Sunday, May 3, 2009

Birthday Time

Been busy celebrating my little boy's birthday. It was a simple affair and nothing really to brag about in terms of shots here. It was really just a family affair snapshot session. But still, I just wanted to share a very cute moment before the party.

Here is the birthday boy helping set up the decorations the best he can.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wedding Shots

I recently had an oppunity to photograph a wedding. It was my first time shooting such an important event and it was a tiring experience. Running around trying to get that good shot and rushing to change lenses in-between breaks.

But overall, I really enjoyed the chance to try out something new and I was kinda happy with the results. I ended up taking over 400 shots but here are 3 of my favourites that I like to share.

This is just a warm up as I get back into my photography groove and will be doing my weekly posts (hopefully).

The flower girl was so sweet and she could pose for some really nice shots. I like this one because it showed her calm composure before the start of the wedding procession.

I don't know. Black and whites for wedding shots just seems to appeal to me somehow. Most of the shots were in colour except for a very select few that I thought really brought out the feel of the envrioment. Here you see the back of the couple and allows you to see from a guest's point of view. Can you imagine how nervous the couple must be.

I am especially happy with this shot caught just after a joke told by the priest. I fired out so many shots trying to capture the moment the both of them smiled. I think it was a really tender moment that they shared with all the guest there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Been Missing

Hello all, sorry that I have been neglecting my Blog but work and studies have been keeping me super busy but I will be coming back with new photos to share over the weekend.

To all my regular visitors…hope to have you coming and commenting here again soon :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Storm Brewing

It been a dry past few months in Singapore without a drop of rain. But recently the weather has started to get back to normal with rain coming down heavy. Today, I was stuck at home when the dark clouds started forming and couldn't resist taking a few shots out of my window.

The rain didn't last very long and very soon the sun came back was setting and out of view from my window. I was however able to catch the setting sun after the rain via a reflection from the window pane. So what you see here really a reflection of the sun on my window.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Thaipusam 2009

Thaipusam is a Hindu religious festival that is held once a year in honour of the Hindu deity "Lord Murugan". It is a time when worshippers show their devotion by usually either carry milk pots or the more extreme of carrying a 15kg (33lbs) “Kavadi” which involves alot of piercing of hooks or very long sharp spikes.

It really is a sight to see and not really for the faint hearted especially at the point of piercings and the removing. It is just unfortunately I am not able to be there in the evening to catch the really elobrate Kavadis.

These people have to walk about 4km (2.5miles) barefoot and in the day it is especially harder with the heat and the very hot road. It is made even more challenging with the fact that these devotees have fasted between 1 week and 3 days before.

Here are some shots from this morning. A warning for the squeamish, there are shots of body piercings!

The event is really a family event where members of the family and friends participate in the walk with the devotee to provide support.

Even the young participate. Some carry milk pots while there are the few that do the pirecing.

I mentioned milk pots. Devotees can opt to carry a milk pot instead of the extreme Kavadi due to reasons of their own. The expression on this man shows his quiet devotion.

My eye caught sight of this walking stick. Many Kavadi carriers use a walking stick to support themselves through the walk due to the weight of the Kavadi.

Lime is a symbol of protection. Yes, those limes have been hooked to his body.

The Kavadis and the rest of the shots.

Just a background. There were several shots taken while I was lying on the ground. In this shot you can see the man on the left smiling at me.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

City Views of Hong Kong

More photos from my Hong Kong trip. These here are a selection of various scenes and views I saw during my holiday there. Many were interesting views but there were others that were a little "raw" but all were wonderful to take.

To start off first are some panoramic views of Hong Kong.

The first one is a view of Hong Kong city from "The Peak". This is not the top of the peak but at 2/3 of the way. It was a little misty as it was still cold weather there.

This second one is from the top floor of the hotel were I was staying. This is a view other view of Hong Kong city across the Hong Kong harbour.

Next set here are views from Mong Kok. This area is a famous shopping district where many of the shops open till past 1am. It was also here that I got my new Tamron lens from "Wing Shing", one of the more reliable shops in Hong Kong for camera equipment. Anyway, this areas was crowded and full of flavor, definately a must visit when in Hong Kong.

This Golden Retriever was decked out in the Chinese New Year finery on the streets of Mong Kok, Hong Kong.

Here are crowds in Mong Kok...this is the early crowds (1730hrs) that just gets more later in the night.

This was an unusal sight to me where stores placed a chair outside for people to rest their feet or wait.

