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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sometimes mud can be beautiful

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...| Golden Mud |...
This is the second time I’ve been to Pantai Teluk Molek, Penang. The first time I went without any filter on and taken a lot of useless waste of time picture. This time I’m there with Hitech filter on and this is what I got, a golden mud..lol. Even mud can looks beautiful in sunset. I shot at this specific location because I like the detail of the mud glowing from the suns colorful sky. The tree at the middle of the oceans makes it more dramatic. I will be there again sometimes this week because last week the sky is horrible, no sun and cloudy from day to night..lol. Well then see you guys again.
Gear
Sony A580
Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
Hitech Filter GND 0.6s, 0.9s
F/13 @ 4s
ISO 100
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For more Sunsets series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

...| You can't catch me |...

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...| You can't catch me |...


This picture took at the same day as my previous post. Nothing special on this picture but i post it because the children playing by the beach make this special. It remind when we were young playing catch and run..lol.

Gear:
Sony A580
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
F/13 @ 5.0s
ISO 100
Hitech GND Filter 0.9s

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For more Sunsets series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunset at Hard Rock Hotel Penang, 2011

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...| Magic Hour |...
I have wait and wait and wait for my Hitech Filter I order from http://www.formatt.co.uk to arrive and finally it arrived at my door step after more then 1 month. Well their reason for being this late is because there’s too much demand around the globe and they have to expand their manufacturing capacity. Let’s look at their reply below;
Due to the increase in demand for the Hitech range of filter products, particularly the new Pro Stop Range, we have been experiencing longer supply times over the last 6 weeks.
The manufacturing department was partially closed for two weeks in August while essential building work was carried out to expand our manufacturing capacity. We are now fully operational and are looking to complete all orders upto 12th August by next week. All other orders received will be completed and shipped by the end of September.
We hope our customers understand that we are working as hard a possible to reduce the delivery times and are aiming to resume normal delivery service by the end of September. Thank you for your patience.
Anyway since it’s already arrive, I won’t border to complain anymore because they really made good filter. I must say it is much better then Cokin filter in terms of color cast. In this picture I use 2 GND filters 0.6s and 0.9s to get slower exposure and increase the saturation on the back. I like how the foreground beaches and the colors the cloud reflect into the sea, and guess what, I got my first Magic Hour shot and I really satisfy with it. Not regretting anything for buying this awesome filter from Hitech.
Gear:
Sony A580
Tamron 17-50 F2.8
F/13 @ 5.0s
ISO 100
Hitech GND Filter 0.9s, 0.6s
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For more Sunsets series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sunset’s at Pulau Aman Jetty 2011

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...| After rain stop |...

It has been raining for weeks and there is no suns shining at all. Well today is my lucky day then, the sun finally out from the cloud and for this moment, I bring out my welding glass to try out. Well the result’s not bad at all in Black and White. If I try to turn it to original colors, it’s not so pretty. That’s because welding glass turns out is green in color when shot. So the best is convert it into BnW.

The picture above is shots in 25s /F5.6 with 200iso.

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For more Sunsets series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bon Odori, Penang 2010

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Bon Odori Festival at Penang Esplanade 2010

It’s Bon Odori Festival yesterday 17th July 2011. I did not go there this year and since I have nothing to do, I just compile up my picture and make a video. Have fun listening to the music and thanks for watching.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Macro - Yellow Orb Weaver Spider

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Yellow Orb Weaver Spider

It’s been more then 2 month the last time I went for macro shot. Well lucky I still able to get hang of it. I found this yellow orb weaver spider and a wasp grub is hanging on it’s abdomen sucking the nutrition out from it’s body. It will suck the spider  fluid slowly for 2 weeks until it’s dead. Watch the video here posted by Orionmystery for how the wasp grub manage to survive.

For more spider series click here. Cheers.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Milky Way 2011, Penang

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...| Shooting Milky |...

We when to another Milky Way shooting with the same group at the same place. Again a very lucky day for us, clear sky without moon. This time I try to put up some different perspective on my picture composition, in this photo I place my camera behind another camera. A Sony shooting Canon shooting Milky. Awesome huh lol.

...| Milky with a Flower |...

I’ve shot the milky way with this composition before here but the foreground is pitch black. This time I’m using a torch light put up some light painting so I would get the foreground come to live. The flower pointing towards the milky is just so nice.

...| Supernatural |...

