Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard 2015
Fashion Steps Out @ Orchard 2015, models strutting down Orchard Road, an outdoor fashion runway showcasing fashion designs from various fashion designers. This gorgeous model caught my attention, her eyes, elegance, charm, style and beauty, matching her dress nicely. I would update more information here when I am able to get hold of the designer's name!
Sun-burst at Mikuni Touge Pass, Hokkaido
We were traveling along the road from East Hokkaido up the mountain roads towards Central Hokkaido during Day 4 of our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014. The mountain range of Central Hokkaido was breathe taking! There was a short pit stop, along the highway, known as Mikuni Touge Pass, (三国峠）. At the pit stop, we witnessed a very beautiful mountainous landscape with many peaks beyond our imagination. The morning sun was so beautiful, the beautiful blue sky. I decided to convert into black and white, giving the sun-burst a distinctive feature along with the mountain peaks behind. It's so beautiful and we fell in love with Hokkaido!
After many hours of rain in the day, the weather cleared as evening approaches, the skyline changed into this beauty.
Off the eastern side of Bintan, Indonesia
A beautiful skyline, clear water, peaceful and zen, a place where it's perfect to sit and just enjoy the view and tranquility.
A monk on his canoe, rowing in the tranquil and quiet space, for his daily almsround (or pindacara) to collect food.
One of the 5000 varieties of Orchids and hybrids showcased at the recent 20th World Orchid Conference in Singapore.
A fireworks display during one of Singapore's National Day Parade 2011 rehearsals, at the Marina Bay Singapore. Check out my fireworks photography tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
A Flashing Guiding Light
An unforgettable memory from Singapore Biennale 2008.
Light at the end of the tunnel
Walking towards the light at the end of the tunnel - Singapore Biennale 2008
This road was once common
A road in Pulau Ubin, a small island off mainland Singapore, rustic, peaceful, a quick getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city life on mainland Singapore.
A loyal supporter of the KTM Railway
On the last day of the KTM Railway services in Singapore, this old lady was sitting alone, quietly and in deep thoughts, watching the last trains arriving and departing Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
Night scenery of Huang Pu River and Pudong, Shanghai
Shanghai, Pearl of the Orient, a night scenery of Pudong District and the Huang Pu River.
Alien Spaceship docking beside silos ?
This is not an alien spaceship docking beside some silos, this is Marina Bay Sands on the right with the SuperTrees from Gardens By The Bay, in Singapore.
Canon Lion City Cup 2011 - A mis-tackle from behind, resulting in a penalty awarded to the Singapore U14s.
Singapore's U15 football team at the Singapore Lion City Cup 2011 , runners-up to Flamengo from Brazil.
United together as Winners
Daveta from Fiji, winning the 64th SCC 7s in Singapore, uniting and hosting the Ablitt Cup up high together.
Let the rays shine through !
During an evening in 2008, the sunset rays shine through the Marina Bay from the Singapore Flyer.
National Day Parade 2011 Fireworks!
A bird's eye view from Level 33 Restaurant, located at Marina Bay Financial Centre, Marina Bay Singapore. Check out my fireworks photography tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
One of the many beautiful orchids on display at 20th World Orchid Conference Singapore 2011.
Can you see the end of the journey?
This railway track in Singapore is no longer around, it's removed and now lies just a footpath.
Studio Festi from Italy, performing in Singapore during Singapore Night Festival 2008. Amazing & beautiful, elegant & classic! More story here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/studio-festi-singapore-night-festival-19th-july-2008
Candle Night 2011
A sea of lights at Candle Night 2011, held at Marina Bay, Singapore.
Eclipse 10th December 2011
This is part of the total (lunar) eclipse photographed from Singapore's Marina Bay on 10th December 2011.
Eclipse 10th Dec 2011
Another scene of the total eclipse captured on 10th December 2011, from Singapore's Marina Bay.
Bukit Brown Cemetery Singapore
A cemetery in Singapore that holds great significance in heritage, history and culture. The fate and future of this heritage is unknown, with the Singapore Government having future development plans for this area.
Marina Bay New Year Eve Countdown Fireworks (from Singapore Flyer)
Photo taken from Singapore Flyer Thanks you Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Division of URA for this special arrangement. Check out my fireworks photography tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
Sunset - 7th January 2012
Year of the Dragon 2012 - Chinatown, Singapore
15s long exposure of the Dragon sculptures, welcoming the Year of Dragon - Chinatown, Singapore.
Old Void Deck in Singapore
http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/void-deck-our-cultural-communal-space Our Void Decks, Our Shared Spaces by National Heritage Board, a traveling exhibition, The exhibition is currently on display at the void deck of Blk 2, Saint George’s Road for the month of April before travelling to Marine Parade and over void decks around Singapore. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/official-launch-of-nhb-our-void-decks-our-shared-spaces
Key Frames by Groupe LAPS from France, at the i Light Marina Bay Festival 2012, at Marina Bay, Singapore http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/i-light-marina-bay-2012-is-here
Let the blue ring lights attract you to The Gate!
Applying blue light painting in front of Li Hui's Light Art installation - The Gate @ i Light Marina Bay Light Art Festival. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/i-light-marina-bay-2012-is-here
Marina Bay Waterfront of Singapore
Marina Bay Sands, Helix Bridge and Art Science Museum at the Marina Bay Waterfront, Singapore. The Art Science Museum is now part of the 31 installations for i Light Marina Bay Light Art Festival 2012!
The Singapore icon Merlion in colours !
The Merlion, a Singapore icon, is part of the 31 light art installations of i Light Marina Bay 2012. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/i-light-marina-bay-2012-is-here
A Void Deck - Forgotten
http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/void-deck-our-cultural-communal-space Our Void Decks, Our Shared Spaces by National Heritage Board, a traveling exhibition, The exhibition is currently on display at the void deck of Blk 2, Saint George’s Road for the month of April before travelling to Marine Parade and over void decks around Singapore. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/official-launch-of-nhb-our-void-decks-our-shared-spaces
Sitting, relaxing and watching people
Tested the FujiFilm X-Pro1, with their Monochrome Colour Filter, straight out from the camera. Here's my review - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fujifilm-x-pro1-photography-adventure
On the straight road running home
Tested the FujiFilm X-Pro1, with their Monochrome Colour Filter, straight out from the camera. My review here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fujifilm-x-pro1-photography-adventure
New Face of Asia 2012 Contestant
One of the 12 contestants of New Face of Asia 2012 - Jia Yi Zhen http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/next-face-of-asia-2012-finals-fso-2012-closing-party
Next Face of Asia 2012 - Paula V
The winner of Next Face of Asia 2012 - Paula V http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/next-face-of-asia-2012-finals-fso-2012-closing-party
Canon Lion City Cup 2011 3rd and 4th Place match
This used to be my Playground
Monochrome photograph taken straight out of the Canon 5D Mark 3 (Monochrome settings)
Old & Modern Singapore CBD Landscape
A bird's eye view of an Old and Modern Singapore Central Business District Landscape in the Tanjong Pagar District, shot straight out from the Canon 5Dmk3 HDR settings.
Gardens By The Bay - The SuperTrees
A night scene of The SuperTrees from Gardens By The Bay, located at Marina South area in Singapore.
On top of the SuperTrees @ Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay is opening soon! Check out more information here! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-a-preview-opening-soon
Where's the Mail ?
An old mailbox design, going to be a rare sight in Singapore soon.
Night Scenery of MBS and SuperTrees
The night scenery landscape of Marina Bay Sands and the SuperTrees from Gardens By The Bay from Marina Barrage in Singapore
The Waterfall of Cloud Forest
The waterfall inside the Cloud Forest Dome at Gardens By The Bay, in the Marina Bay region of Singapore. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-in-singapore-is-officially-opened
Starry Starry Night Under the Flower Dome
The beautiful starry night lights above the sky and roof top of the Flower Dome at the Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-in-singapore-is-officially-opened
In the valley of the Cloud Forest
At the foot of the Cloud Forest at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-in-singapore-is-officially-opened
Standing tall and proud on Tanjong Pagar Railway Platform
The Tanjong Pagar Railway Platform is no longer in use, the Grand Old Dame future is still unknown. This small plant stands tall and proud on the railway platform even when nobody is using this place currently. My story here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/the-rail-corridor-open-day-2012
Looking Through Another Brick in The Wall
Inspired by Pink Floyd song "Another Brick in the Wall". Looking through another brick in the wall and remembering back in time the history and memories of Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. My story here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/the-rail-corridor-open-day-2012
Fireworks at Marina Bay Singapore!
Fireworks from the 3 Combined Rehearsal for Singapore's National Day Parade 2012, shot from Gardens By The Bay East. Fireworks Photography Tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
A Lone Hanging Orchid
Taken at Singapore Garden Festival 2012 at Suntec City Convention Centre. My story and coverage here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-garden-festival-2012
Gardens By The Bay (Night HDR)
The Gardens By The Bay South in Singapore was officially opened on the 28th June 2012. The SuperTrees Grove taken at night in HDR straight out from Canon 5D Mk III. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-in-singapore-is-officially-opened
Fireworks at Marina Bay Singapore (from Marina Promontory)
The 4th Combined Rehearsal fireworks for Singapore's upcoming National Day Parade 2012 celebrations! Taken from the Marina Promontory location. Check out my fireworks photography tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
My Childhood Old Playground
This is the playground that I grew up playing in. Today, this is affectionately known as an Old Playground, not many survived modernisation in Singapore. Today, while most of the structure remains, some things were gone - Swinging bridge between them - The tyre swings below the it - The sand compound the houses the playground - The see-saw
Walking Home With You
A couple's late night walk home from the park, along the quiet highway. Straight out from the Canon 5D Mark III without any further post processing.
Marina Bay and Raffles Place (taken from Marina Bay Sands)
A landscape photographer's favourite blue hour timing. This is the Marina Bay and Raffles Place area of Singapore, taken from the front of the Art Science Museum, located at Marina Bay Sands. Shot straight out of from Canon 1DX with EF 17-40mm without any post processing. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
Fireworks at Marina Bay (from Marina Bay Sands)
The 5th Combined Rehearsal Fireworks for Singapore's upcoming National Day Parade 2012 celebrations! Taken from the promenade front of Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands in Marina Bay Singapore. Shot straight out of Canon 1DX with 17-40mm without further post processing. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure Check out my fireworks photography tips here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/fireworks-photography-tips
Relaxing and Chatting
A group of friends relaxing and chatting by the sofa chairs in a barber shop known as Bugs Bunny in Toa Payoh heartlands. Shot straight out of Canon 1DX with 40mm f2.8 pancake lens using Monochrome. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
Sunset From the 50th Storey Skybridge
The sunset taken from Singapore's highest public housing estate, the Pinnacle @ Duxton. The 50th Storey SkyBridge has a magnificent view of Singapore's Southern region, the Harbour and Tanjong Pagar Container Terminal. Captured with the Canon 1DX, putting the ISO to its test at 12800. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
A Back Alley in Modern Singapore
The Back Alley today in modern Singapore is very different from the early days of Singapore. While it is not the same as before, the back alley still retains her charm and my childhood memories. Taken with Canon 1DX with EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lens. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
Can you see the drawing on the sand ?
The Old Playgrounds of Singapore were filled with sand. Today, not many are left behind. The Old Dragon Playground is one of them, still standing tall and proud. She still retains her style and aura. Playing with the sand will forever be in my memory, my childhood memory. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
Beautiful Smiles !
2 Beautiful Ladies Smiles - Priceless. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-eos-1d-x-photography-adventure
NDP 2012 Preview Fireworks!
A fireworks from Singapore's National Day Parade 2012 Preview at the Marina Bay Singapore. National Day Parade falls on 9th August and Singapore will be celebrating her birthday!
The Blue Hour of Marina Bay Singapore
The blue hour period at Marina Bay Singapore, taken during NDP 2012 Preview. It is so beautiful, surreal and tranquil in the busy cityscape of Singapore's Marina Bay area.
A Night (HDR) Scenery
A night HDR scenery of the buildings around Marina Bay - One Fullerton, Fullerton Bay Hotel, Customs House, OUE and office buildings from the Raffles Place area.
Happy 47th National Day Parade to Singapore!
Singapore celebrated her 47th birthday and fireworks was part of the show! Happy 47th Birthday Singapore! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/happy-47th-national-day-birthday-to-singapore
A Beautiful Day in Singapore!
A beautiful afternoon in Singapore on the 9th August 2012. The Promontory @ Marina Bay is a great location to view Raffles Place, Fullerton, Marina Square, Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands.
The beautiful evening sunset on the 11th August 2012, along Sungai Ulu Pandan.
What's the Future for this Railway Track?
The Old Jurong Line Railway Track in Singapore, along the Clementi Woodlands area. The freight train operations ceased in late 80s and early 90s and the railway tracks remained till today. The Clementi Woodlands is a beautiful greenery area, giving the area a lush, tranquil and peaceful aura. I hope that this will remain at it is forever.
Standing Tall and Firm
A Grey Heron, a resident bird in Singapore, spotted along Sungai Ulu Pandan. This bird was standing tall and firm, hidden away by the grassland around it.
Entering the Twilight Zone
On the Tanjong Pagar KTM Railway Station platform and walking ahead into the twilight zone, going back in time to the glory days of the Tanjong Pagar KTM Railway Station.
A Mirror Reflection
A mirror reflection of Marina Bay Sands in the night on the calm waters of Dragonfly Lake located inside Gardens By The Bay East at Marina Bay Singapore. Photo is straight out from Canon 5D Mark III in-built function High Dynamic Range (HDR) Shooting.
Welcome to the SuperTrees Arena
The Gardens By The Bay East located in Marina Bay, Singapore. It's officially opened to the public and it's a very popular destination for both locals and visitors. More details of the official opening here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/gardens-by-the-bay-in-singapore-is-officially-opened
A Stairway into History
This stairway will move into history books because this block will be demolished to make way for future redevelopments. This stairway belongs to one of the SIT Flats at Silat Estate in Singapore. Most residents have been relocated and this will soon go into history books. Cross-Processed firstly via Canon DPP software HDR tool and secondly Aperture Sepia effect.
Tranquility of a Low Tide
The low tide in the evening, at West Coast Park in Singapore. The peace, tranquility and calmness of the waves moving towards the shore, makes it a very relaxing and beautiful place to relax, unwind and enjoy.
Mylar, featuring Fuerzabruta by Ozono Producciones (Argentina). They performed at Singapore Night Festival 2012
Taken at the recent 2012 SCC Twenty20 Cricket Tournament in Singapore.
No Longer Operational
This was part of the Old Tanjong Pagar KTM Railway Station. It's no longer operational and this trolley stood there in this position untouched and unmoved.
What Do You See ?
Looking through a window to see the other window on the other side of the apartment. Taken at Silat Walk Estate in Singapore, the residents had vacated their homes and relocated elsewhere. This will soon be history.
Happy 40th Birthday to The Merlion!
The Merlion celebrated her 40th Birthday in Singapore on 15th September 2012 !
Felipe Massa of Ferrari
Ferrari's Felipe Massa at Turn 11 of 2012 Formula 1 Singtel Singapore GP Marina Bay Circuit during Third Practice Session on 22nd September 2012. Report here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2012
Michael Schumacher of Mercedes
The legendary Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes F1 negotiating Turn 11 at Singapore GP 2012. Report here -http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2012
Red Bull F1
The Red Bull F1 car at Turn 13 of the Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore GP 2012. Report here : http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2012
Jazz Encounters of the Russian Kind
A beautiful and mesmerising jazz performance by rspected Russian jazz pianist Yakov Okun, together with his band, the MosGorTrio (Makar Novikov on bass and Alexander Mashin on drums) along with Sergey Golovnya, widely considered to be the most talented saxophonist that has emerged from Russia in the last 20 years, and Anna Buturlina, one of Russia's most promising jazz stars. Performed in Singapore at School of The Arts on 27th September 2012. Here's my write up: http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/jazz-encounters-of-the-russian-kind-sota-concert-hall
Mid Autumn Festival 2012 Full Moon
中秋节 aka Mid Autumn Festival 2012, 15th day of the Lunar Calendar 8th Month, taken on 30th September 2012. 今天是农历八月十五，祝大家中秋节快乐！
The Dragon Playground
The Old Dragon Playground, one of the few remaining Old Playgrounds in modern Singapore today. The simple and fun playgrounds of the older days have significantly changed over decades. The sand playgrounds are gradually replaced with a totally different type and design. The Old Dragon Playground is nostalgic and heart warming especially to those who grew up playing with them.
