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Just scorching hot under the Sun

It’s been so long since I take to the streets for some shooting. We had a shooting outing on Saturday to cover the Brietling Air Display at Sentosa, Singapore. But as I had to be the babysitter that day, I brought along my 2 year-old…

Not sure whether anyone had tried a shooting outing with a kid this age, but trust me, my X-Pro1 spent most of its time in its pouch rather than out in the sun. Anyway, I managed to shoot a bit of the beach before the kid surrendered to the sun and signalled to me his intention to retreat back to the comfort of the car. Hence I did not cover the air display in the end…Remember! Rule No 1 for all photographers – Do Not Bring Toddlers to Shooting Excusions! So maybe next time, my dear X-Pro1…next time…

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Just finding art in nature – cloud formations

Couldn’t resist taking some photos of cloud formations while I was out yesterday. The recent weather was kinda erratic and it’s quite common to find thick fluffy clouds that has different tone colors i.e. dark clouds and white clouds. This was heaven-sent as the color contrast and 3D-ness made great subjects for dramatic photos.

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Invisible Singapore |02| A Taste Of The 70s

Hidden in a corner near an army camp is a rundown kopitiam (coffee house) that’s simply called Canteen 398. This place is totally like a relic from the 70s, when Singapore still housed a number of kampungs (rural villages). In this age of urban Singapore, this is a rarest sight that not many have seen, especially the younger generations.

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The place has the typical kampung look and smell. I lived in a kampung once, and this visit brought about a gush of memories long forgotten. On the exterior, the kopitiam was clad in zinc sheets that has browned over time with rust. Grass was allowed freedom to grow and that adds to the nostalgia in the air. You can’t find a signboard anywhere – and there was no need to. The name of the place was written big and bold across the front of the metallic wall – graffiti-styled.

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At the side of the kopitiam, seats are abundant and you can just get your food and drinks and dined out alfresco. The kopitiam gets its business from the workers around the vicinity, as well as the army camp located beside it. With the development ongoing, including the demolitions of the nearby colonial houses, and the constructions of the aviation industrial buildings, business seems to be quite good.

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Stepping into the kopitiam, you are greeted by a sense of tranquility and time seems to move at half the pace. Canteen 398 was helmed by an middle-age high-spirited man. There are a couple of stalls in the kopitiam, but most of them seem unmanned, or perhaps they only start operations at a later time.  Despite the unforgiving hot weather outside, the kopitiam is amazingly cool on the inside. Given the time, I do not mind to just sit around, read a paper or watch the old shows on the old CRT TV.

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Previously, there were rumors that the kopitiam was going to be closed down to make way for the new developments, but a few words with the owner who was so ever complying (for photos or conversations) confirmed that there was no intention to move at this juncture. I guess his cat agrees too.

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Just basking in the lights of Deepavali

I love Deepvali. In case you do not know, Deepvali is a major festival for the Hindus as it is celebrates light over darkness – hence also known as the Festival of Lights. It is in mythology that the Hindus celebrate the triumph of good over evil. To get the best of the light festival, wewent down to Little India on Serangoon Road where the heart of the action is. It’s also pushing my X-Pro1 to deliver its best, given it fantastic high ISO performance. I set the camera mostly on ISO1600 – 3200, with a large aperture. The results were, as expected, fabulous!

Just that in Darkness, Light prevails – Clark Quay

Went on a night shoot recently with my two photography-crazed friends down to a popular stretch for nightlife – Clark Quay.  I was trying to get some long exposure shoot to see how far the X-Pro1 can go. However, I forgot to bring along the one most important thing for long exposure…the shutter release…And for X-Pro1, it uses the normal old kind of shutter release and do not accept the more “advanced’ remote shutter release. As such, I wanted to purchase an old mechanical shutter release off eBay, but the timing just didn’t coincide.

Anyway, I still continued with the shoot. Managed to get a few nice landscape shots but didn’t managed to get the silky smooth texture of the reflections off the river. Next time, I will be back…

Just strolling Woodlands Waterfront at nightfall

I love walking at nightfall, as it is so serene. Plus it aids in digestion… After a hideous night of working, I decided to grab my cam & get a few frames of the night. I did not have many destinations in mind – closest to me that I pictured has a great night view was Woodlands Waterfront. I have never been there at night, so there’ no contest.

I fixed the X-Pro1 on a tripod for these shoots. I was aghast that I did not get myself a remote shutter which was essential for Bulb mode to work properly. Tried using finger but can’t last for more than a minute without tiring out from the stiff posture. Also kicked myself for saving $$ on a ND filter which could have helped to smoother the ripples even more to get a great reflection. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the shooting as the colors of the night view was terrific, bringing truth to the words “in darkness, light prevails”!

 

 

 

Just to capture a memory of yet another disappearing landscape – Jalan Mempurong, Sembawang

The last Malay Kampong was next on my list of places to shoot after Vincent told me about it.  I only know about the one kampong in Buangkok Bahru, but was clueless on the  existence of this place.  Did some research on it. While there are some articles on the history of the place, most of the other articles are on the suspected paranormal activities around there. Nevertheless, the lure of the place was too great and I decided to pay a visit to the place before it disappear like many of those before it. Of course, I visited the place during daytime…

I realised that I visited Jalan Mempurong in Sembawang before – to dine at the now defunct Bottle Tree Village. If only I venture slightly further, I would have bump into the spot for shooting. I thought nobody will be there in the afternoon, especially when the weather was not exactly welcoming. I was proven wrong. There were a number of our Malay friends there fishing. Some were decked in Courts sales attire, I think they were there to take a break, enjoy the sea breeze and trying their luck at fishing.

I also went to take a few frames of the Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang. This is the last kampung mosque in Singapore.

Though I did not really fulfil my aim of photographing the kampong, I did chanced upon a huge cluster of Black & White colonial houses nearby at the King’s Avenue & Queen’s Avenue. That will likely be next on my list 🙂