Fade to Blue #1
It took 14 hours by train, an hour on the road and another 45 minutes by boat to reach here. I thoroughly enjoyed the latter two. The train ride? Not so much. It was loud and mind-numbingly boring. For someone who loves train photography, I’m decidedly not a train person. 14 excruciatingly long hours is enough to put me on the verge of cabin fever. If it took any longer I would have rampaged through the cabins like Jack Torrance in a Malaysian re-imagining of The Shining. “Johnny di siniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!”
Located off the north east coast of Terengganu, the Perhentian island duo of Besar and Kechil is a popular retreat for backpackers, divers, snorkelers and camera totting travellers like myself. Unlike the more bustling Redang Island just 20km south of it, Perhentian is somewhat less touristy and more laid back.
Blessed with the finest white sands, crystal clear waters and blue skies, anything that you snap here will look like something out of a cheesy travel magazine. At the more remote pockets of the island, it’s probably dark enough for a spot of star trail photography. Admittedly, if you are not geared for underwater photography, there’s not much else to shoot for.
The lack of photography doesn’t really bothered me that much, as I spent most of my days here kicking back, whiling the hours away on the beach. Under the watchful sun and caressed by a soothing tropical breeze, screeching trains and cabin madness melted into a distant memory.
This post is the first non-local related image that I’ve posted in this blog. For 4 years, I’ve stubbornly dedicated this website primarily to landscape and seascape photography in Singapore. At the get-go I was told time and time again that there’s no decent landscape photography to be had here. Perhaps a part of me wanted to prove them wrong as I was and still am a firm believer that great images can be captured with the right frame of mind and fundamentals, regardless of where you are. So for 4 years I’ve been pushing that envelope, or at least I’ve been trying to.
Alas, the law of diminishing returns is a cruel mistress. For the past year or so, I am not particularly pleased with the results I’m getting, subsequently new content for this site became few and far between. I was tempted to fill the gaps with my commercial and wedding works, but decided not to because that would go against the grain and personal nature of this blog. It’s time for me to face the hard truth, that the concrete jungles of Singapore and its few pockets of nature doesn’t do it for me anymore.
Therefore as of now, I’m casting the proverbial net wider. As I’ll be travelling more around the region, I”ll be packing my camera with me.