This is my last contribution to the iLight festival. It has been a crazy week of work, and now I’m finally heading to the airport for my flight to Japan for sakura season! I am commissioned to head there to document a traditional Japanese wedding, which is definitely going to be an exotic experience for me. Yes, wedding photography is my full-time job, and I’m also hoping to shoot some landscapes there too, but we’ll have to see how that goes.
Meanwhile, here is my last post from the installation I like most at iLight Marina Bay this year, along with my favourite display. Merlion looks too futuristic here, which actually makes the whole city look like a scene out of a science fiction movie! Pretty cool stuff we have this year. I still cannot discern which part of Water, Earth, Wind/Air and Fire this is though.
This was shot together on the same day as the previous upload, which was two Thursdays ago. The crowd wasn’t as overpowering on a weekday compared to a weekend, so I had some room for creating something different with the crowd. Here you can see our iconic Merlion lit up with the various Elements Of Life (Water, Earth, Air/ Wind and Fire). This superb installation was done up by Flex Chew, and is probably my favourite too! Also, in this photo, you can see Spectra playing at @marinabaysands on the other end, as well as the Mach 5 ride from Prudential Marina Bay Carnival.
I have one more of this installation which I will hopefully process and upload by end of next week!
I was at Marina Bay (@marinabaysg) earlier this week for i Light Marina Bay 2018 (@ilightmarinabay)! Since I’ve not seen any shots from up here yet, I thought I might just give it a go first! This installation, a.k.a Evergreen, can be seen projected on our iconic ArtScience Museum (@artsciencemuseumsg) and is done up by the guys from Limelight (@limelight3dmapping). Anyway, there’s a segment where three individual faces will appear, and they looked uber cool! I love those but it wasn’t very fitting to the whole cityscape under this lighting. I ended up going for one with a stronger colour and to also compliment the colours of the cityscape. I’ll be heading back again next week to explore some other installations! #ilightmarinabay
A night out at @marinabaysg! The daily light show from @marinabaysands is so mesmerising even till this day, even though it's on daily. They redid and renamed the light show to Spectra recently, which is a even larger scale of display! That's what you get for living in a bustling city. Also, I can't wait for @ilightmarinabay to come on!
Today, most Chinese around the world celebrate the eve of the Chinese New Year by having dinner together as a family, a.k.a reunion dinner. I haven’t been posting much lately because of some Photoshop error that I get whenever I try to do certain tasks, and I only managed to process 2 shots in the past month, this being one of them. I’ve gotten quite a bit of backlogs to process in both my landscape and wedding photography. Here’s to wishing everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, a Happy New Year! Have a good reunion dinner (or lunch), and may you receive more red packets than you give!
Well, it's nearing the time for the last burst of fireworks of 2017 in Singapore! I shot this in August but it kinda sat in my backlog, and I couldn't find a appropriate time to upload till now! Happy 2018 guys! Photography wise, this year I definitely did not shoot as much overseas landscapes as I expected... Here's hoping my plans would work out next year! Have a great start to 2018 and stay safe! I MISS NZ ARGHHHH :( Someone send me backkkk!
Here's to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a fantastic festive season! I'd also like to take this chance to address one question that many have asked me before, and what better time to do it than now given the season of giving, right?! Also, giving myself a chance to participate in the 'Creative Ally Content Creation Contest' held by Sony Singapore!
What's your Creative Ally? How do you think out of the box and shoot something different? To be fair, I do not think that my shots are that much a different from the masses. I do always strive to look for different compositions and play according to the weather, though I'd always much prefer a scorching sun to a gloomy weather, a fiery sky to a blue hour, etc.
In this instance, I would not have posted this photo if the sky was just a plain sheet of black. My hopes for a fiery sky at this spot were all dashed when Sydney started raining continuously for a few days, and I only had one chance here. To my surprise, lightnings became apparent not too long after the sun dipped, and I thought to myself, 'why not'? Why should I get another shot of fiery sky when that is what everyone is striving for? Shouldn't I take this opportunity to break away and play accordingly to what is presented to me?
I took up that challenge and thus was rewarded with some lightning raining down on the skyline of Sydney, which I thought was pretty cool!
#SonySingapore#A6500#SonyCreativeAlly @sonysingapore @sydney
This was one shot that was rather tough to achieve, given the overgrown tree branches hanging and swaying, and me trying to fit Sydney Harbour Bridge into the frame. I was sitting on the ground trying to adjust the camera, proning on the floor to stabilise it, and generating a few stares along the way 😂 Worth it though!
It has been almost 2 years since I last came here for a proper shoot! Gosh, how time flies! I remember coming here almost every month to chase the light when I was starting out in photography. It's good to be back! I was here last Sunday, and on Sundays the first trains start way later than usual. In the end I made a run for it after reaching Chinatown MRT and I'm so thankful for my long legs because that first shot was the one I ended up processing and here it is!
