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The Merlion

Today’s picture comes from the Marina Bay area in Singapore, a recently revamped area very close to the financial district that is the heart of this country. The merlion, with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a lion, if the official mascot of Singapore.

The stunning building on the opposite side of the bay is the Marina Bay Hotel, a luxurious 7-star hotel hosting a huge casino. It is amazing how people around those part of the world love gambling! Apparently, the situation was so serious (with people not showing up at work and loosing all their money gambling) that the Singapore government issued a law according to which Singapore citizens must pay 100 S$ (about 50 pounds) just to enter a casino. Tourists, on the other hand, can come and go freely.

Back to the picture, in order to be able to get in focus both the close merlion and the Marina Bay hotel in the background I had to use a very small aperture of f/27. Resorting to small apertures help getting everything in focus. The downside is… well that everything will be in focus, which will make little imperfections noticeable, for instance the drop of water in the lower part of the picture, probably coming from the lion spraying, as the wind was changing constantly. I could have photoshopped that droplet away, but didn’t bother me that much so decided to keep it.

Hope you like it!

The merlion, with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a lion, if the official mascot of Singapore. This magnificent fountain-statue is facing the Marina Bay hosting the huge 7-stars hotel and the famous casino.