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Night Scenes of Tawau, Malaysia

Tawau at night


View from Promende Hotel

  Tawau at Night.
View from Promende Hotel





Zenzi Dance Club - the largest disco pub in Tawau
  Zenzi Dance Club - the largest disco pub in Tawau.

Zenzi dance club building has undergone many transformation over the years. Started out as Tiffany disco,  to Flamengo,  to Frequency to today's Zenzi Dance Club.

Zenzi Dance Club is within walking distance from hotels in Jalan Bunga.



Frenquency Dance Club

Frequency Dance Club

Restoran Rasa Sayang
Rasa Sayang

Hot Lady MTV Lounge
Hot Lady MTV Lounge

Sabindo Seafood Stalls

  Sabindo Seaside Food Stalls -  seafood stalls at the Sabindo hawker centre. Near to the waterfront of town centre.

The open air stalls offer very competitive prices for fresh sea  catch of the day.

No air-conditioning but is cool in the evenings for dinner with the breeze blowing in from the sea just 100 meters away.

Fresh seafood as Tawau has ample supply of fresh seafood by Indonesian and Philippines fishermen.

Also Crab, shellfishes, vegetables at low prices in Malaysia.

Fruit Stall in Tawau  

Shervinton Executive Boutique Hotel

Shervinton Executive Boutique Hotel

  Several hotels in Tawau have been refurbished.  Most of the hotels in Tawau are located close together around Jalan Bunga  (Flower Street).

There are 6 hotels beside Jalan Bunga  (Flower Street).  Shervinton Hotel being the largest among the 6 .

Around Jalan Bunga are convenience stores, coffee shops and Milimewa Supermarket.

  Milimewa Superstore at Jalan Bunga (Flower Street).

On the other end of Jalan Bunga are 6 Hotels

  Night scenery of Jalan Haji Karim. On the left is Kingston Hotel.

Belmont Marco Polo Hotel

Belmont Marco Polo Hotel

  Belmont Marco Polo Hotel - grand old hotel of Tawau. The best hotel in Tawau until brand new Promenade Hotel opened in 2009

The hotel hosted King Carl Gustaf XVI and Queen Silvia of Sweden in March 1996

Green Fly







Taking a good photograph at night with a digital camera
some ideas and techniques behind night photography

A tripod : One of the most important tools to take good night pictures is a way to stabilize your camera. The easiest way to do this is with a tripod. A basic tripod for about Rm100 from most cameras stores. If you do not carrying around a large tripod, a mini tripod can be found for under Rm100 that fit in your pocket or camera bag. If for some reason you really hate the idea of carrying a tripod at all, you can still take great night shots with a little creativity in handling the camera. For example, placing your camera on a low wall, on your car (turn off the engine to reduce vibrations), on the ground, etc. The most important thing is that the camera remain completely still during the exposure. But we highly recommend a tripod, though, just because it's easier to set up and keep stable.

White balance (WB) : Use different white balance settings to create different effects. Unlike daylight photography, choosing the wrong white balance setting may have a desirable effect. For example, many streetlamps use tungsten lights, which give off a strong yellowish glow. If you were to set your camera to tungsten WB to correct for this yellowish cast, the resulting image may not look quite right. However, setting the camera to Auto may yield a yellowish cast that captures the scene as you remember it. Different color casts can evoke different moods in images. For example, a yellowish cast has a warming effect while a bluish cast has a cooling effect. With fluorescent light, many Auto WB systems will record a greenish cast. While setting  the camera to correct for this, you might find that it adds a certain mood to leave the color cast there.


Exposure : Before taking a picture, the first thing  to consider is how long your exposure will be. There are several reasons to consider, but the most important one has to do with selecting your ISO setting. With all digital cameras, a higher ISO setting will result in more noise than a lower setting. However, the benefit of a high ISO is that it enables you to use a faster shutter speed. If you are planning on shooting a long exposure, there is no point in using a high ISO setting (unless you like the effect of a noisy image). If you really need a fast shutter speed, the chances are pretty high that you will have to increase the ISO to get an acceptable speed. Fortunately, there are some noise reduction techniques that you can use later to clean up the images. In addition, many digital cameras today have noise reduction processing built in. Check your digital camera's manual; it may appear as a menu item (Ex: NR On, Off) or as an automatic process when the shutter speed exceeds a specific length.

If your digicam offers manual exposure controls, such as aperture-priority, shutter-priority, and manual, you will find a greater degree of control over your pictures than those with Auto or "scene" modes. First, let's discuss aperture priority. In order to let in as much light as possible, you will want to set the aperture to the lowest possible setting. If you are in a bright area like a well-lit city and you want a long exposure, you may have to "stop" the aperture down (choose a higher f number) in order to achieve a slower shutter speed. However, most people prefer to use shutter-priority mode when shooting night images. With shutter-priority, you simply select the shutter speed that will give you the amount of motion (or lack thereof) that you want while the camera adjusts the aperture. Either way, you will want to make a decision about the ISO setting before shooting. Otherwise, you might be surprised to find a ton of noise ruining your otherwise beautiful night shot. If your camera does not offer manual exposure controls, you may be at the mercy of your camera's preset shooting modes such as "night scene" or "long exposure". If the images don't look good with those preset modes, try applying an E.C. (exposure compensation) to adjust the exposure. If your camera simply doesn't allow long exposures, it might be time to invest in a more advanced model. Otherwise, you will be restricted to brighter locations and shorter shutter speeds.

If your camera has a raw recording option, we highly recommend using it for night photography. By shooting raw files, you can adjust the white balance later without compromising image quality. Now, let's take a look at noise reduction.

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