HDR Photography @ West Coast Park

Came across some shipbuilding or maintenance activities off West Coast Park and decided to give the ships and barges some make over.

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A friend asked me why I like to do fake photography such as IR and HDR. My reply was that I’m not particularly interested in these. It is just that I like to make the best of my photography trips or sessions.

If the scene is nice, I’ll just follow with normal photography. If not, I’ll try to salvage some compositions by converting them to black and white or Sepia. If not, I’ll try infrared filter and lastly, HDR if all else fails.

 

Winter @ West Coast Park

Took some time for some IR photography at West Coast Park. It is a convenient place for me as it is so near my workplace and the childcare centre for my children.

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Winter playground 

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Mirror Lake

I picked up IR photography after I came across flickr IR pictures by Tito Verano. I emailed him for tips and he gladly shared his knowledge with me:

  1. Colour -> Level -> Set to Auto
  2. Switch the red and blue channel using channel mixer ( red: 0 red, 0 green, 100.0 blue; blue: 100.0 red, 0 green, 0 blue)
  3. Further enhance the blue sky using channel mixer (red: 150.0 red, -25 green, -25 blue; blue: -25 red, -25 green and 150.0 blue)
  4. Fine tune the blue sky with Colour balance and Hue

Other important points about IR photography I discovered along the way:

  1. To prevent having a bright blob in the middle of the image, shoot wide open (i.e max aperture)
  2. Always shoot in raw and play around with the white balance using the white balance colour picker. Getting the white balance ‘right’ will produce a nice blue sky after step 3 above with minimal tweaks using Colour balance and Hue.

Merry Christmas !!

Took some time to play around with the toys my kids received for Christmas.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead!!

After I posted the above picture on my facebook, a friend of mine alerted me to a similar toy recall, reported on Channelnewsaia, Unsafe ride-on animal toy recalled

src: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1242549/1/.html

Though ours was neither not free and nor looked the same, when I came to know about it earlier this month, it is still better be save than sorry. Fortunately, my kids doesn’t really like to play with it.. so its more of a toy ornament or exhibit around the house.

Xmas Celebrations 2012

No, this is not a food blog. Though most of my posts so far resolved around food. Photography has been my interest since 3 years ago and only did I recently started this blog. I had an investment blog several years ago but found really no time to research and maintain it.

Anyway, for most Singaporeans, depending on race & religions, the festive mood and obviously festive food, is everywhere from Deepavali onwards to Chinese New Year.

For me, the ‘festive season of feasting & indulgence’ begins with Christmas with a simple gathering at home with Christmas party pack from Neo Gardens. I deliberately under cater, as I don’t want to turn this period into a season of food wasting but still turn out there’s still leftovers.

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Cajun roasted whole chicken

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Spaghetti aglio olio

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Buttered vegetable

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Thai style prawn

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Deep fried dory fillet with wasabi mayonnaise dip

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Chipolata sausage with onion gravy

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Chicken ham platter with pineapple glaze

Lastly with a log cake as desert

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Log cake chocolate fudge

Collecting my prize at Jurong Bird Park

Took part in the Picture the Colour 2012, an annual Bird Photography competition organised by Jurong Bird Park. I had no luck last year in the professional category (using DSLR). I tried again this year but entered in the Amateur category (compact camera) instead.  With luck, I got first this time with the winning shot below.

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Winning picture for Picture the Colour 2012, Amateur Category, taken with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V. This picture was touched up a little to bump up the constrast plus some sharpening. The original picture submitted can’t be post processed, so looked a little stale.

I know the shot above has no wow factor. That’s not the point. The point is this shot won me one Nikon 1 J1 Camera and $300 worth of Cathay photo vouchers. Off I went to Jurong Bird Park to collect my prize.

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With Christmas just round the corner, festive decorations was up to greet visitors.

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A pair of penguins taken with Zuiko 8mm Fisheye lens.

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Nikon 1 J1 Camera and $300 worth of Cathay photo vouchers

After collecting my prize in Jurong Bird Park, I decided to hang around for some photography. First stop is to have a quick lunch at one of the restaurant there, Bongo Burgers.

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Mutton burger with soup

After lunch, I stepped out to take some pictures of the flowers (especially orchids) near the entrance before leaving.

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Dinner @ Bottle Tree Park

Bottle tree park is one of my favorite dinner venues. It is a quiet, family friendly, parking friendly place tucked in crowded Yishun.

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Some pickles before the dinner

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Nice satay

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Yam ring

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Including prawns and clam

Service: Great

Food: Great

Ambiance: Good

Price: Reasonable

Very baby/toddler friendly place. Lots of place for them to run around or things to see.

Nature Shoot – Ecogarden, Singapore Science Centre

Went down for a nature shoot in the Ecogarden at  Singapore Science Centre, thanks to my friend’s free pass.

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Some ‘fruity’ growth I found on a rotten tree branch on the ground

Just when I thought this is interesting, a little grasshopper pop up its head to say hello.

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Someone just want to say Hello

There are quite a number of grasshoppers around here. If you have problem locating them visually, just swipe the grass with your feet and you are sure to find many hopping out of your way.

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Found another grasshopper resting on a leave in the pond

Besides grasshoppers, I also saw quite a few species of dragonfly. Catching them resting on twig ends or leaves are quite challenging though.

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Dragonflies

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Damselfly

There are even damselflies around here. But approaching them is even more difficult than dragonflies.

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Fly-looking moth

Just before I left, I came across a fly-looking moth.