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!
Yet another experiment with (kind of) long exposure. 1/8 of a second, 90mm, f/38. Long exposures with moving water are always fun, but sometimes tricky to master. If you leave the shutter open for too long, still waters will become a giant smooth mirror throwing awesome reflections around, whilst moving waters with get all cloudy and misty, providing a fairy-tale like effect.
On the oposite extreme of the speed roulette, a very short exposure (1/2000 secs.) will freeze single droplets of water in the air, which can also be a really nice effect.
Somewhere in the middle, with the right spot depending on how fast the water is moving, there is a sweet spot where some parts are all misty but where the quieter part are not yet smoothed out. This was the spot I was aiming to get with this particular picture. Of course, anything that takes longer time than one can hold perfectly still will require the use of a tripod.
Waterfall fountain in Orchard Road, central Singapore.
Picture taken in Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari. Even shooting at high ISO (3200), the 80mm focal length and 5.6 aperture forced a long exposure (1.5 seconds), which resulted in the motion blur due to the train (and birds!) movement. Even if the picture looks funny and a bit surrealistic, there is barely no post-processing here (apart from some cropping and the necessary noise reduction in order to fix the high ISO artifacts).
Hope you enjoy it!
Flamingos by night
This is a portrait taken inside an Indian temple in Little India, Singapore. I was pleasantly surprised to be allowed to take pictures inside, although I obviously couldn’t use any flash or walk inside the inner sanctuary. Enjoy!
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I don’t know if any of you has been following the site recently but if you did you may have noticed that during the last couple of days posts have been going in and out and the site layout never lasted for longer than one hour.
So this is it, after a lot of tinkering I have finally settled for a layout that hopefully will last longer than the previous ones. From now on, I will be using this to post my daily pictures and give a few tips and tricks about photography.
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