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Malaysia’s most photogenic spots

Travel photographer Adam Lee recently won Best Asean Tourism Photo at the 27th Asenta Awards for his shot of Melaka’s Unesco World Heritage Site. Here he picks five of Malaysia’s most photogenic spots, and offers tips on how to capture that perfect shot

George Town, Penang ‘The old and rustic walls around George Town have been given a new life with beautiful paintings of children by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic. Funny and fascinating, some of the larger-than-life paintings add new dimensions to the city’s colonial façades. Comb the streets and find them in every nook and corner. Remember to play with perspective when taking photos or Instagramming. Get your subject to interact with the painting. Be quirky and have fun shooting.’
Melaka City, Melaka ‘Contrast the past and the present by juxtaposing the historical buildings in Melaka with the rush of traffic weaving through the streets at night. Bring a tripod as a 10-second shutter (or longer) is required to create the lines of light. Best spots are the ones at the quaint arch bridges along the Melaka river.’
Lake Kenyir, National Park, Pahang ‘Take a boat ride around the man-made lake (created from the 1985 damming of the Kenyir River) for a jaw-dropping view of the national park. On a sunny day, the vast body of water surrounding the islands and floating houses creates a spectacular mirror-like image at every turn. Add a circular polarising filter to your lens to suppress glare and to bring out the vividness of the blue sky and the green of the forest.’
Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu, Kelantan ‘At this local wet market, activities begin as early as 5am – a good time to capture the hustle and bustle of the marketplace when the locals come for grocery shopping. To get a bird’s eye view of the rotunda-shaped building, climb the stairs to a higher level and find a spot along the inner corridor. Use a 17mm–24mm wide-angle lens to capture the space.’
Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, Kuala Lumpur ‘Walk across Dataran Merdeka towards the Royal Selangor Club and take a wide-angle shot of Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad, complete with the city skyline. Five to ten minutes after sunset (about 7.27pm) is good for evening photography. Bring a tripod and set the camera to a slow-shutter speed to capture the city’s evening glow.’