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NDP 2015 Combined Rehearsal 1 – RSAF FlyPast

This year’s Singapore National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 is a significant and important milestone of Singapore’s history, celebrating 50 years of Singapore’s independence since the year 1965. As part of the NDP 2015 celebrations, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is going to give Singapore, a very big and special performance, the largest and most extensive air segment in the history of Singapore’s National Day Parades! There are 50 aircrafts of various types taking part in NDP 2015!

When I heard about our RSAF SG 50 FlyPast during NDP 2015, I was very excited to watch and capture the performances of our RSAF in action over Marina Bay. On Saturday 20th June 2015, it was Combined Rehearsal (CR) 1 and the RSAF gave a glimpse of what is to come on NDP 2015, practising their moves in the combined rehearsals, preparing to celebrate give Singapore a big birthday present with her airshow and flypast on 9th August 2015.


Beside the traditional State Flag flypast, there will be

  • “Five Stars” Tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew executed by the RSAF Black Knights


  • The unprecedented “50” formation comprising of 20 F-16s


  • Aerial Bomb-Burst by RSAF Black Knights


  • Aerial flypast segment comprising various aircraft









  • Criss-Cross by RSAF Black Knights



  • Combat Turn by a solo F-15SG


  • Flat Burst: The finale performance by 3 F-15SGs


The New Paper has an informative article and infographic on the RSAF NDP 2015 aerial display details! Check out the link here for more in-depth information!

I was at the Jubilee Bridge for NDP 2015 CR 1 and it was a good spot to watch and photograph the RSAF SG 50 Flypast and aerial display! My Jensen Chua of Jensen Chua Photography managed to capture some awesome shots of the RSAF aerial display from the Marina Bay Sands Sky Park and it’s definitely a bird’s eye and it’s quite close to the flying altitude of the various performing aircraft! Maybe I should go up to Sky Park and get more different shots, angles and perspectives of the RSAF NDP 2015 SG50 aerial display!

With five more combined rehearsals before the preview parade and the National Day Parade 2015, I hope that I am able to capture more RSAF aerial display from other locations if possible and share with my readers.

NDP 2009 Combined Rehearsal 3

In the month of August 2009, on the 9th day, Singapore will be celebrating her birthday and it will be another great day of fun and celebrations with our own annual event, our National Day Parade, commonly known as NDP among us here.


With such a mega scale event with all the performances, displays, goodie bags and fun, the people behind the scene are taking no chances to ensure everybody gets to enjoy our nation’s celebrations. Therefore, there were a few combined rehearsals and I managed to catch their combined rehearsal 3 from the Esplanade. This year’s NDP is different from the past many years, however, it would be just as great and wonderful like past NDPs.


While I was there, caught a glimpse of the Red Lions parachuting into the Marina Bay Front, Coastal Defence craft in action by the Navy and Police Coast Guard, CH-47 Chinook dropping Naval Divers into water, Apache helicopters in action, the traditional state flag fly past by the CH-47 Chinook, flanked by 3 Apache helicopters, F16 saluting the nation and bringing the traditional 21 gun salute on a floating platform and getting close to the people, it’s unique and cool !!


Didn’t stay around for the fireworks, went home and took a rest, looking forward to the next few rehearsals, it will be the National Education displays and lots of further opportunities to capture the fireworks in action ! Counting down to NDP 2009 ! For a preview of some of the photos taken, drop by my Flickr !

A Wet Rehearsal on 19th July 2008

For those readers who had been following my photoblog postings, I had been attending the NDP 2008 Rehearsals, taking photos from different locations and angles. Personally, I found it to be very interesting, great opportunites to take photos, examining and analysing different shooting locations for the various performances from the land, air and sea.

There is always something new, something different. Before this rehearsal, it came to my attention that my friend was part of the Guard of Honour marching contingent. Decided to meet my old friend and catch up with him at Suntec City before the Ceremonial Flags uncasing ceremony. Took some photos for him, chit chat before he went to prepare and I went down to get into a position for the Ceremonial Flags uncasing ceremony, that was available to be watched by members of the public.

The uncasing ceremony is a very important and solemn ceremony for the military forces and especially during our National Day Parade, whereby we would be to view the various military formations. As I was brought up in a environment whereby I learned the importance of maintaining and following traditions, since my scouting days. The Ceremonial Flags uncasing ceremony is very important and solemn, I strongly urge the public viewers to show the utmost respect for the ceremony when the ceremony is being conducted.

Thereafter, I walked over to the Esplanade to catch the pre-parade segment, and I realised that if I wanted to catch the pre-parade after catching the Ceremonial Flags uncasing ceremony, you might be missing out on them if you do not walked fast enough over in time and it might be very crowded on the actual day itself.

The weather was very dark, a wet weather evening. The F16s Black Knights air display was changed from the past few rehearsals and it was a very refreshing, new and challenging perspective to take photos of them in top class action, given the dark gloomy rain clouds.

While waiting for the fireworks to arrive, the rain started pouring down on us, it wasn’t heavy rain but the winds were a little bit strong and blowing into our face, I was at the Esplanade Bridge and I was quite wet eventually. A lot of people started leaving due to the rain, I persisted, praying for rain to stop. It didn’t but I continued and took the first set of fireworks. By then, I decided that I needed to pack up and rush over to SMU & National Museum for the Singapore Night Festival and I needed to get myself dry first.

And off I went ……… to the Singapore Night Festival @ SMU and National Museum …….. coming up in the next post !

Stay tuned !

