Have you guys and girls seen this place? This staircase leads up to the entrance of the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. There are 272 steps to be precise from top to bottom and some people like to come here and use it for their fitness so they walk up and down, up and down! Funny thing that I learnt from our driver on the way to the caves from the KL city, which is about a 30 minute drive, was that they are considering putting in an escalator up to the caves! So one day you could see people just cruising up an escalator next to you, whilst you struggle up the stairs in the hot malaysian climate.

The golden statue on the left of the image is of the Hindu deity Murugan and it stands 140ft high. To put things into perspective, in the bottom/centre of frame you can see at the base of the staircase a small stone structure. Well that is small enough to walk under and your typical human is say 5-6 feet high. So you can now imagine what its like to walk up next to this thing.

We’d read in a travel log that it was good to arrive early in the day for a few reasons… firstly because you can beat the crowds and secondly so you aren’t doing the climb in the hot mid day sun. This advice was excellent and when I came out I rewarded myself with a giant chilled coconut! Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of this for you 😉

Software Used:

Amazingly I only used two software programs (Adobe Photoshop CC  & NIK Collection) for this and that’s due to the genius Luminance mask tutorials from Jimmy McIntyre. I am not sure where he got all of his knowledge but he seems to know more about Photoshop and HDR than any other photographer I’ve followed in recent history.

Luminance mask Tutorials

Luminance masks are the new hip way to make HDR images. They take a little longer and can take some time to get your head around the complex workflows. But once you do your work will look amazing. Check out the tutorials in the links above.


Sony A7r


Nikkor 14-24mm

Focal Length


Shutter Speed

1/1000, 1/500 & 1/250 sec



HDR info

Luminance masks using 3 exposures


7:35 am


Kuala Lumpur, Batu Caves, Malaysia

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