F1 Baby

by Tim Rogers March. 28, 2016 2321 views

Well it wouldn't be a photo trip if something didn't go askew would it? I called a cab using the app I'd been using in KL that had never let me down. I wanted to go see the Malaysian Air Force Museum about 15min away with an idea to photograph a plane from various angles and along various lines and try some HDR pics outside. My cab driver however had an idea that I actually wanted to the National Museum and took me there instead. After bumbling around for a while, driving me further from my destination and running up the meter while he checked his phone, and asked directions, I decided…after gently explaining in my own inimitable style that I wasn't taken by his service level…to exit the taxi and explore wherever it was he'd taken me. It wasn't the most friendly exit from a taxi. At least I taught him a few new word combinations in English. I'm sure he gave me a few in Mandarin.

I was pretty close to KL Sentral Station and a few stops from KL City Centre. I figured there would be a fair bit going on so I floated around for a few hours until the sunlight begun to fade and the lights of the city took it's place. The Petronas Twin Towers drew me in again as the amazing lights on the building dominated the sky. I'm not sure if it's the power of the lights, the size of the buildings, or the fact that there are two of them. But the Twin Towers are hard to ignore. I ended up back there again, like a giant Aussie moth to a flame.

Petronas is the major sponsor of Mercedes AMS, the reigning Formula One Champions. So underneath the towers as you enter the shopping mall two life size Mercedes F1 cars are mounted on the wall. You walk underneath as you enter the mall. The people traffic through there is pretty solid and the area is open so I was able to find a spot that gave me a good shot of the cars. I set the camera up to do long exposure, capturing movement under the stationary cars. A bit of a juxtaposition style photo I figured. I was hoping I could capture a stationary photographer with a smart phone taking a pic of the cars whilst the people around blurred with motion. Another step into Urban Photography I figured.
What I got was better I thought. The human motion with the stationary baby carriage under the stationary cars was a little surreal, a little arty and for me, something novel. Not the only photos a little different I would get that night.

So should I be thanking the cab driver for taking me nowhere near my intended destination. Nope, I really wanted to photograph a plane. I'd been eyeing off the planes in the airfield for 2 months. I really wanted to try my hand at a bit of aviation. No the driver was an idiot. But that doesn't mean we can't make the most of a bad situation.

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Lukesmom 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, I'm glad you ended up where you did :) This is fantastic! My kind of photo, too. Well done.

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 5 years, 1 month ago


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Antonio Gil 5 years, 1 month ago

My kind of pictures. Better luck next time. :-))

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

Another new experience! Made me smile!
Hey - you are a bit hard on the driver - you spoke in English I guess and he didn't fully understand - that doesn't mean he's an idiot!
Been there - worn the T-shirt!
However - I like the photo very much.

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

A good result from a bad start.

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Ram Ya 5 years, 1 month ago

Nice story, and I am glad you made something out of it.
Btw if you are in Malaysia you should check out Helipad @ Heli Lounge Bar. It has amazing views from the top.
Thanks for sharing with us!

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