Melaka in Red and Orange

March 04, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

When I knew I was going to Malaysia for a short break, I planned Melaka to be one of the cities to visit. I studied the history of Melaka when I was primary school.  There were Rajas and Sultans.  At that time, we were made to remember all the names of the Sultans and the years when they ruled Melaka. I don't remember any of them anymore. Melaka was a strategic port during 1400's, it a central point between the west and the east where trades happened. It was invaded by the Portuguese, the Dutch and then the British. There is much historical evidence that was left them. And Melaka City was also listed as a  UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Following the red-scale film photo-shoot I did in George Town, I continue to explore the beautiful city of Melaka. Here are some of the photos I took. It was a very hot and humid day and I've got one day to capture some images.  

Morning ReadingMorning ReadingA typical recycling chair that is still popular. Morning TeaMorning TeaRelaxing atmosphere for some newspaper reading

To fully exploit the characteristics of red scale film, is to overexpose the shots. I tend to overexpose the film by 2 stops. And the film requires a lot of sunny to get the vintage look. Sometimes, when the person is in the shade, it tends to be a little difficult to get that vintage look.  Unlike digital photography, you can review what you have just shot, this is film photography, you have to wait for the film to be processed before seeing the result. But this is also the fun of it. The anticipation of seeing the results. 

Mamak storeMamak storeThis a hawker store, probably been here for many years past down from generation to generation.

And when it's really dark, the blacks tend to be grainy. I need to research the 'grainy black' issue, more learning to do.  

Morning reading IIMorning reading IIIs this a shop or a house, or both?

Photo shootPhoto shootBest place to combine some nostalgic scene and modern fashion.

When the there's a lot of light, the result can be quite surprising. 

River BanksRiver Banks

Rent a bikeRent a bikeNo license required, I think.

DoorDoorsWonder what is the history behind the doors? Fishing shopFishing shopEverything you need for your fishing trip to river Melaka.

Worker at FortWorker at St Paul'sRegular maintenance job to keep the heritage listed place clean and tidy. Room with a viewRoom with a viewInside the St Paul's church Worker at the FortMaintenance worker at the St Paul's Taking a break

Curious look of a boyCurious look of a boyVisitors from around the country

Afterthoughts: Not sure if my expectations have changed, I'm a little bit more satisfied with the results compare to when I first saw the images came back from the developer. What was your first impression?  If you come back to the blog after 2 months, will the impressions change? Love to hear from you. Please leave your comments below. 

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