Sekinchan With Shutter Asia – The Ricebowl of Malaysia

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may remember I went to Sekinchan a couple of years back in June – A Trip to Sekinchan Paddy Fields with Shutter Asia โ€” June 2nd.

I went again this past weekend, we planned to go towards the end of the year this time to catch the paddy fields just before harvesting when they are more yellow.

We were still a little early though as most of the fields were still green, I think the first week of December should be better. Unfortunately though this time of year is the rainy season, luckily in the morning we had fantastic weather and we left after lunch this time and avoided the hideous thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon.

The group picture, it was a big outing this time with around 10 cars.

Shutter Asia in Sekinchan - Group Shot

The paddy fields were a little more yellow than last time and we had beautiful blue skies to compliment the colours, it was blistering hot though.

Sekinchan Paddy Fields

I found this interesting tractor outside one of the houses which reminded me of Mater from Cars.

Mater from Cars

A closer look at the yellow paddy.

Paddy Fields

The good thing with paddy fields is there’s an abundance of drains and waterways to give glorious reflections of the fluffy white clouds in the deep blue sky.

Paddy Field Irrigation

An identifying sign-board for one of the paddy lots.

Sign Board

Busy photographers everywhere.

Shutter Asia Photographers

This field was lalang not paddy, but it still made for some interesting shots.

Lalang Field

The Airtrek baking in the sun, the disadvantage of having a black car in times like this.

Airtrek in Sekinchan

After lunch at Restoran Chai Lee we headed over to the fishing village, unfortunately it seems to be off season for the fishermen and it was low tide so there was very little activity there.

We did find one place open making yong tau fu and fishballs.

Fishball Lady

They were very quick and nimble, the speed with which they carried out their tasks was quite amazing!

Stuffing It

Making dumplings..After watching the food handled, the dogs sniffing around and the general cleanliness after seeing this you make think twice the next time you eat steamboat or yong tau fu.


Seen as though there was nothing much to shoot at the fishing village, I ended up shooting myself. Cam-ho ftw!

Cam-ho ShaolinTiger

You can see the full set on Flickr here:

Sekinchan – Nov 09

And everyone’s pictures from the outing on Shutter Asia here:

Shutter Asia Outing to Sekinchan – Nov 7th 2009




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18 Responses to Sekinchan With Shutter Asia – The Ricebowl of Malaysia

  1. Mark November 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Ah so nice! I so wanted to join over the weekend but the doctor advised me against using my camera for at least a week after my eye surgery.

  2. Nicholas Leong November 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    Ahh I missed the fishing village part. Had a lunch appointment so I had to leave early.

    And yes, it was super hot but well, I’ll take the heat for the blue sky we got ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tony Wan November 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Wow…Very nice photos…The exposure is good and the sky is not overexposed. How do u make it?

  4. KY November 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    the lady doesn’t look happy. lol

  5. coco November 10, 2009 at 3:34 am #

    LOL!!! agree!!! the lady memang not happy XD~*

  6. Biannka November 10, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    Really good photographs. Only one person does not seem to be happy with your photography

  7. ShaolinTiger November 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Mark: Yah about time you collected your shirt ๐Ÿ˜› Nvm bro, next time!

    Nicholas Leong: It’s ok, wasn’t much to see there anyway and yes the heat was definitely worth the awesome skies.

    Tony Wan: Understanding light, exposure and having the right weather helps (plus shooting at the right time of day).

    KY, coco, Biannka: Yah if I had to stuff fishballs in a bag for 8 hours a day I wouldn’t be happy either ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. J2Kfm November 10, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    eh i been to Chai Lee also. the fish maws were good, so so delicious and fresh.

  9. Biannka November 11, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    me too ๐Ÿ™‚ … got to see more photos on flicker… they are marvelous… Photography interests me but I am with most basic cameras

  10. moons November 12, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    Great photos. Love the one where you took of the hands in action of making dumplings. It’s like you can see the hands movement in progress.

  11. ShaolinTiger November 16, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    J2Kfm: Yah fish maw is damn good!

    Biannka: Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    moons: Yah, tried to slow down the shutter speed to capture that.

  12. Tony Wan November 17, 2009 at 3:56 am #

    ooh… haha… I am a Beginner using canon 1000D. Everytime my day time shooting sux. The sky is always overexposed. =.=

  13. JD November 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    ST, very nice photo. Did you use a wide angle lens for those in the paddy fields?

  14. ShaolinTiger November 23, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    Tony Wan: It depends on a lot of factors, try and shoot between 7-9am or 5-7pm. Best light during these times.

    JD: Yah Sigma 10-20mm HSM.

  15. Chris Chong December 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Hey, Sekinchan!

    I followed you there the last time (2 years ago already? Holycraptimeflieswhenyourhavingfun)

    Haven’t been on a photo trip since… D200 gathering dust. Fatherhood been taking up majority of time, life.

    Just a funny observation, but – lens manufacturers spend millions trying to perfect lens design, only to have every photographer putting vignetting BACK into the shot.

  16. ShaolinTiger December 14, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Chris Chong: Hahah yah long long ago already. Yah I had a similar thought before, but same for cars they spend millions in R&D and research to max exhausts quiet then people buy the car and put back a noisy exhaust.

  17. jantanmisai December 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    It seems that you only befriended with people from Chinese Ethnic, I wonder why aren’t you befriended with the bumi’s ?

  18. ShaolinTiger December 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    jantanmisai: The guy who I am leaning on in the first picture is Malay…so how did you come to that conclusion?