[Photowalk] Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves Malaysia 2016
Last year was my first time to pay a visit to Batu Caves for Thaipusam Festival thanks to Robin Wong and friends. This year, I went to Batu Caves again with Raymond and girlfriend since this will be her first time seeing the festival in real time. This time we drove and parked our car near one of the petrol station in Batu Caves area. Reached around 6.31 am and started shooting around the river since the preparation for Thaipusam started there. Noted they have renovated the shower area with proper marble stone but kinda block views for photographers.
When compared to last year Thaipusam Festival, I find that less crowded this time. Maybe because I came at a different timing and it was easier to climb uphill to reach the top too. Instead of having multiple post about Thaipusam, I am going to finalize the photos and frame them in Instagram square size. Hope you like the Thaipusam photos that I captured at Batu Caves below:
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We started our photography journey near the river, that's where people go for a quick shower, do prayers and prepare milk pot/offerings to carry uphill to the top of Batu Caves. After the river, we then proceed to the highway area where the road was closed for devotees to use this road. Love the morning lights that shine through the trees and it gave the subject in my photos a perfect glow. We then climb the stairs to reach the top of Batu Caves and it was rather crowded when people want to go down from here. I didn't see much action this time but glad to meet the holy cows on my way back.
Decided to travel light this time so I use only Nikon D800 with two camera lens 50mm F1.4 and 8mm fisheye #TCFisheye. No flashgun too since I got the 50mm to compensate with low light photography.
I've noticed that this year there are many photographers who brought along long lens like 70-200mm. It is definitely a good lens to use here so you get an awesome portrait with blurred out background. We decided to make a move after the weather turns warm and hot.
So that's all I've got for this year Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves, Malaysia. Were you there to shoot some documentary photos too? Feel free to share your link below =)
Read more on my Thaipusam 2015 photo story:
- Photowalk to Thaipusam 2015 Batu Caves [Part 1]: Sit Female Coach for the first time
- Photowalk to Thaipusam 2015 Batu Caves [Part 2]: 272 steps to the top
- Photowalk to Thaipusam 2015 Batu Caves [Part 3]: Shave & Shower
- Photowalk to Thaipusam 2015 Batu Caves [Part 4]: That Precious Moments
|A #TCselfie with Batu Caves and holy statue @ Thaipusam Batu Caves|
I am thinking of making a photobook with this series of photos. Other than just making one to keep for my own self, would anybody interested for a signed copy? Nah~ just kidding haha!
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