The Petronas Twin Towers – Cityscape Stock Photos

The Petronas Twin Towers is located in Kuala Lumpur, about 30km from where I live.

The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. The buildings are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower. – Wiki

Kuala Lumpur is also known for its unpredictable weather. We have haze and monsoon rain. Photographing these two towers can be a challenging feat.

Furthermore, Kuala Lumpur City Centre is growing with constructions everywhere. Finding the right angle and composition is a challenge too. For some of my cityscape-photographer opted for high angle view of the towers which requires us to climb up office buildings.

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A Panoramic of Petronas Twin Towers The Petronas Twin Towers   Cityscape Stock Photos

Panoramic View of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur during Blue Hour. (Hafiz Ismail)

Petronas Twin Towers Time Sliced The Petronas Twin Towers   Cityscape Stock Photos

Petronas Twin Towers Time Sliced (Hafiz Ismail)

Petronas Twin Towers at Blue Hour The Petronas Twin Towers   Cityscape Stock Photos

Petronas Towers at Blue Hour (Hafiz Ismail)

Petronas Twin Towers at Sunset The Petronas Twin Towers   Cityscape Stock Photos

9 Exposure HDR – Blue Hour – Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur (Hafiz Ismail)

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Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur (Hafiz Ismail)

Sunset over the Kuala Lumpur City The Petronas Twin Towers   Cityscape Stock Photos

Sunset over the Kuala Lumpur City. (Hafiz Ismail)

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Twin Towers and a back alley (Hafiz Ismail)

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Sunrise Time Lapse at Maiga Island, Sabah

Hello time lapse lovers.

As part of a continuation from the previous post – Paradise Island of Sabah – Mabul & Maiga Island – I want to share with you one of many time lapse clips I did when I was there.

As the sun rises early in this part of the world – at 5.30am to be exact, I had to be early with the spot I want to photograph. As there were 14 of us, it was “first come first serve” to get the spot.

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Dramatic Sunrise at Maiga Island – One of the many frames captured for the time lapse clip. (Hafiz Ismail)

So I went in to the water.

I decided to use the sea gypsy huts as my subject and I know that the sun will come up from behind the neighbouring island – the Bodgaya Island.

I set my Nikon D3 down on a tripod and fixed a Lee Proglass and GND filter to balance out the exposure of the sky as well as getting a slow shutter speed for longer exposure of the sea water. For sunrise (and sunset) time lapse, I uses the Holy Grail method by Gunther Wegner.

I did two time lapses with a total of 380 shots and combined them as per the video below.

Post processing was done with Lightroom 5 and LRTimelapse.

Looking back at the time lapse, I’d wish that I’d chosen a better spot to capture the dramatic change of lights and exposure during the sunrise. And I feel that there is no powerful foreground which can make the the images stronger.

I will definitely be back to Maiga and repeat this time lapse. There is a plan currently in the works to go back there in April 2015. Wish me luck.

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Paradise Island of Sabah – Mabul & Maiga Island

Hello friends and fans.

I had the opportunity to take a three days two nights break a week before Malaysia Independence Day (Merdeka) and headed to Maiga Island – a small island off the coast of Sabah, about 1.5 hours boat ride from the town of Semporna.

This island is not a holiday island. It is like a small village where sea gypsies make their home.

It is truly a tropical paradise with blue sky and clear sea water – Malaysian Maldives as I like to call it. This was my third time here.

Originally, the 14 of us had plan to stay two nights on Maiga but had to execute Plan B and head to Mabul Island on the second night as there were some “activities” involving The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) and terrorists in the area.

Sunrise, sunset, human interest, milky way and time lapse were my plans during this trip and Alhamdulillah, I’d managed to do most of it. All in all, 72GB worth of RAW images were captured during this trip.

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D321224 Edit Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Dramatic Sunrise at Maiga Island with Sea Gypsy Huts (Hafiz Ismail)


Dramatic Sunrise at Maiga Island with Sea Gypsy Huts. The sun comes up from behind Bodgaya Island at 5.30am. And I went in the water.

Sibuan Island Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Sibuan Island, Sabah (Hafiz Ismail)


We headed out to Sibuan Island, about 20 minutes from Maiga Island. Tropical Paradise, Malaysian Maldives.

A girl on a sampan at Maiga Island Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

A Girl on her sampan staring into the future. Maiga Island, Sabah. (Hafiz Ismail)


They will come near us and beg for money. After couple of shots, we will give them sweets instead of money.

Sea Gypsy girl on a sampan Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Sea Gypsy Girl in her sampan (Hafiz Ismail)


Same goes to this shot.

Boy With Malaysia Flag Merdeka Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

A boy with the Malaysia Flag screaming merdeka. (Hafiz Ismail)


I was in Maiga a week before Malaysia’s 57th Independence Day. I’d a shot planned and managed to execute it when I was in Maiga.

Sea Gypsy boy Rosman and his Rooster Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Sea Gypsy boy, Rosman, and his Rooster (Hafiz Ismail)


Rosman is his name and he has pet rooster. I’ve been photographing him for the last three years and this year, he’d asked me if I wanted to photograph him and his rooster.

Milky way above a house Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Milky way above a hut (Hafiz Ismail)


During night, you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye. It rises a bit early – about 6.30pm.

Milky way above a boat Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Milky way above a boat (Hafiz Ismail)


Another shot of the milky way at Maiga Island.

Ray of Light sunset at Mabul Island Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Ray of Light sunset at Mabul Island (Hafiz Ismail)


Dramatic Sunset at Mabul Island. This was captured at favourite spot for landscape photographers on Mabul.

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Heaven on earth at Mabul Island (Hafiz Ismail)


Mabul is famous among divers and in this photo, they were on their way back to the resort after a diving session.

Huts on Water at Mabul Island Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Resort on Water at Mabul Island (Hafiz Ismail)


A newly built resort at Mabul Island.

A portrait of a boy wearing a Adidas t shirt against a green wall Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

A portrait of a boy wearing a Adidas t shirt against a green wall. (Hafiz Ismail)


Photographed this boy against a green wall when I wondering around a village at Mabul Island. A friend had a reflector and I used it to get this shot.

Ray of Light Sunrise Mabul Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Ray of Light Sunrise at Mabul Island (Hafiz Ismail)


Early morning in Mabul Island.

Golden Sunrise Parked Boats at Mabul Island Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Parked boats on a Golden Sunrise (Hafiz Ismail)


Golden Sunrise at Mabul Island.

Milky way above huts Paradise Island of Sabah   Mabul & Maiga Island

Milky way above huts by the sea (Hafiz Ismail)


My luck, the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye on the 2nd night when I was in Mabul Island.

If everything is in order, I will be back at Maiga in April 2015 – where I hope to stay full 2 nights and photograph more.

Maiga, the paradise island for photographers.

Sunset at Marina Island, Lumut

Hello.

These sunset photos were captured during my two separate trips to the man made Marina Island in the town of Lumut, some 246km away from Kuala Lumpur.

I used Lee Filters during the shoot and edited in Lightroom 5.

In 2003, Marina Island (a man-made island) was developed by the Marina Island Group of companies and began operation in 2010, with private investment of RM250 million by 2013. The integrated mixed development resort island consists of waterfront residential properties, a new jetty called Marina Island Jetty, a private commercial marina called Pangkor Marina Malaysia, service apartments, hotels and shop offices.

These photos are available for purchase as Rights Managed (RM). Please contact me for details.

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