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Davie Gan – Featured PMPE Alumni Member

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The Lady of Arbore Tribe in Ethiopia

As an alumni member of PMPE, I was recently featured by Photosafari.com.my in an interview with Maxby Chan (Administrator of PhotoMalaysia.com) about my passion for photography. The original article could be read here. However I re-blog the whole article here for your convenience. I seldom post my travel photos in this blog as I mostly share them in my facebook page with my friends. You could catch a glimpse of some of my recent travel photos in this interview. Note: PMPE is the acronym for PhotoMalaysia Photosafari Experience.

Below is the article reproduced in full.

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Children of Kuro Tribe, Ethiopia

Davie Gan is an advanced amateur photographer. He has joined our many photosafaris to The Old Silk Road, Ha Giang in North Vietnam and Ethiopia last year. He is one photographer who has developed his own unique style of telling his own visual story.  We have watched Davie’s photography progress over the past 5 years and when we say that we are impressed, it is an understatement. We have got lots to learn from him. We are now sharing his experiences and what goes through his mind with our readers. Hope that you all enjoyed it.

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Malaysia’s 56th Merdeka Day in Pictures

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Dateline: 31st August 2013

Malaysians of all creeds and races cast aside their political differences and childish bickering to celebrate the nation’s 56th Independence Day. Below are more photos of the Merdaka Day Parade held in conjunction with the national day celebration.

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Crescent Moon Lake @ Dunhuang. (Old Silk Route in China)

As part of our journey along the Silk Route, we made a half day journey to Mingsha Shan sand dunes. Amidst the shifting sand dunes lies the Crescent Moon Spring that has been a vital source of water here for thousand of years.

Ever since that day, I had been captivated by the beauty and tranquility of this dream destination. This Ken Burns Effect video is my own little dedication to Dunhuang and the Mingsha Shan’s Crescent Moon Lake.

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Life is about your journey, not your destination.

Sometimes a photographer's greatest moment is not what he could capture on film, but a little compassion that could only be captured by the heart.

Travel photography is sometimes random, exciting, fun and for the most part hard work. Yet many of us traverse the world and explore the many unbeaten paths for that elusive “the best” photograph that we could capture in our lifetime. And then we would hang up our camera and live our life happily ever after. Precisely just like a fairy tale!

So when I traveled about 1,800 miles from Kuala Lumpur to Chengdu, China and then another 800 miles from Chendu to Lhasa and then being driven a few hundred miles more to some remote locations in Tibet, the last thing on my mind was to put down my camera and walk away from a potential perfect photo opportunity.
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Enchanted Christmas in Kuala Lumpur as viewed via a circular fisheye lens

1 Utama Christmas Theme for 2011: Splashing over the big blue

‘Tis the season to go shopping! What better way to go shopping than to visit out local shopping malls and be thrilled and entertained by the many decorations and fun activities put up by the management of these malls. I have always been curious by the theme selected by these malls, especially during the Christmas season. As usual, they have never failed to impress me year after year, with their creativity, intelligence and budget.

This year, the 2 shopping malls that impressed me the most are 1 Utama and Pavilion KL. Countless hours have been put into their planning and execution that one can spent hours just to admire their themed decorations and to snap some pictures with your kids.

As for me, this year at least, I am attempting to document all these beautiful decorations with my circular fisheye lens. Technically, a circular fisheye lens could capture 180˚ view of a scene with a very decent depth of field. In most cases, I stepped up the f-stop to get an acceptable DOF.

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Canon Malaysia launches the new EOS-1D X flagship DSLR

The all new Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR on display at Canon Malaysia worldwide simultaneous launch today.

Kuala Lumpur, 18th October 2011

It was an exciting day today, especially for Canon professional DSLR users in Malaysia. As members of Canon Professional Services (CPS), we were invited to this exclusive launch of what was advertised as the groundbreaking flagship model. I for one are quite skeptical on any new Canon pro DSLR launches so far. I am one of those disappointed owner of the Canon 1D Mark III launched in 2007. So far the only camera from Canon’s stable that I am truly happy and satisfied is the 5D Mark II. But for me to buy another 1D model, it truly has to be an earth-shattering technological marvel! That was my state of mind before I went in for the unveiling of the new DSLR.

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Triumph Malaysia Celebrates 125 Years of Tailoring Female Shape

Celebrity Model Amber Chia has been transformed into a beautiful and sexy red butterfly to showcase Triumph's latest Butterfly lingerie collection.

