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Thaipusam, Singapore | Gerald Gay

Thaipusam, Singapore | Gerald Gay | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it


I finally got my hands on the X-E2 & the soon-to-be legendary XF 23mm 1.4 lens. Everything said about this combo in reviews and blogs are true. I bought it just one day before the Thaipusam in Singapore. Didn't have time to find out what was new so I had to rely on my familiarity with the X-E1. Haven't had enough time with it but so far it's an unbeatable combination for street and travel photography......

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Fujifilm X-Pro1 : Thaipusam Festival At Kota Kinabalu | Shukur Jaha

Fujifilm X-Pro1 : Thaipusam Festival At Kota Kinabalu | Shukur Jaha | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Thaipusam is a key Hindu ceremony that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar – Thai – falling from mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar. It is mainly observed in countries where there is a significant presence of Tamil community including Malaysia. . It mark as public holiday in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Kedah, Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak,  Penang & Selangor. I’ve been living in Kota Kinabalu for so many years but never heard of this festival being held around here. All this years, I only know this iconic festival attracts over one million devotees and tens of thousands of tourists at Batu Caves. I was looking for some photographic opportunity during Deepavali last year, when I see the note about Thaipusam at Sri Subramaniam Temple (KM22, Penampang-Papar Road in Lok Kawi). My curiosity about it lead me to ask one of the visitor at the temple, I am lucky enough to know that the person I talked to is one of the temple management team. He said it was actually held every year. Yes, every year here in Kota Kinabalu and I have never seen a picture of this festival that was taken from here......

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Fujifilm Xpro-1 : Thaipusam 2014 | Luc Pher

Fujifilm Xpro-1 : Thaipusam 2014 | Luc Pher | Fuji X-Pro1 | Scoop.it

Thanks to a local a local photography forum, Clubsnap, I managed to gather a few tips on shooting the event.

  • Thaipusam normally starts in the wee hours, stretching all the way to the next evening. The “Golden hour” for photographers will be the first 6 hours. This means shooting at the temple from 12 midnight all the way till 6am in the morning.
  • Anyone entering the temple are to remove their footwear and leave it on the poach outside. General advice is to wear slippers or something light that you can stuff into your camera bag.
  • No flash photography as this might distract the devotees who are in a trance. This means bringing a fast lens and a camera with high ISO capabilities.

With all these considerations in mind, I decide to bring my Fujifilm Xpro-1 with a 35mm 1.4, lightweight, fast lens and extremely capable at high ISO settings. The Xpro-1 being small and light, allows me to hand hold the camera over head and under the devotees for a different angle for many of the shots shown below. A heavier camera would have tire me out faster.......
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Thaipusam is one of the major religious event in Singapore [Wikipedia]

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