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SingTel Flags Off 2013 Singapore GP Weekend!

The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (GP) is back in Singapore and this year, in the 6th edition of the Singapore GP, there are many activities and events to Rev Up Singapore for the 2013 SingTel Singapore GP! On Thursday 19th September 2013, the “Rev Up Singapore” campaign by Singapore GP, opened up the famed Marina Bay Circuit Pit Lane and F1 village in Zone 1 to members of the public, generating a huge excitement leading up to the 2013 Formula 1 Singapore GP happening this weekend from Friday 20th September till Sunday 22nd September!

Gate 1 was opened at 7pm and the huge crowds started queueing up before the official opening time and they walked in to enjoy the Thursday Pit Lane Experience around  the F1 village in Zone 1. There were entertainment and performances on the Village Stage and around the F1 village, there were booths around the F1 village whereby you can buy F1 merchandise too. There was a major event for 2013 SingTel Singapore GP, with the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girl, held at the village stage. SingTel, Title Sponsor of the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix, unveiled Singapore’s top three Grid Girls at The Pit Lane Experience, just 24 hours before race weekend.

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The quote (via press release) by Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel gave a great insight of the upcoming 6th edition of Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP –

“Summing up this year’s Formula 1® Singapore Style race carnival, Mr Allen Lew, Country Chief Officer – Singapore, SingTel, said: “This being our sixth consecutive year of sponsorship, we had the opportunity to learn what people enjoy, so we went all out to create a Singapore-Style  Formula 1® experience for people from all walks of life. As a result, we are very happy to have seen a tremendous increase in public engagement; with close to a million votes for the Grid Girls, bigger crowds at the roadshows and over a thousand people signing up for The Big Race.

“We are delighted to have found the first Singaporean to take the chequered flag and thank everyone who participated in the activities. We look forward to an adrenaline-filled race weekend where we have also created a unique way for Singapore to show its support for the race – a specially-designed chequered flag which is available in both physical and digital form.”

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Close to a million votes for this year’s SingTel Grid Girl

23-year-old student, Shannon Lim won the honour of holding the Singapore flag as this year’s top SingTel Grid Girl. She is one of three winning Grid Girls who will flag off the race this weekend. In second and third place were Jermayne Chow, 23 and Stacey Liu, 21, both also students.

The public got to know this year’s SingTel Grid Girl contenders via The Singapore Factor, a series of Singapore-style challenges that were designed to find Grid Girls who best epitomise the Formula 1® Singapore Style theme. Featuring favourite local pastimes like shopping and eating, the clips were available for viewing on www.singtelrace.com. The winners were determined via SMS and online votes by members of the public.

“Being a SingTel Grid Girl has been an amazing experience. The challenges truly highlighted our unique Singapore culture and I really enjoyed meeting all the F1 fans at the roadshows. I watch the race every year and still can’t quite believe that I will be the one holding the national flag on the starting grid this weekend,” said Miss Lim.

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After catching the crowning of the SingTel Grid Girls, we continued exploring around the F1 village before queuing up to enter into the Pit Lane for the Pit Lane Walk Experience! The crowds were very enthusiastic and this was a highlight that they were looking forward to! The crowds walked along the famed Marina Bay Circuit, near to Turn 2 Grandstand, starting at Turn 3, walking towards Turn 2, then Turn 1 and straight road to the Start/End. Along the walk, you can see and sense the excitement with people taking many photographs on the Marina Bay Circuit track! As we continued walking into the Pit Lane area, looking at the F1 garages preparing their F1 cars for the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP! This rare photography opportunity to be up close to the F1 cars and Pit Garages was something that the participants could not resist and the photography went into overdrive mode, taking as many photographs as possible. Although we can’t visit the F1 garages, I am very happy that I was able to take photographs of the Pit Lane and the F1 cars being prepared for weekend racing action! Walking from one end of the Pit Lane to the other end of Pit Lane, we turned back and walked along the Marina Bay Circuit track, soaking in the atmosphere of the famed Marina Bay Circuit. The Pit Lane  Experience walk feeling was great and enjoyable, it’s building up to the race weekend in Singapore!

