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The Beach Boys Of Morib

Create: 02/23/2017 - 15:11
The Beach Boys at Morib Beach

Morib beach is so idyllic, secluded and near yet nobody comes here on a weekday. Except for the beach boys, a group of monkeys having the esplanade to themselves. Glad to see wildlife co existing.

Delightful to see them swinging on Casuarina trees. Morib is the nearest real beach for us landlocked KLites. You will cry if you come here on a weekend as I previously did. The amount of litter and garbage strewn about and left behind by visitors was shocking.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f16, 1/250 sec.

Going Home For Raya

Create: 07/09/2015 - 15:07
Going Home For Raya

I started on this journey on Federal Route 1 on March 29. I have since covered Rawang, Serendah, Ulu Yam, Rasa, Kuala Kubu, Kerling, Kalumpang, Hulu Bernam, Tanjung Malim, Behrang, Slim River and many tiny places in between.

To tell the story, I visited quaint little towns, rustic villages and wandered through dusty roads and jungle trails. Camped in tents, stayed at dodgy 'rumah tumpangan' (lodging houses) but also at comfy hotels, chalets and motels. Met friendly and warm people from all walks of life.

Wesak Day - Bokeh Paradise

Create: 05/03/2015 - 11:10
Bokeh Pardise with the Sony A7R and the Sony FE 70-200mm G OSS lens

At the Buddhist Maha Vihara Termple in Brickfields is a tent where hundreds of oil lamps are kept lit. It is a photographer's paradise.

Some newbie photographers think 'bokeh' is as simple as an out-of-focus background. It is more than that. It is how the lens render the out-of-focus point(s) of light in relation to the part that is in focus. There is an aesthetic and subjective quality that depend on the lens, aperture and distance.

Map - Federal Route 1, North of KL

Create: 04/27/2015 - 22:32
Map Of TV Smith's Federal Route 1 Travel

What was supposed to be a 100 km journey for this stretch took more than 1000 km as recorded by my GPS and odometer. Every town or place on this route is like a treasure chest waiting to be discovered and opened.

The extended mileage was because of the multiple up-down trips back home and to various accommodation locations. There were also numerous detours and excursions to branch roads and such.

Sub-trips sometimes yield little for the camera but were still worthwhile for the additional info I gather from locals about the geography and history.

Kerling Hot Springs

Create: 04/17/2015 - 15:33
Kerling Hot Springs In Selangor

Met a Chinese family swimming in the river and they asked me where I am from. I told them KL and they asked: "How on earth did you manage to find this place?". They said even though they are locals, they got lost getting here the second time around.

Since it is a weekday, the place is almost deserted. I was told on crowded weekends, it is also visited by locals mostly. Nice that the locals have their own secret and very remote hideout for recreation and picnics. Maybe not (so secret) anymore.

The Seven Holes Of Serendah

Create: 04/03/2015 - 12:34
The Seven Wells Of Serendah - 7 Perigi

The holes were located in a lonely but beautiful park in Serendah. Not sure if it was the threatening rain clouds or the mystery of the holes that made everything there very eerie.

Since the sink hole strainers are missing, do I dive into one of the 'rabbit holes' and will it take me to Wonderland? Apparently not; as further investigation revealed the water flowing into underground channels and released, like sewer, a little further down the cascaded river.

W Is For Waterfall

Create: 04/03/2015 - 10:22
Serendah Waterfall

Not since Chamang Falls, have I seen a massive, roaring waterfall so accessible. One can literally drive to the edge of its drop pool. Unlike the one in Bentong, this Serandah drive-in waterfall is not far from the main road.

Photography Notes: Without ND filters and a tripod, I opted for the opposite end of the speed spectrum. Instead of using a slow shutter for a silky effect. I used a fast shutter to crystallise the droplets and spray.

Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 2500, f4, 1/8000 sec.