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Happy SG52 Birthday Singapore!

On 9th August 2017, Singapore celebrated her 52nd birthday at Marina Bay. I was at the other end of Marina Bay, in between the Promontory at Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands, catching the National Day Parade 2017 action and fireworks.

Wishing Singapore a Happy SG52 birthday! 

I have a lot of thoughts, views and feelings inside my mind and heart, I would be writing them down in another article and update with the link when it is published and uploaded.

There are many things to be appreciative and grateful, there are also many things to reflect and improve. We are still a young nation and still have room to improve and grow, as One Nation Together!

The time is now to start, adapt, innovate, change and upgrade for the future! Majulah Singapore!

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2017!

Today, on the 28th January 2017, marks the start of the new Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster! Let us all welcome the Year of the Rooster with the fireworks photo that I took during River Hongbao 2017, at the countdown on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve.

I would like to wish everybody Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, good health, wealth and prosperity for the year 2017.

祝大家新年快乐,万事如意,身体健康,步步高升,年年有余,财源滚滚,金玉满堂,生意兴隆!

This year 2017 is going to be a challenging year for everyone, we all can do it and overcome all the obstacles ahead! Good luck everybody!

Happy 51st Birthday Singapore!

9th August 2016, Singapore’s 51st Birthday!

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I wrote down quite a fair bit of thoughts and feelings on my personal blog, do drop by and read it at your own pleasure!

Wishing Singapore a Happy 51st Birthday! We are a young nation and we still have a long way to go!

River Hongbao 2016

River Hongbao, an annual event that I regularly visited during the Chinese Lunar New Year period. Looking back at my photography archives, I had been visiting this event from 2008 till now 2016 (and still counting), take a look at my collection on Flickr! One of the highlights that I liked about River Hongbao is photographing fireworks on Chinese Lunar New Year Eve to usher in the Chinese Lunar New Year, it’s like a big, bright, colourful and lucky welcome for the Chinese Lunar New Year!

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The atmosphere was good with many visitors, it can be pretty crowded too, with extended family coming down to soak in the Chinese Lunar New Year atmosphere and not to forget our international visitors, the tourists visiting Singapore and enjoying Chinese Lunar New Year here!

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River Hongbao 2016, the Year of the Monkey, the decorations and displays were more interesting for this year! There were also fireworks everyday during the period of River Hongbao 2016, thus allowing photographers like us to go back again to capture River Hongbao 2016 fireworks from a different angle and perspective! Along with the River Hongbao 2016 fireworks, there were laser light show display that accompany the fireworks performance!

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The various lanterns and displays caught my attention, they blend in nicely with Monkey God and the story of Journey to the West! I wish I was able to capture each and every one of the lanterns and displays during my visit to River Hongbao 2016, however, there were a lot of visitors and they were busy taking photos too! Here’s my photo album of River Hongbao 2016 on Flickr and do check out my River Hongbao archives collection on Flickr too!

Chinese Lunar New Year 2016 celebrations are over, I would still like to wish everybody a great year ahead in the Year of the Monkey!


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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2016 !!

Today marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey!! Let me wish all of you Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 2016!!

Thank you very much for all the support that you have given me to my photography adventures and my sharing over the years! Here’s a Chinese New Year Eve fireworks from River Hongbao 2016 held at Marina Bay Singapore, ushering in the Year of the Monkey!

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祝大家新年快乐!万事如意!身体健康!心想事成!年年有余!

大家一起發發發大财!

Happy New Year 2016 !

Happy New Year 2016 !! 

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I was at Marina Bay Singapore to photograph the New Year Eve 2016 Countdown fireworks to usher in and welcome the New Year 2016! Here is one photograph from the fireworks that I managed to shot last night and there were a lot of smoke that stagnated and remained still in the air while the fireworks were continuing to light and fire up into the Marina Bay skyline, thus many shots were engulfed in smoke!