Like in many cities around the world no matter how rich, there are always the very poor and at many street corners there old ladies lying on the street begging for money while others were a little more passive. Here are some scenes...

This old man looked like he had one leg and was fast asleep at a street corner in the cold.

There were others who instead of begging were more enterprising like this man in Mong Kok awaiting challengers to a game of Chinese chess. I am not sure how it works as no challengers came forward in the time I was there but the obvious aim is you pay to challenge him.

While this man being wrote chinese calligraphy with his feet.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Hong Kong Food

What is a visit to any country without showing their food. I was a little disappointed with the variety of food in Hong Kong. Hoping to experience some interesting fare, I was instead faced with the usual, Wanton noodles and Tim Sum.

There were really no roadside stalls but I suppose Hong Kong has modernised and improved their hygiene levels after events like SARs and the Avian flu.

Anyway, here are some fare that I had during my stay there.

My first Hong Kong meal was this bolw of spicy noodles. Called the Mala noodles, it comes in 3 levels of spicy and this here is the lowest level..still quite potent.

Hong Kong is famous for their Tim Sum and this was at one of the more famous Tim Sum restrants in Tsim Sha Tsui, another district in Hong Kong. This is the standard Tim Sum fare and tasted good enough but really expected a better quailty after all the raving from friends.

This here is a stall at the Mong Kok area. The smell of the octopus tentacles was good and the crowd queuing made this stall one of the more popular in the area.

Hong Kong First Sights

I'm back from Hong Kong. It's was a really tiring holiday with lots of walking at the theme parks and the shopping/exploring. I ended up taking about 500 photos and I have split a selection into several topics so it'll be easier to view. Also, I've hit my mothly upload allocation on Flickr so it'll be a day before I can upload more.

Oh, during this trip, I ended up with a new lens..the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. It was at a really good price I could not refuse and really recommend if you happen to be in Hong Kong, visit "Wing Shing" for your camera needs.

In this part, here are the some of the first sights I saw on arriving to Hong Kong. All shots were taken inside the bus on the way from the airport to the hotel.

This is a shot of a toll booth on one of the bridges in Hong Kong, cost of this was HKD$10. It wasn't the last toll on the way to the hotel though.

A Hong Kong sea view.

These are residential apartments in Hong Kong. It seems to be the norm that there are so densly packed. If you thought Singapore was bad, this is really takes the cake.

Now in Kowloon, one of the many districts in Hong Kong. This shot was taken while we were at the traffic light under a flyover.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Away

Ok..this blog is going quiet for about a week while I spend some time holidaying in Hong Kong. It'll me my first time there so I really don't know what to expect but I have finished packing my trusty cameras and lenses and hoping for the best.

I hope to have some good shots to share with everyone. In the meantime, to everyone a Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Xai (wishing all good fortune and wealth).

Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Out

It's been awhile since I last posted any shots of my boy. I have tons of them but they are in RAW format and have not got around to converting them. However, here are some taken on Sunday while we are out. I don't know, I kinda like Black and White shots for candid.

The boy and his nap time.

No child can resist sweets and cakes...First stop after waking up from his sweet nap.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Unexpected Rainbow

This morning while waiting for the wife and son, I managed to take a few quick snaps around the Beach Road area. This was taken outside the Suntec Convention Centre (SICEC) and I was aiming for the the flag poles but caught sight of a fading hasn't rained here for weeks so I was quite surpised with this find.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!!!

Happy New Year to all visiting this blog and hoping that 2009 will be a good year for all the good folks.

The Christmas season has kept me somewhat busy so, I have not been able to go out and update my Blog with new photos but with the holiday season now over, I should find myself able to take more shots soon.

This very early morning, I decided that I would get some photography done and went down to the Marina Bay area to get some shots of the Carlsberg Wishing Balls. All these balls in the water were written with the wishes of people and floated in the waters near the Esplanade...It was really nice with the morning sun just touching them so early in the morning.

It was low light and with a light breeze blowing, the balls kept moving so it was a challenge getting a clear shot but I still like them.

Here in the background, you can see the construction site of Singapore's upcoming "Intergrated Resort" or the Marina Sands Casino. I think the mess behind kinda adds to a conflict here, the busy activities behind with the calm and quiet of the water and balls.

In the background, you can see Singapore's famous "Merlion". An icon of Singapore that I for one really love and feel very proud of.

Just to get a feel of the area used for this promotion by Carlsberg. I am not very sure how many ball are in the water but it sure looked like a good number there.

This one ball caught my attention with the words "Family"...I think that is really sweet and agree that family is important and that well wishes should be made for family.