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Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur

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As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I've been travelling a whole lot recently. Most of it has been of the hectically-working-while-being-severely jet-lagged variety, which leaves little room (or consciousness) for taking pictures.

On my last trip to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) though, I was forced to slow down and take notice - by a massive but beautiful thunderstorm - and then, I had to take pictures. But it was one of those rare moments when I wasn't carrying my camera, weighed down as I was by tonnes of paper and a laptop (sigh, work trips...and being tiny) and so I gave my iPhone and the Hipstamatic app a chance. The only credit I'll take for these pictures is for that consciousness...and perhaps, the composition.

Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur
Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur
Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur


Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur
It had been a while since I had seen a tropical thunderstorm in its full glory and power. The only rain I see in London is the feeble, unsure type, with a complete lack of self respect. You know, the deeply annoying type? Tropical rain is all powerful, seductive, all-consuming. It makes you stop and take note, awes you by its presence. It forces you to celebrate its beauty, its glory, even its destructiveness. Ah, I miss the Indian monsoon. 

And so, I went to bed that night, tired, but strangely happy...and woke up the next morning to this stunning view.

Hipstamatised Kuala Lumpur

Who says you need a state of the art camera to capture the beauty you see?*. 

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*Having said that though, I must confess and rather proudly announce that on the same trip, I became the owner of a new DSLR camera - my first. While the camera can no doubt do nice things, I'm busy figuring out what I can do with the camera. I'll be back soon with my first results. :)



3 comments so far:

Slogan Murugan aka M S Gopal said...

Lovely. Like Mumbai during the monsoon minus the dirt.

And congrats, you have a new camera!

riitu said...

awesome. the raindrops are not part of the cam s/w i presume ? i remember this shower while waiting in a bay of the KLIA LCC terminal to board my flight to Siem Reap - I have NEVER experienced such a torrential downpour as I did that time.. possibly may have in my childhood in the boondocks of Assam - but don't remember it clearly.

Shilpa Bhatnagar said...

SloMo: It did remind me a lot of Bombay during the rain - just a lot less messier. There was the obligatory instant miles-long traffic jam though. And I was stuck in it when I took most of these pictures.

And yes, I have a new camera! :)


Riitu: Thank you! The raindrops are real - I was shooting through a car window. :)

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