A re-visit to Pasir Penambang. the small seafood and fishing town off Kuala Selangor, brought a smile to my face. Happy to see the old tree in the middle of the road still standing and alive. In a society with scant regard for conservation and preservation of nature and old things, it was surprising to see the tree still in the middle of the road spared - four years on.
While rummaging through the old photoa of Lap Chun from last year, I found some unpublished ones.
One of the monkeys who grabbed a balancing egg from me discovered raw egg is hard to swallow. The face one may make at the mamak when the "sentengah masak" (half-boiled) eggs are too raw.
The old world monkeys or macaques are mischievous and aggressive. Be careful around them as some may run off with your camera bag. This one eventually crouch forward and licked the spilled egg yolk clean.
Sony A7R, ISO 2500, f9, 1/250
#lapchun #lichun #monkeys #egg
Those who received the greeting card featuring the rooster may be interested to know the circumstances or backstory. I was outside a kampung house in Ulu Slim, near the famous hot springs. I was enthralled by the sight of two cockerels play fighting almost non stop. Waited for the brief moment they took a break and captured the solitary pose of the rooster on right. Organised cock fighting is illegal in Malaysia.
Sony A7R, ISO 800, f4, 1/1600 sec.
#cockerel #roosters #cockfighting #kampung #greetingcard #nature #farm
For this journey, I took the off-the-beaten track back road. It is the old 'Silk Road" that meanders alongside the Main Range.
My journey began at the foothill of Genting Highlands and on to Raub where the road splits to the other highlands resort of Fraser's Hill.
From Raub, I headed north to Sungei Koyan where the road splits again, with Kelantan and the National Park to the east.
Trampled by humans and decimated by grass cutters, the plants survive somehow.
Each pod is smaller than a finger nail and a closer look reveals its understated and strange beauty.
Macro photography with the Sony FE 55mm prime and Raynox DCR-250.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 1600, f4, 1/1250 sec.
They always look graceful when frozen by the camera in mid-flight. At a market, I saw a shopkeeper throwing grains and the birds swooping in from a telephone wire.
Pays to keep the camera in S or shutter priority mode for street photography. I rolled the dedicated shutter speed control dial rapidly while lifting the camera to my eye.
It all happened in a matter of a few of seconds. Before I hit the targeted 1/4000th of a second, the birds were already overhead.
While I can control the camera, the flight formation is all luck. I added the green hue in post.
The cats in the previous picture were looking at me looking up at this tree in the orchard. They must be thinking city people are strange people.
A couple of curious kids came and sat next to me on the grass littered with fallen leaves. Finally, one brave little girl asked: "Why are you looking at the leaves for so long?"
I wanted to explain: "I am looking at the seasons in the sun". Although trees are evergreen here, they do have their seasons where the leaves change colours and the branches bear fruits.
Hard enough getting two battling cats to sit together for a portrait. Even harder to get a goat to walk across frame on cue.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f9, 1/320 sec.
It is such a cool day and I asked the village goat:
"Know any place nearby where I can get a good sup kambing (mutton soup)?"
All I got was a long, blank stare :-) .
*Title inspired by the 2009 movie "The Men Who Stare at Goats" .
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 100, f8, 1/125 sec.