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The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP is starting tonight at the Marina Bay Circuit, I am looking forward to my 6th edition of Singapore GP and adding it to my Singapore GP collection! Do check out Singapore GP website for more information and updates! Enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP this weekend!


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* Press release/information Courtesy of SingTel and Ogilvy Public Relations *

SingTel Presents Formula 1 Singapore Style!

Formula 1 Season is back for the 6th edition in Singapore! The 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix (GP) will be held from 20th to 22nd September 2013 at the Marina Bay Street Circuit and there are many exciting activities and events leading up to the Singapore GP in the month ahead! At the media launch this morning on the 20th August 2013, we had an overview of the events and activities for this year’s 2013 Singapore GP, with a unique and distinctive local Singaporean flavour. The 2013 Singapore GP will bring the race experience even closer to the hearts and souls of Singaporeans with Formula 1 Singapore Style!

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Being a Formula 1 fan and avidly following Singapore GP (I wrote a post on F1 Photography Tips here!) since her maiden start in the year 2008 (here’s my Flickr collection on Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP), I had seen for myself the improvements in the Singapore GP over the years that I had attended. This year’s theme Formula 1 Singapore Style, seeks to get everyone involved both on and off the racetracks. What are the Formula 1 Singapore Style activities that will be happening? Here are some of the key highlights of Formula 1 Singapore Style –

Search for the 1st Singaporean to take the chequered flag

An island-wide search for Singapore’s fastest race driver begins today in The Big Race. Local celebrities and self-proclaimed Formula 1® fans, Joanne Peh, Qi Yuwu, Pei Fen and Romeo Tan, will take their marks to clock their fastest lap times in the Official F1® racing game.

The search for the best race drivers in Singapore will follow at a series of four roadshows where the public is invited to try their hand at the game. The fastest racer from each roadshow will team up with a celebrity racer in an ultimate race finale and the winner will be announced on 22 September 2013 to win an once-in-a-lifetime F1® driving experience in Europe. This exciting showdown will be seen at key locations around Singapore.

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The 2013 SingTel Grid Girls in the Singapore Factor

Eight fresh-faced ladies aged 18 to 26, have been chosen as this year’s SingTel Grid Girl finalists. Since the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, the SingTel Grid Girls have been a star attraction of the race, vying for top honour and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hold the Singapore Formula One® and Singapore GP flags at the Singapore Grand Prix.

This year, the public can choose their favourite via SMS and online voting to select the top three SingTel Grid Girls. The Singapore Factor, a series of webisodes hosted by Paul Foster, will put the girls’ knowledge of the Lion City to the test in a trio of uniquely Singaporean challenges. Fans can follow the journey at www.singtelrace.com from 21 August 2013.

The top three SingTel Grid Girls will be crowned before thousands of Singaporeans at the Thursday Pit Lane Experience on 19 September 2013.

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Wave the flag, Singapore!

As a symbol of unity enabling everyone in Singapore to show their support, a limited-edition version of the famous chequered flag featuring a red square has been created to bring forth the uniqueness of the Singapore Grand Prix. From August 21 until September 15, a digital version of this Formula 1® Singapore Style flag will be hosted on www.singtelrace.com/wavetheflag for all to have a go at virtually “waving” the flag on their smartphones. Fans that “wave” the digital flag stand a chance to win daily prizes. During race weekend, 60,000 souvenir flags will be distributed at the circuit on 22 September 2013 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You can take part in this year’s SingTel Singapore GP activities, “The Big Race” Challenge, Wave the Flag, Singapore and Vote for the top three SingTel Grid Girls, do visit www.singtelrace.com for more information!

This year’s Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP has our local Singapore designers taking centre stage with collaboration between SingTel and PARCO next NEXT. Samuel Wong from local menswear label, Evenodd, designed and gave this year’s SingTel Grid Girls uniforms a new and refreshing look! During the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP media launch, we witnessed the unveiling of the winner’s trophy designed by local jewellery and gift designer, Risis.  This is our first Singapore GP trophy to be designed by a homegrown company and the trophy design was inspired by the iconic Singapore skyline and is accentuated with signature gold swirls to represent the Singapore racetrack from an aerial view! This will probably be the only chance I can get up close and personal to the F1 winner’s trophy and I took the opportunity to have a photograph taken beside this year’s 2013 winner’s trophy!

