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Revisit: Noodle Maker

Last Sunday, I decided to make a trip to the Chow Kit market. The place somewhat changed as the slaughter area has been demolished.

Here is a teaser of a set that I will share later part of the week.

Shot on Leica M Monochrom with 24mm Lux

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Ginza Backstreet

When I was in Tokyo last year on my solo trip, I stayed in Tokyu Stay. Not far from the main Ginza street. This has been my favourite place to stay. It is smacked between Tsukiji Market and Ginza. Was easy for me to walk to Tsukiji for breakfast, and back in hotel in 5 mins (for those usual morning “runs” in the toilet).

The photo that I am showing below, I think taken from my hotel room. I think! Not particularly sure because I cannot remember and there weren’t any gps tagging as I was indoor! But anyway, I suspect, its not far from the hotel as I don’t remember being on any observation tower in Ginza. The best was on top of Matsuya Ginza (I think!).

Ginza Backstreets
Ginza Backstreets

The other good part of staying in Ginza is that, when you wake up in the morning and do my street shoot, there are always an abundance of subject to capture. I don’t need to travel far to start utilising my rangefinder.
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Ginza Street

I remember back in 2016, I stayed in Minato. Yes it was much cheaper, but the access to public transport was a bit far, and there weren’t much subjects to shoot around there. But then again, I might be wrong as I have not gotten back to rangefinder and hard core street shooting back then. In fact, that trip, I just used my iPhone if I am not mistaken!

Anyhow, I always enjoy my time in Japan. Looking forward for my next trip, but I am telling myself that I need to diversify the places that I go to! Let’s see…

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Deepavali Walkabout

It was one of the days when I decided to go out and do a street shooting walkabout in KL during Deepavali holiday. Yesterday – a friend of mine messaged to our Leica group and asked if anybody wanted to do a shoot. I responded yes. It has been ages since the last time I went out shooting but I guess its a good time.

The weather was pretty good, but as I am not as daring as before and also a lot more picky with my shots, there’s not many photos that I took this morning. I parked my car near YMCA and then had my kopi C kosong before we start our walkabout. We went to two temples around Brickfields, but it seems that the crowd was pretty stale. And the bigger temple does not allow photographers to shoot any photos inside the temple.

We then decided to walk to Petaling Street area. There were two temples around there, one behind the Petaling Street and the other nearer to Pudu Raya.

Following are the two shots that I have – considered worthy!

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Photo taken along the street. Just to show how good is the dynamic range of my phone!

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Picture of a family selling flowers for people giving offering to the temple!

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360 image showing a man giving out angpows outside the temple.

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A lady doing sketching just outside the temple!

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The homeless waiting outside the temple in an organized way waiting for somebody to donate money to them!

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Malaysian Flatiron

On Sunday – I went out for a walk. After a heavy brunch and Sangeetha, needed to walk off all the calories. Thank god I brought out my camera 🙂 Its one of those rare Sunday afternoon that I took my camera out. Partly due to the fact that I wanted to shoot more photos. I have not been using my camera much, thus bringing it out will push me to use it more often, rather than keeping in on my table (not even in a drybox, since my drybox died!).
The following photo above is the Malaysian Flatiron, located not far from Petaling Street (Chinatown), few steps away from Pasar Karat. No idea what the significance of Pasar Karat though. Perhaps I need to do a bit more research.

The photo below is the original Flatiron. Shoot this photo back in 2008 – when I went to New York for a holiday. One of those days that I took 3 weeks off to spend hell a lot of money and ate hell a lot of food!

Obviously – not so the same, but almost the same 🙂 I guess given how small is the Malaysian Flatiron, the narrowest corner is definitely not usable 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Revisit: Batu Arang

It has been quite a few weeks since I wrote anything on my blog. I have been occupied with work and drawing. And now I guess I need to tell myself to write more so I am motivated to take pictures and also draw more. Whenever I write anything on my blog, I do feel inspired to think about different things in life. And in this case, I do feel like going out there to shoot.

