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Getting serious …

Promo Photo Studio-2

Taking up a new challenge out of my comfort zone

I have been putting this off for almost a year. If I want to improve my photography skill then I need to be serious about my paid job too. So, I started buying my studio equipment slowly since last year, bought my studio lights last few months (coz I couldn’t decide which one suit my pocket and my style).

I want to master studio light and take awesome B&W portraits. And, I kept on justifying all the ringgit out from my pocket for this purpose … to master light and shadow under a controlled environment and I need to have all these equipment. Dang!!

Got my favorite dark grey ash backdrop fixed and I start taking photos of my most best-loved subject … baby!.  Yes. I am all geared up for my next learning experience. Learning by doing. My studio blog is up and running at kameramatsuda.blogspot.com (jom follow),  my facebook page is done (jom follow), my spirit is highly motivated for this (am having bad flu right now) and let’s do this Matsuda.

Mastering a new skill.

If you are interested to have me capture your intimate beautiful moments with your baby, children or the whole family, please feel free to get in touch me via email at salliza.salleh@gmail.com or Facebook or Instagram.

Cheers

MM


Light Painting with Fire

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Lake Gardens Taiping, Perak at wee hours

I was with my three (3) other travel companions last weekend playing with lights at Taiping, Perak. A short weekend outing to start off our new travel team (we called us the #gengbajetravel). We planned to travel together since God knows … very long time ago …  but it always canceled at the very last minute. Excuses after excuses …

Then, we decided to make it happened, by hook or by crook. The weather forecast said that it’ll be raining the whole weekend … oh boy! there goes our plan for sunset, sunrise and Milkyway. We had our backup plan though … if everything failed then we’ll experimenting steel wool photography instead.

We were at Lake Garden Taiping, Perak, Malaysia as early as 4 a.m, praying for a clear sky to shoot Milkyway …but the sky was too cloudy.  It was not possible so we headed straight to Plan B, light painting with burning steel wool. I was excited to try something new …

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The making of Dorayaki

It was fun, experimenting new technique with good companions while listening to the frogs’ orchestra performing live background music. Always … always … always surrounded with good people, am I blessed or am I blessed, alhamdullilah.

The four of us are super crazy. Well, crazy in a good way lol… crazy seeking for something new to uplift our skill. We are very competitive towards each other but our sense of humanity are still strongly intact. I adore friend like that.

People said that your friends are the reflection of you and if that is the case, well … I want to be my friend :-p  <— perasan kan?

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The Cinderella carriage

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Rain on fire

Steel wool photography is not as hard as I thought it would be. It’s easy to learn. I love the dramatic and artistic effect too and I am officially curious to explore more on this.

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Circle of fire

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My sunrise landscape

I set my camera on manual mode, the speed at 10-15″ and ISO at 250 to 400 accordingly (for those who are curious about the camera setting). Trying to incorporate “ring of fire” onto my landscape in future … just to feed my curiosity on how my landscape image would look like with this additional art.

 

Gotta go! Cheerios …

MM

 

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It’s better to know how to learn than to know ~ Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Same Old Same Old

 

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Class 6 of Sri Pintar Subang Jaya for the year of 2016

I always reserved a day of my time in October and a day in November each year for a group of children from Sri Pintar Subang Jaya school’s class photo and their convocation day.

It was a nice feeling of seeing the same group of children growing a year older each year.

The ‘same old same old’ moment with a reality that life moves on regardless of how sweet or bitter the ‘same old same old moment’ was at that particular time.

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Children of SRIP Subang Jaya 

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Children of SRIP Subang Jaya 

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A little angel sitting beside me during the event

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Another little angel trying to steal my attention

The idea of death being interlinked with photography caught my attention too. Most of us viewed photography as a method of freezing or capturing a moment in life but few of us regarded photography as the death of a moment.

The death of a moment captured and instilled into a photograph.

I am now … recuperating from hmmm whatever that bothering my life, here at my mom’s home. Sleeping … eating and enjoying the rain before going back to my nest again soon.

Bye

Cheers

MM

 

 

 


Photo Exhibition with Yaman Ibrahim

 

A Hamar tribe of Ethiopia, Africa ~ photo credit to hana

Me and my ‘A Hamar tribe of Ethiopia’ photo ~ photo credit to hana_mujahidah

There is always a first time to everything … and, this is my first time joining a photo exhibition.

