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Backalley by YongL Backalley by YongL
It's been a really long time.. (so sorry guys)

I have been away from deviantART for quite some time  Sad dummy Nuu   I'm not dead!! I have a lot of things to work on in my life and also have been working on tons of projects with different mediums and some personal assignments. (I'm still doing digital art tho! There's more to come but I plan to upload some of my old photography works here firstSweating a little...)  


This photograph just won the first place of the Sony World Photography Awards 2015 - Youth Environment category, and I thought of sharing it over here! Hope you guys like it. It's the back alley of my grandmother's house in Alor Setar.. :) 
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Given 2015-06-19
Backalley by YongL is a beautiful night shot that invites the viewer to observe the many details it has so perfectly captured within this small alley many might overlook, where small signs of life can be noticed at each corner below a sky full of stars. ( Featured by Mrs-Durden )
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I can see why it won. I usually go right from the opening page to my messages, but I had to go back to see this, and I am glad I did. The colors are just so vibrant, even the purplish sky and stars. The differing textures of vegetation, metal, and asphalt, all intermixed in free-for-all that somehow manages to be chaotic and orderly at the same time.

I like that your subject is not the ordinary scene, but one that is really true to life. I felt as though I had just walked out someone's back door and was going to go through the alley to get back to the street.

I have spent some time in Southeast Asia an this brought back memories as well. I can almost close my eyes and smell the aromas of the flowers, wet pavement, cooking, and hear a television, radio, or even a baby crying.

What appears to be a second alley across the street almost makes you think of the effect you get when you have two mirrors facing each other. The wires and antennas seem like the natural extension of the plants rising from the ground and into the sky.

A most wonderful photograph. Would you mind if I put it on my laptop as my wallpaper for July (I change it every month)?

I think this may be only my second perfect score on the ratings. Perhaps a professional photographer might be able to find some fault in it, but I cannot. That you won the first place prize in the Sony competition makes me feel that I am not going out on a limb with these scores.

Well, done. Very well done, indeed.
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SheenStars Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016   Digital Artist
A year late and I just came across this, but it's so beautiful! :love:
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dariumdeviantart Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Beautiful night sky.
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
It's been a while, thanks man!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thank you!
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
Pretty :D
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thank you!
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saykha Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student Writer
This is lovely :heart: The scene looks absolutely enchanting. 
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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GuardianOfCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo! Urban life at its best!
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
It feels amazing to be there, thank you!
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disney-mlp-forever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the prettiest ally I've ever seenI think I've fainted. 
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thank you! The tree and flowers make everything looks different, that's part of the reason why i wish to preserve it
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disney-mlp-forever Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
very courtesyClap 
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cam0223 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
wow:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Digital Artist
A lot of interesting visual to take in makes this a wonderful capture!  :star: Congrats on your DD!  :trophy:
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thank you!
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kas7ia Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Heart It's so charming! And the fact that it's the back alley only adds more attractiveness to this photo :)
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016   Photographer
Thanks a lot! 
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Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   General Artist
Congratulations on your DD :heart:
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Photographer
Thanks RhynWilliams! 
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Rhyn-Art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   General Artist
Welcome!
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Congratulations on your DD! :clap:

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YongL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Photographer
Thank you LindArtz! 
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Great nighttime shot!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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YongL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Photographer
Thanks a lot, its a surprise lol! 
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fsuharja Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
congrats for the DD this photo is very very very beautiful..
the purple gradation of the starry sky is absolutely gorgeous..
even the foreground color(?) takes the hint of purple.. complementing the color of the sky perfectly..

the urban setting is very clean.. the matte color perhaps masking the sign of age without lessen the signs of living.
i wonder how could you take one?

i'm from indonesia.

karya mu sangat indah..!!!
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YongL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Photographer
terima kasih bro! 

The place is originally like that... that's the special part about this backalley..I will post up a series of works I shot in this exact same place but different time (Which is my grandmother's house backalley) real soon. 
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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YongL Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   Photographer
Hi Lintu47, thanks so much! It's kinda unexpected tho. You have a nice day too! 
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure, thank you! :glomp:
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on your win in the contest :) Glad you shared it on dA for it's such a beautiful shot! 
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YongL Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015   Photographer
thank you so much! glad you like it 
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!! :thanks:
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:iconskwang:
Skwang Featured By Owner May 25, 2015
How did you take such a great looking photo?
Long exposure?
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:iconyongl:
YongL Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Photographer
yup it's a long exposure shot.. (you can refer to the EXIF data), I bracketed 3 - 30 seconds shots for this. 
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Skwang Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Hmm, then the cat in the middle must have stood still long enough to be captured. :)
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YongL Featured By Owner May 30, 2015   Photographer
haha ya! I didn't notice its presence when I first took the shot on the spot, must be some sort of ninja cat :shifty: 
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RebellingLemming Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cannot believe my eyes that these all together can be this much artistic! Amazing shot! Brilliant you!
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YongL Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Photographer
Thank you :) 
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born2kill99 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Love Love Love 
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YongL Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Photographer
;) (Wink) 
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aindania Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I especially love the lighting in this photo. Just...absolutely gorgeous! :love: And the sky!! It's rare to see it like that here in Malaysia. Congrats on winning first place by the way!
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YongL Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Photographer
Thanks aindania! I actually have some other shots of the same location, will share them over here soon too! 
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tamaraR Featured By Owner May 23, 2015   Digital Artist
Amazing sky and flowers. Looks real cosy and warm there. :D
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YongL Featured By Owner May 25, 2015   Photographer
Thanks!! The weather is hot there haha! I think I've fainted. 
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May 23, 2015
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SONY
Model
SLT-A35
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30/1 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 31, 2014, 9:22:06 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 (Windows)
Sensor Size
23mm

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