Its a weekend again, and I have decided that I am not going to ride out today as I wanted to spend sometime with family and friends as next weekend I am going for a weekend adventure to Penang with another group of friends.

The other thing, this weekend I managed to activate my Lightroom CC – which is a cloud enabled Lightroom that enable me to access my Lightroom catalog from anywhere and everywhere. Which effectively allow me to edit my photos whether on my laptop or my phone. It doesn’t really matter. Which is good. I need to shoot more and make a good use of my camera.

The photo attached in the featured is a photo that I took with my Leica M9 – back in the days when I was using a rangefinder. It shows an aunty preparing some wanton noodle or something. I didn’t eat that as I don’t eat pork. I only go there for coffee. My friends definitely had a good time eating the noodle there. The place shot is in Batu Arang. I have gone there so many times to shoot as well as to fly drone.

I guess that’s it from me today 🙂

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Kickboxing

This is one of those random photoshoot that I did with my Leica M6. It was one of those moments in which I sold all my digital gear because I wanted to focus on getting the right skills to shoot photo. I shot film exclusively during those moment.

This was a community kick boxing in Cheras – where I drove out one day and just travel around to find a place where I can shoot. I stumble into a small carnival and heck, brought my camera out and experience the match right from ring side. It was pretty awesome.

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I Love Malaysia Photography

Foreign Workers

It’s amusing to see the fact that the workers that we see all over the place are foreign workers. To me it’s not bad, but it does show either two things:

  1. We have progressed to a point that labor work can be outsourced to foreign worker
  2. We just just being lazy ass and let the foreign worker do the work. 

To be honest, I seriously think that it is the latter. I do see a lot of people complaint about not having jobs but when we see the work that’s out there, it does seem like the labor work is done by foreigners. 

The more serious case was the crane incident in Raja Chulan where a crane hook fell down on a kelisa, and killed instantly a 24-year old lady. Apparently the crane operator is a foreigner, and to my knowledge this would be impossible as only locals can be certified. Let’s see what happen next.

As I said earlier, I do not think the infusion of foreign labor into the workforce is a bad thing. But if it’s done with the wrong intent – this might be detrimental to the future of this country. 

Yes – we are built on a society of immigrants. Back then – the Malay, India, Arabs, Chinese etc came to this land in view of trade and exploration. And as we grew, different people worked on different things like plantation and mining. And now things would have been different – so would bringing immigrants be different. I don’t know. 

Anyway – I do have a few friends who are foreign workers. One thing I have to give it them, they are definitely hardworking and focus on having a better life for themselves and the family. I remember one Bangladeshi guy told me – “I invest my life in Malaysia for my children and their children”. Which is true, if they can lift their family out of poverty – their children will reap the benefit and seek a better life thru better education etc. 

Enough of ranting. Time to work!!!

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It has been a long while since the last time I rode my bike. Partly due to my busy schedule, and partly due to my minor home renovation. Now that everything is done – I took my bike out and do two of my hobbies which is motorcycle riding and photography. I remembered this place – Kerling during one of those my adventure days with Alex. We exited Lembah Beringin and then head over to road number 1. We came out thru Kerling. I remembered this place for having bunch of old buildings. Map below shows where Kerling is, and the photos of the shoot is in the attached gallery. Quiet town indeed!

Sudah sekian lama semenjak saya menunggang motor saya. Ini adalah kerana jadual saya yang amat sibuk dan pengubahsuaian rumah saya. Sekarang semua sudah selesai – jadi saya mula meluahkan masa untuk dua hobi saya iaitu menunggang motorsikal dan fotografi. Saya teringat tempat ini – Kerling, daripada salah satu pengembaraan bersama Alex. Kami keluar mengikut Lembah Beringin dan terus menuju ke Jalan Nombor 1. Kami tiba di Kerling. Saya teringat kawasan ini kerana kawasan ini mempunya bangunan yang lama. Di bawah ada peta kawasan ini, dan juga galeri gambar gambar saya. Pekan yang sepi!

