Monday, 8 March 2010

My New Toy - Nikon D90

I had always been fascinated by photography. It is an interestt I had picked up when I was schooling in Tanjong Lobang School, Miri, Sarawak in the 60s. I was a member of the School's Photography Club. I didn't own a camera but I knew how to develop films and pictures in the Dark Room. When I was undergoing my two years of military cadet training in the Royal Military College, Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur from 1967 to 1969, I bought my first expensive camera for RM300, payable in 12 instalments. Through out the years when I was serving in the Malaysian Rangers, I seemed to have bought one camera after another as they didn't last long due to rust or damage or even lost. Somehow, too, the quality of the pictures were much to be desired. But then, the cost of a good camera was way beyond my means. Seeing people lugging huge cameras with huge lenses were something that I could only dream of. However, dreams do become a reality sometimes. For me the purchase of a Nikon D90 two weeks ago is a dream come true. My biggest regret, however, was, it should have been bought when I was scouring the Malaysian jungles for Communist Terrorists from 1969 to 1987. Words cannot describe the many scenes that were hidden away from man's eyes. They were fantastic and they were lost forever. That was my biggest regret.
Nikon D 90
Samples of pictures I took with the Nikon D 90


  1. Whoever started the photography club in Tanjong deserve a salute.I too was a member in 1967/68 and found many magical hours in the dark room. Many of my photos that I placed inside the autographs-fashionable back then, were processed in the dark room situated behind the Assembly Hall.Wonderful moments.How times have changed. Today our handphone or computer is one tiny darkroom.Hope to see more images here from your new Nikon.

  2. Hi Mahmud,

    You were famous for the play "Government Inspector" in Tanjong. I cannot remember that play, however. Was it after I left TLS? I left TLS in April 1967 to undergo my Cadet training.

    I always admire your knowledge on the many flowers and plants you display in your blog. I like flowers and plants too but couldn't name them. Maybe I'll just post them in my blog and leave it to you to name them for me.


  3. Squad,
    I agree with you about not documenting the events around us. How I wish I make use of my bulky Nikon SLR during my flying days...those 'boat-people' at Pulau Penhentian, the construction/evacuation of the orang asli from Temenggor Dam area, etc, etc. Two weeks ago, I bought a Nikon 'Coolpix' and till now still having problem on how to use it..he..he

  4. Squad,

    That's right (sigh!!!). We had taken things for granted and thought we had all the time in the world. Then, suddenly...... See what happen now?

    It is not too late. Take pictures of everything around you now before they disappear for good.