|Photowalk to Thaipusam 2015 Batu Caves [Part 2]: Kid's gorgeous big eyes|
If you haven't read my first post about Thaipusam @ Batu Caves 2015, go read it now as these photo stories are connected. To get to the top of Batu Caves, everyone need to queue up in the jam-packed crowd and trying not to fall down or being suffocated (especially kids who join the queue). I believe we've spent at least an hour in the crowd just to reach the starting of the stairs. Apparently there are three rows of queue but only two passage available to go up. Therefore some of them shouted and complain as there were a few devotees who can't stand it and pass out. That was the time people around get even angrier and shout out even louder. That was the time the queue started to move a little bit faster.
Since we were stuck among packed crowd, there was nothing much to shoot as your eye view will be about people's head and it was hard to switch lenses. This time I use mainly the 8mm Samyang fisheye lens and Nikkor 85mm f1.8 prime lens. It is either you get wide scenery shoot or focus on something and blur out the background to make your object stand out.
I used to bring many lenses with me but knowing that I will need to climb the stairs, I left my heavy 70-200mm at home. It was a good choice hahaha. Now please continue to scroll down and see what are the photos that I manage to take.
|Lots of yellow shaved head among the crowd|
|The devotees with milk container going up hill together.|
|Fisheye view of Batu Caves with the Golden Statue and people mountain people sea|
World’s tallest statue of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan
It stand 140 feet high and it took over 250 tons of steel bars, 1550 cubic meters of concrete and 300 liters of special gold paint, imported from Thailand, to construct. The next thing that will hold you in awe about Batu Caves is the 272 steps that you have to climb. It was suppose to be tough on me but I guess climbing up slowly with the crowd made it easier.
|You are advised to wear covered shoes instead of slippers or else you would have lost it here|
|Nothing to do when the queue was not moving, #TCSelfie time!!|
|Bokehlicious lights as the background|
|Getting nearer to the starting of the stairs. Colorful statue on the main dome|
|Kids carried by parent on their shoulder|
|Looking in front hoping that the queue will move faster|
|God's statue on a Kavadi|
|Half way on the steps to the top of Batu Caves|
|Kavadi-bearer taking a rest before continue his journey|
|The interior of Batu Caves during Thaipusam 2015|
After we've reached the top of Batu Caves, we took a break so that can rest a while before we go down together with the crowd again. So we took the time to shoot some photos and I manage to get the portrait below:
|One of the devotee with red powder all over his face, not sure if it had mixed with the blood at his chin|
"When the kavadi bearers have reached the Temple cave, they will offer their prayers to the consecrated statue of Sri Subramaniar Swamy which now resides inside the chamber of Temple Cave, after the chariot journey from Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. The priests will then sprinkle consecrated ash over the hooks and skewers that pierce the kavadi bearers’ torso, before they are removed."
|Replenish self with some drinking water|
|Saw flower ring hanged on the wall of Batu Caves|
|A lady looking at the right place to slot in money notes/small change at the wall|
|A devotee slotting in RM1 notes to the wall at Bau Caves|
|Gotta be careful when go down hill because the stairs quite small|
|A woman has her cheek pierced and there was no blood|
|Check out his back|
|Tired?? Take a nap on the floor|
|Clothing shop owner sleeping on their own stocks|
|Giant hooks latched onto his back pulling a god statue behind. Ouch!|
|Crossing the railway to washing area - Thaipusam 2015|
The next post will have more portraits of people and I can't wait to share with you guys. Stay tuned~! Let me know which one is your favourite picture okay?? I would like to know what do you think too. Thanks for dropping by!!
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