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DBS Marina Regatta 2017 is here! 1 – 4 June

The 6th edition of DBS Marina Regatta is starting today, Thursday 1st June to Sunday 4th June at the Marina Bay area. This is Singapore’s biggest BayFest and there are many exciting events taking place on the waters of Marina Bay and on the land, with food, entertainment, shopping and fun.

Let me share what are some of the key highlights that you can expect when you visit DBS Marina Regatta 2017.

On the waters of Marina Bay

Dragon Boat races

  • Friday 2nd June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (‘A’ Division and DBS Prime Warriors Mixed)
  • Saturday 3rd June – 500m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)
  • Sunday 4th June – 200m Dragon Boat Races (DBS Singapore Premier and Corporate Open, Women and Mixed)

Sailing at the Bay

  • Get to try out sailing in the bay during the DBS Marina Regatta with the DBS 18 metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats.

On the land at Promontory @ Marina Bay

There are many things to do and enjoy at Promontory @ Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta village is located. While watching Dragon Boat racing action from the sidelines, you can also enjoy the food, fun and entertainment.

Here are some of the key highlights

Urban Beach

Bay Beach

This urban beach is Southeast Asia largest ever urban beach, 21,000 sq feet and it is packed with many exciting and fun things to do and enjoy, beside just lying on the beach and relax.

Giant Games

At the urban beach, visitors can play Giant Jenga, Giant Pick Up Sticks and Giant 5 stones!

Battle Bay

Sign up and participate in Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course. Many exciting prizes to be won!

Bay Eats

We all love food! The Local People are the curators for the food village this year. There will be some nice feasting at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

Bay Dome

Singapore’s biggest pop-up interactive art experience at 7.5m tall. Visitors can customise their own artwork and watch it come to life within the zone.

Play Dome

Register for your fitness class! There are Power Up with Yoga+, Barre with WeBarre and Sweat Sesh with Eat Train Love. 

BayFest Shop

Shop for a good cause, support local businesses! BayFest Shop offers a diverse range of products , do drop by and check them out!

DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party

For the nightlife party goers, there is the countdown party on Friday 2nd June 7pm to 10pm and Saturday 3rd June 7pm to 10pm.

Intel drone light show

On Sunday 4th June 2017 night, a grand finale to close the DBS Marina Regatta 2017. There are 50 Intel drones programmed to do bespoke designs for the regatta and dancing in mid-air, with a specially commissioned musical piece by local composer and conductor Eric Wong, against the iconic Marina Bay backdrop.

A great time for dragon boat fans, also ideal for family and children to come together and enjoy a family bonding time at the Marina Bay area with DBS Marina Regatta 2017. Enjoy and have a fun weekend at DBS Marina Regatta 2017!

For more information and updates, visit their website www.dbsmarinaregatta.com, follow them on Instagram (@dbsmarinaregatta) and on Facebook at go.dbs.com/dbsmr2017

Army Open House 2017 @ City – A Sneak Preview

The Army Open House 2017 is returning after a 5 year hiatus and it’s making a comeback in the City, in the heart of Singapore’s downtown district at the Marina Bay area! Army Open House 2017 @ City is taking place this coming weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 at the F1 Pit Building in the Marina Bay area, from 9am to 8pm. There are many exciting things to see, do, participate, have fun, enjoy and relive your National Service memories (for those who served NS before). I was at Army Open House 2012 @ Our City, I had an enjoyable time there, that year was NS45 and it brought me back many memories of my NS days! Before you continue reading, take a flight back in time to Army Open House 2012 through my article and photos!

Now, let me bring you back to 2017! This coming weekend, Army Open House is making a comeback into the City! There is something for everybody to do and participate, from the young children to the adults! The Army Open House 2017 @ City will be an excellent family outing to learn and know more about National Service in Singapore, the importance and significance of Total Defence, the history, heritage and many different memories of 50 years of National Service, as well as understanding and knowing the capabilities of our 3G Singapore Army.

