Crossing Orchard

Last weekend (April 18, 2015) I set out on a mission, candid street images. I headed to Orchard Road, the retail mecca within the bustling metropolis of Singapore. The photo walk yielded some really great images, one of which even made its way to my weekly photography challenge post.

I positioned myself at one of the busiest pedestrian crossings along Orchard Road and decided to capture the people that went past. I was amazed at the number of different shots I was able to get from that one single spot.

Throughout the week I spent a few hours sifting through the set of the images from that day, tweaking a few in preparation of this post. Although the total count of images from that evening is over 300, I was able to get only a few ready for this post. Here are the ones that made the cut, along with my thoughts about them.

Billboard Man
Billboard Man

Occasionally some of the big brands will have massive sales. Folks donning portable billboards publicising such sales can be found on the sidewalks of Orchard Road. I liked this particular shot because the brands, the venue and the street are all prominently visible in the frame.

 

Flying
Flying

This shot almost makes it look like the kid in the frame is gliding over the crossing as opposed to walking over it. Sometimes the shutter speed is your best friend when it comes to street photography.

 

The Golden Couple
The Golden Couple

Expats are a common sight on Orchard Road. In fact they are ever more common in Singapore. What struck me about this particular couple was the elderly gentleman’s almost regal posture and body language. Not to mention those pretty rad glares!

 

Running Buddies
Running Buddies

This shot was a no brainer. These two girls were making a dash for the other side of the crossing since the traffic light was about to turn red. The focus isn’t the best, but I’m quite happy with the sharpness around their feet and hair.And of course the sense of motion and urgency that I was able to capture.

 

Lost In The Crowd
Lost In The Crowd

This shot originally seemed almost inconsequential but something made me open it in Photoshop and mess around with it a little. Using the quick selection brush to isolate the fella with the cap and applying a motion blur filter on the remaining image gave it a completely different feel. It almost looked as though this one kid was lost in the crowd.

There are still loads of images from that evening that I feel are worth uploading. But I’m still working on the edits and processing for most of them. Hopefully the remaining images will be available on the blog galleries page soon.

Till next time. Ciao!

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