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A fun and exciting Formula 1 SingTel Singapore GP 2013 is coming soon, with the entertainment and concert performances line up, along with the Formula 1 Singapore Style activities and events! For a sports photographer and avid F1 fan, I am looking forward to capturing my favourite F1 sports car drivers in action, Alonso and Kimi driving and pushing their F1 cars to the limits!

Here are some useful links to gather more information and gather updates on Singapore GP!

–       Singapore Grand Prix website

–       Formula 1 Official website

–       Formula 1 Singapore Style

–       Singapore GP Official Facebook Page

–       Singapore GP Official Instagram account

–       Singapore GP Official Twitter account

Folks, start your engines and get ready for high octane Formula 1 racing action from 20th to 22nd September 2013 at the Singapore GP!

** Information and details are courtesy of SingTel and Ogilvy Public Relations ** 

Singapore F1 GP 2012

In the year 2008, Formula 1 came to Singapore, lighting up the Marina Bay cityscape skyline in the night with the maiden world’s first and only Night Race. In her 5th edition year, the Singtel Formula One Singapore GP 2012 grew over the past 5 years and we would be having the Night Race in our beautiful Marina Bay cityscape for another 5 years!

Looking back in time from Singapore F1 GP that I attended from 2008 to 2010, it brought back many memories since I was an Formula One fan and I loved watching Formula One cars in action at the Marina Bay circuit, a city street road race in the night! Here are my posts and memories –

2008 ~ 300th post – Reporting on Singapore F1 GP – Night Race Practice

2009 ~ Friday Practice @ Singapore F1 GP 2009 

2010 ~ Singapore GP 2010 – Practice Session

2011 ~ Singapore F1 GP 2011

With my strong passion and interest in sports photography and watching Formula One action, I wrote a post on F1 Photography tips, from my experiences, trials and errors during the time I was at Singapore F1 GP photographing the F1 cars in action.

For Singapore GP 2012, I went for two days, Friday and Saturday. It was great fun for me photographing the F1 cars, at my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13, whereby the F1 cars were at a much slower speed and this allowed me to capture (freeze) them in action a lot easier. Photographing F1 cars in fast high octane action is very difficult, it’s not just about skills and experiences, it’s also about the quality of my photography gear, especially the lens and DSLR body! My cousin and niece were there too on Friday night practice and we all watched the action from Turn 13 viewing platform. There were entertainment too at the Padang, whereby Jay Chou was performing after the second practice session on Friday night. However, I didn’t stay back and watch his Jay Chou’s performance and headed home to rest.

On Saturday, I was back again at the Singapore GP, courtesy of Singtel, with a bunch of social media community friends to enjoy and have fun at the Singapore GP. While they enjoyed it from the Padang Grandstand, I walked around to  Turn 11, 12 and 13 again to capture the F1 cars in action, trying to capture different angles and views from my favourite Turns 11, 12 and 13. After the qualifying session was over, I joined back bunch of friends for Maroon 5 concert at the Padang and they rocked the house down! The concert was awesome and you can see the whole of Padang filled up with many people! Check out my Singapore GP 2012 photos on Flickr! 

The 2012 Singapore GP had to be one of my most exciting and fun years that I attended (as compared to the other 4 years), reasons were I went for 2 days instead of 1 day, a bunch of friends to stay back and enjoy the concert that were part of the entertainment. On the photography aspect, my F1 photography experiences over the past 4 years and the addition of a mint 2nd hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM powerful lens helped me a lot in my F1 sports photography for 2012 Singapore GP!! Check out my Formula One Singapore GP photography collection over the years on Flickr! 

The unique and iconic F1 Night Race in a city landscape, it’s beautiful and special, making the Singapore GP a great carnival atmosphere with F1 sports photography action. This is indeed an awesome branding, publicity and marketing for Singapore to the whole world. With the renewal of the Singapore GP for the next 5 years, I am looking forward to 2013 Singapore GP !!


