Flying Through the Night Skies of Kuala Lumpur

I met Jen Scheer, head of the Space Tweeps society, at SXSW. We spent a few hours planning out the shuttle launch, viewing angles, time of day, etc etc.

Upcoming Trips…

I’ve spent the past week arranging a ton of flights, cars, and all sorts of stuff. Here’s a list of some upcoming travels. First, I’m headed out to Monterey, CA to speak at the EG Conference. We’ll also have a PhotoWalk out there.

Then, I have tickets and some very nice inside access to go see the Space Shuttle launch. I’m so excited. I’m also really thinking about taking a cool photo. This has occupied way too much of my brain in the past few weeks. I hope my brain works it all out so I don’t have to.

After that, I have Iceland for the solstice, then Yellowstone, Paris, Nimes, Switzerland, Burning Man, China and probably another trip to New Zealand before the end of the year. Man, I gotta pack!

Daily Photo – Flying Through the Night Skies of Kuala Lumpur

My grandmother told me that Kuala Lumpur was one of my grandfather’s favorite cities. I wonder what he would think of it now… but I know what he means – it’s also one of my favorite cities! I have many friends there, and people are generally as friendly as can be.

High Dynamic Range Photography

  • I have to get over there to see the Petronas Towers. Grandiose architecture like that always seems to look good through the lens. Plus, night time scenes like this one are perfect for HDR.

  • Simon Morris

    WOW – stunning shot Trey and immense detail… I’ve always wanted to see the twin Petronas Towers up-close and personal after watching a documentary on it’s design and build – looks amazing!
    Blimey, you have been busy booking flights – that’s some itinerary you have there… don’t forget to pack your vitamins for extra strength! It’s great news you’ll be visiting NZ again – any possibility of a photowalk on the South Island, or North Island for that matter? It’ll be great to meet up! πŸ™‚

  • Hi Trey,

    I love your photos and read your blog daily for inspiration. This is my first time leaving a comment and the most obvious reason is for the photo above of Kuala Lumpur since I am a Malaysian who is proud of our capital city.

    For those who has yet to come to Malaysia, we, Malaysian, welcome you to our country. πŸ˜€

  • This is one of my favourites Trey :). I love the view but mostly the ‘pockets’ of light at the bottom rich greens :D.

    I hope you have an awesome time at the shuttle launch and seriously cannot wait for those photo’s, they’ll be ‘astranomical!’ *pun intended* hehe.

    Shame your not stopping over in the U.K on your way over :(. Mind you, with a schedule like that I don’t blame you! :).

    P.S thanks for the photo, it’s going to be my new wallpaper!

  • Sounds like you have one hell of a year planned!
    Do enjoy πŸ™‚

  • Great city shot from an excellent vantage point πŸ™‚

    No wonder Alex is proud of his nation’s capital – it is very mipressive!

  • Gail in Montana

    Wow, Trey, good thing you have a brain that can remember all that and process it in your sleep πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you will have a very exciting time in the next few months or years, lol. Makes me dizzy just reading about what you will be doing! Very nice photo on the capital of Malaysia indeed. Beautiful colors, bet Momoc will be glad to see this photo on your blog. Thanks so much for sharing, have a wonderful Sunday. πŸ™‚

  • horace kwan

    Photo walk in monterey…waiting for more info to come soon i hope!!

  • Beautiful shot Trey! I have to agree with Dan, the pockets of green and light really turn this from ordinary to extraordinary!

  • Susan

    Beautiful shot of the city Trey! Makes you want to go visit for sure – Alex must love it there!

  • Wow. I always wanted to see the Space Shuttle launch, STS-134 or 135? Just yesterday I was thinking about taking HDR of Earth from space, how do you think it would look? ISS workers have D3S with 14-24mm lens since STS-131, they could send you the brackets! πŸ™‚ Hmm, how would you geotag the shot?

  • BTW you should put this into D2Xs category πŸ™‚

  • Joe

    Trey, I noticed you use the lowest iso setting possible. In some cases I think you were using the low setting. I thought I read it was counter productive to the noise to go into the low settings and you should stay at the recommended 100 or 200 or whatever your camera starts at. Could you explain a little?

  • Simon Morris

    Hehe – good comment Filip… I also read somewhere that ISS workers have Nikon D3S – something to do with better weather sealing and, well just better everything really when it comes to Nikon! Hat, coat – I’m outta here πŸ˜‰

  • Trey, would you be planning any photo walks in China/Paris? If yes, can you post dates so that I can plan my travel :-). Will try and make it if possible.

  • Don

    Beautiful photo Trey! I was in Kuala Lumpur about 3 weeks ago and took in the view of the Petronas Towers and all of the city from the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is the fourth highest telecommunications tower in the world. The observation area is 276 meters high. That’s higher than the Skybridge at the Petronas Towers. I happened to be there during a lightning storm which made the view even more breathtaking.

  • Thanks all!

    Don- I bet that was cool during a thunderstorm !

    Jeelz – Maybe so – I would like to try to plan that…. need to get on it!

    Joe – yes it is much better to shoot at low ISO. I don’t notice much difference between 50 and 100. They look exactly the same, but some experts say to stay at 100 or 200 — I like to prove experts wrong, but I haven’t yet.

    Horace – yes info soon!

    Simon – yes I’ll try to plan a little photowalk there… no promises but I would like to very much! πŸ™‚

  • Simon Morris

    Thanks Trey – that’ll be awesome! πŸ™‚

  • I work at Kennedy Space Center. The next planned launch date of Space Shuttle Endeavour is April 19th at 7:39pm. This is Endeavour’s last launch. Check out my blog for some HDR images of the roll out of Discovery. Jim

  • Alex


    If your going thru China again then why not check out Taiwan. Be happy to show you around!

  • Hi Trey! to be honest your are by idol in HDR photography. I’ve started shooting HDR images after learning your free tutorial from this website. I’m even created my own blog to publish my HDR images! I am Malaysian and I’m really proud that you’ve come to visits my beloved country. Please visits my blog to know more about great places in Malaysia! Thanks again Trey!

  • Hey thanks very much – that is nice of you!

  • Seeing the overhead view of the launch facility with the sunset/sunrise lines on it, looks like this program I use to see when the best times to shoot are. m I found it here “”. Yours looks like an Apple app, what’s the name of it?

  • Great stuff as ever, trey. I’m going to KL in September – If any HDR fans from Malaysia would like to hook up and do a photowalk, please add me on Flickr!

  • Can anyone please explain web location of map with sunrise & sunset angles and times appearing on right side of page & how to access – looks really helpful. Thanks .

  • Thanks all !

    Rick – I think that is called “Sunlight” – a good app!

  • CLF

    what a wonderful pic! thanks for the great pic Trey!! πŸ˜€

  • Nappet

    Hi, does anybody know the name of the app on the photo on top of the page?

  • Nappet

    to fast with posting, sorry

  • Kuala Lumpur is indeed a great city. I recall getting a bunch of pictures at the same time of day/same lighting. Can’t wait to go back.

  • Yasmini Portes

    hi trey, can you tell from where exactly this pic was taken? i ask you because from this point we have a great view of the petrona towers and klcc together, and iΒ΄d like to check it when in KL! thanks! πŸ˜‰

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