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Nature & Wildlife of Asia

A) Borneo

Borneo is the world's third largest island with Mount Kinabalu being the tallest mountain towering at 4000m above the sea level in the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Kinabalu Park has been known as one of the world's richest centres of biodiversity with over 5000 species of plants, 621 species of ferns, 9 species of Nephenthes (3 endemic), nearly 100 species of mammals and over 326 species of birds.

The park is situated 80 am from Sabah's capital of Kota Kinabalu on the west coast of Sabah covering an area of 753 square KM. The elevation of the park ranges from 150m in the lowlands to the summit of Mount Kinabalu at 4095m (13,435 feet). Kinabalu Park is Malaysia's first " World Heritage Site" designated by UNESCO.

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Landscape photography session at Bako National Park in Borneo.

Biodiversity in the rainforest:
Our trip to Borneo recently was by far one of the most productive trips we ever had. Not only we saw good sighting of elusive tropical birds and frogs, collectively as a team of photographers we saw and captured more species as a group oncamera.

We had a fabulous and rewarding trip even though the weather condition was hot and humid with occasional shower and thunderstorm. We photographed from Asian Paradise Flycatcher (White phase), Red-bearded Bee Eater (breeding), Orang Utans, Wallace's Flying Frog to Horn Frog.

Challenges in Photographing in the tropical rainforest of Borneo

Photographing in the rainforest is not easy because there is very little light and subjects are elusive. The tropical rainforest is one of the most diversified environments with more than 50 % of the world species. Unlike the normal wild life in the open area in Australia or Africa, light in the rainforest is very dim and subjects are not exposed. Good knowledge and skill are the key ingredients in locating and photographing the subjectsPhotographing in the rainforest was not easy as the subjects were elusive and the lighting was poor.

The strategy is unique to the tropical rainforest when shooting in low light. The rain brought us blessing to the sighting of the tree frogs. The humid and wet weather also brought moisture that create spectacular mists in the forest when the sun's ray warms the temperature up.


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  Bird Photography workshop Borneo  
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What you need to do to preparation for photographying nature in the rainforest of Borneo.

  • Exposure skills in low light.
  • Flash techniques in the forest
  • Bird photography in forest
  • Macro photography on insects and plants in daylight.
  • Nocturnal macro photograpy
  • HDR and panorama techniques in landscpe
  • Digital workflow using Adobe Lightroom

Habitats information:

1. Kubah National Park (Lowland forest)

2. Bako Natonal Park (Coastal forest)

3. Borneo Highland Resort (Montane forest)

Visit our blog for our trips to Borneo.

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