90-millionth Canon EF Lenses

On 26th August 2012, I wrote and shared an article – 80-millionth Canon EF Lenses. Today, I am sharing with my readers here, 90-millionth Canon EF lens! On 23rd May 2013, Canon turned out its 90th million EF lens, an EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

Let me share some information on the Canon EF lenses with my readers. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts* such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

With the recent introduction of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender that I recently shared, the world’s first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200–560 mm focal length range, along with EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography, Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup now comprises a total of 84 models.

Looking back between August 2012 and May 2013, I added something new to my current Canon DSLR and EF Lenses lineup too! Here’s my updated list –

Canon DSLRs

  • Canon EOS 1D Mk III
  • Canon EOS 30D w / BG-E2
  • Canon EOS 300D w / BG-E1 (Out on Loan)

Canon EF Lenses and Canon Accessories

  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (On Loan)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Out on Loan)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
  • Canon EF Extender 1.4x
  • Speedlite 580EXII

There are (still) some (more) Canon EOS DSLRs, Canon EF Lenses and accessories that I am planning (hopefully) to add on into my current setup

  • Canon EOS 1DX
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 100D
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF Extender 2.0x

The journey to complete the rest of my dream (planned) setup would take a longer time due to the investment costs involved, hopefully I am able to share my more stories along the way!

Canon announced EF 200-400mm f4 L IS USM with 1.4X Extender

This big lens, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender built-in, blown me away when I first read about it on DPReview.com a few years ago. This was something that got me very excited and eagerly waiting for Canon to officially announce their arrival into the Canon EF Lenses lineup. While its arrival took a bit longer to arrive in the market, it is now officially available! This is a very versatile lens that would suit Sports and Wildlife photographers and the flexibility of the built-in 1.4x Extender makes it an even sweeter proposition. If there is another big telephoto lens that I would love to add on to my EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with built-in 1.4x Extender is definitely on my list.

I did have a short hands on experience with this lens when Canon Singapore had an event outside Cineleisure Singapore and they allowed the public to test and have a feel of the various Canon L telephoto primes. The EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4X Extender prototype was available and I had a few minutes of zooming in and out, switching on and off the built-in 1.4x Extender and shooting away on the high fps of the Canon 1DX. During that few minutes of playing with the toys, I was very impressed and excited with this particular combination of Canon 1DX and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

I would also like to share useful and interesting information that I obtained from the media releases for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender.

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X incorporates a new optical design that makes use of a fluorite lens and four UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements which effectively corrects colour aberrations across the entire zoom range. This results in high-resolution, high-contrast images comparable to those taken by large-diameter super-telephoto prime lenses.

Better moving images

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X features a newly-developed compact Image Stabilizer (IS) unit that was created through optimal part placement. For optimal IS performance in different situations, the EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X offers three IS modes:

  • IS Mode 1 is designed to shoot still subjects, and achieves image stabilisation performance equivalent to a shutter speed approximately four stops faster[1].
  • IS Mode 2 is designed for panning shots, such as when shooting sporting action or moving vehicles. 
  • IS Mode 3 is for shooting irregularly moving subjects with unpredictable movements, which corrects against vibrations only during the exposure stage.

With movie shooting being an important part of photography, the EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X has a Power Focus (PF) mode which is particularly useful for creating an attractive gradual focus shift effect during movie shooting. When PF mode is engaged, rotating the playback ring enables smooth focus shift at a consistent speed. Focus shift speed can also be switched between two speeds depending on the angle the ring is rotated to.

Information above courtesy of Canon Singapore.

Price and availability

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens will be available end May at authorised Canon dealers. The recommended retail price is S$16,599.

I would really love to own this beautiful and awesome combination of the Canon EOS 1DX and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender, hopefully in the future and I need to start saving lots of money!!

