is three places where Kecak Dance took place every night.

If you decided to watch Kecak Dance in Uluwatu I did not suggested you to stay in Ubud, because it was quite far, so the best place that you can stay if you intended to watch Kecak Dance in Uluwatu is to stay around Kuta or Sanur. Normally the performance were held around 6Pm or 7Pm. You must plan your time to visit here for the show, maybe two or three hours early especially if you wanted to get the best seat for the show, whichever your chosen position is.

Just to let you know also, in the month of July to September is high season for tourist in Bali, so if you traveling within that month, expect a lot of congestion here. Come early, don’t worry though, there is a few restaurants at the parking area, in case you wanted to buy some snacks while waiting for the performance.

© 2014 Wazari Wazir | Uluwatu Cliff | Bali Indonesia

If you like landscape photography, I think you will love this place, for me on the other hand, it is not as spectacular as someone said, but if you happen to visit Bali, then just drop by here because it is one of the tourist attraction in Bali, whether you like it or not, is up to you. If you did not want to get disappointed, especially you come from afar like Europe, then I highly suggest you to visit this area around late afternoon and stay  until sunset and watch the Kecak Dance here. Someone said that  sunset from Uluwatu is among the best in Bali. Maybe because of its location, you can always watch sunset from Kuta also, but if you take a look at the map above, there is no doubt, on why sunset view from Uluwatu Cliff is better than from Kuta.

*A little bit about photography, if you wanted to photograph the landscape or the sunset here, bring a tripod together with a set of filters suitable for long exposure photography like ND Neutral Density Filter, Graduate Filter or any filters that you think suitable for the occasion. If you wanted to photograph the Kecak Dance performance, also comes early, the hot seat id the one facing the Indian Ocean, where the sunset is.

About lens choice, just bring wide angle lens like 24-70 mm on a full frame camera (FX) and 70-200 mm lens, so that you can pull the action closer during Kecak Dance, to get the tight shots of the dancers. The telephoto lens also suitable to get a close up shot of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple silhouetted against the beautiful sunset.

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