Photos from Liverpool FC ~ I was sitting at The KOP End (The Kop Comes to Asia)

Sunday, 26th July 2009 – The Grand Finale

Singapore versus Liverpool FC at the National Stadium

It was a sea of Red Fans, easily identified with their Liverpool FC jerseys, shirts, caps and scarfs, on the trains and buses, traveling towards National Stadium, to be a part of The Kop Comes to Asia. Their loyalty, passion and pride of their favourite Liverpool FC can be felt across everyone of us attending the Grand Finale match. I met up with Edwin, a fellow same batch DSG and a die hard Liverpool FC fan like me at Kallang Leisure Park, bought Subway sandwich meal and went to queue up at the  East Entrance to enter National Stadium.

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A sea of Red greeted us and the view was great ! After entering the East Entrance, we got our limited and special edition “The Kop Comes to Asia” Liverpool FC scarf  and made our way up to the stands. Since it was free seating, we tried to find some good vantage points, however, it was already quite filled up and we decided to go about three quarters way up in the middle segment instead of seating lower at an acute angle. After settling down, we rested, had our dinner and watched the 2 teams preparing, training and warming up. The atmosphere was slowly building up and we were slowly engulfed by Sea of Red Fans, probably around 50,000 supporters !

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Great cheers came for the Liverpool FC and our Singapore team as well, with the singing of the Anfield anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and with the scarfs flying high up above everybody’s head, it was very heart warming, goose bumps choking with emotions of pride, happiness and loyalty ! The match kicked off after the 2 teams were introduced to our VIPs for this evening, President Nathan and DPM Teo and it was a night of entertainment !

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The final score was Singapore 0 Liverpool FC 5 and regardless of the final result, it was an awesome time for all Liverpool FC fans, watching Torres for about 30mins action and a goal too ! Xabi, with his beautiful and pin-point passing, Carragher, with his leadership and defence quality. For a breakdown of the Liverpool FC minutes by minutes, do drop by the Official Liverpool FC : Final Whistle Report !

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When the match finished, it was euphoria of happiness and cheering ! Singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” when Liverpool FC was doing their lap of honour around the National Stadium, acknowledging their fans support and presence ! Please do drop by my Flickr for more Liverpool FC photos !!

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Liverpool FC, You’ll Never Walk Alone !

Photos of Liverpool FC River Cruise ~ The Kop Comes to Asia !!

I went chasing with fellow Liverpool FC fanatics from Central to Riverside Point, back to Central, across to Boat Quay and finally Fullerton Hotel, to catch a glimpse of Liverpool FC players.

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Look at the banners on the Bridge !!

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Liverpool FC loyal fans lining up the river banks !

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Our No. 9 – Torres !

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Liverpool FC Legends !!!

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For more photos, check out my Flickr !

Photography Tips to Great Shots – TODAY Paper 17th July

The TODAY Paper, a compact newspaper in Singapore, highly popular with its interesting contents and reports, had a feature report in its Tech page on 17th July 2009, page B7, whereby Trevor Tan, a TODAY photojournalist, traveled to Bali to learn from Magnum Photos’ legendary photographer Abbas.

I read with great interest on the report, do drop by the link here if you like to read the full version of it ! The topic was “Seeing the light” and from the article, there were some great photography tips shared in the report.

Abbas tips from the report were

– “If you know what you are shooting, you don’t need to shoot that much”

– “Taking photographs is easy, but presenting and sequencing them is not”

There were 5 Tips to Great Shots From Abbas

(1) Know what you want to shoot

(2) Be mindful of the placement of the subject

(3) Be patient and wait for the right moment

(4) Walk around to explore new angles

(5) Avoid clutter – less is more

Source : TODAY Paper, 17th July 2009, Page B7

Over the past few days, it was enlightening to learn tips from 2 great photographers, from The Unguarded Moment and TODAY article on “Seeing the Light”. With my sharing here with fellow photography enthusiasts, freelance photographers, photojournalists and photography fans, I hope this would help you to improve and widen your scope and field of photography !

Thoughts & Reflections From The Unguarded Moment

When I was a little boy growing up, my dad was influential, along with my uncles and cousin, introducing me to the world of photography and I recalled “playing” with his Pentax ME Super (not really working now) and later a Nikon F401X (in our little museum), before settling down with the Canon 30D today.