I would also like to take this time to reflect on my photography and travel in the year 2015, it had been a very eventful and significant year, a newspaper feature on Straits Times, producing my first photo book, Hokkaido Black and White Landscapes and getting more involved in the area of heritage, history, conservation, preservation and arts. While I didn’t take as many photographs as previous years mainly due to heavy workload and partly due to choosing specific fields/subjects of photography to shoot, more personal than just mass shooting.

Travel for me in 2015 was just a trip to China for business trip visit to factories and industry exhibitions. I didn’t have a holiday leisure trip that I wanted and planned to do. That showed how busy I was with work matters in year 2015. I was hoping to capture more stunning Hokkaido landscapes again in 2015 but I had to push it back. I really need to plan my travel plans, to give me the time to relax and relive the stress and pressure from my work and society.

I might be a like a broken tape recorder, however, I have to say this again. I am very thankful, grateful and blessed with all my family, friends and supporters who accompanied me in my photography journeys over the years, with their opportunities, support, endorsements, blessings and well wishes.

Thank you, Thank you so much, I deeply appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart!

Onward towards a New Year 2016! A New Hope! Time to write new chapters in my photography journeys and adventures for Year 2016!

Canon EOS M3 Review

The Canon EOS M3 is the third generation mirrorless camera. The Canon EOS M range of cameras combines the performance and versatility of a DSLR with the portability of a compact camera. Powered by Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF III technology, the EOS M3 features fast AF speed and a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor working in tandem with the latest DIGIC 6 image processor to ensure superb image quality.

“Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M3, is designed to appeal to photographers who want the flexibility and versatile features of a DSLR camera without its bulk,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore. “Packed with Canon’s newest, fastest mirrorless AF technology, the EOS M3 pairs seamlessly with Canon’s range of interchangeable lens to deliver crisp, beautiful images.”

Source: Canon Singapore press release

Recently, I was given the opportunity and arrangement to review the Canon EOS M3 and there were some pretty fun photography adventures and events that I used with the Canon EOS M3. Let me share more details on the Canon EOS M3 product specifications before I share my views and thoughts on the Canon EOS M3

Product Specifications – Canon EOS M3

Dimensions: Approx. 110.9 x 68.0 x 44.4mm

Weight: Approx. 319g (body only) 366g (includes battery and memory card, CIPA standards)

Image sensor: 24.2megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

ISO speed: 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600)

Continuous shooting speed: approx. 4.2 fps

Maximum video quality: 1920 x 1080 Full HD, 30fps

AF: Hybrid CMOS AF III

Wi-Fi: Yes, NFC-enabled

LCD: 180/45 degree tilt touch panel LCD – approx. 1.04 million dots

I brought the Canon EOS M3 out during the review period, for different events and photography walkabouts. During this period, I covered food photography, wildlife, cats, photography walkabout and NDP 2015 rehearsals. This was a very interesting period that allowed me to explore the Canon EOS M3 in different fields of photography.

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Through the various type of photographs that I shot with the Canon EOS M3, you would have a glimpse of the quality of the Canon sensor, EF-M lens and the photographs produced.

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Now, let me share with you my views, the pros and cons of the Canon EOS M3 during the time I had with me for the camera review –

Pros

  • Hand grip and thumb grip
  • Compact and lightweight, not too heavy
  • Can fit in Canon’s wide and diverse range of EF lenses family with the EF to EF-M adaptor
  • Can use Canon EOS family accessories such as Canon Speedlite Flash and transmitter
  • Flip screen
  • Touch screen shutter
  • Informative viewfinder screen with histogram and levels
  • Wi-Fi capability that allows easy transfer of photos
  • Excellent image quality with 24.2MP and Digic 6 processer

Cons

  • On/Off button ~ Too small and not easy to press
  • Not enough EF-M series lenses available
  • Servo tracking is not fast (especially for fast moving objects e.g. planes flying)

Points to note

  • Additional cost to get EF to EF-M adaptor
  • Additional cost to get EVF

EF-M 55-200mm review

  • Lightweight for a telephoto zoom lens
  • pretty smooth bokeh at f/6.3

EF-M 18-55mm review

  • lightweight
  • ideal for travel and events

Video recording capabilities

First and foremost, I have to confess upfront that I am not really a video person. I am first and foremost, a photographer that specialises in stills photography. In the modern society today, videography is becoming more crucial, common and requested. Therefore, the modern digital camera systems have the capabiliites to capture and record videos in high quality output.

