Last roll — Remembering the first and last one.

A beautiful symphony of red could be seen — signally the arrival of autumn and with it, all its glory. I felt the sun’s ray cast it warm glow, it felt wonderful even as the cold wind blew against my face. Its warmth filling my heart with such joy. The sky was finally clear after 2 days of gloomy weather — Today was special.

It was November in Kyoto, Japan.

It was special for other reasons too, not only was it the first break in poor weather, today would be the end of a story of mine. One that started many years ago, with pains and anguished but ultimately rewarded with joy and satisfaction. Tried as I may, there would be nothing stopping  today — both good and bad.

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Tips to visiting Nairobi, Kenya.

I know this article is rather late and perhaps even outdated considering the situation in Kenya but keep in mind the hotspots at the moment are in the coastal towns and villages of Kenya. That being said, Nairobi can still be a scary place even in peaceful times especially when one is not familiar with the tricks and ways of the city.

I’m not sure how many of you may actually want to visit Kenya or Africa, unless it’s solely for a Safari in which case all bets are off, but I do know when I first got the assignment I was terribly scared unlike my co-worker. Though now when I think back, I am glad I did go as it showed me a greater world than I ever knew. Plus it offered some terrific photographic opportunities and helped to enlighten on what I should really focus on in life.

So let’s begin, the real point of today’s article a simple let helpful list of “tips”  while in Nairobi, Kenya.

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And I’m back~~!

Actually I’ve been back since Sunday morning but hadn’t had the time to blog until this morning. The minute I got back to work this Monday, I was immediately swamped with crap from all over the world. Obviously these brainless twits either don’t read emails or are complete imbecile. The idea of them not reading email is scarier though as it would means they don’t care what they are told instead of not being able to understand at all.

I haven’t uploaded my pics yet because

  1. I haven’t had them developed (they are all slides). I did try to get them developed in Japan but they now run on some batch processing schedule system and would have only been done by the 9th. Long after I have returned to Malaysia, so now I have to use plan B. More about that once it’s done
  2. As for the digital shots, I shot using RAW + JPEG on my Nikon D600 but when I tried to load the RAW files into lightroom 3, it didn’t recognized the files. A search on google revealed that Adobe is not be supporting lightroom 3 anymore now that they have lightroom 4 as a result, the Nikon D600 RAW format support was not added into lightroom 3 which came out late last year. Although they do offer some level of support using their Adobe DNG converter that converts any RAW into DNG instead. Thus allowing  any photo management software to read and manipulate the file.

I still haven’t looked through the converter yet as I’m thinking on whether or not to plonk down the money and just get lightroom 4 but the hassle of upgrading is actually harder than upgrading windows as it seems Adobe graduated at the top of the class (with Microsoft at the sametime) for “How to make it as hard for customer using your product” school of thought.

But enough about that, how was the operation to Japan this time? It was damn swell! Got to try out Christmas and New year in Japan! And the anime events! More about those later once I get the converter up and running.

Mistakes and lessons while traveling

I try and always be a person that is prepared by planning for a lot of possibilities especially when going to a foreign country. I brought a wireless router to share out the Internet because the apartments I always stayed in only has cable modem. I brought proper winter clothing. I brought medication for any sickness. I even brought the camera connection kit for my iPad so I could upload my photos from my D700 online just as I did for Singapore back in November. But did you know what I forget to bring when I was unpacking?