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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is located not far from Central Market. I have visited this temple way too many times and can never get bored of this temple.

The location of the temple is as follows:

The photo was taken using Leica M10 Monochrom, so there’s no colour at all. I certainly have a lot of photos but unfortunately I didn’t use GPS in my previous shoot. For now – it is what it is 🙂

For the sake of comparison, here is the difference between before and after processing:

The steps for processing are as follows:

  • Lightroom – Straighten!
  • Lightroom – Adjust exposure and tonal correction
  • Photoshop – Sharpening using Smart Sharpen
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Gigi Palsu

One of the tips during street shoot is to always get yourself ready. This technique require one to do zone focusing and know your camera (very well!). Since my camera is still very new (not even a month old), zone focusing is something that I am trying to get myself accustom to. The problem is of course I am shooting auto, thus when it comes to difficult lighting situation, it becomes quite complicated. Depending on the metering setting, I may need to reshoot. In fact for this particular photo, I shot a couple of times!

The output is as follows:

The problem with this photo is that, there are two sides of the photo that have at least 2 stops difference.

Here my original photo!

Can you see the issue with the photo! So I had to do few things:

  • Minor shadow edit in Lightroom – to bring up a bit of the darker areas
  • Open the photo as Smart Object in Photoshop
  • Masked the darker areas (use Polygon Lasso) and adjust using levels and curve
  • Usual post process – sharpen, exposure, levels for the whole image

SO the result is as follows!

Quite amazing right? Lol…

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Kwai Chai Hong

Charming secret in the back lanes of Petaling Street

This is the best-hidden secret on Petaling Street. In fact – I bumped into this place by accident. I was not planning to go for this place but was just wondering around on Saturday morning. As I was walking around Jalan Panggung, I saw a bunch of tourists gathering around a particular area. To my surprise, it was an art mural area.

In fact, further research – Project Kwai Chai Hong is a restoration project of 10 shop houses along Jalan Petaling (Petaling Street) and Jalan Panggung. This particular art mural place is in between both streets. Please refer to the map below for the location.

The video below shows the art mural that was done by artists.

What is Kwai Chai Hong

Lorong Panggung is also known as Kwai Chai Hong, and apparently, in the Cantonese dialect – it literally translates to Ghost Lane.

Based on the article from Malay Mail:

The origin of the Kwai Chai Hong moniker is, however, not supernatural in nature, with at least two credible theories floated regarding this name.

One is that migrant workers from China who settled here used the colloquial slang of “kwai chai” (ghost children or little demon) to refer to mischievous children running around Lorong Panggung.

Another theory is that Kwai Chai Hong’s past as an area filled with gamblers, drug addicts, drunkards and those engaging in vice activities led to its nickname, while another story claimed that Lorong Panggung was the hideout of the “Dragon Tiger Clan” whose boss would call his members “Little Ghosts.”

Source: Malay Mail – Kwai Chai Hong: Neglected lane in KL’s Chinatown restored

It is quite amazing. The following photo – which is exactly what I recall this place is what it used to be! The management company invested RM1.5M in the restoration. This is truly amazing.

Source – Malay Mail

Certainly charming. Though, the type of shooting that I do – I don’t really shoot art murals. That’s for Instagram. Here is my take on the fine art of one of the elements from the area.

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Pasar Karat – Used Item

I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That’s just not what my life is

Alicia keys

As a morning person, I generally do my street shoot in the morning. This is very beneficial because the golden hour is generally about 8am. Of course this is only relevant if the day is sunny. The weather has been very cloudy.

Fortunately or unfortunately, the sunrise is actually quite late, thus when I go out at 7am – I need to find places where there are additional lighting. In the photo above which shows a person selling used electrical items, he has an electric lantern to light up his shop. Hence you can see a bit of dramatic lighting.

The map above shows the location of Pasar Karat.

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Pasar Karat – Seller

I have been eating soupy stuff at home because I felt like it! The problem is I do not have any soup bowl to use. The last bowl that I have was broken when I tried to heat up a soup a few years ago (yes!). The reason was that the bowl had metal strip which I thought was just a pain. From that point onwards, I told myself that I should not be buying expensive bowls. The bowl did cost me quite a bit.

Therefore, that morning I decided to head to Chinatown to buy a new bowl. I believe it should be quite cheap in comparison the malls. While I am at it, I brought my camera along. Hoping to shoot a few photos. One thing led to another, I ended up spending few hours shooting!

The photos above show one of Pasar Karat seller. The time was 7.15am – so it was pretty early and surprisingly, the place was very busy. Pasar Karat means rusty market. True to its name, most of the items are used.

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Saloma Bridge

Saloma Bridge is a new pedestrian bridge that links Kampung Baru to KLCC. To be honest – I don’t know what this is required, but I guess it allows the Kampung Baru folks to be connected to KLCC area, giving a cheaper alternative to the workers in KLCC area to stay.

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My typical street shoot morning!

The following video shows my typical street shoot morning. I found this video in my storage. Perhaps its something that I have not posted, probably I have. I also cannot remember. This was taken approximately 1.5 years ago – back in June 2018.

Out of the shoot, here is the result of the photo!

It is actually quite a shit photo. To be honest, quite a lot of processing was done on this. From the before and after below, you can see the difference!

It shows how good is the dynamic range of Leica M10. Seriously – very impressed.

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Waiting

One thing about walking around in Kuala Lumpur, you do see a lot of people just hanging out by the side. Not sure exactly what they are waiting for or they are taking break from their jobs. But surely this is a common sight that you see.

I would like to think that they are just taking a break, and waiting for the time to get back to work. The photo above was captured near Wenworth Hotel behind Pudu.

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Morning Breakfast

Not far from the Noodle Factory – is the Kopitiam that the locals will have their breakfast. The time is not that early but I am surprised that there are not many people having breakfast here. I would have thought that there will be a lot more people here!

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Public Housing

Some photos of the public housing in Chow Kit. This is in front of then South East Asia hotel, a place where my dad work. I still remember coming to this part of the world and go for some grocery shopping in Co-op super market. There is also this “shopping mall” called Keramat Supermarket. This was back then in the 1980s.

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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.