Malaysia

Shapes, lines and beauty underwater

Aug
16
Shapes and lines underwater

The new Nauticam housing for the Olympus OM-D EM-5 II finally arrived a few weeks ago and while I was rushing things a little getting all the gear prepared, I decided to head to Pulau Redang on the east coast of Malaysia to test it out and just get comfortable with the photography side of the gear.  A new camera and housing always takes time to work out and this trip was no exception with some silly mistakes being made - need to remember to never rush things!

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What does a workers camp, a Kampung, a Kowa, a Veydra and a Nocticron all have in common?

May
09
New and old

I think the answer is – just a really awesome experience for shooting and capturing the moment! The Kowa 8.5mm, Veydra 16mm and Leica Nocticron 42.5mm are all just brilliant native mount micro four thirds (m43) lenses. And, a workers camp and kampung just make for an exciting day out with these lenses. A couple of weeks ago as I was transiting from Malaysia to Vietnam where I caught up with a good friend of mine, Bjorn, for a few hours of shooting before I caught a plane. We swapped lenses and casually explored the local area trying to get the most out of the equipment that we were using and really just wanted to document the local area. I know that it won’t be long before these areas are eventually bulldozed, given their location near Mont Kiara.

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Underwater with the Olympus 60mm Macro lens and a Nauticam Super Macro Convertor

Aug
08
Nudi Branch at Pulau Redang

Macro Photography can be both challenging and rewarding, however shooting underwater can often be even more challenging then shooting on land.  I was on Pulau Redang for a couple of days recently and decided to test a super macro convertor manufactured by Nauticam.  This convertor is quite recent and at the website page (http://www.nauticam.com/product.asp?id=287) its claims are quite impressive when you read them.  I must admit after shooting this with the Olympus 60mm lens I was quite impressed.  This trip was about testing this con

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A few recent random photos from Kuala Lumpur

Nov
27
The chopping block

I often receive many emails from people who say that I must always be visiting exciting places or events to get the many photos that I take.  However, I rarely plan to be on a street during a particular event - It just happens I am on the streeet with a camera. I believe that there is always something happening or something that will capture your eye if you are looking out for it on the streets.  Capturing it is the hard part as street life can often move so quickly or a particular scene can be blended well into "normal" surroundings..

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Macro at the butterfly garden in Kuala Lumpur

Oct
30
macro manual focus

On saturday after finishing a morning of street shooting and having delicious lunch of Indian food with Robin Wong we couldn't help ourselves but go for a hot, humid session of macro shooting in the KL Butterfly park.   I shot exclusively with the Olympus OM-D EM5 and 20mm macro lens.  All photos were shot with manual settings, though I did occassionally use the auto focus.  I am always impressed at how accurate and quick the autofocus is with this lens (especially when u select the right distances on the the lens itself).

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A short trip to Pulau Ketam

Oct
26
Pulau Ketam - crab island

A couple of days ago I was out near Port Klang and decided that while I was there I would go for a quick boat ride to Pulau Ketam (crab island).  It is located about 30min by boat from Port Klang and Port Klang is about a 1hr train ride from KL Sentral.

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Playing on the streets of KL with the Olympus E-M1

Oct
24
Bukit Bintang

I am back in KL for a short visit again and that means its time to hit the streets and do a little more street shooting (and also update this blog).  This time I was able to catch up with some friends, Robin Wong and Nick Wade, to have a very short night shoot on the streets of Bukit Bintang - an area where there is nearly always something happening.

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A brief morning visit to Pudu Wet Markets

Aug
23
Fish at Pudu Wet Markets

After weeks of adventures, I am still trying to catch up on my blog posts and process the collection of photos that I have.  The photos in this post aim to give you a brief glimpse into the Pudu Wet Markets early one Sunday morning in July.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Pudu wet markets, they are located quite centrally in Kuala Lumpur near Jalan Pudu and are a great little adventure, though do be aware of any pick pockets when visiting this market or any other markets.

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Old Town PJ for breakfast

Jul
26
All in twos

Today was like any other day in Malaysia - trying to make the hard decision on what to do first!  I decided that it was going to be an easier day and grabed my camera, spare battery and the old 25mm Voigtlander lens that I haven't shot with for quite some time.  I was hungry so first stop was going to be old town PJ and a wander through the markets with a little roti canai and murtabak on the way,  I love these very local indoor markets as there is a little hussle and bustle but at the same time quite relaxing to browse through.

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Playing with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 on the streets of Kuala Lumpur

Jul
19
The butcher

I am now back in one of my favourite countries shooting on the streets (and underwater - but more on that in the next post).  On arriving in Malaysia, I didn't know whether to eat first or grab the camera or do both.  I opted for doing both in the end as there is so much good food here, especially during Ramadan.  I decided that after my Asam Laksa I would hit the streets with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens mounted on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  I have not really got into using this lens as I also own the voigtlander 17.5mm lens and that has been my favourite for so long now.

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