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Just a salute to the men in blue – Singapore Navy Open House 2013

Visited the Naval Base yesterday for the 2013 Singapore Navy Open House. Every year, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will host a public event to keep us civilians abreast of the developments in their mission and to allow us to sleep peacefully during the night knowing that our forces are on 24/7 protecting the nation. While we may not be the strongest eagle in the sky, or the biggest elephant on the land , or the largest whale beneath the ocean, we sure pack one of the meanest hornet sting that promise to make anyone regret they ever threaten our sovereignty. That being said, we are a peaceful group of people because we love photography 🙂

The X20 is a wonderful companion to bring along to the event as it is light-weight and has a zoom of 28-112mm. Hence I could just swing the camera up and start shooting without much consideration for weight or lens changing. I shot the day using two modes – B&W and the Negative-Hi. Loved the latter as it gave a stern blue tone to the images, befitting the well-trained naval forces.


The even started with a showcase of the naval might. This involved a real-time demonstration of the naval capabilities in their reaction to terrorist attacks at sea. The X20’s fast auto-focus came well in play here.



There were quite a number of equipment displays available for visitors to try on or explore. Frigates were aplenty too and these were awe-inspiring given its futuristic looking stealth exteriors.







I could not resist doing colors as the stern colors of the frigates went perfectly with the sky and the emerald sea.


I loved the submarine best. The X20 rendered the image very well despite the dark colors of the sub.


Besides the equipment, there were tons of people around. Had to take some shots of the men in blue as a simple tribute to them and their hard work.







Even the K9 unit came and the kids just loved them.




One of the sights that melted my heart was the presence of the underprivileged and handicap group. They were invited by the naval forces to join in the show and have a good time. Kudos!




Kids from other schools were invited as well.


If you are in Singapore, do drop by the naval open house over the weekend!  I will just leave you with more photos of the equipment, and a preview of what you can expect at the event 🙂 Enjoy!








Just in the mood for “culture” – a walk in Singapore’s Chinese Garden

The total number of times that I visited Singapore’s Chinese Garden in the last 30+ years can easily be shown with one hand…It’s not that the Chinese Garden is boring or stale, it’s just that it was too far a distance for me, and well the attractions ain’t really attractive then.  The last time that I went was to attend a workshop by Manny Libroro & I was still using my Canon with 15-85mm then. I did not took in much of the scenery as the focus was on shooting model portraits.  Yesterday, I had the urge to do some black and white – largely because I wanted to see how well the X-Pro1 holds up against the Leica Monochrome.  The results are clear. While I may not get the “Leica” look, I did managed to get some nice B&W frames that pleased me quite a bit. Most of these are shot in bright sunlight – that reminds me…time to get a ND filter.

If you happen to visit Singapore, don’t forget to drop by this beautiful place for some photos 🙂

Just an intro to Col Tucker – America’s Greatest Hero

Was feeling very bored today as was grounded at home.  Decided to bring out some figurines that I bought last year for some still-life photography.  While I would love to do some Lego-style shots, especially those of our dear storm troopers, I had to make do with whatever I had.  Just happened that the two figurines I had looked like something out of a G.I Joe box.  Hence  decided to do a themed shoot on COL TUCKER, AMERICA’s GREATEST HERO!  Ya, that just go to show how bored I am…

This was shot with a monitor showing the flag behind.  The light emitting from the monitor is good enough to give the shot that I wanted

As usual, I did not use any lighting other than natural light.  It’s more positioning the figurine.  This was placed near a window to get the light on Tucker’s face.  The room was relatively dark due to a storm outside, so it added to the darker mood of the image.

This was shoot using a Dyson blade-less fan.   Looks a bit like a futuristic portal aka Stargate…I think…Used lighting to darken all evidence of the fan except for the centre portion.

Just a note on Fujifilm X-Pro1

I thought a review on the Fujifilm X-Pro1 will bring me some traffic. But after some deeper thoughts, I realised that it was simply not possible because I do not have any of the Fuji lenses. I only have the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 which in itself is a superb lens & renders subjects beautfully. Hence even I do a review, I cannot say for 100% that the results were due to the X-Pro1.

If I only review the body, there’s not much merit since there’s many more better reviews out there. Hence, I decide to let my photos do the reviews instead 🙂  Much alike what Steve Huff & F8 Photography has done.  The only regretful thing is that my Zeiss lens is a manual lens & using it with the X-Pro1 & the 3rd party Kipon adapter at this juncture can’t give me the exif I wanted. Let’s hope Fujifilm comes up with their native adapter soon.

Just Trekking “O-Kio” aka Balestier Part II

Decided to drop by Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 孙中山南洋纪念馆. Never been here before. Quiet place hidden in the back of Balestier. Houses beautiful historical artefacts & massive amount of information pertaining to Mr Sun & the Japanese Occupation.

It’s a great place to see how well the X-Pro1 can perform under low light because the whole place is quite dark, even darker than a museum.  So I pumped up the X-Pro1 into ISO2500 & let it go!


Impressive performance by the X-Pro1 in low light & it renders beautiful B&W images.  Some other photos.




Just Trekking “O-Kio” aka Balestier

After a good cup of tea & a serving of Johor-styled Bak Kut Teh, decided to drop by “O-Kio” aka Balestier for a quick ground reece for the planning of the club’s photo walk in May & getting some good pictures for the posters. It’s a bloody hot day, but then in Singapore, which day is not…

Followed URA’s Balestier Heritage Trail guide & walked covered almost the entirety of the district that morning. Appreciating more & more the nice colours & microcontrast-ness of the X-Pro1 & the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4. Have to confess I hate the heavy weight of the Zeiss. It’s even heavier than my friend’s Nikon D7000 body.

Took just a few photos that day since will be coming back again. Decided to convert into B&W.

Just another day at JACOB BALLAS

Just thought I will repost from my FB some of the initial shots that I took with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. Found that the camera performed wonderfully under total sunlight. It’s hard to pin down whether it’s the cam or is it the lens, or a combi of both.

When I take photos, I look for a “feel” – something that the photo can connect with the viewer. Thought that this photo captured pretty much of that