The Band of Photographers behind the scenes (DBS Marina Regatta 2013)

Inspired by fellow photographer Callan’s post, I decided to say a big thank you to the band of photographers (and the DBS crew) behind the scenes of the recent DBS Marina Regatta 2013 that we covered, documented, photograph many different scenes, angles, perspectives, emotions and moments of DBS Marina Regatta 2013. This was a great compilation and collage from the works of the various photographers’ skills and field of expertise.

Since I was mainly covering the sports segment Dragon Boating, there weren’t many chances for me to capture my fellow photographers in action. This was also my first time meeting Mr Brown and Bryan! Working together with such a talented band of photographers, it was indeed a great honour!  When I was shooting the DBS Marina Regatta 2013, I had a great time shooting in the event and with the Band of Photographers, even though I was carrying about 6-7kg of camera gear for 3 out of 4 days! We all chatted when we were able to catch a short break together and doo check out their works on their websites too!

Here are some of my photographs of them in action, looking back at my photographs, I should have taken more of my fellow photographers in action!

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Weili (Left) and Adrian (Right)

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Callan

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Mr Brown

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AikBeng

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Bryan

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Ivan

Last but not least, the DBS crew that we worked with during DBS Marina Regatta 2013! Here they are in the thick of Dragon Boating action!

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With all our powers and strengths (photographs) combined, here’s an awesome video production – the #DBSMarinaRegatta2013 Story – Singapore’s First Community Generated Video Story

DBS Marina Regatta 2013 – Bay Festival 24th & 25th May

The DBS Marina Regatta 2013 rocked Marina Bay on the 18th and 19th May 2013, with high octane Dragon Boating sporting actions and festivities around the Social Enterprise Carnival and Regatta Village. The activities did not end here on the 18th and 19th May, instead the activities and festivities continued with the Bay Festival happening on the 24th and 25th May 2013. Both days were filled with exciting and interesting activities on the water and on the land.

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On the 24th May, there were Invitational Dragon Boat Races from the Schools, Community and Open Categories. This was a good time for them to participate and have fun in Dragon Boating competition. The atmosphere was great, fun and a friendly sporting carnival for people of all ages and nationalities. The Social Enterprise Carnival was there and there were arts and crafts, circus acts, food and beverage and games for those enjoying the festivities on the land. I went back to Marina Promontory to capture the Invitational Dragon Boat Races, choosing different locations and angles to capture Dragon Boating sporting actions at Marina Bay. It was great to see many different colours just like the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 International and competitive races the weekend before that. When the Invitational Dragon Boat Races finished in the evening, the attention was turned towards the DBS Marina Regatta Drum Challenge Finals. The Drum Challenge Finals was a great spectacle and enjoyment for the spectators. With their noise level and enthusiasm, they definitely gave DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Bay Festival a big shout out!

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On the 25th May, it was Water Craft by the Bay, a time for the public to experience sailing, ocean kayaking and Dragon Boating in the Marina Bay. Participants of young and old were enthusiastic and excited, trying out the different sailing activities available. They had a fun and leisure sea sports time in the Marina Bay. The Social Enterprise Carnival was around too for the public to enjoy the festivities and fun on the land, allowing the public to enjoy leisure and recreational fun on the land or in the Marina Bay! With all the various water and land activities and events, it was definitely a day of family and fun activities at Bay Festival 2013! In the late afternoon, I joined fellow photographer friends Weili, Callan, AikBeng,Bryan and Ivan at Singapore’s first Phonegraphy Awards for DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Story Awards. Callan, AikBeng, Bryan and Ivan were part of the panel discussion on stage to share about their photography experiences, their style of photography and their tips on how to tell compelling stories via Instagram. Listening to my friends, the expert photographers, sharing their stories, it was definitely an eye-opener and a great insight.

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After the awards were chosen and presented, the final finale was the unveiling of the video and it was very impressive!! Our photographs and videos from our group of photographers over the two weekends, collating together into an awesome video. Take a look at this awesome video below!

As DBS Marina Regatta 2013 came to an end, I had a great time, enjoying, watching Dragon Boating action over two weekends. Photographing the sporting actions, moments and expressions, working with such a wide, diverse and very talented photographers who are also social media influencers. The team work and efforts all coming together to tell and share many wonderful stories of DBS Marina Regatta 2013.


