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Photoshoot at U-Tea Senadin

U-TEA EXPERIENCE

Tabi basa & selamat sejahtera semua! In today’s post, I’d like to talk about U-Tea. U-Tea has a vision of bringing tea culture back to life among Malaysians by introducing a whole new tea experience through providing delicious and healthy tea-based beverages in the market.

“U-Tea” was formed with the ethos of transforming the long-standing tradition of Asian tea culture into healthy, delicious beverages that can be enjoyed by everyone. U-Tea believe that a happy, healthy lifestyle begins with what we drink, which is why they promote the use of only the freshest, most natural ingredients in our products.

Their first outlet was established in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah in May 2018, and due to an overwhelming responses received from their fans, subsequent outlets are rapidly emerging. Senadin, Miri outlet was established in 17 October 2019 with Mdm Yap Fui Chen as its branch manager.

“优” (Yōu) is a Chinese word that means “excellent, refined & outstanding”, and U-Tea aim to live up to their brand name by striving to be the best of the best in every aspect. That is why they insist on using premium imported loose-leaf tea that is freshly brewed daily in all their beverages.

Their outlets are all designed with their customers’ comfort in mind, and they choose to adopt an urban, minimalist interior design concept in all U-Tea outlets to provide a modern, simple and cosy environment their customers can relax in.

Chef Billy

In U-Tea Senadin, there were few delicious menu introduced, including “Grilled Chicken Burger”, “Mushroom Burger”, “XO Prawn Paste Pasta”, “Grilled Chicken Chop” & “Breaded Chicken Chop” that promises satisfaction to each of their customers.

Therefore, visit your nearest U-Tea branch today to try it for yourself.

p.s. Thank you very much to U-Tea Senadin Branch Manager, Mdm Yap Fui Chen & Chef Billy for the delicious foods throughout the shooting. 

Mdm Fui Chen & her husband, Lai SP.

Model: Amelda, Annette, Erica & Jasmine. 

PHOTOSHOOT AT U-TEA

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius (Del)

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Lessons From Sean

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! Today I’d like to share about few key lessons related to photography that I have learned during my first meeting with Sean at Miri, which I hope will inspire you to learn more about the art of photography.

Introduction

Andersen Lani or better known as Sean, 34 years old, is a teacher & a part-time photographer. He discovered his passion for photography in 2016 and now it’s almost 6 years in his photography journey.
He started attending few wedding & portrait photography workshops in 2018 & 2019, getting serious about it and started entering International competitions since 2019. He has won various awards that he is really proud of, but for him, it’s just the beginning.

For him, the only way to do great work is to love what you do, because learning is a journey, not a destination.

Previously he was based in Kuching, Sarawak. But now, he is based at SK Long Teran, Marudi. Because of this, it is easier for his fellow Miri friends to do outing with him, something that I personally look forward to.

Below is his Instagram page as well as his award-winning photos.

Sean’s Instagram
Few of his recent artwork

Lessons from Sean

From my chat with him as well as Denz Harper, I have learned a number of important things from him, particularly those that I would need to improve myself in photography.

Lesson 1: Be Humble

One thing that I notice when I first met him is that he is a very humble person. Even though he is an multi-award-winning photographer, I never heard about him brag about his achievements. This makes someone who just knew him felt at ease with him and not feeling spaced-out.

By being humble also, it is easier for others to like you and have a meaningful conversation with you. This allows for a good transfer of idea, resulting in a pleasant interaction.

If you are humble too, it is easy for others to teach you as well. Being someone new in proper photography, I always try to put this at the back of my mind and stay humble all the time.

Lesson 2: Master The Fundamentals

Looking at Sean’s artwork, it is easy to think that he uses a very high-end gear. But, it is not entirely the case. What I learned from him, if you master your photography fundamentals, you can use any gears to create an equally-flattering image.

Fundamentals here in simple word, your ability to discern a good photo from the bad. Basically, your ability to “see”. But to achieve that, there is a lot of things that you need to learn, including the basics; shutter speed, ISO, focal length effect, composition etc.

