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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 *

Singapore Garden Festival 2016

The Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is now taking place at the Gardens By The Bay from 23rd July 2016 to 31t July 2016. I had attended Singapore Garden Festival in 2008, 2010, 2012, missed out 2014 and back again to the 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival. I like the many different flowers, gardens, plants and gardening on display at Singapore Garden Festivals over the past few editions, it’s really beautiful and I was able to get close to the flowers and gardens.

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Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is their largest till date, spanning 9.7 hectares across The Meadow, Flower Dome and Bayfront Plaza. This is not just a display of designer gardens and concepts, this is also a great and fun community event for people to learn more about gardening in their community open spaces and in their homes too. On the opening day of Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I saw huge groups of community clubs, centres, societies coming down to visit the festival.

There are many things to do and enjoy at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, besides visiting and enjoying viewing the flora and fauna, visitors can also enjoy music performances, talks, workshops, retail and food there! More information can be found here on Singapore Garden Festival website!

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At Singapore Garden Festival 2016, I would like to share some key festival highlights that caught my attention and you have to visit them!

  • 15 Fantasy and Landscape Show Gardens

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  • Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome

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  • 5 Balcony Gardens

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  • World of Terrariums

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  • Gary’s Musical Flower Field

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  • Benny’s Sunflower Farm

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  • Secret Garden

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  • Magical Tree Grove

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There is quite a bit of walking at Singapore Garden Festival 2016, remember to drink lots of water especially under the hot afternoon sun! Bring your camera along to take many photographs and memories of the garden festival! Stand a chance to win a Nikon Coolpix S7000 simply by uploading your Singapore Garden Festival 2016 photos via their FB app or hashtag your instagram photos with #sggardenfest! More details here!

If you love orchids, there is a dedicated showcase for Orchids, titled “Orchid Extravaganza at Flower Dome”, there are many beautiful orchids inside on display during Singapore Garden Festival 2016. I would share about the Orchid Extravaganza in another article shortly.

Here are key details and information on Singapore Garden Festival 2016

Dates: 23 – 31 July 2016

Location: Gardens By The Bay

Show Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

Conservatories Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily

Website: Singapore Garden Festival

Facebook Page: Singapore Garden Festival

Twitter: SG Garden Festival

Instagram: SGGardenFest

YouTube: Singapore Garden Festival

Ticketing information

Ticket Category Weekday (Local Resident Rate**) Weekend (Local Resident Rate**) Standard Rate
Adult $12 $16 $23
Senior Citizen (≥60 years) $6 $9 $23
Child (≥3 to 12 years) $6 $9 $17

**Singapore citizens, permanent residents and those living in Singapore, including those holders of employment passes, work permits or dependent passes. Proof of residency may be required when purchasing tickets or upon entry.**

< Tickets include admission to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay from 23 to 31 July 2016 >

The 2016 edition of Singapore Garden Festival is not only the largest till date, it’s also one of the most interesting garden festival. From the professional garden landscape designs to the local community gardening, Singapore is not only a Garden City, she’s also showing the way among the local community and homes, embracing a green and garden living lifestyle.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016, it’s the biggest till date, this is an awesome and interesting garden festival! I strongly encourage everyone of you to visit this wonderful garden festival at Gardens By The Bay before the festival ends on 31st July 2016. Do check out some of my photographs that I took during the Singapore Garden Festival 2016 on my Flickr collection!

*I would like to thank Singapore Garden Festival for the invitation to the special preview session*


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DBS Marina Regatta 2016

The DBS Marina Regatta 2016 took place over two weekends recently, on the 28th & 29th May and 4th & 5th June 2016. A water sports competition along with land based activities for supporters and visitors, it was a carnival for everybody to come down and enjoy the dragon boating action, fun leisure activities, food, festivities, music and the one and only pop-up urban beach.

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On the Marina Bay waters, teams battle out on their dragon boats from the morning till the evening, a showcase of teamwork, determination, speed, power and adrenaline. They dragon boat paddlers were great to watch, some of the competitions faced some pretty close fight all the way to the finishing line, perfect for a finishing line photo opportunity.

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The first weekend was the 200m race distance while the second weekend was the 500m race distance. Two different race distances, teams applied different tactics to compete in their respective race distances. The 500m race distance were more interesting to watch especially when the paddlers rev up their tempo, speed, pace and power around the last 200m mark to the finishing line, giving spectators lots to watch and cheer about from the sides of The Promontory at Marina Bay.

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On the shore of The Promontory at Marina Bay, where the DBS Marina Regatta carnival village was located, packed with many fun leisure activities for everybody to come down and enjoy. There was the pop-up urban beach, 3,100sqm with a 375sqm pool. Visitors were able to enjoy stand-up paddling, stand-up yoga at the pop-up pool. There were also deck chairs, hammocks, palm trees, pop-up beach bar, concert stage and atmospheric night lighting.