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Singapore F1 GP 2011

In its 4th year running, Singapore F1 GP 2011 strives to improve itself each and every year, for the drivers and spectators, thus giving me an avid F1 fan to come back year after year since its arrival into Singapore in the year 2008. Although I got my F1 pass late, it was worth it and I had a great time at the Singapore F1 GP circuit, an amazing night race around the heart of Marina Bay, with my Saturday pass for the 3rd practice and Qualifying session.

With an exciting entertainment program line-up of international singers and performers, making Singapore F1 GP unique and special from the rest of the other F1 circuits around the world, bringing Singapore to a spotlight around the world. However, I was more interested in the F1 cars in high octane speed action, more than the performers. Therefore, I was walking around and soaking in the carnival atmosphere, watching the F1 cars zooming pass me and trying to identify each and every F1 car, capturing them down on my Canon 1Dmk3 with my 70-200mm f4 L USM lens. The sports photography of Formula One is very demanding, on the equipment, to be of the high end level, along with experiences, skills and tips.

Do check out my Singapore F1 GP collection and recap the memories !

2008 

2009 

2010

Starting off at Turn 13, at the Fullerton and Esplanade Bridge area, it was my favourite spot and it’s very crowded, having to squeeze in behind many rows of people and shooting the F1 cars with spectators heads in my photographs. After the practice session, I took a rest and enjoyed the cooling air-conditioning at the Esplanade before moving to Turn 8, near the Stamford Grandstand, another sweet spot for capturing F1 cars in action. Linked up with Renhao with his 300mm f2.8 lens and we were firing away during Qualifying Session.

While it was very challenging to capture the F1 cars in action, it gave me more experience than before and I would be planning to write my updated version of F1 Photography tips soon, looking forward into Singapore F1 GP 2012, I need to plan ahead, buy my 3 Days pass earlier and get the Premier Walkabout to capture F1 action from more angles, perspectives and locations in Singapore F1 GP ! There might be people out there who commented Singapore F1 GP is getting boring, personally, I think it will only get more exciting as we can see from 2010 and 2011, with more excitement on the rack circuit and more overtaking, with the F1 drivers getting more experiences on the Singapore F1 Marina Bay circuit!

Let’s all look forward to Singapore F1 GP 2012 !!

 

 

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Singapore GP 2010-Friday Practice Session

3rd year running, the Night Race that runs through the street circuit, 61 laps over a distance of 5.076km equipped with 23 turns in an anti-clockwise direction, under 580 ambient lights, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Singapore GP !

It’s my 3rd year visiting Singapore GP, all on a Friday Practice Session with my fellow Formula One fan, Hanlong, after managing to purchase Friday Practice Walkabout tickets from the organisers on the Friday itself. For the 3rd year running, there were improvements made to the circuit and surroundings, it was great to see the organizers making changes and improvements, to enhance the F1 drivers and spectators experiences during the Singapore GP 2010, it’s not just about racing, the carnival is fun and packed with activities too!

With my experiences walking around Zone 4 of the Singapore GP circuit, I led Hanlong to the key turns of the Singapore GP circuit whereby we would be able to watch and capture the F1 cars in action (when they have to slow down a lot). For the Friday Practice session, it was quite packed and there were quite a number of spectators present, for Saturday and Sunday, the crowds would definitely get bigger ! Entering from Gate 3, walking towards Turn 13 beside One Fullerton, followed by Turn 12 in front of Queen Victoria Concert Hall, then Turn 11, Turn 14 and Turn 15. It was really loud and thankfully, we had our ear plugs on ! The speeds at the straight stretch were very fast and it was very challenging to capture them in action !

The Singapore GP Night Race, lights up the Central Business District and Marina Bay area, making it very beautiful and bright with the circuit lights. It’s not just the view from the sky that is magnificent, the views from the ground level is just as great ! Would you like some photography tips on how to capture Night Race F1 cars in action ? Check out my F1 Photography Tips !


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While I didn’t purchase tickets for Saturday and Sunday, I will definitely enjoy Singapore GP 2010 somewhere, probably in the comfort of my home ! Oh yes, Go Ferrari !

