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Singapore F1 GP 2014

In the 7th year of the Singapore GP since her maiden debut in the year 2008, I had been faithfully following and going to Singapore GP over the 7 years and I never got bored at the Singapore GP since I am a fan of motorsports and Formula 1 racing! The only difference this year was the change of the title sponsor from SingTel to Singapore Airlines, the organiser overall had done a good job in keeping its status as a iconic F1 circuit and destination on the F1 calendar! The street circuit night race still stands out as a jewel in the F1 circuit calendar!

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While I only bought Friday practice ticket, the atmosphere was great and we can still see the crowds at the Singapore GP Marina Bay Street circuit park. I went to my favourite spots in Zone 4, at Turns 11, 12 and 13. Due to work constraints, I was a bit late in entering to catch Practice 1 and spent my shooting time during Practice 2 at Turn 11. In between practice 1 and practice 2, there was a time for me to take a break first and I went to look for my uncle and cousin, who were there too to enjoy Friday practice session! We hanged out for a while to chat and walk around the Padang, took photos before we go to our respective spots to watch practice 2!

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I managed to get a good spot at Turn 11 for practice 2, there wasn’t anybody in front of me and my view wasn’t obstructed, great to shoot the F1 cars in action! I think I probably managed to get all of the F1 cars in action! During the one and half hours of practice 2, I still thoroughly enjoyed my sports photography and continued honing my sports photography techniques and tips on shooting F1 cars! Armed with my highly trusted and reliable Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 USM L lens, along with my reliable and trustworthy work horse DSLR, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III. This combination is definitely an ideal and awesome sports photography setup!

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One of the highlights of Singapore F1 GP 2014 is the great and awesome rock band, 五月天 a.k.a. MayDay from Taiwan performing on Friday night! They are very popular and loved in Singapore, it was great to see them performing live again in Singapore at the Singapore GP 2014! They rocked the house down, sang their hearts and souls out with their passion and music, the die hard fans reciprocate and rocked the house down too with their screams and singing along to their heartwarming and beautiful melodies!

I left Friday Singapore F1 GP 2014 on a high and enjoy myself thoroughly! Looking forward to Singapore GP 2015!


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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 ** 

Journey of my sports/wildlife photography setup

Photography, when I first entered into this wonderful world, there was no turning back. I remembered the first real influence on my photography and still am a huge influence today, it wass National Geographic, their wildlife photography, travels, photojournalism in visiting countries, cultures and history etc. Therefore, wildlife photography was a field that I liked a lot yet I didn’t really explore due to equipment and budget constraints.

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I have another area whereby I have a very strong interest and that is sports, playing, watching, analyzing and photographing high speed sports action, especially football, rugby, Formula One. Although my current setup did allow me to take sports and wildlife photography, comprising of the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM. I have plans to raise myself to another level in my sports and wildlife photography, with the addition of a prime lens, the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM Mark I.

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens is an ideal dream lens (a basic prime lens for sports/wildlife and a must have lens) for most sports and wildlife photography, without going into too much of a comparison of which other prime lens (such as the 400mm, 500mm or 600mm) would be more suitable/better. I saw this beautiful lens probably about more than a year ago, it was a mint and well kept used lens. I tried and held it, knowing that it was a second hand lens, manufactured around June 1995.  Being a very cost conscious and prudent person, never rushing into buying anything (I am a typical Capricorn). I planned my budgeting, weigh the costs and “returns”, almost everyday dreaming about owning an excellent condition second hand telephoto L prime lens.

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After a period of time of contemplating and deciding, I finally made a decision that I never regretted, making a reservation for the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM Mark I lens and collecting it on the 22nd Sep 2012 that was Day 2 of Singapore GP 2012. I was very happy to own this beautiful and awesome lens, which can fulfill my sports and wildlife photography (mostly). However, the journey didn’t end here and it only just begun on 22nd Sep 2012, I realized that my current accessories such as tripod, monopod and ball head were unable to handle the weight of my Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM Mark I combination.

This was an enriching and enlightening journey, chatting with photography mentors/seniors, Uncle Nelson, Mr Chan, Philip and Daniel. I learned about how heavy a tripod and a ball head (respectively) can take the weight of my new heavy weight combination. There was quite a bit of homework to research the various tripod and ball head brands and their technical specifications. Further in-depth research and analysis was finding a tele-converter and considering a gimbal head for my setup. Finally, after intensive research, planning, weighing the costs and requirements, I decided on the following additional accessories, after 4 months of researching, planning, asking for advice. The purchase flow execution took place a few times over the 4 months, doing it stage by stage, from tele-converter, monopod, ball head, tripod and finally camouflage lens cover. With each individual item separately added over a period of 4 months and on the 22nd January 2013, the Lens Coat camouflage cover arrived, signifying the completion of sports and wildlife photography setup (first round).

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Here’s my sports and wildlife photography setup that I built up over a period of 4 months

–       Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM Mark I

–       Manfrotto 055XProB

–       Sirui Ball head

–       Monopod

–       Lens Coat Camouflage Neoprene Cover for EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM Non-IS Mark I

–       Canon Extender 1.4x Tele-Converter (TC) Mark I (Mint second hand condition)

–       Peak Design Leash (to strap onto my 300mm allowing easy carrying it around)

Along with my Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, these would be sports and wildlife photography setup. Not to forget my new jungle hat gift from my Scoutmaster friends in Hawaii, the multi-functional headwear buff by National Geographic and Oakley Half Jacket!

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This is my story, a journey of my sports/wildlife photography setup, which took time, patience, planning, budgeting and lastly dreaming to make it turn into a reality! With a planned post like this, a portrait shot with my gear was on my agenda. Fellow photographer Renhao kindly agreed to help me out and I had a new portrait/profile photo and new cover photograph for my Facebook Page (that would be updated soon!)

Looking and moving ahead, I promised to bring my sports and wildlife photography to a new and higher level, sharing with all my readers and supporters here, who had been following and supporting me all these time! Here are my sports and wildlife photography portfolio!

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Wildlife Photography

Sports Moments Photography

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Sports Photography Collection

Wildlife/Animal Photography Collection

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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