Friday, September 10, 2010

Hari Raya Walkabout

To all my beautiful Muslim friends, I wish you all "Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri" !!!

I woke up to a heavy rain this morning. Hence, I went back to sleep, and got up around 9am. It stopped raining, but the sky was gloomy and dark. That did not dampen my spirit to go all out on street shooting. I do not know quite how to explain this, there has been some bottled up urge to just walk and shoot and shoot and shoot endlessly. No, this is not obsession, but just an urge that has been accumulating. I just needed some release. I needed my shutter therapy.

I went to my usual hunting places and started my shutter clicking frenzy. I realized I have used my 50mm most of the time now, and have gotten quite comfortable using it. I am very pleased with the results that this lens yields, especially the coverage. Gone are the days I was very heavily dependent on the long tele-photo lens on street shooting. Also, for this session, I tried my best to present the photographs as truthfully as possible, with very minimal post-processing done. The colours seen on the photographs here were almost exactly as near as the straight out of camera output, with only minor tweaks, particularly on the slight exposure compensation to balance out minor brightness/contrast variations. Other than that, what you see is what you get directly from the camera itself.

Alright enough talk, lets go to the photographs.

10th September. First day of Hari Raya 2010. Shutter therapy at its fullest !!

I like things that glow. I do not know why, but I have a thing for glowing objects.

I know all of you have been complaining on how depressing my street shots usually are. Here is a bright and smiling one.

Ok, back to sleepy subjects on the streets. I can't help it, it was as if they were calling out to me !! It would be a sin not to photograph one.

And you think there are only homeless men? Women too my friend, women too.

Ok ok I know I can't get enough of them. Somehow, I just felt the urge, and need to photograph them. This is the truth that so many people chose to ignore. Some do not even know. Yes, KL streets are FULL of homeless people. One Malaysia much? My ass.

A DIY barbeque pit. Very creative don't you think?

A simple man, with simple needs.

Probably the first meal for the first day after a month of fasting.

I can never get enough. I have to get like, really, really close so fulfill that urge in me. I know, something is wrong with me right?

The sign translates to "Caution". Why, will the door explode if you walk too near to it?

There is no need for a roof over the head, really. Even this dude can smile in his sleep.

There, there, a happier looking street subject.

I wanted to convert this photograph to B&W, but the striking red background changed my mind. The background made the subject pop out even more.

You will be surprised to find so many people on the streets, although it is a public holiday. Most of them are not locals. Malaysians, if Muslims, would be busy with their Hari Raya celebrations. Malaysians, non muslims, would be sleeping at home like pigs.

Here comes a compulsory photograph of a cat.

If it was so hot there, why not just stand under a shade nearby?

How on earth can you spell "teksi" wrongly?????

What a spooky looking head. No wonder it was thrown away.

She makes bracelets out of beads... while...

He chops off hair from another man.

Do you notice that the phone booths in Malaysia do not look like the ones that Clark Kent uses to "spin" into Superman?

I swear his smile was a lot wider before I click the shutter button. I can either blame it on my slow reaction, or on the slow Auto-Focus on Olympus 50mm. Which one should I choose?

Two happy guys, and a lifeless friend.

Gulp. I wanted a bottle too.

I have shot this dude before. He is a regular on that street.

What did you do wrong, little one?

I have just got to post this kind of photograph to please the "bokeh" freaks out there.

So guys, did you manage to see what I see on the streets? If not, squint your eyes harder !!

Why so many photographs in this entry? It was a total of 6 hours walk (from 10am to 4pm) with minor breaks in the between for lunch. In the afternoon, Brandon Eu and his brother joined me and we attacked the streets further. Later in the evening, we all met up with LKM for dinner at Lot 10 food court. What a great day, if you ask me !!

I am enjoying street shooting more and more. I know my photographs may not show any remarkable improvements, but I know, every single time I am out there shooting and making photographs happen, I do improve, no matter how small the step is. I have got to learn to be patient, and more persistent. Impatience and being hasty will only make me fall too quickly.

If you see something you like in the photographs, do say something !!


  1. dude u really like to watch people sleep eh? come to sg and i will take u to a homeless family living under a bridge and u can take photos of them hehehe


  2. Hey Marcus,
    or better, grab a camera and go there make some photos happen !! I will be waiting hehehehehe

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