Test Run The Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DG SA Mount

50-150

Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 APO EX DG

I had just received this used lens which I bought it off ebay from a seller in South Korea and had just taken it for a ride to do some test shots.

Once in a while I will go down to Kulai town (the name had actually changed to Kulaijaya since it became a county but still being used) for a breakfast of Roti Canai (sort of wheat flour pancake bread) and I did that just this morning.  I also brought along the Sigma SD15 with this lens mounted and had the intention of taking photographs of the seller turning the dough into Roti Canai but that did not happen.  It’s not in the menu today except for fried noodle.  Oh well, still it was fine with me but no photographs of the process.  Anyroad, here are the takes.  All shot at ISO 100, aperture priority at f2.8 except for Kulai town which was at f5.6. Exported to tiff from Sigma Photo Pro 5, balanced, local contrast enhanced, scaled down and exported to jpeg in GIMP. No sharpening and colour enhance done.

Kulai

Morning scene in Kulaijaya town centre. Cloudy and at 7.45am surprisingly still misty

stopping by

Tools of the environment officer

breakfast

This is what I had for breakfast

hose

Tap, hose and sprinkler. This is at the front yard of the house

Street Photography: A Glimpse of Kulaijaya

1 City Hall

Kulaijaya City Hall building in the background

I was running some errands and I brought along the new toys to give it a test. Either I looked like one or behaved like one, I was asked twice, “In which paper it’s gonna be published?”  I just smiled, “Nahhh, it’s for my blog.”

The project was a short one and the shooting was spontaneous, little planning and not much thinking.  No post processing and editing except for the photograph of Kulai cowboy, which I had said to him that I would do some editing so that he could download it and print. The selected photographs were converted into tiff format using FastStone which were then imported into gimp, scaled down and converted into jpeg.  All pictures shot raw at F5.6 aperture priority auto exposure.

Kulai Mara Arcade

Kulai Mara Arcade

Pedestrian crossing

Pedestrian crossing

Convenience store

Convenience store

Bus stop and food vendor

Bus stop and food vendor

Another bus stop and free advertisement space

Another bus stop and free advertisement space on the phone booth compared to the pay service on the left

Kulai cowboy

Kulai cowboy

Up north

Up north

Westward

Westward

Down south

Down south

Looking out

Looking out

Hardware store

Hardware store

Good part and bad part

Good part and bad part

Mother and child

Mother and child

Flower garland man

Flower garland man

Crackers and preserved fruits

Crackers and preserved fruits

Kuala Lumpur – Kulaijaya, Johor Day 17

AirAsia

Thursday, 11 March, 2010

12:00 am

Could not sleep all the while. At times I stood at the coach door to  have a smoke. Met an English guy who came up to have a smoke too. He was heading to Singapore to catch a flight home back in England on Thursday night. He had spent two months in Thailand and a month in Malaysia. I could sense some dismay in him at the thought of going back to normal life. He said there was still snow. Yeah, the weather seems to be ABnormal nowadays. From what I knew, it seldoms snow in London, I had been there once in December.

5:35 am

Train arrived at Kulaijaya (old name was Kulai) station as scheduled. No taxi, so I just hanged around, logged on the net.

7:00 am

Left train station to have breakfast of Roti Canai or in Singapore they called it Roti Prata. It is a kind of pancake made of wheat flour. It is cooked plain or with an egg or onion or both. You eat it with curry (fish or meat) or Dalcha. In Malaysia there is another gravy called the Sambal Tumis. You cut it into small pieces and dip it in the curry or have the curry poured over it entirely, sort like soaking it. It’s a preference to one’s desire. After the breakfast, I walked to Kulai bus terminal and took a taxi home.

8:35 am

Arrived safely back home.

This trip was made possible by the cheap flight that I had to book two months in advance by AirAsia. My intention for this trip was to shoot some photographs that include some scene from up country and if possible get to the summit of Mount Lawu. On summary, I’m glad that I had made it to the summit, some photographs in Solo and lots in Jogjakarta.

As for the up country…well, there’s always be another time.

Will update the trip blog with some pics later.