It’s really hard to slip out to take some photos with my 2 kids around. Wanted to shoot some Vesak Day actions yesterday but to no avail. Hence decided to just chunk my camera inside the car all day, just in case there’s some opportunity for pictures. Managed to go to Bright Hill Temple with family & while they prayed, I took some shots. Most are done in around 800 – 2000 ISO since there’s not much lighting within the temple. But X-Pro1 did a pretty good job I must say!
The temple shoot was done in less than 30mins since the kids need to go back for some nap time. Managed to slip out again after teatime when everyone is asleep. Decided to forfeit my rest time & sneak out to the nearby Yishun reservoir for a quick shoot since I have never been there. It was drizzling & I had to take the risk of the X-Pro1 being wet – it isn’t weather-sealed…But luckily, the camera held up pretty well. When taking the landscape shoots, was really missing my Tokina 11-16mm. That would have gotten me some pretty cool wide angle shots.
Went to Buddha Tooth Temple (佛牙寺) to take some shots of the Winter Solstice Festival Ceremony ( 冬至祭祖法会). It’s a pity that photographers weren’t allowed to take the interior because it does look majestic. Luckily for us, the ceremony can be seen from outside, & it also had a walk-around the temple. Hence, our trip wasn’t wasted in the end.
Another day with Vincent to walk the streets of Waterloo & Victoria. Took a lot of architectural photos but not many of people. Now Waterloo is famed for a Buddhist temple that has followers across Southeast Asia. By the side of this temple is a Hindu temple & you get to see a lot of devotees praying at both temples. You can almost feel the air of serenity & faith. Hence, I whipped out my 24-70mm & shoot away.
The fast aperture of the 24-70mm allows me to swiftly capture this shot with relative ease. It helps that the man was concentrating fully on his prayers.
I took quite a few shots of this burning fuel as the metering was distracted by the flame
I underexposed this quite a bit to get the deep colors that I wanted & darken the background a bit.