I took this photo during a visit to the Kinabalu Park, Sabah state, east Malaysia, in 1979.
The Kinabalu Park surrounds the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain on Borneo (appr. 4095 metres but steadily growing at an average of 5 mm a year). It was declared a national park in 1964 and became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 for its "outstanding universal values". According to Wikipedia it is "one of the most important biological sites in the world with more than 4,500 species of flora and fauna, including 326 bird and around 100 mammal species".
I didn't climb the Kinabalu but I spent two days in the park walking for hours along various muddy trails between the heavy showers. I didn't see any wild animals (okay with me) but looked carefully for cobras or pythons whenever I had to climb over, or crawl under, fallen trees.
I think this picture is actually looking out of the regular park. The road is probably the main road between Sabah state capital Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan on the east coast of Borneo. In my travel diary from 1979 I described the road as "utterly bad". Considering the development of Malaysia since then it is probably today in a perfect shape.
Two pictures guaranteed from inside the national park can be seen as workshops. They are all scanned from Kodachrome slides.
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Kielia (21953) 2012-12-18 7:30
a very good contribution - in every sense - to this site! And a well composed impression of the National Park.
The yellow truck plays an important role composition wise and it is adding a splash of color as well.
My compliments also for the nice note!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-12-18 7:36
great scene...good top shot...
lovely colour contrast...nice POV...
like the truck in motion...beautiful sky...
very sharp image...
serp2000 (35082) 2012-12-18 7:40
Good evening, Gert,
A Kodak slides quality is superb! You couldn't get the same picture by your Ixus or my Coolpix. Superb! Just fantastic DoF! Once again I got the aesthetic pleasure...
saxo042 (35202) 2012-12-18 8:09
Mycket vackra blågröna färger i bakgrunden, som målade med pensel. Den gula bussen är ju en snygg färgklick längs den gråbruna diagonalen som jag förmodar skall föreställa väg. En mycket vacker vy!
Nicou (109742) 2012-12-18 8:16
quelle vue plongeante et compo fantastique iamge avec ce petit camion jaune sur la route et ces belle montagnes ces pentes et la végétation super.
Bravo et amitié
bayno (18340) 2012-12-18 8:42
Perfectly balanced compostion Gert, nice colors and fantastic landscape, the yellow track actract immediatly the eye and give dinamism to the scene...
ACL1978 (6851) 2012-12-18 9:53
Awe-inspiring wide shot, Gert! The yellow truck is a perfect detail to ground the image, and the vista stretching out beyond is stunning. Looks like you had a pretty death-defying position here, too - glad you didn't slip! It's a long way down there.
rychem (15472) 2012-12-18 10:26
Beautiful view of this interesting landscape, the mountain look like a green sculpture, and the yellow truck is a bonus
ourania (21482) 2012-12-18 10:45
a wonderful view over a fascinating vast landscape with lovely light, suggestive shadows and great textures. There are many layers of interest succeeding each other and the bright yellow truck is so eye catching and interesting as it is crossing one of them. A very well composed picture that doesn't look stylized at all. The deep colours have a special allure and evoke a sense of mystery and adventure. I also like very much the dense and intricate vegetation and deep colours of the workshop pictures. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
kato (10593) 2012-12-18 12:00
You're capturing well this landscape by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see mountain range with rich green. This still looks as rich nature as you note. And, the road which yellow truck is running draws out a good effect in this image.
Sonata11 (31883) 2012-12-18 18:56
very beautiful composition and wonderfully executed and show us this amazing landscaping with the road and the car. Colors, sharpness, light, exposure, contrast are fabulous. This verticla photo is very beautiful and pleasent to looks at. Perfectly well done. Love it. Thank you.
emka (67325) 2012-12-19 0:02
Hi gert, What a wonderful landscape! high mou ntains and still covered with lush forests. I would be disappointed not seei ng wild ani mals but maybe better not seeing cobras and pythons. Giood position of this yellow truck. Amazing sharpness in the old photo. Excellent scanning job.
girni (344) 2012-12-19 0:13
vue impressionnante de cette région ; la dimension du camion sur cette route est bien mise en évidence
lousat (67159) 2012-12-19 2:40
Hi Gert,another beautiful historic pic from your old trips,what a view and what a quality,seems taken today! Your scannering processo works very very well,the details are really fantastics! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Tigerlily (2417) 2012-12-19 3:56
Nicely recorded history, enjoy the writing up. I can tell the photo was a film scanned image. I especially like the grains.Looks like an oil painting. The colour is fantastic.. one can never get form digital. Keep up your wonderful work.:-)
macjake (48357) 2012-12-19 10:59
always fun to view these older photos of yours.
looking at the 1970's truck, we can't really tell that its 30 years old, looks very similar to the trucks of today.
the landscape is pretty intense, imagine walking through that jungle-type-forest...yikes.
another interesting oldie!
have a great day
pajaran (44372) 2012-12-19 11:07
Dobar tekst sa datim podacima ...
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje sa lepim secanjem na posetu
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda.
Good text with the given data ...
