19 February 2017

Photography: My first attempt of street photography

Masjid Jamek @Kuala Lumpur
I've started my hobby in photography since few years ago starting with my first DSLR Nikon D40, then upgraded to Nikon D90. Since then, I've always wanted to do street photography (or some people call candid photography) taking photos of random people in the street. Well, there are many opinions out there about street photography but I think a real or good street photography is not just a photo of a street view but with candid people in it. I think the photo will be more meaningful if you add some life into it which make you not only appreciate the beauty of the photo itself but life of ordinary people as well. 

I find street photography is another interesting challenge of a photographer where one has to take candid pictures of other people randomly in the street at the right time at the right place. It does sound easy, where you just go to a street of snaps whatever in your way. But believe me, it's actually harder than it sounds especially for a beginner like me. 

My first attempt was at Jalan TAR or Masjid Jamek area in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday evening. I chose this place because it's crowded, and pasar malam (night market) is held that night. With that said, I thought I might have many chances to take various interesting characters of people in a busy street, right? Well, not quite. Reality is not always the way we wanted to be.
*I tried to stick with 50mm lense in my street photography. 😁


Before I left home, I was thinking to begin my first street photography on my way to Masjid Jamek LRT station from KL Sentral. I imagined myself taking good pictures of random people at the LRT stations or in the train. In reality, I didn't have that much confidence even to take out my Nikon D90, yet taking pictures of strangers until I arrived my destination. 😫 Perhaps, it is a good idea to bring a friend along.

This is one of the earliest picture I took right after I took out my DSLR.
I took this random picture just boost my confidence to snap more after that.


When you saw an interesting scene in the street, by the time you raise your DSLR to take the picture, you miss it. I saw many interesting people doing interesting stuffs in the street, but not everything happen at time when you are ready to snap pictures. 
There was this talented guy in front of Sogo, doing art with spray paint and fire technique. (If you are familiar with this art, it's an art of painting pictures with spray paint only, no sketches, at some point they use fire on the painting.) During the fire technique, it was fun and cool to watch, perhaps it would be much more cool to take a photo of it. But, when I was ready with my DSLR, I don't know why he didn't do the fire thing. I waited for 5-10 minutes but still no fire. Eventually, I just left & went somewhere else.
Well, I waited for the fire technique but it never came. Frustrated. 😞
A busking nearby the artboy. 
 That man facing this way once I snapped this picture. Is this perfect timing? 😕

You just wish to be invisible

When doing street photography, I have this feeling of taking photos of people as candid as possible. Meaning, taking their photos without them to realise somebody else is taking their photos. That, in my opinion, is a portrait of real life in a motionless picture. However, I always felt so worried that the person will scold me, I ended up taking less human pictures.
At one time, I tried to take this photo of a homeless sitting, just doing his thing. I didn't want him to notice me snapping, so didn't raise my DLSR but aiming at him without looking in the viewfinder, then snapped few times. Well, I thought I got it but the result, you see it yourself.

At this end of this walkway, I saw the homeless.
I aimed for the homeless but failed. If you look closely on the top of this photo, you can see a very little image of the homeless's black trousers (I think). I should have aimed higher. 😓

14 February 2017

Travel: Phuket Trip, Night Market

Going to night markets is a must when you travelling to Thailand. Phuket is no exception. Phuket has a few of night markets that worth visiting. During my 3N4D trip in Phuket, I managed to visit 3 different night markets in each night. If you are planning to visit all of the night markets, you should do your research and plan your trip properly because every night market operates on different days. They do this to make sure less competing between the night markets.

Indy Market (a.k.a laad ploy kong)

Indy Market or also known as "laad ploy kong" by the locals located at Dibuk Road just next to Limelight Avenue (a small shopping mall), walking distance from Old Town Phuket. This is the first night market I went on the my first night in Phuket since my hotel just nearby.

The first moment I went here, I just felt in love with it. It was so clean, something I usually don't expect at a night market (especially in Malaysia 😬).  Indy Market operates on Wednesday to Friday every week from 4pm-10pm. The time that I found the most happening time was around 7pm to 9pm where live performance by local buskers is performed on a small stage built for the market.

In front of the stage area is decorated with lots of fairy lights made you feel welcomed, cozy and relaxed. A nice place to chill while enjoying the music performance. Also, definitely a perfect place for those who likes selfies & photos. Speaking of selfies, I noticed this market is more popular to high school students & young adults compared to other markets.

Indy market is not a big, so it lacks of choices in term of shopping. Most of the stalls sell women shirts, jewellery and accessories. If you are planning to do shopping, I suggest you to go to the Weekend Market instead.

Chillva Market

On my second night, I went to Chillva market from Phuket Old Town by motorcycle taxi for 100 baht. It was about 10 minutes distance. Similar to Indy Market, Chillva Market was also bright decorated with lots of fairy lights but much bigger and crowded. Thus, it has more choices of food and stuff to buy compared to Indy market. They do also have a stage and live performances.
Why people have to sit here blocking the sign?! 😡

Love what they did to bring this market alive. 😍

Chillva Market is a more like adult or family friendly compared to Indy Market (which is more high school kids friendly). They have container restaurants serve variety of food; local foods, burgers, sushi, yakisoba (Japanese noodles) etc. The price are standard price, but if you wanna much more cheaper, perhaps you wanna buy some food at the stalls and enjoy the meal in front of the stage while watching the live music like I did.

I spent almost 2 hours there but I didn't buy anything because I was hoping to do my shopping at the weekend market the next day.  Most of the stuff here are for females, women outfits, jewelleries, cosmetic products, handbags etc.

Overall, I think this market is great place to chill but not a heaven for shopping lovers. I recommend you to go here not for shopping but just to chill and relax. It's worth your time. By the way, Chillva Market operates every Thursday to Saturday, from 5pm to 10pm. The best time to go there, is at 7pm or 8pm.

Weekend Market (a.k.a Naka Market)

Weekend market located quite far away from Phuket Old Town. On my third day, I actually went to Patong and in the evening, from Patong I took a local bus and stopped at Central Festival shopping mall, then  I walked to the Weekend Market. It was a 20 minutes distance. Weekend market is something you will expect when coming to night markets in Thailand, the Asian style.

Most of the shops are under the roof, so you doesn't have to worry when it's raining. Still can do your shopping. Fortunately, the sky was clear when I got there.

This is a good place for you to get some cheap souvenirs, t-shirts, bags, and other several interesting items. I recommend you this market for shopping due to its variety of items. But since you'll find repeating items, it would be a good idea to browse around before you decide to buy anything just to compare the price. No need to shy to ask the shoppers the price if no price tags. Once you find the cheapest price, try to bargain the best price they can accept.

Weekend Market, as its name suggests, operates on Saturdays and Sundays,  4pm-9pm.