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Macro At The Night Market - Putu Mayam

Create: 07/20/2015 - 21:54
Night Macro: Putu Mayam at the Pasar Malam

Outdoor macro is hard enough in the daytime with a close-up lens' extreme shallow depth-of-field. It requires very precise focus. At night, at the pasar malam, it can be a nightmare.

I not only need to light the subject but also to handle the side effect of a curious crowd attracted to the lights like moths to a flame.

Is a challenge but doable if you can find a stall with tables. The 'assam laksa' stall usually has some tables and chairs to dine in. They won't mind you shooting other food there provided you order from them, and explain what you are going to do.

Pluto Fly-By

Create: 07/11/2015 - 22:58
Putu Mayam is Putu Mayung in the north

These are actually vermicelli-rice flour string hoppers awaiting steaming on top of a pau steamer cover. The rattan dome is wrapped with a white cloth.

I found out that the South Indian Putu Mayam is from Venus and Putu Mayung is from Pluto. The pakcik hawker at the Ramadan bazaar noticed me giving the name on the banner a double take.

The intuitive man explained that in the north, it is known as Putu Mayung. It tastes just as wonderful with grated coconut and 'gula melaka' or coconut palm sugar.