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Friday, June 24, 2011

The Japanese Koi Pond at Hotel Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya Part 1

1 - Calm and Tranquil
I love to watch these koi fishes swimming gracefully beside the man-made waterfall.  This Japanese Koi pond belongs to Hotel Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya.

While I was there during lunch after a meeting, I had the opportunity to take some shots.

The purpose of the first picture is to capture the cool, 'carefree' serenity of the pond as a contrast to the second picture. Because I used the normal mode, you can see the silky blur motion of water splashing onto the pond.

In the first picture, you can only see a few fishes in the water. Here there are lots of kois zooming in fast with their mouths opened because someone is feeding them. They were flipping and splashing about. Whoosh...

It was a cloudy day. I set my camera to normal mode and position it as low on the ground as I could get.

The subject for this month's Picture This Photo Contest - June 2011 is "SHOW THE MOTION" (hosted by Gardening Gone Wild, the link is here).

For this month's entry (this is my second time), I have selected the above picture. I wanted to capture the streams of water gushing out fromt the spout to make the droplets look like crystal beads but there is a limit as to what my point and shoot camera will allow. I used the 'hand stabilizer' function.

“The Japanese Koi Pond at Hotel Equatorial Bangi-Putrajaya Part 1”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on June 24th, 2011.

3 - Pouty lips and jumping jacks

4 - The gold rush!

5 - Koi kisses and bubbly beauties
Actually I like this picture too. I like the bubbles that come out of their mouth and the hungry expression as they fought and rushed to gobble up whatever food that was thrown to them. For this shot, I had to place the camera on the wet cement floor.

6 - Raindrops keep falling on my head.
I hope to capture some patterns made by the water droplets as they are ejected from the sprinkler behind this Bauhinia kockiana flower head.

Due to time constraints, I have already selected the 2nd picture as my entry. I have not done any editing on the photos, except to reduce the size.

Your valuable opinions, advice and critique will certainly help me improve.  Also, please telll me, WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTO?


  1. Hi Autumn Belle, I think you picked the right photo. There is the fountain, but also the movement of water around the fish. I like how some have their mouths gaping open. Good luck!

  2. Hmm I'm having a hard time deciding between first and second. The first is more beautiful, but the second does catch your attention because of the closup of them waiting for food. Good luck.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  3. I'm always drawn to views of flowing water more so if it looks natural so my choice is the first picture.

    The rest of the images are also great. Feeding kois is so relaxing and enjoyable.

  4. All are perfect shot photos! I can't decide whcih to choose!

  5. I like the second picture, but I love to see fish at feeding time. They are so funny!

  6. Those koi are already so big, and so plenty. I also love feeding the fishes. In Thailand there is a tourist route where the passengers first buy bread from a post and then feed the meter-long fishes in the next stop. They can gobble a loaf bread in one gulp!

  7. Love the 2nd pix can see the droplets of water from the fountain. Some greens and landscaping at the background and of course the main kois swimming in the bubbly water during rush hours for food all in one complete pix. Good luck.

  8. I love the second shot best, there's so many kois , one is so tempted to just touch them!

  9. I have scrolled many times and still can't decide which is the best motion shot. I like the gold rush action and the open mouth with bubble photos because they look so terribly cute.

  10. the pond is completely full of fishes

  11. I agree with your choice because it shows the motion of the koi as the scramble for the food and the motion of the fountain beyond them. Your photos are great! Good luck!

  12. For the contest I agree, shot #2, shows all kinds of motion with the fish and fountain alike but as far as my favorite photo I really like #5. Good luck!!!!!

  13. While i like them all, the second one would be my fav. The stone backdrop, pond, the fountain the fishes looks natural and beautiful together. All the best for the entry n hv a great wkend.

  14. This looks like one crowded pool. Pretty amazing there are that many koi. I like your selection, but I like #4 too. The fish just blur together in that one. Good luck in the contest!

  15. Wow! That looks like a feeding frenzy! They are beautiful, great pictures.
    Hope you are doing well, I have not visited in a while.
    Best to you


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