Hello all, and welcome to a new photo series featuring images taken on a recent holiday to Malaysia.
In this post, I’ll provide a quick overview of the trip’s itinerary so you’ll have some idea of where Photo Morsels will be taking you over the next few weeks.
The primary destination was the island of Langkawi. Located on the western side of Malaysia just below the border with Thailand, Langkawi sits more or less midway between the Malaysian island of Penang to the south and Phuket to the north in Thailand. It’s main attractions are three geoparks that feature the island’s distinctive geological features and natural beauty. For the active, Langkawi has some nice beaches for indulging in all the usual water sports. But overall, Langkawi is much more low key compared to some of the well known South East Asian island locations like Bali or Phuket, which is fine by me.
After a week on Langkawi, several days were spent in Kuala Lumpur, and to finish, a quick stopover back in Australia at Darwin before returning home.
All up, two weeks away.
That’s plenty of time (too much time?) to take photos, and the primary reason I’ve been a bit quiet on Photo Morsels the past couple of months. I found myself with roughly 1,300 photos to sort through, process, edit and then try to select the best for sharing on Photo Morsels and elsewhere. And I discovered there is a downside to improving as a photographer – the throw-away rate has dropped noticeably. This meant more images were worthy of putting some effort into than would have been the case for equivalent numbers of photos on prior travels. I’m happy to report that the task is now complete, so let the posts commence!
This is a photo blog, so I can’t let a post slide out without at least a few photos, so for this introductory post I’ll cover the trip from Adelaide to Langkawi.
Such as South Australia’s desert salt lakes…
Most of the flight over Australia was across truly hard and remote country. For passengers with views from the right hand side windows, Ayers Rock was visible about an hour after Lake Gairdner. I was seated on the left hand side of the plane, so you’ll just have to form your own mental image of Ayers Rock from the air! From there it was into the remote northern sections of Western Australia.
And then four or so hours into the flight, goodbye Australia!
Approaching Indonesia near Bali, the weather conditions were clearly becoming more tropical, with good sized thunderheads reaching the same altitudes as the plane itself.
Once at KLIA, there wasn’t a whole lot to do for the three hours or so before my connection to Langkawi. Although I had access to the Malaysian Airlines lounge, their wifi service was down, so that was the end of any thoughts of internet browsing via my phone. So I spent a little time calibrating by eye the focusing of my Pentax DA 55-300 zoom lens when mounted to my new K-3 camera. Took about half an hour of repetitively shooting a baggage trolley out on the tarmac, but in the end I decided I had corrected a reasonably noticeable back focus issue.
The main terminals are a long way from the runways so there wasn’t any opportunity to use my now calibrated telephoto zoom to photographing landing/departing planes. And although it was only mid to later afternoon, the light was as dull as could be, and the air was heavy with moisture haze. Woeful for telephoto shooting, so I put the Tamron 17-50 back on and amused myself with pictures of some planes parked on the tarmac.
And to finish, here we are in Langkawi:
In the next post, we’ll start to look more closely at Langkawi.
Pentax K-3 plus Tamron 17-50 F2.8 zoom.
Samsung NX-1000 with Samsumg 30mm F2 lens for the shots from the plane.
Where was I?