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I used the Canon EOS M3 with EF-M lens to record The Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) SG50 aerial display during Singapore’s NDP 2015 combined rehearsal 3. It worked really nicely for me and quality of the video was really good. During the NDP 2015 combined rehearsal 3, I mounted the Canon EOS M3 on top of my Canon EOS 70D to record combined rehearsal 3 fireworks. This worked nicely for me too!

 

 

EF to EF-M adaptor review

The Canon EF-EOS M mount adaptor is an optional accessory for the Canon EOS M3. It is highly recommended to get the this adaptor and you can gain access to Canon’s EOS family of over 70 EF/EF-S lenses that allows you to enjoy your photography with the Canon EOS M3.

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Having own EF lenses, I was able to adapt and used my EF lenses on the EOS M3, it widens my photography styles and opportunities with my EF17-40mm f4 L USM lens and EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens.

In one experiment, I was able to connect the EF-EOS M mount adaptor with 2.0x teleconverter and my Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens.

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I was able to tap on the Canon EOS M3 Hybrid CMOS AF III technology and LiveView to take photographs with the above combination. This combination can be useful for photographers who plan to bring out the EOS M3 with their big lenses and teleconverter.

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EVF-DC1 Electronic View Finder review

The Electronic View Finder (EVF) is an optional accessory for the Canon EOS M3. For the purist/traditional photographer who loves/prefers the viewfinder versus the LCD screen, the EVF is highly recommended. The EVF can be turned into a ninety degree angle that photographers might find it useful for their shootign needs. In my personal humble opinion, street photographers would prefer using the EVF versus using the LCD screen.

I reviewed the EVF before in a previous Canon compact camera review. It is something that I would want to have if I own a Canon compact or mirrorless system.

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Final Thoughts

The Canon EOS M3 is a pretty good mirrorless digital camera, while it doesn’t have many EF-M lenses available yet, consumers still can have the option of using the big EF family lenses via the adaptor. It is ideal for general purpose, food, events, marco and travel photography. While it is not really ideal for fast action photography, photographers are still able to capture some action shots with the Canon EOS M3. The video recording function is pretty good

For existing Canon photographers with their existing DLSR gear and lenses, the Canon EOS M3 can be a good addition to your camera gears line up, just add in the EF to EF-M adaptor and you can continue to use your Canon gears! It can be a good backup camera or your everyday carry around camera in your bag.

Personal thoughts and opinions on the mirrorless camera system

The mirrorless camera system by Canon and other brands are definitely here to stay, while I personally don’t see it as a total replacement for DSLR or MF, it does give them a run for the money and the digital camera total market share.

A mirrorless camera system is ideal for a number of photography fields such as street, food, macro, landscapes and travel. In my personal humble opinion, the mirrorless camera system is not ideal for fast paced action such as sports, wildlife and fast paced events.

With a lighter camera body weight for the mirrorless camera system and being more compact, it can be more attractive and enticing towards photographers to make the switch. Having carried the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EOS 70D, EF 300mm f/2.8 L, EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM and EF17-40mm f/4 L USM for my sports photography shoot. I know first hand how taxing and tiring this type of heavy duty photography setup can be for my body.

Whether we can see mirrorrless camera system reaching that level and replacing the DSLR for fast action photography awaits and remains to be seen.

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My thoughts and opinions on the Canon EOS M3

The Canon EOS M3 can be a good everyday camera that you can put in your bag, especially the combination Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55mm lens. From the photographs that I shot and uploaded into Flickr, you can see how it can fit into your daily life, whether leisure or work.

