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when in doubt

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It’s been too long since I last took my camera out for a shoot and I decided to take a break from other things that I was doing and go for a sunset shoot. I was feeling a bit jaded prior to this and I needed to find my mojo back. Been wanting to go to Labrador Park for the longest time but it was not low tide at sunset. I went to Gardens by the Bay East instead via the Marina Barrage route and it was quite a walking distance under the blistering heat.

The sunset was beautiful which made me fell in love with photographing the beauty of nature again, it’s hard to explain why I get so much inner peace when I’m out photographing. Perhaps it’s the constant appreciation of all things that have to come into place when I get a beautiful sunrise/sunset. This was one of the rare times I did not get to experience blue hour as the sunset afterglow kept lingering which turned the sky pinkish. It was a sight to behold. Thankful that I was able to witness and capture it on camera. The view here might have been shot many times by other photographers but to me it doesn’t matter because the light is different everytime and more importantly this is my own personal take on this scene. For those who are sitting in front of their laptops and looking at photos like this and thinking that it’s over-shot and deciding not to go out and shoot, I rather “f/8 and be there” as opposed to missing out all the potential beautiful sunrises/sunsets.

When in doubt, do what you love.

Bloodscapes

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It’s officially a year since the first post marks the start of this journey of this website. Looking back how it was like in the begining, the profile picture is still unchanged, but the camera and lens have all moved on. I’m getting older in age and the portfolio link has not been updated at all. A total of 56 posts and a total of 2473 unique visitors from 48 different countries have visited my website but I wonder how many people were inspired by my photographs. I feel I have so much more to learn and to improve on my photography, so much more that I need to know in terms of technical knowledge and even more so to train my photographic eye and to see creatively. It seems like I been so long on this journey already yet it seems I am only still at the tip of the iceberg with regards to my photography skills and knowledge.

I was told that the only guarantee for failure is not trying at all. In landscape photography, it’s a numbers game, some days you get a good sunrise/sunset and some days you wont get any good sunrise/sunset. The only thing that I can do is just to keep going and showing up to shoot and see what I’ll get in the end. You just got to keep trying and I always believe that I will get rewarded in the end so I kept trying no matter what. I thought it was not going to be a good sunset as the sky looked dull on 5th May. My journey to Punggol Beach took much longer than expected and I wanted to switch to a nearer location, thankfully I did not as I thought I should just give it a try anyway since Punggol Beach is a new location for me. It was already sunset when I reach and I was in a haste to setup before the light dies off.
And out of nowhere, the sky lit up, burning almost the entire sky, burning red. It was an amazing sight which totally caught me by surprise. A pleasant surprise indeed. I’m glad that i followed through with my plan to go punggol beach after all. I wished I had done better with the composition though, was about knee deep in water and decided not to change my tripod position as I was afraid the light will die off anytime. The burning red sky lasted for less than 5 minutes and it went away as quickly as it came.
This post is title bloodscapes because I literally shed blood for this. Pure recklessness on my part, went in barefoot and assuming that the beach was safe, as it became dark and I was walking back to shore my feet were just feeling their way back and I stepped on some pretty sharp rocks and got multiple cuts trying to get a gripe on my balance. Finally reached the shore with bloodstains on the sand and it was super painful. It was quite a walk back to the nearest toilet to wash my wounds. In a way Punggol Beach made my first experience there highly unforgettable. Definitely will wear my shoes into water no matter where I go next time. Lesson learnt: There are more important things than keeping my shoes dry.

iLight 2012

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This is an long overdue post, been wanting to post this a few days back but many things have happen since and I’m not sure what I should write about. iLight 2012 was amazing, glad that I went in the end to shoot and I realised that you will definitely need more than a day to really appreciate and shoot finish all the amazing light installations.

Enjoyed myself and the sunset was great as well, thankfully I did better this time after learning from the mistakes I made at Henderson Waves and I chose to feature this photograph from all the rest because even though this is still not the perfect shot, I enjoyed how much it speaks to me. This is the first time I am back here to shoot this view with my wide angle as previously I had to rely on my kit lens 18mm for landscapes shots. Seeing the CBD area at 10mm view for the first time was amazing. I wished the waters were smoother but I did not go for a longer exposure as I wanted to retain the nice details in the sky instead of smoothing the sky out. The sunset was perfectly on the right side which gives the photo an illusion of 2 worlds split into half in the center of the photo and I really liked that a lot. To me the photo has a great sense of duality which I feel that portrays the struggles that I go through a lot. For example do I want to be spending my time during sunset in the CDB office or do I want to be watching the sunset together with my camera? So which side will triumph over the other in the end?

This website is coming to a year now and I’m glad I started this which made me shoot more and subsequently reaping the rewards from photography, hopefully in the coming months, I will be able to shoot even more. 2012 will be an pivotal year to me and let’s see how things go.

 

 

Blue Hour Beauty

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This was taken quite a while back (check flickr for exact date) on one of the most beautiful blue hour that I had witnessed. This photo was sitting in my lightroom library unprocessed until recently when I revisited the folder looking for potential photographs to showcase on this website. Since this shoot, I have been on quite a few blue hour ‘hunts’ but I have not gotten any that came close to this beautiful shade of blue.

I guess this particular day was the start of my blue hour inspiration and my desire to witness such beauty again. I think the colour blue has a calming effect of the blue colour and it brings out the beauty of the subject. Guess I should take my portraits under a blue background.

I think it’s a pity that most people miss the blue hour everyday as it happens during 7.15pm-7.30pm where we are either on our way back home from work or having our dinner. So look up the sky once in a while and at times, you might just be amazed at the sight. 🙂

P.S I realised the photograph colour looks much darker on MAC so turn up the brightness level of the screen.