Today, I am going to share a sneak preview of what the visitors can see, do, participate, watch, enjoy, have fun and learn at Army Open House 2017 @ City! First and foremost, let me show you the map below, the layout of Army Open House 2017 @ City

Source: The Singapore Army Facebook Page / Map download link for easy viewing – http://bit.ly/aoh17layout

First and foremost, before you visit Army Open House 2017 @ City, remember to download the Army Open House 2017 Mobile Application from the Apple Store, Google Play or via this link: https://aoh17.skyopt.com/

From the map, you can see that there are a vibrant and diverse mix of activities, displays, exhibitions, performances at Army Open House 2017 @ City, from static exhibits, dynamic performances, battle rides, interactive games, activities and of course, Singaporeans favourite topic – food. All the various activities promise to keep your whole family entertained and engaged at Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Let me share with you some of the key highlights of Army Open House 2017

Go on Battle Rides

The Battle Rides will be one of the main/most popular highlights of Army Open House 2017, whereby you would expect a huge crowd wanting to have a go on the various Battle Rides offered during Army Open House 2017 @ City.

Land Rides – Terrex ICV , Bronco ATTC , LSV Mark II , Peacekeeper PRV

Water Rides – M3G , LARC V

I took a ride on the M3G during the media preview, had a short water ride on the waters of Marina Bay, had some great views of the Marina Bay surroundings and Army Open House 2017!

Take note! Look out on the map and head down to the booth to register for your battle rides!

Participate in “Soldier Strong Challenge”

An action area, ideal for adults to participate together with their children, great time for father-child bonding session! It’s a mix of the former Standard Obstacle Course (a.k.a SOC) and the new age SOC for the modern 3G Army training.

When I saw the “SOC ground”, it brought back many many NS memories for me, the SOC was a nightmare for me when I was a recruit, as time went by during my NS time, it got better and easier as I got fitter from the physical training, conditioning and build up during my NS days. Many stories and memories from my SOC days during my NS days, those were some unforgettable days for me.

If you are game for it, have a go at the “Soldier Strong Challenge” with your child, it’s going to be a priceless family bonding activity!

NS50 Showcase

50 years, a milestone for National Service in Singapore. Our Singapore Army has come a long way since 1967, since the start of National Service. Today, we had a modern 3rd Generation army equipped with some of the latest military equipment and vehicles. National Service had gone through so much over the 50 years and I was also one of the many many Singaporeans that went through National Service. The importance and significance of National Service must never be forgotten, all of us have a part to play in our national defence.

The NS50 Showcase is a very interesting exhibition, besides walking through history and evolution of National Service in Singapore, this is also an experiential exhibition incorporating modern technology such as virtual reality and videos.

This NS50 Showcase is not just a history showcase, it’s also about the people that went through, served and supported NS, it’s also about the achievements of our National Service men and women, in defending and safeguarding Singapore, as well as the international roles/support that our Singapore Armed Forces played.

National Service – Serve, Support, Pledge, Reflect, four keywords at the end of NS50 Showcase segment. We must not forget that defence and safety of our nation lies in our own hands and not somebody else.

Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show

The Dynamic Defence Display (3D) Show is another key highlight of Army Open House 2017 @ City. The 3D Show gives the public a better understanding of our various types of military equipment, vehicles, personnel in action, a showcase of the modern 3G Army warfare capabilities.

There are quite a number of 3D Show in action, it would be great for the family and children to watch and learn more about Singapore Army. What are some of the 3D show actions that you can expect to watch? Let me share some photographs below!

Limited edition collectibles

Take a look at this video on The Singapore Army Facebook Page, would you love to get your hands on these collectibles?

Yes, you can get your hands on them by taking part in various activities during Army Open House 2017 @ City to redeem them!

Many more things/exhibits/fun to explore

There are still a lot more to explore at Army Open House 2017 @ City!

  • Remember to go for your Canteen break!
  • There are kids and games zone on level 2 of the F1 Pit Building
  • Check out the Army Exhibition on level 1 amd 2
  • Army Platforms Display along the F1 main track
  • Visit the Battlefield Zone and get yourself into action
  • Performances on the Main Stage

For more information and updates, here are some of the key website and social media links

A gentle reminder to all visitors to Army Open House 2017 @ City, please take note of the following:

  • Dress in comfortable attire
  • Wear covered shoes
  • Wear a cap
  • Remember to keep yourself hydrated when you are at Army Open House 2017 @ City

This will be a great time for a family outing! Parents, bring your children down to Army Open House 2017 @ City, enjoy and have fun! Share with them your NS memories and stories!

I would like to thank Army Information Centre for the invitation to the media preview of Army Open House 2017 @ City!