Gears come and gone, but fundamentals stay. Master the fundamentals, you can use any gears to create a beautiful image. Using PhaseONE or Hasselblad camera doesn’t automatically make you a Sails Chong. Using Broncolor doesn’t make you a Karl Taylor either.

There is a lot of things that you can do in the post-processing as well, which bring to the next topic.

Lesson 3: Invest In Your Photography Skills

You can always Google-up the lessons, watch YouTube videos, read blogs, reviews etc. But if you really want to learn about photography, invest some of your hard-earned cash to attend a proper workshop, just like the one organised by Sean or others, including Pore Ooi or even Anthony Barlan. These are the proven, award-winning photographers, tested & acknowledged by other Masters.

If money no object, you can even attend the course organised by Sails Chong & CM Leung; or even Karl Taylor. But you will be the one who decides which one is suits your needs.

For me, those who is not well-versed in Photoshop, I better spend my time learning about Photoshop. Why? Refer to the next point.

Lesson 4: Don’t Compare Yourself To Others

Every one of us walks a different journey, starting from a different starting point, undergoing our journey at a different pace. Some goes offshore, some goes to the rural areas, some work with paints while some deals with COVID-19 on daily basis.

But if you are really passionate about improvement, you only focus on your own progress.

Yes, there are some peoples who is making a great progress in a short period of time, but do they live a same life with you? I don’t think so.

We also value things differently.

What’s more important here is don’t compare yourself to others. Learn at your own pace. Nothing to rush. Photography is fun.

Lesson 5: Make Friends With Likeminded Peoples

Lastly, wherever you go, make friends with likeminded peoples, especially those who is master at that particular field that you want to study. A smart person will surrounds himself with someone who is much smarter than he is so that he can learn. But a dumb one will do the opposite, and he will go down a downward spiral, regressing.

So,, in order to progress, pick the right peoples as your friends.

If you want to do outing, make friends with the peoples who want to do outing & passionate about improving your photography. That way, you will accelerate your photography.

Epilogue

I hope these lessons inspires you to keep on improving your skills in photography, no matter where you are & whatever you do. Just remember, keep on grinding.

Your Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

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Seahorse Boys & Mystic Gems Scout Outing

Tabi basa & greetings everyone! For today’s blog post, I’d like to feature the recent outing that Seahorse Boys had with Mystic Gems Scout Outing, led by Norbert Sirai at Miri, at spacious area somewhere near Parkcity Everly Hotel.

Front Row: Mira, Nana, Ros, Norbert, Boone & Sulaiman
Back Row: Clayri, Steve & Om Jay. Note: Rapheal left earlier.
Pre-Job Discussion / Toolbox Talk & Ice-breaking Session with Mystic Gems Scout. That’s me, still sporting red hair.

From Seahorse Boys, those that joined were Clayri, Om Jay, Rapheal Lutta, Steve Maggie & myself. From the MGS-side, we are joined by Norbert Sirai, Mira, Sulaiman, Rosita, Nana & Boone.

Clayri in action
Free Syle
Another Free Style
Break into couples.

CONTEMPORARY COSTUMES

Based on the words of Mystic Gems Scout, the costumes that was being used for this photoshoot is considered contemporary, inspired by Sarawakian costumes, and it has no intention whatsoever to disrespect anyone or any culture whatsoever.

If there is any offences, it is purely unintentional.

Also, these costumes

ENTER RICOH GR III

Ricoh GR III (28mm FF equivalent) & GR IIIx (40mm FF equivalent)

Usually, for my photoshoot, I will bring my DSLR because I don’t want to compromise on the image quality. However, for this photoshoot, since there is a request from Steve, asking me to bring my GR III, I decided to use my GR IIIs. instead for this photoshoot.

For close-up / portrait works, I used the 40mm GR IIIx and for wider-angled shots, i use GR III (28mm field-of-view equivalent). Both of these cameras were shot in RAW+, where it includes the JPEG files as well.

The images created by these GR III are superb, and its RAW files pack a punch. However, I tweak the final colour according to my taste, temperature and skin tones. I didn’t adjust the bokeh artifically using Photoshop as it takes a lot of time to go through the files one by one.