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DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Bay Festival on 24th and 25th May!

DBS Marina Regatta 2013 entertained and excited the Marina Bay last Saturday 18th May and Sunday 19th May 2013 with high speed Dragon Boating sporting actions and moments. I was there on both 18th and 19th May, covering both days and had a great time capturing the Dragon Boaters in action! Here’s my coverage and write up of my DBS Marina Regatta 2013!

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Following an exciting and action packed Dragon Boating weekend, there is the DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Bay Festival happening on 24th and 25th May, packed with many interesting and exciting activities, on the water and around the festival village. The programmes and activities cater for both young and old, great for family fun and bonding time at Bay Festival!

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Do keep a look out for the following themes, check out their programmes and activities at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Bay Festival –

Family Fun By The Bay

Rhythms By The Bay 

Water Sports By The Bay

The Bay Festival event schedule and map can be found here!

Bring your family and loved ones, share and tell you friends and hop down to DBS Marina Regatta 2013 Bay Festival on 24th and 25th May 2013! It promises to be fun and enjoyable Bay Festival of sports, community fun, music, friendship and family time!

DBS Marina Regatta 2013

The DBS Marina Regatta 2013 is Singapore’s Largest Water Sports Festival. Over two days of high speed Dragon Boating action, from local and international teams arriving at the beautiful Marina Bay, providing us great water sports action, fun and community festivals over 18th and 19th May 2013. While the main action is on the Dragon Boats in action, there were also a festival and carnival for the participants and spectators to join in and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

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On the 18th May 2013, it was the 200m races; while on the 19th May 2013, it was the 500m races. Over these two days of Dragon Boating competition, close to 120 Dragon Boat teams paddled it out at the Marina Bay. It wasn’t just Dragon Boaters paddling, there were lots of high-octane action, spills, splashes and priceless sporting moments during DBS Marina Regatta 2013. When I was photographing the Dragon Boaters in action, I can see their passion, strength, determination, speed, teamwork, unity and precision when they were on the Dragon Boat paddling and pushing. I got the opportunity to take a ride on the bumboat and it brought us closer to the Dragon Boaters in action. Their priceless sporting moments and actions were gracefully captured down on my Canon 1DmarkIII with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens with EF 1.4X Tele-converter.

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While there was action on the water, on the land, there were also fun, entertainment and action too! There was the Social Enterprise Carnival at the Waterfront Promenade, Cosplay Festival and Cosplay Parade at the Regatta Village on 18th May 2013. There were the DBS Marina Regatta Drum Challenge semi-finals on the 19th May 2013 and it attracted many people there! The food and beverages, games, roving circus acts and arts and crafts on display during DBS Marina Regatta 2013 made it not just a sporting event, it’s also a community and family carnival for the young and adults to enjoy the family bonding time and enjoy water sports action on the Marina Bay.

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With so many actions all around DBS Marina Regatta 2013, it was a great honour to work together with some of Singapore’s talented photographers who are also social media influencers, they are Mr Brown, Callan, Weili, SuperAdrianMe, Bryan, AikBeng and Ivan. Each of us specializes in a certain field of photography, from sports, lifestyle, events, street, action, moments, video production and iPhonegraphy. All of us coming together, to share, create and produce beautiful priceless photographs, moments and memories for DBS Marina Regatta 2013.

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If you were at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 on 18th and 19th May 2013 and you had taken colourful scenes, faces, emotions and high-octane action during the regatta. You can participate and submit your photographs or videos by tagging #dbsmarinaregatta0213 on Instagram, Vine or upload via the Facebook App (http://goo.gl/3cZnq). Exciting prizes awaits you! Do check out the website for more information – www.dbsmarinaregatta.com! There is also a Part Two to DBS Marina Regatta 2013 and there will be the Bay Festival on 24th and 25th May 2013. There are many interesting and fun water activities for the public to participate and enjoy. On the 24th May 2013, there are the Dragon Boat Invitation Races and on the 25th May 2013, there is the Water Craft By The Bay. For the land activities and festivities, there are Social Enterprise Carnival and Rhythms by the Bay on both 24th and 25th May 2013! Do check DBS Marina Regatta website for more details of the Family Fun by the Bay!

