31st August is Malaysia independence day and it was last Monday. On late afternoon that day, I decided to go for a drive to Pontian to shoot sunset and some wildlife if possible plus whatever that grabs my attention. I am trying to familiarise myself looking at the trees to find interesting image for the camera sensor if the forest is not. A practice session in scrutinising a bland landscape for an exceptional image.
Pontian is the southernmost region of mainland Asia but the honour for the southernmost place belongs to Tanjung Piai (Cape Piai) and it is gazetted as one of the places to go for a tour in Johor. Not far away across the Tebrau Straits lies Singapore, linked to Peninsula Malaysia by a causeway and a bridge. A quick check on the weather, it was forecasted to be 15% cloudy, but then I forgot to check on one other thing, that is the tide. Last I saw there were a group of otters swimming upstream into the river when the tide was getting low but on this trip when I reached Sungai Rambah, the tide had totally ebbed and the birds were very few and far away. That left me with just the landscape and the sunset. Anyway, I did stop by the pineapple field on the way to the small town of Ayer Baloi and at Sungai Ayer Baloi for some snaps though.
Note: In this region, you are never short of clouds. The problem is, there are too many of it. If it is not above, then on the horizon. Also on a glance, the sky may look clear but there’s probably a thin layer of it. As a result, it is hard to get dark blue sky even if you use a polarizing filter. I easily get very dark blue sky in Mecca without using any polarizing filter on a wide-angle lens. (After watching Walter Lewin’s last lecture For the Love of Physics, I guess the particles in the atmosphere here are moist as compared to Arabia causing less blue light reflection.)