Night Photoshoot Therapy 30th September 2006

A night of photoshoot using my telephoto 70-200mm F4 L USM lense and my wide angle 17-40 F4 L USM lense, doing a walkabout around Gateway West and Parkview Square. It also served as a form of therapy from the anger, frustrations, stress, fatigue etc etc and bringing myself back on track to my goals and objectives in life and career.

Hope you folks like the pictures (real test of my telephoto lense) ……

After a simple walkabout, went with Ray to Suntec & Marina Square for coffee and window shopping (Ray & me have very differing views on window shopping).

Suntec City Convention Centre

2 men rock band @ Marina Square Groove Nation section

Coming to this blog soon, more photos from the night shoot ……

Sigma Flash EF 500 DG Super – Introduction & Test Shots

The Sigma Flash was a new addition to my photography arsenal. I would like to thank my Dad for helping to contribute with the recent aquisitions of photography hardware.

It was a really good flash for my EOS 300D and a great value for money third party camera accessories. I bought my flash from The Camera Workshop and Daniel was really helpful in giving me a crash course on utilising the flash properly.

Once I bought it, it was used for my company’s Morphosis Public Seminar, M4-06. It was put to the test for my colleagues ROM function on 25th September 2006, Monday and I was very happy with my new flash accessory.

Well, let me show the trial shots using my Sigma Flash taken at The Camera Workshop..

Photo taken by Daniel of TCW

Canon EF 70-200mm F4 L USM Test Shots

I presently added an awesome Canon EF 70-200mm F4 L USM to my lenses arsenal. It was a wonderful lense to have and I encourage people to own it if they have the opportunity and needs the zoom range.

First and foremost, I would upload a few photos to show photos taken using my telephoto lense.

Photo taken by Ray

Photo taken by Ray

I look foward to share with my readers more photos taken from my telephoto lense !

Directions ? Inspirations ? Crossroads ? Where am I heading ?

Life till date was very hectic and full of ups and downs.

I am honoured to be involved with different photoshoot opportunities that allows me to present myself as a photojournalist. Looking ahead, there could be more projects coming up and there were a lot more photography activities than those seen here. Only my good old mates would knew about it (as it is Private and Confidential and had to be hidden away).

When I am writing this posting, I was deciding to do something different. In all my photoshoots, there were some interesting pictures that I took (that was meant to be abstract or different), photographs that would convey a message, my thoughts, my journalism skills etc etc across to my readers. If it works, please do leave a comment, if it doesn’t work for you, please do leave a comment too !

Just a Directions Signboard ?

Folks, in life, don’t we always seem to be looking for directions ? Do we really know what we actually want to achieve or desire ? Are we always at crossroads with many different routes of advancement ? Or are we just another tourist looking for directions to another tourism spot ?

In the darkness, in a bright sunny day, on top of a park, in the middle of a desert. The direction signboard might be there, in all shapes and sizes. Does it invokes something inside you to think about your directions in life, work, desires, goals etc etc ?

Everyone of us has goals in our life , let us all work towards what we wanted to achieve.

Liverpool Football Club


When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

By Gerry Marsden and Pacemakers

Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group Campfire – 2nd September 2006

On 2nd September 2006

Gan Eng Seng Dragon Scout Group celebrated her 84th year in style with a campfire titled “Unusual 2006”. I was proud to be back with the rest of my fellow old boy scouts, enjoying the days when we were a Dragon Scout and enjoying campfires. Although campfires nowadays are very different from my time (different era), some things just doesn’t change.

Our Dragon Chapter Committee chairman, Thye San, was invited to be the Guest of Honour to declare the campfire open. It was a great honour for him and for everybody in Dragon Chapter.

This campfire became an very important and significant day in the history of Dragon Scout Group and Dragon Chapter, (since the day the Chapter was founded in our short history to date). We were inuagrated in the presence of our Dragon Scout Group and our fellow brother scouts, sister guides and cub scouts. We went to the stage and Say Chionh led the Dragon Chapter in our “uniforms” to recite the Scout Promise.

With the simple formality and ceremony over, the campfire began and the fun started! There were performances, games, lots of singing and dancing. It wasn’t the same as during my time ….. but it’s a different era ….. (I Confess : It make me feel a bit old)

There were quite a bunch of us old boy scouts, ranging from different age bands. After the campfire, we stayed back for a great catch up and enjoying the snacks and drinks. Great plans are presently being planned for our 85th Anniversary in 2007 !

Some sneak previews for my fellow Dragon Old Boys ….. :
(1) 85th Anniversary Grand Campfire
(2) 85th Anniversary Dinner
(3) 85 years “history textbook” with CD for history learning
(4) Others TBA

I would be involved in certain areas of this massive project (photography + other TBA) and it would be a great honour to be involved in such a unique and exclusive Scouting event that not many Scout Groups in Singapore can stand up and testify their pride, greatness and history! I was involved in the 70th Anniversary in 1993 as a Patrol Leader during my year in Secondary 4.

