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Generic Main Street, Fishing Village.

Create: 02/25/2017 - 13:57
Long long Jalan Besar Tanjung Sepat

We drove into this street in Tanjung Sepat by accident. It was very long and is flanked by wooden shops on both sides. My first reaction was "I have only seen such long streets in Cambodia" Alex who recently returned from Cambodia. nodded his head in agreement.

I think it was the seemingly endless Charles de Gaulle Boulevard in Phnom Penh Cty that I rode a motorbike on. Could be another, It was confusing. No romantic colonial name here though. Just plain vanilla Jalan Besar - a common or generic Main Street name in many small towns in his country.

Drive By Shooting

Create: 02/05/2017 - 17:02
Drive By Shooting

I don't know what was going on. A senior citizen was arranging some old newspapers outside her house in a village in Sekinchan paddy land. I was a passenger in a car and I shot with the window rolled down.

You can take preemptive actions such as upping the shutter speed and deciding how you want to frame it before the car approaches. I kept one finger on the exposure compensation dial as I was thinking her silver hair might be problematic. It wasn't in the end as the camera's dynamic range contained it.

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 10

Create: 12/18/2016 - 21:40
Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 10

I like the Kampung Hakka exploration in that it is a journey of surprises and discoveries. No guides, no preconceived notions. Stumbled upon this Chinese chess board engraved on a stone table. The players kept all the chess pieces but left two cigarette packs behind. These are signs of life but they are always indirect. mysterious or baffling.

Asus Zenfone 3, IS 50, f2, 1/250 sec.

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Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 8

Create: 12/18/2016 - 17:14
Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 8

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 8

But apparently not. Almost every house has a Taoist symbol at the door or front entrance that repudiates the theory.

A small altar dedicated to the Chinese Ti Kong or the Jade Emperor God can be seen everywhere.. It is seen here as a metal fixture on the wall to the extreme right of the pic. The bright red altars have all faded like the memories of the generations who lived here.

Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 5

Create: 12/17/2016 - 21:17
Methodist Church Mantin

This time, a Methodist church, also on the main road. Photography Tip: Since the floor is not level, I turned on framing guidelines under settings. It allowed me to keep the verticals and horizontals aligned.This saved much time that may be required to fix crooked framing later.

Asus Zenfone 3, ISO 50, f2 , 1/1100 sec.

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Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 4

Create: 12/17/2016 - 16:40
Kampung Hakka Mantin - Part 4

The Hakkas are a dialect of people from South China. Many migrants work at the tin mines in the area. It is alleged that the British colonialists called the town "Mine Tin". Locals soon corrupt the name into Mantin, as it is known today.

The village under siege is well covered by my long time friend, the artist and activist Victor Chin. A Hakka himself, Victor has covered much ground in bringing awareness to the plight of the 120 year old village in his campaigns.