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Kek Lok Si Temple Fireworks


On 22 February 2017, I and my friends decided to make a day trip to Penang Island. It was 4 hours drive and the purpose of us coming all the way there is just to photograph the fireworks show with the famous Kek Lok Si temple, it is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. I had wanted to photograph the temple years ago but only possible to do it this year.

The fireworks show normally held a few days before the Chinese New Year and at the same time, the Kek Lok temple is also decorated with colourful lights and lanterns. The light ceremony will last until the end of the Chinese New Year.

In order for me to photograph the temple, I went to a shooting spot that’s only known by the local. It is a private vegetable farm on a hill opposite the Kek Lok Si temple and only open to the public during the fireworks event. That’s also the location I’m going to share with you all here. To get to the vegetable farm, there’s an entrance beside the 7-11 shop in Ayer Itam, just follow the route and you will find the farm.  Here is the GPS Coordinate of the entrance: 5.402006, 100.276820 Below is the Google street view screenshot of the entrance.

If you want to have a better picture of the location, you can check out my Photography On Location Youtube video here. 😀 P.s. If you are visiting Penang Island, I would strongly recommend you not to miss out some of the local food, especially Penang Laksa and Rojak. They are super delicious. 😀

Shooting Info:

I took 5 exposure bracketing at 32mm focal length, ISO 100, f8 with shutter speed from 1.6 seconds to 25 seconds. This series of photos will be used to cater all the highlight and shadow details and will be blended into one single photo later. The photo will be as a base layer.

Then, I took another series of photos, just focus on capturing the fireworks. My camera settings are ISO 1,00, f11 and shutter speed at 3.6 seconds. When I got back to my desk, I will pick only the fireworks photo that I want, and blend into the base layer.

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