It was 30th August 2007, Merdeka Eve, and I was going home after work. I just intended to hop on the bus and not join the festivities, but as I passed by Masjid Jamek I heard a commotion and followed it for a photographic journey!
Unlike road signs, some arrows are not so clear.
I followed Alam Flora workers down to Dataran Merdeka. They had a task – to clean up the trash.
Some saturation play will follow.
“Man, I need a new belt.”
There was a row of bikes, old and new.
Soon I found myself deep down in the crowd!
Aha! A platform just for people with big cameras! Spot a Minolta 70-210mm F4 beercan and a Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 up there. Yes, more than one Alpha male there.
Despite bringing the Tamron 200-400mm F5.6 (there, my first official mention of it) I found I could not get anything interesting other than a sea of hands waving flags. Thus, the fisheye or going down to shoot kids with bright prime lenses would be a better idea.
(Okay, fine, the first shot was with this bazooka lens, too.)
An unidentified host. 330mm F5.6 1/15s.
You can’t tell from this picture, but his eyes are open. 400mm F6.3 1/15s.
I then realized I was deep in, and I wanted to get out. I found an outstream of people. However, this outstream had people cutting me and rubbing their sweat against me! So I realized that the instream was dry, and grazed against them to keep myself dry. Heh.
I got home before midnight. Great success!