Ok. Part 2 of my Sekinchan trip. As I was saying in the last post, there are 50+ photographers trying to shoot the models. Jostling for position to get a good shot is not really my cup of tea so every so often I would break away from the main group and walk around and shoot some other stuff.
Below is the typical scene when you're in the middle of a paddy field in Sekinchan. A sea of green, sometimes broken by structures like this huge shed that stores a couple of harvesters.
The bicycle is another prop used during the model shoot. See how shiny the rims of the wheels are. A typical bicycle used in such an environment will rarely have shining rims! Haha.
Above: Another scene around the paddy field and below: I call this the 'Flaming Pineapple' because of the red outline the pineapple has around it and at its base. Looks like there's a flame engulfing the fruit. To those of you that haven't seen a pineapple plant before, this is how it looks like. And yes, those spiky leaves can hurt you.
Below: A stalk with some bananas developing. The red thingy hanging at the bottom of the stalk is called the 'heart' of the banana. It can be eaten but it is the normal banana fruit that is more commonly marketed. In the background of this shot, you can see a more developed bunch of bananas.
Above: A more developed bunch of bananas. These are still green signifying that they are not ripe yet. Below: A typical Malay styled 'kampung' house.
What else can you find in the paddy fields? Well, I found a dead snake (pic below). Yes, there are snakes around in the fields so don't go poking sticks into holes you find in the ground and watch where you step. Normally they won't bother you if you don't bother them.
After the morning shoot, we stopped for lunch and after lunch, we went to a fishing village that's nearby the fields. No more models to shoot in the afternoon and we were allowed to roam the beach and village to shoot whatever that catches our fancy. Below is a random shot I took while walking around the beach. I didn't go to the village proper as I was feeling a little lazy and the village is quite a distance from the beach where our bus dropped us. I later found out that the beach is named Redang beach.
Below: Relaxing under a tree on the beach. As you can see, someone built treehouses on the trees around the beach. Most trees had a platform in them that you can climb up to.
Above: Children fishing off a pier on the beach watching a fishing boat coming back from the sea. Below: Another couple of random shots.
We left the beach around 4pm. From my pics, you can see that the sky was overcast for the entire day making a lousy backdrop for most shots. Another thing that overcast skies do to you is subtly giving you a sunburn without you realizing it. When I got home I realized that both my arms were red from exposure to the sunlight as I was wearing a short sleeved shirt. Although the sun rarely made an appearance that day, its effect was still considerable. So when you venture out into an overcast sky don't forget your sunscreen.