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At DBS Marina Regatta 2016, there was an appearance by Southeast Asia tallest inflatable slide, at a height of 16m with the total slide height of over 15m. Participants slide down at angle of 45 degrees and this was popular with the visitors to DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The fee was SGD $10 for five rides and all the proceeds were donated to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

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DBS Marina Regatta 2016 also saw the largest collective of home-grown designers, musicians and chefs gathering at Marina Bay. Curated by The Local People, market specialists and space activators, the regatta’s art market Shop House featured some of the most up-and-coming names in the industry, to be part of the festivities and fun at DBS Marina Regatta 2016. Food is a very important part of our life here in Singapore and there were various mouth watering food options at the food village Chow House.

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A good mix of water sports action and community activities at DBS Marina Regatta 2016, their 5th year in action. It had grown over the years and looking forward to their 6th year and beyond.


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DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is back!

The fifth edition of DBS Marina Regatta is coming back very soon, at the heart of Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay area. DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is getting bigger and better, both on the sports, leisure and community segments.

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Happening over two weekends, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, there will be lots of action and fun on the water where the Dragon Boaters paddle and battling it out with the iconic Marina Bay landscape behind them. The supporters, spectators and community can watch, support and cheer for them from the sidelines of the Marina Bay. There are also an awesome collection and line up of fun, activities, food and music performances on the land, where the sports/community carnival village is located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

Let me share with you some exciting line up and details of what you can expect from DBS Marina Regatta 2016

Shop House by The Local People

Local market specialists, The Local People, carefully curated local designers, craftspeople and artists to be part of Shop House, the beach’s art market for DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The Shop House would be housed in stripped and refitted shipping containers. These special containers would also double up as viewing decks in the night, a perfect spot for music lovers and visitors to enjoy the beach concert, making their maiden music performance debut at DBS Marina Regatta 2016!

Check out some of the emerging designers and artisans that would be making their presence felt there – illustrations by Troops on Print; accessories by Supernacular; pottery items by Oh Leaf; and even cosmetics brand Faux Fayc.

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Chow House – DBS Marina Regatta Food Village

Food is an integral part of Singapore’s lifestyle and culture. Therefore, at Chow House, visitors can indulge into delicious and mouth-watering bites from popular Singapore food establishments.

Check out some of the different cuisines making their presence at Chow House – Snag Shack’s Australian sausage sizzles and Fika’s Swedish meatballs. Kerbside Gourmet, Singapore’s favourite gourmet food truck will feature their “Go Big on Pig” menu featuring Pig Head Croquetas with Sriracha and Char Siu Pork Collar Bao with Achar.

Music Performances in the night

 When the sun sets at DBS Marina Regatta 2016 weekend, it would be transformed into a beach concert, making their maiden debut. Local music artistes, iNCH, HubbaBubbas, Linying, Take Two as well as up-and-coming artistes The Madhatter Project, The Neptune Waves, and Stopgap would be performing and singing away!

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Pop-Up Urban Beach with Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide maiden debut

The pop-up beach made her debut in 2015 and they would be returning again in 2016! From 11am to 8pm on both weekends, remember to check out Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide making her debut! For just $10 and also for a good cause to charity, you can have five rides on the water slide! All proceeds from the water slide participation goes to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

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Pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore

For more information and updates on DBS Marina Regatta 2016, here are some useful links:

Let my photographs bring you back a walk down the memory lane, my photography coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013, 2014 and 2015!

Mark down your calendars, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, come on down to Marina Bay for DBS Marina Regatta 2016 for two weekends of sports, outdoors, food, drinks, art market, music and fun for your family and friends!

*Information and details courtesy of DBS Singapore*

Fiery Sunset in Singapore – 15th April 2016

On the 15th April 2016, I was planning to catch the Violah! French Festival Singapore 2016 opening performance – Lumineoles Ballet at the Marina Bay Sands area. I decided to drop by Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands earlier to capture some landscape shots of the area even though I had been photographing and documenting for more than 10 years and still counting!

The weather was great, beautiful blue and gorgeous clouds, it was just as hot and humid in the late afternoon leading up to the sunset. I had managed to capture some nice Marina Bay landscapes with this great weather, the sunset in Singapore on 15th April 2016 left a deep impression inside me. The sunset was magnificent, it was fiery, it was really beautiful. Such great sunset moment don’t come often, I was really blessed and happy that I managed to witness and photographed this fiery sunset in Singapore on 15th April 2016.