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My coverage and scope were mainly sports photography and my focus was mainly on the Dragon Boats and the participants. I loved photographing, covering, writing and sharing this particular field of Sports Photojournalism and Sports Photography, allowing me to explore different angles, viewpoints and perspectives, besides the sporting and split second moments. Looking back over 2000 photographs that I shot during DBS Marina Regatta 2013, I am delighted to be able to cover and show different angles and perspectives of Dragon Boating sporting actions. Do check out my photographs taken at DBS Marina Regatta 2013 here –

Flickr – 18th May 2013

Flickr – 19th May 2013

500px – Sports Moments

I am looking forward to my Part 2 coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013!


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Canon EOS 6D Review

On 5th October 2012, the Canon EOS 6D was officially and proudly launched in Singapore, the world’s lightest full-frame DSLR for photography enthusiasts looking for an affordable full-frame image control and capturing experience. Equipped with a 20.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor with a precise 11-point Auto-Focus (AF) system, the EOS 6D is also the first EOS-series camera that offers built-in Wi-Fi and GPS support.

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I was there to witness the launch event and the Canon EOS 6D left a great impression on me, since it is a full-frame DSLR that is affordable for photography enthusiasts and professionals to own it as their main or back-up DSLR. When the opportunity came forth to me for a review, courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, I did not hesitate to welcome the Canon EOS 6D with open arms for two weeks. Overall, I had a wonderful and fun experience with the Canon EOS 6D and here are my stories, thoughts, views, opinions, mini comparison between Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5D Mark III and target market suitability.

There are some key features inside the Canon EOS 6D that I would like to highlight to my readers. The Canon EOS 6D focusing is pretty fast and accurate, thanks to their new 11-point AF System. These 11 points boast of accurate focusing even in low light up to EV -3 rating (the first and lowest in the EOS range) for sharper photos. Moreover, exposure control in the EOS 6D is made incredibly precise due to a metering system called iFCL (Focus Color Luminance), which has a 63-zone dual layer metering sensor. After the AF system speedily determines the location of the main subject, this Automatic Exposure (AE) system then takes over to determine the optimal exposure setting for that subject. With both the AF and AE capabilities working in tandem, users will be able to take images that are sharp, focused, and with the desired level of brightness as per settings in the camera.

The feel and built of the Canon EOS 6D is good, firm and sturdy. Weighing at 680g (body only), it is not too heavy and quite manageable for most users. In addition, the EOS 6D is very durable as its magnesium alloy body is dust-proof and drip-proof, and has a long-lasting shutter unit that is able to withstand 100,000 shutter cycles.

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Built-in Wi-Fi and EOS Remote

The built-in Wi-Fi is an excellent feature that the Canon EOS 6D possesses. Together with the EOS Remote app that can be downloaded into your smartphone or tablet, the combination of the built-in Wi-Fi and the EOS Remote is very useful and handy, for both photography enthusiasts and professional photographers. When you take photographs with the Canon EOS 6D, your photographs can be viewed immediately on your smartphone or tablet with the built-in Wi-Fi and EOS Remote both switched on and paired together. This wonderful combination will be very good for

–       Group Photo taking

–       Self portrait taking

–       With Live View, can check images from remote locations

–       Placing your Canon EOS 6D on a tripod to capture photography (e.g. wildlife, street, people) movements while you are at a short distance away to observe and take photographs via the EOS Remote and Live View shooting.

–       Commercial/Wedding Photographers in their studio or outdoor location shoot can view their photographs immediately and make the necessary adjustments.

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The Canon EOS 6D built-in Wi-Fi feature along with the EOS Remote is excellent for viewing, downloading and sharing with friends and on social media platforms. For a social media enthusiast/blogger/reporter/writer attending events, imagine after shooting the photographs, you can choose and select which photographs to show your readers and the social media world in a relatively short time.

