An old friend Tan visited from Penang last weekend, together with another old friend, Hong (I knew both of them from Kuching) we made a day trip to Malacca last weekend. Our primary goal there was to eat, eat and eat until we can't walk anymore. Food is another great form of therapy, which I believe is ok to be indulged once in a while. What say you?
Since food hunt was at the top of the list, we walked around the town area in between small meals, and that was the small opportunity for me to make some quick snaps. I carried my Olympus E-5 and the 25mm Pancake with me. I know, the PEN E-PL1 would have made more sense because of its smaller size and lighter weight, since we did do plenty of walking for the whole day. However, at that specific moment I just wanted to use the 25mm F2.8 pancake. That itself was enough reason for me to pick up the lens, mount it on E-5, and walk around shooting Malacca. Since this was a casual shooting session, I made very quick snaps of whatever that caught my attention. I did not stop for too long, or took my time to wait for opportunities because, we were on constant move, my friends did not have cameras with them, hence me being in my "shutter therapy trance mood" would have slowed everyone down.
All images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko 25mm F2.8 Pancake
St Paul's Church, Malacca, some time near noon.
Street and Sound
Music Sheets of a Street Performer
This was an accidental shot, I set the camera to panning (with about 1/15sec shutter speed) and did not have the time to set it back when this frame happened.
I like the kid's curious look on his face.
Glad to see that many folks in Malacca still use bicycles for short distance travels. We do not need that many vehicles to add on the already very polluted air quality.
There is no spoon
A reflex shot when I saw the kid playing with the plastic object that looks like a spoon (it probably is not a spoon).
Jonker Walk in Malacca has probably some of the coolest items on sale in the market.
I like how the side light illuminated this dude.
Tourists and an Abandoned Church
St Paul's church is one of the main attractions in Malacca. It was built in the year 1521 by the Roman Catholic missionaries that came with the Portuguese. has rich history (wont bore you with that).
A cleaner composition of the church.
All that is left of the St Paul's Church were the four exterior walls.
Many traditional Malaysian food can still be found, even on the streets along Malacca town area.
The overhanging dragon statue was created for this Chinese Year of the Dragon. Not the best composition, but not much I could do with just 25mm field of view either.
The Little Girl
Love how the lines and patterns come together on the varendah.
More interesting items on sale.
Hope and Perseverance
The man just walked out after purchasing his lucky number at a local lottery joint, while a lady in the background was working very hard to make ends meet.
A tyle of ball made of rattans, used in a local Malaysian game "sepak takraw".
Lady and Lanterns
In the first place, as I was composing this shot, the lady was not there. I was drawn to the lanterns. Then she appeared.
Poopular drink these days in Malaysia.
Gotta love that Snoopy sitting on the tree branch !
I intended to shoot just the drummer dolls on the table, but when the girl turned her head away I decided to include her in the frame.
Street performer was away, probably for a toilet break.
That probably costs more than actual real sandals
Everything is a bargain
The must adhere to local culture here is allowing for bargains in any market place.
I was not quick enough to set the camera to panning mode, which would have made this image more dramatic. Sometimes, when you see something, it is either you respond immediately to capture that shot, or you miss it entirely. I chose to shoot.
Chips on a Stick
Fried potato slices on a satay stick, one of the popular street food in Jonker Walk
I saw this giant statue of some local Bodybuilding hero, wanted to shoot it, but it looked too plain. Hence I added this man in front, who appeared quite the opposite in physical condition to the statue.
This was a hip shot, meaning I shot without composing, and let the camera snap it by chance.
Clinging On Mummy
However, this begs another question. I believe it is perfectly fine to take photos that you want to take. It does not have to be perfectly composed, or has the National Geographic worthy content. There are times we get serious down to business and really put all out to grab that best shot, but there are also times we should relax, and just let the camera click, without too much of a thought. Shooting should not be stressful at all, and if shooting helps you relax by expressing yourself, the way you want to, the way you see it, then why not? I shoot many things, because I did see something interesting in the subjects that attracted my attention in the first place. They all do not have to be first class images. It can be as simple as a street cat licking water off a puddle of water on a pedestrian walkway, or a young lady walking by a flower shop. Or it can be simply a slice of very delicious cake (which I did blog about last entry). It is important to shoot for yourself only, and shoot what you want to shoot.
Last weekend had been too adventurous for me, but I felt that I have done many things, and spent time with a lot of people. I seriously cannot wait to have a real dedicated shooting session down to Malacca again some time soon. This time, I shall concentrate on getting even better images.