It is an honor to be selected as one of Yaman Ibrahim & his Mutual Friends #Kolektif 1  photo contributor.  Yaman Ibrahim is a very talented and famous photographer here in Malaysia. A simple, humble and down-to-earth artist that I find easy to work with. 28 photographers (from Malaysia and Brunei) exhibited 78 pieces of travel photograph around the world during the exhibition period. Do come and have a look at our photos on display at MaTIC Kuala Lumpur. Admission is free.

Detail information about the photography exhibition:

  • Event: Yaman Ibrahim & his Mutual Friends #Kolektif 1
  • Location: Matic Art Gallery, MaTIC Malaysia Tourist Center, Kuala Lumpur
  • Date: 3rd September 2015 to 30th September 2015

Honestly, I felt weird seeing my own photos on display and a bit awkward when people start to ask questions. Reason being … when I shoot my photos I was totally in my selfish mode. I love the moment and I wanted to capture and keep the moment to myself. I want to look at my photos and be reminded of the feelings that I had while capturing those moments. And this is totally new to me …well, there is always a first time to anything, right?

But, seeing it being printed and hang-up on the wall triggered an excitement in me. I want to have more and more of my photos printed out on beautiful papers for my personal keeping or maybe once a while I want to share it with public through photo art galleries. I want to be an artistic photographer … a fine-art photographer maybe. Hmm what a dream huh?

And, these are my photos exhibited during the photo exhibition.

I learned a lot from this experience and I need to reassess my photography direction … again and again. So much to learn, so little time.

Ok. I gotta go now. Need to pack my gears (and my crazy COURAGE)  for my next adventure 😛 ,  a cross-country (xc) expedition via paramotor ride from Tok Bali, Kuala Besut, Terengganu to Batu Buruk beach, Kuala Terengganu. It is going to be a long ride … will update the outcome here for sure. Bye now ….

 

Cheers

MM

p/s Credit: The IG photo of me and my ‘A Hamar tribe of Ethiopia’ photo is from hana_mujahidah Instagram account

 


The Color of Truth

 

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Bracelets from assorted color of pearls

What is the color of truth? Is it black or is it white?

Personally I think the color of truth is just gray. What matters … almost always … is the intention of our heart. What is honestly lies inside our heart that counts. My advice to my dear friend (you might know who you are) … your life is so noisy that you lost track of your own intention.

But … well … I might be right and I might be wrong too. A true long-lasting friendship is about accepting your friend on his/ her face value … it is about accepting him/ her as who they are and not based on your own ‘dreamy or fairy’ imagination … saint like human friend. Errr … excuse my babbling here. I was just having a hard time moving on and leaving behind a soul … that I thought was my friend 😉 . The introvert in me … always causing me trouble keeping up with people around me. Or … maybe he/ she is just not a keeper?

All of this delusional feelings that I have … most probably was due to the after effect of me working with something that I don’t really like lol. I have been playing with black color a lot more than I should this past few weeks. The truth is … black has never been my favorite color. I had enough darkness in my life to play with and I need light and colors to stay insanely alive. I am just glad that it was over now.

I was working with GayaIzzah.com new Minimalist in Me/ Black Abaya collection for the past few weeks. Selecting, choosing, deciding, designing and photo shooting all black dresses for weeks. It gets to my nerved. I felt ‘eaten alive’ by the color … hate it (the emo me kan?). But, being a professional (I shall think so lol) … I tried to focus more on the journey and the moment spent while completing the collection instead of the heart wrecking feelings. After I completed all my ‘dark’ work … I decided to play with my colorful beads … a treat to a “tired” mind and soul he he he.

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Double Strings bracelets from black, dark grey, cream, white and pink pearls

So, I decide to create some bracelets that would match GayaIzzah.com ‘completely’ black abaya. And, pearls look so good if paired with a perfect minimalist black dress. Yeay! for myself as at now … I have 13 strings of bracelets in different shade of pearls. Half of it will be for my own collection … and the rest will be up for sale in GayaIzzah.com.

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My pearl bracelet collection

Alhamdullilah … My heart felt a little lighter today than last week and I am all geared up for my next photography trip to India this weekend. This trip will be my first photography trip in 2015 … uhh I can’t hardly wait. I heard a lot of not so good stories about India especially for a female traveller like me … and I am about to find out and discover the true hidden germ of India …. lol. Wish me luck …

Cheers

MM

 

p/s My quote of the day – I am busy getting STRONGER!