Before we when off, we take 1 portrait picture behind the milky. In this picture, we place an LED light behind the car to light up the car behind and we are using our hand phone to light up the front. This picture is taken with Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40 F4 L lens from mengsys. We are quite happy with the result we get this time. I will go there again someday with a time-lapse shot. Till see you again next time. Bye.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

The Arctic Light By Terje Sorgjerd

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Another great video release from the pro landscape photographer and my No. 1 favorite Terje Sorgjerd. Latest time lapse video taken from the Norway. In 1:06 you can see the sun’s set and sunrise in a single scene a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks in a year. More info from the link below;

http://vimeo.com/24456787

The perfect shot with perfect time lapse where it was just so great and how I wish I could do this the way he did in the near future.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sunrise at Bukit Mertajam

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...| Fiery Sunrise |...

I was on my driving my car to work on this morning and stuck in traffic jam. This is where I see this sunrise which is so magnificent, the colors and cloud formation is just so great. When I see this sunrise I was thinking ohhh how I wish I have my dslr with me at that moment. So I just use my iPhone 4 to capture this sunrise inside my car. It’s quite ok with iPhone 4 5MP camera. not much detail from the 5MP camera but then at least I have this great fiery sunrise in my pocket.

For more Sunrise series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

My Very first Milky Way 2011

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...| My Very First Milky Way |...

I’m quite happy my first outing for Milky way is a SUCCESS..lol. Although I’m only using Kit Lens which given quite a fair picture but still, it’s MILKY WAY!!!. Picture were shot at 25sec exposure at F3.5 and 1600 ISO. Try to get the best lens you have, the bigger the aperture (smallest F number)  the better.

...| Just Milky |...

Place to shoot milky way? Just look at Google Map and browse to location out of city area, and go there. Make sure there’s no street lamp or any light pollution.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sunrise at Penang Hill 2011

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...| Above the Cloud |...

It’s been years since the last time I visit Penang Hill. I still remember the last time I visit which is during my secondary school days.. yup it’s that long. Any changes from the last time I visit and now? Well not much, changes was the Train (yup I did not take any photo of the train..lol). After going up the hill what can you do? Nothing..lol. Nothing fun up there, only was the cool breeze during early morning we reach.

What I like for shooting sunrise here was we were eventually above the cloud which makes it cool huh..lol. We can see the town below the cloud and the sun above it, a three layers.

...| Aim for the Sun |...

Here my friend trying to shoot the sunrise, a silhouette shot. I love the sun bursting beside him.

~Going Down~

While we going down, I try to take a zoom effect shot, does the train going down look fast? haha.

Anyway for those who wish to shoot sunrise here, the earliest train departure is 6.30am. Just barely make it when reaches the top takes about 15min going up.

For more Sunrise series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunrise at Tasek Gelugor 2011

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...| Cross Reflection |...

A different feeling for this sunrise shot. Yes most of my sunrise shot is by the seaside (beach), this time we went to the paddy field for this spectacular sunrise shot. The green paddy field with a cross reflection from the sun, it’s absolute colors from this picture it self satisfying me a lot.

For more Sunrise series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sunrise at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway

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...| Calm |...

Yes, I have return to the very first location where I first shot sunrise. This time I have some help with this shot, borrowed my friends ND 4 Filter to have this beautiful shot. When I was there I was surprise to see more then 10 people there shooting at the same spot. But there were shooting high up where I climb down the below to have a lower angel shot. I’m quite satisfy with this shot which sharp and nice saturation. I hope the next time I come will be high tide instead of low tide like this and my previous shot.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunrise at Pantai Shamrock, Batu Ferringhi 2011

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Yes!, the month of April is finally over, a month of macro shot and here comes the new month May..haha. Anyway lets get this crap talking over..lol

...| Something Coming |...

Took this picture at Pantai Shamrock, Batu Ferringhi. The weather not so great but I’m happy with the shot (for a newbies like me lol). This picture is perfected with a borrowed Cokin ND 4 Filter. Which is why I’m able to get the smooth sea and some detail at the cloud. Also attach is the CPL filter to increase the saturation. A minor adjustment done on Lightroom 3 and also Photoshop CS5. This place is famous for swimming and by evening people will come pouring in for a swim at the beach haha. I will definitely will come again to shoot for this location as I’m not quite satisfy with it..lol. Anyway that’s all, will share another Sunrise again soon. See ya and thanks for visiting.

 

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Macro–Jumping Spider with prey

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Jumping Spider with Prey IV

I brought back this jumping spider to my home because I’m unable to shot this spider on location. Why? Because there’s too much mosquito on that area and I did not prepare for it lol. So I put inside a plastic container and catch a mosquito to feed it at night then I take out my dslr and shoot it when it’s eating the prey. I have so much fun and exited watching the spider catching the prey flying around the plastic container. The Jumping spider did not move much after the mouth is full with food..lol. Enjoy the rest of the pics.

