Lower Seletar Reservoir Park part II- digital Winter

This is the first time I experimented with Infrared (IR) cum black and white (B&W) photography. Comparing the two sets, I personally preferred the ‘normal’ coloured set but nonetheless, IR still provided more fun šŸ™‚

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Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

I was early for my appointment at Yishun, so I made a small detour to snap a few pictures at the lower seletar reservoir park. I made 2 set of pictures, one straight forward set with my sony nex5r and other infra red set with my Olympus E-620 and R72 IR filter. The jpeg from the former was uploaded via WIFI to my tablet, Samsung Tab 3 8.0 and quickly processed using the free app, Snapseed. I was very very pleased with the results. Photography had never been so easy.

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Stay tuned for the IR set, when I find the time to process them.

Navy@Vivo

I got to know this event from Facebook and decided take a look on a weekday, when there it is not so crowded. The ship anchored is RSS Endurance, a really big ship by our Navy’s standard.

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Unlike typical events which I’ll cover with my olympus DSLR, E620, this time I had with me just a Sony NEX5R with a kit lens. And instead of painstaking post processing the selected raw with Dxo Optics Pro, I merely uploaded the out-of-cam-pics to my android via WIFI and did some touch up using the free app, Snapseed. I purposely exaggerate the colours and effects (much towards HDR than realistic photography) to spice up the otherwise ‘boring’ scenes due to the overcast skies and dull coloured objects (military colours).

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Anchoring a military ship in a civilian environment does produce some contrasting photographic event. I overlooked the corner when I push the tones for this shot.

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Waiting to board the ship.

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The sky threatened to unleash a heavy downpour but wasn’t this dark (dramatise via Dramatic tones)

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Super puma on the deck. The deck is big enough for 2.

DSC01751_1View from other parts of the various decks.

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While I thought the deck was huge, the interior was even bigger.

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It was then that the downpour started… and trapped many on board from leaving. But created an opportunity to take pictures without people around.

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Overall, even though the results was far from perfect and a far cry in terms of output quality compared to raw processing using Dxo optics pro, then tone-mapped with Photomatix, the speed at which I can upload, select, process the pictures provided me a great compromise in terms of time and effort if the shoot is not that critical to me.

 

Titans of the Past @ Science Centre

Came across the advertisement in the papers and decided to bring my family down to take a look at the dinosaurs-Ā Titans of the Past, Dinosaurs and the Ice Age Mammals at the Science centre. Compared to the Megabugs return, I personally prefer this because there were more exhibits to see. Other than skeletons, there were alsoĀ animatronics, basically ‘moving’ dinosaurs.

The skulls were the first to greet the visitors.

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Then there were more of the skeletons, mostly replicas.

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Even though the exhibition area was not that huge, there were more to see at each turn.

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This 36mĀ Argentinosaurus was just too huge for me to effectively capture it in one frame.

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And just as I thought this was it, another turn took me to the Ice age.

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I was originally very keen to correct the white balance of the pictures but after several shots, I decided to leave them alone as I found the artifiical colours retained the original mood of the exhibits better.

And to end it well, there was a sand pit to allow the children a chance to ‘uncover’ some dinosaur fossils.

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Keep up the good work, science centre!