F1 Photography Tips

The Formula One is one of the world’s greatest sports events that travels around the world, with huge capital investments, costs and potential revenue. Singapore brought the world first night race in 2008 and it was an awesome experience for me, as a fan and a photography fanatic too.

Having been to Singapore F1 GP Friday Practice in 2008 and 2009, Formula One photography never fail to capture my thoughts, imagination, calculation and analysis on how to capture Formula One cars in action. During 2008, my maiden F1 experience, it took me many hours before hitting on the techniques and  tricks to capture a Formula One car in action.

For those 1st timers to a Formula One, I am sharing some of my experiences here and others as well, along with tips from 2 world famous Formula One photographers Darren Heath and Paul Henri Cahier, who were in Singapore recently to give talks on F1 photography, their photography tips were documented by Adventure Travel Asia, who was kind enough to share with his readers, do take a read at Paul Henri’s tips and Darren Heath’s tips !

My F1 photography setup is

– Canon EOS 30D

– Canon EOS 70-200mm F4 L USM

– Canon EOS 17-40mm F4 L USM

– Lots of batteries and CF cards

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My Tips from my personal F1 photography experiences + Experts tips

(1) Locations/Angles/Perspectives – walk around the circuit to search for various spots to capture different aspects of the Formula One race in action. Bring your map and check the entire circuit. Like most photography, explore and find your angles e.g. Singapore City landscape view with Formula One cars in action, close up views of the Formula One cars driving past.

(2) Monopod – nice to have, I didn’t bring & shoot handheld all the way, when I finished the shoot, tired arms.

(3) Burst/Multiple shots – my preference is to use the 5 fps continuous drive on my Canon EOS 30D, Paul Henri uses single shot mode. With the continuous drive, out of the 5 frames captured, the middle photographs would capture the entire Formula One car in action while your first and last frames would likely be the front and end of the Formula One car.

(4) Slow Shutter versus Fast Shutter – 2 different contrasting photographs will be captured and Paul Henri’s works are an excellent example of both methods, do drop by Adventure Travel Asia post to look at it ! For me, I am fast shutter photographer !

(5) Freezing motion – Paul Henri recommends a minimum of 1/500 to freeze motion and I was shooting at around 1/640 and even 1/1000 or 1/1250 !

(6) ISO – Night F1 Race, to shoot at such high shutter speed and the lighting is not entirely perfect, with the skies, buildings and surroundings dark too, I had to switch my ISO between 800, 1250 and 1600.

(7) N0t everything is Formula One cars in action – There are lots of other actions such as performances, people, entertainment and the beautiful landscape lit up by the F1 race lights ! Singapore does have its beauty of night landscape photography !

(8) Ear plugs – Buy or borrow, YOU WILL NOT REGRET !

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(9) Batteries – Spare batteries a MUST

(10) CF Cards – Extra CF cards are a MUST too, besides that, I have a preference to use high write speed CF cards for Formula One photography e.g. SanDisk Extreme IV

(11) Anticipation – In all sports photography, understanding the sports and how the sports is being played is crucial for you to anticipate the actions and movements and that applies to Formula One too.

(12) How to FOCUS ? – Shooting the fence in Singapore F1 GP Night Race is very tricky for 1st timers, the key is to USE MANUAL FOCUS ! Switch to manual focus on your lense, the field of view from your lense that you intend to capture the Formula One car driving pass, focus on a point e.g. focus on the white paint lines on the road whereby the Formula One car would drive, manual focus and adjust it till sharp, after that, wait for action to start !

(13) Aperture – Open Wide (f4 for my telephoto lense) to allow the fence to be blurred out.

(14) Shoot and Shoot – There are 20 Formula One cars driving around the circuit, continue shooting, improving and fine tuning the techniques, your Formula One photography would definitely improve and you would get some great shots !

(15) Metering – Spot Metering is recommended by Paul Henri, for myself, I used Spot Metering and Centre-weighted Metering.

