Malaysia - An Appetite For Colour by David McMahon

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This was shot in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2008. We were exploring our hotel, the Shangri-La, when this sight stopped me in my tracks.

This was the entrance to the Shang Palace restaurant in the hotel and the rich colours were a feast to match the cuisine.

I do not crop or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F4.5, 1/8 sec, ISO 800, focal length 38mm.

Featured in MOOD AND AMBIENCE group, June 2009.

Featured in WALL OF THE WORLD, September 2010.

Featured in FULL FRONTAL FACADES, November 2010.

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  • The Scouts
    The Scoutsover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot, love the reds and the art jumps off the page.

  • Thanks very much. I shot three other frames, and there was an interesting reflection on the wooden floorboards as well.

    – David McMahon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    Wow. Wonderful, Gorgeous. A favorite.

  • Thank you, Maureen. I couldn’t believe just how vibrant the colours were.

    – David McMahon

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 5 years ago

    I meant to mention that the glimpse of the woman walking through the passage way is a subtle part of the capture that really adds a sense of mystery to this one. Really great stuff!

  • Funny you should say that, Maureen. I shot three or four other frames, but I chose this one because of the movement of the woman between the pillars. It was as if she was gliding through!

    – David McMahon

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    beautiful shot
    love the warm colors

  • Thanks, JustArt – my sentiments exactly!

    – David McMahon

  • Coreycw
    Coreycwover 5 years ago

    I don’t see this much color in my life enough. thanks!

  • Thanks, Corey – it certainly stopped me in my tracks.

    – David McMahon

  • Ranald
    Ranaldover 5 years ago

    NIce vivid colour as always David.

  • Thanks Ranald – in retrospect, I wish I’d shot some frames of the dark-and-light screen door on the far left of the frame!

    – David McMahon

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

    Please add this to “True Colors of Asia” as per challenge rules it needs to be in the group. Thanks and you can remove this once you have read it.

  • On my way now, Kimba. Apologies for the oversight …..

    – David McMahon

  • vertigoimages
    vertigoimagesabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful image. Congrats on your Full Frontal Facades feature

  • Thank you so much, Wendy. Sorry for the delay in replying.

    – David McMahon

  • Cynthia Harris
    Cynthia Harrisabout 1 year ago

    12 Nov 2013

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