I just did the final adjustment using Capture One software because I like how it renders color.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GR III & MY GO-TO DSLR

Being so used to a camera where I can adjust everything without referring to the LCD screen, using GR III is another refreshing experience for me. The thing that I like most is the size, because I don’t have to lug my heavy gear, for now.

There are some compromises, but after using GR III for a while, it gets interesting. I start to appreciate its ease of use, though for more serious works, I will still use my DSLR.

Catch Me If You Can
Photo by Jay. Me trying to do panning.

GOOD BYE EASY-BOKEH

Being used to manual lenses that I can just twist to get a desired bokeh, for this one, I need to get very close to get a desired bokeh from my subjects. I can live without bokeh, no problem. By using this pocket-camera, it forces me to rely on the fundamentals, including lighting placement, leading line, composition and most importantly, the expression of the subject to create a flattering image.

After a bit of tweaking and contemplating over the images, here’s the final result.

THE FINAL RESULT

NORBERT & ROS

NORBERT SIRAI

ROS

NANA

SULAIMAN

BOONE

MIRA

OTHER SEAHORSE BOYS IMAGES

STEVE M MAGGIE

Steve likes to play with tones, which is obvious in his artwork below.

May be a closeup of 1 person
May be a closeup of 1 person and standingMay be a closeup of 1 person

CLAYRI

Clay is enjoying the session. More images will be coming soon.

May be an image of 1 person and outdoors

JAY POTRET – RAJA BOKEH

From what you can see, Jay is a huge fan of bokeh. You can see the effect of this beautiful medium-tele lens and its pleasing bokeh. It also created a flattering face-form for Nana.

May be an image of 1 person and outdoors
May be an image of 1 person and outdoors

LEARNINGS FROM USING RICOH GR III

Lesson 1: Reinforcing Photography Fundamentals

First and foremost, by using this camera, I helps me to reconnect back with the roots of photography that I have always passionate about. It forces me to think more, act more and experiment more because the high-end camera ends up pampering me too much that if I have a poor background, I just blow it all out using bokeh. Simple, right? But it doesn’t help me with mastering the fundamentals.

I should use it more often.

Lesson 2: Testing Colour Grading Skills

In terms of post-processing, there are a number of colour correction that I need to do because the final image is too reddish for my taste, but it’s no doubt still a good colour, and I will still choose GR III over other APS-C models. This is a matter of personal choice. Yours might be different, so let’s agree on this.

Lesson 3: Ricoh GR III Is A Good Alternative For Event Cameras

If you don’t need to emphasise on the portrait, but rather focus only on the moments, then Ricoh GR III is a good camera that you can use. All you need is a couple of extra battery because one of the known issue with GR III is its small battery capacity. Two should be sufficient.

In terms of ease of use, it is definitely good one for me. It is superlight (relative to my DSLR), and I can even pocket it easily without anyone noticing. You can be a stealth cameraman for the event.

With its matte-black finish, it is a design that I like. No wonder it is called Street Photography King (Sorry M & Q).

BONUS TOPIC: DON’T UNDERVALUE YOURSELF

Be proud of yourself and don’t let others disrespect you. Have courage to walk away if you feel you are being disrespected.

If there is something that I really appreciate, it is respecting one-self. If you don’t respect yourself, how do you expect others to respect you? For example; you know already that you have issue with alcohol & money, but you keep on doing it because it “feels good”. In the end, you’ll be having health issue & broke. Worse, you have the balls to blame others. That person definitely don’t command respect from anyone.

Same goes to photographers. A lot of peoples are aspiring to make a living out of their photography art. But when it comes to getting a paid job, that’s where their delaying gratification is being put to the test. Would you like to live with a small paid job from now until today? Or would you like to learn about photography fundamentals for the next 5-10 years, so that you can command a higher price the next decade?

Who doesn’t want an instant cash? But there is a limit to this. As a start, if that particular job is less than RM500 per hour or RM1500 per job, I won’t accept it because my time, energy and attention worth more than that. The struggle comes after shooting, where I need to do a lot to ensure the images created is worth their money.

