It has become customary for me in the new year to present my 12 best photos taken in the previous year.
I just feel like sharing them with you dear reader the 12 photos which I consider better than the rest of my other images that I made in 2010. It is also kinda like my own personal reference. It’s just my personal judgment based on my own evaluation. I tried not to judge them solely based on my personal preference but also more on technical aspect.
You may ask why 12? I do not have a specific answer to that question but I believe 12 is the optimal number. More than that it would be too many and less than that perhaps it is not adequate. After all 12 is a dozen in imperial system. There must be something special with the number 12. Don’t you think so?
Here goes, my 12 best photos for 2010 (in no particular order)
Pix #1 | Moorish architecture against modern skyscrapers
I shot this in the early morning and thankfully the weather was very fine and clear resulting in favourable lighting for photography. I wanted to show the contrast between the more than 100 years old moorish/mogul architecture of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station against the prominent modern skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur namely Maybank Tower, Kuala Lumpur Tower and Petronas Twin Towers at the background.
Pix #2 | Strolling in a maze of tea crops
I found this scene interesting. A father is walking with his son in a maze of vast tea plantation at Cameron Valley Bharat Tea Plantation in Cameron Highlands. The inclusion of human element also provides a sense of scale to comparatively show how vast the tea plantation is.
Pix #3 | The Asy-Syariff Mosque
I came across this beautiful mosque in Meru, Klang in the early morning. Besides its architecture I loved its sriking yellow coat of paint which contrasts beautifully with the deep blue sky of the early morning. The polarizer filter was fitted to the lens though to make the blue sky more pronounced.
Pix #4 | A mother's unconditional love
A silvered leaf monkey with her infant on Malawati Hill. Something peculiar to silvered leaf monkey is it is orange-colored at birth but develops its darker adult coat around three months. Malawati Hill in Kuala Selangor is their natural habitat albeit threatened by development now. In this picture they are sitting on the fence of the Malawati Hill Lighthouse.
Pix #5 | Gaily decorated fishing boats of Sabak Beach
Fishing boats at Sabak Beach, Kelantan are famous for its gaily decorated and very colourful hull. They have become subject for numerous photographers, local or foreign.
Pix #6 | A yellow fishing boat in Kuala Besut
I love this scene for its tranquility – deep blue sky in the early morning, contrasty tones and vibrant colours of the boats at the foreground and background.
Pix #7 | The Hadhari Mosque, Jerteh
I love the architecture of this mosque. It has elements of classical middle-east architecture and its maroon domes are very prominent. It looks more beautiful when its front side was illuminated by warm low-angled light of the early morning. The blue sky at the background results from fine weather in the early morning as well as the magic of polarizer filter
Pix #8 | Grilled chicken hawker
I stumbled on this scene in Bandar Baru Kuala Lipis when I stopped by one the way back to Kuala Lumpur from my hometown Jerteh. There was a night market there which took place next to the new two-storey food court complex. I climbed to the first floor and shot from above. I loved the atmosphere in this picture with smoke and low-angled light in the late evening.
Pix #9 | A row of lotus blossoms
This row of lotus blossoms was shot at Bagan Lalang Beach. Near the beach there was a big pond full of lotus but I love this most. Please check out this page if you would like to see more shots of lotus at this pond.
Pix #10 | Shopping spree
This scene was captured at SOGO Shopping Complex during Ramadhan when muslims were busy shopping for the preparation for Eid Festival. I opted for motion blur to capture the frantic movement of the crowd on shopping spree.
Pix #11 | A family of anglers
This family is enjoying their common pastime, fishing, at an abandoned pier in Kuala Besut at dusk. The golden colour of the twilight sky made an interesting silhouette shot and I didn’t want to miss it.
Pix #12 | The Jamek Mosque against the skyscrapers
This was taken at the end of last year. While walking around with my camera I noticed the light was beautiful on that day with blue sky and contrasty low-angled light. I was trying to capture this scene before but the result was disappointing due to cloudy weather and overcast sky. This time I was more fortunate. I just wanted to juxtapose the Jamek Mosque located at the confluence of the Gombak River and Klang River against its neighbouring highrise. This historic confluence is where Kuala Lumpur started to flourish as a city and it was where most of the immigrants first landed when they came here to look for opportunities in tin mining more than 100 years ago.
If you prefer to enjoy the slideshow of these 12 photos please click here.
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