The Blue Hour at Raffles Place in Singapore
Along the Singapore River is Raffles Place, the heart of the financial district/Central Business District in Singapore. The blue hour in the evening above the tall office buildings, along with the lights from the buildings lights up a beautiful glow of blue hue.
Old Playground Swing
In my journey to photograph and document Old Playgrounds in Singapore. I am starting to locate more of them, bringing back many nice childhood memories at the old playgrounds.
There's No More Train Service
The former KTM Railway Bridge at Bukit Timah Road, just after Bukit Timah Railway Station. It's no longer in service and the railway tracks beyond this bridge is no longer there.
Walking towards the bright guiding light
Somewhere in the hustle and bustle of a modern cosmopolitan city life in Singapore, there are still beautiful pockets/areas of nature, flora and fauna. Somewhere along the Old Jurong Line of the KTM Railway lies this beautiful ligh, path and greenery surroundings.
Located in Erawan National Park, western Thailand. It's a very beautiful waterfall, tranquil and peaceful.
On The Old Railway Bridge
This Old Railway Bridge, standing tall and distinctive above the river, Sungei Ulu Pandan. She's affectionately known as the Sunset Way Railway Bridge and is part of the Old Jurong Line and the Green Corridor/Rail Corridor. She's a Grand Old Dame, like her fellow sister Railway Bridges at Bukit Timah area. She still stands tall and proud, with lots of history and heritage.
Dara/다라 of 2NE1
Dara/ 다라 of Korean superstars 2NE1 were brought in by Singtel to Singapore on 2nd November 2012. They gave an unexpected amazing surprise performance to their fans, performing at Read Bridge, Clarke Quay. Here's my coverage of 2NE1 surprise concert in Singapore - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/2ne1-surprise-pre-concert-in-singapore
A peaceful and quiet village by the sea
This peaceful and quiet village by the sea is located beside Pantai Trikora kelong a.k.a. Elly Kelong, JL Teluk Bakau KM 39. The pace of life is very laid-back and relaxing, away from the hectic hustle and bustle of a modern cosmopolitan city life in Singapore.
Bom/ 봄 of 2NE1
Bom/ 봄 of Korean superstars 2NE1 were brought in by Singtel to Singapore on 2nd November 2012. They gave an unexpected amazing surprise performance to their fans, performing at Read Bridge, Clarke Quay. Here's my coverage of 2NE1 surprise concert in Singapore - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/2ne1-surprise-pre-concert-in-singapore
CL/씨엘 of 2NE1
CL/씨엘 of Korean superstars 2NE1 were brought in by Singtel to Singapore on 2nd November 2012. They gave an unexpected amazing surprise performance to their fans, performing at Read Bridge, Clarke Quay. Here's my coverage of 2NE1 surprise concert in Singapore - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/2ne1-surprise-pre-concert-in-singapore
Minzy/민지 of 2NE1
Minzy/민지 of Korean superstars 2NE1 were brought in by Singtel to Singapore on 2nd November 2012. They gave an unexpected amazing surprise performance to their fans, performing at Read Bridge, Clarke Quay. Here's my coverage of 2NE1 surprise concert in Singapore - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/2ne1-surprise-pre-concert-in-singapore
Hunting For Food
An Egret hunting for food in the rain, unfazed and patiently searching and seeking for their dinner.
Top of The World
Above the beautiful white clouds at Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Sabah is known as the Land Below The Wind. I was climbing down from Lows Peak, the summit of Mt Kinabalu and saw a fellow climber sitting there, enjoying this breathtaking absolutely beautiful scenery. Indeed, without a doubt, Mt Kinabalu is so gorgeous. The beautiful white clouds, peace and tranquility, above the clouds.
Looking back at my photographs taken over the years. This was taken in 2004 when I was backpacking in Tokyo. I had a great time traveling and photographing in Tokyo. This was taken in Shibuya in the night and this area was still very lively and crowded.
Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse
I was traveling with the Dragon Scout Group for an overseas exchange programme in Oahu, Hawaii. During one of our visits, we hiked up Makapu‘u Point Trail for a breathe taking view of the gorgeous Oahu coastline and the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse.
A Hawaiian Sunset
Sunset is one of my favourite photography topics. When I was on the island of Oahu, Hawaii recently, I was very blessed with a beautiful sunset accompanied by the Hawaiian traditional outrigger canoe practicing nearby the bay off Ke'ehi Lagoon Park.
View from Makapu'u Point, Hawaii
At the top of Makapu'u Point of Oahu in Hawaii. We have a bird's eye view of the Southeastern coastline of Oahu. This coast line is very scenic and popular among the locals and tourists. The bigger island behind is Manana Island, the locals call in Turtle Island and it is a bird sanctuary.
Young 2003 Lava Flows
One of the most fascinating landscapes, found on Big Island, Hawaii, USA. The sceneries are so beautiful and breathe-taking, the vast amount of new land that was formed. This young 2003 lava flows, forms some of the youngest land on Earth, at the end of the Chain of Craters Road, located at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Waves Splashing at Hawaii Volcano National Park
At the end of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, USA. The Young 2003 Lava Flows formed a beautiful row of vertical cliff that drops into the Pacific Ocean. The waves can be seen crashing and splashing close to the edge of the cliff. This area is desserted since there is nobody staying in this area. The sceneries there is beautiful beyond words with such a vast open land with clear blue skies and the sound of the ocean waves hitting the cliffs formed by the lava flow.
A Road Closed signage in the middle of the 2003 lava flows, that was hardened. Located at Hawaii Volcano National Park, Big Island, Hawaii. The land was vast and very beautiful, very peaceful and tranquil. It's some of the youngest land on Earth.
On Big Island, Hawaii, USA, the Kilauea Caldera can be seen having fumes going up into the air, from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory. This is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The view was magnificent and I loved this place a lot, absolutely awesome for landscape photographers.
Somewhere along Crater Rim Drive
Somewhere between the Steam Vents (Wahinekapu) and Sulphur Banks (Ha'akulamanu) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located on Big Island, Hawaii, USA. There lies this long straight road that looks like heading into the clouds.
Diamond Head Summit
Diamond Head Summit, this is Hawaii’s most famous and most recognised landmark, for her historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history.
Happy New Year 2013 !
Happy New Year 2013 ! A grand fireworks to welcome the Year 2013 at Marina Bay Singapore, at One Fullerton rooftop. This arrangement courtesy of Fullerton Group and Marina Bay Singapore Division of Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) of Singapore. Wishing all a Happy New Year 2013! May your year be like this Fireworks, big, bright and high up in the sky! Take more photographs and share ! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/happy-new-year-2013
Loving Moment at the Bandstand
A wedding couple outdoor photography shoot at the Bandstand, located inside the Botanic Gardens of Singapore. I was able to capture the intimate moment waiting to be captured by the wedding photographer. It's a loving and heartwarming moment, the Bandstand located inside the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a popular location for outdoor wedding shoots in Singapore.
A Quiet Highway in the Night
In the middle of West Coast Highway on a quiet night, testing out the capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for a night walkabout shoot. This was the result of the in-built HDR function of the Canon 5D Mark III, a combination of 3 photographs and using the in-built Monochrome setting together.
Under the SuperTree
The SuperTree at Gardens By The Bay East, located in the heart of Marina Bay area in Singapore. A uniquely designed vertical garden with large canopy, they come alive in the night with wonderful display of sound and lights!
Childhood Game at Old Playground
A young kid running at the Old Dragon Playground in Toa Payoh HDB estate, a heartland in Singapore. Not many old playgrounds are still around today, they held many memories for some of us, it's our childhood playground, our childhood memories that were fun and stress free. The Old Playgrounds still in Singapore today are a historical, heritage and cultural icon that brought fun, leisure and recreation to many Singaporeans during her early independence days and nation growth. Let's help to keep this icon for the future generations of Singapore!
Face Off ?
Two old playground toys having a Face Off ?
Can You See What I See ?
Can you see what I see ? Through the windows of an old SIT Flat in Singapore, the reflections of the neighbouring block behind it can be seen too. However, there were other plans for this area of flats in Singapore. The residents were already relocated to newer HDB flats nearby, the fate of these old SIT flats would most likely be part of Singapore's history in photos, archives, prints, memories.
Remembering The KTM Railway
The former KTM Railway tracks nearby KTM Bukit Timah Railway Station in Singapore. This segment of the railway tracks was straight and "never ending" from a certain distance and perspective. When the KTM Railway operations ceased and the land was returned back to Singapore. The railway tracks were gone as well. This former KTM Railway Tracks served many memories and stories to both Singapore and Malaysia, along with international tourists as well, traveling by train between Singapore and Malaysia. Even the KTM Railway tracks were no longer around, they would always remain in our hearts and memories. Our Old Places, our Old Romances, our rich history, heritage and culture.
Looking up at the SuperTrees
The beautiful view of the SuperTrees from the ground level up, with the OCBC Skybridge together. It's like entering a different dimension, with the stars blinking brightly to attract you inside. Great to be back with the SuperTrees, I would be back again to photograph them, when they shine brightly and performing in different colours during their night display!
Flying High and Spreading The Wings
A quote that I wrote after capturing this beautiful kite in action, "I want to fly so high like this beautiful Brahminy Kite, spreading the wings of change."
Old Jurong Line Railway Bridge
The Old Jurong Railway Line that stretches from the Jurong Industrial Estate in the southwestern part of Singapore connecting towards the main railway line from the Southern part of Singapore at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station towards the Northern part of Singapore at Woodlands. This Old Jurong Railway Line is no longer around, only parts of the railway tracks/route remained intact today. This railway bridge still stands proud and mighty, planting her place in the history and heritage of Singapore's growth among the public housing estate that surrounded this segment of the Old Jurong Line. She's a Grand Old Dame, worthy of her history, heritage, reputation and deserving to be preserved, conserved and protected.
SuperTrees Grove under moonlight
The big round moon was brightly lighted up, slowly rising behind the background of the SuperTrees Grove. It was very beautiful and complemented the bright lights shining from the SuperTrees Grove. SuperTrees Grove in the night at Gardens By The Bay are very beautiful and iconic, a popular destination for both locals and international visitors, to view, enjoy and photograph the landscape of the SuperTrees Grove at Gardens By The Bay.
Blue Hour at Marina Bay Singapore
Marina Bay Singapore has metamorphosis into a very remarkable and iconic landmark, a waterfront Garden City By The Bay, a place for both business and leisure. The blue hour at Marina Bay Singapore is something that I would love to capture whenever I can. The weather on 8th February 2013 in Singapore was heavy rain in the afternoon till the evening. I believed the wet weather provided the after-rain effect with a very beautiful blue hour at Marina Bay Singapore.
River Hongbao 2013 Opening Fireworks
River Hongbao 2013 opened on 8th February 2013 with fireworks to mark the official opening and festivities at The Float @ Marina Bay. With Raffles Place, the Central Business District of Singapore in the background and the Marina Reservoir in the foreground. Fireworks at Marina Bay is always popular with both locals and international visitors to watch from different spots around the Marina Bay area.
Chinese New Year 2013 Fireworks
On 9th February 2013, this was the eve of Chinese New Year. There was a fireworks at River Hongbao 2013, held at The Float @ Marina Bay, to welcome the Year of the Snake at the stroke of midnight. 10th February 2013, 大年初一， marks the start of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Snake. I would also like to wish all my friends and supporters a Happy Chinese New Year, great health and prosperity in the Year of the Snake! Thank you for all your support! 祝大家新年快乐，万事如意！ 身体健康，财源广进，生意兴隆，国泰民安！ 恭喜发财，年年有余，学业进步，喜结良缘！
Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater Flying Off
An unexpected and lucky shot of this beautiful Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater. I was moving up slowly, getting closer to get more shots of the Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater at Lorong Halus Wetlands in the North-East part of Singapore, near the mouth of Sungei Serangoon and Serangoon Tidal Gates. Just as I was starting to capture more frames of this beautiful bird, it sensed my presence and suddenly flew away. In my midst of high shutter action speed, I captured this unexpected moment of the Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater flying off. More story of my Birding Photography Adventure @ Lorong Halus Wetlands can be found here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/birding-photography-adventure-lorong-halus-wetland
Beautiful Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater
The beautiful and colourful Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater, that I was happily moving closer and photographing it before it sensed my presence and flying off in double quick time! Here's the Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater that flew off in double speed - http://500px.com/photo/25733765 More story of my Birding Photography Adventure @ Lorong Halus Wetlands can be found here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/birding-photography-adventure-lorong-halus-wetland
The Berlayer Creek, near to Labrador Park, in the Southern part of Singapore. It's a stream leading to the mangrove swamp before flowing into the sea. It's part of the National Parks Singapore Park Connectors network. It's a beautiful green area where there is a boardwalk that you can access from Labrador Park MRT Station and view the wildlife and green surroundings. The Oriental Dollarbird was spotted along the stream of Berlayer Creek along with other birds and wildlife too. I would go back again to photograph and lookout for other birds and wildlife there while enjoying the peace, tranquility and greenery! Check out my birding/wildlife photography adventure @ Berlayer Creek here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/birding-photography-adventure-berlayer-creek
Ready to Hunt & Catch
At the southern part of Gardens By The Bay, leading towards the Marina Barrage. There is a newly developed area known as the Kingfisher Lake and Satay By The Bay. This is becoming a great spot for the birds to stay in the area, with a number of different species of birds appearing in the Gardens By The Bay area. Therefore, this is a new hot/popular spot for birding photographers to explore and photograph the different species of birds at Gardens By The Bay. At the pond beside Satay By The Bay, I spotted a Yellow Bittern holding position with their legs on two different branches, ready to hunt and catch. I would be going back again and hope to capture them flying down in swift action to catch their prey!
Flying Towards You
The Brahminy Kite is like a lucky animal sign for me. It's one of the bigger birds and raptors that I was able to capture a few times in my recent birding photography adventures. This was taken at Lorong Halus Wetlands, the Brahminy Kite was flying pretty low towards us and flying above us. This shot was like a "head on" shot and I managed to capture this beautiful moment of the Brahminy Kite spreading the wings in full swing.
Naval Ceremonial Sunset
The Republic of Singapore Navy frigate, RSS Intrepid, was docked at Vivo City Promenade for the first time, opening her doors to the public and welcoming them to visit the frigate for three days from 15th to 17th March 2013 for Navy@Vivo. Besides touring RSS Intrepid, one of the key highlights was the Ceremonial Sunset, a naval tradition maintained by navies throughout the world. In their proud and formal military uniforms, at this moment in time, they were preparing for the lowering of the ship ensign, the harbour ensign and the jack at 7.15pm daily, accompanied by the bugle, a brass instrument. The beautiful Singapore sunset and blue evening skyline on the 15th March accompanies the naval ceremonial sunset on RSS Intrepid, witnessed by the public on board visiting RSS Intrepid and the general public around the Vivo City vicinity.
Unknown Future for Forest Trail
This looks just like any other forest trail or footpath. However, she's far more significant than just this path alone. This is the former Bidadari Cemetery in Singapore, a haven for birds and wildlife. They are facing a challenge to retain her greenery, flora, fauna and haven for the birds. A forest trail inside the former Bidadari Cemetery, so beautiful, quiet and tranquil. Nobody knows the future and outcome as of now, I hope that this beautiful greenery haven can be kept as it is forever and serve as a outdoor nature area for everybody including the birds and wildlife. Can we all ask to preserve this green belt to remain in her original stature and aura ?
