Headphone Banging

While walking around – obviously I was on the lookout for photos to shoot. Yes – it’s not as simple as it seems as I am still doing my 50mm challenge throughout February (at least second half). 50mm is a really tough lens because I am so used to shooting using 24 and 28mm. I wanted to push myself because I need to be more versatile.


Pasar Karat – Boss

One of things that I realized about Pasar Karat – some of the vendors are actually quite secretive, and does not want their photos taken. They do take the effort to cover their faces but does not object.

When such things happen, I generally will apologize. They will generally be OK after that. Question is – should I delete the photos, to me, yes if their faces are shown.

The photo above is an example of when I am in the situation where I need to apologise.


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

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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Reflections after 15 years

My first blog post is on 3rd February 2005. That is almost 16 years of blogging. It started on which was then migrated to after I bought the domain.

It started as a personal sharing space. More for me to write down my ramblings then progressed into a place where I share my photos. Back when there was no Facebook, blog was the best way to share my photos. In fact – whenever I share something on the net, I will point back to my blog.

My 500px page
My not really updated flickr page!

Many years later, a lot of my friends have abandoned their blog for more sharing services such as 500px and Flickr. I have left Flickr but continue to use the blog as it allows me to practice my writings. Honestly – it has been up and down but reading thru the blog is a journey thru my life. I do hope to continue to write on this blog because it is a real journal of my online presence. Yes – I do have a paper journal that I keep, but I do want my online presence to be there as long as I am here.

I don’t market my blog as much as I should do, but to me, it is a personal space that every now and then somebody will see. I should continue my journey of self-discovery and use the blog as sharing space on Facebook. At least when I share something, somebody will open my blog and check out the article that I write.

The thing about my blog is that I treat it like an Instagram. I post a picture instead of sharing an article. I should start moving into an article mode rather than sharing single photos. Writing this personal note – made me think on the direction of the blog. I need more people to read my blog, so I need to write a more comprehensive article so that it becomes a real point of reference.

I guess, today’s morning rambling really made me think and decide on the direction. I will still continue to post single images but will focus most of my effort on writing articles for sharing. The one of top of my head is the one on Pulau Duyung. After my trip to Kuala Terengganu, it really made me think of the things that are lost in Malaysia and how we should continue to preserve it, online or offline.

The conversation that I had with Taib and Naquib really opened my eyes. While other people looking at holidays outside the country, I should focus on discovering the different aspects of life in the country. Yes – it may sounds cliche, but this is a more fulfilling aspect of life.


Flat Badak

My photo library is filled with bunch of treasure which has not been unearthed. Many of the photos that I shot, ended up to be on the hard disk because I am just too lazy to process them.

The think about digital photography is that you will need to work on the photos that you shoot afterwards in order to get those really pretty photos. Unlike those film days, the work that you do is limited to the creative handy work in the darkroom. With technology, that work itself can be pushed to a very high limit – which is your creative brain power (and your technical skills).

The photo above is shot at the behind of Flat Badak.

Drying the clothes


Throwback – Hanoi

I am now just doing stack-pick-reject and later rate of the photos that I took during Crossing Bridges in Hanoi. Honestly, I am surprised at the number of photos that I discovered but never bother choosing back then. My goal is to share the photo on this platform to show how bad or good my shooting was back then. This was more than 10 years ago and I wonder how the people that I shoot look like now. This photo is taken in a village somewhere in Hanoi (if I am not mistaken). Back then, it was very hard to have GPS location on the photo, so I wouldn’t know where it is. I tried to hook up devices and all, but it’s just too troublesome. Stark different from how it is now.