 Jumping Spider with Prey V

Jumping Spider with Prey III

Jumping Spider with Prey II

Jumping Spider with Prey I

All picture were shot with Tamron SP AF90 attach with Raynox DCR-250. So the magnification of all the picture is around 2:1 if I’m not mistaken.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Macro–Golden Spiky Ants–Battle of the Titan II

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Golden Spiky Ant - Battle of the Titan II

I have no idea what are they fighting for. This 2 Golden Spiky Ants is battle it all out while there are few others watching at the side. It is like watching historical movie in Ancient Rome, the Battle of the Titan. This is the 2nd time I shot this ants fight. The link for the first shot I took few month way back is here Battle of the Titan I. This Golden Spiky Ant is easier to shoot as they are not too actively moving much like their other species the Black Spiky Ants.

Golden Spiky Ant

And here it is the Golden Spiky Ant is posing before the fight begins.

Click here for more Ant’s series. Cheers. Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Macro–Black Ants Mimic Spider

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Ant Mimic Spider

This picture actually taken last year during Penang Butterfly Insect showcase last year at 2010. Found it at the entrance from the car park outside. Most people would assume this is a spider but actually it’s an Ants mimic spider species. I do not know what is the family name or scientific name coz I’m not an expert in this sort of stuff..lol.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Macro–Fruit Fly Mating

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Fruit Fly - Mating

This is actually my 2nd fruit fly mating picture. The first quality is quite bad as the fruit fly tend to be very small in size. This photo I took is about 40% crop of the original 1:1 magnification and it still look small..lol. With this photo taken, it is proven the fruit fly generation will be secure Smile.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Macro–Red Weaver Ants

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Weaver Ants

Even though the weaver ant’s is a little bit our of focus, but I still upload it to my flickr because I like the lighting and colors contrast between the ant’s and the green leaf. It make this picture wonderful. I do not have much picture of weaver ant’s but hopefully I will able to get some decent shot one day and share with you guys.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunrise @ Weld Quay 2011

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...| Modern Africa |...

Went for another sunrise with my gangs at Weld Quay, Penang. Not the best weather because as you can see the cloud is dark which is a rain cloud. But then it makes this picture more dramatic with multiple colors. I name this picture ‘Modern Africa’ because of the crane container which looks like giraffe in africa. I’ve try to shoot for Panorama but the end result is bad so I remove it from my collection.

For more Sunrise series click here. Cheers. Have a nice day.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Macro–Black Spiky Ants eating

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Black Spiky Ant

Shot this beautiful Black Spiky Ants. I do not know the ants is eating when I’m shooting, only I knew when I open it at my laptop for post processing. I would have no chance to shoot this ant's because they area actually not a very good models. They move around non stop..lol. At the picture you can see the leaf below is bending, that’s because I use my other finger to bend the leaf and move it closer to my lens to shoot.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunset @ Teluk Kumbar 2011

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...| Final Moment |...

Last weekend, we when for a sunset shot at Teluk Kumbar, Penang. When we were there it was so cloudy and can’t even see any suns shining at all. It is a very dull day, but we were not giving up at all. we still ready our gear n tripod setting up waiting for the moment. Finally at the final moment before the sun’s going down the hill. the suns able to burst through the cloud and giving us the final moment to shoot the sunrise for a mere 1-2 minutes before it’s disappear. Lesson learn, never give up and the weather is unpredictable lol.

Click here for more sunset shot here. Cheers.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Macro–Shy little Yellow Crab Spider

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Yellow Crab Spiders

Found a quite shy little yellow crab spider during my regular weekend bug’s hunt. it’s not moving an inch and I event thought it was dead. But on closer look …. it’s still ALIVEE!!!!!. Anyway I’m glad it’s into my collection once again and thanks to my regular macro partner who actually spotted it first. As usual do visit my flickr account for more.

For more spider series click here. Cheers.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Sunrise @ Teluk Tempoyak 2011

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Sunrise @ Teluk Tempoyak 2011
Another Sunrise shot from me and now the location is at Teluk Tempoyak just a few km after Queensbay Mall Penang. It is a perfect weather with high tide sea making this picture wonderful. All picture is taken without any ND filter but with only with the Hoya CPL filter. This picture is taken at abit distant which I’m looking for a perfect foreground to fill the frame which I’m satisfy with it.
Sunrise @ Teluk Tempoyak 2011
The beauty of endless calm sea are just wonderful, the endless bridge going to the middle of the sea. This picture is take at a much close to the jetty where people come here for fishing.
...| Day after tomorrow |...
Finally the Panorama Shot after the sunrises and ray of light bursting out from the cloud and the right side of the picture show’s the morning is still early. A different feel and colors which makes this panorama picture breathless which will make this as one my BEST 2011 picture. Stiches from 6 shot to get this wonderful picture with a great freeware software from ‘Hugin – Panorama Stiches’. It’s actually done a pretty good job stitching to get this breathless picture without any errors. All picture are shot in Raw and converted into Jpeg before stitches is done. Hey I’m shooting with Kit Lens..lol. Can anybody sponsor me a greater lens so I able to shoot much better quality picture..lol, just kidding. Who says Kit lens is dumb lens..ha..
That’s all for now, hope you guys will like my pictures, there is more in my flickr here. Please do not use my picture without my permission. Send me an email at stevensys@gmail.com for any inquiry. Thanks. Have a nice day. Cheers.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sunset @ Pulau Aman Jetty 2011