(16) Remember to ENJOY yourself ! – Being relaxed and enjoying the whole Formula One experience, would help you take better photos than stressing yourself to get that PERFECT shot ! Have lots of fun !!! One nice photo of your favourite Formula One car / driver in action would make your day too !! 😉

Update 1 : A Big Thanks to Robin who left a comment and a link, sharing with us on the master in F1 photography, Paul Henri’s interview with OMY.sg and a videocast of his interview too ! Priceless !

Enjoy yourself taking photographs at Singapore F1 GP 2009 Night Race !! Do check out my Singapore F1 GP 2008 photos and 2009 photos !!

Friday Practice @ Singapore F1 GP 2009 !

The rush and adrenaline of Formula One is back in Singapore again from the 26th September to 28th September, the ONLY NIGHT RACE, at the Marina Bay Circuit. Being a sports and F1 fan, I was very happy when I won lucky draw tickets to Level 1 Access Package at the Singapore Flyer from 24seven, a Singapore social media company. THANK YOU very much to 24seven and Singapore Flyer for this wonderful opportunity !

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Met up with my friend Han Long at Peninsula Plaza, before walking up to Clarke Quay for the river taxi to Singapore Flyer. It was my FIRST experience on a river taxi & on a Singapore River Cruise !!! I was a tourist for once !!! 😛 …. The experience was great and the evening and early evening scenery of the Singapore CBD and Raffles Place area was awesome, the magnificent view of Singapore’s success story is something we should be proud of !

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Arriving at the jetty, whereby Gate 9 of the Marina Bay Circuit was located, after clearing security and scanning of our entry pass, we walked over & started exploring, saw the Porsche GT3 Coupe waiting for night driving action and we hanged around watching the drivers belted up and driving off !

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Proceeding to the Singapore Flyer, even though our pass was restricted to the Singapore Flyer zone, there were action zones to keep us entertained, namely – Party Zone, Chill-Out Zone, Action Zone, Tribal Zone and Sky Zone, do check out the Singapore Flyer Promotion for more details on the Entertainment Zone. The Singapore Flyer – Coolest Views Party Packages for the Singapore F1 GP details are available HERE, do check them out !

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Enjoying ourselves, I was happily taking many photos of the Formula One cars in Practice Action from 2130hrs to 2300hrs, the noise was very loud and I forgot to buy my ear-plugs again ! However, there was a kind lady who gave me her extra ear plugs and I am very grateful and thankful !! Madam, thank you very much for your kindness !!

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It took me a bit of time to “get the hang of it”, adjusting my ISO settings, shutter, photo composition, panning and 5 frames action shooting, the F1 cars driving past the Singapore Flyer accelerate very fast before slowing down for a left 90 degrees bend into the Main Grandstand, however after a bit of time, fine tuning techniques and focusing points, I managed to get quite a number of photographs, some decent shots 😛

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The atmosphere was great at the Singapore Flyer and I wished for more time there because I arrived there a bit late, around 730pm, nevertheless, it was a very fun  and exciting Singapore F1 GP 2009 Night Race Experience !! The Singapore Flyer  – Coolest Views Hottest Race Package is very nice – Go For It !! Do check out my other Friday Practice Photos !! After the 2nd Friday Practice was over, it was a long queue for the River Taxi back to Clarke Quay and Home !

I got Nico Rosberg Autographs !!!

The Singapore F1 GP was over, however, there were still some post activities happening around Singapore.

I was informed by my friend that Nico Rosberg, our Formula One First Night Race, 2nd Place Winner would be at Besk Denki at Ngee Ann City for an autograph signing session ! Since he had placed himself in Singapore’s F1 history, I wanted to get his autograph !!!!
Getting quickly into action, I searched my Friday Practice photos and found a decent photo of Nico Rosberg Williams F1 car in action ! I immediately did a bit of post processing and printed out into postcards for Nico Rosberg to sign !
Thanks to my old friend, I managed to get 4 autographs, kept 1 for myself and gave 3 away. 
Would be sharing on the challenges of F1 night photography soon !

300th Post : Reporting on Singapore F1 GP – Friday Night Practice

Before I started writing on the Singapore F1 GP Friday Night Practice, I would like to thank all my readers and supporters first. This is my 300th post !