For a better understanding on how the EOS Remote works, do check out this link http://www.canon-asia.com/eosremote/ and they have diagrams showing how the steps on how to use EOS Remote

The built-in GPS function will help photographers build a more complete record of their trip by using the GPS logger function to track their route, which can be displayed using the supplied Map Utility software. Photos can also be geo-tagged with GPS data.

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Here are some of my views and thoughts on the pros and cons of the Canon EOS 6D –

Pros

–       EOS Remote app allows the photographer to control the Canon EOS 6D ISO levels, Shutter Speed and Aperture during Live View Shooting.

–       Advanced features such as HDR Backlight Control, Multiple Exposure Shots, Silent Drive mode and a single axis electronic level accessed through the viewfinder or via the LCD screen.

–       At ISO 25,600, the noise level is low and grain is not really that visible (in my personal opinion). This demonstrates the strength and quality of the Canon Digic 5+ sensor.

–       Special Scene Mode is useful and handy for photographers who are starting off to learn more about the scenes, shooting modes and capabilities of the DSLR camera.

–       Lightweight and compact full-frame DSLR packed with strong functions and capabilities.

Cons

–       The built-in Wi-Fi interface, setup and pairing is not that smooth, users might take a while to get used to it.

–       The built-in Wi-Fi drains battery life on the Canon EOS 6D and you would need to prepare more spare batteries.

–       When the built-in Wi-Fi connects to your smartphone, you would not be able to use your cellular data network. One solution is to have another spare smartphone or tablet to do the job of viewing, downloading and remote shooting.

On 15th May 2013, Canon Inc and Canon Marketing Japan Inc announced that the Canon EOS 6D has been honoured in Japan with the coveted Camera Grand Prix 2013 “Editors Award”. The Camera Grand Prix, considered the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, is organised by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), comprising of journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan.

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For photography enthusiasts and photography professionals out there who are planning and considering which full-frame DSLR for their usage, they will research and read up on both Canon DSLR models and do a comparison between them. I have come up with my personal mini comparison between the Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5DmkIII that might help in their choice of selecting between these two Canon full-frame DSLR cameras. I did a review on the Canon EOS 5DmkIII too and had great experiences with it! Do check out my review on the Canon EOS 5DmkIII here!

Mini-table of comparison between Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5DmkIII

Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 5DmkIII
Built-in Wi-Fi N.A.
GPS Support N.A.
HDR (Simple) HDR (Advanced with more options)
11 points AF 61 points AF
4.5 fps 6 fps
20 megapixels 22 megapixels
97% viewfinder coverage 100% viewfinder coverage
1/4000 max shutter speed 1/8000 max shutter speed
Scene Modes N.A.
1/180 Flash X-Sync 1/200 Flash X-Sync
SD only SD and CF
RRP: SGD $2899 (Body only) RRP: SGD $4699 (Body only)

Which target segment would the Canon EOS 6D are suitable for?

In my humble personal opinion, they would be suitable for the following:

–       Photographers who wish to purchase their first full-frame DSLR at a lower cost.

–       Photographers who wish to own a 2nd camera for their travel and as a back up DSLR.

–       Enthusiasts from the social media/blogging and Press/Writers/Reporters that would like a high quality DSLR with live coverage and updates functions to their respective distribution channels (controlled, selective and high quality photographs)

–       Photographers who are starting off in the industry especially in the commercial/editorial/fashion/portraits photography, for the affordability and capabilities of the Canon EOS 6D.

–       Dedicated landscape photographers who love and want the full-frame DSLR.

