Here we are, last post from the trip to Malaysia.This post contains a selection of photos taken from my hotel room looking out across Kuala Lumpur city centre. In my previous post, I pointed out the location of the hotel room where I was staying and asked readers to remember the location.
As a reminder, in the photo to the right (or possibly above if you are using a mobile device to view this), look for the two identical tall brown buildings in the middle distance. My hotel room was around three quarters the way up the right hand tower. Image taken from the 86th floor observation deck of the Petronas Twin Towers.
Now you know where I was, here’s some of what I could see.
But when the rain cleared, the city began to reveal itself. As the night arrived, the city lights created some stunning vistas. Dawn also was pretty spectacular, and didn’t necessitate a big effort to capture the moment – three steps from the bed to the window! And the best has been saved to the very last, to reward the patient reader of the many posts covering our Malaysia holiday. I’m putting this in the short list for my best photo ever. Your screen/browser combination may or may not render this image well, but it looks just stunning on an iPad or other tablet with a top quality screen. And that’s it, nine posts in all and six months in production!
Thank you to all who have followed the entire series. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey.
Pentax K-3 with a mix of lens – in fact I had a go with every lens I took to Malaysia. I’ve indicated which lens was used under each photo.
Other than the world’s biggest capsule machine, all were taken from inside my hotel room’s bedroom which was right on the corner of the building on the 30th Floor, giving me views both north and west. Windows were non-opening so I shot through the window glass, which turned out to present its own set of problems with reflections. I used a tripod but with the legs extended at awkward angles so that the front of the lens was as close to the window glass as possible. Even with this, elimination of reflections off of the glass was still a pain in the you know where and over several sessions I slowly cut out more and more of the reflections. It was bordering on the ridiculous in the end. Just when I thought I had got rid of every possible reflection, I still found I had the word ‘Pentax’ in reverse across some of the night scenes. That was the name embossed on the front of the camera being reflected from the window back to the lens. A matt black lens cleaning cloth drooped across the offending section of the camera fixed that final reflection.
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My stay in KL was at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel. I would call my room good family grade accommodation, but not luxurious. The ‘room’ was really a small apartment, so two bedrooms, a living space, and a separate kitchen area. All this was good given four people were staying in it. Access to KL attractions was easy as Imbi monorail station was right out front. And there is an adjoining shopping centre and amusement centre linked directly to the hotel.
Berjaya also ran the resort we stayed at in Langkawi. From the two places we sampled, it would appear that Berjaya are targeting the family market and in my opinion do a pretty good job of it. All of the staff in both locations were very polite and helpful.