Quiet and Tranquil
These are some branches and tree trunks of Hindhede Nature Park, the former Hindhede Quarry. This was taken at the lookout point of Hindhede Nature Park and it's really beautiful! The water is pretty still, surrounded by the beautiful lush greenery of Bukit Timah Hill and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The whole landscape scene is quiet, peaceful and tranquil. Sounds of birds and animals can be heard above and around us. It's a nice and short trek from the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Visitor Centre and you would not be disappointed by her beauty and aura!
The green belt of the Old Jurong Line, whereby part of the Clementi Woodlands is, this place has a number of birds and wildlife spotted there. At the Community Farms in Clementi, there were a few Long-Tailed Parakeet spotted above the trees nearby there. Just as I was photographing the Long-Tailed Parakeets from the ground and slowly walking towards the tree that they were perching on and trying to take bigger photographs of them. Once again, the birds sensed my presence below and starting to fly away from the area. In the fast action paced trigger pressing, I managed to get another photograph of a bird flying away. This moment is beautiful, the bird in flight mode!
The Forgotten Railway
This railway track had no longer been in use for a number of years. Part of the Old Jurong Line of the KTM Railway that starts from Jurong Industrial Estate, cutting through Clementi Woodlands before connecting to the KTM Railway track running from Woodlands in the North to Tanjong Pagar in the South.Tucked away in this lush greenery, the forgotten railway and tunnel remains as it is, away from the rapid rise and development of modern Singapore. Cross-processed with SnapSeed on iPad.
A Walk Down Memory Lane
A Walk Down Memory Lane, when Singapore was still relatively undeveloped, not many high rise public housing and dominated by villages and kampungs that were surrounded by beautiful lush greenery. This was a time when everything was so much slower and less stressful. A price to pay for rapid economic growth that might be too fast some are already saying. How much do you remember your childhood years ? Are they in the kampungs and villages ? By the sea or in the farms ? Let's continue to keep some of these old places and not let it be removed for the sake of capitalisation and commercialisation. Post processed using SnapSeed on my iPad with their features to recreate the nostalgic film retro feeling.
Extreme Sailing by Alinghi
3 days of fun action Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series held in Singapore, at the heart of Marina Bay. The spectators were treated to some great sporting actions at Marina Reservoir from Friday to Sunday. Marina Bay is perfect for the Aberdeen Extreme Sailing Series, close to the sides of the bay where the spectators are. The wind conditions are challenging for respective catamaran to devise their tactics to win the Singapore leg of the Extreme Sailing Series over a period of 3 days. I was eagerly waiting for this "extreme moment" during the Extreme Sailing Series and I was happy that I was able to capture this sporting moment at Marina Bay! Here's my write up of Extreme Sailing Series - Singapore ~ http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/aberdeen-extreme-sailing-series-2013-singapore
When the Sun rises
A sunrise is always beautiful, signifying the start of a fresh new day. The boat was seen driving along the coast, towards their work destination probably to a place to catch fish.The location off Changi Coast Road, car park 6, is very popular with photographers for a sunrise shoot, especially when it is low tide and we can walk out towards the sea for a different sunrise shot with the sea bed as foreground.I am currently reviewing the Canon EOS 6D and would be sharing more photographs taken with the Canon EOS 6D, along with my own review and write up.
A Sunrise Landing
The sun rises beautifully behind, signaling the start of a new day in Singapore. This location is well liked by landscape photographers who love to capture the sunrise and the airplanes beginning to descend and preparing to land at Changi International Airport. This was taken with the EOS 6D, that I am doing a review and write up after that. It's been a good experience with the Canon EOS 6D!
The Blue-Eared Kingfisher is spotted at Hindhede Nature Park, part of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a rich haven of primary rainforest, with lots of flora, fauna and wildlife. Small in size, very shy and stunning blue colour feathers. It was very difficult to spot the Blue-Eared Kingfisher, requiring lots of patience and persistency as well as luck!
The Sun is Rising!
This was taken with the Canon EOS 6D review set that I had for two weeks. I went out for a morning sunrise shoot at the Changi Coastal Road, a popular location for photographers to shoot sunrise in Singapore. It was low tide as well and I was able to walk out towards the sea, trying to get as close to the waves as possible. The sunrise was beautiful and the blue sky along with the puffy white clouds gave this sunrise a lot more character and feeling.
Blue Hour from Helix Bridge
The evening blue hour of Marina Bay, taken from the Helix Bridge. Even though I have taken many photographs around the Marina Bay area, this could be the first time I took a blue hour shot of Marina Bay consisting Marina Bay Sands, Art Science Museum and Raffles Place.This was taken with the Canon EOS 6D review set that I had it for two weeks. For this shot, I pushed the ISO to 25,600 to observe the noise level. Overall, I am satisfied with the noise level and within my tolerance/acceptance level. I am confident to use ISO 25,600 on the Canon EOS 6D if necessary.
DBS Marina Regatta 2013
A beautiful Sunday afternoon with clear blue sky at the Marina Bay in Singapore. There was high octane sporting action with the DBS Marina Regatta 2013, Singapore's largest water sports festival. The Marina Bay is a great location to host water sports activities and events and the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 lights up the bay with Dragon Boating action and community festivities around it, something for everybody to enjoy and have fun!
Pre Dragon Boat Racing Ritual
The DBS Marina Regatta 2013 had a great display of Dragon Boating, sporting action and it was an exciting festival around the Marina Bay. There were many sporting actions, some were fast paced, some were beautiful friendship, teamwork and sports preparation moments. Each and every moment is beautiful and sends a powerful message across to their team members and their fellow competitors.In a team sports event, such as Dragon Boating, teams have their own pre-preparation sports ritual. In this moment, while waiting to paddle out to the starting point, the entire crew was silent and went into deep thoughts with their eyes closed, preparing themselves for their upcoming race. Reflecting at this quiet moment, it's a priceless silent golden moment before the pulse and adrenaline of Dragon Boat racing.
Action Stations - Evasive Action!
There were no shortage of sporting actions, breathe-taking moments and excitement during DBS Marina Regatta 2013. This happened during one of the races whereby both Dragon Boats crossed the finishing line and started to slow down. However, one of the Dragon Boat got too close for comfort to the Dragon Boat in front of them and it was a call to Action Stations whereby Evasive Action was immediately taken. This was indeed a priceless sporting moment!
Beautiful Day and Blue Sky
On the other side of the Marina Reservoir, known as the Kallang River area that connects to the Marina Bay and Singapore River before it was formed and combined together as Marina Reservoir with the completion of the Marina Barrage dam. A beautiful view of Marina Bay, Gardens By The Bay South, Gardens By The Bay East and Marina Square. This shows another side of Marina Bay that have not been as well known as photographs taken from other locations in the Marina Bay.
Blue (Avatar) SuperTrees
The SuperTrees Grove at Gardens By The Bay South, in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore. It was a very beautiful sea of Blue colours, that reminds me of Avatar. This was like going into Avatar kingdom, the mystery and aura surrounding the Gardens By The Bay. Entering into a futuristic science fiction scenery, the Blue (Avatar) SuperTrees is like entering a dreamland.
Gardens By The Bay South is celebrating her 1st Anniversary and the SuperTrees Grove went through a metamorphosis to become Mystical SuperTrees, beautiful and colourful, mesmerising and exciting. The Mystical SuperTrees are transformed by video mapping, it is an exciting new projection technique that can turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. Along with music, this is sure to captivate your senses. Below are the details of the Mystical SuperTrees transformation. Come on down and experience this installation that transcends ordinary video projection. 30 Jun - 7 Jul 2013 8:00 PM; 9:00 PM; 10:00 PM; 10:45 PM Venue: Supertree Grove http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/mystical-supertrees-at-gardens-by-the-bay
CL at Asia Style Collection 2013
The talented and beautiful ladies of K-Pop band 2NE1 was recently in Singapore for the Asia Style Collection 2013 held at the Singapore Expo Halls 3 and 4. CL was very bubbly, very gorgeous and very spontaneous, moving around the performance floor rallying the audience with her vocals and beautiful smile on her face, along with the lights shining brightly above her! It was great to photograph CL of 2NE1 in action again in Singapore!
K-Pop Collection was in Singapore for the Asia Style Collection 2013 held at the Singapore Expo. It was a great night of Korean Fashion showcase. One of the beautiful and sweet models during Asia Style Collection 2013, that definitely captured my attention! I will update when I manage to find out the name of the Korean fashion brand that was worn by this beautiful model!
Beautiful Model (Kikka The Diary Of)
At Asia Style Collection 2013 held in Singapore recently, at the Singapore Expo. We were treated to a fabulous and fun event consisting of the hottest music and fashion from Japan, Korea and Singapore.This beautiful model was wearing the clothes of the fashion label, Kikka The Diary of from Japan. She has a very sweet smile and this was a quiet and in deep thoughts while walking on the fashion walkway! Loving her expression and moment while on the fashion runway!
A model's sweet smile and wave!
The models that graced Asia Style Collection 2013 in Singapore were all gorgeous and beautiful. Their sweet smiles and eyes mesmerized the spectators in Singapore Expo. This model was showcasing K-Pop Fashion Collection and it was awesome to capture this moment of beautiful eyes, sweet smile and waving at us!
Elegant and Gorgeous Model (DINT)
This elegant and gorgeous model was showcasing fashion brand DINT from Korea during Asia Style Collection 2013 held in Singapore recently. She brings out the charms and aura of her clothes to the spectators present at Asia Style Collection 2013 and I am pretty sure she caught your attention too!
Cute and Pretty Model
This model was one of those that caught my attention during Asia Style Collection 2013 held in Singapore. She was showcasing K-Pop Collection and this was her second outfit for the fashion brand. Not is she pretty and gorgeous, she's really cute too!
Celebrity Model - Zoe Tay
Zoe Tay, one of Singapore's leading actress, graced Asia Style Collection 2013 as a Celebrity Model for local fashion brand Zenchi. She's still popular and well liked by the local fans here in Singapore and when she was walking the fashion walkway, she was well received by the spectators at Asia Style Collection 2013.
Dancing & Dribbling Away
Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final was between Corinthians and PSV. They were 2 great teams with skilful youth players and talent. I love capturing sports photography and their moments while competing on the football field. This was a scene that I caught when the Corinthians player dancing and dribbling away from the PSV defender. Check out my write up here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-lion-city-cup-2013
Winner & Loser
In a competitive football final, there is only 1 winner and 1 loser on the football pitch. A victory is well celebrated by all while a loss is sometimes alone. Corinthians beat PSV in Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, while Corinthians players huddle in a circle, united by their hands together and started praying, a PSV player sat down with his head down.The moment between a winner and a loser. Check out my write up here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-lion-city-cup-2013
Red Bull Dark Knights 2013 in Singapore
Red Bull Dark Knights recently visited Singapore for a night of high octane mountain biking action at Pearl's Hill City Park located in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District.It was a very challenging and exciting shoot due to shooting in very dark conditions and uneven terrain. This was definitely a great time to test my night sports photography skills and I gained more experience from shooting at Red Bull Dark Knights 2013.Do check out my post for a more detailed write up - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/red-bull-dark-knights-singapore-2013
Marina Bay Sands Laser Light Show
The Marina Bay Sands, located in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. One of Singapore's newest and iconic landmarks. In the night, they have laser light show display performance and it lights up the Marina Bay region. A 30 seconds exposure was applied and the different laser lights lighting up the Marina Bay night skyline, giving it a great spectacle of laser light show display.
Tong Ah Kopitiam
Tong Ah Kopitiam, is one of those few rustic and nostalgic kopitiams that is still remaining in Singapore today. Tong Ah Kopitiam will not be at its iconic building location anymore, with their last day of operation on 14th July 2013 at 10pm. As the curtains draw down on the iconic Tong Ah Kopitiam, it is Singapore’s loss that they have to move out away from that iconic building. However, I am glad that they are still going to continue operating their business at a few units down the road, at 35 Keong Saik Road. More detailed story here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/tong-ah-kopitiam
In a competitive sports game, there is definitely a winner and loser. While losing is painful and winning is sweet, there is definitely room for sportsmanship and friendship after the match and off the pitch. During Canon Lion City Cup 2013 Final, Corinthians beat PSV. Both teams congratulate each other on a match that was well played by both sides. While the agony of defeat can be seen and felt, there were also hugs, congratulations and consoling. That is the spirit of sportsmanship. Check out my write up here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-lion-city-cup-2013
Catch and Tackle Me!
A sports action scene during Canon Lion City Cup 2013 final between Corinthians and PSV. The PSV player was trying to dribble away from his opponents who were closing him down, trying to catch and tackle him! Check out my write up here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/canon-lion-city-cup-2013
2NE1 visited Singapore recently and they performed at Asia Style Collection 2013, a fashion and music extravaganza from Japanese, Korean and Singapore fashion brands and music.This was taken during a press conference at the backstage and 2NE1 was giving their press conference before they prepared to go up to the stage for their performance. Dara/ 다라 of 2NE1 is very pretty and she has a beautiful sweet smile!
FlyPast Meets National Flag!
In today's National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 combined rehearsal 5, I was heading over to Gardens By The Bay East to shoot the NDP 2013 rehearsal fireworks.We saw the National Flag FlyPast across our path and the aerial display by the Republic of Singapore Airforce happening together at the same time. It was a fitting tribute and special moment with these 2 FlyPast coming together at the same time!Our National Day Parade 2013 falls on 9th August 2013, whereby Singapore will be celebrating her 48th birthday!
Night View of Gardens By The Bay
From the location at Gardens By The Bay East, looking across the Marina Bay basin and Marina Reservoir, you can see Gardens By The Bay South, the SuperTrees Grove, Marina Bay Sands, Raffles Place CBD and Marina Bay Financial Centre. This is the latest hub in Singapore, the Marina Bay region, where a lot of action, events and activities are taking place in the region. The above photograph was merged using 3 photographs of 10s, 20s and 30s exposure with Canon Digital Photo Professional software HDR function, using the Art Vivid option.
Gunner! Fire Away!
At every Singapore's National Day Parade celebrations, there is a formal Parade and Ceremony segment. One of the highlights will be the 25 Pounder Guns conducting the 21 Guns Salute, as a mark of respect for the President of the Republic of Singapore when he inspects the contingent. This was shot during the NDP 2013 Combined Rehearsal 1 on 7th July 2013 of the 25 Pounder Guns in action. I will always try to capture the "fire moment" when the Gunner received the command to fire away from the detachment commander. It took me lots and lots of shots before I was able to capture this beautiful moment when the shot was fired! Check out the feature here for more details on the Presidential Gun Salute - http://www.mindef.gov.sg/content/imindef/mindef_websites/atozlistings/army/army_news/Feature/2011_features/SSPP_23SA_TP.html
Counting down to National Day Parade 2013 on 9th August 2013, this is our Combined Rehearsal 6 / National Education 3 fireworks. It was great to be back at one of my favourite locations to shoot fireworks in the heart of Marina Bay. This shot was taken from the Promontory at Marina Bay, it's a great location to have a great panoramic view of Marina Bay and to catch the fireworks too!
Marina Bay Sands (Bright and Misty)
A long exposure of the Marina Bay Sands taken from the the Promontory at Marina Bay. This is a great location to enjoy the view and sceneries of Marina Bay. This was taken after NDP 2013 Combined Rehearsal 6 and there were still smoke leftover from the firing of the fireworks display. This created a misty feel and the bright red and yellow colours, gave it a bright and misty Marina Bay Sands.