Good evening and all the best with the beautiful memories of the visit
Good work by scanning the slide.
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-12-19 11:23
Very nice sharpness and good shot.I like this sight.
Have a nice day.
adores (32184) 2012-12-19 15:08
Another good old one! The pov is really something! What an incredible view you could enjoy from this place! And a great composition also, with the road in diagonal and the yellow truck crossing it!
fabbs99 (13515) 2012-12-19 21:22
Nice shot with the lonesome truck traveling along the hilly terrain.Lots of greens all over the frame.Good sharpness and clarity.Very well done.TFS.
Graal (93606) 2012-12-20 0:37
amazing landscape and view of yellow truck on the road. Good shot from high POV. Great nature. Scan and photo is well done.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (44090) 2012-12-20 1:08
Spectacular view of that picturesque road. Truly beautiful place, well taken.
Nard (6929) 2012-12-20 1:48
A picture that really talk me about travel and pleasure. Very nice view of the landscape with this truck which seems so small regarding the mountain. I was there in 2008, one of the best places I've seen.
abmdsudi (35366) 2012-12-20 5:57
This is a great view of the park, the proud Malaysian landmark beautifully captured good framed of thick greenery landscape and with min sky area, There's a great depth, good clarity and rich coloring with lovely patches of formations in the distant. Attractive to see that small area of bright vibrant yellow truck actually serves as a strong focal of interest to anchor the eye in this shot. And the rest of the elements just flow smoothly into the whole image complementing each other. Well done
eldancer1 (22445) 2012-12-20 7:45
Beautiful landscape! Nicely captured with good lighting and dof with nice details. Good to have the yellow truck for perspective. Very well done, tfs.
wolf38 (29666) 2012-12-20 10:31
Hello Gert. The photo is really extraordinary. The view from above rests on the magnificent landscape. But the yellow truck is the real center of attention. The whole scene straight out of a movie. Anyway, the photo of one of your best.
livermore (1625) 2012-12-22 12:54
On en prend toujours plein la vue avec ce genre de paysage, c'est un panorama magnifique et ce petit camion nous permet de mieux nous rendre compte de l'immensité des lieux.
Amitiés et bonnes fętes!
metalz (442) 2012-12-26 19:48
Thanks for sharing this old photo of maybe KK-Sandakan road near National Park. Today this road is in good shape and asphalt but sometimes it will hit by land slide.
aliabazari (10492) 2012-12-29 19:16
Hej Gareth s
Awesome shot, jag älskar det. Tydligt. Exponering och färg är mycket bra. Så vacker.
Med all respekt, min vän.
mirosu (10208) 2012-12-29 23:45
Perfect view down to the Kinabalu Park. You have captured it in perfect light and with excellent deep DOF. Wonderful layering of the mountais. Excellent capture of the sense of immensity of this place. Even with the yellow truck a reference, the scale seems off-the-scale.
Many thanks for all your comments in 2012, and wish you a happy and successful New Year 2013.
Angshu (53665) 2013-01-01 21:05
What I like is the play of light & the shadow of the clouds on the hills & the heeavily vegetated hill slopes. Great amount of depth in this shot, which is essential. The highlight has to be the diagonal road & the yellow truck, which creates a strong focal point. Good work!
Wish you & your loved ones a great New Year, Gert...full of happiness, good health & love
mkamionka (28037) 2013-01-02 3:13
again a great quality scan from the past.
Very nice composition with the yellow truck. It adds a lot of interest to the landscape. The road also introduces a pleasant diagonal.
Very well seen and captured,
UlfE (14455) 2013-01-05 23:43
Med tanke på att det är skannad bild är skärpan helt fantastisk. Vilket djup! Och ändå var inte ljuset helt perfekt, men det kanske ser molnligare ut än det var. Den gula tankbilen fångar givetvis ens intresse och ger också en uppfattning om hur högt upp du är på bergssidan. Tack för titten och ha en bra söndag!
annjackman (16479) 2013-01-06 23:49
I missed this when you first posted it. The scan has dealt very well with the detail in the forested slopes although perhaps less well with the sky. You have shown a very interesting area and the diagonal road and yellow truck have enhanced the wonderful composition. Super textures and range of earthy colours. Glad that you didn't come across any snakes!
Best wishes, Ann
Kamilutka (5725) 2013-01-21 8:36
this photo looks like really well thought through. I like the whole composition and small yellow car to catch an eye. The road makes a line which matches the naturals lines of the hills. Colors are very nicely managed and the final result is truly great!
Thanks for sharing!
Romano46 (14520) 2013-01-23 13:24
hai colto un momento interessante e lo hai composto in maniera geniale con il formato verticale che ti ha permesso di unire la maestositā delle montagne, messe in risalto dal forte contrasto, e la strada che si fa largo nel terreno percorsa da questo piccolo (rispetto alla natura) camion giallo.
Complimenti per aver colto questo felice momento.
fabianoleite (9162) 2013-02-15 14:12
Great perspective, showing well the greatnessw of the surronunding mountains and the smallness of a truck in the middle of nature. Good work, congratulations!