iPhoneography in Kuching

I made a return trip to Kuching just recently to once again savour the freshness of the air, and to soak up the quiet ambiance of my beloved hometown Kuching.

Kuching has changed a lot during my time in the Little Red Dot, and there were opportunities aplenty for taking great pictures. In this change, there was a part of me rooting for the familiar and comfortable facets of life in Kuching. Perhaps, it was my time away that cultivated in me a certain fondness for the mundane and simple. Distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder. I am back to my domain, and once again, the master of the house.

Below are some pictures taken with my iPhone 6, minor touch-ups in Adobe Lightroom CC.

If you are interested to see my other articles on iPhoneography, please see part 1 and part 2, linked at the bottom of this article.

Calm Before the Storm – Damai Beach, Kuching, Malaysia.

Damai Beach, Kuching, Malaysia.

India Street, Kuching, Malaysia.

TGV Cinemas, VivaCity Megamall, Kuching, Malaysia.

Also, see below for further reading:

iPhoneography Part 1 | iPhoneography Part 2

iPhoneography – Part 2

I decided to take some nice picture of Kuching, and spent the evening scouting around for a nice vantage point that overlooks the Sarawak River, and older parts of Kuching city. In my previous posting, I mentioned that the iPhone has come to be regarded as a ‘serious photographic tool’. By ‘serious’, I didn’t imply that the iPhone was a good substitute for a serious DSLR, but that it was SIMPLE enough to use – camera app MINUS all the bells and whistles that you find in even in some of the basic entry-level compact digital cameras – such that you are left to FOCUS on the creative aspects of photography. Here are some pictures that I took just two days ago.

Tua Pek Kong Chinese temple. Kuching Central Business District at rear, overlooking the Sarawak River.

Old Kuching; with a touch of ‘modernism’ at the rear – the newly completed Plaza Merdeka shopping mall. The street you see to the right of the temple is the famous Carpenter Street.

Old Kuching. The ‘towering monstrosity’ you see at the opposite bank of the Sarawak River is the new State Legislative Assembly building.

Panorama of Kuching. For a larger version, click here.

Panorama of Sarawak River. For a larger version, click here.




iPhoneography is an art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone. –Wikipedia

The iPhone needs no introduction as a very capable photographic tool. I, for one, find it a relief to carry around, compared to my D7000, which to me feels like I’m hauling around half a tonne of bricks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying the iPhone is a replacement for any DSLR, but many will agree that it is indeed a very capable photographic device. I personally use the iPhone 4S for casual snaps, and find it’s camera to be the perfect fit between a DSLR and a compact point-and-shoot camera. Not only does the camera perform relatively well (its low-light performance is better than many compact cameras out there, just to be clear), it’s just about the most pocketable camera (yeah yeah…I know, it’s still a phone) I have ever owned; the perfect tool for practical mobile photography. Below are some pictures that I took with my iPhone 4S. Tell me what you think about them. If you have some of your own that you would like to share, simply post the links in the comments area.

Menu Cover, at Life Cafe. Taken with my Apple iPhone 4S, using Camera+ app.

Bubble Lamps at MBO. Taken with my Apple iPhone 4S using Camera+ app.

I had some time on my hands so I was poking my nose around Flickr, and the search filter turned up some really incredible photos. The photos below were all taken with the iPhone. You can view more examples here.

“The Walk” by whats_ur_flava2000

Sunset Camel Ride by Kirsten Alana

Flatiron Building and New York City Skyline From Above by Vivienne Gucwa