Photogenic Malaysia: 5 Popular Spots For That Picture Perfect Travel Shot

There’s so much beauty to see and capture all over Malaysia. Whether you’re in fast-moving Kuala Lumpur, artsy Penang or laid-back Malacca, you’re bound to come across something worth memorialising in a picture, be it of architecture, nature or the people.

Asenta Award winning travel photographer, Adam Lee has a personal list of gorgeous sites in Malaysia and shared his favourite 5 spots for photography. He also shares tips on how and when to capture the perfect shot of these photogenic places:

1. George Town, Penang

Zacharevic’s ‘Boy on motorcycle’ street art installation along Ah Que Street in Penang, Malaysia that was created in conjunction with the 2012 George Town Festival (Pic credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur)

“The old rustic walls around George Town have been given a new life with beautiful paintings of children by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. Funny and fascinating, some of the larger than life paintings add new dimensions to the city’s colonial facades. Comb the streets and find them in every nook and corner. Remember to play with perspective when taking photos or Instagramming. get your subject to interact with the painting. Be quirky and have fun shooting.”

2. Malacca City

A road aligned with old shops in the central city area of Malacca (Pic credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur)

“Contrast the past and the present by juxtaposing the historical buildings in Malacca with the rush of traffic weaving through the streets at night. Bring a tripod as a 10-second shutter (or longer) is required to create the lines of light. Best spots are the ones at the quaint arch bridges along the Malacca River.”

3. Lake Kenyir, Taman Negara, Terengganu

Kenyir lake is the largest man-made lake in Southeast Asia, spanning 260,000 hectares (Pic credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur)

“Take a boat ride around the man-made lake (created from the 1985 damming of the Kenyir River) for a jaw-dropping view of the national park. On a sunny day, the vast body of water surrounding the islands and floating houses creates a spectacular mirror-like image at every turn. Add a circular polarising filter to your lens to suppress glare and to bring out the vividness of the blue sky and the green of the forest.”

4. Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Siti Khadijah Market is a local wet market in Kelantan and is named after Prophet Muhammad’s wife, who is known for her entrepreneurial skills, as this market is mostly run by women (Pic credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur)

“At this local wet market, activities begin as early as 5AM – a good time to capture the hustle and bustle of the marketplace when the locals come for grocery shopping. To get a bird’s eye view of the rotunda-shaped building, climb the stairs to a higher level and find a spot along the inner corridor. Use a 17MM – 24MM wide-angle lens to capture the space.”

5. Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

The most prominent heritage building in Kuala Lumpur, Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad is popular for its Mughal architecture which was inspired from architecture AC Norman’s trips to Africa and India (Pic credit: Timeout Kuala Lumpur)

“Walk across Dataran Merdeka towards the Royal Selnagor Club and take a wide-angle shot of Bangunan Suktan Abdul Samad, complete with the skyline. 5 – 10 minutes after sunset (about 7.20PM) is good for evening photography. Bring a tripod and set the camera to a show-shutter speed to capture the city’s evening glow.”


Source: Timeout Kuala Lumpur



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