When I first started this journey, people paid me RM300 for a day to day. When I think back about it, it is such a small pay, but it teaches me a lot of lesson; especially about knowing your worth and how to value yourself.

I want to deliver the best to those who appreciates my art, but if they don’t appreciate it as much and not willing to invest, then they are most welcomed to look for another photographer.

EPILOGUE

For me, the session has been a wonderful one. It is fun to meet and have a photoshoot with new peoples. Thank you to Norbert Sirai for his kindness, Mystic Gems Scout team for the wardrobe, Man, Nana, Mira, Ros & Boone for becoming our models and you, for reading this until the end.

Stay safe & take care!

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Saturday Outing: Miri Marina Street

Tabi basa and greetings everybody! I hope all of are healthy and had a good weekend with your family and friends. Even if you are alone, I hope you took that opportunity to improve your craft or whatever skill you wish to be good at. Silence is golden, and solitude is necessary for growth, just like a seed, buried in the darkness. 

PHOTOSHOOT AT JLN MARINA, MIRI

For today’s post, I would like to share the activities that I had with fellow Miri photographers at Jalan Marina, Miri, not far from Miri Time Square.

Behind The Scene

Look at this lovely leading line.

The theme for today was actually lady in red, but since Kat is appropriately-dressed, we took her in for photoshoot too. Besides, she was also one of the regular faces for photoshoot by our fellow photographer circle in Miri. 
For this photoshoot, the goal was to learn more about lighting placement, because that is one area that I wish to be better at. Due to work commitment, I rejected a number of jobs, especially those nearing Christmas and New Year as I will be on duty. However, as and when I have the opportunity, I will join Denz Harper and the other boys; Jay Potret, Steve M, Raf & Clayri (first time meeting these two) for photoshoot. This would be the last for 2021 with them though and I’ll join them again next year. 

Denz “Happy” Harper & Elisha

The talents for our photoshoot was Viviana Uring, Elisha & Katheria (Prudential insurance agent, can look for her. She’s very helpful).   As usual, we took turns to do photoshoot with these talents. Basically we just shoot until we think we have all the shots and then move on to the next talent. 

GROUP PHOTOSHOOT


Group photoshoot is something that I only do twice ever since I took-up photography. It is primarily due to bad past experiences, which makes me prefer to go and do photoshoot on my own. 

How to play with light and shadows are the fundamentals. There is a lot of other aspects too, with gear being the last. Gears are supposed to make our life easier, not the other way round. In fact, you don’t need to break the bank to be really good. 

A good photographer can create a beautiful image from any gear.

As for myself, if the outcome is not great enough, it is because of my lack of skill, not because of the gear. That’s why I am pretty excited and look forward to the upcoming workshop with Sean as discussed with Denz, and hopefully it is in Miri. 

From group photoshoot also, we also learn how to appreciate that each photographer has their own ways of editing. There is nothing to quarrel about. Only when they seek for our opinions, then we offer ours.

THE FINAL RESULT:

These are the images that I favour from the rest of the pictures. Feel free to have a look.

VIVIANA

Elisha

Katheria

Note: her photoshoot is not planned, so that’s why she not wearing red.

RAW/DNG OR JPEG?

I only shoot DNG (RAW) because I would like to have the ability to fully optimise whatever images that I have created, let’s say I wish to edit it differently later in the future. This is the thing that I have discussed with Denz, Clay and Jay over our coffee talk yesterday.

Denz and the rest are mainly Photoshop users. Before this, I tried using Photoshop. But it is a steep learning curve for me. Then I used Lightroom until I discovered Capture One. Now, I am using Capture One for all of my editing, though I still keep Photoshop standby if I need some heavy lifting. Like what Denz always say, try to master one software first before moving onto the next.

EPILOGUE

It was such a fun evening with these peoples. I look forward to do another photoshoot with them again in the future. Don’t forget to follow me at my social media here: linktr.ee/claudiusweson.