***** Update 29th May 2017 *****

Due to overwhelming response and positive feedback from the public, Army Open House 2017 @ City has now extended to 29th May 2017 from 9am to 8pm. More information inside their Facebook Page!

Star Wars Day 2017 in Singapore

Every year, Star Wars fans around the world mark May 4th as Star Wars Day, celebrating everything related to Star Wars. In Singapore, the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, was celebrated with a big three days event at Gardens By The Bay in Singapore.

May 4th, 2017 falls on a Thursday, with Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground, ending off with the Star Wars run on 6th May 2017. While I didn’t participate in the Star Wars run, I visited Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th and 5th at Gardens By The Bay, the SuperTree Grove at Gardens By The Bay turning into a Star Wars festival ground.

At the SuperTree Grove, there were booths showcasing Star Wars merchandise/toys for sale, memorabilia, charity photo booth, photography taking opportunities with Star Wars characters, the Star Wars AT-ST Walker making a guest appearance and getting a lot of fanfare! The charity photo booth was managed by fellow photographer friend Ted Chen Photography, a hardcore Star Wars fan, it was great catching up with Ted for a short time during my visit to Star Wars Day 2017 on May 4th.

In the night, the SuperTree Grove transformed into a magical night of lights and music display, presenting Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition. For the Star Wars fans, we all love this Garden Rhapsody: Star Wars edition! The SuperTree Grove became SaberTrees, shining high above into the Marina Bay skyline for three nights during Star Wars Day 2017 in Singapore from May 4th to May 6th. This was a magnificent sight for Star Wars fans as well as photographers, watching it from the grounds of Gardens By The Bay or from the Marina Bay Sands hotel linkway bridge to Gardens By The Bay.

Star Wars Day 2017 was really nice, with the bigger event space at SuperTree Grove, the Star Wars AT-ST Walker making an appearance and the SaberTrees shining high and bright into the Marina Bay skyline. They were some of the highlights that made Star Wars Day 2017 much more special and memorable! I hope that they can continue with it in Star Wars Day 2018!

Wishing all fellow Star Wars fans, May the 4th Be With You, Always! Looking forward to Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi on 15th December 2017!


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DBS Marina Regatta 2017 is back!

The 6th edition of DBS Marina Regatta (DBSMR) is back, Singapore’s biggest BayFest is coming to the waters of Marina Bay from 1st to 4th June 2017 with many exciting water sports action, activities, events, festivities, food and fun, on both the water and land.

For the paddlers on the waters of Marina Bay battling it out for the grand prizes, DBSMR also caters for the outdoor enthusiasts, sports and fitness lovers, family with children for the festivities and party goers to enjoy the food, music and fun. Having been involved with DBSMR from 2013, I personally had seen how it had transformed over the years. Take a look at my photographs collection of DBS Marina Regatta over the years from 2013 to 2016 inside my Flickr collection!

During DBSMR, visitors can see social entrepreneurship in action at BayFest on land. This is part of DBS’ continued efforts to champion the development of the social entrepreneurship sector to build a socially-conscious society, social enterprises such MINDS, Society Staples and Bettr Barista will provide many of the services in the regatta such as drinking water, catering and event organisation. They will also feature as vendors in the regatta’s art market and food village.

There are many exciting events and activities taking place during DBSMR on both the water and land. Here are the information for both BayFest on water and BayFest on land during DBSMR 2017 –

BAYFEST ON WATER

1) DRAGON BOATING – Region’s top teams compete for Asia’s highest prize purse

Organised in partnership with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), this year’s international dragon boat competition will see an estimated 90 teams and more than 3,000 athletes gathering on the waters of Marina Bay to compete for cash prizes totalling SGD 134,000 – the highest for the sport in Asia. (More details on races available in Annex A).

2) SAILING –  Explore the Bay’s waters on DBS’ 18-metre-tall mega sailboats

Eventgoers will also get to try out sailing in the Bay during the regatta with DBS’ 18-metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats – the first of its kind in Asia. The sailboats were debuted in 2015 as part of the DBS Marina Bay Sailing Programme, which has been offering the public complimentary sailing sessions in the Bay since 2013.

BAYFEST ON LAND

This year also sees the regatta partnering up with electronic music festival behemoth Ultra, urban fitness brand lululemon, Bali’s famed beach club Potato Head and F&B curators The Local People.