Marina Bay (Evening Blue Hour)
If there is something that I love taking photographs again and again, one of it has to be the blue hour along with a cityscape in it. The Blue Hour cityscape of Marina Bay, taken from the Promontory @ Marina Bay, never fails to amaze me. Look through my photographs, you can see that I am a fan of sunrise, sunset and blue hour and I will love to share my photographs of different sunrise, sunset and blue hour around the world whenever I have the opportunity!
Valisere Lingerie - Le language de la seduction
Valisere Lingerie - Le language de la seduction The fashion label Valisere Lingerie was part of Fashion TV Beach Festival 2013 Singapore, presented by Xperia by SONY. It was held at Tanjung Beach Club on Sentosa Island. Valisere Lingerie is of French heritage over 150 years, a luxury lingerie brand that takes pride in their design, details and style for both European and Asian ladies. With the evening skyline in the background, the blue hour skyline provides a nice natural backdrop for the fun and exciting outdoor fashion event.
Valisere Lingerie II - Le language de la seduction
The fashion label Valisere Lingerie was part of Fashion TV Beach Festival 2013 Singapore, presented by Xperia by SONY. It was held at Tanjung Beach Club on Sentosa Island. Valisere Lingerie is of French heritage over 150 years, a luxury lingerie brand that takes pride in their design, details and style for both European and Asian ladies. With the evening skyline in the background, the blue hour skyline provides a nice natural backdrop for the fun and exciting outdoor fashion event.
Cathay Cineplex (of Old and New)
The Cathay Cineplex today is an iconic and popular leisure shopping/cinema mall today with a cineplex, shopping and eating. In front of the Cathay Cineplex, you will notice that her wall is very different from the modern architecture and design of the main building behind her. Cathay Cinema as it was well known last time, it was just two cinema theatres and there were no shopping or eateries. This place brought many fond memories for me growing up and watching movies in the movie theatres. This was part of what Orchard Road means to me. Times had changed, different eras had passed. While the shopping malls transformed into bright colourful lights to attract shoppers, Cathay Cineplex decided to retain the old Cathay Cinema front walls, preserving a heritage, cultural and historical piece of Singapore's growth in the leisure and entertainment. I wanted to get a feel of the sun setting down in the horizon with the blue hour colours lighting up the skyline, along with the people walking and sitting around the Cathay Cineplex. Some things never change, the waiting and walking around.
Swing or Merry-Go-Round?
Do you love the old playground swing? Or do you love the old playground Merry-Go-Round? Or do you love both of them? In my personal projects journey to document old playgrounds in Singapore, I was able to find a few swings. However, I was still searching for the elusive Merry-Go-Round that I wasn't sure if it was still around or demolished. Through research on the internet, google maps, I finally decided to explore and discover the old school Merry-Go-Round that I grew up with. I found my old school Merry-Go-Round, I was very happy and I want to go back again. I want to play with the swing and the Merry-Go-Round.
Colourful Blue Hour of Marina Bay
Adding another of my Blue Hour shot to my collection here, this time it is accompanied by many more bright lights from Marina Bay Sands and do check out the distinct Crescent Moon and Five Stars images on Marina Bay Sands because 9th August 2013 was Singapore's National Day Parade Celebrations at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay. The colours from the Marina Bay Floating Platform Grandstand and Marina Square lightings, together with Marina Bay Sands gave a colourful blue hour of Marina Bay. Wishing my home, Singapore, a Happy 48th Birthday on 9th August 2013!
National Day Parade 2013 Fireworks
Singapore celebrated her 48th Birthday on 9th August 2013 with a parade and celebration held at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay. A fireworks was always part of her celebrations, always welcomed and highly anticipated event by the spectators and the people around the Marina Bay area. I was watching and capturing the fireworks from the Promontory @ Marina Bay area, a great place to watch and enjoy the fireworks and the landscape of Marina Bay as well. Wishing Singapore a Happy 48th Birthday !
Baby Dragon Old Playground
The Old Playgrounds that served a great deal of many beautiful and fun childhood memories for many of us here in Singapore. While times have changed, our lifestyle, our leisure, recreation and tastes have changed as well. The Old Playgrounds were not like before during her peak, whereby it was a place of fun and enjoyment for the children, without the internet and technology gadgets. This Baby Dragon Old Playground, will forever be in our heart, mind and soul, especially for those who grew up in the era of playing at the different Old Playgrounds in Singapore. Many Singapore memories built a nation and let's not forget the importance of such Old Playgrounds that played a part in the growth and development of Singapore into a modern cosmopolitan country city today. http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/old-playgrounds-baby-dragon-playground Post processed on Aperture before using Perfect Effects 4 Tri-X preset to get the final output above.
Saturday 17th August 2013, the morning started great with a nice blue sky and beautiful clouds. In the afternoon, heavy rain came pouring in and the weather turned dull. As the rain stopped and weather started to clear near to the evening, it helped to clear the skyline and gave it a very beautiful, orange and fiery sunset at the Marina Bay area while walking from Gardens By The Bay towards Marina Bay Sands. This fiery sunset was only for a few minutes, the moment was priceless, the colours and beauty of Mother Nature.
The Cat is guarding the Elephant
The Old Elephant Playground, probably one of the last remaining of its kind in Singapore today. The sand pit type old playgrounds are replaced by the modern rubber mat plastic type playgrounds in many parts of Singapore. While this Old Elephant Playgrounds has 2 more smaller play structures inside the sand pit and it wasn't shown here in my photograph. During my exploration and documentation of the Old Elephant Playground, a very cute and friendly cat came towards us and started playing with us. This cat lied down on the sand, under the shade of the Old Elephant Playground and it was kind of gazing and guarding the Elephant! This Old Elephant Playground still holds her charm and aura, attracting couples to head there for a fun theme outdoor wedding shoot! Let's hope that we can continue to conserve and preserve our culture, heritage and history!
One Word definitions of "Aspiration"
A beautiful and inspiring art work by Karen Mitchell, showcased at Singapore Night Festival 2013. Each mixed media (wood, laminates and light) showed one-word definitions of "Aspiration", representing the "Everyday Aspirations" of ordinary people. The texts were laser-cut into the wood panels and the light shines through the wood panels to cast shadows of the Aspirations. The reflections of the Aspirations is not just a shadow, it's also an imprint into a person's memory. This visual arts display at Singapore Night Festival 2013 is popular with the visitors, the collection of 365 "Aspiration" words means something to them, deep in their hearts and minds. They are all searching for a word among the many words of "Aspirations", to take and leave an imprint for their hearts, minds and souls.
Waiting for Vertical Extraction
Vertical Extraction by Compagnie Retouramont from France. They were in Singapore for the Singapore Night Festival 2013, performing on the 23rd and 24th August 2013 at The National Museum of Singapore. An artistic night outdoor performance on The National Museum of Singapore facade. This beautiful performer was waiting on the ledge of the National Museum of Singapore, while in the midst of the performance, waiting for her turn to start her performance on a vertical journey up the façade of the National Museum, breaking into a rhythmic dance on bungee cords, a graceful and beautiful dance performance that explores The National Museum of Singapore's architecture and surrounding space.
Magic Babe Ning
Magic Babe Ning, Asia's female Houdini and one of the sexiest woman in magic by Magicseen Magazine. She was part of Singapore Night Festival 2013, attempting a spectacular underwater escape from The Water Vault. She was shackled with chains and locks around her wrists, waist and neck. Ning was completely submerged in a steel vault filled to the brim with water that was locked and chained tightly on the outside. This was Ning appearing from the steel vault with the pyrotechnics lighting up her appearance from The Water Vault after she free herself from the many locks and chains!
An abstract lighting projection animation titled MoonGrazing by OIC Singapore. This was showcased during Singapore Night Festival 2013 during the 2nd weekend of Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August. The OIC Projection display was on the National Museum of Singapore facade on both nights. This was one of the many different projections that was captured down by me and this kind of fits the theme of the projection - MoonGrazing!
A Guiding Sky Lantern Light
Mid Autumn Festival is round the corner in Singapore. There is a celebration and light up at Gardens By The Bay South, with many beautiful, magical and enchanting lanterns and light ups with different themes! The Sky Lantern is lighted up, beside the Dragonfly Lake, against the backdrop of the mighty Marina Bay Sands. While it may seem small, the Sky Lantern is like a Guiding Light and commands a strong presence to the surroundings!
Late Night Landscape in Singapore
The Canon EOS 70D was recently loaned to me for a period of 2 weeks for me to test and review this beautiful and powerful Canon DSLR and the new EF-S 18-135mm IS STM lens. This photograph was taken at West Coast Park in Singapore, during late at night and the whole area was pretty dark without much lighting, except for the flame in sky, due to the burning of the excess gas/fuel from the oil refinery at the nearby island. In this photograph, I pushed the Digic 5+ sensor to the test, shooting at its H1 ISO of 25,600. The noise and grain level were pretty visible. In my personal humble opinion, I would try not to use at ISO 25,600 H1 on the Canon EOS 70D and keep the maximum ISO usage for the Canon EOS 70D at 12,800.
Lotus F1 car - Kimi
This is the 6th edition of Singapore GP, the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP. This was taken on Friday 20th September 1st free practice session. Kimi of Lotus F1, was negotiating Turn 13 of the Marina Bay Circuit, probably the slowest corner of the Marina Bay Circuit, it is a tight left-handed hairpin. You can feel the Lotus F1 car's "aggressiveness and getting ready to attack on the straight road on the Esplanade Bridge". Turn 13 is one of my favourite spots to capture the flying F1 cars in action at the Singapore GP Marina Bay Circuit. Kimi is one of my favourite drivers of F1 and I am glad that I got a shot of him in F1 racing action again at the Singapore GP! Here's my coverage and write up! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2013
Ferrari F1 Car - Alonso
The 2nd place runner-up for 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP is Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. He had a great race coming from his starting position to get 2nd place on the podium! This photograph was taken during Friday 20th September free practice 1 at Turn 13 of the Marina Bay Circuit. One of my favourite Turns of the Singapore GP whereby I am able to take the F1 cars in action! Here's my coverage and write up! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2013
Red Bull F1 Car - Vettel
The winner for 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP is Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull! It was a great driving performance from Vettel to win the 2013 Singapore GP! This photograph was taken on Friday 20th September 2013 during their Free Practice session at Turn 13 of the Marina Bay Circuit. This is one of my favourite Turns at Marina Bay Circuit whereby I am able to capture the F1 cars in action at its slowest point of the Marina Bay Circuit! Here's my coverage and write up! http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/singapore-f1-gp-2013
"Rainforest Orchestra", this is the new Garden Rhapsody at Gardens By The Bay, performing now at the SuperTrees Grove. This wonderful lighting performance promises to dazzle, bringing you on a journey through the rainforests of the world. In this first segment, venture into the depths of the Amazon as the forest gradually awakens at night. Do drop by and watch this magical performance "Rainforest Orchestra"!
Rainforest Orchestra at SuperTrees Grove
"Rainforest Orchestra", this is the new Garden Rhapsody at Gardens By The Bay, performing now at the SuperTrees Grove. This wonderful lighting performance promises to dazzle, bringing you on a journey through the rainforests of the world. In this first segment, venture into the depths of the Amazon as the forest gradually awakens at night. Do drop by and watch this magical performance "Rainforest Orchestra"!
Bright Orange Morning
The photograph came about when I was planning to shoot the moon set and it wasn't successful. Instead, I looked at my surroundings with my long prime lens, composing shots with my prime lens. The rig was facing a beautiful big cloud and it was lighted up, giving it a nice beautiful glow amidst the peace and tranquility of the morning.
An Old Neighbourhood
The corner provision shop above, known as Tian Kee, closed her doors recently and calling it a day. An old provision shop that was thriving and a common sight during the heydays of early Singapore's history, heritage and culture. Not many such old provision shops are still around in Singapore today. It's a sad loss and an inevitable loss in the modernisation journey that Singapore is going through. Like this old neighbourhood, Dakota Crescent, let's hope most of the other things around the Dakota Crescent neighbourhood can still be preserved, reminding us of Singapore's history, heritage and culture.
Bamboo-Bonsai-Ing (Black & White)
Singapore Biennale 2013 has officially started on 26th October 2013 and it will end on 16th February 2014. There are many artists participating in Singapore Biennale 2013 and I hope to share as many artists artworks as possible! This is Bamboo-Bonsai-Ing by Francis Roche, I changed into Black & White, away from the original colours. It just gives a more solemn message behind the artist's artwork to reinforce the relationship between natural and artificial. For more information about the artwork above, do check the link here about Francis Roche and his work - http://www.singaporebiennale.org/?page=artist_bio&artist=32
An Opening to a New Galaxy ?
Inside this artwork structure titled "Wormhole", designed by Eko Prawoto from Indonesia. Wormhole is part of Singapore Biennale 2013 and you can visit the Wormhole located at National Museum of Singapore. Wormhole is a combination of 3 bamboo mounds, that looks like giant tepee huts. Prawoto's installations actually represent a range of mountains, a common sight in Indonesia but not in Singapore. As you visit and entered the Wormhole, it's like walking from one universe to another, like an earthworm burrowing through the earth. When you are inside the Wormhole, you feel that time seems to slow down and you will love to sit down, relax and look up into the sky, at the opening above, to enjoy the blue sky, clouds and skylights. It's tranquility and peacefulness, where time stands still for you to enjoy the nature and surroundings. Take time to enter the opening to a new galaxy. http://www.singaporebiennale.org/?page=artist_bio&artist=30
Road to Nirvana ?
This intriguing artwork is titled "Road to Nirvana" by artist Po Po from Myanmar. This is part of Singapore Biennale 2013 and it is ongoing from 26th Oct 2013 to 16th Feb 2014. The Road to Nirvana, it is uphill and it looks to be guided by the green strings or bounded by the green strings. Does it define a border or does it define a route? Walking up the Road to Nirvana, among the beautiful greenery, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the trees in Fort Canning Hill/Park. This gives me a chance to relax and be more aware of my natural surroundings, the journey towards the Road to Nirvana and be at peace with myself. For more details of the artist and artwork, here's the link - http://www.singaporebiennale.org/?page=artist_bio&artist=29
Time to Begin My SG Heartlands Walk!
This little boy was eagerly looking ahead of the railway track, the Old Jurong KTM Railway Line that was operational in the early days of Singapore, that ceased operations in the 1980s. This was part of Ministry of National Development photo walk / instawalk, that brings people into the Singapore Heartlands! The area for this instawalk was Clementi district and the Old Jurong KTM Railway Line was part of Clementi Heartlands. As the little boy looks ahead into Singapore's future, it is important to preserve our history, heritage and culture, along with our natural greenery. It's time to begin our SG Heartlands Walk and you can do it too!
Punggol End (Singapore) Sunset
Punggol End, it's one of Singapore's beach/shore location that faces Johor, Malaysia. While it's not one of the popular beach for people to go there and swim, it's a quiet and beautiful place for leisure and family activities that dated back decades ago. This is also one of the locations to capture a nice sunset in Singapore!
A Quiet Time By The Spiral Staircase
A beautiful metal spiral staircase inside the National Museum of Singapore.This piece of architecture showcase our roots and relationship with the British Empire during Singapore's Colonial Days. With the sunlight shining through the windows, it sets a scene for visitors to sit beside the windows, ponder and enjoy the quietness and tranquility of the National Museum of Singapore. One can enjoy the richness of history, heritage and conservation along with the artworks on display inside there.
Green Mystic Crystal Palace
The artwork is titled "Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations" by Ken + Julia Yonetani, currently showcased at the Singapore Biennale 2013 from 26th October 2013 to 16th February 2014, in the National Museum of Singapore. In this exhibition space, there were 31 chandeliers. The antique chandelier frames have been refitted with uranium glass and UV lighting, when it is switched on, the bulbs will make the glass beads glow with a green that is haunting. The 31 pieces signal the 31 nuclear nations in the world, the size of each chandelier corresponds to the number of operating nuclear plants in the nation. This is an amazing and meaningful artwork, the chandeliers looked so mysterious and beautiful in the glow of the green, yet it can be haunting and sharing with/telling to the visitors on the topic of nuclear energy usage. The artists conceived this wonderful masterpiece in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan during 2011. The message it brings across is just as powerful and important.