Giant Love Heart

I had been taking the Giant Love Heart, produced by our awesome and talented F16 Black Knights, trying to get it as beautiful as possible.
iWalk, U2, a fellow travel blogger, suggested on my flickr that “it is the best moment to say “I Love You” to your girlfriend…… “
My dear readers, when you see the Giant Love Heart, remember to say the magic and beautiful words and spread LOVE to everybody !

Poll Needed : Which Fireworks Photo You Like Better

During the past 2 saturdays, I had took fireworks photographs and I would like to run a poll of your opinions on which fireworks photo do you prefer ………
I have attached the map for reference (From Google Maps)
(a) Fireworks Photo taken from the Esplanade (in front of the Stage@Powerhouse)
(b) Fireworks Photo taken from the Esplanade Bridge (Esplanade Drive)
Just to get a feel which location should I choose to position myself for taking photographs (fireworks especially) on NDP 2008………
Do drop by my flickr site for more photos for comparisons and analysis !

A Different Shooting Location – A Different Perspective

On 12th July 2008, it’s National Education Show 2, another fun filled day of NDP 2008 rehearsal. I decided to drop down again and this time round, I decided I needed a different shooting location, to have a different perspective.

The location I decided to set up my camera and location was on the Esplanade Bridge, with a wide angle view of the Esplanade, Marina Bayfront and Merlion Park. I happened to bump into another fellow photographer, Billy, whom I met at Vivo last week.
A fresh challenge, different views, lovely opportunities. The weather today was excellent and the show was a lot more energetic and exciting, building up to our upcoming nation’s birthday.

Presenting to you, some of the selected photos of National Education Show 2, from the Esplanade Bridge.

Do check out my other photos on my flickr site !

Hope you all enjoy it ! Counting down to NDP 2008 !

National Education Show 1 – 2008

In my previous posts, you had seen the photos of F16 fighter jets flying and performing in well rehearsed display of aerial powers, a heart shape in the sky, the floating platform, “giant balloon”.

Well, these were just leading up to our NDP 2008, and on 5th July 2008, we had our National Education Show 1 , for about 27,000 people and having 10,000 Primary 5 students inside, watching the preview of the upcoming NDP 2008, more details were released inside the Straits Times Article.
The National Education Show is funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE). It aims to instil a sense of pride and patriotism in our younger children and it builds on the common space that MOE has provided as part of the national school system” – Official Link HERE

There were a lot of action and people in a sea of red colour at the Marina Bayfront Floating Platform but before that I was at the Suntec City, wa
tching the ceremony whereby the ceremonial flags colour party contingent were unveiled in a traditional and proper ceremony. For those who understood and appreciate ceremonial parades, this is very important and significant. I grew up with a highly respected Dragon Scout Group with a rich and long history and flag break and flag lowering ceremonies were observed and executed with important traditions and significance.

Thereafter, I moved over from Suntec City to the Esplanade and I was there to continue practicing my photo shoot, firstly capturing the parachuters arriving from the skies, the National Flag fly past and for the awesome F16s Black Knights, I thought I was ready for them but the timing changed !!!! It was a real test for photographers like us, quickly snapping photos of the high octane flying performances.

I felt that I was able to capture the F16s Black Knights better (lesser blur images), nevertheless, still a lot of room for improvement. While the performance w
as going on the floating platform, I prepared my tripod and got myself ready for the fireworks, one of my favourite photography interests. Finally, the grand finale came and I was very happy to be there and be to capture the fireworks display, love watching fireworks !!!!

Folks, there would be more action coming up in the weeks ahead ! Do keep a lookout here !

Sneak Preview of an Upcoming Event

On the 21st June, I was finishing my window shopping at Suntec City and Marina Square, decided to cross over to the Esplanade to catch a glimpse of any rehearsals for our upcoming National Day event in August 2008.

I had to confess that I wasn’t disappointed and it was a mini-preview with the performances, parade, Black Knights display was really awesome ! I had a great time and very challenging time taking photos of the high flying and octane performances by the Black Knights !

For the photographers planning to capture the Black Knights performance, I would like to share some challenges I faced –

  • Changing background lighting from sunset to low light, must be ready to change your ISO accordingly
  • Very fast action, fast lense needed
  • Another DSLR with wide angle lense or digicam – to take the beautiful photo of the heart shape formed by the Black Knights, it is very challenging (not ideal) to change lenses when you are capturing the Black Knights in action
  • Your position on the parade itself, don’t be under the trees at the Esplanade, you would miss the action

Besides, I also caught a glimpse of the fireworks firing points and zone of the fireworks display in the Marina Bay and CBD skyline. It was a short display of fireworks but I was very happy to be able to view it !

Looking foward to the next few rehearsals and honing my photography skills to capture high speed flying performances ! Do drop by my photos site and have a look at the other rehearsal photos !

Dropping by the Esplanade

The Singapore Arts Festival 2008 is currently going on and there are many performances and events held at different venues across Singapore.

The Esplanade is a key venue for the Singapore Arts Festival 2008 and while I was at the Esplanade and nearby areas, I went around and enjoy the Marina Bay scenery. Well, the sea was brownish due to the heavy rainfall in the morning and afternoon, many activities could be seen on the floating platform, with their lights switched on.

Folks, especially for my international readers, they are preparing for our National Day Parade 2008 in August……. for my local readers, something interesting for our NDP 2008 ……… Do keep a look out !

After enjoying the scenery and taking photos, I went around and inside the Esplanade for the Flipside events there held in conjunction with Singapore Arts Festival 2008 …….. Do pop by in the next few days and read about my write ups !