 

 

 


Singing my Heart Out

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My own red coral on cotton strands bracelet

We are moving closer to the end of 2014. The best way to celebrate the end of such an adventurous year is to be with your lovely partners, family and friends … right? And I am blessed with tonnes of love from my family and lovely friends. I will be joining GayaIzzah.com team at @ruangatsubang  SS15 Subang Jaya, organized by @malaysiastreetfest on the 27th December 2014. We will be having our first public appearance there (with the rest of other traders 😛 )… and hopefully it will be the start for more and more public appearance from GayaIzzah.com. Hope to see some of you there too …

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Segregating and checking on my bracelet stocks

Just came back home from my family vacation trip and end of the year is always the busiest as I needed to prepare my children for their 2015 school session. Being a mother is still my top priority job … and because of that little “peter pan” in  me (aka my playful nature) , I always need to be reminded that I have children that will always looking up on me lol.

Someone said that “One has to be an open palm. As soon as it clenches into a fist, the person looses the ability to learn and to enjoy new things. And, that is the onset of old age”. Thanks to my inner little “peter pan”, as at today … I still feel the joy of experiencing and learning new things.

Opps a bit side track here …

So, I promised GayaIzzah.com team for a proper jewelry collection during this year end event … and a promise is a promise (honestly I am so sleepy and tired right now). A good thing about doing something that I am so passionate about is … no matter how tired I am, at any time … when my hand touches my jewelry tools I will get excited again like that energizer bunny.

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Restringing, improvising and redesigning my bracelet stock is in progress. Counting my time … need to finish this before Thursday.

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Reproducing some more of these dreamy butterfly with pearls bracelet. This bracelet is one of my best seller. A bit dreamy kind of bracelet but …. I am a sucker for dreams, fantasy, fairies and elves

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A new bracelet design that I wanted to share with you. Bracelets made from snail shell beads combined with tiny little charms. Yeah … it is from real snail shells 🙂

I really need my power sleep tonight. Being up late for quite a number of nights already … hopefully I could complete both the bracelet stock and the bracelet catalog before Friday. And, I hope to see all of you this Saturday, 27th December 2014 In Sha Allah …

Cheers

MM

p/s my mind is singing Colbie Caillat song … ‘Try’ right now. Beautiful song with good melody and lyrics. Here is her “Try” music video … a soft reminder for myself to reduce buying unnecessary things just to impress others 😉

Get your shopping on,
At the mall,
Max your credit cards
You don’t have to choose,
Buy it all
So they like you. Do they like you?Wait a second,
Why should you care, what they think of you
When you’re all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thingYou don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to bend until you break
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thingYou don’t have to try, try, try, try
You don’t have to try

Whose Treasure Chest Challenge

Part 2 of Whose Treasure Chest Challenge

I had a hectic week and I miss my old house helper (Timah please comeback 😉 ) very much. My life has been in chaos for the pass few months without her and I really need my GATEWAY!! Enough ranting and back to work.

So, I challenged myself to create 10 bracelets out of this treasure box … but … I guess my brain can only produced 9 bracelets and boredom start to burst out from my chest 😉 . And, you can’t force creativity lol and the most important thing is I need to pack my bag for my next trip tomorrow.

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The challenge

Here are the photos of 8 bracelets (photo of the 9th bracelet does not turnout well and I don’t have time to redo the shot) that I created from the box and I still have a lot more beads to work on . There are too many yellow and brown beads in that box … colors that I am struggling to love,  a challenging game indeed. Will update more on my achievement for this box in a few more months …

Cheers,

MM


Whose Treasure Chest is This

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This is not Mine

Part 1: Whose Treasure Chest is This?

This is not my Treasure Chest for sure.  One of my breakfast girlfriend got bored of her crystals (semi-precious stone beads) collection and wanted me to revamp her beads collection into something new and unique just for her. One whole box of all sort of semi-precious stone bracelets in god knows different mix of color and shape. And, it has been sitting there on my working table for the past 2 months.

