The theme for this week’s weekly photo challenge is Yellow.
Here are what yellow means to me:
This lady sells nothing but banana at the Chow Kit wet market in Kuala Lumpur.
Yellow Art Deco facade
There are many shophouses along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur that have Art Deco facade which mean they were built during the popularity of Art Deco architecture between 1925 and early 1940’s. I was however attracted most to one of them in the picture as its Art Deco facade was given a striking yellow coat of paint.
A yellow hot air balloon in flight
Yellow and blue are the totally opposite colours on the colour chart. Even a small dot of yellow on a blue surface is easily spotted let alone a gigantic hot air balloon :)
The Asy-Syariff Mosque, Meru, Klang, Malaysia
With its yellow coat ofpaint, this handsome mosque located in Meru, Klang about 50km from Kuala Lumpur stands prominently and majestically in the early morning against deep blue sky.
The repetitive yellow windows of this building which used to house Sin Seng Nam Restaurant in the Old Market Square in Kuala Lumpur create a rhythmic pattern especially after the whole building was newly repainted.
A yellow tiger lily
I stumbled on this yellow tiger lily while holidaying in Cameron highlands, 1500 meter above sea level
At the zebra-crossing, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
This block of buildings, located on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (formerly Batu Road), exhibits fine examples of Neo-Classical features. In 1915, Loke Yew, a property owner, millionaire and philanthropist, constructed No 11-19, and in 1920, the estate of Haji Eusop built No 1-9.
Although constructed at different times, the buildings share the same architectural style and complement each other. Giant pilasters supporting highly decorative pediments punctuate the façade. Bay windows adorn the first floor and the block is unified by the cornice treatment. Large rectangular piers form part of the covered five-foot way. The façade is embellished with plaster scrolls and emblems.
No 1-19, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
No. 1-19, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
No. 1-19, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman
The Old FMS Survey Office Building
This majestic building located along Jalan Tun Perak (formerly Java Street before being changed to Mountbatten Road by the British Colonial Government) was built in 1910. The building served as the headquarters for the Federated Malay States (FMS) Survey Department. It was designed by the prolific state architect, Arthur Benison Hubback or more popularly known as AB Hubback. AB Hubback was instrumental in designing at least 25 buildings in British Malaya during his 19-year stint in British Malaya.
This elegant building was designed with Mughal-eclectic or also known as Ind0-Saracenic architectural style, which was a mix of neo-Mughal architecture and British Neo-Classical, Victorian architectural style. It was a popular architectural style between the late 19th century and early 20th century in India and the style of was exported to other British colonies especially to then Malaya, Singapore and Myanmar in Southeast Asia.
The octagonal tower topped with an onion-shaped dome at one end of the 400ft long arcade of the building
The main feature of this edifice is its dramatic 121.9m long (400 ft) arcade which is punctuated by two entrances, each with a twin chatri on top. At both ends of this building are octagonal towers each topped with onion-shaped dome. Along the 400ft long arcade are the distinctive cinque-foil arches that create a powerful geometric rhythm along the street. This grand building was later occupied by the Sessions & Magistrates Courts before they were also relocated to Jalan Duta Court Complex. The building is now left vacant.
Photographing this is faced with a great challenge as the LRT railway track overhead limits the full view to this building. And to photograph the building under the nice lighting it must be shot in the morning as its front facade faces towards the east. However the nice warm sun light of the early morning is blocked by the massive new OCBC Building across the road from hitting the front facade of this classic building. I had to wait until the sun rose beyond the new OCBC building so that the morning sun light hit the front facade of this building to capture it under the glorious morning light with the blue sky at the background.
You may want to check out my other blog entries on the heritage buildings of Kuala Lumpur as listed below:
The two-tier rows of cinque-foil arches whose design was inspired Mughal architecture of India
The octagonal tower topped with a dome at another end of the building located at the intersection of Jalan Raja and Jalan Tun Perak
The unique cinque-foil arches
Sunrise at Teluk Chempedak Beach, Kuantan.
Gazing into the horizon
Teluk Chempedak at sunrise
Teluk Chempedak after the sun has risen
Converge – that’s the theme of the weekly photo challenge this week. Converging lines and shapes cannot be avoided in photography but it can be manipulated to make it interesting. A photograph is a two-dimensional image but photographers attempt to add a sense of depth in photography by manipulating convergence of lines and perspective to make their image appear to be three-dimensional.
In architectural photography especially formal architectural photography, converging verticals are supposed to be avoided otherwise the buildings will look like they are toppling over. So verticals have to look vertical.
On the other hand, especially in informal creative shots, converging verticals can also be interesting as it adds some mood and drama to the picture besides emphasizing the height of a building. Having said that, converging verticals have to be obvious which normally is produced by using ultra-wide angle lens to show that it is intentionally done.
Let me share with you some shots with converging lines or converging verticals to answer this week’s weekly photo challenge.
The KTM (Malay acronym for Malayan Railway Service) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur
The old FMS Survey Office in Kuala Lumpur
Converging verticals of the Dayabumi Complex Tower
Silhouette of the Petronas Twin Towers surrounded by their neighbouring skyscrapers.
Sing Seng Nam Restaurant, Old Market Square, Kuala Lumpur
Happy photoblogging :)
Minimalist photography can be intriguing and can introduce an element of surprise. Frankly I love minimalist photography although of course it cannot be applied to every shot. This week’s photo challenge’s theme is minimalist and I am very keen to take the challenge :)
Less is more as they said.
Below are a couple of selected minimalist shots from me. Hope you enjoy them.
Can you see a boy in red t-shirt and red cap running in a maze of tea crops?
As we are aware, red and green are totally opposite colours, In the picture above, although the red part is very small compared to the vast area of green, the red part which is the opposite colour can easily be spotted by our eyes. Do you agree with me?
Calla lily (Calla palustris)
I loved the contrast between the pristine white colour of this calla lily against its dark green leaves i found in Cameron Highland just outside the hotel room I was staying in. The rain had just stopped and the light was diffused which made it such a suitable photographic moment to capture flowers in their natural environment.
A lady descending the steps
When there is something or in this case someone breaks the pattern, the focus will be concentrated on the pattern breaker :)
A crew member adjusts the parachute valve of a hot air balloon before it is filled with the hot air
The introduction of human element can give a sense of scale about how big the hot air balloon is.
Walking in the rain
A solitary window
A street cat
My daughter, Nur Batrishia Khadijah, 10, goes down the slide at the water park.
It has been a while since I last shared my street shots in my blog here.
Let me share my selection of street shots for about the past one year. They also kinda represent my attempts in capturing “the decisive moments”.
“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things in words.” – Elliott Erwitt
Quran lesson at Masjid Ulul Albab, Kg. Seberang Jerteh, Terengganu
Behind a coffee shop
Going for prayer
Walking together in the rain
Banana seller at Chow Kit Wet Market, Kuala Lumpur which has since been demolished
Fruit seller at the Chow Kit Wet Market Kuala Lumpur which has since been demolished
Excitedly waiting for the completed balloon animals
Garland makers on Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur
Tidying up the merchandise at Jalan Othman Wet Market, PJ Old Town
Eid Bazaar on Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
Paying alms in the month of Ramadhan at the Indian Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
East meets west
Alike but not the same
Going back from the market
Large shoes, small shoes
In deep thoughts
Unveiling the newly painted heritage building
Alike but not the same II
Walking along five-foot way
I welcome any comments and criticisms with open arms :)