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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Borneo Safari 2010 - Special Stages 1 & 2

Although I missed the opportunity to go full BS2010 expedition, it is good that the first two Special Stages (SS) were started near Kota Kinabalu. So, many of the enthusiast photographers got the opportunity to shoot some of the extreme off road challenge in Borneo Safari. The venue for the SS1 and SS2 is Bukit Vor in Putatan. It is actually big stone quarry. Taking photos of the action  under the hot sun is not easy, but nothing can stop the temptation to get the shoot. I had already prepared since some previous 4x4 challenges to wear a good shoes, hand protector and large hat. I also have an umbrella and small folding chair.

Camera in use: Olympus E-1 + 12-60mm

Borneo Safari 2010 - Bukit Vor Stone Quarry
The location of SS1 & SS2 - Bukit Vor Putatan, one can see the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Islands at the background

Borneo Safari 2010 - Prologue Special Stages 1 & 2
Some of the extreme modified 4x4 ready for the challenge

Borneo Safari 2010 - SS1 Deep water crossing
Checking the SS1 deep water crossing

Borneo Safari 2010 - Rocky crawler SS2
SS2 rock crawling

Borneo Safari 2010 - Dragon Air
The Aircraft is about to do a landing at KKIA.

Borneo Safari 2010 - Prologue Special Stages 1 & 2
It is easy for this Toyota Landcruiser BJ43 to do this water crossing

Borneo Safari 2010 - Super Suzuki Rock Crawling
Modified Suzuki has not much problem to climb the stone obstacle in SS1 with determined driving skill and successful winching.

Borneo Safari 2010 - Prologue Special Stages 1 & 2 
The co-driver of this BJ43 competitor pulling the winch cable, unfortunately they unable to climb this obstacle until end of 15 minutes to complete SS1.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Borneo Safari 2010 - Flag Off

The seven-day convoy will go through the pristine rainforest, forest reserve, wildlife corridors, long abandoned timber tracks and the  buffer zone, Maliau Basin. Event theme for this year's BS2010 is awareness on conservation, nature and wildlife. The best thing for photographer is the photography competition during the event which related to the theme with attractive prize to be given away.    

Feel free to go to Borneo Safari's Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Borneo-Safari/119030938146256



Approximate path from KK to Tawau for BS2010

Actually I was invited to join a team as support car crew member and acting as the team photographer. However, when I ready to pack my gears and clothing to join the crew, I finally unable to proceed to do my dream expedition. Its due to misunderstanding on registration where I did not registered by the team as participant to follow the support car crew member. I can just go but its my responsibility if anything happen. Registered participant will get their name tag, t-shirts, cap and covered by the insurance. So, I only managed to take some photos during the Flag Off and Prologue Special Stage (SS). Anyway, I hope the team success on their expedition and competition.

I arrived early in the morning about 7.00am to avoid traffic jam and parking problem. As usual, the gathering for flag off is along Jalan Gaya, in front of Sabah Tourism Board building.
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off   

I did not take many photo of the vehicles this year, just a few which I like especially the Suzuki 4x4 such as the following photos.

20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off - Suzuki SJ

Also some closeup of the vehicle parts as the following awesome Simex extrme trekker centipede tyres and double winch solution (electric winch and PTO winch)
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off - Red wording centipede
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off - Superwinch/PTO

The flag off was launched by the Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun. The first vehicle drive through the flag off is the nice modified Suzuki Vitara then followed by other official vehicles. However, not all of the 169 participating vehicles need to drive through the flag off platform because the next event of Prologue Special Stage (SS) is due to start at Bukit Vor at Putatan.
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off - Suzuki Vitara

Not forgetting the beauty out of the beast (I mean the 4x4 vehicles) or sumandak models as one of the attractions of today event.
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off - Sumandak
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off

Last but not least is the fun of the photographers (official, news, private) chaos during the flag off. Everyone were competing to get the best angle and photos. It sometime funny looking to the fellow photographers, including me trying to sneak here and there to get photos. I think that the number of photographers were increasing compared to last year flag off which is good actually to spread out the fun of this event and photography.
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off
20th Borneo Safari 2010 Flag Off


Monday, October 11, 2010

The New Toyota Hilux 3.0G Roadshow - 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Kota Kinabalu was the launching ground of the new variation of Hilux 3.0G as reported in paultan.org on October 7. I visited their roadshow at 1Borneo on 10.10.2010 just to take some photos of the beast. After years other makers such as Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Mazda produce their 3.0cc, Toyota finally decided to join the higher cc race and further strengthen Toyota market share for double-cab segment.

Camera/Lens: Olympus E-1 + 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0

2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT
2010 Toyota Hilux 3.0G D-4D Intercooler VNT

Friday, October 08, 2010

The SJ410


In a process to restore the old and rusty sj to used in normal road and some offroad. Anyway, I have just bought a new 1" wheel spacer because my current tires (235/75/R15) hit the front chassis and leaf springs when fully turned to right or left.


  Suzuki SJ410 - Wheel Spacer 


Suzuki SJ410


Suzuki SJ410


Suzuki SJ410


Suzuki SJ410

Tip of Kinabalu seen in the background..

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Olympus Camera with "Soul" - Tribute to Olympus E-1

Olympus E1 + ZD ED 12-60mm SWDRobin in his Olympus E-5 review has attracted lots of attentions among the camera community around the world.  His photos are remarkable. The most important is on the street review is pretty interesting with his photography and editing style.  I don't care the technical review or side-by side comparison with other camera. I think what  important is the capability of the camera in the actual environment. However people with specific requirements may still need to look at the technical review.

Olympus e-1 + zd ED 12-60mm weatherproofSpeaking of "soul" in camera, it is a very subjective term to describe and will vary based on individual preference. I can feel what he meant by the E-5 has  "soul". That bonds the person together with the camera and making photography even easier and fun. Thus, the person will keep coming back to the "soul" mate.

In my experience so far, the Olympus E-1 has a great "soul" camera for me. The feeling of holding and using the E-1 is like the camera is part your hand and mind. Although the E-1 is so much lack in terms of technology after years been in the world, but I keep going back to E-1 instead of my E-3. I don't know if I have the soul with the new E-5 when I hold the display unit. May be because I own the E-3 which is similar form factor but I just need to have the opportunity to try the E-5. Then, I will know the E-5 has a soul in me or not. 

I can sell the E-3 in anytime but not E-1. Is that mean the camera has a "soul"?
 
Olympus E-1 + ZD ED 12-60mm Splashproof

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