–       Travel photographers

If given a choice, which DSLR would I choose between the Canon EOS 6D and Canon EOS 5DmkIII? Personally, I would choose the Canon EOS 6D because the DSLRs combination that I am planning (in an ideal scenario that I hope to achieve some day in the future) to eventually build up to is

–       Canon EOS 1DmkIII (current DSLR model)

–       Canon EOS 1DX (hopefully someday in the future)

–       Canon EOS 6D (hopefully someday in the future and if my budgeting allows)

–       Canon EOS 100D (hopefully someday in the future and if my budgeting allows)

–       Collection of EF L lenses (hoping to add 24-70mm L and 200-400mm f/4 L to my existing setup of 17-40mm f/4 L, 70-200mm f/4 L, 300mm f/2.8 L)

For those photographers who wish to own a full-frame DSLR camera, the Canon EOS 6D is definitely a worthy consideration for you to add on into your current DSLR camera setup. Do check out my Canon EOS 6D review photographs on 500px and Flickr!


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Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 on 1st June

On the Saturday morning, 1st June 2013, you and your family members, loved ones and friends can all join together for a meaningful and fun charity walk event in Singapore without shoes. This is the 5th edition of Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 that would be held at Gardens By The Bay East, Tanjong Rhu. I had supported the Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole in 2011 and 2012, it had been a good experience to be part of this charity walk event and I was glad to help the needy people. Last year’s 2012 event saw 5,000 participants take part, with over S$300,000 raised for Habitat for Humanity Singapore. The organisers hope to see more than 5,000 pairs of bare feet for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013.

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A photo that I took during Bare Your Sole 2011

For Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013, they will be helping to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s ‘Project Homeworks’. The project was conceived to improve the living conditions of Singapore’s elderly, sick and physically-challenged citizens living in one-room flats all over the island. In Singapore, as many as 35,000 people are living alone in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Being elderly, sick or handicapped, these people are unable to clean their homes effectively. Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 will help raise funds for these local beneficiaries and increase awareness for the project. Through ‘Project Homeworks’, volunteers are mobilised to help clean-up these homes and in turn, improve the lives of many Singaporeans.

Singapore has enjoyed tremendous growth and prosperity today, with modern high rise developments and a good standard of living. However, there are fellow Singaporeans that are not able to catch up with the growth and prosperity, thus some of them have fallen behind the rest of the society today due to their circumstances. We can all help them to make a difference to these group of fellow Singaporeans that have fallen behind through your contributions.

Online registration for Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2013 opens today on www.bareyoursole.org.sg and the website contains all the necessary information for the event on Saturday, 1 June. The event website also allows participants to pledge a donation online. For more information about supporting events, behind-the-scenes information about ‘Project Homeworks’, as well as competitions leading up to event, please visit the Habitat-Barclays Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BareYourSoleSG

Do check out my stories and photographs of Bare Your Sole 2011 and Bare Your Sole 2012

Walking Barefoot at Bare Your Sole 2011

Support Habitat-Barclays Bare Your Sole 2012

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2011

Photographs from Bare Your Sole 2012 

No matter how big or small, you can make a difference and make an impact to the group of needy people in Singapore during Bare Your Sole 2013.

Beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher

The Blue-Eared Kingfisher, a small kingfisher just 17cm in size. It has a very beautiful deep-blue and orange plumage on the body and I always wanted to photograph this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher. When I got news from Facebook Groups that the Blue-Eared Kingfisher reappeared at Hindhede Nature Park (Hindhede Quarry) part of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, I decided to go down and wait for this beautiful kingfisher to appear and photograph this special bird. My first trip was on a morning and after waiting patiently with a few other photographers, the Blue-Eared Kingfisher decided not to make an appearance. I went down again in the later afternoon/evening on another Saturday, at around 515pm. The beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher flew and perched gracefully for me and 2 other photographers at Hindhede Nature Park lookout point. I quickly took a few photographs of this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher and I was very happy to get a nice photograph of this kingfisher.

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I would continue to explore different areas in Singapore, to photograph and document the bird species living in the different areas. This would take a certain period of time and this is where I can contribute towards bird/wildlife photography, bird census, documentation and nature conservation in my own personal capacity. While Singapore has a “concrete jungle” reputation, she is still a Garden in the City and has rich nature reserves that are home to beautiful birds like the Blue-Eared Kingfisher. There are many green outdoors areas for you to explore and I encourage you all to go and explore our nature reserves in Singapore! Do check out my Wildlife/Animal Photography collection on Flickr and Avian set on 500px!

