Oct 14

I was really excited. I could not sleep the night before. It has always been my life long dream to actually pilot an aircraft. Last weekend, that dream came true. Courtesy of DiGi via their ‘I Am Curious’ campaign, Jason and I could get on a small plane and fly around KL. Plus I get to pilot the plane… just for a little while but it was good enough for me.

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Security was rather tight and so was their regulations. All vehicles parked outside the premise and you walk in. I guess it’s to prevent any unwanted incidents. DiGi was kind enough to arrange transport to enter the premise so we do not have to talk all the way in.

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As we waited for our turn to hitch a ride in, the constant roar of aircrafts taking off, landing and taxing on the runway was already nudging up my excitement level. Upon arrival at the hangar, the sight of the aircrafts and the wide open space of the runway redlined my excitement level.

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The day had started really well. It was a cool morning with clear blue skies which beckons.

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The aircrafts on stand by also beckons. My heart was racing as I paced through them. Such elegant machines they are.

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This is the aircraft we were assigned to; the Cirrus SR20 4 seater. It’s a light aircraft.

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Here we can see the size comparison. hehehe.

There were 4 other groups besides us. And since they were earlier than us, they went up first and we were the last to go up in the air.

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After one group comes back, the next group goes up. So while waiting, we had sometime to look around.

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.. and we found this… Rolls punya engine! Fuhyor! Hebat!

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Very soon it was our turn. I get to sit infront because I get to pilot the plane. Weeeee!!! And the aircraft has quite modern avionics!

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Check out the multi-function display. And the side-mounted control stick. The entire cockpit is surprising spacious. Still quite tight, probably like a kelisa. But the rear has got plenty of leg room.

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After some chit chat with the tower, our captain… Captain Razeef proceeded to the runway and we are off!!

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I took video. :)

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And we are off the ground!!

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The feeling is really raw. You feel everything little bump and turbulence.

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Jason feeling rather ecstatic. Especially when he learnt that we were going up in the Cirrus SR20 instead of the Cessna 100 series. Plus… another secret weapon of the Cirrus SR20 which put us all at ease……

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Hidden behind this cover is the release lever for the CAPS or Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. It’s specifically designed by Ballistic Recovery System (BRS) for Cirrus. And that the Cirrus SR20 is the first every aircraft to implement this system.

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We flew around KL for about 20-30 minutes.

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A wonderful view of KL city from the air.

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Oh.. and the highlight of the day…

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I get to pilot the aircraft for a while. Nothing much. Just a couple of banks, dive a little bit then pull up a little bit.

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Happy man!!

Oh.. Captain Razeef also did a quick negative G dip which lifted us off out seats screaming!! Woo.. fun!

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Before we had time to recover from our excitement, we were headed back to the airport.

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Touch down!!

When asked, Captain Razeef assured me that it’s not difficult to fly. After a while, you will get used to it and it would be like driving a car.

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It was a real fun day. An opportunity of a lifetime to get into one of these aircraft and fly around KL. I would not mine having one of these for myself. Anytime can make a day trip to Penang for some Prawn Mee.

Check out the movie!!

And last but not least. Thanks Digi for the opportunity. !!

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Sep 29

If you do not know who Jerry is, look him up at www.jerryghionisphotography.com.

Both Jason and I have been following him on the Interent for sometime. And when a friend pointed out to us the seminar, we jumped and immediately signed up. Unfortunately my connection that week was as unstable as the me on a surf board. Fortunately, Jason has got a better connection that day and before lunch, we got ourselves registered!

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So early in the morning, we woke up early and excitedly made our way there and we were about an hour early. Just nice for a nice breakfast nearby.

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We got in at about 9am and the place was already packed. We had to sit almost to the back. Well, one more row and we were at the back. So I would like apologize upfront for some shots taken from where I was sitting, hence some heads in between at the foreground. It’s rather strange how we are 30 minutes (some were an hour) early for Jerry’s Seminar but are often an hour or so late for wedding dinners. Strange also that we line up nicely to buy 4D numbers but jump queues on the road.

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PickPockets. A very interesting card-sized photos with details of the shots at the back.

Anyways, Alan and Cow came along as well.

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And we met up with many familiar faces.

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We mingled and caught up with friends whom we have not met for sometime.

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Jerry himself was mingling as well. Friendly fella. Tall. But friendly. He challenged many of us to radical but often ‘good for us’ approaches. He also showed us many ways of bringing out emotions and various other techniques which I actually tried to use on a wedding shoot which was the very next morning.

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Jerry demonstrating something here.

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Lots of demonstrations.

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Jerry showed us many examples of his work. How he turned a simple location to a beautiful photo. Inspired, we took the opportunity during tea break to take some shots.

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And even during lunch break.

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And last but not least…

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Jason and I with Jerry..

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Sep 18

It has been a while since our last update. Sorry ya. We were a bit tied up with our own stuff for a bit lately.

Puasa month is about to come to an end. Our Muslim brethren shall be celebrating the and so shall we gorge on glorious buka puasa dishes like beef and ayam rendang, ayam masak merah with nasi tomato. And wash them all down with icy-cold carbonated air bandung. Glorious isn’t it? Thinking about it brings on the gastric juices.

I digress.

Back to the subject at hand, the photo walk about.

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Jason and I decided that it would be nice to bring out cameras out to town one weekend and just see if there’s anything exciting to photograph. And since we were going on a photo walkabout, we thought we have an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us. So we announced on our facebook that we were going to be at McDonald’s in the heart of town at 9am.

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3 others turned up. We must be very popular. *jokes*

It was a Sunday morning. So the traffic was as smooth as babies’ bottom. Even the notoriously congested Sg. Besi road was free of congestion. So we saved RM2.00 SMART toll.

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So the 5 of us met up at Bukit Bintang’s McDonalds and had a good laugh over delicious but overly expensive breakfast. Good thing they have refills. After a good filling, we proceeded to start our photowalkabout.

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Cow

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Dizzy

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Tiger

Personally I am a fast shooter. I reach a certain location, see an interesting subject/building/scene and I quickly take a photo of it. Well, maybe two just to get the lighting or mood I want. And then I move on. That’s a good trait I believe. However, I do respect those who take their time to take in the location, the scene, the people and the entire atmosphere. Some of the 5 took their time. And as they stood there with their arms outstretched, heads tilted back and facing skywards, eyes closed, spinning around slowly and almost belting out that song from Titanic, I had some time on my hands. And so…

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.. I did some panning. I have always liked my photos to be filled with energy. Be it sexual energy between two people, a passionate kiss or a loving stare. It can also be a shared laughter. Or octane-powered, combustive energy turned kinetic!!

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We did not walk too far. Mainly by the main road, over pedestrian bridges and through shopping malls. The walk through air-conditioned shopping malls provided much relieve from the devastating heat. Plus, one particular shopping mall provided a very much interesting photo opportunity.

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Even the pedestrian bridge provided enough angles for a full 30 minutes of snaps.

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Here are some of the rest of the photos taken during our walk.

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And of course, a photo outing will not be complete without some candids :)

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For the following two photos. Cow was lingering on the walkway next to Pavilion shopping centre when we noticed how he resembled the model in the billboard. Well, ALMOST resemble.

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It was a good break. Good fun to meet up with friends. And a good way of seeing that part of town on foot. Quite interesting. There were some friends also wanting to join in the photowalkabout but due to the timing, were not able to. Not to worry. We shall make another photowalkabout soon. :)

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