I collected and read National Geographic Magazines, although I had stopped collecting them (Not that I don’t support them, just that, I don’t know how and where to store them !!). There was a photo that caught my attention when I was very young and I still remembered it till today. Yesterday, at the exhibition The Unguarded Moment, on the last day of the exhibition, held at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

I finally saw it right in front of me with my very own eyes, a world class masterpiece that captured many hearts worldwide – The Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry. Viewing through Steve McCurry’s world class photographs, it was amazing, they were so powerful and delivered many different messages across to viewers, intriguing, evoking emotions in the subjects and us viewers, introducing cultural and societal situations, perspectives and practices into our eyes, heart and soul. A true master in photography, looking through his masterpieces, a great learning journey too for me.

Steve was in Singapore recently and I didn’t grab the chance to join the local photographers sessions and meet him in person ! Hopefully, when Steve is back in Singapore again, I would be able to do so. I was very happy that I visited Steve’s The Unguarded Moment photography exhibition on its last day and returning home later, I started researching, reading, admiring and learning Steve McCurry’s sites, photography works and blog.

Steve McCurry on Magnum Photos

Steve McCurry Photography

Steve McCurry’s Blog

Reflecting on how I can learn and improve on my photography, there was a quote abstract by Steve McCurry – “But what matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”

Another little step into improving my photography ………

Fireworks from NDP NE2 !!!

Singapore is counting down to her birthday celebrations on 9th August 2009, our National Day Parade. In order for the organisers to produce and deliver an unforgettable and wonderful experience for all Singaporeans and friends, there were many ongoing rehearsals to ensure that it will be a great birthday for all of us on 9th August 2009.

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The rehearsal today is known as The National Education Show 2, many Primary 5 school children were seen walking towards the Marina Bay floating platform. As for myself, capturing the fireworks was my target and I decided to position myself at the other end of the Esplanade Bridge, nearer to One Fullerton for a different view and perspective of the fireworks rehearsal.

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It wasn’t too crowded and around 820pm, the fireworks fired away and I was happily capturing them in action since I am a big lover of fireworks, playing fireworks (small size type) and photographing fireworks. Even though it wasn’t the full 100% for the actual National Day Parade, I was very happy watching the fireworks and capturing them in memories.

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Looking forward to NDP 2009 ! Check out more fireworks photos here in my Flickr !

2 months of Photography Exhibitions in Singapore

As a photography enthusiastic a.k.a fanatic, Singapore is currently holding and going to hold a series of photography exhibitions, known as Asia Exposed, from July to September 2009.

The list of exhibitions are listed below :

The Unguarded Moment by Steve McCurry
Ongoing till 19 July 2009
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555
FREE admission

The Image of Our Landscape: 19th Century Singapore through Paintings, Prints and Photographs
3 September – 29 November 2009
National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Mon – Sun: 10am – 8pm
FREE

TransportASIAN
Ongoing till 11 August 2009
Singapore Art Museum
71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555
Mon – Sun: 10am – 7pm, Fri: 10am – 9pm
Fees: Adult – $8, Concession (Student/NSF/Seniors 60 years and above) – $4
FREE admission from 12 – 2pm on weekdays (excluding public holidays) and 6 – 9pm on Fridays

From The Picture Press: The SPH Photographs Collection 1950 – 1965
Ongoing till 30 November 2009
National Archives of Singapore
1 Canning Rise, Singapore 179868
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5.30pm, Sat: 9am – 1.30pm
FREE admission

Altar: A Photographic Narrative by Samit Das
9 July – 31 August 2009
Indigo Blue Art
33 Neil Road, Singapore 088820
Tue – Sat: 11am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays, Mondays and public holidays
FREE admission

Source : National Heritage Board

Looking forward to experience, feel, learn and inspired by world class photographers, through their lenses and capturing Asia’s best moments and memories.

The Loop of Fortune – Night Festival 2009

It was the time of the Singapore Night Festival again, held at the Singapore Management University Campus Green, for 2 nights on the 10th and 11th July 2009. We were presented with a premiere performance by PAN.OPTIKUM from Germany, known as

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“The Loop of Fortune” – Starting from Singapore Management University’s Campus Green, the performance shifts across the street to a large-scale finale in front of the National Museum of Singapore. The Loop of Fortune unfolds through acrobatics, acting, live vocals and seamlessly interwoven firework displays. The audience accompanies the protagonist through various stages of his life, different emotional states – the joyful and naïve feelings of happiness alternate with overconfidence and fear – and finally, the dawn of the awareness that it is neither necessary nor possible to oppose one’s destiny.

Source : National Museum of Singapore

I went on the 11th July, the second night of the Singapore Night Festival and the rain in the night pushed back the event from 2230 hrs to 2300 hrs and there was a big crowd building up even with the rain coming in. Many people were also visiting the museums around the area since there was free entry from 10pm to 2am.

