A birthday post for Singapore which happened on Thursday! I managed to get to this vantage point thanks to my cousin-in-law, which I'm appreciative of. It also brought us way closer to the planes & paratroopers, but ultimately the fireworks intrigue me more. I have to admit I did not expect the fireworks to have fired out of frame to the right, hence I did not include any of those. The strong winds that night also caused the fireworks to sway to the left, which I'm not really a fan of. I'd have preferred a straight trajectory.
I finally got down to completing this milky way picture taken in Santorini earlier this year! What an exciting image to process but so tedious to get even the shape of the milky way out, resulting in loads of noise. I have gotten a lot of comments about not being possible to shoot the milky way in Santorini, but this is my second attempt in two years, and I have gotten it. Granted, it doesn't look as defined as when you are away from light pollution, but it is as good as it gets in Santorini!
Absolutely loving the view of Singapore’s skyline coupled with the amazing fireworks display (which will get progressively better up to National Day). Shot this last Saturday when I shamelessly crashed @aloysiuslim staycation with his family at @marinamandarinsg. What a breathtaking view they got up there! If you zoom in to the floating platform, you can actually see the participants formed up in a rather big Singapore flag! Also unknowingly, 95% of the fireworks I shot that day were in red. Let me know what you guys think of this shot!
Yesterday’s rather good sunset over Toa Payoh. We have been getting a few good sunrises and sunsets lately, and definitely fireworks for this season too. That simply means too much shooting and too little processing and in turn, too little uploading. I still haven’t upload my milky way shot in Santorini :( But I’m definitely looking forward to more processing and also shooting fireworks tonight again!
Fireworks season is back in Singapore! Got the chance and time finally to catch it last weekend despite it going off for 3 weeks now. (or 2?) Was here at this location based on the recommendation from @darrensohphoto, and was also shooting with my dear wedding colleagues and friends @jasvin_lee and @mister_twist_goh, who have never shot landscape before! Interesting experience for them, and also for me since I almost always shoot alone. I had to borrow Darren’s lens in the end cos I didn’t like the tighter perspective of a 70mm, but in return, he was impressed by the Sony PlayMemories App when I told him it could act as a wireless trigger 😂
Anyway, this would probably be the last few photos of the majestic, albeit busy skyline, with Rochor Centre in it. I am not sure if I will still be coming back here for more documentary shots. If not, I am pretty contented it’s going down with a bang.
Uploading one from Santorini, after being back for 2 months now. I absolutely adore this place since it overlooks the whole of Santorini, with the airport runway near the waters on the right. It definitely is a place to just sit, enjoy the wind, plane spot, and watch the sunset which happens to be in this shot to the left on the horizon (you can see just the yolk!). The good thing about this place? It’s away from the crazy crowd!
It’s a somewhat refreshing feeling to be able to find such a scene in Singapore, amongst the concrete we live in. Away from the bustling city life is what I need, to just admire the wonders of Mother Nature. After editing, I realise this photo looks rather similar to the one I shot in NZ, five posts down. We rarely get those skies here, and I have never shot any crepuscular rays in NZ before. It’s probably due to the different geographical placements.
A peaceful sunrise shot overlooking Santorini. It was towards the end of the trip and I definitely gotta thank @iamasaint for showing and recommending me this location.
I have a shot from later where the light is more intense and the photo is more three-dimensional looking, but I ultimately chose this because it reflects the mood from where we were standing.
Aside from the gorgeous golden light in NZ, the night sky is and will always be my main reason to want to return. You never know what surprises Mother Nature will bring you.
Milky Way + Airglow + Magellanic Clouds + Southern Lights.
I’m so glad I got to witness the aurora again after my last encounter at Nugget Point Lighthouse two years ago. It was a massive geomagnetic storm that night but I didn’t get it cos the church was overcrowded. By the time I managed to secure a position, the storm died down quite a bit but I’m so thankful for the airglow lurking in the air!
Moeraki Boulders is probably one of the more picturesque places for me for shooting sunrise. There are just so many elements to play around for a picture. The east coast of NZ has treated me well when I visited it, but not the west coast. Till date, I have never gotten a single shot of the west coast during sunset, which is the reason why I wanna head back again and again. Tough luck, but it definitely is going to be worth it one day!
My local friends say NZ is too cold, but I say it’s my kind of weather! I can’t wait to get back, and away from the heat of Singapore again, to wake up early and enjoy the sunrise while letting my camera do its thing. The serenity is second to none.
This was shot in the morning at Lake Tekapo, opposite from the church where the main crowd would be.
I definitely did not expect any good light from this sunset but Lady Luck was shining on me. I was the only one shooting there that day and the light never lasted for more than 2 minutes. It was possibly the shortest sunset session till date for me 😂 I packed up within 20 minutes of setting up, since blue hour wasn’t going to be favourable.
A vibrant city in terms of both economical and cultural diversity, Singapore has since transformed from a Third World to a First World from its independence on 9 August 1965. To celebrate this memorial day, one of the biggest fireworks shows of the year would be released, and everyone of different races and cultural diversities would come together as one.
The Chingay Parade is held annually in Singapore (and Malaysia) to celebrate the birthdays of Chinese deities. When it first started in Singapore back in 1973, it was organised partly because of the ban of firecrackers in 1972. Since, we have upgraded from firecrackers to fireworks, and it is quite a show to look forward to every year. [#WhatMakesSG ]
As I was standing there admiring the sunrise, away from all the crowd in Santorini, I was fascinated by the striking resemblance to Singapore’s East Coast Park. Besides their names starting with S, both Singapore and Santorini are actually very crowded, and to find a place away from the crowd to enjoy the sunrise is actually rejuvenating.
An absolutely stunning view facing the horizon, along with some amazing people. As we watched the sun dip beneath the horizon together, I felt nothing but peace.
More Santorini pictures coming up, including one cloudless night with the full view of the milky way. Super excited about that!
Singapore is no stranger to the term ‘Concrete Jungle’. These Supertrees go as tall as a 16-storey building, and is made of reinforced concrete and steel frame. Getting that out of the way, these Supertrees are house to more than 162,000 plants from more than 200 species. At night, these trees light up to provide onlookers with an exhilarating display of light and sound, with a very recent light show synced to the Star Wars soundtracks. [#WhatMakesSG ]