 

Map to Kerling/Peta ke Kerling

 

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Penang

Last weekend – I went to Penang for Teach for Malaysia. TFM itself – I will write a blog post about it. Its just an amazing weekend. Apart from TFM – I also did a bit of street shooting just to ensure I clock in 200,000 shutter count before I sell off or get another Leica camera. This is the plan!

I did drop the camera – I sure hope I didn’t damaged the optics. There’s some bends on the base plate, but that’s manageable.

Minggu lepas – saya pergi ke Pulau Penang untuk “Teach For Malaysia”. Saya akan menulis blog untuk TFM nanti. Ia merupakan satu hujung minggu yang amat menarik. Selain dari TFM – saya telah melaksanakan sessi fotografi jalanan – ini untuk mendapat 200,000 gambar dari Leica Q sebelum saya membeli kamera baru.

Saya telah menjatuhkan kamera – saya mengharapkan tidak ada kerosakan optik. Ada kemek di bahagian dasar kamera tetapi itu tidak teruk.

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Street Shoot 27 August 2016

Today – yet again I took my Leica camera out. I dropped it the other day in Penang, and hoping that there are no impact to the optics. I think there is but I am not particularly sure. I need to test it a bit more. Sigh. This is going to cost me hell a lot of money if I were to repair this camera. I am not really sure – is it because the shutter speed is too low that I don’t get sharp images. But of course at 1/30 – I am definitely not going to get sharp photos. I guess tomorrow I need to change my shutter speed to 1/125 and 1/250 and see how that turns up. Anyway – here are the shots from today.

Hari ini – saya sekali lagi membawa kamera saya keluar. Saya telah menjatuhkan kamera di Penang beberapa hari lalu, dan mengharap tiada impak kepada optik kamera. Saya tidak pasti. Saya hendaklah terus membuat kajian lanjut. Sign. Ini akan mengenakan saya dengan kos yang tinggi jika saya hendak membaiki kamera ini. Saya tidak pasti jika gambar goyang adalah kerana “shutter speed” terlalu lambat yang membuatkan saya tidak mendapat imej yang tajam. Tetapi pada 1/30 – saya memang tidak akan mendapat imej yang tajam. Saya rasa – esok yang akan tukar “shutter speed” kepada 1/125 dan 1/250 dan melihat imej. Sila lihatlah gambar-gambar dari hari ini.

 

Note: I am trying to improve my Malay – as such I will be trying to provide the blog post in two languages, as much as I can. As it is now, I am not even have time to post pictures!

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As usual…

After acquiring a new gadget, am surely will go out and start shooting. This camera is seriously a beauty. I still trying to learn how to use this camera. The multipoint focusing is good, but most of the times it kills what the images that I want to shoot. Reason being is that instead of focusing on the person, I ended up focusing on another high contrasty subject. This is not good, but after going thru youtube after the shoot, I figured out how to overcome this issue.

This morning shoot was at Pudu Market. It’s probably one of the only city market in KL, that majority of the KL-folks will go. I know there are other market like the Selayang or TTDI market, but this definitely tops it all because of its city vicinity. The folks there are definitely friendly. But one thing that I noticed is that most of the workers are either Bangladeshi or Indonesian. Except for the non-halal sections which is majority chinese (and maybe Myanmar). Interesting indeed.

I need to tell myself that I need to go out and shoot every single weekend. I can tell that my streetshooting skill is super rusty. Looking at my photos, I hardly go out to shoot. This is just painfully annoying. But I guess this is what you get when you abandon your hobby. Well – I did sold my Leica M9, so now I guess i need to work hard!

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9 is the number

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Wonder how many kidneys it’ll take to get this piece of metal…