David Tay - Photographer
The Profoto B1 is an amazing, powerful and outstanding studio lighting strobe that is ideal for both indoors and outdoors. I rented a demo unit from Weili, owner of Poisonous online photography boutique. Thank you Poisonous for the Profoto B1! - https://www.facebook.com/bbbmtl - http://poisonous.biz I would like to thank fellow photographer David Tay, who was there to volunteer as my model and to test out the Profoto B1 together! - https://www.facebook.com/davidtayphotography - http://500px.com/weikuan This was shot with a single Profoto B1 unit, processed into Black and White and cropped into a square format. This is like an advertisement for the Sony Alpha 7! It was an awesome experience, moving into lighting photography setup and learning the ropes through hands on learning! The Profoto B1 is awesome and powerful, keep a lookout for my review and experiences on my photography website soon!
David Tay (2) - Photographer
The Profoto B1 is an amazing, powerful and outstanding studio lighting strobe that is ideal for both indoors and outdoors. I rented a demo unit from Weili, owner of Poisonous online photography boutique. Thank you Poisonous for the Profoto B1! - https://www.facebook.com/bbbmtl - http://poisonous.biz I would like to thank fellow photographer David Tay, who was there to volunteer as my model and to test out the Profoto B1 together! - https://www.facebook.com/davidtayphotography - http://500px.com/weikuan This was shot with a single Profoto B1 unit, processed into Black and White. The portrait was my maiden entry into lighting photography with a strobe and I composed this shot with an intention of a shadow towards 1 side of the face while the other side is lighted up by the Profoto B1. It's a bit of dramatic and "fierce" look that David managed to portray out. It had been a great maiden experience with the Profoto B1 and I am looking forward to producing better portraits in the future!
Sitting Under The Tree
This photo was taken with the Sony CyberShot DSC-RX-100ii, a review unit loaned to me and I brought it out to play and test this compact digital camera. At this location, in the central catchment area of Singapore, the heart of Singapore's natural greenery and a few reservoirs are located. This is a very beautiful, quiet and tranquil location. Having visited there a number of times since I was young, I had never really given much thought about the views with the trees and benches until recently seeing a few shots by other photographers that I missed out something really nice at Upper Seletar Reservoir Park. A heartwarming and tranquil photograph with the couple sitting on the bench under the tree, relaxing in the natural greenery and reservoir surroundings.
Left or Right Bench?
The Upper Seletar Reservoir Park, part of the Central Catchment area in Singapore. A beautiful and quiet place to enjoy the greenery and tranquil surroundings. Near to the reservoir, there are a few benches that people can sit down, relax and enjoy a quiet time there. In times like this, there are 2 benches, empty and available for the people to sit down, which bench would you choose? Just like a life journey, there can be a number of times when we have choices to make, in order to get to the end point. Sometimes nobody knows which route is right or wrong or better or worse.
Streaks of Lights
The Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100M2, putting it to a long exposure of 5s on the overhead bridge facing the Ayer Rajah Expressway in Singapore. I am impressed with the capabilities and output of the Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100M2 during my 2 weeks review period!
Do we take the time to walk slowly instead of rushing like mad ? I think we all need to slow down, relax and observe more of our surroundings and we would be able to capture more photographs.
Gorgeous Bidadari Greenery
The beautiful lush greenery and tall trees that you see above, they are located at the former Bidadari Cemetery. This green belt is also a haven for local and migrating passage birds. However, in a few years time, you will not get to see this beautiful greenery anymore. Plans are in place to build public housing blocks in this estate in the future. It is very challenging to keep and find a balance in managing the land space for outdoors and greenery versus finding space in land scarce Singapore for the future population growth.
Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons
The Art Science Museum, at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, is having her facade transformed with a beautiful light show by Naoko Tosa‘s Sound of Ikebana: Four Seasons. It’s an amazing light show display with beautiful music that lights up Marina Bay Sands and the Marina Bay area! The above photograph was shot close to the end of light show display, with the beautiful flower blossoming and rising, signifying a brand new start to the season!
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, in the heart of Marina Bay area. A beautiful and expensive place for shopping, lovely architecture and designs inside, especially the curves you can see on the right side. This was shot with the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 review unit. The EXIF data at the side indicates the photo was shot at f/1.8 and I am impressed with the colours, quality and sharpness of the output from the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100.
Quiet Back Alley in Singapore
The Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 was with me for a review period of 2 weeks. I took it out on a night photography walkabout in the rustic Tiong Bahru estate in Singapore. Mounted on my iPhone 5, it served me well as my street photography camera during my night photography walkabout. This photograph was processed with the Instagram App and using filter Inkwell, before it was uploaded onto Instagram. It was straight off the QX100, simple processing with the Instagram app and the Inkwell filter applied. I just can't describe it further, this black and white night street photograph was something that I liked it immediately after applying the Instagram processing and filter!
Night Street Photography @ Tiong Bahru Estate
I was reviewing the Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 and took it out for a night photography walkabout in one of Singapore's oldest heartlands, Tiong Bahru Estate. Attached to my iPhone 5 for a night street photography walkabout. This photograph was processed with the Instagram App and using filter Inkwell, before it was uploaded onto Instagram. It was straight off the QX100, simple processing with the Instagram app and the Inkwell filter applied. This was one of the shots that I took during the night street photography @ Tiong Bahru Estate that I liked it a lot straight away. The quality of the output from Sony CyberShot DSC-QX100 was pretty impressive at f/1.8 and at ISO 800.
River Hongbao 2014 Chinese New Year Eve Fireworks
A beautiful fireworks at River Hongbao 2014 welcomes the Chinese Lunar New Year with a big bang, ushering in the Year of the Horse! Wishing all a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, especially for those who celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year! 祝大家新年快乐，万事如意，身体健康，在年，马上团圆、马上成功、马上发财、马上事成 ！ Thank you all for your support and encouragement from the bottom of my heart! I deeply appreciate them!
The Beautiful Lush Greenery of MacRitchie Reservoir
MacRitchie Reservoir, part of the Central Catchment Area in Singapore. It is a gorgeous and beautiful lush rainforest belt located in the Central area of Singapore. This is accessed via Venus Drive, along a trail that leads you inside into different nature trails that connect to other areas such Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, HSBC TreeTop Walk. The area around Venus Drive is under scrutiny because of the potential Cross Island train line that might go under the Central Catchment Area and this will harm the rainforest. I hope that the Cross Island Line would divert and skirt around the Central Catchment area and we can keep the beautiful lush greenery of MacRitchie Reservoir and the Central Catchment Area.
The History of the Marsiling Tunnels
The Marsiling Tunnels in the northern part of Singapore, plays an integral part in Singapore's history during World War 2. It was part of the former British Naval Base that stretches from Woodlands to Sembawang Park. While the tunnel entrances are now sealed up and engulfed by the lush and beautiful Marsiling forest, her history and significance, the part that she played in Singapore's history will not be forgotten. A more detailed coverage of the Marsiling Tunnels is inside my post here - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/discovering-the-marsiling-tunnels
Flying High and Proud - RSAF Black Knights
The RSAF Black Knights, the military aerobatics team of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, is making a return to show us their impressive and breathe taking sleek flying movements in the sky during Singapore Airshow 2014 as well as being part of RSAF celebrating 45 years defending the skies of Singapore! It was a great joy and delight to watch the RSAF Black Knights in action, I still remembered watching them during RSAF Open House 2008 and during National Day Parade 2008. During this particular manoeuvre, the RSAF Black Knights climbed up steep and high before turning around straight down towards the sea. The RSAF Black Knights will then split away like the pull of the Curtains. The RSAF Black Knights are simply awesome and they definitely mesmerised the spectators during Singapore Airshow 2014 and RSAF Open House 2014.
RSAF Black Knights
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Black Knights performing an awesome and breathe-taking move during Singapore AirShow 2014. The RSAF Black Knights mesmerised the spectators during Singapore Airshow 2014 and the RSAF also celebrated their 45th anniversary too during Singapore Airshow 2014!
Shwedagon Pagoda, it's very grand and beautiful! The Pagoda stands out in the heart of Yangon and one of the most gorgeous locations that I photographed. The evening skyline and blue hour at Shwedagon Pagoda was simply amazing and breathe-taking, beyond any words and through my photographs can I share her grand aura and beauty. I didn't have enough time there at Shwedagon Pagoda and I will definitely go back there again to visit and capture more beautiful memories!
Maliwun Waterfall, Myanmar
Maliwun Waterfall, located in Kawthaung, Southern region of Myanmar. It's a beautiful and lovely waterfall, slowly changing and improving to welcome visitors in the future, with footpaths, leisure facilities and amenities. Not much information is available on Kawthaung area and also for Maliwun Waterfall too. I can't really pinpoint the Maliwun Waterfall location on the google map since I don't have sufficient knowledge of the Kawthaung region at this moment. There are chalets being build nearby to the Maliwun Waterfall entrance and in time to come, this would be a nice short getaway for visitors, both local and international. Currently, not many visitors have heard/visited Kawthaung area yet. In time to come, when the coastal area of Kawthaung opens up to future tourism development in the islands in the area, the area of Kawthaung will prosper and grow, probably in the next 5-10 years. I am researching and writing a short travel article of Kawthaung area, will update my URL link here when it is completed!
iLightMarinaBay 2014 - Celebration of Life
i Light Marina Bay 2014 returns to Singapore from 7th March to 30th March 2014 at the Marina Bay area. There are 30 lighting installations and this lighting installation at the Art Science Museum of Marina Bay Sands, is titled "Celebration of Life". I like lighting projections on the Art Science Museum, they give something unique and special to the Marina Bay landscape with the Central Business District as their background. If you are visiting Singapore from 7th March to 30th March, do drop by Marina Bay Singapore and check out i Light Marina Bay 2014! More information on the 3D Projection Installation "Celebration of Life" can be found here - http://www.ilightmarinabay.sg/installation/celebrationoflife/
Sunset 7th March @ Marina Bay Singapore
The Marina Bay landscape is a well known destination/location in the world, with her Central Business District landscape of tall office buildings and skyline, forming part of the Marina Bay landscape of hotels, entertainment and shopping. Taken at the Marina Bay Grandstand Gallery/The Float @ Marina Bay, it's a popular spot to observe and enjoy the sunset of Singapore over the Central Business District skyline (just look at the photographers where they were standing)
The Black-Backed Kingfisher, also known as the Oriental-Dwarf Kingfisher, a small kingfisher yet it is so beautiful and colourful. Spotted in the Central Catchment Area of Singapore, near to Venus Drive. It was really wonderful to finally capture a photograph of this beautiful and colourful kingfisher to my avian collection!
30s Slow Movement 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
At i Light Marina Bay 2014, there is an lighting artwork display titled 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, more information can be found here - http://www.ilightmarinabay.sg/installation/3dttt/ Borrowing my friend's DK tripod, I decided to do a 30s exposure, starting from the centre, shifting to the left of the 3D Tic-Tac-Toe after 10s exposure for another 10s exposure. After that, I shifted to the right of the 3D Tic-Tac-Toe for another 10s exposure. My intention was to create a flow/arc of the 3D Tic-Tac-Toe movement and it was an interesting abstract and colourful outcome that I really like!
A Beautiful Sweet Smile
Tried out the latest Sony Alpha 6000 camera with the black and white creative style built inside the Sony Alpha 6000 at a media/bloggers event held at the Maison Ikkoku (Bar) at Kandahar Street. Took a photograph of the this pretty lady staff member of Maison Ikkoku (Bar) with her beautiful sweet smile.
Criterium Cyclists in motion
A panning shot of the professional criterium cyclists during OCBC Cycle 2014 in Singapore, the official media/video just happened to ride through across into my lens when this shot was snapped. It was a nice motion blur and added the feel of the slow flowing motion of the criterium cyclists in motion!
i Light Marina Bay 2014, a sustainable light art festival in Singapore was held from 7th to 30th March 2014 at the Marina Bay area. This beautiful artwork is titled "Cloud" by Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, located at The Float @ Marina Bay and it was a very popular artwork among the visitors to i Light Marina Bay 2014. It was also popular for photographers to shoot the "Cloud" during sunset and blue hour with the Marina Bay in the "Cloud" background. The "Cloud" was very distinct and bright with her many white lights forming the "Cloud". I was inspired by other photographers works to convert it into a black and white, giving the bright white "Cloud" the "attraction" and "attention". The "Cloud" simply stands out in Black and White!
A Parkour Leap of Faith
Brick Mansions Parkour Jam on the 19th April 2014, an event to celebrate the upcoming movie Brick Mansions on the 24th April 2014. This event was held outside The Cathay, there were many exciting performances by the Parkour community in Singapore. It was great to see both of them holding hands together to do a Parkour Leap of Faith!
TulipMania at Gardens By The Bay!
TulipMania is back at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore! With many different bright, colourful and gorgeous tulips lining up the Flower Dome inside Gardens By The Bay, TulipMania is a great attraction for many visitors, both local and international. TulipMania 2014 is now currently in bloom at the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore until 4th May 2014! If you are visiting Singapore, do visit TulipMania at Gardens By The Bay!
Mesmerised by TulipMania!
TulipMania 2014 is currently now at the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore! The tulips field are gorgeous, colourful and beautiful! Thanks to David of WK Photography for letting me try out Zeiss 85mm f/1.4, the bokeh and details are absolutely beautiful, smooth and silky! This really makes me mesmerised by TulipMania!
A Tulip's Gorgeous Night Glow
At TulipMania 2014 inside the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore, there are many beautiful and gorgeous tulips nicely planted, attracting many visitors to TulipMania! When the night falls, lights were switched on. There was a spotlight shining on one of the tulips, just lighting it up nicely on the upper portion of the tulips petals. Somehow, I can't describe this moment further. I just love it, the feel, the abstractness, the tulip and the partial lighting.
An old childhood game that I grew up playing with, blowing bubble balloons. Nowadays, this form of childhood game is no longer part of the children games that they play in the modern society today, entertained by tablets, smartphones and computers. My pretty and cute little niece, very adorable and active! She had the chance to play with the bubble balloon made by her big cousins and enjoyed it thoroughly. The moment when my niece was holding the bubble balloons, with her eyes closed and smiling beautifully. I am wondering, what was insider her bubble dreams?
Quiet and Beautiful Sunset
It's a quiet and beautiful sunset at West Coast Park in Singapore, a nice place to relax and enjoy. While the sunset wasn't as "dramatic" as I had seen on some occasions, I love the blue sky and clouds that accompanied the sunset that day!
Streaks of Lights on Expressway
On the expressway with many motor vehicles traveling in the night, they do produce some beautiful streaks of lights straight on the road, sometimes crossing to the side road.
Sunset from Labrador Park in Singapore
Labrador Park, one of the many parks in Singapore. It is a beautiful and quiet location facing the southern coastline of Singapore and visitors can spot Sentosa island, Keppel Island, the busy container port terminal and many ships in our Western sector anchorage. This is also another good place to catch a sunset in Singapore, the sun sets in different directions over the course of the whole year. I am glad to catch a beautiful sunset over the container terminal. I got a sunset, shot from Labrador Park too, on 7th Jan 2012 - http://500px.com/photo/4188079/ and the sunset was to the left of the sunset above.
Singapore's Green Corridor
This trail used to be part of the KTM Railway Tracks in Singapore, running from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, located at the Southern part of Singapore towards the Northern part of Singapore before crossing over into Malaysia. While the KTM Railway tracks were no longer around, the former rail corridor was transformed into a green corridor, a beautiful nature trail that complements Singapore's development and balancing it with our nature and greenery. It's a delicate balance between our scarce land space and keeping our nature areas for leisure and recreation! This sector is only part of the entire Green Corridor and they give us the space and closeness to nature and greenery, along with the outdoor space for hiking, walking, cycling and bird watching! If you are visiting Singapore, do check out the Green Corridor and have a feel of Singapore's nature and greenery!
