Photographing Pulau Ketam on two wheels

I had a quick photowalk at Pulau Ketam recently, an idyllic fishing village island near Port Klang. Since the entire village is built on floating platforms with narrow walkways, the only way to get about is bicycles or electric bikes. I found it interesting to observe everyone going about their daily routine and chores on two wheels. Therefore – I narrowed down my choice of subject to just people on their bikes. It was a huge challenge to shoot when scenes may appear repetitive – due to similar backgrounds and subjects on similar looking rides.

In order to achieve an adequate variety of shots to form a cohesive series, I played with slow shutter speeds to induce motion blur, panning shots as well as portraits of the locals still on their bike while running errands. I only used the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 on my Olympus PEN E-P5 for these shots. This is part of an on-going exercise to improve my use of 35mm (equivalent) focal length.

The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F1.8 lens is available from B&H


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  1. Samuel Jessop says:

    Very much enjoying the photos of the red and yellow house, and the green and red house.

  2. Very colorful and interesting subjects, even though it’s all bicycles. You did exactly what you claimed as your objective. One of your best series here. Bravo!

  3. Beautiful images. They make me want to visit your area of the world. I especially like the fellow with the umbrella and his bicycle.

  4. Wow, Mings X1D shots are getting better by every other day. Read article: It’s Robin’s m43 1.8/17mm! Excellent shots. Saves me from upgrading to fuller format sensors. Thanks!

  5. Interesting post, I lite it very much

  6. Beautiful street photography, full of life and colours 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day 🙂

  7. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    You’ve certainly succeeded, Robin – it’s not at all repetitive. I was interested to note it’s “part of a project” – I do that all the time, to bump my photography up – the discipline does wonders for the output.

    • Robin Wong says:

      Thanks Jean, trying different variety for framing and composition is not easy, but it is of course work in progress.

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