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Tukang Rantek,
Claudius

Saturday Afternoon at Tennis Court

Tabi basa and greeting everybody! Finally it’s Sunday and there is only one day left for my first ever Citra Kenyalang Performance competition which is being held online at my Facebook page Tukang Rantek.

For today’s story, I’d like to write about my exprience doing photoshoot at a tennis court with fellow Miri photographers: Denzel “Denz”, Steve Maggie & Mas Jay.

Our talents for yesterday’s session was Katheria & Steph. On our way to Miri Tennis Complex, Kat left her racket. As we get near to the court, Denz told us that he forgot to bring the balls. So, we have to bought two new sets of balls at Servay near Grand Palace.

This is where do our photoshoot (top middle)

This is actually the first time I meet those three in person: Jay, Denz and Steph. But we did our photoshoot as if we have known each other for a very long time. I am also the type of person who don’t approve random FB friends request unless I have met requestor in person (with few exceptions).

For our photoshoot, there was no system in place. We just shoot at random at first. Since there is only two talents and four photographers, we did our session by doing it per talents. I started off with Kat because the other boys seems to be more interested in Steph (tok nok ditangga ku ja), where Kat was left to her own devices.

Kat seems to be insecure with her own tummy, but I hope she takes it as a motivation to maintain her fitness level.

After a while, finally I managed to get my turn to photograph Steph. She seems to be serious, but she’s actually a friendly person and easy to work with. She demonstrates her familiarity with photography sessions and it makes my life easier. She’s also an anime lover, including Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack On Titan (still waiting for the final season, part 2 where Erehh became the bad guy. Duh)

Sometimes, even as a photographer, I also need to give few instructions to the talents in order for them to be able to help me with my requirements.

Finally, after 1.5 hours of photoshoot, the session came to an end. So, here is the pic that we took before we departs.

May be an image of 4 people, people standing, outdoors and text that says 'LUOFU m. SHOT ON BLACK SHARK 2 AI DUAL CAMERA H'
Picture courtesy of Denz Harper.

Final Result

Kat

Steph

Epilogue

For this photoshoot, I used a single-OCF (off-camera flash) where it is adequate, considering I am not assisted by anyone. It is also sufficient to fill most of the shadows generated by November sun. For me, having photoshoot with like-minded friends is important to strengthen bond as well as to have fun in the weekend.

Perhaps I should write more about my boudoir in this blog. Anyway, have a good weekend everyone!

Tukang Rantek,
CW

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Story of Perscilla: Pru-Tecting Lives

Tabi basa & greetings! Today I’d like to share about Perscilla, a Melanau – Iban lady but was raised and resides in Miri. Her father is a Melanau, while her mother is an Iban. In this post, she wore Melanau traditional costume consisting of black satin blouse, yellow-red songkey sarong and red embroidered chest decoration with string pendant.

Perscilla graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Malaysia, Sarawak (UNIMAS). She worked three jobs prior joining Prudential as a full-time insurance agent because she wants to know and explore more on insurance business.

According to her, she wants to join insurance business because she wants to give an awareness to herself, family and relatives about the importance of insurance and what it can provide in case something unfortunate happens.
With insurance, she’ll be able to ensure that her circle of family, friends and dearest clients always have the best protection that can guard them financially should death, disability, critical illnesses or accident happens.

Aside from teaching how to save money for emergency or illnesses, insurance also helps to plan further in the future such as planning for children’s educatiom and also planning for their beautiful retirement.

With insurance, her client also will have a peace of mind as they has no need to worry should emergency happens since they have secured their money and planned for their future ahead.
Her journey so far makes her realise that this industry is beautiful as it helps her to connect with a lot of people regardless of their race, cultures, occupations etc. Her clients eventually became her friend and it brings her fulfilment to be able to serve them and subsequently grow successful as an Insurance Agent.

From her also I learned that the insurance agents that forces others to purchase an insurance plan only brings a bad name to the rest of the insurance industry.

I hope that her story inspires you to embrace a new understanding and get yourself protected by getting yourself an insurance plan not only for yourself but for your family.

Tukang Rantek,

Claudius

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Claudius is a boudoir & portrait “tukang rantek” based in Miri.

