Across the Strait, Malaysia

View from Georgetown, Malaysia 2015

Another seascape!

Once upon a time, Penang was a hub beween the UK and Hong Kong. During the war, various battles were fought in the Straits of Malacca and later it was a submarine base for the Japanese. These days, the harbour mostly handles cruiseships and ferries carrying holidaymakers to Langkawi (which I will probably write about another time).

When I lived there, once a week, I would try to walk from my home to the ferry terrinal. Some days, it would be fiercely bright, making the sea look a light blue and on other occasions, thick clouds would appear and the sea would take on a greener hue (like here).

Two Couples, Penang

Two Couples, Penang 2015

This picture shows a famous piece of street art in Georgetown (on Armenian Street if you are curious) called “Little Children on a Bicycle” – and it is a really popular place to have you picture taken, with long queues of tourists waiting for their turn to pose with the bicycle. In this case with couples having their bridal photos taken too.

I like the picture, but it is really two photos trying to fit together and doesn’t totally work. I like the contrast of the immaculate wedding group with the rusty corrigated iron. And I like the new couple with the older couple. If the older man had moved by the bicycle seat would it work better? Yes – but he didn’t.

Any, a fun place top people watch in you are in Georgetown.

Street Trader, Georgetown

Roti Man – Georgetown, Penang 2015

I used to live in Penang. Street traders are a feature of life there, selling sweets and snacks from the back of a motorcycle. I am told the Roti Man delicacy is an ice-cream sandwich. I wish I had tried it.

Technical Details

Canon EOS 650D and 24mm STM lens. A really good combination for this kind of photography, just right for walking down fairly narrow roads. Nice and sharp into the corners. I did consider posting a black and white conversion, but it felt like I was pushing an “olde worlde” view – which I’m not.