Capturing the Beauty of Malaysia
Senses of Malaysia|July/August/September 2017

Malaysia’s Natural Beauty Is Oftentimes So Beguiling That It Inspires Photographer Ezy Azhar Time and Time Again to Strive to Capture the Best Photos of It. Sharuna Segaren Chats With Him on What Makes a Good Photo.

Sharuna Segaren
For 34-year-old Ezy Azhar bin Zamzuri, being fascinated by nature’s beauty is what drove him to start immortalizing the gorgeous and scenic landscapes in his homeland that he saw. Currently working full-time as an IT Assistant Officer for the Penang Bumiputera Participation Coordination Unit, ICU JPM, he first started using a Camera Canon 450D that belonged to the office in 2007 to shoot  programmes  and activities at his workplace.

He currently resides in Penang with his wife and three daughters, although he grew up in Kuala Nerang, Kedah. In 2008, Ezy realized that he felt comfortable behind the lens and quite enjoyed it, so he bought his very own Nikon D7000 in 2008. However, it was only five years later when he started to become truly invested in photography as a hobby and personal interest.

FALLING IN LOVE WITH NATURE

Ezy said, “In the early days, photography was just part of my job scope. It only became a serious endeavor for me in 2013 when I organized the programme ‘Jelajah Lensa Taman Negara Pulau Pinang’ (Lens Expedition Penang National Park). This programme was a collaboration between the Wildlife Department and ten professional photographers led by Rizalis Mohd Rizal. Being involved in this among all the professionals really sparked my interest in landscape photography.”

A year later, Ezy organized another programme, ‘Explorasi Lensa Taman Negara, Nature Photo Camp’ (National Park Exploration). It was a collaboration with Art of Nature Malaysia, a Facebook community group of photographers who share a common love of nature photography. He explained, “The objective of this programme was to get the best nature picture from the Penang National Park. This winning photo helps the park as they will use it for their promotions. This was a turning point for me as when I saw the winning photo from that programme. I truly fell in love with photographing nature. From this point on, I began getting serious about my photography.”

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