Tukang Rantek means photographer in Bidayuh.

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A Rose Among The Thorns: Offshore Lady’s Story

Dayang Syafiqah at Dayang Opal

Tabi basa & greetings! Today I’d like to share a story about Dyg Syafiqah Atiqah bt Abg Suhaili from Miri, Sarawak. This 32 y.o. lady has been working offshore since 2018 starting with Chemical Skid (Service Engineer & Project Engineer), followed by Transfame Sdn Bhd and now Sapura Energy Berhad, both as Field Engineer, though has been involved with #oilgasindustry since 2015, a challenging year for many.

She was blessed with career options in her hometown of Miri. However, it is not as easy as people think and it has taught a lot of lessons. For her, mental strength is the most important thing because she spent months working on a project jn the middle of the sea, surrounded by men. “Safety First” is her paramount slogan because she is working around the flammable materials under great pressure and treading a thin line between life & death. One wrong move & that’s the end. So, everyone looks after one another.

Weather is also a great challenge, especially when residing in a workboat or barge & it is bad weather outside. Seasick will accompany quite often too, especially during her early days. While working there as well, telecommunication is also another hassle that she has to face because it is limited and totally dependent on the connectivity strength provided by vessel or platform. Worstcase, just assume it is offshore life in pre-wifi days back in the 90s.

She hoped that from her sharing, people will realise that working offshore is not easy as people might think and to empower other women, especially young ladies to embrace the challenge. Though she is a lady, she has no problem because she is surrounded by professional men & those who accepts her as part of the great team. All the best to your great career ahead, Pika! Kitak tok nang antap. 😄👍🏻

Tukang Rantek,

Claudius

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Sarawak Beauty: Indu Dara Iban Kapit (Veron)

Tabi basa & greeting everybody! Today I’d like to share about Veron, or Umang, her nickname among her family members. We had a photoshoot last week, and during that photoshoot, I interviewed her so that she can rekindle her life’s ambition and from her story, she can inspire other peoples that no matter where you are from, you can achieve success.

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Offshore Christmas 2020 (ft. Pikachu, T-Rex & Black Panther)

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Tabi basa balarantek! Today is Sunday. I hope you and your family remains tough to brave the upcoming COVID-19 days because things are not going to be easier for us. However, with your perseverance, you will be able to fight and survive this pandemic that is plaguing the whole world. 

Christmas Away From Home

This year is a challenging year indeed. COVID-19 brings a never-before-seen challenges to us, forcing us to be separate. Last year’s Christmas celebration is also not as grand as it was before, though in its essence it is still unchanged, for Christmas is for us to celebrate the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ.For Christians, Christmas is also the time of family gathering, near and far.

However, for some of us who works – be on duty guarding border, or even working offshore, they won’t be home for Christmas this year. It is a challenge indeed, especially when you have a family or a group of close friends that you always celebrate Christmas with, or the special person that expects to be with you on this blessed day. The emotional and mental burden is difficult to swallow, but they have to endure because duty calls and want to make a living and provide for the family. It’s not that they wante, but due to certain constrait such as manpower limitation, or has to cover for someome else forces them to do work even on public holiday, away from family.

Hearing wishes of Merry Christmas from friends regardless of their religion and race helps to lessen the unspoken & unexpressed sadness to be away on this day.

At offshore, there is always a Christmas gathering at a mini scale just to have that enjoyment offshore while being away from family. For this last Christmas by Shell at E11, there is something special prepared.

Enter: Pikachu, T-Rex & Black Panther

Malino, our enthusiastic OLC brought two costumes to offshore, T-Rex in green and Pikachu and was worn by Achong and Azman respectively. For Black Panther, Shahrul used his own resources to buy Black Panther’s costume. We began by parading the costume at OIM’s office, to mess room and finally to the helideck. There, we had our own mini photoshoot with these peoples.

Green Sea

Sea was green after the storm hits. Probably it is because of the sea floor movements. This is the first time I saw such green sea. I don’t think that there were any other occurrences like that before. We were lucky that these green sea happens, and we have a unique, one-of-a-kind background.