Me-In (美/In) Creative Director Kim Hye Jin
Me-In (美/In), Korean lifestyle online store - http://me-in.kr/english.html Me-In Creative Director, the pretty and gorgeous Kim Hye Jin, leads by example with her fashion and sweet smile at the launch of the Me-In Korean lifestyle online store in Singapore at Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre Level 43. Visit Me-In and be mesmerised by the beautiful images of the "It Girl" and discover the fashion and accessories for the modern pragmatic lady!
Me-In (美/In) Model - JEONG Nari
Me-In (美/In), a Korean fashion lifestyle online store, http://me-in.kr/english.html , recently launched and showcased their "It Girl" in Singapore at Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre Level 43. The beautiful and gorgeous model above, JEONG Nari, a freelance model from Korea for a variety of Korea online shopping malls since she turned 18, showcased the theme "Play". The dress looks really great on her, awesome fashion style! Visit Me-In and be mesmerised by the beautiful images of the "It Girl" and discover the fashion and accessories for the modern pragmatic lady!
Me-In (美/In) Model - KIM Siyeon
Me-In (美/In), a Korean fashion lifestyle online store, http://me-in.kr/english.html , recently launched and showcased their "It Girl" in Singapore at Zafferano, Ocean Financial Centre Level 43. The beautiful and gorgeous model above, KIM Siyeon, showcased the Me-In theme "Love" fashion. Siyeon has a very beautiful sweet smile with her electrifying eyes, that will turn heads and attention! Wearing the lovely black dress by Me-In, she definitely spreads her aura and beauty! What's the relationship between men and dresses? Siyeon shows that every beautiful and gorgeous lady will have that few "go to" dresses for that special date! The "go to" dress is a must have for the modern lady wardrobe! The dress looks really great on her, awesome fashion style! Visit Me-In and be mesmerised by the beautiful images of the "It Girl" and discover the fashion and accessories for the modern pragmatic lady!
This portrait shot was a combination of two factors - (1) Testing and reviewing the strobist photography starter kit by Poisonous Online Store - http://poisonous.biz/shop/the-affordable-range/strobist-photography-starter-kit/ (2) Creative Portrait Tutorial - Game of Thrones Season 4 Portraits by 500px - http://iso.500px.com/game-of-thrones-season-four-portraits/ The model above is Charmaine, my niece, who kindly volunteered to let me photograph her and create this creative portrait. It was a simple 1 soft box umbrella method with 580ex2 flash. The post processing was using 2 software, Aperture and Perfect Effects 8 to get this creative portrait out. I am really happy with the final output, the texture and colours, a bit similar to the Game of Thrones Season 4 creative portraits!
SEA Games 2015 One Year Countdown Fireworks
Singapore is hosting Southeast Asia Games in 2015 at our newly renovated and modern Singapore Sports Hub! Today, on the 27th June 2014, SEAGames started a One Year Countdown to SEAGames 2015! The Countdown Fireworks was also part of Singapore Sports Hub Community Open House 2014, to allow the public to know and explore more on the new Singapore Sports Hub and the various sporting activities that are a part of the Singapore Sports Hub!
World Club Rugby 10s Singapore 2014
World Club Rugby 10s was recently held in Singapore at the newly renovated National Stadium of the Singapore Sports Hub. The new National Stadium in Singapore was gorgeous and magnificent! It is perfect to hold many major sporting events in the future! While I had photographed Rugby 7s and watched the 7s and 15s Rugby Union game, it was my first time watching and photographing Rugby 10s game. The action was just as exciting and awesome! This was one of the sporting moments that I captured during World Club Rugby 10s Singapore 2014!
A Cat's Sweet Gaze
I was exploring an old HDB estate in one of Singapore's heartlands, known as Dakota Crescent. Some of the cats living in Dakota Crescent are really friendly and lovely! This friendly and cute cat caught my loving attention, fat and chubby too! Lovely paws, almost like white socks with some orange tint! My friend DK got the cat's attention and the cat gave him a sweet gaze! When the cat was gazing at DK, I quickly snapped a few shots of this cute cat and I loved the cat's sweet gaze!
Strobist Lighting Outdoor Shoot (2 speedlites)
I am learning Strobist Lighting using 2 speedlites and I followed David Tay of WK Photography along his corporate shoot recce and test shoot during one afternoon to evening. I learned more strobist lighting techniques, tips, tricks and a great exchange of different photographer’s views, perspectives and compositions. The recce and test shoot was a great time to bounce off ideas and perspectives and it’s a Win-Win for both of us! A speedlite at 45 degrees top-down (left of photographer) key/main light and another speedlite to the right side of photographer for fill/hair light. Shot close to the evening blue hour, a nice balance of blue sky with CBD crowds leaving their offices make it an interesting spot for future corporate/commercial shoot settings! David Tay photography links - http://500px.com/weikuan - https://www.facebook.com/davidtayphotography
Explore with my Star Wars Lego AT-RT
I was inspired by how Lego toys, mini figurines (such as Lego Travellers - https://www.facebook.com/LegoTravellers) and toy series like Danbo, their travel adventures and photographs around the world. When I started collecting Star Wars Lego and bought my Star Wars Lego 75002 AT-RT, I loved the AT-RT a lot and there was an inspiration to do my own personal exploration and photography project with my Star Wars Lego AT-RT! I would like to welcome you to follow along with my Star Wars AT-RT and myself for an adventure and exploration in places around Singapore that you may not have seen it before. I hope to continue it further traveling overseas when the opportunities arise! To kickstart, my Star Wars AT-RT is exploring and catching the sunset at West Coast Park in Singapore.
A Lighted Path in Darkness
One of Singapore's unique fun is exploring the park connector networks/walking routes in the park itself. Even in the night, some of our parks are well lighted up and pretty easy to access and explore! This was shot with the Sony Alpha 6000 review unit, testing the capabilities of high ISO 12,800 and shooting at wide aperture full open f/3.5. This is Berlayer Creek Mangrove Trail, part of Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk. Easily accessible from Labrador Park MRT Station during the day and night! Do explore our various Parks and Park Connectors in Singapore!
From Gardens By The Bay East, you are able to view the beautiful Marina Bay and Raffles Place Central Business District from there. While I have been there a few times, I didn't capture this particular framing. This was shot with a composition of 3 photographs using an exposure timing of 10s, 20s and 30s. The aperture is at f/11 and ISO is at 100. The 3 photographs were combined together using the HDR Tool of Canon Digital Photo Professional software and saving it as Art Vivid.
Met the Friendly Cat again!
When I went to revisit and explore Dakota Crescent again recently, I went to look for the friendly cat that I took the other day. This cute and friendly cat, kind of remembered me and came up to me with the other friendly neighbourhood cats too! It's therapeutic to combine cats and photography together! They let you de-stress!
I was exploring Pandan Reservoir Park in Singapore on a Monday evening that happened to be a public holiday too. While walking along reservoir embankment/bund, I was on lower ground and happened to look up. It was an ideal scene for me, there was a person sitting along on the bench. The background was turning into a beautiful blue hour and I waited for a short while for more people to enter the frame. I didn't have to wait for long, there were 3 more people walking along and just as I saw one of them raising his arm in the air, I just pressed the shutter and managed to capture this image. They were just like me, finding places to relax and enjoy with their friends. While I do it with a camera, they enjoyed their leisure time with their friends or just relaxing the tranquil and quiet time at Pandan Reservoir Park.
Rogue Squadron ready to strike Empire AT-AT!
Put Star Wars, Lego and photography fanatics together, we will think of Star Wars scenes from the Star Wars Saga or creating our own Star Wars scenes with our beloved Lego Star Wars toys! The AT-AT and Snowspeeder belonged to Marcus and we had a fun time creating our own scenes with Lego Star Wars! This was created with the inspiration on the Empire AT-AT entering into a valley and the Rogue Squadron Snowspeeder diving in from above to attack the AT-AT! Hopefully, my friends and myself can replicate the Battle of Hoth scene in Empire Strikes Back!
Sunset 25th July 2014
The evening sunset in Singapore on the 25th July 2014. It was bright and colourful, pleasing and soothing to the mind and soul. I never get bored watching and photographing sunsets, they are just so beautiful when the sky and lights match together!
NDP 2014 Rehearsal Fireworks
Singapore is going to celebrate her 49th birthday soon in the month of August. Currently, there are rehearsals for our National Day Parade 2014 and I was able to capture the fireworks display during the most recent NDP 2014 rehearsal on 19th July 2014. This shot was taken from the Marina Promontory, a favourite location to watch and photograph fireworks display at the Marina Bay!
Where Does This New Journey Leads Me?
A new journey begins, like this part of the disused old railway track of the Old Jurong Line in the Clementi Woodlands, part of the KTM Raliway, where it was given a new lease of life with the community farming nearby this area. Now as I start to trek towards the end of this railway track where the beauty and lights beckon towards me, welcoming me with open arms. It's a start of a new hope, a new journey, a new beginning, a new dream and a new era! Will You Walk With Me in this new journey? You'll Never Walk Alone!
Our Common Housing Corridor
The Housing Development Board (HDB) public housing common corridor, it was a common sight and design in earlier Singapore's public housing estates. This HDB block at Sims Drive and her common corridor faces a major cross junction of 2 major expressways in Singapore, the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway and the Pan-Island Expressway. This is shot with the Casio EXILIM EX-100 with the Art effect function.
3 x Public Telephones
In today's modern technology and smartphone connectivity, public coin pay phones are not a common sight as compared to 10 or 20 years ago. While walking in a neighbourhood at Sims Drive, near my showroom office location, I found 3 public pay phones on the same wall. When was the last time you used a pay telepphone ?
Singapore Night Festival 2014
Singapore Night Festival 2014 is back with a big bang, happening over two weekends on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August and the following weekend Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August. This year's Singapore Night Festival promises to be Big and Bold, it's going to be beautiful and bright, just like the National Museum of Singapore, lighted up on its facade as one of Singapore Night Festival 2014 performance locations! If you are in Singapore during this period of time, don't miss out Singapore Night Festival 2014!
Night Lights 2014: Divine Trees
Night Lights, part of Singapore Night Festival 2014, is one of the popular attractions during the Singapore Night Festival. This artwork title is "Divine Trees" by Clement Briend, a French photographer. The image may look scary and ghostly, yet it looks so surreal and peaceful. The photographic artwork light projections are a study of the divine and the spiritual in the world, made visible by projection onto objects of nature by Clement Briend. This Divine Tree is overlooking the National Museum of Singapore, giving its blessing to Singapore Night Festival 2014 and welcoming visitors to Singapore Night Festival 2014.
William Close at SG Night Festival
William Close and the Earth Harp Collective graced Singapore Night Festival 2014, the main performing arts act for the 7th edition of the Singapore Night Festival. His Earth Harp mesmerised the crowds with his beautiful music and performances on the Earth Harp and along with his Earth Harp Collective, they produced many awesome performances over two weekends and this was captured in the grand finale performance of the Singapore Night Festival 2014. While the performances were bright and colourful in the night, I decided to do something differently, using the black and white film filter software DxO Film Pack 3 (partially inspired by U2 Rattle and Hum)
Personal Trainer - Kelvin Teo
Finally, I delivered my works, a personal photography project on sports photography theme with 1 speedlite strobist lighting setup. It was a challenging yet a great learning experience for me in both sports and strobist photography. A single speedlite strobist photography can give you mixed, interesting and mysterious outcomes! Somehow, I prefer the Black and White version and I liked this work of mine a lot! Let me introduce to you, my friend, Personal Trainer, Mr Kelvin Teo. A good friend that I got to work with a number of times in a few of the sporting events. He's a sports and fitness fanatic, with great enthusiasm and knowledge on sports and fitness training. We always have very interactive and interesting discussions on the sports and fitness sectors. If you are looking for a personal trainer, drop my friend a note at this email - email@example.com Initial workflow is done on Aperture before editing it with the plug-in DxO Film Pack 3 using the Agfa APX filter.
Personal Trainer - Kelvin Teo
Another photography work that I really liked a lot, that was curated and selected from my personal photography project on sports photography theme with 1 speedlite strobist lighting setup. Let me introduce to you, my friend, Personal Trainer, Mr Kelvin Teo. A good friend that I got to work with a number of times in a few of the sporting events. He's a sports and fitness fanatic, with great enthusiasm and knowledge on sports and fitness training. We always have very interactive and interesting discussions on the sports and fitness sectors. If you are looking for a personal trainer, drop my friend a note at this email - firstname.lastname@example.org Initial workflow is done on Aperture before editing it with the plug-in DxO Film Pack 3 using the IlfordXP filter.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 - Hamilton
The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car this season in 2014 till date, has been very successful and consistent in their performances and results. At the Singapore GP 2014, it was great to see F1 back for night racing action! At Turn 11, one of my favourite locations to shoot F1 cars in action! One of the shots that I managed to capture and something that I really liked was Mercedes F1 car driven by Lewis Hamilton!
Sunset at 西子湾
I remembered this location watching the ships sailing in and out of Kaohsiung harbour when I visited Taiwan for the first time in 1997. I made a trip back to this 西子湾 again and there were many changes! However, the view is still magnificent and the Sunset at 西子湾 is beautiful. As the ship was sailing into the harbour with the sunset behind it, I was enjoying the sunset, the tranquility and sound of the waves splashing in.
Alone and Important Landmark
A signboard off the coast of Chek Jawa wetlands on the eastern end of Pulau Ubin in Singapore. It stands alone, yet it is an important landmark (signboard) to inform ships about this beautiful nature area and it is off limits to any ships from entering the Chek Jawa wetlands. As I walked along the Chek Jawa wetlands boardwalk and faced the ocean, I felt so much at peace.
Around 西子湾 in Kaohsiung, there is a breakwater that is very popular with photographers and visitors to watch a beautiful sunset. This breakwater is around the 西子湾风景区。 While I was sitting down and enjoying the sunset, I saw this image and loved it a lot. The peace, quiet and tranquility, coupled together with the beautiful sunset.
Mt. Rausu-dake, Hokkaido
Hokkaido has many gorgeous and amazing landscapes in the world, hidden gems for landscape photographers to explore. It's a place where you have something to photograph for all 4 seasons. In the Northeast area of Hokkaido, lies Shiretoko National Park, where Mt. Rausu-dake resides. When we were there, it was one of the most magnificent sights that I ever experienced, the autumn and winter season coming together in Hokkaido. Just look at the beautiful snow capped mountain ridge lines on Mt. Rausu-dake and the autumn colours on the lower grounds. The beautiful clear blue sky and white fluffy clouds. This was a happy moment for me, I love it! For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
Beautiful Hokkaido Sunset!