Yesterday's crazy sunset in Singapore, after so many days (weeks even) of gloomy skies. I was so excited when the sky lit up yesterday right after the sun dipped into the horizon! There was an epic sunrise today too but I couldn't get up and I have work today, but this suffices for now! Also, I realize the color rendition on my phone is rather weird as compared to my MacBook, so this might appear a little different than usual. I trust the colors on my MacBook more still so in leaving it like that.
Sydney was really nice. This was one morning where the light didn’t seem very promising but the whole city came to life after the sun rose. It was only me and three other guys in this touristy area, which was great!
Initially, I didn't want to upload this photo because the original one was way too overexposed, although I really like the kayaker heading out to sea in the morning light. I did some magic in Photoshop (NOT sky replacement) and managed to tone down most of it. This was made possible too due to the huge dynamic range that was available in the Sony a7rii. I really like this shot somehow, although it doesn't really conform to what I would shoot. Hope you like it too!
I got taken aback by the sensor from the new Google Pixel 2. This was shot this morning and post-processed in Snapseed. The detail retention is on a whole new level in the smartphone category, and the white balance worked so well that I actually feel compelled to upload to my curated feed. More over, the 'unbiased' (unsaturated) screen makes it easier for me to post-process my colours. I have no idea how this looks on the big screen, but for now on my Google Pixel 2 it looks awesome! #teampixel
Gosh! This was taken 4 months back! I can't believe I just finished editing it... This was one day to remember because everything came about so nicely. I remember seeing the sun from my house and I told myself I had to go no matter what! It was probably 45 minutes before sunset and I hopped on an Uber and off we go! We, because the driver was so taken aback by my excitement of the beautiful sunset and he decided to park his car and head up together with me! It was such an interesting encounter; one that I will never forget! He was actually beside me in this shot looking at how I shoot and asking about photography. He left first in the end, and it was definitely a fruitful encounter for me.
To start it off, this was a tough photo to obtain... I initially went out real early in hope for some nice blue hour shots but it was too cloudy; the total opposite of what was forecasted. I was dejected (yet again) because I only had 1 more extra day to shoot, and the previous days which looked promising turned out real gloomy. As the sun rose in this shot, I cannot believe what happened. It was pure bad luck!
As the sun rose, I was off firing with a Canadian photographer I met that morning. We were so full of hopes when we saw the light penetrating through the clouds! The next moment, less than a minute later, guess what happened? A cruise liner came right up from the left and right across our frames! It was so frustrating because none of us were expecting it! I gave up shooting at my initial spot and ran till I could almost get the cruise liner out of sight. The cruise liner is actually docked on the right in this photo.
This is the final result. Having seen so many magnificent photos of the Opera House, I have yet to find one with a small tide in it! I have no idea where it came from, but it definitely helped in creating a better composition overall.
This was one epic sunset I shot last 2 weeks before I left for Sydney! I was there for a workshop and I absolutely loved it, and also made some great friends in the process. Being a sucker for anything landscapes, I extended my trip and wandered the city of Sydney. I'm so excited to have bagged a few shots which I will upload one soon.
As I'm looking through my photos to process, I came across my trip to Santorini earlier this year, and it was a moment of vigour to process this particular one that had a plane shooting upwards towards the sky. I don't really have a story to tell for this piece, except that Santorini is freaking beautiful and I will be back next year!
Also, I will be in Sydney for a week! I will be flying off tonight and I have about 4 days to roam and explore the city. Would love to shoot with some Sydney-based photographers, or if you just happen to be there!
Whew! Finally giving myself time to edit some cityscapes. This was shot back in July (gosh, 3 months back!) and despite being a gorgeous sunset, the colours didn't really come through to warrant a more saturated sky. That night was perfect to have capture some stars (and a faint milky way) since the sky was literally cloudless, but the Sony 'star eater' issue seems to be prevalent in such an instance. What I thought could have been captured was never reflected in my RAW files, despite taking so many exposures and even doing so many variations of ETTL. I'm beginning to accept the infamous 'star eater' issue on Sony cameras does actually hinder the experience, but it wouldn't be as serious as say, in New Zealand where all you see is a blanket of stars in the sky. In this instance, oh well...
It has been a long time since I uploaded something landscape related. I was tremendously busy with work shooting weddings and despite not uploading here, I did not stop shooting! Now, I have a few shoots to edit, most of them with good light like this and also two firework shots! Speaking of which, I wanna thank those who made time to head down to my New Zealand exhibition done together with New Zealand High Commission of Singapore! It was indeed a new milestone achieved since my heart will always remain in NZ.