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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Market Jetty

This is a jetty that is now located behind the wet market. Anyone can use these jetty. It used to be located at Jesselton Point so it tends to be old but still useable.

If you have your own boat, you can pick up passengers here conveniently. You don't need to join expensive Marinas in order to enjoy a pontoon jetty that has a constant height above the sea level.

It is also very near to the city centre with ample parking spaces at the market or at KK Plaza shopping complex covered car park.

You can hire a small boat(without shade) for RM50 to visit the nearby Gaya Island villages. To go around Gaya Island, they will charge RM100 where you can stop at the excellent Police Beach which is still free for the public.

To go to the Sabah Park Islands, you can hire a bigger long boat with a canvas top for RM150 but there are more choices and more luxurious at Jesselton Point. The pontoon jetty at Jessselton Point is new and larger.

If you want the ultimate in luxury, you can embark from Sutera Harbour Marina.

Kota Kinabalu is now well equipped to allow tourists and residents to enjoy the beauty of its water front safely and conveniently. I notice that these boats are equipped with life jackets. Let us hope that it will be extended to all the Port Towns of Sandakan, Sipitang, Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anjung Senja is No More

Anjung Senja was a Hawker Food Centre at the water front of Kota Kinabalu. It had been dismantled a few months ago but I still have a few panoramic pictures of such a beautiful place that are being processed.

I shall start deleting the pictures in this blog. Instead I shall insert pictures in posts. If you want a bigger picture, just click on the picture in the post. Panoramic pictures will be in the 1920x960 resolution.

Filipina Market

Exposed using Fx520 Ai. Blended using smart blend. Although it is not as good as enfuse in blending exposures, it can eliminate ghosting and does not result in lost resolution in overlapping regions.

I don't need to do cropping except to remove annoying moving cars.

KK Market Panoramic Picture

Merged using smart blend.
Stitched using nona in Hugin.
Points generated using autopano-sift for windows.
Control points inserted using Hugin which later integrate with panotools.

Exposures are manual using Panasonic Fx520, 26mm focal length equivalent. It is better to use AI exposure. In Fx520, AI means that it also adjusts for picture vibration but I notice that it prefers the largest aperture(i.e. the lowest aperture setting of 2.8).

If each picture were to be optimised for its exposure, smart blend has the capability to blend the exposure, giving the impression of high dynamic range, similar to enfuse.