I have always been a fan of photographing sunsets, it always looked so surreal, peaceful, quiet and filled with tranquility. I can just sit, wait, watch and photograph a sunset when the opportunity arises. During our Hokkaido Photographer Invitation Program, we had a scheduled stop to photograph the sunset off Shiretoko National Park, near Utoro. This was one of the best locations to photograph a sunset in Hokkaido and I was mesmerised by the beauty of the Hokkaido sunset! It's so beautiful and magnificent! For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
The Hokkaido Snow in B&W
It started snowing in Hokkaido when we were there recently. We took a pit stop along our driving route and thoroughly enjoyed it. I decided to do a black and white processing for the photograph and I like it a lot! For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
The word "Onneto" means old pond or big pond in the original Ainu language. The gorgeous Lake Onneto is part of Akan National Park and it is one of 3 great secret lakes in Hokkaido! She had a magnificent and grand view of the mountains behind her, the clear water shining colours like dark blue and emerald! When we were at Lake Onneto, the lake wasn't totally frozen yet and we can hear the ice cracking! For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q More information can be found here - http://visit-tokachi.jp/en_activity/en_nat2401
One Tree Hill - Somewhere in Hokkaido
Somewhere in Hokkaido, during our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program in the Central/Eastern Hokkaido area, there is this One Tree Hill. She stands tall and proud, against a magnificent background and encompasses many charm and beauty. It was something very magical and special to me, to us, the band of photographers. The wonderful memories at this One Tree Hill will always be with us forever. This special One Tree Hill calls out to us to make the photography pilgrimage up there and we, the band of photographers were blessed with lots of friendship memories. I will be back again to Hokkaido, I promise. First processed using Aperture before using DxO FilmPack 3 Fuji NeoPan Acros B&W film processing. For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
Misty yet So Beautiful - Lake Akan
Lake Akan, located in Akan National Park, Hokkaido, is a very beautiful crater lake. It was a beautiful morning, nice weather and blue skies. The mist formed a mysterious cloud around the trees opposite the side that I was on. I decided to convert it into black and white and I felt that this gave Lake Akan a lot of character and charisma, along with mystery and tranquility. For more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program, check out my post here - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
Foot Prints in the Snow
Walking on in the snow, leaving footprints in the snow. Slowly and steadily, she left behind many beautiful foot prints, moments, smiles and memories on the snow in Hokkaido.
Photographers in action at Lake Onneto
When I was visiting Hokkaido earlier, as part of the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, I was initially concentrating on the landscapes in Hokkaido. The landscapes were so beautiful and gorgeous! Lake Onneto was one of them, I uploaded a landscape photo of Lake Onneto earlier on 500px - https://500px.com/photo/92365539/ When i was reflecting and going through my 1.8k collection of photographs that I shot in Hokkaido, I saw this photo and decided to change into black and white. Combining the elements of an awesome landscape with my friends inside it, all mesmerised by the beauty and charm of Lake Onneto, including Manami さん taking a selfie. My feeling and thoughts were, it's priceless, the moment and the concentration of my photographer friends by the beauty of Lake Onneto in Hokkaido. Here's more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program that I was part of - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
Searching for One Tree Hill in Hokkaido
This special band of photographers, running to stand still, searching for the One Tree Hill, somewhere in #Hokkaido #北海道. There was a One Tree Hill that stood out on the other side; it was something very magical and special to me, to us, the band of photographers. The wonderful memories at this One Tree Hill will always be with us forever. This special One Tree Hill calls out to us to make the photography pilgrimage up there and we, the band of photographers were blessed with lots of friendship memories. I will be back. I promise.
Black and White Landscape @ Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘
During our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, we visited many beautiful and gorgeous destinations in Central/Eastern Hokkaido. This was one of my favourite destinations, if not my most favourite destinations of all the different destinations that we went during our Hokkaido trip. This photograph was shot at Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘 in Kamikawa, Hokkaido. The evening blue sky and sunset rays were so beautiful in colour, it's mesmerising. I decided to explore this further and started my curation of black and white Hokkaido landscape photos and this was one that I really like it a lot. This is the continuation, curation and compilation of my Hokkaido Black and White landscapes portfolio, that eventually, another curation will be done before it transforms into my personal photography book. A black and white landscape can be very powerful, that goes beyond my words and writing. It's emotional and heartwarming, it's calling out to me somehow.
Running To Stand Still @ Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘
I still remember this moment vividly, it was very cold yet we were all very excited to be at this final photography location for our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014. This was Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘 in Kamikawa, Hokkaido. The sun was slowly going down over the horizon, Mr. Ichinetsu Sensei was leading us to different locations to capture the beautiful landscapes around the Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘. It was a race against time, the sunset. Running behind my band of photographers friends, I saw the moment, priceless, tranquil and beautiful. I stopped and captured the moment. Like the U2 song "Running to Stand Still", the opening lyrics "And so she woke up Woke up from where she was lyin' still. Said I gotta do something About where we're goin'." Where were we going ? We the band of photographers were Running To Stand Still at Daisetsu-Asahigaoka 大雪高原旭ヶ丘 for that wonderful moment in time. I will never forget that moment in time, in Hokkaido.
Happy New Year 2015!
Marina Bay Singapore welcomed the Year 2015 with a big bang of beautiful fireworks illuminating the Marina Bay skyline! I would like to take this time to wish everybody a Happy New Year 2015! May the Year 2015 be a great year for everybody, take more photographs and share folks! I would also like to say Thank You to everybody who followed, supported and encouraged me in my photography and 500px journey!
A leading line to Mt. Rausu-Dake
I visited Hokkaido in November 2014, as part of the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, At Shiretoko National Park in Hokkaido, Japan. We just visited Furepe Waterfall and started to trek out to the road for our next destination. There was a very distinct line, it was leading us to Mt. Rausu-Dake. We saw the snow peak mountain caps covered by a sea of beautiful clouds. During our Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, we were mesmerised and blown away by many Hokkaido landscape beauty. There were many lines/roads/paths that were leading us photographers towards many gorgeous destinations in Hokkaido! Here's more information on the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program that I was part of - http://ow.ly/2RR23Q
Sunset on 13th January 2015
I haven't kickstarted my photography for year 2015. Since I was back home earlier today from work and in between errands and a late appointment, I decided to walk to my nearby West Coast Park. The weather on 13th January 2015 was really hot and humid and I was expecting a nice sunset on that evening. I waited and Mother Nature didn't disappoint me! It was also a quiet and tranquil time for me that evening, enjoying the beautiful sunset!
Lake Mashu, Hokkaido
Lake Mashu in the Teshikaga area, is the caldera lake in Akan National Park and Lake Mashu has the reputation of the cleanest lake in the world. It started snowing when I was up there in November 2014, it was cold with the winds blowing at us! I would love to come back again during Spring or Summer and admire the natural beauty and colours of Lake Mashu. Lake Mashu, it's beautiful and tranquil. Converting it into a black and white landscape along with a 2x1 crop, makes this stands out a lot to me and it was one of my few personal favourites!
Black and White view from Mikuni Touge Pass (三国峠）
On day 4 of the Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014, our journey took us up towards the central Hokkaido region of Sounkyo and Kamikawa. The central Hokkaido region is pretty mountainous and there were many mountains and peaks. At the Mikuni Touge Pass (三国峠）, we made a pit stop, to enjoy the scenery. It was absolutely breathe-taking, so gorgeous beyond our words to describe it. Our photographers hearts and feelings were spirited away into the the vast and beautiful landscapes of Central Hokkaido. Converting the photograph into Black and White transformed the beautiful landscape photograph into something even more special and outstanding. This was one of my favourite Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes and it will stand out in my Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes Photo Book.
Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015!
The Year of the Goat was welcomed with a big bang and beautiful colours at River Hongbao 2015! As we ushered in the Year of the Goat with this beautiful fireworks display, I would like to take this time to thank all my friends and supporters here on 500px community! Wishing everybody Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2015! 祝大家新年快乐，万事如意！事事顺利，心想事成，步步高升！ May the Year of the Goat be a great year for your photography adventures!
Mt Rausu-dake (羅臼岳) B&W Landscape
I can never forget this gorgeous landscape when I was in Hokkaido. Mt. Rausu-dake, with snow on her peaks. The weather was so beautiful, clear blue sky and look at the cloud formations, the gift of Mother Nature! When I decided to convert it into black and white, this image simply stands out and it is one of my favourite photographs that I took in Hokkaido. I missed the peace, beauty and tranquility of Hokkaido.
Walking across to Lake Kussharo 屈斜路湖 (B&W)
Walking across to Lake Kussharo 屈斜路湖 (B&W), the two trees stand tall and proud, welcoming us to this beautiful lake.
A New Plant - A New Hope
During a visit to the former KTM Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, on Labour Day 2015. I was walking along the former railway platform, remembering the days when the KTM trains were operating here. I saw a small young plant, a new plant, giving a new hope at this moment in time.
Shine For Us - A Lighted Path
This is the boardwalk along Berlayer Creek at Labrador Park in Singapore. During the night, it can be refreshing and quiet to walk along this boardwalk towards Labrador Park. I like how the lightings on the railings shine on the boardwalk path for us to walk in the night. This is a #Blackand White photograph shot with the #Canon EOS #760D review camera, edited with the new Mac OS X Photos app.
SEA Games 2015 Rehearsal Fireworks
SEA Games 2015 is coming to Singapore! Here is a photo from their Opening Ceremony rehearsal fireworks!
SEA Games 2015 Opening Ceremony Fireworks
SEA Games 2015 opened in Singapore with a great opening ceremony and fireworks!
Human! Look into my Eyes!
She is one of my favourite cats around my neighbourhood. Very friendly and adorable! This is one of the moment that I managed to shoot a cat portrait of her staring "seriously" The eyes are just so beautiful and eye-catching! It's like she's telling us humans something!
A Bird's Eye View Mixed Cityscape of Singapore
In one of the heartlands of Singapore, this suburb is known as Clementi. From one of the newest HDB (Housing Development Board) public housing blocks at Clementi Central, at the top floor of the block, we are able to see a bird's eye view of the various types of city and architecture in Singapore, from public housing, private housing and the central business district office buildings. Among all these concrete buildings, you can also spot greenery too! This is Singapore, one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
The Flower Attracts You
This beautiful red and colourful flower attracted me to them while I was doing a photo walk at West Coast Park with the Canon EOS M3 review unit camera with EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM lens. I decided to take a photo of this flower at the long end of the telephoto zoom with its aperture wide open at f6.3. The wind was blowing, the flower was swaying. This photo was imperfect, a part of the right segment of the flower was cut off when the photograph was taken. Yet, on the left side of the flower, the filament of this flower stretches itself out, attracting you to the flower, it's kind of beckoning you towards it. Imperfect yet so beautiful.
Fly me to the Moon and Back
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is busy practising and preparing for the grand aerial display on 9th August 2015, celebrating Singapore Golden Jubilee. This is part of the grand aerial display, the SG50 FlyPast. This was shot during Combined Rehearsal 2 with the Canon EOS M3 review camera. Just at this perfect moment, I managed to capture a set of RSAF planes flying above me with the beautiful moon above them. Now, please Fly me to the Moon and Back!
NDP2015 Combined Rehearsal 4 Fireworks
Singapore is celebrating her Golden Jubilee in the year 2015, celebrating SG50 ! Leading up to National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 on 9th August, there are ongoing rehearsals to prepare for the big birthday celebration! This was the fireworks shot on 11th July, NDP2015 Combined Rehearsal 4 at Marina Bay Singapore. The fireworks looked fantastic and we are looking forward to the actual parade on 9th August 2015!
The Gorgeous Blue Hour at Tsurui, Hokkaido
This is simply one of my favourite landscape shots in Hokkaido. We were en-route from Tsurui to Lake Akan and we stopped at this location, waiting for the tanchozuru a.k.a Red-Crowned Cranes to fly into this area and rest. While we didn't manage to photograph the Red-Crowned Cranes, the sunset and blue hour scene of the landscape is simply breathtaking. Absolutely loving it and missing it! This is just part of the beauty of Hokkaido!
Where does this Country Road in Hokkaido leads u?
Somewhere in Tokachi, there is a country road. It looks just like another country road in Hokkaido, yet this country road meant a lot to some of us, the group of Hokkaido Photographers Invitation Program 2014. This is one of Tsuyoshi Kato (our Hokkaido PhotoGuide) favourite locations in Hokkaido. This was where we did an "Abbey Road Crossing" in Hokkaido with the group of awesome photographers. I used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II review camera with my highly trusted EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens, I looked into it, I felt it with my heart through my eyes. The moment was captured, was it telling me to follow this country road to take me somewhere else in Hokkaido? Or was this leading me to another dimension?
NDP2015 Combined Rehearsal 6 Fireworks
Singapore is going to celebrate her Golden Jubilee very soon on 9th August 2015. Rehearsals have been conducted over the past few weeks and this Fireworks was taken at the 6th combined rehearsal on 25th July 2015. Many people and photographers are down at Marina Bay Singapore to watch and enjoy the combined rehearsal fireworks over the past few weeks and more are expected in the next two weekends!
The Beautiful Evening Glow of Marina Bay
The date was 1st August 2015, I was at Gardens By The Bay East, photographing Singapore's final rehearsal for National Day Parade (NDP) 2015, this was the NDP 2015 Preview. The aerial display had just ended earlier and I was waiting for the fireworks. At around 1932hrs, the blue hour cityscape appeared and beautiful sunset rays lighted up the sky. It's so beautiful!
SG50 Golden Jubilee Special Preview Fireworks
Singapore is celebrating her Golden Jubilee weekend from 7th August to 10th August 2015. Visitors were treated to a SG50 Golden Jubilee Special Preview Fireworks at Marina Bay on 7th August 2015!
SG50 Light Projection on Fullerton Hotel
Singapore is celebrating her Golden Jubilee, SG50 on 9th August 2015. The entire Marina Bay area in Singapore is having many programs and activities to celebrate the Golden Jubilee long weekend. Among the events, there is a light sjpw projection on the Fullerton Hotel in the Marina Bay area. It attracted a number of visitors to watch and enjoy the light show projection on Fullerton Hotel facade. I took the Singapore Flag light show projection from the opposite side, at Marina Bay Sands, set to 30 seconds long exposure. There are a lot more photographs that I took from the Golden Jubilee long weekend in Singapore and I hope to share more soon!
SG50 Golden Jubilee Special Preview Fireworks
Singapore is celebrating her Golden Jubilee weekend from 7th August to 10th August 2015. Visitors were treated to a SG50 Golden Jubilee Special Preview Fireworks at Marina Bay on 8th August 2015!
Way of the Dragon by RSAF Black Knights
The Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) Black Knights thrilled the crowds at the Marina coast line during Singapore Golden Jubilee weekend on 8th August 2015 with an awesome aerial display with many aerial moves to wow the crowds gathered there. This move is titled "Way of the Dragon" by the RSAF Black Knights. The Diamond-4 F16s, flew in an echelon formation. The Black Knights will pull up in sequence and roll away from the crowd, drawing a helical pattern with the smoke trails. It was indeed an awesome performance by the RSAF Black Knights!
Dedication Pass by RSAF Black Knights
The Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) Black Knights thrilled the crowds at the Marina coast line during Singapore Golden Jubilee weekend on 8th August 2015 with an awesome aerial display with many aerial moves to wow the crowds gathered there. This move is titled "Dedication Pass" by the RSAF Black Knights. This is a dedication to all the Singaporeans that build up Singapore over the past 50 years. It was indeed an awesome performance by the RSAF Black Knights!
Blue, Red, Yellow - Soon to be gone forever!
I was walking around these colourful public housing flats in the Bugis area, during Canon PhotoMarathon 2015, a photography competition, searching for inspiration to shoot the Theme "Street". While I was looking for scenes and moments to inspire me to shoot "Street", I stopped and looked at this view up above me. These 3 colourful HDB blocks (there are 4 of them!) are soon going to be Singapore's history, gone forever in the very near future. There are future plans for re-development around this area, soon, an iconic public housing landmark will no longer be around.
The Lone Tree Sunset
This lone tree in the North-East part of Singapore, in the suburbs of Punggol HDB housing estate, in this park known as the Punggol Waterway Park. The Lone Tree was passionately known as the Instagram Tree, popular with instagrammers and photographers, wanting to get a shot of the Lone Tree. She was struck by lightning and now faced an uncertain future. Yet, she is still standing tall and proud, weathering against the winds, rain and sun. The significance of a Lone Tree a.k.a One Tree Hill had a deep impact inside me since I captured the One Tree Hill scene in Hokkaido. The Lone Tree brings meaning to different groups of people, for me as a photographer, it's like a pillar, a beacon, a tall guiding post to rally and lead. This is a journey, my photography journey.
The Old HDB Open Leisure Space
A quiet corner of the old Commonwealth Drive HDB Blocks in Singapore, where the residents hang out with their friends and neighbours. Soon this will be gone forever and will only appear in SG memories, photographs and archives.
