It’s been a while since my last post. Blame it on the move! My wife and I relocated to Sydney, Australia in the last month and the last few weeks have been filled with apartment hunting, Bank accounts, IKEA furniture assembly and the usual moving in chores and tasks. Not to mention my trusty Mac Mini was out of commission for a bit (long story, maybe a worthy entry in my other blog)
Coming back to the weekly challenge, this entry is playing catch up for an earlier week (first of many). The images I post for the catch up entries maybe backdated but were taken AFTER each week’s theme was announced and so have been shot keeping in mind the theme of the week. Although I will be aiming to work on the current week’s challenge, there will be additional entries each week to help me catch up on the previous weeks.
This year on August 9, celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary as a nation. Although I was not in Singapore for the big celebration, I was lucky enough to capture the rehearsals from a spectacular vantage point during my brother and his family’s visit, their hotel room on the 40th floor!
The aerial spectacle that is choreographed and executed by the Singapore Air Force for the National Day celebration is simply awe inspiring. This particular sequence stood out from the host of shots I took. The image to me conveyed a sense of honour and service that the armed forces have towards their nation.
I wanted to accentuate the National flag in the image so decided to play around with the image in Lightroom to isolate the Reds and render the remaining image in a monochrome flavour.
So there you have it. My take on the theme of Service.
It’s been a long while since I posted an image in the weekly challenge. Blame it on a major change happening on the personal front, one which I will talk about (or rather shoot about) in the coming weeks. I was however able to squeeze some time out of the hectic schedule and manage to capture an image for one of the previous weekly challenge.
Getting back to the weekly challenge. This week my elder brother and his family were in Singapore on a business cum leisure trip, he was here on business, his wife and child were on leisure :D.
On their last weekend here, we headed to the Marina Bay promenade to witness the fireworks rehearsal for Singapore’s upcoming 50th National Day. Nothing screams event like fireworks! I’ve captured fireworks in the past but I had not done so with my current camera, so I decided to capture the fireworks as part of the weekly challenge.
The settings are quite basic. High ISO, low aperture and long exposure, a little post processing in Lightroom and voila here’s my (delayed) weekly submission.
Dug this one up from the archives. This shot dates back to 2010 and was taken with my very first DSLR camera, the Canon 500D. The image was part of a street photography exercise when I was taking a beginners course in digital photography.
On the day, there were some sort of celebrations taking place in the grounds of the Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah near Arab Street. This damsel was part of a group of women all dressed up in similar attire and leisurely walking around the park grounds. The reds aren’t just limited to her dress but also seem to seep through her visage on the lips as well as the rouge foundation.
Her slightly contemptuous glance and regal adornments prompted me to dub her “The Red Queen”. Although I’m sure she must be an angel in person, that title has somewhat stuck ever since I clicked the image.
And with this image I strike off Red from my RainBow Series. Three down. Four more to go. Yay!!
The temptation to make our pictures vibrant and colourful is understandable. After all colours make images pop. But there are times when going the other direction makes the image stand out even better. I’m of course talking about rendering pictures in monochrome, specifically in black & white.
For this week’s theme I was determined to use images from a recent photo walk. Since weekdays are dominated by the usual 9 to 5 (6 in my case) routine, I set out on Saturday for some photography walking in the city.
While walking along the banks of the famous Hoàn Kiếm Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam, you cannot miss the Temple Of The Jade Mountain which resides on an islet in the lake. The bridge that connects the main land to this islet is the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge (Cầu Thê Húc) bridge. The bridge, a wooden brightly coloured red one, forms a very picturesque backdrop from any photography enthusiast. Continue reading →