When the Canon EOS M3 was used in my wildlife or action photography outings, there were some challenges. Yet, the Canon EOS M3 was still able to produce some nice photographs of the wildlife that I managed to spot, such as kingfishers, cats, squirrel, cat fish etc.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS M3 is now available at authorised retail stores in Singapore

  • EOS M3 kit II (with EF M8-55 & EF M55-200 lens) – $1,269.00 SRP (Including GST)
  • EOS M3 kit (with EF M18-55 lens) – $899.00 SRP (Including GST)

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M3.


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Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

Singapore celebrates her Golden Jubilee in the year 2015, Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

I wasn’t able to go down on 9th August 2015 to the Marina Bay area to capture our National Day Parade (NDP) 2015 fireworks and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) SG50 Aerial Display due to prior commitments. Nevertheless, during the past few weeks leading up to NDP 2015, I went to their combined rehearsals (6 of them) and NDP 2015 Preview, capturing fireworks and aerial display from various locations around the Marina Bay area.

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During the Golden Jubilee long weekend from 7th August to 10th August 2015, I went down to Marina Bay and captured the Golden Jubilee special preview fireworks and Fullerton Hotel SG50 light projection display. Overall, it had been some fun times photographing the various Golden Jubilee celebrations in Singapore!

Sharing my photographs that I photographed and covered leading up to NDP 2015 in Singapore!

Once again! Happy SG50! Happy 50th Birthday Singapore!

NDP 2015 Rehearsals


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RSAF SG50 Aerial Display


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NDP 2015 Rehearsals Fireworks 


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Special Preview Fireworks


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SG50 Golden Jubilee Weekend Fullerton Hotel Light Projection Display


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NDP 2015 Rehearsals – Aerial Display and Fireworks Photos

For the past 6 weekends, starting from Combined Rehearsal 1 to Combined Rehearsal 6, I was following our National Day Parade 2015 (NDP 2015) rehearsals happening at Marina Bay, from catching the Red Lions in action, the 21 Gun Salute, RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and my favourite fireworks!

With the NDP 2015 Preview before the Grand Finale on the 9th August 2015, celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee and her 50th birthday, I am keen and looking forward to it and capturing it down in photos and memories. My photographer friend Jensen remarked to me that we may not live to see SG100 and I do agree to a certain extent, I don’t have a crystal ball to see the future! At the age of 50, Singapore is not that old as an independent nation in the world, she is going through another transition period in this modern era, hopefully to be even better, stronger and more mature.

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I would just like to share my photos collection from NDP 2015 Combined Rehearsals – the RSAF SG50 Aerial Display and Fireworks. Let’s make this SG50 a memorable time and have fun on 9th August 2015!


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River Hongbao 2015

The year 2015 marks a significant year in the history of Singapore, celebrating 50 years of independence since her independence in 1965. River Hongbao 2015 was colourful and bigger, compared to the previous years. Looking through my collection, I photographed and covered River Hongbao from 2008 to 2015!

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When you enter River Hongbao 2015 at The Float @ Marina Bay, it’s a lot more coloruful and bright! There were a number of displays showcasing Singapore’s 50years of independence with the SG50 logos and displays. The giant mural backdrop at the end of the floating platform showcased important and significant landmarks and history of Singapore, celebrating the hard work of the Pioneer Generation that brought Singapore to where and what she is today.

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There were nostalgic displays of our history and heritage, from our old playgrounds e.g. Pelican playground and Old Dragon playground. There were also displays of the dollar notes of Singapore’s early days at the foot of the God of Fortune too! The iconic 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac were placed on our iconic wooden boats (known as tongkang) that ply our rivers and Singapore harbour during her early days!

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On the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year 2015, River Hongbao 2015 welcomed and ushered in the Year of the Goat with a beautiful display of fireworks at the Marina Bay. This year, I decided to go up to the grandstand and capture the fireworks with the River Hongbao 2015 as part of my foreground and the Raffles Place CBD as my background. I always loved photographing fireworks and this was a beautiful set of fireworks to welcome in the Year of the Goat!

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Let this be a great year for Singapore, celebrating SG50, a significant milestone! I would like to wish everybody a great year 2015, Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, with good health, wealth and prosperity for year 2015!


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