Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2015

It’s been 3 years since my last trip to Malaysia.  I was excited when I found out I would be working here again.  My last two trips were always pleasant and full of interesting photo opportunities.

The people of Malaysia are so friendly and their culture is both beautiful, and interesting.  Kuala Lumpur is primarily made up of Malaysians, Indians, and Chinese.  My friend, Jeyan, is of Indian descent but he is third generation Malaysian.  As I talk with more people- Indian and Chinese –  I learn that this is the case with many – some going back even longer.  There still exists a strong tie with their root culture, be it Chinese or Indian, but they’re proud to be Malaysians.  I’ve explored much of the core city and have thusly experienced the pockets of varying cultural influence.  The commonality they share is their friendliness and willingness to assist.  Many times now, I’ve stood on a street corner trying to interpret the map on my phone and a perfect stranger will approach me to see if I need help getting where I’m going.  No strings attached, genuine care to be of some help to me.  Not many places I’ve been are this sort of nice.  To any Malaysian who may read this post, you guys are awesome!

On to the photos.  Here is a photo of the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) shot from the base, near the main entrance.  I’ve learned that one can navigate the city solely on a bearing established relative to the towers.  Being the tallest buildings in the city, it’s easy to locate and since there are two towers you can always tell which side of the them you’re on.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

While wandering around the base of the towers, I found some interesting patterns and shapes in the construction of the building.

This is the ceiling of the outdoor roof over the entrance to Tower 1

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Inside the entrance of Tower 1 there are these massive chandeliers.  The ceiling is a patterned stainless steel which reflects light and the color of the marble of the floors in a spectacular way.  I stood directly beneath one of these lights to get this abstract-looking image.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

A view of the chandeliers in a more revealing perspective.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Here is an interesting view of one of the exterior walls.  I know it looks like I blurred the photo but this is how it actually looks when you get in the right position for the reflected light.  These stainless steel panels are not smooth.  They have a very fine waffle-like texture to them – visible in the full resolution image – which act as a light diffuser.  The color seen in this photo is the result of reflections from the surrounding area out front of the tower.  I really like how this shot turned out.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

I shot this panorama from the top of the Kuala Lumpur Tower, several blocks away from the city center.  In this photo you can really see just how tall the Twin Towers are.  For the camera guys out there, this was made using only 3 RAW images shot with the camera in portrait orientation.  No tripod was used but I did give it about 25% overlap.  Photoshop was used to stitch them together.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Here is another view of the city, shot from another position and using a single shot, with the lens set to 70mm.

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Below is a photo of the Kuala Lumpur Tower after my trip to the top.  The observation deck at the top of the tower is almost 1,000 feet up.  This provides an extraordinary point of view for seeing the rest of Kuala Lumpur.  It is, in fact, the highest viewpoint in the city that’s open to the public.  At night, the whole tower is lit up in a multi-colored spectacle.

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Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Monkeys in the city!  I know if you’re from someplace that has wild monkeys, this probably isn’t very cool to you but we don’t see monkeys back home unless you go to a zoo.  This one here I saw on my walk down the hill from the base of the KL Tower.  There were quite of a few of them but most of them scurried up into the trees as I got near.  One of them took an interest in me while perched confidently atop this barbed-wire cap along the fence surrounding the KL Tower.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

After the KL Tower, I walked back to the condo where I’m staying during my visit here.  I came across a short span of some old buildings where I spotted this interesting door.  The roof had collapsed, allowing trees and bushes to take over the inside of the building.  Moss and fungus have about covered the exterior of the building.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
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Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

In the Chinese areas of the city, you see a lot of these shrines outside of the businesses.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Later that evening I went out for a bite to eat in the area around where I’m staying.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta MD Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta MD Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8

I happened on a ceremony at a local business celebrating its fourth year since opening.  Dragons were apparently invited to kick off the celebration.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta MD Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta MD Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8

That’s the last of the photos from that day.  Coming up next, I have over 30 photos to share with you from my trip to Batu Caves.  Everything is edited and ready to go so hopefully tomorrow I’ll have them up.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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2 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 2015

  1. I’m pretty sure that I passed by that old door on a crazy on-a-whim walk from college in Brickfields to KLCC. Your pic looks so much more colourful than what I remember- then again the heat and my feet were killing me so I wouldn’t be surprised if everything in sight looked bleak. Love the pics, by the way (especially those taken with the Minoltas)- you’ve just been bookmarked! 😉

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