1)    BATTLE BAY – Take on Singapore’s largest inflatable water obstacle course

2017’s regatta sees the debut of Singapore’s biggest inflatable water obstacle course. Spanning over 11,000 square feet (some 1,100 square metres), the Battle Bay will feature nine challenging obstacles to navigate including balance blocks, monkey bars, wall scaling, and rope swings.

2)    BAY BEACH –  Singapore’s only pop-up urban beach returns bigger & better

This year, the Bay will once again be transformed into Singapore’s one and only pop-up urban beach, which will double in size from last year. Bali beach club Potato Head will be bringing in their legendary Coconut Bar here for the first time, complete with their signature uber fresh coconut cocktails and beers.

3)    BAY DOME – Singapore’s largest interactive art dome

This year will see the installation of two majestic nine- and 7.5-metre tall domes at the regatta. Reaching a height of 7.5 metres, the Bay Dome will offer an immersive interactive art experience – Singapore’s largest – with an illustrated projection of the Marina Bay skyline. Eventgoers can customise their own characters and have their designs come to life on the projection to create an ever-evolving digital canvas.

4)    BAY EATS – Offerings from Singapore’s top young chefs

For foodies, the regatta’s food village Bay Eats, will be curated by The Local People and feature food stalls from award-winning and the top new eateries in town such as the “Neo-Sin” restaurant Labyrinth, French eatery Garçons, The BellJar, Leng Leng ice cream and more.

5)    PLAY DOME – Play in the day, party at night

The nine-metre-tall Play Dome will host many of the fitness classes launched by lululemon during the day. At night, the DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party will take place exclusively at the regatta from 7pm to 10pm, on Friday and Saturday evening (2 & 3 June). The pre-parties will feature three Ultra Music Festival deejays every night, such as Dubvision, Crossnaders, Raiden, Jade Rasif, Moe and Myrne.

For more information, visit www.dbsmarinaregatta.com; or follow them on Instagram (@dbsmarinaregatta) and on Facebook at go.dbs.com/dbsmr2017

Mark down your calendars, 1st to 4th June 2017, come on down to DBS Marina Regatta 2017 and enjoy the festivities, fun, water sports action in the heart of Marina Bay Singapore.

* Information and pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore and Full Circle Public Relations *

The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum

The night has fallen, when you look up into the night skyline, filled with bright shining stars, do you ask yourself, is there life in the universe and beyond? Are we able to live in the other planets in the solar system? Why is the universe so mysterious? Is there an explaination to anything besides the universe? How did the human race seek to learn, unravel and discover the universe over the centuries?

In order to seek some answers to the questions above, why not visit the ArtScience Museum in Singapore and enter into the world of The Universe and Art? This is is a very special, intriguing and it can also be a pretty abstract exhibition that unravels the human race journey over the centuries, understanding the Universe through arts, religion and philosophies, and not just science and engineering.

This exhibition, The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum, is jointly curated and organised by Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and ArtScience Museum. Featuring over 120 original artworks, scientific artefacts and manuscripts, this exhibition presents visions of the Universe from across the globe and through the centuries. Exhibiting alongside masterpieces from around the world, are important artefacts on loan from Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum, and a newly commissioned installation by British sculptor, Conrad Shawcross.

Entering into the world of The Universe and Art, there are 4 parts for the visitors to view, learn and immerse into the our mysterious universe

Historical cosmologies

The first part of the exhibition focus on historical cosmologies from around the world, including religious arts from the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain traditions, on loan from Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. Visitors can also view the masterpieces by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, on display for the first time in Singapore.

New scientific thinking on the Universe

The second part focus on scientific thinking of the Universe by contemporary artists including Björn Dahlem, Mariko Mori, Andreas Gursky, and the new commission by Conrad Shawcross.

Origin of life in the cosmos

The third part explores the origin of life in the cosmos, through artworks by major figures, such as Pierre Huyghe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Laurent Grasso, and Patricia Piccinini.

Life in space

The fourth part of the exhibition is about pondering life in space, through the work of historical pioneer, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and contemporary artists including Arthur Woods, Kitsuo Dubois, Takuro Osaka, and Dragan Živadinov.

The commissioned work by Conrad Shawcross caught my attention, his artwork is titled “Slow Arc inside a Cube VIII”. Shawcross amazing commissioned artwork is a kinetic sculpture inspired by science. With the world’s technology improved vastly over the centuries, radical new theories and vast international space endeavours, the Universe is still like a mystery to us human beings on Earth, there is still so much unknown. Shawcross created this artwork to invite us and make us ponder on the unknown and mysteries of the Universe.

