Journey of a Malaysian Wedding Photographer:
Continue from Day Two, of Treasure of The Rainforest Photography Challenge and Conference after we have our breakfast in Hilton Batang Ai, here come our exciting journey of the day.. 1.5 hours long boat ride to longhouse…….I applied sunblock and get all my gears wrapped with platic bag. When I on board, (this is my first time go on longboat ride, i can feel the boat shaking and the water level is so close to me!!!) 5 mins ride from the resort, it seems so refreshing and so quiet in the middle of the lake..some of the longboat with native passing by and wave at us when we pointed our camera towards them.. I look at the cloudy sky and start worrying about my gears now….On board, we have Saiful Nang, Edwin Lay and Alvin Jong…since this is another long journey, they start taking self-portrait photos again hahhah.. I told Edwin Lay since he know how to swim and operate a longboat before, if anything happen, save my gears first!!!
When we reach longhouse, there were a few kids swimming in the river, and attracting most of us over for some fun shooting.. best part is , at that moment, I heard some noise from the other side of the longhouse. When I walk over, I saw a pig which like to show off!!! hahaha, whenever we point the camera over, the pig will stick out the nose for nice posing oo, not believe,… see how Edwin Lay trying below:
Once everyone were there, we enter into the longhouse and were welcome by the chief with rice wine and traditional dance. Portrait session with native took us around 45mins before we heading to another exciting journey- WATERFALL…
2nd part of the journey, we went against the water current, further up to the waterfall area. Due to dry season for the past few weeks, the water level is so low that majority of the journey required participants off the boat and walk pass the river for a small distance before we continue the journey. Luckily, our boatmen only ask us to come down for twice.. the rest of the journey, I saw other boatmen fell into the river, the stick stuck at the river side and etc.. Alvin told me, his friend met an accident few months back during the longboat ride with the boat overturn and two camera bags flush away during that time.. in fact, i felt very uncomfortable and guilty while seeing the boatmen (at least 60 years old) pushing the boat while I am sitting on the boat…..The tough journey took us another one hour from longhouse to waterfall area.
After the waterfall shooting where Jimin enjoy his swimm, we took our yummy yummy lunch at the river side…
On the way back to resort with direct sunlight was killing me!! i felt asleep few times in the boat itself.. lol…
The program continue after my hot bath in the resort with pretty model- April !! look at those cameras!!! after a few shoots, i decide to shoot the other way around on all participants hahahaha
That night after dinner, we continue the workshop with all masters of photography
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