I need to push myself to start with her collection as soon as possible before I start to get crazy with my camera and my photography trips. Arghh … so many things to do yet I have only 2 hands. This is the time where I wish that I am an octopus … who has 8 hands 😉 . But, I want to be playful with her collection so, I am challenging myself  to at least create 10 new and unique bracelets in 7 days.

Wait for Part 2 of this post as I will upload the photos of the completed bracelets 🙂

Cheers

MM

p/s I wonder how much should I charge you … my girlfriend? *wink*


True Blue …

Sky is the Limit

Sky is the Limit

I have been resting well these few months and I will be traveling on and off again starting this September until the end of the year. Before my mind goes cuckoo while wondering somewhere in Neverland, maybe now is the best time to re-organize and re-check my stock of jewelry findings and beads. At least I would have a clear idea on how and what to get on my next purchase.

Been having too much fun shopping for beads during these few months. Most of the time, my beads selections comes from my subconscious ‘heart’ instead of from my  conscious ‘brain’ . While doing my bead’s “spring cleaning” process, I noted that my beads collections are mainly dominated by BLUE colored beads and … this is not a good sign. Some of the BLUEs need to go. So, as part of my “spring cleaning” effort I am declaring that the color theme for my September  2014 collection will be in the shade of BLUE.

My True Blue jewelry set is now on sale at GayaIzzah.com Facebook page and GayaIzzah.com IG account. It is made of dyed blue agate (natural stone), rhodium plated steel beads, rhodium plated steel pendants, rhodium plated steel toggle/ findings and stringed with wires.

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True Blue necklace

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True Blue bracelet

Set of 7 BLUE bracelets are available for sale too. Please visit GayaIzzah.com Facebook page for detail descriptions of each BLUE bracelets.

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7 BLUE bracelets are on available for sale. The beads are mixtures of natural stones, mini crystals and red corals

 

Cheers,

MM

(I am loving it … )

 

 

 


Color of the beach

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A blissful day at the beach

I love beach. When I am facing fear face to face,  after putting my ultimate hope towards my Almighty Creator to wash off my fear, I played a mental game of peace by imagining myself at the beach.  Laying on the sand while listening to the sound of the waves were like a free therapy to the soul. But … a hyperactive me can only stayed idle for half an hour (the most) and then the explorer ME would start kicking out ;-). What will I do when I am at the beach? Note: click on the picture to view full photos

Hanging around the beach with a camera is so much fun. Apart from shooting the same old sunset and sunrise, shooting moon rising (full moon) is also a cool thing to do.  Watching the moon rising slowly while enjoying the night breeze is priceless. I did that once with my lovely ‘chatty’ daughter, yeah she talked a lot and I could not focus well 🙂 . And, like all the time we ended up doing our cat fight while watching the moon and me kept telling her to keep her voice low and she kept on reminding me that I love my camera more than her arghhh!.

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I hope that I will have another chance to shoot moon rising again. Need proper planning next time

I am thinking of creating a bracelet and a matching necklace that would remind me of the beach. I want to make it a bit dreamy with tangling stones hanging around my pendant. So, a mixture of milky colored agate stones; milky colored shell beads; ‘silverish’ colored pearl seed beads; ‘sand brown’ colored glass seed beads; some metal starfish beads and a big steel pendant to add some drama into it; and wallah! a dreamy necklace 😉 .

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The beads

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The necklace. I wish I have a tall proper stand to fully display my necklace. Been looking for one but nothing catch my eyes yet …

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The bracelet. Generic jewelry display rack sold at most shops looked awkwardly dull to me.  I think they cater more towards mass produced jewelry and not for a hobbyist like me. So, I just used anything that is available around my working area to display my jewelry

I think pearls would look good in this design too. The ‘milky powdered’ color of pearls in different sizes matched with some milky shell beads and peach colored zircon pendant would feel more genuinely ‘beach’. If you want to know detail description of each jewelry piece here please check it out at GayaIzzah.com Facebook page and GayaIzzah.com  IG account or you can just email me directly 😉 . Off ME goooo to the dreamland ….. enjoy yeah …

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This is another set of mix sized pearls, white moonstone, milky colored shell beads, glass seed beads, pear like seed beads, steel beads and a Zircon pendant

 

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The same dreamy necklace design but with different size of pearls, shell beads, white moonstones and peach colored zircon pendant

 

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The matching pearl bracelet

Cheers,

MM


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I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells - Dr Seuss

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I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells - Dr Seuss