Life Journey is never straightforward
In life, our path ahead is never straight forward and smooth sailing. In reality, It's full of obstacles, ups and downs, bends, turns. On #coneyisland in #Singapore, there was a beautiful boardwalk path through the gorgeous and tall green forest. My life is never straight forward and smooth sailing. Like the boardwalk path, there are bends and turns. However, the surroundings and journey can be nice and beautiful. At the end of the boardwalk path, lies a quiet and beautiful beach. The end point for this particular segment of my journey.
Kingfisher in action!
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in the Northwestern part of Singapore, is an awesome nature reserve for people to relax, enjoy and watch wildlife in action there. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is an area for the migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere to rest, eat and recharge during the Winter season. The Collared Kingfisher is resident bird of Singapore, I managed to get this shot of the Collared Kingfisher in action!
The Former Supreme Court Building in Singapore
The Former Supreme Court Building in Singapore, located in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District, is a colonial architectural building design dating back to the British Colonial days in Singapore. It is now a National Monument and it will reopen soon on the 24th November 2015 to the public as the National Gallery of Singapore. This was shot with the review unit, the Canon EOS 5DS with the EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens.
There is a small area of tall beautiful greenery in Singapore that used to be a former cemetery, known as Bidadari. Bidadari plays a role to welcome migratory birds where the birds can rest and recharge before continuing their journey down towards the Southern Hemisphere. This is the Tiger Shrike (Passage Migrant, Visitor), shot at Bidadari. A beautiful bird in the lovely green surroundings of Bidadari. However, Bidadari will soon be transformed from a natural green jungle to a concrete jungle. Let's hope our migratory birds can find a new location to rest when they visit Singapore in the future when Bidadari is not available anymore.
The Morning Sunburst at Bidadari
Bidadari Woodlands in Singapore, a former cemetery ground, is a beautiful green space with tall trees and grassland. This is also a haven for local and migratory birds in Singapore. During a recent visit to Bidadari Woodlands for a bird photography shoot, I took the opportunity to photograph some of the landscape scenes of Bidadari Woodlands. I chanced upon a path inside the Bidadari Woodlands, the morning sunburst shining on me. It's so beautiful and tranquil yet I know this scene would not last because Bidadari is slated for development plans by the government to build public housing blocks in the area. Soon, this beautiful green space will only be a memory in our hearts, minds, eyes, archives, internet, social media and our HDD.
Lines and Shapes of an old corridor
The former Supreme Court Singapore has went through a period of transformation and it will be re-opened to the public again, together with the City Hall into a big museum known as National Gallery Singapore. I love the architecture, designs, patterns and lines of the British Colonial era. At this corridor inside the former Supreme Court Singapore, the leading lines, the squares, the shapes, the patterns. It's amazing and at the end of the corridor, it seems like the door for us to enter into another world, our utopia world ?
During a recent visit to the Singapore Zoo, I was able to photograph many different animals at a distance not too far away from their enclosures. The Lion is a very prominent animal in the animal kingdom, the King of the animal kingdom. This Lion reminded me of a character, Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia. That's how I came up with - Hail Aslan!
Sunset on Boxing Day 2015
Boxing Day 2015, it was a long weekend for us in Singapore, with Christmas Day holiday on a Friday. The weather was great when I went out on Boxing Day afternoon, with clear blue sky and fluffy white clouds. I knew I was in for a beautiful sunset on Boxing Day. As the sun set on Boxing Day, it was a therapeutic time for me, the rest and relaxation. The tranquility and peace, were priceless. As the sunset rays shine through the sky, the ships were busy and sailing through the busy Singapore straits, underneath the beautiful Boxing Day sunset.
Happy New Year 2016!
Happy New Year 2016! A beautiful fireworks display at Marina Bay Singapore to usher and welcome the New Year 2016! I would like to take this time to say a big thank you to everybody here on 500px for your support and sharing of your photographs and photography! Onward 2016!
Marina Bay Singapore Long Exposure Nightscape
Waiting at Marina Bay Singapore for New Year Eve 2016 Countdown Fireworks, the weather was changing with clouds moving and rain drizzling on and off over the Marina Bay area during my 3 hours wait. With the clouds movement, I decided to do a long exposure of approximately 34.7s and got this shot with the clouds covering the sky. It had been some time since I last did a long exposure at Marina Bay and it felt good!
River Hongbao 2016 Fireworks
River Hongbao, an annual event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Singapore. For the year 2016, the organisers had fireworks every night when the River Hongbao 2016 was held. It is always beautiful to capture the beautiful fireworks to celebrate the festive Chinese Lunar New Year period!
Cherry Blossom at Gardens By The Bay
Watching and photographing one of my favourite subjects, the cherry blossom, right here in tropical Singapore! Yes, these special flowers were flown into Singapore, blossoming at the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore. For this shoot, I was using Canon EOS 80D review unit with the kit lens, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, testing the capabilities of both the DSLR and lens. At 135mm focal length, f/5.6, ISO 3200, I am impressed by both the quality of the EOS 80D sensor, the bokeh and sharpness of the EF-S lens. In my humble opinion, the sakura flower is relatively sharp enough with pretty nice smooth bokeh. I managed to spot these 2 sakura flowers, with a nice leafy green background behind, somehow I like this composition a lot.
Marina Bay Singapore (B&W)
On a weekday afternoon, bringing my Canon EOS 80D review unit out for an afternoon photo walkabout in the Marina Bay area, photographing the tourists at the Merlion Park area, a popular spot to view Singapore's Marina Bay area. The weather was great, hot and humid, beautiful blue sky and not much cloud cover on that afternoon. It was beautiful in colour, however, I decided to edit in a different method, using Lightroom for the initial editing, followed by Silver Efex Pro 2, using the Grad ND EV-1 filter. I like the Silver Efex Pro 2 for black and white editing/conversion. Looking forward to producing more black and white landscape photos with the Silver Efex Pro 2!
Under the Bridge, Walk into the 2 Lights
I was out walking in my neighbourhood after my dinner, along this park connector known as Sungei Ulu Pandan. This stretch can be pretty dark at night, the perfect and ideal settings to test out the review unit Canon EOS 80D high ISO 16,000. At the old abandoned railway bridge, I saw the moon, shining brightly in the sky, through a gap on the railway bridge structure. With a street lamp lighting up the park connector road, a lone man walked into my frame and in between the two bright source of lights for that night. The noise level of the Canon EOS 80D is not too bad at ISO 16,000, fits in nicely for this photo that I captured while just walking around in the night testing the EOS 80D.
Singapore Botanic Gardens Band Stand (B&W)
I was helping out as a photography assistant for a pre-wedding outdoor shoot recently. We were at Singapore Botanic Gardens, the weather was really hot and humid! However, the sky and clouds were so beautiful, it was a clear blue sky! While waiting for the wedding couple to be back after changing their gowns for another set of shoot, I was looking after the equipment, brought out my camera, saw this view and I took a photograph. While I love the colour version of this photo, I decided to go for a black and white version. It brings me a feeling that time has stopped. The peace and tranquility in black and white, is pretty therapeutic.
The sky above the HDB block
The public housing flats in Singapore, built by HDB (Housing Development Board) have changed a lot over the decades. Today's current modern designs are taller in height and much closer together. Therefore the space above the HDB block sometimes is a small enclosed light space. This was shot with the Huawei P9 smartphone camera, a review unit that I had for two weeks. This photograph was shot with their monochrome mode without further editing on the smartphone or editing software.
A Fibonacci Spiral Staircase
The spiral staircase, not something common nowadays. A beautiful architecture to let a photographer spot leading lines, circles and fibonacci spiral. Taken with the Huawei P9 camera #monochrome mode function, straight out from the camera without further editing.
View of Jubilee Bridge and Raffles Place
The Jubilee Bridge is one of the latest addition to the Marina Bay landscape in Singapore. Visitors to this area are now able to cross to the other side of Marina Bay using this bridge and it makes a good spot to view the scenery and take photos! This was shot with the Huawei P9 review unit. It's a pretty strong smartphone camera for both their colour and monochrome functions!
Strolling along the Jubilee Bridge
It was a hot afternoon out there, clear sky and not much cloud cover at that time. I was reviewing the Canon EOS M10 and decided to take a photo of this segment of the Marina Bay that I haven't really took many photos yet. This was shot in Monochrome mode of the Canon EOS M10, with very slight editing on contrast, colour, sharpening. This looks pretty good for a straight out from camera monochrome shot.
I always love a beautiful sunset! I enjoyed the time spent there watching, the peace and tranquility. This was shot at Labrador Park in Singapore, one of the locations to catch a beautiful sunset in Singapore. I was testing/reviewing the Canon EOS M10 and this mirrorless camera had given me some pretty awesome photos.
Where Singapore River meets Raffles Place
This spot in Singapore is probably not very well known, maybe except during Singapore GP when the crowds will be walking through this sector a lot. At this location, on the right side of the photo, this is where the Singapore River enters into the waters of Marina Bay and where Raffles Place is located. On the left side of the photo, you can see the Esplanade Bridge that is part of the Singapore GP circuit track when the F1 is in town. The Esplanade Bridge connects Raffles Place to Marina Bay/Suntec area. If you are visiting Singapore and walking past this location, take a break, look at the surroundings and take a photo! There is also an artwork that is installed not too long ago and the steps allowing visitors to be closer to the bay area. This was shot with the Canon EOS M10 review unit.
Singapore's National Day Parade 2016 Fireworks
Singapore celebrated her 51st birthday with the National Day Parade and celebrations held at the Singapore Sports Hub. For those who didn't manage to get tickets for the parade and celebrations, we were able to catch and watch the fireworks along the Kallang River/Kallang Basin. Always a crowd favourite and I love taking photos of fireworks!
Beautiful orchids with Petzval 58 swirly bokeh
The Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens is famous for its swirly bokeh feature and it is an excellent portrait lens. I had the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens for a short 2 weeks review period. Besides photographing people, I decided to put this lens to the test on other areas of photography. One of the areas was on flowers, shot on the Canon EOS-1DX DSLR body, the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens gave the beautiful orchids at Gardens By The Bay a swirly bokeh. The Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens is more than just a portrait lens!
JOURNEY - A Mirror Reflection
At Singapore Night Festival 2016, that was recently concluded. There is a light projection artwork on the facade of Singapore Art Museum in Singapore. This light projection artwork is titled "JOURNEY" by NOVAK from UK. This was taken from the location opposite Singapore Art Museum, at the Singapore Management University Campus Green compound. There is a pool of water, that gives a mirror reflection of the light projection artwork on the facade of Singapore Art Museum. This was one of the scenes captured during the light projection artwork.
The Real McCoy - Salted Egg Burger by The Quarters
How does the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens holds up when it is used for food photography? I brought the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens for a food tasting session by The Quarters, in Singapore. From my food photography shoot, I reckon it is versatile enough beyond as a portrait lens for other fields of photography too. Let me take this chance to introduce salted egg burger to the world! If you are in or visiting Singapore, do drop by and visit The Quarters to check out their fusion Singapore local food! The Quarters - http://www.thequarters.sg/ Food Review - http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/photojournalism/the-real-mccoy-salted-egg-burger-by-the-quarters
Return to Hokkaido - B&W landscape
I visited Hokkaido, Japan during November 2014 and I fell in love with this place. I made a promise to visit again and I was fulfilled my own personal promise when I visited Hokkaido in late October 2016. Biei was one of my destinations, it was still supposed to be autumn season, however winter season came early for some parts of Hokkaido! I somehow had a deep affinity with Hokkaido black and white landscapes and I am going to find some of them out from my most recent trip to showcase it here on 500px. Black and white Hokkaido landscape photography, I am back!
The lone house among the trees in Hokkaido
In the midst of the autumn and winter seasons coming together in Biei, Hokkaido. A perfect time, a lucky time to have both seasons together, it was an awesome experience. My Hokkaido Photo Guide Kato-san brought me to many locations and this was one of them, in Biei. On that day, the weather was beautiful, blue sky, not much cloud cover and gorgeous lighting on the snow covered fields. Yet, a black and white interpretation of this scene gave something special that sometimes can't be explained with lengthy words. Hokkaido does have something very "powerful, unique and special" in producing black and white landscapes for photographers.
Beautiful Autumn at Torinuma Park, Hokkaido
I came to Hokkaido searching for the beautiful autumn colours. During my trip, I discovered them across different locations in Hokkaido. One location stood out, Torinuma Park in Furano, Hokkaido. It was really gorgeous, colourful leaves lighting up the tree branches and canopies. I love this scene with the wooden house floating on the lake with the colourful leaves behind them, blossoming like a bright and colourful background and the leaves that dropped on top of the lake surface.
Is the Lone Tree far away?
This location in Furano, Hokkaido, is known as Rokugo Viewing Platform. From the foot of the hill, the road leading up to the hill top where the Rokugo Viewing Platform is located, I saw a lone tree standing tall and proud. I asked myself, "Is the Lone Tree far away?" While it wasn't the One Tree Hill that we liked during our 2014 trip to Hokkaido, this lone tree made it more mysterious and magical than some others. It seemed like an illusion from the angle below looking up, like a tree floating in the sky, calling out to you out there below the hill, to climb up and look for her. I did, first, let me take a photograph from below the hill top where the lone tree was located.
Let the sun rays shine upon the land!
At this location known as Miyama Toge in Furano, Hokkaido. You can get a bird's eye view of Furano and Biei region, the farms, mountains and the JR train railway lines. When I was at the lookout point, the sun shines through the clouds, projecting her sun rays onto the land. This was simply magical and gorgeous. This is one of the reasons why I love Hokkaido!
Gorgeous Autumn Colours at Nakajima Park, Hokkaido
Nakajima Park, in Sapporo, Hokakido, is a very beautiful destination, popular with both locals and international visitors. I visited this place during autumn and I was blessed with a gorgeous view of bright colourful leaves. I encourage you all to visit it when you are visiting Sapporo, Hokkaido!
Mirror Reflection of Lake Toya
Lake Toya is one of the most popular destinations in Hokkaido. This area is very beautiful and relaxing, great for families with children and international tourists as well! On that day when I was there at Lake Toya, the weather was perfect and there wasn't much wind blowing. This allowed me to get this mirror reflection shot of Lake Toya without too much water movement!
The Lone Christmas Tree in Biei, Hokkaido
When I first visited Hokkaido in 2014, I found a lone tree hill with the rest of my group of photographer friends that were with me during the trip. The search for our iconic and symbolic lone tree in Hokkaido or other countries became part of our photography adventures. Returning back to Hokkaido in October 2016, I found a few lone tree locations. This was one of them, the iconic Christmas Tree in Biei, Hokkaido. This was one of my lone trees that I rediscovered during Hokkaido 2016 trip and I am glad to have found them again.
Torinuma Park (Autumn season)
Torinuma Park in Furano, Hokkaido, is a hidden gem. It's a very beautiful, quiet and tranquil location, with gorgeous lush greenery accompanied by a lake. During the autumn season, the bright colours of green, yellow, red and orange filled up along with the beautiful blue sky. I was at this particular location, the sunlight shining through the canopy, overlooking the small shrine inside Torinuma Park. This was an unforgettable moment for me, the bright colours, the sunlight shining through, the peace and tranquility.
Otaki Niagara Falls, Hokkaido
There are many hidden gems in Hokkaido, that are usually not on international tourist guides yet they can be found in local tourism sites and local knowledge. Thanks to my Hokkaido Photo Guide, Kato san, he brought me to me this amazing waterfall, known as 大滝ナイヤガラ滝 - Otaki Niagara Falls in Otaki, a village in the Usu district. I was there in October 2016, during the autumn season. There wasn't too much autumn foliage in that area when I was there. Although it was a beautiful and colourful scenery, I decided to edit it into monochrome, the feel of the peace, tranquility, forest, fallen tree and leaves, made it suitable to be in monochrome.