TRIUMPH CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF TAILORING FEMALE SHAPE

Perfection, Innovation and a Fervent Desire for Supreme Quality, Comfort and Cutting-edge Design Brings Seductive Power to Triumph

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Fashion On 1: Ogival

Azila looking great in one of the casual swim outfit from Ogival.

Date: 2nd May 2011

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Event: Fashion On 1 – Ogival

Below are a few more photos of the Ogival fashion showcase.

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Fashion On 1: ALDO – shoes & accessories

Although ALDO is famous for its shoes, the first thing that attracted me to their models were their colorful and beautiful handbags, hats and costume jeweleries. It's mind blowing! Well done.

Date: 1st May 2011

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Event: Fashion On 1 – ALDO shoes & accessories

Below are a few more photos of the ALDO fashion showcase.

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Fashion On 1: Okaidi Obaidi

A child modeling an outfit from Okaidi Obaidi

Date: 1st May 2011

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Event: Fashion On 1 – Okaidi Obaidi (Children Wear)

Below are a few more photos of the Okaidi Obaidi fashion showcase.

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Fashion On 1: MOG Eyewear

With the right shades, any girls could look good and desirable. What a difference a good pair of sunglasses could do to your personality and outlook, not to mention your ego and confidence!

Date: 29th April 2011

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Event: Fashion On 1 – MOG Eyewear

Below are a few more photos of the MOG Eyewear fashion showcase.

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Fashion On 1: Arena @ Sun Paradise

A beautiful model showcasing the Sun Paradise bikini range from Arena.

Date: 29th April 2011

Location: 1 Utama Shopping Centre

Event: Fashion On 1 – ARENA

Below are a few more photos of the ARENA fashion showcase.

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Ed Hardy – Break Out in Style @ Suria KLCC

A model showcasing one of Ed Hardy's Japanese tattoo design with matching cap, fake tattoo and red angelic wings.

For a clothing line that is based mostly on tattoo art and design, Ed Hardy is certainly “the” brand to go to if you are looking for something bold, creative, loud and very rebellious!  And that was exactly what we were presented, at the Ed Hardy’s Spring/Summer fashion show during the Suria KLCC Fashion Week.

Suria KLCC Fashion Week’s theme for 2011 is Break Out in Style. Ed Hardy certainly pull out all the stops to present us with their entire range of Tattoo Clothing line – their fame graphic tees, vintage tee shirts and designer tee shirts. You don’t have to be a celebrity to wear their clothing but their clothing line will make a celebrity out of you. So what are you waiting for? Head to Suria KLCC store on level 2 and immerse yourself in their out-of-this-world fashion line and more importantly: Be different! You only live once. 🙂

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Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2011 – “A Moulin Rouge Affair”

One of the Burlesque designs conceived by Alexis Saw during the final Showcase of the night.

Kuala Lumpur 8th April 2011.

Dress-code: Sexy Burlesque.

After attending a series of STYLO’s fantastic galas over a period of 1 week, it finally culminated in the grand finale gala presented by Mercedes-Benz STYLO Fashion Awards 2011 with the theme: “A Moulin Rouge Affair” and “The Burlesque After-Party.”

A series of Fashion and Fashion-related crowns will be dished out to the deserving winners, among them: Designer of the Year; Model of the Year; Emerging Designer of the Year; Supermodel Mentor and Industry Achievement awards.

This year, the STYLO event will also present one of London’s most exciting designers – Ara Jo. She will feature her latest Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection. Her creation has been worn by the likes of Lady Gaga, Jamelia, Solange Knowles and Leona Lewis to name a few.

And to top off the most exciting night in STYLO Fashion Grand Prix 2011, Mouawad will also unveil the world’s most expensive purse valued at USD3.8 million in Kuala Lumpur. This I think will be the highlight of the night for most of the ladies in attendance at the Mercedes-Benz Burlesque gala!

For more photographs of the exciting red-carpet, by-invitation only event scroll further down, either to re-live the event or to be there virtually…..

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VISA presents: “Aladdin’s Harem” at the STYLO Fashion Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur 2011

Dato' Nancy Yeoh and Mr. Stuart Tomlinson of VISA were certainly dressed for the occassion at the VISA "Aladdin's Harem" gala last night.

Kuala Lumpur, 7th April 2011.