Through the selected photgraphs that I took at The Universe and Art and shared inside my Flickr collection, this special and unique exhibition is something worth visiting, for everybody to learn and understand more about the human race, arts, culture, our planet Mother Earth and the Universe beyond. Do visit the ArtScience Museum website for more information on the programmes organised by the ArtScience Museum that visitors can participate and join.

As I left the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, away from the The Universe and Art exhibition, I asked myself again, “Is there life beyond the Universe and our planet Mother Earth?”

I don’t have an answer, I may never have an answer. However, I did learn more about the mysteries and beauty of the Universe through the arts.

I would like to thank ArtScience Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum for the invitation to the The Universe and Art exhibition.

Key information and details on The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum

Exhibition period: 1st April to 30th July 2017

Tickets can be purchased from Marina Bay Sands box offices and website. Terms and conditions apply.

Ticket prices:

The Universe and Art

Standard Ticket (SGD$) Adult $17
Seniors (65 years and above) $14
Child (2-12 years) $10
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $44
Singapore Residence (SGD$) Adult $14
Seniors (65 years and above) $11
Child (2-12 years) $7
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $35

The Universe and Art + Future World

Standard Ticket (SGD$) Adult $28
Seniors (65 years and above) $24
Child (2-12 years) $17
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $73
Singapore Residence (SGD$) Adult $24
Seniors (65 years and above) $20
Child (2-12 years) $12
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $60

For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum


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i Light Marina Bay 2017 is back!

Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, the iconic i Light Marina Bay is back in 2017. They would be starting today on the 3rd of March 2017 to the 26th of March 2017, to be held at various locations around the Marina Bay area. For this edition of i Light Marina Bay, there are 20 sustainable light artworks from nine countries including Singapore, being displayed around Marina Bay. This event has been organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) since 2010, I had been following and covering them since they first started, do check out my i Light Marina Bay collection inside my flickr!

Besides, the artworks, there are also other programmes and dinning options for for all visitors to i Light Marina Bay 2017! Let me highlight some of them, there will be three complementary themed festival hubs for visitors to this event. One of them is the The Fantastical World of eco.me at The Promonotory, they will be showcasing sustainability-themed activities such as recycling and upcycling marketplace, an urban garden, a learning yard, a kinetic energy playground, immersive performances and music from 3rd to 5th March and 9th to 12th March.

The other two hubs are Art-Zoo, an imaginative inflatable play-garden at The Float @ Marina Bay and Gastrobeats, where visitors to this event can sit down, enjoy the food and drinks selection available there and enjoy the music! There is something for everybody for the children to adults, it’s a great and meaningful event to bring your family and children down to Marina Bay and enjoy i Light Marina Bay 2017!

During my preview session on 1st March 2017, I was able to view some of the sustainable light artworks, let me share with you some photographs of the artworks! Come on down to Marina Bay Singapore, from 3rd March to 26th March 2017, explore and have fun at i Light Marina Bay 2017!

Artwork 03 – Social Sparkles

Artwork 05 – Horizontal Interference

Artwork 06 – Home

Artwork 08 – Moonflower

Artwork 12 – You Lookin’ At Me?

Artwork 16 – Kaleidoscopic Monolith

Artwork 19 – The Colourful Garden of Light

Artwork 20 – The Body of the Sea

I would share more photographs into my flickr folder along the way when I revisit I Light Marina Bay 2017 over the next 3 weeks! Do keep a lookout for them inside my flickr collection, Twitter, Instagram and FB page!

For more information on i Light Marina Bay 2017, you can visit their website for more information and details! There is also an app, bilppar, that you can download for your smartphone, to explore and navigate i Light Marina Bay 2017. The bilppar app is free for download from the Apple store or Google Play.

 


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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 New Year 2017!

Hello 2017, goodbye 2016!

The first day of the new year 2017, I just want to start everything new and fresh, a brand new start, A New Hope! I also want to put 2016 behind me, strive forward, ahead and climb higher mountains!

For year 2017, I created A New Hope for myself, more details coming soon! I also want to restart and relaunch my personal photography projects in the year 2017!

I also have a number of travel dreams and destinations, I have an inspiration, a dream to create, produce and print my own travel story books.

Happy New Year 2017! Good luck and all the best to everybody in the new year 2017 for your travels and photography!

