Tuesday, December 18, 2012

World of Panorama

This is my RTW camera-Olympus XZ-1

She was my final choice after a thorough comparison with Canon and Lumix. She has been accompanying me through oet good time and bad time, she captured the moment as I travel, on land and underwater. She is my precious.  

I like her because she is light, only 275g. She can fit nicely in my travel bag without feeling a burden. She has a dedicated movie record button to switch from photo to movie instantly, the front dial is used to adjust shutter speed, makes manual setting fast and convenient  She has an eye of an owl under low light condition and a super magnifying glass for macro subjects. On top of her 28mm wide angle eye, she can also captured 2 to 3 photos and stitched them to a panorama photo on the spot, this is my favorite feature of her. Panorama photo gives you a bird eyes view of the shot, gives you a "Wow" impact of the scene.

In this collection, I want to show you the power of panorama. 
**Tips : Click on the photo for better view

Mt. Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia
This is the toughest hike I ever did. The hike up to the peak @ 3726m from the base camp was torcherest. The soft rubble and slippery path made me slide backward every time I move forward but the reward I get was this magnificent view.

Biggest Tree in the world
The biggest tree in the world, Tule, Mexico
Tule, located 9km off Oaxaca. In front of the church Santa Maria del Tule, stand this enormous tree with the diameter of 9.38m.

Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is the top beach of Mexico, located 2 hours south of Cancun, long stretch of white sandy beach with turquoise sea water.
Hierve El Agua, Mexico
Hierve El Agua means Boiling Water, located 70km east of Oaxaca, the natural rock formation looks like a waterfall that rise over 50m above the valley.
Semuc Champey, Guatemala
A 300m long limestone cascading waterfall, located near the town of Lanquin. Here is the signature view from the top of the hill.
Volcan de Agua, Volcan de Acatenango and Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala
The view of the 3 volcanoes from Volcan Pacaya.
Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
The most beautiful lake I have ever seen, located 50km north west of Antigua,1562m above sea level. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes at the southern side.

Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala
An active volcano lies 30km from Guatemala City. Last erupted on 27 May 2010.
Volcán Concepción, Nicaragua
Concepcion is one of the 2 Volcanoes that form the Island of Ometepe, located in Lake Nicaragua at the altitude of 1610m.

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica
A less crowded reserve covered with dense cloud forest plenty of flowers, fauna and birds. 

Bogotá, Colombia
Third-highest capital city in South America at 2,625 m above sea level.

Quito, Ecuador
Any space left? The capital city of Ecuador, at 2800m it is the highest legal capital city in the world.
Bartalome, Galapagos
The most amazing landscape of sky, sea and island accompanied by penguins, sea lion, sharks, rays, turtle, birds and iguanas.
Lago Querococha, Huaraz, Peru
Located in the Cordillera Blanca at the altitude of 3980m. A calm and peaceful landscape.

Inka Trail, Peru
Walking at the edge of the cliff, a short Inka Trail along the Urubamba River.
Isla del Sol, Bolivia
Island of the Sun, located in the southern part of Lake Titicaca at the altitude of 3812m. Climbing up the Inka stair case was a killer especially when you have your backpack with you but the sunrise and the trek from south to the north was amazing.
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
3 days of 4WD brought me here to this red salt lake and lush landscape. The lake contains borax islands, whose white color contrasts with the reddish color of its waters, which is caused by red sediments and pigmentation of some algae.

Laguna Verde, Bolivia
Green lagoon located at the border of Bolivia and Chile at the elevated of 4,300 m (14,000 ft) above sea level. Its colour is caused by sediments, containing copper minerals. Sitting at the at the foot of the Volcano Licancabur.
Salta, Argentina
A heaven for all travellers coming from Bolivia because we find choice of cheese, meat, salad, ice cream, wine and etc in the local supermarket. It is also a shock to our wallet when everything rises to almost 100%.

Talampaya, Argentina
An extra ordinary landscape formation result from the erosion by water and wind in a desert climate, with big difference in temperature - high heat by day and low temperature at night, with torrential rain in summer and strong wind in spring. It is also the land of dinosaurs million of years ago.

Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine, Chile
Lake Nordenskjöld is located in Torres del Paine National Park, the light blue color of the lake is due to the melting glacier water from the nearby glacier. Our 3D2N trek was a torcher with the amount of blisters we collected and struggle thru the freaking cold night with improper equipment.

Ushuaia, Argentina
The commonly known as the most southern city of the world, even thought Puerto Williams, a Chilean settlement of some 2000 residents is further down south.
Perito Moreno, El Calafate, Argentina
The mother of all glacier, the one we can get as close as touching distance. One of the few that is still growing.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Chalten, Argentina
One of the most beautiful National Park I have ever been, consist of  47 large glaciers, of which only 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. The ice cap is the largest outside of Antarctica and Greenland.

Fitz Roy, El Chalten, Argentina
My favourite of all peaks and trek, Fitz Roy remains one the the most technically challenging mountain to climb.
Devil's throat, Iguazu, Argentina

The gigantic fall, so big, so powerful, so loud and so stunning. Took me 2 days to visit the entire park.

Turtle Bay Divers, Perhentian Besar, Malaysia
My little paradise island, tranquil, laid back with a hidden underwater paradise. My work place for 3.5 months.

Long Beach, Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
The white sandy beach with turquoise blue water and calm sea. You will surely fell in love with this place.
Langtang Lirung, Nepal
View of these breathtaking ice capped mountain and glaciers from Kyanjin Ri @ 4773m. The peak of Langtang Lirung is @ 7227m.
Luang Prabang, Laos
The charming town of Luang Prabang view from Phou Si Hill, just a short climb up.
Vang Vieng, Laos
Breathtaking landscape of limestone hills surrounding Vang Vieng.