Earth Hour 2011 Malaysia

At 8:30 pm on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights were switched off around the globe for an hour. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney when individuals and businesses turned off their lights to take a stand against climate change.

Since then, it has become a global movement with more than 50 million people from 35 countries taking part. Kuala Lumpur too stood in darkness just now, as a symbol of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour…

7:30 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f3.5, 1/10 sec, handheld

7:30 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f3.5, 1/10 sec, handheld

A Quick Look at the city at dusk. On to its 5th year, there should be better awareness on the part of our building owners. Will the skyscrapers in the Golden Triangle of KL darken later?

8:29 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 2.5 sec

8:29 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 4 sec

A Minute To Go and it was all serious business for a 600mm lens. Camera was locked down on a solid Manfrotto tripod. IS (image stabilization) was disabled and manual exposure settings selected. Precise focus was achieved via the VF-2 finder and the camera’s 7x magnification focus assist. Shutter was triggered via the RM-UC1 remote release.

8:31 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 2.5 sec

8:31 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 8 sec

Earth Hour Proper (for Malaysia) began and it was time to put on the ‘night vision goggles’ (filter). Surprisingly, there appeared to be more buildings (people) in Kuala Lumpur supporting Earth Hour than previous years.

9:15 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f4, 1.3 sec

9:15 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 400, f4, 1.3 sec

Art Filter Hour. It was fun spinning the various Olympus art filters under the darkened  Petronas Twin Towers. As always, Dramatic Tone filter seems to work best.

9:31 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f8, 4 sec

9:31 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f11, 4 sec

Magic Minute. This is a rarely seen sight as the lights are usually turned on when there is still light in the sky. The buildings glowed briefly in magical green when the lights were warming up.

9:33 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f4, 1/3 sec

9:33 pm: Olympus E-PL2, ISO 200, f4, 1/3 sec

Back to its usual glory. It’s time to go beyond the hour. Learn how you can take action to make our world a better place. Start here.

See also: Layang Layang | Raptor Watch | The Art Of Art Filters

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