Visa presented an evening of fun and high fashion at the Scarlet Theater last night. The fashion of the night was influenced by the highly acclaimed  box office movie “Sex and the City 2” and “Aladdin” featuring a line-up of Malaysia biggest names in fashion such as Khoon Hooi, Melinda Looi, and Edric Ong, past winners of the Mercedes-Benz STYLO Designer of the Year Award.

Master hairstylist Andy Ho was also featured in a highly intricate presentation of hair and head masterpieces with Tangoo fashion house. Together they dressed and styled the 12 finalists of the Ford Models Supermodel of the World Search Malaysia 2011. It was certainly an evening to be remembered by the guests, participants and fellow photographers.

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Tourism Malaysia presents: The Glass Slipper Gala

A model showcasing a design by Carven Ong during The Glass Slipper Gala.

Kuala Lumpur, 6th April 2011.

Last night, the Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia presented “The Glass Slipper Gala” in conjunction with the International Shoe Festival that will be officially launched this coming weekend. The evening fashion show was tailored to the fairytale story of “Cinderella… and her supposedly Ugly Stepsisters”.

Although Malaysia might not be the fashion capital of the world (or close to it), we can be proud of our own designers that are bold, creative and dare to be different. I salute all the designers for their tremendous effort and their unique imagination!

More photos from the other half of the gala will be updated later. I am sure you would want to know what happened to Cinderella! 🙂

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STYLO Fashion Ball 2011 – “New York Glamour”

This year, STYLO secret location is at Chin Woo Stadium. The stadium has been tastefully transformed into a scarlet theater complete with neon signs and beautiful red drapes.

Kuala Lumpur, 4th April 2011.

This year, the STYLO festival’s curtains go up with the unveiling of the inaugural STYLO Fashion Ball themed “New York Glamour”. It’s an event for the “be seen” to be seen, and it is touted as the ball of the year with supermodels, fashionistas, socialites, corporate big wigs and F1 drivers expected to grace the red carpet.

It will also mark the first official appearance of the Ford Model’s Supermodel of the World Search Malaysia 2011 finalists. Also taking to the runway are hair creations by master hairstylist Winnie Loo and a fashion showcase by Zang Toi.

 

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Mogao Grottoes – Caves of the Thousand Buddhas

A replica of painted mural inside Mogao Caves. Going through some of the mural paintings were like going back in time and they do tell the story or stories of historical proportion that is so precious and priceless today. This replica was painted by one of the famous painter that is based at the Mogao Grottoes.

If you would like to listen to the music of Silk Road by Kitaro, click on the play button below.

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Bridal Fashion by Keith Kee

Esther Tan in her element with the beautiful Keith Kee Collection and her trademark pose.

February seems to be THE month for Bridal Fashion show in Kuala Lumpur. I have seen quite a number of fashion house showcasing their stuff in shopping malls and exhibition center. Maybe it’s because Valentine Day happens to fall on the month of February? And the cupids have unlimited arrows to share with the romantics during this time of the year. 🙂

In Malaysia, the most hip and famous wedding designer must surely be Keith Kee, sort of the male version of “Vera Wang” in Malaysia. For this reason alone, I decided to drop by at Mid Valley Exhibition Center to capture the beauty of the models strutting the runways in Keith Kee latest collections.

Below are some of the bridal dresses showcased by Keith Kee during the “Romance in Fate” bridal fair organized by feminine magazine.

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Bridal Fashion Showcase for 2011

Traditional RED ROSE ON WHITE wedding gown for the Rabbit Chinese New Year from De Paris Bridal.

Most people celebrated Chinese New Year by visiting friends, shopping and playing mahjong, but for a small group of us – the die hard photography enthusiasts – we spent the CNY weekend shooting beautiful models parading the latest bridal fashion showcase from De Paris Bridal at 1 Utama shopping center. Although the designs won’t give Vera Wang a run for her money anytime soon, the models though are a different story. They are beautiful, professional and good at what they do – to showcase the wedding gowns to the best of their abilities. Although some of the wedding gowns were probably designed for Barbie and Ken, I personally think the models really do justice to the dresses, no matter the practicality or functionality. So for the prospective brides, choose wisely – some of these dresses would really need a perfect figure and optimal height to really carry them off.

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Inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference kicks off to a great start

There is no one more qualified than Joe McNally to provide the opening keynote to the inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference in Malaysia. From a hardcore news photographer to the person known as the lighting man - he is well loved by the large audience in Malaysia. His keynote topic that rock the house was: Reinventing Myself, 30 Years On.

