Penang Malaysia

I went to Penang, Malaysia last year sometime in November. I had to get a new visa for my new workplace. I have been to Penang numerous times but I have never been to their tourist destinations. Luckily this time I have a former student from Davao City who now works in Penang. A lot of my former students keep in touch in Facebook. So when Angelie (my former student) got wind of me going to Penang she immediately offered to give me a tour around the Island.

I brought all of my photography gear as if I was going to war. (Well at least all gears needed for a walk around shoot.) The biggest mistake I made was leaving my tripod behind. It was sort of a hassle lugging around my heavy tripod. I was thinking of the inconvenience it would cause in a mini van with a capacity of 12 stuffed with 15 people. Sitting shoulder to shoulder for 6 hours from Hatyai Thailand to Penang Malaysia with a big photography bag is torture enough and having a heavy tripod would be a killer. But now looking back, I would say that it would have been worth the hassle having it. But i did my best making use of whatever was there i could put my camera on… plus i was lucky enough that my guide/friend/savior Angelie knows how to shoot a camera. ^_^

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

 

 

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Kek Lok Si temple/monastery: Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

 

Restored buildings

 

Restored buildings

 

My Tour guide, friend and savior Angelie.

 

All these places were visited in a day. And one day is not enough. The budget constraint was really limiting. ^_^ . Equipment wise I also realized that an 18mm wide on a crop-frame body is not enough for these kinds of shoot. The structures were so big and the shooting room was so small. A 10mm lens would have been best. For a full frame body a 17mm or 16mm would be perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

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38 thoughts on “Penang Malaysia

    1. Yes. They were all enhanced via Lightroom 3 and some with photomatics. But these places were colorful as it is to begin with. Cheers! ^_^

  1. Those are really pretty photos! I’ve never been to Malaysia so I’m grateful for travel/photo blogs like yours that give me a glimpse into what I’m missing. Hope I get to go there someday and see the sights for myself. 🙂

  2. Ohmigooosh! Nice photos. I’m getting my hands at photography and trying to learn the basics. Oh, I do hope I could capture beautiful photos too, though I’m more portrait than landscape. I’m eyeing a better lens than the kit lens that comes with my DSLR so that I can shoot better in low light situations.. but man, these things cost a fortune!!

    1. Hi Shirgie, I am currently residing in Songkhla Thailand, so the fare going to Penang Malaysia is not that expensive. A round-trip via mini van is around 1500Php. I chose the cheapest motel in town which cost around 700-800Php per night(it’s the cheapest guest house with dignity). For going around the Island of Penang I chose the public transports and walking(Taxi fares are a killer). For the days bus fare i think it would be fair to say i spent around 200-300Php. For the entrance fees it is between 300-500 per person(it depends on the place). some are free. Cheers!

  3. I used to travel often, but with two toddlers now, it’s hard to go around with them, my camera AND camera equipment. I do hope to go back into traveling with the husband soon. We’ll surely have Penang in our list.

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