Tumpat’s Pantai Jubakar, a favourite among shutterbugs

TUMPAT, Feb 28: Among landscape shutterbugs, Pantai Jubakar stands as a revered gem facing the majestic South China Sea. It’s not merely a destination; it’s a coveted dream for those seeking the extraordinary. Here, amidst this exotic locale, every sunrise becomes an awe-inspiring spectacle, a canvas of unparalleled beauty waiting to be captured.

Full-time photographer, Raja Noor Kamal Raja Hussin, 53, passionately describes Jubakar as a haven for landscape aficionados. Here, amidst the pristine shores and captivating vistas, lies the essence of every photographer’s quest – an interesting subject and a dreamy location.

“Jubakar attracts photography enthusiasts from March to August every year.

“During this period, the water in this area is calm and not wavy, allowing boats, which are usually the subjects, to remain steady and create a reflection effect as if in a mirror,” he said recently.

Elaborating, Raja Noor Kamal, or affectionately known as ‘Abe Ku,’ said that the captivating sunrise with reflection effects was difficult to find at other locales.

“When landscape shutterbugs share their captured images on social media, the popularity of the Jubakar area grows not only domestically but also internationally.

“In fact, there’s a group from Singapore that comes here almost every year and considers this location one of their ‘ports’ for taking pictures,” said the experienced photographer who has taken sunrise pics at Jubakar since 2009.

It’s a common sight to see landscape photography enthusiasts filling the Pantai Jubakar area from as early as 6.30 am; they not only come with digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or digital single-lens mirrorless (DSLM) cameras, but also with smartphones.

Azmihan Muhammad, 48, does not mind travelling from Pasir Puteh to Pantai Jubakar to capture the magical sunrise.

“Previously, I used a DSLR camera but now I mostly use a smartphone because of technological advancements; it’s sufficient, and the images captured are still beautiful and captivating,” he said.

Owner of Singgora House, a Kelantanese traditional restaurant cum homestay, Mohamad Salleh, 47, a self-professed photophile, doesn’t miss out on visiting Pantai Jubakar whenever he has leisure time with friends.

“If there’s an outing to Jubakar, friends from the Kelantan Lens Community (KLiK) will inform other members and we’ll gather at a nearby mosque after the dawn prayers before coming to this location.

“The sunrise at Pantai Jubakar is stunning and it becomes even more captivating because there are various subjects such as fishing boats at this location, which adds to each person’s creativity,” he said.