OVER past week, Pintasan Saloma (Saloma Link), a new pedestrian bridge which connects the Kampung Baru area and KLCC, has become a craze among city folk and tourists.
The LED-lit bridge resembles sirih junjung (traditional arrangement of betel leaves) and is located just behind Public Bank on the Jalan Ampang side and just beside the Kampung Baru LRT station at the Kampung Baru side.
Thousands are thronging this new Insta-worthy landmark in Kuala Lumpur after dark to enjoy the visual marvel.
If you plan to go there and fill your social media with images of this beautiful bridge, here are some suggestions on how to get the best shots.
1. City background: The Saloma Link is best photographed from the Kampung Baru side. There is an elevated platform that provides an opportunity for people to view KLCC and other major city landmarks. You need to go to the edge of the platform to get the side view of the bridge. Use a tripod for a steady photo. Camera settings: Focal length 20mm, ISO 100, aperture F16, shutter speed 4 seconds. (Pic 1)
2. Wide-angle lens: If you plan to capture the bridge with a dSLR or a mirrorless camera, having a wide-angle lens or fisheye lens will give you an added advantage. You can go really close to it to capture its details. This photo was taken with a fisheye lens right at the entrance of the bridge on the Jalan Ampang side. From this angle, you can also see the scale of the structure to the human size. Camera settings: Focal length 12mm, ISO 100, aperture F16, shutter speed 3 seconds. (Pic 2)
3. Various colours: Since it is fitted with LED lights, the Saloma Link changes colour every minute or so. Take a many versions of the lighting as possible. I stood next to the mouth of the bridge at the Jalan Ampang side for this shot. You can see the various lighting colour produced by the LED lights. Camera settings: Focal length 12mm, ISO 400, aperture F16, shutter speed 0.77 seconds. (Pic 3)
4. From below: Go down the bridge at the Kampung Baru side to capture the bridge from below. Besides the different angle, you can also get the KLCC buiding closer by zooming in to the bridge. Camera settings: Focal length 50mm, ISO 400, aperture F16, shutter speed 1.5 seconds. (Pic 4)
5. From inside: If you walk towards the end of the bridge on the Jalan Ampang side, you'll see some gaps on the bridge's roof with the KLCC in the background. Stop and take some shots here. The view is unique. Camera settings: Focal length 24mm, ISO 400, aperture F16, shutter speed 3.7 seconds. (Pic 5)