Back to Friday 26th September 2008, the 1st day of the Singapore F1 GP event, a great carnival that I was looking foward to. Met Jack and walked towards the Marina Square Shopping Centre via Suntec City and entered from Gate 7, around 3pm. Everything was wonderful, even at that time, there were already a good crowd starting to stroll inside. 
There were support races to grace the Singapore F1 GP event, by Formula BMW, Porsche and Aston Martin in the afternoon from 3pm to 6pm, and the crowds were given some great practice driving sessions and how potentially loud the sound of the powerful engines would be. The weather on Friday was good, sunny and humid without the rain and thunderstorms. 
Met Michelle, fellow UQAAS Committee member, walked around the various locations of the race circuit. From the One Fullerton at Turn 13, we walked towards opposite Victoria Concert Hall at Turn 11, had to walk a longer distance due to diversion. Along the way, did a bit of shopping and sightseeing at the merchandise store, that’s the F1 carnival for you !
After watching the support races, we walked back to the Padang and saw something Uniquely Singapore, tables and chairs on the road, with food stalls beside it. You don’t get much opportunities to have such open air dining in Singapore anymore ! We sat down, bought our drinks and dinner, prices are a bit steep though, had a nice cold beer with compliments from Jack, chatted and shared about cars !

After dinner, we all proceed to our grandstand seats, Jack & mine at Marina Square. The F1 Practice session had begun ! The sounds and roars of the F1 engines were really deafening and we forgot our ear plugs. Due to the driving lines of the F1 cars, our seats views were blocked as the F1 cars were driving very close to the edge of the safety barrier in front of the Marina Square Grandstand, as they need to do a right angle 90 degrees at Turn 16, driving into Esplande Waterfront and Bay Grandstand.

After enjoying the deafening sounds, watching how the F1 cars were driving, I was convinced that the Singapore F1 GP circuit is fabulous ! The F1 drivers who had doubts initially, doesn’t seem to show it as they were driving pretty good in a totally unknown circuit in night conditions ! 
After the 1st practice session, we decided to walk around the circuit again, revisiting the locations that we went earlier today in the afternoon and captured different views of the F1 cars in action. It was a very big test of my photography skills till date, night shooting conditions under ample lighting conditions, very fast flying F1 cars, wire fence barriers that makes it very difficult for photographers to shoot. 
Soon after, it was time to call it a day. The F1 cars went back for rest and analysis, while we made our way home to rest from a long day of fun and cars. 
Do check out some of my Friday Practice photos here

Formula 1 racing cars @ Singapore Motorshow 2006

Motorshow 2006 was graced by the presence of Formula 1 racing cars from Honda, Toyota and Ferrari. Even though there were only 3 models being showcased, it was still a great time to see them in Singapore. It would even be more exciting if Renault, McLaren Mercedes and the other F1 racing cars could make an appearance too at the motorshow.

Many visitors to the motorshow were happily taking photos of the Formula 1 racing cars and with F1 calender races in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Shanghai (China), Suzuka (Japan) and Melbourne (Australia), we Singaporeans are pretty near to hot, fast & furious, adrenaline racing action within 1 to 8 hours flight away (Not to mention Live TV). Looking back at the motorshow , Singaporeans are fanatics of cars (national obession ?? …. confirmed + guaranteed !!).

As you folks can deduce, I watch F1 races and I am a self-confessed car fanatic, love watching F1 races, street races, JGTC, Initial D etc etc….. Schumacher & Alonso gave F1 2006 end of season races very exciting to watch. With Schumi retirement, maybe the rise of Raikkonen, Alonso, Button ?? Let’s wait for Season 2007

Looking foward, I would love to travel to any of our friendly neighbours cities and watch F1 action live at the track, bringing my telephoto lense and putting it to the test and limits. Kuala Lumpur sounds like a good destination as it is really near to Singapore.

Maybe I should consider becoming a race driver (WRX street racer), seriously ….

Toyota Formula 1 Racing Car

Honda Formula 1 Racing Car (they have Jensen Button signature on it !)

Ferrari Forumla 1 Racing Car