Photography Note

For this project, I am using Leica M10-P and Leica Summilux 35 FLE. For me, 35mm is a versatile lens that you can use for event photography if you can only bring one lens and one camera, especially in this offshore environment as weight reduction is a must when you want to travel via chopper. I have been using Leica for about 5 years now, and so far Leica M has been my favourite type of photography instrument.

Closing Remark

The memories made at E11 will be remembered until eternity. The moment most of us go there again, it won’t be the same because the environment is different. However, I am looking forward to see my friends there again. Meanwhile, stay safe and take care wherever you are.

The Crews

Tukang Rantek,
Claudius


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Frontliner’s Love Story

Tabi basa and greeting, Tukang Rantek family.

Today I would like to write about our frontliner’s love story – Dr Gilbert and his wife, Dr Sonia, who both are part of the bigger group under Ministry of Health, where both of them are serving at Miri. Despite their busy schedule, they still find time to immortalise their love story in the form of pictures. Both of them came from Kpg Sungi Duuh, Siburan, just right beside my father’s village of Kpg Masaan. Their love story started long time ago at Sungi Duuh, and Molly Christopher, Gilbert’s neighour & cousin, is partly the mastermind behind it. The details are not permitted to be disclosed, but suffice to say, it is another reason why Gilbert is motivated to pursue excellence until both received their doctor-ship. Being Eastern peoples, Bidayuh peoples are not generally expressive, especially when it comes to love. I can see that in my father, where it took considerable effort to hold my mother’s hand in public. Gilbert and Sonia is no exception, but they are very supporting in expressing their love towards one another before the lens. No matter how busy you are, if you love one another, you can make time for one another and to express your love to them. Love is a choice – where you override logic and rationale, where you choose to stay with your loved one, in good times and the bad, in joy and sorrow and only death can part the two of you. May God bless Dr Gilbert and Dr Sonia.

Tabi basa dan selamat sejahtera, keluarga Tukang Rantek!

Pada hari ini, saya ingin menulis berkenaan cinta “frontiner”, iaitu berkenaan Dr Gilbert dan isteri beliau, Dr Sonia, yang mana keduanya adalah merupakan ahli Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia yang berkhidmat di Miri. Disebalik kesibukan mereka, mereka masih lagi mencari masa untuk mengabadikan kenangan bersama di dalam bentuk gambar. Kedua mereka berasal dari Kampung Sungi Duuh, Siburan, yang bersebelahan dengan kampung bapa saya, Kpg Masaan. Cinta mereka bermula sejak lama dahulu di Sungi Duuh dan Molly Christopher mempunyai kaitan dengan cinta mereka. Informasi selanjutnya tidak boleh dikongsikan di sini, namun memadai untuk saya berkata, Sonia merupakan antara pemangkin kecemerlangan beliau sehingga kedua-dua mereka berjaya bergelar seorang doktor. Sepertimana orang Timur yang lainnya, orang Bidayuh juga tidak begitu lantang untuk menyuarakan isi hati, terutama sekali berkenaan hal cinta. Ini boleh dilihat melalui bapa saya, yang mana ia memerlukan kuasa yang luar biasa bagi beliau untuk memegang tangan ibu saya di tempat awam. Gilbert dan Sonia pun tidak terkecuali, namun mereka sungguh bersemangat untuk meluahkan rasa cinta mereka di dalam bentuk „posing“ di hadapan kamera. Sesibuk manapun anda, jika anda cinta satu sama lain, anda akan mencari masa untuk diluangkan bersama yang tersayang. Cinta adalah pilihan, di mana anda melangkaui batas logika dan rasional, dimana kamu memilih untuk bersama yang tersayang di dalam kesusahan dan kesenangan, baik kaya mahupun miskin dan hanya maut memisahkan anda dan orang yang anda sayangi. Semoga Tuhan merahmati Dr Gilbert dan Dr Sonia.

“Immortalising Memories!”/”Mengabadikan Kenangan!“  

Tukang Rantek,

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“Tukang Rantek” Claudius is a Portrait, Wedding & Event Photographer based in Miri, with a passion for writing.

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