Bus Carnival Rolls into Town @ Vivocity

I brought my family down today to take a look at the new buses.

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I personally prefer the bus with both the staircase and exit at the rear, this will definitely encouraged passengers to go right to the back to free up room for people to board the bus.

DSC03080_uploadThere are really usb charging ports at every window seat.

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There are many displays of old buses, including this that I’ve never taken before.

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As well as this one which I do remember taking before when I was young. Its hot inside and when it rains, it’ll get more stuffy as well because all the windows have to be closed.

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DSC03099_uploadThere are many miniature displays like these but unfortuantely, none are for sale. I son particularly liked the double decker bus from Toys”R”Us, but these were no longer in production.

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While older folks like me can link up with the history, there are things for children as well.

Fashion Parade @ Vivo

It is very rare that I am able to attend a fashion show on a weekday, it is even rarer that I have a ticket to seat down for a photoshoot. Today is my lucky day. My wife brought my kids to meet her friends and I happen to have a ticket when I asked about the fashion parade from the Vivocity service counter the day before.

After I ‘passed’ my kids to my wife, I head straight off to the fashion parade.

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The show was scheduled to start at 7pm but at 6.30pm, I was there too early and had a long wait. By 7pm, the show still had not started.

DSC03798_uploadFinally at 7.15pm, the fashion parade started.

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Overall, this is my best fashion show experience.

Lunch at Iciban Boshi

I have a lunch with my friend today. He is also a photography enthusiast,  and thus we can take our own sweet time to take pictures, something we cannot do with ‘normal’ friends.

We ordered one bento set each for ourselves and another ala carte mushroom dish for sharing.

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My sushi bento set.

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Complete with my favorite cold noodles.

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I didn’t manage to capture his entire set because the tempura and chawanmushi are too plain to be interesting.

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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.