Canon PhotoMarathon XIV – 19th November 2016

The 14th edition of a fun, exciting and challenging community photography competition, the Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, took place on 19th November, held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre. There were close to 2000 passionate photography enthusiasts gathered and participated in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.

With my participation in Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, this is my 6th year participating in this photography competition (I participated in years 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016). The Canon PhotoMarathon was more than just a photography competition, it’s also a time for photography enthusiasts to get together and have fun taking photographs together (and also helping each other to get their shots for the competition!). Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon is also a time for me to catch up and chat with photography friends from Canon Singapore, Canon Imaging Academy, EOS World Singapore and also making new photography friends there too!

Before I proceed to share on what were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV and what I shot, let me share about photography for everyone in the society that took place during this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.

Canon’s corporate philosophy of kyosei – living and working together for the common good, was part of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV program. Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program partner with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) to host more than 30 participants, giving them the opportunity to partake in the excitement of Canon PhotoMarathon. It was really great to see photography playing a part for those participants to enjoy, giving them an avenue to express themselves through photography and enjoying photography during the Canon PhotoMarathon. I reckoned that the participants from Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) and Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) had a very interesting time shooting the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV!

What were the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV? This year 2016 themes were different, a little bit special and my usual “I scratch my head and don’t know what to shoot” moment till I absorbed and digested the individual theme before knowing/planning what I want to shoot.

The three themes of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV were

Theme 1: Vision

Theme 2: Kyosei

Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective +#Space

Here were what I shot and submitted for Themes 2 and 3 for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV (I did not submit for Theme 1 because I was away for a photography assignment that morning although I did my own Theme 1 shoot though)

Theme 1: Vision

Theme 2: Kyosei

Theme 3: #NoFilter + #NewPerspective + #Space

Shooting Theme 2 was very challenging for me, this theme also got me thinking very hard, on conceptualisation, creating stories to tell and how I can constantly improve, no matter what is the level of photography experience and knowledge that I am currently at right now.

Although at the end of Canon PhotoMarathon XIV, it can be very tiring physically after moving around and rushing against time to get the photographs for competition submission. The overall experiences had always been good, the fun, friendships and the love for photography. Participating in Canon PhotoMarathon over the years gave me an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn my photography. Lifelong learning and improvements apply in my photography journeys till date and it is still ongoing as always!

Canon launched EOS 5D Mark IV

The camera that is highly and eagerly awaited by photographers around the world, a camera body that has a rich history and pedigree, the Canon 5D series. Today, Canon announced the launch of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, a worthy successor to the proven, highly acclaimed, popular and workhorse professional camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Personally, I was also very eager, awaiting for the official announcement of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, dating to a few months back when the news started to come out on the pending arrival of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Reading and analysing the technical specifications and capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, this looks like another great DSLR by Canon.

I hope that I would have an opportunity to test and review the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in the near future, sharing my views and thoughts on this awesome camera.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from the press release information below –

Canon today launched the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the next successor in the popular EOS 5D series, offering professional photographers and filmmakers stellar performance and speed to deliver captivating narratives in both still and video formats. Canon’s EOS 5D series of full frame cameras has achieved a prestigious reputation since its launch in 2005, with models such as EOS 5D Mark III used to shoot independent films, TV shows and even Hollywood blockbusters. This is in addition to their longstanding popularity among landscape, studio and portrait photographers.

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The EOS 5D Mark IV extends the legacy of the 5D series with improvements on key features found in the popular EOS 5D Mark III, and best-in-class technology and features found in professional EOS models like the EOS-1D X Mark II. Equipped with a 30.4 megapixel full-frame high-sensitivity sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for rapid focusing speed, the EOS 5D Mark IV delivers exceptional performance in both stills and 4K video shooting. New features such as support for Dual Pixel Raw (DPRAW) format and 4K frame grabs will empower photographers with greater control when creating and capturing their shots.

“Continuing the legacy of the EOS 5D series, the EOS 5D Mark IV will be a game changer which revolutionise the way image creators work, by empowering them with significant technological enhancements,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With its 4K screen grab capability, users will be able to extract high definition stills from their video footage, which opens up greater possibilities to explore with their craft.”

