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Street Shoot – Brickfields

Felt like Thosai today, so I woke up – rode my Vespa over to Brickfields for a quick Thosai. I was being very careful as I didn’t want to go to a place where the SOP compliance is poor. After circling around, a few times – I saw that Sri Pandi had an outdoor table, and it was quite spaced apart.

Spaced apart – away from the crowd.

After breakfast, I did a quick walkabout, equipped with mask (and spares too) and hand sanitizer. Paid particular attention to make sure I am socially distanced from any of my subjects. I also equipped myself with 35mm. Not a lens that I typically bring out, in fact I don’t even remember the last time I used that lens. Anyway – it was quite a change, but given that I need to be socially distanced, it was quite a good lense. I could have used a 50mm but I just not very good at it!

Back of a restaurant
Back alley

The beauty of riding a scooter is that I am able to move myself to different part of the city quickly. Rode around my usual places, but it does seem like the city is so crowded, so I decided to head home instead.

Zion Church

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The Boat

Seberang Takir is a place where boats docked. It is located right at the river mouth facing the South China Sea. This makes that village to be perfect for fishermen as they are shielded from the rough seas during monsoon season.

The following photo shows the a boat docked by a self made jetty. This looks like a deep sea boat as the size is big. Generally – the boat is operated by locals. I am not sure if they are owned by any particular company but based on my conversation with the locals, the cost of a fishing boat is not cheap. Some can go up to few hundred thousands.

The row of boats below looks more like near shore type fishing boats. It does seem to have the ability to stay over night.

Boats are an essential aspect of daily lives for the Seberang Takir folks. I was told that the back then, the main transport is by boat. That is of course until the bridge was opened.

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Paper Money

This is my last photo for February challenge where I wanted to post a photo daily. I actually cheated because I scheduled one photo per day, and slowly processed and posted a picture here!

I saw the uncle below in Kampung Cina – Kuala Terengganu. It was raining, and I needed a good cup of coffee. After I woke up from a nap, I was looking for a good cup of coffee, and the location of the cafes are in Kampung Cina, so I drove and parked my car before walking around to find one!

After I zoomed in to a cafe, I saw this uncle burning paper money. I asked him if I can take a photo and he said yes. We also had a funny conversation. He said that he does this twice a month. I told him, his ancestors must be wealthy. He just laughed, and he hopes his son will also do the same to him.

Burning the paper that printed the essential supplies
In front of his shop

All photos shot on Leica M10 Monochrom with 21mm Lux

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Newspaper

This photo was shot at 7.45 am, but it did felt early because I left my house when it was dark. This photo shows an uncle reading thru the newspaper while sipping his favourite cup of coffee.

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Lala Seller

While walking towards the market complex, I bumped into this lady that’s selling clams. I did know what she was selling until I zoomed in the photo during post-processing.
Compared to the other markets I’ve been to in other countries, we don’t have many of this “makeshift” stalls. Nevertheless, we should not discriminate them as there must be a reason why they exist.

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My Editing Workflow

I thought today I wanted to share my editing workflow. I’ve changed my workflow many times, and this is my latest workflow. As I generally shoot black and white now, the workflow is far more straightforward as I don’t need to worry about colours.

Please ignore the number of photos that I have because I have not figure out how to manage my asset. I have way too many images; as such, it is not so productive for me to change now though it is probably better for me to start changing. I will perhaps research more on this later as it is too disruptive to change now!

The starting photo in its full glory!

The photo looks a bit washed out because of the difficult lighting situation. The day was extremely cloudy as it was predicted to rain.

The end result:

Depending whether the feel that you have, the photo may look a bit over processed. I prefer a more contrasty photo.

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Waiting

Another shot from Chow Kit

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Counting

Another black and white photo from my recent shoot in Chow Kit market. This is a photo of a stall owner counting his inventory of the day. The time of shooting 7.21am. Still early but outside was still dark.

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Tokyo Metro

Another take… looks better in black and white

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Generation

Another throwback from Tokyo

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Crossroads

Crossroads.. bike vs man….

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Roti Man

“Roti Man” is a term that is used for the person who sells bread on a motorcycle. Back when I was young, this was the highlight of the day. The “Roti Man” will ride his bike along my neighborhood and kids will just surround him.

Back then, I believe most of the bread was sold thru this channel. We did not have any 7-11 and the most convenient place to buy from these guys. In fact, they probably sell the freshest bread.

Nowadays, most bread are sent to the sundry shops and convenience stores like 7-11 and FamilyMart.

While going around Flat Badak at the back of Pudu, I discovered the place where the “Roti Man” gathers to pick up their supplies. Here are the two photos to describe the scene.

The Roti Man
The Warehouse