#Take52 Week 32: Perspective

As some of you know (well those who read my blogs), apart from the #Take52 Weekly photography challenge I am also working on a daily photography challenge on my Instagram feed under the hashtag #AG365in2015. And since it’s Instagram, the challenge is executed using only my handphone, i.e. the iPhone 6Plus.

The Instagram challenge was something I had planned on doing since 2013. Ever since I saw the hashtag #365PhotoChallenge images I was bitten by the daily challenge bug. So when I set out to list of challenges I wanted to accomplish this year, I decided to include the daily challenge as well.

The daily challenge has helped me become more aware of my surroundings and perceive mundane objects and street scenes with a unique perspective. Lot of the images in the feed are everyday objects or places with a little filter magic in a square frame.

If there’s anything I’ve learned this year it’s that my handphone is a great camera when I’m not carrying the dedicated photography equipment. I’ve enjoyed my previous smartphones (ALL HTCs! All six of them!). But the images that I have been taking with the iPhone are simply put, stellar in comparison. And the fact that each image is taken with almost complete automatic settings, it is indeed a commendable feat for a camera phone.

This shot is taken on September 4, 2015 and is of the Australian Federal Police building and Travelodge hotel at Alberta Street in Sydney. Something about the way the two structures seem to face off each other caught my eye and I decided to capture the shot.

So although this image was not shot exclusively for the weekly challenge, it seemed to fit the theme of “Perspective” rather well.

iPhone6 Plus

For those who are curious, here’s my Instagram feed.

The Red Queen

Asia Singapore Arab Street Woman In Red

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.


Asia Singapore Arab Street Woman In Red
The Red Queen

And with this image I strike off Red from my RainBow Series. Three down. Four more to go. Yay!!

The Pedestrian In Blue

Singapore Orchard Man In Blue

The second in the RainBow Series project. Shot this image at Singapore’s famous Orchard Road.
For all the fashion conscious folk, this street is Singapore’s retail Mecca. Lined with big brands such as Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and so many others, Orchard is always brimming with people, locals and tourists alike. As such you can always see people from different nationalities in this one square mile radius. Every photography enthusiasts delight! Street photography in Singapore does not get any more interesting than right here in Orchard Road.

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#Take52 Week 16: Wet

Alright, so this week’s entry is a cheat, so to speak. I already had an image I had clicked that fit the theme almost too perfectly. This image wasn’t even taken this year though. In fact this particular shot was taken 5 years ago! But allow me to explain why I’m using this image for the challenge. This was the very first click from my very first DSLR camera. This was taken after a brief spell of rain in the park near my apartment. The dew on the leaf was absolutely picturesque and I was naturally drawn to the lovely texture of the leaf. As an enthusiast  starting out with brand new equipment, this was an absolutely stellar thing to happen. And it kept me motivated to continue clicking and improve my skill. Continue reading

The Woman In Yellow


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

#Take52 Week 6: Kiss

Decided to get the beautiful wife to model for this photograph. This is one the many shots I took of her during our recent trip to Paris. This was on Day 2, walking around the streets of Montmartre. At the time she did not know I was taking pictures of her. I think this helped capture a more candid image which works with the theme for this week. With the temperatures hovering around freezing point and the wife having a low threshold for cold, the wife was all bundled up and still feeling a tad chilly. With a slight breeze blowing it almost seems like she is kissing the air!   Week 6: Kiss   Technical Specs of the image:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
  • Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Aperture: f/4
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/250
  • Focal Length: 30.2mm

#Take52 Week 7: Round

Playing catch-up on all my previous weeks’ assignments.

The theme for this week is quite simple and am sure everyone’s got some great interpretations. I decided to use this image I clicked during my recent trip to Paris. This is a picture of the Roue De Paris, which is one of the many wonderful sights you see while walking from the Louvre towards Champs Élysées. It is one of the more prominent ferris wheels in the city.

It’s common knowledge that Ferris wheels are round. So instead of taking a shot of the ferris wheel from an angle that shows it in its entirety, I decided to click a different perspective. Since the weather in Paris was cloudy at the time when I took the shot, I decided to enhance the vibrancy and colours of the sky in Lightroom.

Although I didn’t get a chance to sit and enjoy the ferris wheel, I certainly enjoyed taking pictures of this wonderful piece of Paris.

Week 7: Round
Technical Specs of the image:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
  • Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Aperture: f/4
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter Speed: 1/200
  • Focal Length: 19.6mm

#Take52 Week 2: Local

So this week’s theme (well actually last week’s theme, i’m still playing catch up!) was something that was pretty interesting (then again each theme is!). Many fellow photogs posted pictures ranging from local food, local landmarks, seasons, etc. All stellar pics by the way. I had a few interpretations of the theme that I wanted to try out. And since I had two different ideas, i decided to go with both interpretations and post both pictures. Local Architecture Picture 1 is a more literal interpretation with a composition of a Peranakan house rooftop. Singapore is a cultural hotpot with many nationalities calling the tiny island country home. However the true indigenous  populous can trace its ancestry to the Malays and Chinese. As a result many of the older houses are built on the Peranakan architecture style. These houses are distinct in terms of their roof styling and elaborate curves and wood sculpturing. Truly photography worthy! This particular rooftop was shot at Emerald Hill, which is probably one of the more well to do residential spaces in the city. Well to do because most of the drive ways had either a Lamborghini, Ferrari or a 7 series BMW!

Technical details of the Image:

Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 250
Shutter Speed: 1/180
Focal Length: 19.6mm

Local Trinkets Picture 2 is a slightly abstract interpretation of the theme. The image is composed of various local trinkets that the wife and I have collected over our travels across South East Asia. The focus of course is on the iconic symbol that screams Singapore, the Merlion. The other trinkets in the image (albeit slightly de-focussed) are  –

  • Miniature rice hats from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Surf board momento from Bali, Indonesia
  • Replica of the Petronas Twin Towers from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Replica of a Chinese Pagoda from Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Decorative plate from Krabi, Thailand
  • Buddha statue from Borobudur, Indonesia

Technical details of the Image:
Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
Lens: XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 640
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 48.4mm