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Remarkable still photo performance

Powered by a DIGIC 6+ image processor, the EOS 5D Mark IV features an in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO), which allows photographers to process and optimize JPEG files for chromatic aberration, peripheral illumination, and diffraction correction. This enhancement empowers users to quickly and easily correct JPEG files in-camera instead of via Digital Photo Professional (DPP), thus shortening the workflow for photographers.

At the heart of the EOS 5D Mark IV is a formidable 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers a resolution of up to 30.4 megapixels. This caters to the need for images shot in richer resolutions and quality that is essential when producing large format prints for commercial use. Professional users can also preserve image quality even through extensive cropping of their photos. The enhanced sensitivity (ISO speed of 100 to 32,000, expandable to 102,400) of the EOS 5D Mark IV also ensures pristine image quality even when shooting at high speeds.

A first in Canon’s range of cameras, the EOS 5D Mark IV comes equipped with Dual Pixel RAW (DPRAW) – a feature which enables adjustments to be made to images after a photo is taken. This new version of RAW image data contains Dual Pixel information that allows precise adjustments to be made in post-production via DPP, providing professional photographers an edge in terms of precision enhancements. With this feature, users can make micro adjustments to the position of maximum sharpness and resolution based on the depth of subject, reposition the viewpoint to horizontally shift the foreground bokeh, as well as reduce ghosting and flare effects in images.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is capable of shooting dynamic and fast moving subjects and scenes with a high speed continuous shooting at 7 frames per second (fps). Coupled with its 61-point all points selectable reticular AF system, 41-point cross type AF, this new AF system also covers a wider focusing area and an extended vertical coverage of approximately 24 percent at the sides and approximately 8.6% at centre. With this larger coverage area, users will have greater flexibility in composing and creating their shots. On top of this, all 61 points are compatible to effective aperture of f/8 or faster, hence auto focusing is possible when teleconverters are used with super telephoto lenses, well suited for wildlife and sports photographers.

Equipped with the EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) and 150,000 pixels RGB+IR metering sensor, which utilises face recognition and colour tracking algorithm, users are allowed to accurately track a moving subject across all 61 AF points. The camera can sense flickering artificial lights with its flicker detection technology, and subsequently suppress any negative impact on exposure and white balance. In addition, it is capable of focusing down to a low intensity limit of EV-4 during live view mode, with an effective image area of approximately 80 percent of the screen. This allows photographers to achieve consistent focusing performance even under extremely challenging lighting conditions.

Professional 4K movie and image quality

The EOS 5D series has always been lauded for their impeccable video capabilities. The EOS 5D Mark IV takes this to the next level with its ability to shoot DCI 4K movies, providing users a more accessible camera equipped with some of the key features that the flagship EOS 1-D X Mark II is well-loved for.

With the EOS 5D Mark IV, users can shoot 4K movies at a smooth frame rate of 30p, with resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 and an aspect ratio of 17:9 that matches cinema screens. The camera can also shoot in Full HD quality at 60p, and up to 120p for high frame rate HD movie. Footage shot in DCI 4K format can be used for various commercial purposes such as in cinema, or broadcasting. Users will have the flexibility to shoot videos in MOV format for movie productions, or MP4 format which supports a wide range of usage scenarios, including uploading onto social media sites. In addition, the EOS 5D Mark IV is able to transmit, play, and channel video files at uncompressed full HD quality when connected through a HDMI interface.

The EOS 5D Mark IV’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF also allows for the same high-speed, smooth phrase-difference detection AF system found on the EOS 1-D X Mark II. Users can focus on subjects with a quick tap on the touch screen LCD, while the Movie Servo AF will automatically track the subject throughout. Focus adjustment speeds and sensitivity can also be customised to suit users’ preferences.

With the EOS 5D Mark IV’s ability to shoot smooth 4K videos at 30fps, picture-perfect moments from a video can be extracted as a JPEG image at a resolution of approximately 8.8 mega pixels using the camera’s in-built 4K frame grab feature, suitable for creating A3 sized prints. Compared to 7fps continuous shooting in viewfinder mode, the 4K frame grab capability allows photographers to capture a decisive moment at a much higher speed.

The HDR movie function allows users can capture beautiful 30p videos in a brightly-lit environment without risking overexposure. In addition, the Time-lapse movie feature allows users to create time-lapse movies by gathering and connecting photos shot at regular intervals[1].

Wi-Fi/ NFC connectivity and in-built GPS

The EOS 5D Mark IV is designed with in-built Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. This enables users to easily transfer videos and images to external devices via FTP or FTPS service, via the Camera Connect app, or upload them directly on to social media sites. This potentially improves the workflow for many photographers, especially those in the field.