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition

The fourth edition of CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition is back again! For the competition this year, there is a duo-theme feature – “Best Building Moment” and “Best People Moment”. The “Best Building Moment” theme calls for creative interpretations of CapitaLand’s properties, which effectively capture the best characteristics of its homes, offices, shopping malls, serviced residences and mixed developments while the theme “Best People Moment” further challenges participants to capture memorable moments of human connections or experiences within any of CapitaLand’s properties such as daily interactions, romantic escapism, joyful celebrations and intimate embraces.

 This highly acclaimed photography competition attracts participants from overseas, with an overwhelming 2000 entries in 2011 from Asia Pacific countries including Australia, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The judging panel will comprise of National Geographic photographer Mr Michael Yamashita and executives from the NationalGeographic Channel and CapitaLand, will evaluate all entries based on novelty, artistic direction, depth of judgement and the creative interpretation of the themes, “Best Building Moment” and “Best People Moment”. The judges will also be looking out for innovative portrayals of the synergetic interactions between CapitaLand buildings and People.

Building People 2012 Winning Photo

CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition 2012

1st Prize and Voters’ Choice Winner

Photo by Teo Kiat Choon

Building Name: Raffles City Singapore

There is a special opportunity for the overall winner to participate in an exclusive overseasNational Geographic assignment under the mentorship of renowned National Geographic photographer, Mr Michael Yamashita!! This is indeed something very special and many photographers will aspire that can look forward to!! Mr Michael Yamashita is a very famous, highly respected and well-known photographer in the world and any photographer that can go under Mr Michael Yamashita’s mentoring will benefit greatly!

Participants of the Competition will enjoy an exclusive invitation to attend the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Seminar conducted by Mr Michael Yamashita to be held in August this year. With 30 years of experience behind him, he will share his wealth of knowledge in photography. In addition, there will also be an opportunity for participants to showcase their photographic creativity in an upcoming CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Exhibition in August 2013.

The Competition is open to the public from 16 April to 9 June 2013 (please refer to Annex B for the Competition details). Participants simply need to submit an original photograph with a caption to the Competition website (www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto).

For more information, please visit www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto.

Here all the key details and information of the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition 2012!

Important dates:

Submission period:

16 April – 9 June 2013 (both dates inclusive, dates are subject to change)

Public Voting period:

July 2013 (final dates to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive CapitaLand-NGC Photography Seminar by Michael Yamashita:

16 August 2013 (final date to be confirmed closer to date)

Exclusive Photo Trail with Michael Yamashita in Singapore (for winners only):

17 August 2013 (final date to be confirmed closer to date)

Prizes:

1st Prize Winner

o   A 3D2N trip to a city in China* for an overseas National Geographic assignment under the mentorship of Mike Yamashita

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD2,000

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony α99 camera and Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 lens worth SGD6,998

2nd Prize Winner

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD1,200

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony NEX-6 camera worth SGD1,699

3rd Prize Winner

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD800

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

o   Sony α58 camera worth SGD749

Voters’ Choice Winner

(Photo entry with the most number of public votes will emerge as Voters’ Choice Winner)

o   CapitaVouchers worth SGD500

o   Two consecutive nights’ stay in an Ascott serviced residence in Asia Pacific*

Best CapitaMall Photo Special Prize

(Chosen from the Top 3 winning photos and Voters’ Choice Winner)

o   Photo entry that captures the best of shoppers engaging in activities within CapitaMalls will stand a chance to vie for the “Best CapitaMall Photo” special prize

  • CapitaVouchers worth SGD500 

All four winners will also join National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita on an exclusive CapitaLand photography trail in Singapore

*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit www.capitaland.com/ngcphoto for more information.

Photographers, take out your camera and start snapping away, go for it in the CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition !! 

** Information and details courtesy of CapitaLand, National Geographic and Tactic PR **