A walk on OCBC Skywalk, Gardens by the Bay

I intentionally made this trip with my family to Gardens by the Bay to go up to the OCBC skywalk. It is unfortunate that the skywalk closes earlier on weekends, especially Sunday. Anyway, we reach early, got the tickets and went for dinner before we returned to queue and go up just before 7.30pm. It is much nicer at night than in the day, to see the citylights from a higher vantage point.

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The skywalk will suay and oscillate when anyone walks or runs by… hence it is almost impossible to use the tripod here for long exposures. 

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This shot is done by merging and auto-aligning 3 different exposures using Photomatix. The supertree is much brighter than the financial centre in the background, hence HDR is necessary here. 

More HDR @ Sentosa, Imbiah Lookout

Look my family to Sentosa again, 2nd time in 2 weeks. Originally intended to go Marina Barrage to fly kite but the surprising hot weather in the morning (good for photography though) made us changed our mind. Thanks to the Sentosa Islander pass, Sentosa is a good backup plan anytime 🙂

Sentosa has been around for so long that (other than new attractions like RWS) almost every angle has been taken. Hence I decided to play around with some HDR post processing again. I still prefer more ‘natural’ but vibrant HDR as compared to other-worldly-surreal HDR.

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If only the Merlion can rotate constantly… will prefer it to look to the right

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On the way back to the Central Beach Station from Imbiah Lookout. Again, if the Merlion can turn to face me, it’ll look much better 🙂

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I wonder how to get on board this truck… it is a very different form of ‘transport’ option available.

 

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.

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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