Playing with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 on the streets of Kuala Lumpur

The butcher

I am now back in one of my favourite countries shooting on the streets (and underwater - but more on that in the next post).  On arriving in Malaysia, I didn't know whether to eat first or grab the camera or do both.  I opted for doing both in the end as there is so much good food here, especially during Ramadan.  I decided that after my Asam Laksa I would hit the streets with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens mounted on the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  I have not really got into using this lens as I also own the voigtlander 17.5mm lens and that has been my favourite for so long now.  However, after shooting most of the day with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 it is really starting to grow on me now.  I still think many of my photos from the voigtlander are still sharper and I tend to miss less photos with the manual lens.  While I could spend some time trying to analyse the differences and why things are the way they are - I just thought I would post the pics here and focus on the photography itself.  I had a fairly full day of walking (covering over 30 000 steps - great exercise) and making my way through the areas around Petaling Street, side streets near Chow Kit and the Bukit Bintang area.  These are the photos I took while getting to know the lens a little more.  All images take with the Olympus 17mm unless otherwise indicated.

The Butcher!

The Smoker!

Stories to be told

A ghostly image in the rain (shot with the Voigtlander 17.5mm)

It a smokey 2

Whats up?

more food!

Jalan Sultan

Colour is good

Framed between buildings

Petaling Street

Temple Incense (Voigtlander 17.5mm)

Temple candles (Voigtlander 17.5mm)

Fruit and cars

Shadows and sunlight

Preparing vegetables (taken with the Olympus 45mm lens)

The Cook!

Another laneway

Cheery smiles

Not the wind!

Its raining! (Voigtlander 17.5mm)

An evening feast

Always there for you!

No parking, sittign is ok

Life is not complete without a photo of Durian while in Malaysia

The cartoon animals will sell the food


hey shaun, nice picture there, maybe u will see robin wong there, if he was not in busy, take care his mom, hope better soon ... and maybe if u visiting indonesia, let me know :) i'm live in bandung


By denie mullete (not verified)

Thanx for the comments Denie.  I was meant to shoot with Robin - but as you know he has much more important things to do at present.  If I am in Indonesia - I will let you know.



By Shaun

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