Kuala Lumpur, dateline January 19 2011. The inaugural Creative Asia Photography Conference kicks off to a great start in Malaysia. It is attended by more than 150 photography enthusiasts and professionals from 18 different countries in this region. It is an impressive number of participants considering it is the first photography related conference to be organized for participants in Asian regions. Kudos to Louis Pang and his wife, for their insight and brave venture into unknown territories. Judging from the responses of the participants, I am confident it will become the “not-to-be-missed” yearly photography event in Malaysia and this region for many years to come. I for one, will look forward to participate in this event again next year.

An impressive lineup of professional photographers were scheduled to speak in the 3-day conference. Besides Joe, the others are Michael Greenberg, Daniel Capobianco, Dane Sanders, Jason Magbanua, Manny Librodo, Louis Pang and Mike Langford. World Class indeed!

For more information go to: Creative Asia.

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Beautiful models of KLIMS 2010 – Final Part

An attractive model showcasing the Peugeot 5008 luxury MPV.

Finally the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2010 is over and done with. Hopefully it will return in another 3 years time. In the meantime life goes on in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. And finally I have time to look through all of the photos that I have taken during the period I was there. There’s nothing much to write about now… just sit back and feast your eyes on some of the beauties in the midst of the metal beasts.

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Models at KLIMS 2010

One of the most beautiful model at Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2010. She was friendly, hard-working and very courteous towards all the kids and parents that wanted to photograph with her Toyota FT-HS hybrid.

The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is coming to an end soon. Finally, I have visited all the major manufacturers’ booths and are now more informed on the latest car models from the various brands. I have also taken photographs of most of the models on duty at their respective booths too.

I am quite impressed with all the efforts and preparation put in by the various manufacturers. They deserved a round of applause. It’s a pity that some manufacturers decided not to take part in this fantastic event. Overall, the turnout was quite good and many photographers like myself took the opportunity to improve our photography and model-search skills.

With that in mind, I dedicated this posting to all the beautiful, intelligent and hard-working models that have to work very long hours during the Motor Show. Thank you for posing tirelessly for all the demanding visitors. 🙂

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Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show ’10

KIA is showing off its All-NEW Sorento in a big way..... The sexy new Sorento is matched aesthetically by this lovely model in all departments, especially the design and look departments. It no longer lack the character and creative initiative that so defined the Japanese and German motor vehicles.

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Shown is back in 2010, after an absent of almost 4 years. While there are many more bread and butter cars on display this year, there is truly an absent of a few marques that  truly defined the Malaysian car market in total.

The European marques like Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, VW and Volvo are clearly missing from this edition of KLIMS’10. So is Ford from US. Why? Has the challenging motor vehicles sales environment in the past few years taken its toll on these manufacturers? I doubt so. Or are they collectively trying to send a message to the government and their customers that they are unhappy with the state of motor vehicles well-being in Malaysia?

With all the protectionism mentality shown by our government, I really do not blame them. No wonder most of them chose to invest in Thailand, Indonesia and China. I for one, is very disappointed with their absence in KLIMS’10. Actually it’s not much of a car show without those heavy weight players. I hope they will take part in future motor shows or maybe they should organize one just for the European marques. Otherwise I will have to attend the next Thailand Motor Show. I heard this year their motor show was fabulous. Sigh!

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Romancing the Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes at Dunhuang

The weather was chilly, just right for a stroll along the Crescent Moon Lake (Yueya Quan) in Dunhuang. The sun was bright and low on the horizon. The Chinese ‘pampas’ grass was being blown by the ever hard-working wind that never seemed to cease. The shifting sand and tiny white pollens from the swaying grass were in a state of suspension, floating in mid air as if they were dancing with grace and purpose for all the spectators to see. The world seemed so peaceful, so still yet so lively, so lively yet so serene. My mind was thousands miles away in a far away land, in a far away place and in a far away dream. Am I dreaming? Am I asleep? I hoped not. I wished for the dream to go on forever. I wanted the dream to last a lifetime.

 

 

The moon represents my heart….. and I left my heart at Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes @ Dunhuang.

Dunhuang is a small oasis town, once prospered as the last stop on the Silk Road before it splits into 2 routes (North and South) to basically  skirt the Taklamakan Desert.

About 6 km south of Dunhuang, lies the Crescent Moon Lake, a miraculous oasis at the base of the Mingsha Shan Sand Dunes.

The climb to the top of the sand dunes is not for the faint hearted but the view across the undulating desert sand and row of tourists straddling the camels are a spectacular sight to say the least.

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