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Sunset @ Pulau Aman 2011

Finally I manage to get my first Sunset shoot to my collection. Picture is shoot at Pulau Aman Jetty which is nearby the 2nd link bridge to Penang Island. Not the best but quite satisfy with it. I might have abit over on the post processing which I’m still learning bits and bits from here and there and hopefully I can manage it soon. Click on the picture to check out the Exif how I shoot this sunset. Cheers

Monday, February 21, 2011

Macro–My first Giraffe Weevil

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Yosh, finally I’ve got my first Giraffe Weevil, even though I only manage to get 1 acceptable shot, but then I’m happy it’s got into my collection.

Giraffe Weevil (Male)

The male Giraffe Weevil has a long neck then the female. Actually I’ve shot the female but the subject is totally out of focus so I delete it lol. You can see the video below which I shot 1 week before where I totally could not get near the Giraffe Weevil because it was too far and I only manage to shot video of its.

3 Giraffe Weevil out of my reach!
And so there you hope you enjoy 1 of my pics and hopefully there’s more Giraffe Weevil to be captured… (in my dslr of coz) lol. Cheers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kek Lok Si Temple at Night 2011

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Last year during Chinese New Year 2010, i could only watch other people picture from internet the beauty of Kek Lok Si light up at night. I even took a picture of those people who was at the opposite of Kek Lok Si Temple farming plantation using my 55-200mm lol (see below picture). Well this year i made it finally, take a picture of the beautiful Kek Lok Si Temple which only light up for about a month only during Chinese New Year.

Kek Lok Si Temple 2011 - Light Up

The weather is not so nice the day i shoot coz too many haze. There’s suppose to be a crane on top of the temple but i remove it from photoshop and some clone work on the roof of the building due to lights a missing. Well how’s it goes? I’m quite satisfy with this picture shot by using my 18-55mm kit lens. The location i shot is warn by the farm owner that there’s a lot of snakes around at night so those who would like to shoot at this location must wear a ‘Phua Chu Kang’ boots or construction boots with long pants. Some people who wearing shorts were ask to leave. There’s actually another location high above the place i shoot but the location is not quite good (but the farm owner will not disturb you, picture below is the location).

While waiting for night to come, i shoot a few shot and convert it to HDR (high dynamic range), not so good but it’s ok.

Kek Lok Si Temple - HDR Photomatrix

Well my dream come true to get this beautiful shot. Hope all of you photographer would able to shoot at this location. Feel free to PM me at my facebook or my flickr for actual location so you can go and get ready to shoot next year if you can’t make it this year.

A memory from last year the shot i took from Kek Lok Si using my 55-200mm at max zoom. The place i shot is lower then their location there. Cheers.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year and happy holiday to all. May this year brings more wealth and good health to all.

You Got Apple? i got Orange!

Picture theme ‘ You got Apple? i got Orange!’.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sunrise Shot @ Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (Previous Jelutong Expressway)

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I was back for the sunrise shot at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway last few weeks ago with a nice result for me (although some cloud block the early sunrise). My previous shot on this same spot can be view here and here.

...Sunrise at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway 2011...

This is the normal version of this sunrise shot.

...Sunrise at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway 2011...

Potrait shot

...Sunrise at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway 2011...

And of coz my all time favorite the panorama shot. Stitch from 3 shot.

All picture were shot with 18-55mm sony kit lens (how i wish somebody sponser me the CZ 16-80mm lens ..lol). Thank you for viewing and happy Chinese New Year and Happy holiday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Macro - Hoverfly

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DSC00246

Got my first Hoverfly @ Cheruk Tokun. It is really hard to capture as it kept flying around. This picture is taken at magnification 1:1. Happy viewing..wa laaa.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Macro - Hairy Caterpillar

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Found this Hairy Caterpillar at Cherok Tokun, Penang where it kinda of small and very active.

It run pretty fast and i’m having hard time getting a sharp picture.
This is the only sharp picture i get before heavy rain. Thanks for viewing. All picture taken using Tamron SP AF90 with Sony Alpha A580.

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