TED AD­NAN TALKS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY

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You Don’t Have to Spend a Bomb

For many, travel photography in­volves far­away and ex­otic lo­cales such as the Taj Ma­hal, the Tem­ples of Borobudur, the Pyra­mids of Giza, Pe­tra, the Ha­gia Sophia, Big Ben, the Eif­fel Tower, the Ber­lin Wall, and the list goes on. If you’ve got the time and money, by all means, do go and visit the places, tick them off of your bucket list! Af­ter all, you only live once.

For the rest of us, fear not. There are a lot of hid­den gems lo­cated in our own back­yard. By def­i­ni­tion, it’s still travel photography be­cause well, there’s trav­el­ing in­volved. Take the Land Be­neath the Wind, for ex­am­ple, our very own Sabah. For this ar­ti­cle, I’ll be talk­ing about Tun Sakaran Ma­rine Park, Semporna, Sabah, which I had the plea­sure of vis­it­ing back in 2007 with some friends.

Have Fun!

From my own ex­pe­ri­ence, travel photography shots can be sep­a­rated into three dis­tinc­tive cat­e­gories: Peo­ple, Places, and Things. When shot in­di­vid­u­ally, th­ese pic­tures can tell a thou­sand and one dif­fer­ent sto­ries. When com­bined to­gether, how­ever, you’ll be able to cre­ate a sin­gle story that has con­text, which is in my opin­ion, a more chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing thing to do.

For ex­am­ple, dur­ing my trip, we stopped by a lit­tle fish­ing vil­lage called Ku­nak. In a fish­ing vil­lage, you’d ob­vi­ously want

to take pho­tos of fish­ing boats, fish­ing nets, fishes, and of course, fish­er­men. If you’re able to fit in all of the above into a sin­gle frame, you’d get a pic­ture that’s visu­ally more in­ter­est­ing be­cause you have a main sub­ject, as well as sup­port­ing sub­jects in the back­ground. Get­ting all th­ese into a sin­gle frame is more dif­fi­cult that it sounds though, so try and try again if at first you don’t suc­ceed.

The most im­por­tant thing though, is to not for­get to have fun. Be can­did and learn how to an­tic­i­pate a great pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­nity. While I was ex­plor­ing the fish­ing vil­lage of Ku­nak, I no­ticed a house painted in blue. I wanted to pho­to­graph my young tour guide with the house as the back­ground, but she was a lit­tle too “aware” of my cam­era. To get her to loosen up, I took other ran­dom shots, in­clud­ing that of some, par­don my French, dog poo. As she saw me tak­ing that pic­ture, she be­gan to gig­gle, giv­ing me the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to snap a pic­ture of her.

All the pho­tos fea­tured in this ar­ti­cle were taken us­ing a now-dis­con­tin­ued Sony Al­pha 100 with a 1680mm f/3.5-4.5 Carl Zeiss lens, and a po­lar­iz­ing fil­ter. For more of my work, or to get in touch with me, you can visit my of­fi­cial web­site at tedad­nan.com.

Upon ar­riv­ing at your desti­na­tion, keep an eye out for scenes that would show where your shot took place.

My young tour guide smiled only when I did some silly stuff. Try to get your sub­jects to loosen up to get more can­did pho­tos.

Jux­ta­pos­ing fishes in the fore­ground with the jetty in the back­ground makes it seem like the fishes are big­ger than they re­ally are. Al­ways play around with an­gles!

Some­times, you have to get up close and per­sonal with your sub­jects for a photo that cap­ti­vates. This young lady is wear­ing a home­made fa­cial mask made from pounded rice.

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