To all the Dragon Scout Old Boys of all generations, keep a look out in the forums for the updates and my blog for updates and pictures of our ongoing Dragon Chapter activities and upcoming massive 2007 calender of events !

Onward Dragon Scouts !

24th August 2006 – Viktor’s Birthday Gathering @ Geylang

24th August 2006 – Vik’s Birthday

It was another birthday gathering on that day for my fellow faithful Liverpool supporter and a great colleague as well.

This gathering was organised by Ah Lye, assisted by myself. We settled to meet at Geylang Dou Jiang You Tiao and Beef Kuay Teow near Lorong 8. Ah Lye did a great job in organising this gathering, kudos to him !

I went there later than most of the rest, when I got there, they were having desserts and drinks. Our mascot cutie Dr. Xavier was also with us and he does attracts a lot of attention whenever he was around us, sharing the limelight with Vik, whom doesn’t mind at all.

Lots of fun, chatting and photo taking. Sean, Ray, Ah Lye and myself were happily snapping away photos on my EOS 300D. We also got a creamy coffee chocalate cake? for Vik. Hope you folks enjoy the photos posted here ……

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – Liverpool Football Club

Introducing my new Canon Professional L Lense – EF 70-200mm F4 L USM

Owning this lense has always been my aim and I am glad to be the proud owner of this awesome piece of glass at a good price.

L series lenses by Canon belongs to the professional range and their quality can be seen in the quality of the photos taken. Before this purchase, I owned another L series lense, EF 17-40mm F4 L USM.

My present scope of usage for the 2 professional lenses are as follows:

(1) EF 17-40mm F4 L USM : Events, weddings, landscape, travel
(2) EF 70-200mm F4 L USM : Events (Sports, concerts), wildlife, travel

I am looking foward to test my new telephoto lense and post some photos for you readers to view.

Folks, let me present to you …….. EF 70-200mm F4 L USM

Quick update again

It was a busy month in August as you can read from my postings.

I would be writing up on a birthday gathering and to announce another new professional telephoto zoom lense to my arsenal of camera lense and accessories on my blog pretty soon.

There was a posting that I done up the night before but I was left short-changed when my posting was lost when it was being uploaded to Blogger. With that incident happening to me, I would now post my writing and publish it first before uploading the pictures into my posting. Technology and the internet is really wonderful but it does has its shortfalls.

Remember folks, always do a backup !

Extra ! Extra ! Read all about it !

Month of August 2006 was a great month for me in my field of photojournalism, probably still some way to go before I developed my distinct and personalised style of photo taking and journal writing.

I got the opportunities to take photos for fireworks, Dragon Chapter and Dragon Scout Group activities. Took some assignments (details are P & C) and have some other assignments upcoming (based on good faith and goodwill). I might have a big project coming up and it is still in the planning stage.

So what’s extra ? Well, some new equipment is coming in, commercial partnerships are established, seeking improvements in skills and exploring other fields of photography, most probably in studio portraits and commercial photography.

Last but not least, thanks (yes! you, the guy/gal looking at my posting!) for reading my humble works and enjoy looking at my simple photos !

BBQ Gathering @ Normanton Park, 15th August 2006

Another BFC organised outing again !

This time round, it was organised by Isaac (aka Massagi) who took a lot of efforts, arranging for the football, BBQ food and pit. Well, he took a bit of his own sweeet time coordinating for the outing but being Massagi, that’s him !

Some of the folks went earlier to buy food, drinks and stuff during lunch time and they went earlier to play football. I joined later in the evening as I got training and other business matters to attend to.

Met Ray @ Clementi Central to get Otak but can’t find any, therefore, got Indian Rojak instead. Although I am a west side local area guy, we boarded the wrong bus and took a slight detour. It was embarrassing and kena suaned by Ray.

Reaching Normanton Park, the BBQ was starting. Upon hearing they bought charcoal from NTUC, I knew it wouldn’t burn that easily (or at all). Luckily, Massagi bought another packet of charcoal and I took over and set new fires. Ray was a great fire starter too and we both got it burning and going.

Once the fire was started nicely for cooking, the rest of the folks took over and started cooking. We just eat and eat, took photos (Ray & Sean were taking turns to take photos of the whole BBQ) chatting and playing with Dr X. He sure is chubby, lovely, handsome, cute and very popular among us.

Had to clear by 2300 hrs, everybody went home with happy memories and lots of food in their digestive system. We would probably see more of such activities soon …..

Hope everybody there has lots of fun!

Photojournalist in Travel, Events and Sports Photography