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With plans to visit the Night Festival on the saturday, I saw other photographers works on The Loop of Fortune performance and I was very keen to catch it even though the weather was wet and raining. When the performance started, it was really exciting until we heard over the speakers that something happened and one of their performers was injured. The performance stopped for a while and it kind of disrupted the overall planned performance. As I was quite near to the front, of the railings facing the Museum, I couldn’t see much of what really happened behind, hope everything is alright with the performer.

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The performance continued and I enjoyed the show, coming back home, after watching some nice fireworks and lighting effects. While I was blogging and searching for photographs taken, I realised that in the loop and wheel, there was supposed to be a performer running inside the wheel and it dawned upon me that the injured performer was probably supposed to be moving from the Campus Green compound across and into the wheel.

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Nevertheless, I still enjoyed myself and hope to catch their full performance again, hope they come back to Singapore for another Night Festival ! For more photos, drop by my Flickr !

Southern Ridges Canopy Walk – 11th July 2009

Today, on the 11th July 2009, we were part of something significant, writing a new chapter in Singapore history, whereby Australian Alumni Singapore, came together with different representatives and volunteers from various Australian Alumni Universities for a common goal, an event known as the

Southern Ridges Canopy Walk 2009 – Alumni Unite and Walk Together !

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There was a great turnout and many alumni members of various Australian Universities as well as local Universities alumni, students of local institutions such as James Cook, Bristol and friends of alumni gathered at Mount Faber Car Park B, to collect their goodie bags and event t-shirt. With many different Universities Alumni banners, it was great to see participation from many different bodies coming together.

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This wonderful event was graced by Mr Sam Tan, (Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts), Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC, who flagged off the event at 0815 hrs, with other distinguished guests too. The crowds started moving off with the banners in front leading the rest of the contingents and the rest of the people followed.

Rain came earlier than expected (it was expected in the afternoon) and it disrupted the participants walking off. Some chose to continue walking in the rain while some others chose to wait for the rain to cease for a while before carrying on with the walk. For UQAAS, some of the members chose to walk faster while the other half waited at Jewel Box for shelter and rain to stop. Once we saw the weather clearing, the rest of the UQAAS contingent continued our leisure walk, chatting and taking photos along the way.

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We walked from Mount Faber to firstly Henderson Wave Bridge, Telok Blangah Hill Park, before going into the forest walk where the metallic bridges were and finally crossing Alexandra Arch into Hort Park, whereby most of the participants had already arrived. There were huge buzz and enjoying the light food and drinks at the Hort Park, networking with friends from other alumni, taking photos of Hort Park, relaxing and enjoying their Saturday morning walk. The weather turned sunny at Hort Park, clear weather and brightening up the day.

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As for UQAAS, we had a number of group photos with our banner, having different poses and fellow UQAAS Ex-Co members coming forward to take photos, thus allowing me to be in the pictures for some of them. Do check out more photos here on my Flickr !

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Overall, it was an awesome event and we were very proud and happy to be part of a new chapter, new friendships, new beginning, wider networking and of course, a part of Singapore’s history.

AYG 2009 Beach Volleyball Final

It was a sunday morning and Jack called me whether I was keen to watch AYG 2009 Beach Volleyball Finals, well, in the morning, I was helping my mum run an errand and couldn’t join them watching the bronze medal playoff. However, I was free in the afternoon and met up with Jack, Karen and Chin Song to watch the finals instead.

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Upon reaching the beach volleyball ground, it was a great crowd, many spectators were there giving the final a great atmosphere for the boys and girls beach volleyball finals. The first match was the girls match between Thailand and Kazakhstan, when we arrived, the match was already ongoing and we quickly found some seats to watch while I took out my Canon DSLR and started snapping away. Thailand was a strong team and they won the Gold medal, a great sense of achievement and spreading of overjoy and emotions could be seen across the field when the coach ran forward to embrace his players.

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Soon after, it was the boys beach volleyball between Thailand and Kazakhstan too, it was an exciting match to watch with the tall Kazakhstan players versus the highly agile Thailand players, their spiking and blocking were excellent to watch and it was a great pleasure watching and capturing them in their motion and movement on photographs.

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The past few volleyball photography shoots were a great opportunity to improve my sports photography techniques and learning and honing sports photography skills and tips, on AI Servo and AI Focus, fast shutter, focusing points and knowing where to focus on. The weather was good until somewhere near to the end of the boys match, the weather turned dark and started raining, thus many people left without watching the medal presentation.

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A great 2 fun days of watching high octane beach volleyball in action ! Check out more photos here on my Flickr !