Sometimes I wonder whether if it’s the thrill of exploring obscure places or the amazing view that excites me more. I believe both plays a big part in my enjoyment of photography and on friday, I struck gold at this 11th storey carpark! This place was located right in the intersection of Bugis and Suntec providing a great view of Suntec, Shenton Way, Raffles City and the National Library.
I think people who claims that Singapore is boring or have nothing interesting to shoot are not putting in the effort to explore and search for places to shoot. I still have a long list of places waiting for me to shoot and I wonder how long it would take before I complete the list.
I think my photograph didn’t do enough justice to the scene and I definitely will visit this place again another time to get a better shot. Till then!
There is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery-Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. I feel that this quote sums up what minimalist photography is all about. One of my favourite minimalist photographer/artist is Singaporean Thomas Leong. The beauty of his minimalist works is that I feel a strange sense of zen-like peace whenever I look at his pictures. Revealed for the first time: My #1 destressing secret. 😀
I went on a reece trip in the afternoon to Woodlands Waterfront. This place has been open for quite a few months already but I didn’t have the time to check it out until now. It was a very nice place with lots of uncle fishing and great potential for sunset shots. I guess I will be back another day for sunset shoot. I spotted a structure with good potential for minimalist and went back to work on the image in Photoshop and the result is my first minimalist work.
Since this is post on minimalist, I shall keep this post short and end here. 🙂
The feeling of being at the top of benjamin sheares bridge is not easy to describe. It’s like drinking a cocktail of fear, excitement, anticipation and the feeling of awe. Let me first begin by recalling the journey to the top.
The journey was treacherous as the search for the entrance took quite a while and choosing the wrong entrance, I was faced with the horror of being on the opposite of the side I wanted to be, facing 8 lanes of fast moving traffic. The hero in me wanted to cross the bridge and after crossing the first 2 filter lanes, I realised it was foolhardy to try and cross the remaining 6 lanes. I rather live to shoot another day.
Upon finally reaching my intended spot, I realised I was only separated from the traffic by a barrier which would certainly not offer much protection should an out of control car came crashing in. I was in a vulnerable position. I could feel the breeze from the traffic and when heavy vehicles pass, I felt tremors beneath my feet. However the fears were alleviated by the sight that was in front of me. Despite the weather condition not being ideal, seeing the CDB district and MBS from this point of view gave me a new perspective and out of all the shots I have taken, I have chosen the vast array of lights that have in their own way, created a pattern that I have come to admired.
I was well prepared for today’s shoot and arrived at Esplanade area with plenty of time to spare before the sunset, giving me the opportunity to scout out the area for the best vantage point. You could say that one of my favourite places to shoot in Singapore is here. There are so many different micro perspective one could choose to take as evident from the sheer number of photographers with their cameras along the stretch of esplanade. Add on to the fact that random passersby would like to initiate conversation with me makes this an enjoyable place to shoot.
As the sky start to turn into a beautiful blue hue, I deployed my tripod planning to do a panoramic shot of Shenton Way together with the Marina Bay Sands. However as fate would have it, the light was dying off fast resulting in a near black sky over at the MBS area while it was still blue over here. I ended up stitching 2 vertical frames of Shenton Way which turned out to be one of my personal favourite shot of Shenton Way.
Everytime I look at this photograph it reminds me that light is beautiful. Singapore is beautiful.
A week ago, I went on to recee for vantage spots around town area. I struck gold with this place as it allowed access to the rooftop and after checking out the place, I had a visual idea of the scene that I wanted to shoot and decided to come back a week later at sunset timing with my full gear to shoot.
I remembered being on the bus leaving school and along the way to buona vista mrt, the sun was setting and there was beautiful golden light with the sun hidden partly by clouds coupled with amazing rays spilling out from beneath the clouds. I contemplated alighting the bus to get a shot but decided against it as I was sure I would not make it to my rooftop spot in time for golden light if I had alighted and the uncertainty of finding a spot without obstruction given such tight timing dissuaded my logical mind.
Sometimes the split second decision you make will affect the rest the outcome and I’m glad I stuck to the original plan that I had crafted out a week ago. Reaching my destination, I was surprised to be greeted by the amazing glow of the sunset. It was totally unexpected and immediately I rushed to setup my tripod and my camera as I knew the light would only last for a few more minutes. Thankfully I managed to get my shot and sure enough the beautiful sunset disappeared beneath the horizon.
These are times where you find beautiful things in unexpected places. This photo that I took will always remind me of the pleasure of witnessing such beauty and a reminder that I must always be prepared. It was a magical moment for me, seeing the beauty of Mother Nature and the beautiful light that spread out over the clouds.
I remembered peering out of the airplane window upon landing and thinking to myself, this looks like a total opposite of Singapore. Stepping out into the airport terminal at around 12 plus midnight, it was like the city was deep in slumber and I was an unannounced visitor, slipping pass the immigration gates. Together with my 2 travel buddies, we went to pick up our rented car for this trip. The feeling of cold emptiness persisted throughout the ride, as once again my eyes were greets by sights of darkness and empty streets.
Upon reaching our accommodation at around 2.30am, I was restless despite the lack of sleep and was eager to explore the streets even thou there was a light drizzle. It was a Sunday night, Boxing day, and the streets were empty save for a few partygoers who have decided that it was the end of their night. After getting some drinks and a local sim card from 7-11, I was back to exploring the streets. I ended up on Chinatown and right behind me was this beautiful scene that stopped me in my tracks. I was truly amazed by the peace and tranquility I felt despite being tired and cold.
Sometimes it’s not about getting the perfect shot, it’s about trying to capture the feeling of the place. Whenever I look back at this photograph, despite the fact that this was a photograph with imperfections, yet I always get transported back in time to the feeling of being at that street in Brisbane, under the light drizzling rain, feeling cold, tired, a sense of cold emptiness and the peaceful silence of the night accompanying my first encounter of Brisbane.
The rest of the trip was a total different story but that is a story best told in person. 😉
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