Photography adventure in Singapore 2009

Posted: 7th June 2009 by Jacky Yong in Photography
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I know, I know. Photography in Singapore is not new to readers of my blog. I have been at it since many aeons ago with my old Canon A70. This new batch of photos is a cumulative work of all my past experiences combined together. I especially like HDR, therefore you will see a lot of HDR pictures in this round.

Compare these pictures taken almost 2 years apart of the St Andrew’s Cathederal.

Photo taken in May 2007

Photo taken in May 2007

Same image, taken this year

Same image, taken this year

I also went with my Singapore friend, Peng Siong who is an active photographer himself, on one of his many photography adventures. Turns out that he teaches photography during his part time. I was invited to one of his lessons in Marina Bay, and I had the chance to drool over his high-tech gadget, the incredible Nikon D3 full frame camera! He even lets me play with his toy, and here are some of the pictures that I got out of it.

I tested how it shoots exposure bracketing for HDR, in 7 frames, no less!

Incredible 7 frames in a burst!

Incredible 7 frames in a burst!

And this is the resultant HDR image that I got with it:

HDR on Nikon D3

HDR on Nikon D3

Then Peng Siong put on his Sigma 10-20 lens, and I was totally blown away at its fullest, absolute widest focal length!

Sweet wide angle!

Sweet wide angle!

The durians

The durians

The moon was almost directly overhead!

The moon was almost directly overhead!

By that time, I was already drooling!

Anyway to show you the setup of the camera, here it is:

Peng Siong rested his camera on the ledge like this!

Peng Siong rested his camera on the ledge like this!

Nikon D3 lying almost on the ground. You can see how close the camera is to the durian

Closer look at the D3

Closer look at the D3

Another cool feature this camera has is the virtual horizon thingy. It looks like you’re playing a flight simulator on a computer game. It is very practical when you are having a hard time determining the real horizon.

Cool graphics!

Cool graphics!

I also took a picture of the Marina while I was on top looking down like this:

Marine, 2009

Marine, 2009

Compare that to the picture that I took back in 2003 with my Powershot A70:

Marina, 2003

Marina, 2003

My technique improved (more HDR I notice), my equipment improved, but I still see the scene in more or less the same way. At least that’s what I think I think like.

Compare the scene again with and without HDR. This time with my own camera:

No HDR

No HDR

With HDR

With HDR. Notice there are more details in the clouds, they seem to be drifting because the shutter was quite long

On my way exploring the Marina, I also encountered this lovely lady singing a beautiful song. Too bad I only had on my 17-55, not enough reach to capture her lovely face:

Lovely singer, love her expression

Lovely singer, love her expression. *Sigh* where is my 70-200 lens? 🙁

Because I couldn’t get too close to her, I had to be contended with a far shot of the environment instead:

The open arena. Notice the words Chinese Festivals of Arts on the top dome

The open arena. Notice the words "Chinese Festivals of Arts" on the top dome

More pictures can be found at my gallery.