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This is a priceless moment and I am there to witness it! Another awesome addition to my sunset collection! When would I get another priceless sunset moment again? I don’t know, I would just keep photographing and let the moment appear!

Canon EOS 80D Review (Part 1)

The Canon EOS 80D is one of the most recent Canon cameras releases in 2016, it was announced on 18th February 2016, grabbing some attention and limelight from the photography community. The Canon EOS 80D is now available in the market and I had the chance to have a short hands on experience to do a review of the EOS 80D. Since I only had it for a short period of five days, I couldn’t do a much more thorough review of the Canon EOS 80D and I have to wait for another opportunity in the near future to continue with the part 2 of my EOS 80D review.

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Source: Canon Singapore

In this part 1 of my Canon EOS 80D review within a short period of 5 days, I tried my best to cover a few different areas with the EOS 80D, with emphasis on the following areas for my part 1 review –

1) AF Speed and 45 cross-type AF points

One of the key improvements in the Canon EOS 80D is the 45 cross-type AF points and the AF speed. The AF is significantly faster than the EOS 70D, the predecessor to the EOS 80D. Along with the 45 cross-type AF points, it makes the job of the photographer a lot easier and faster to track, lock focus and capture the moment. This would be very ideal and useful for events photography.

For my part 2 review, I hope to test out EOS 80D capability on Dual cross-type focusing at f/2.8 with center AF point.(AF group: When Group A lenses are used)

2) 4 types of AF area selection mode

Inside the Canon EOS 80D, there is a new AF area selection mode, the large zone AF beside the other three AF areas selection mode that are present in the current/newer Canon EOS DSLRs line up.

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Source: Canon USA

I like the large zone AF, selected this AF area selection mode with AI servo AF on moving objects, coupled with the AF speed, I had mixed experiences with this, large moving objects had no issue and it was locked focused pretty fast. However, for small objects such as a small bird and at a far distance away, it was a challenge and sometimes it couldn’t lock focus properly on the small bird. For this aspect, I hope to explore this area in more details during my part 2 review, applying in evetns/sports/fast moving and on birding photography (big and small birds).

3) 24.2MP CMOS sensor with Digic 6 imaging processor

The beauty of the Digic 6 imaging processor and the 24.2MP CMOS sensor, clean, sharp, colours and details.

4) Noise level @ ISO 16,000

I took the EOS 80D out on night photo walks, testing out at ISO 16,000. The noise level is visible yet it is not too noisy in my personal humble opinion. I did a comparison with the EOS 70D, predecessor to the EOS 80D, the noise level performance is a lot better than at EOS 70D ISO 12,800. Photos at ISO 16,000 shot with the Canon EOS 80D can be seen in my 500px and Flickr photography collection.

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5) Interactive and informative LCD screen

The LCD screen of the Canon EOS 80D gets much clearer, sharper, easier to navigate (touch screen) and use for the photographer. There is also a good amount of information on the LCD screen display that you can scroll up and down when viewing the photos that you took.

6) EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, the bokeh, sharpness and softness at 135mm @ f/5.6 wide open

The EF-S family of lenses had improved a lot since I first used the EF-S lens 18-55mm lens on the Canon EOS 300D. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is a pretty good and affordable lens for travel and events usage, not too big and heavy too. The IS capability is good when taking photographs in low light situation with a slow shutter speed (in the absence of a tripod). I hope to a produce a short video clip using this lens, showcasing how it would perform in videography/movie making mode.

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During the cherry blossom event inside Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay, I brought it there for a night sakura flowers shoot, the Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135mm lens. Shooting at full open f/5.6 and focal length 135mm, this combination produced some nice photos of the sakura flowers. The bokeh is pretty smooth (not at the top end “bokehlicious” level that some photographers would define it) and the photos are quite sharp (not tack sharp though, some signs of softness).

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You can view some of my photography works on 500px and Flickr that I shot with the Canon EOS 80D review unit and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. I am looking to continue with part 2 of the Canon EOS 80D review at a later date when I am able to have the EOS 80D for a longer period of time for review.

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During my short 5 days stint with the Canon EOS 80D, I managed to get a grasp of some of the capabilities, pros and cons of this DSLR camera. If you are currently using an entry level DSLR and wish to upgrade to the next level, the Canon EOS 80D is highly recommended.

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

The Canon EOS 80D is now available at all authorised Canon dealers at the following prices –

Equipment Price
EOS 80D kit III (EF S18-200 IS) $2,299.00
EOS 80D kit II (EF S18-135 IS USM) $2,249.00
EOS 80D kit (EF S18-55 IS STM) $1,849.00
EOS 80D body $1,649.00
EF S18-135 f3.5-5.6 IS USM $899.00

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