When Gardens by the Bay opened in Singapore last year, I went down to have a look at the new attraction in town. It was also a little outing with my brother and his family.
Flash mobs are not uncommon in big cities. They are even less so at the busiest parts of these cities. However, I did not expect to encounter one when I took a brief walk along Orchard Road.
Teaching others improves your photography because you actually learn in the process. When you teach, you discover how well you know a particular subject and, more importantly, the areas where your knowledge is lacking.
I took my first photo walk in 2013 on the first weekend of the year to kick off 2013 with a bang. This is the first time I am shooting on the street since my last walk in late September.
A review of what I have accomplished and experienced in the past year.
There some days when you just feel disconnected from photography. I have found a few tricks to reset myself to get into the groove. But there are times when I know that it will be an unproductive day.
A fashion runway is not a common sight along busy Orchard Road. I believe the event was held by the mall, Wisma Atria, to mark the completion of renovation works on the exterior of the building.
Instead of my usual photo walk in Orchard, I decided to shoot in Little India on a Sunday. My cousin Eugene came along as well.
Baby Rui Ying had her first month bash in June. It is a Chinese tradition to hold a celebration when a baby is one month old.
My recent Orchard Road street photography sessions were done with just the Leica M8. I still have a backlog of photos that I want to publish here.
Fujifilm X100 has been out followed me wherever I went. But I usually bring it along with my DSLR when I do street photography. I dropped my habit of carrying at least two focal lengths with me when I shoot.
Street fashion and publicity stunts are just some of the interesting sights along Orchard Road. While it might be lacking compared to some other cities, it is certainly the busiest place in Singapore on over the weekends.
I’m starting to use a shorter focal length when I shoot on the streets. This lightens my gear and it also helps me to improve as a photographer.
If you want a taste of Singapore street fashion, Orchard Road on a weekend is a good place to start. You will come across a myriad of styles being worn by the people walking along the road.
There was a dog adoption drive in town sponsored by Subaru and LostPaws. The volunteers from LostPaws were encouraging the public to adopt a pet instead of buying one, and educating them about responsible pet ownership.
Whenever I shoot in Orchard Road on a weekend, I’ll encounter publicity stunts by various companies to promote their product or services.
I’ve been spending my weekends shooting along Orchard Road in Singapore. This is to force myself to devote three to four hours a week to practice my street photography.
My first few photo walks with the Leica M8 has seen a change in the way I shoot. In a nutshell, I’m really enjoying shooting with the M8. It’s like a new lease of life. However, my introduction to the Leica experience is not without some frustrations.
It still feels surreal but I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that I bought my first Leica. I’ve always thought that I would get a film Leica before I move on to a digital Leica, due the the price difference. Nevertheless, my first camera with the legendary red dot is a digital Leica […]
I have decided to stop using watermarks on my photos. Many photographers and bloggers watermark their images to prevent image theft. However, it only discourages stealing. A thief can easily cropped it out to pass it off as their own.
Congratulations to my brother Jen Yi and my sister-in-law Xiao Lee on the birth of their first child, Ruiying.
My portfolio site is finally live. I have been fiddling around with several set ups but I’m proud to announce its official launch. It has been an interesting and, at times, frustrating, journey to complete this project.
I bought the Fujifilm X100. After resisting numerous temptations in the past 27 days, I finally succumbed to my gear lust and bought my first camera of the year. That makes it number 14 in my small collection.
December 22, 2011 will be a special day for my family. It is the first wedding among my siblings and a memorable day for my brother. While it isn’t the actual wedding day, the registration of marriage still bears much significance.
With Ricoh’s announcement of the Ricoh GR Digital IV two days ago, I felt that it’s time for me to share my experience with its predecessor, the Ricoh GR Digital III. The Ricoh GR Digital series is known for its popularity in Japan. Outside of Japan, it is less well-known.
The depth of field is the portion of the scene that appears sharp in an image. Shallow depth of field is often used to isolate the subject from the background. Several factors contribute to decreasing the depth of field in a picture.
The AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens came with a Nikon lens bag. However, I wanted a bag that I could carry my camera body together with other lenses that I’ll need in a photoshoot. The Kata DR-466i backpack can be used to serve this but that would mean I need to configure its compartment […]
I have had this lens for since February this year. Since then, it has been the lens on my camera most of the time. 35mm on crop sensor gives and equivalent focal length of 52.5mm on a full frame sensor. This makes it a standard or “normal” lens on a crop sensor body. It is […]
As mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t able to resist the temptation of the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens. It didn’t take me long to decide to splurge on this pro glass. I’m still using my D90 body and, boy, this lens works wonders on a crop sensor. There are many reviews of […]
Update: Added 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II to the list. This is not my dream camera gear list. It is simply a list of camera gear that I feel would be what I’ll need as I grow as a photographer.
If your camera has the live view function and has a dedicated ISO button, you can preview your white balance setting.
The aperture is an opening through which light enters a camera. The size of an aperture is specified by an f-number, which is the ratio of focal length to effective aperture diameter. Aperture setting affects the amount of light entering the camera, and in turn affects the exposure of a particular scene. A larger f-number […]
The shutter speed you should use depends on the lighting in the scene. It is also based on your preference on the results you wish to achieve. This is a rough guide that I came up with for my own use. I’m sharing the list to help fellow budding photographers. You may want to experiment […]
When I bought the Nikon 18-200mm VRII lens, I knew of the zoom creep problem inherent with the design of the lens.
The reason that compels you to take photographs affects how you take your photographs.
I got my Nikon D40 on January 20th, 2009. It has taken me on a special journey since then. A year has passed since then and it has been an enriching experience for me.
I have not ditched my D40, a.k.a Cammy. I still love Cammy for the joy it has brought me. However, after much thought, I decided it was time for me to step up to a better camera. While I will miss the small and light Cammy, using a D90 does have its benefits.
I got my new tripod on December 22nd! I have been undecided between getting a Manfrotto or a Benro. After months of deliberation, I finally made my choice. I’m now a proud owner of a Benro A-350EX with a BH-0 ballhead.
This final entry on Gundam girls wraps up my coverage of Gundam Fiesta Singapore 2009. In the previous entries, we talked about the history of Gundam and gunpla manufacturing. In this post, I will let the images do most of the talking.