Remote shooting can be activated via the Camera Connect app, so users will have the flexibility to take photos or record videos from a distance using their smartphones. NFC enables quicker connection between the EOS 5D Mark IV and most NFC-enabled devices, and can be set up simply by tapping them together.

Equipped with an in-built GPS, the EOS 5D Mark IV can record location data of images into Exif data without requiring an external GPS unit. The ability to automatically record location details of where photos were taken would be especially useful for photographers who work on-the-go.

Sturdy design and easy operability

Built for durability, the EOS 5D Mark IV is designed for enhanced dust- and water-resistant performance, for use in challenging environments. The exterior body of the camera is protected and sealed with an outer rubber coating or dust/water-resistant sealing material at all of its joint areas[2].

With the Intelligent Viewfinder II, users will be able to check and adjust shooting functions without taking their eyes off the subject. They can also customise the display to include an electronic level and other functions[3]. With the electronic level displayed, users can view the current tilt and rotation of the camera, which makes it easier to compose their shots.

The EOS 5D Mark IV’s LCD monitor also features customisable touch panel functions, allowing users to quickly navigate menus and adjust settings such as shutter speeds, ISO speeds, and AF and AE functions. The touch shutter function also allows users to snap a photo simply by tapping the LCD screen to focus and shoot. Touch panel sensitivity can also be adjusted, or deactivated altogether. With its Touch AF capability, live-view shooting will be more intuitive and comfortable for users.

New lens and accessory to complement performance

The highly reputed EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, originally released as a kit lens for the EOS 5D in 2005, has now been updated with the latest L series enhancements to match the higher rendering power of the EOS 5D line. These include improved optical performance, significant flare and ghosting suppression through the use of Air Sphere Coating (ASC), IS performance upgrades, fluorine coating for improved durability, and quieter operation to suit videography usage. The EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM’s zoom range covers everything from wide-angle to mid-telephoto shots, to complement the versatility attainable with the EOS 5D Mark IV.

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Also new to the EOS range of accessories is the optional BG-E20 battery grip. Featuring a slimmed down grip, it provides improved handling when shooting in portrait orientation. Powered by up to 2 LP-E6/ LP-E6N batteries, the BG-E20 prolongs the battery life, lending users extra support for long periods of movie or stills shooting. In addition, the grip is assembled with the same build quality as the EOS 5D Mark IV, a dust/water resistant design, to deliver the same level of durability.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 5D Mark IV will be available at all Canon authorised dealers, at the following recommended retail prices:

Model Recommended Retail Price
EOS 5D Mark IV body $5,199
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM) $6,249
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) $6,599
BG-E20 Battery Grip $429

 **** Note: The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) will only be available in October 2016, and the price of the lens sold separately will be advised at a later date. ****

 ** Updated 8th September 2016 **

Product Specifications

EOS 5D Mark IV

Imaging Sensor: 30.4 mega-pixel 35mm Full-Frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Image Processor: DIGIC 6+

ISO Speed: ISO 100-32,000 (expandable to ISO 50 and 102,400)

Continuous Shooting Speed: Max Approx. 7 fps

AF Points: Max. 61 points (Max. 41 points Cross type AF,f/8 support for all 61 points)

Movie: 4K Motion Jpeg,Full HD, HD

Movie Recording Format: MOV, MP4

Wi-Fi: Yes (2.4 GHz)

NFC/GPS: Yes

Storage Media: CF + SD

LCD Monitor: 3.2” (approx. 1.62 million dots) touch screen

Dimensions (W X H X D): Approx. 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9 mm

Weight: Approx. 800g (Body only)

EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens

Focal length: 24-105mm

Maximum aperture: f/4

Minimum focusing distance: 0.45m

Maximum magnification: 0.24x

Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups

Filter Size Dimension: 77mm

Aperture blades: 10

Dimensions: 118mm length, 83.5mm diameter

Weight: Approx. 795g 

[1]The EOS 5D Mark IV can shoot photos at intervals as short as 1 second to as long as almost 100 hours, and it can be set to do this up to 3,600 times.

[2]Joint areas include the shutter release button, the lens mount, and the battery and memory card lids among many others.

[3]Other displayable functions include battery level, shooting mode and more.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *