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NDP 2015 Rehearsals – Aerial Display and Fireworks Photos

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

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

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


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NDP 2013 (from Marina Promontory)

Singapore’s 48th Birthday Celebration on 9th August 2013 was celebrated with a traditional parade and celebration at the Floating Platform at Marina Bay, while I wasn’t able to get a ticket, I joined the action at the other end of the Marina Bay region, where the Marina Promontory is located, one of the good spots for watching and enjoying fireworks.

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I went there early at around 3pm to choose my location for myself and 2 other friends, that came later. The weather at that time wasn’t good, half sunny, the other half was dark rain clouds that were threatening to rain anytime. DK soon came and joined me there, setting up and waiting patiently for the National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 to start in the evening and my friend David came around in the evening, in time for the pre-parade segments. The weather in the evening wasn’t good, with a thunderstorm looming in the background of Suntec City skyline and lightning was seen flashing across the area. Due to the poor weather conditions and concern for safety, the Red Lions were not able to perform their traditional jump during this NDP 2013, while there were some disappointments in this highly anticipated and eagerly awaited performance from the Red Lions, I felt that it was a right call taking into consideration the bad weather and poor visibility conditions.

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Soon, the pre-parade segments started and we waited for the National Flag Flypast, the Aerial Flypast and display by the Republic of Singapore Airforce F15 and F16. We all started to aim our cameras into the sky and trying to capture the air show display in action! Once that was over, it was a waiting game for the fireworks to start in about 1hr time. We just take landscape blue hour shots of the Marina Bay area, getting vibrant blue hour colours with the building lights. The colours from Marina Bay Sands were very beautiful and they have the Crescent Moon and Five Stars logo appearing, celebrating NDP 2013!

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When the fireworks came, we found it very challenging to capture the fireworks. The pace and speed of the fireworks was intense, a lot faster than their rehearsals and they were firing more fireworks together. Thus my fireworks were “very bright” and the smoke from the fireworks was pretty slow in blowing away, thus making my fireworks photos pretty interesting. I still love fireworks, watching and photographing fireworks!

As we celebrated Singapore’s 48th National Day Parade, let’s wish Singapore a Happy 48th Birthday!

NDP 2013 Rehearsals Fireworks

Singapore’s National Day Parade (NDP) 2013 is coming soon on the 9th August 2013. In the months leading up to NDP 2013, there were a few rehearsals preparing them for the big day on the 9th August 2013. During this period of time with the rehearsals going on, I went to capture the various NDP 2013 Rehearsals Fireworks and I am sharing with you the Fireworks that you can catch during Singapore’s 48th Birthday Celebrations on 9th August 2013!

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If you like to know more about how to take fireworks, check out my Fireworks tips here!

FlyPast Meets National Flag!

Singapore’s 48th Birthday is coming soon on the 9th August 2013, our National Day Parade (NDP) 2013. During this period of time, we will be able to watch some of their rehearsals around the Marina Bay area. We decided to head towards Gardens By The Bay East to capture the NDP 2013 rehearsal fireworks that day. While waiting at Gardens By The Bay East, I managed to capture this moment during NDP 2013 Combined Rehearsal 5 on 20th July 2013 when the F16 fighter jets do a FlyPast after our Singapore National Flag flown across the Marina Bay Floating Platform when our National Anthem was sung.

The moment was great, right place, right time, right moment and I was happy to capture this moment with a beautiful Singapore sunset behind the Marina Bay region.

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Canon EOS 1D X Photography Adventure

On the 18th October 2011, at 1300hrs Singapore Local Time, I was first introduced to a very powerful DSLR that sets the benchmark for professional level series DSLR, “it’s a monster” something like what we called the Nissan Skyline GT-R 34, the same equivalent of a very powerful DSLR. This was the Canon EOS-1D X and I still recall my first hands on experience with the Canon EOS-1D X, it’s so beautiful and so powerful.

I am a current EOS-1D Mk III user and my experiences with the 1D series DSLR bodies helped me a lot in using the Canon EOS-1D X when I had a hands-on 1 week photography adventure with the 1D X with the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 pan cake lens, courtesy of the special arrangement by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.Thank you very much for this wonderful arrangement that gave me an opportunity to test and try it out during the one week stint. Oh yes, if you are keen on the Canon EOS-5D Mark III, do check out my earlier post! While the Canon EOS-1D X wasn’t available to enter any photography competition during my one week stint, I am very happy to have this beautiful and powerful DSLR for a test run and it just reinforces something in me –

My belief and trust in the Canon EOS-1D series especially the Canon EOS-1D X, the strengths, reliability and high speed capabilities for photojournalism, events and high speed sports action photography

Let me share with all of you, some of the key technical specifications for the Canon EOS-1D X

Canon EOS-1D X Specifications Summary

  • Dimensions : 158 x 163.6 x 82.7mm
  • Image Sensor : 18.1 mega-pixel 35mm full frame DUAL Digic 5+
  • ISO Speeds : 100 – 51200 with (L: 50) and (H1:102400, H2:204800)
  • Multiple Exposures : Yes
  • Continuous Shooting Speed : 12 fps (Max) / 14 fps (Super High Speed Continuous Shooting)
  • Shutter Durability : 400,000 cycles
  • Recording Media : CF Cards x 2
  • AF System : 61 point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-type points)
Pros
  • Very fast and powerful DSLR
  • Full Frame
  • The ability to shoot at 14fps will be most welcome by sports and fast action photography (e.g Formula One, football matches)
  • 61 point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-type points)
  • Autofocus is very fast and responsive
  • Selection of AF Area to suit your needs – Single-point Spot AF (Manual Selection), Single-point AF (Manual Selection), AF Point Expansion (Manual Selection), AF Point Expansion (Manual Selection, Surrounding Points), Zone AF (Manual Selection of Zone) and 61-point Automatic Selection AF
  • Grid and Electronic Level display is very useful and handy
  • Advanced EOS Movie capabilities
  • The ISO Speed range up to 51200 will be very handy if you ever need to use it (e.g. inside an arts performance theatre)
  • In fast action photography especially in sports, I will prefer to use high speed CF cards over high speed SD cards (this is my personal opinion).  Therefore 2 x CF card slots will be more ideal and suitable for fast action photography.
  • Monochrome Picture Style can be activated if you decide to shoot black-and-white photographs straight out from the Canon EOS-1D X (it’s pretty awesome!)
  • AI Servo AF Characteristics – latest state of the art technology, very smart, powerful and useful. There are 6 cases and you can fine tune to suit your shooting needs.
  • A robust magnesium alloy body, the EOS-1D X features a dust-proof and drip-proof design to meet the high demands presented by the most grueling of shooting conditions.
  • New shutter unit featuring carbon fibre shutter blades that are lightweight and more rigid.
  • Shutter lifespan of 400,000 cycles !
  • Canon EOS-1D X is a very ideal DSLR (A MUST HAVE!) for the semi-professional and full time professional, events, photojournalists and sports photographers.
Cons
  • You can only use 2 x CF cards and not like the previous 1D series models whereby you can use SD and CF storage cards.
  • The ISO speed at 51,200 is grainy. Sometimes it might work for you, sometimes it might not. Another factor is a photographer’s tolerance of grain.
  • With the number of controls, dials, buttons, complexity, it might be a huge and steep learning curve for the beginners.
  • The Canon EOS-1D X is a very intelligent, state of the art, fast action and powerful DSLR, sometimes it’s just too good and intelligent that the user (like myself) took a while to get used to it.
  • No more crop-factor and you might be hindered by it (if you are too used to 1.6x or 1.3x crop factor)
  • The price is high and for many people, it’s out of their budget. Therefore, the Canon EOS-1D X suits a niche group of photographers.

There is a key characteristics of the Canon EOS-1D X that I really like it a lot during my one week stint. I didn’t really have the time to learn more of the AI Servo AF Characteristics that have 6 cases that you can fine tune. This marvelous capability will help sports and fast action events photography to capture their images faster and sharper without missing out on the first one or two photos that might be blurred due to the AI Servo focusing the object in action. Canon USA has a pocket guide on the Canon EOS-1D X AF Setting Guide, do download the pocket guide, read it and tune the 6 cases of the AI Servo AF Characteristics.

Do check out my photographs taken with the Canon EOS-1D X here –

Flickr ~ EOS-1D X Review 

500px ~ EOS-1D X Review

The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 pan cake lens is a value for money lens, lightweight, very portable. It’s sharp at full open f/2.8 and the bokeh is pretty smooth and silky for aperture size at f/2.8. The pan cake lens is an ideal walkabout lens, it will suit the entry level Canon DSLRs e.g. 650D, 1100D and semi-pro level DSLRs e.g. 60D, 5D, 7D. When the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 lens is mounted on the Canon EOS-1D X, it just look a bit different since it’s a small lens on a big DSLR body! However, it’s really handy and useful lens! I believe that (in my personal humble opinion) the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 lens will soon become a MUST HAVE lens (along with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8) among Canon photographers.

From my sharing above, I will not hide away that I am a very big fan of the Canon EOS-1D X and I will love to own it someday, hopefully in the next one to two years. My photography evolves around events and fast action sports photography, the Canon EOS-1D X definitely suits my needs and usage. Since I am not a full time professional photographer, it’s not easy to set aside the amount of investment into the Canon EOS-1D X, with that amount of investment can also be put into Canon EF L prime telephoto lenses investment.

The Canon EOS-1D X is such a beautiful and powerful DSLR, if you are into events, photojournalism and sports action photography, you will go and invest into the Canon EOS-1D X without any distractions and hesitations. If you own a Canon EOS-1D X, you make a most awesome decision in such an investment! Happy shooting and share your photographs!


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Photography Outing with UQAAS – Fireworks + Food

An evening of fun, filled with chatting, sharing my fireworks photography tips and lots of food. This was the outing that we held recently for University of Queensland Alumni Association of Singapore (UQAAS) on 4th August 2012 at the Marina Bay area, between the Marina Promontory and Marina Bay City Gallery. I decided to organise a small outing for my alumni and I chose the National Day Parade (NDP) 2012 preview rehearsal to conduct a fireworks photography tips session and the hardworking UQAAS Ex-Co organised the food eating segment after that.

While some of us set up our equipment for the fireworks, the rest were relaxing, chatting away and enjoying the weekend atmosphere around the Marina Bay, watching the rehearsal performance by the Singapore State Flag flypast and the fighter jets performing above the Marina Bay skyline. I had a enjoyable time chatting away while waiting in between the performances at Marina Bay, sharing my photography adventures, the fireworks photography tips and ideas on how I can conduct other photography related events in the future for UQAAS. Oh yes, do check out my Fireworks collection here on Flickr! This was a great experience for me too, teaching and sharing my photography tips that I gained/learned over the years to friends, will help me too. In any forms of training and learning, if you are able to share/teach what you have learned or your expertise to others, you can improve better!

The lovely folks from UQAAS Ex-Co were also busy networking and sharing with fellow alumnus on their upcoming events and activities they would be organising or events that UQAAS would be supporting and participating at Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) or University of Queensland (UQ) initiative events. Do check them out for more details of events! After capturing and watching the NDP 2012 Preview Rehearsal fireworks, we packed up and headed towards 7 Storey Restaurant for lots of good food, located at the Marina Barrage, we had the Hainanese chicken rice, Hainanese pork chop, charcoal steamboat. While eating, it was relaxing and chatting way, sharing stories of our UQ study and living experiences and not to forget sharing about our favourite topic at the dinning table – Food !

Since we ate quite a lot of nice delicious food, we didn’t go home immediately after that. Instead, we walked around the dam, enjoying the evening stroll and beautiful Marina Bay skyline, taking (touristy) group photos. Yes, lots of fun taking touristy shots though! Looking ahead, more UQAAS activities coming up, when would I be organising another photography event? I am still in the process of planning something, thinking of a theme, maybe local Singapore hawker food photography touring ? I also have to check on the timing and schedule of the other events to ensure no clashes with the other UQAAS events too.

Thanks to my UQAAS alumnus friends for coming down, taking photographs, chatting, sharing of our UQ study/living days and food of course!

Happy 47th National Day Birthday to Singapore!

On 9th August 2012, at approximately 1845hours above the sky at Marina Bay, the State Flag of Singapore was doing a Fly Past,. This is Singapore, celebrating her 47th National Day birthday!

With a big National Day Parade planned at Marina Bay Floating Platform, I wasn’t able to get a ticket to watch the National Day Parade and celebrations, my friends, DK, Justin, Sue and myself decided to camp at The Promontory @ Marina Bay, a great spot to have a panoramic view of Marina Bay and surroundings, it’s also a great spot for fireworks photography too!

Sue was there much earlier to “book” a spot for us and we patiently waited for the Red Lions parachuting from the sky and landing on the floating platform, the National Flag flypast, aerial display and my favourite fireworks! The Marina Promontory was very crowded with spectators, enjoying the atmosphere and National Day Parade action! While I soak in the celebration mood and atmosphere, blessed and grateful for where I am today, there were many thoughts too going through my mind and I penned it down here on my personal blog – Happy 47th Birthday! Happy National Day Singapore! Looking back at the National Day Parade 2012 rehearsals, it was great fun shooting the fireworks rehearsals and aerial displays. Rounding it up is the actual National Day Parade 2012!

I will like to wish Singapore a Happy 47th National Day!

Happy Birthday Singapore!


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NDP 2011 – From LeVeL33

9th August 2011, Singapore’s 46th Birthday, a day of National Celebrations, our National Day Parade (NDP) 2011, happening across the Marina Bay region, with the main parade and performance held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. Our NDP never fails to attract visitors to the Marina Bay area, with many festivities around different parts of the Bay area, watching the pre-parade performances and of course, getting a good spot for the beautiful and magnificent fireworks! The fireworks is always a major attraction for everybody, they all love the NDP fireworks at the Marina Bay!

Shooting Fireworks at Marina Bay for the past since 2007, I always have been an avid Fireworks lover, influenced by playing many   firecrackers when I was a young kid overseas during Chinese New Year Celebrations. Do check out my collection of fireworks! This year’s NDP 2011, is very special and significant for me because I was given the opportunity by LeVel33, a craft-brewery, restaurant and lounge, with such a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Marina Bay and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) who facilitated this special invitation and arrangement for me to go up with Mr Chin, another avid photographer to capture the fireworks.

I reached there at 5pm and was immediately mesmerised by the beauty, design and ambience of LeVeL33, gorgeous and classy, when I stepped out to the terrace, I was totally blown away by the beautiful scenery of Marina Bay from the 33rd floor, with an opportunity to dine, wine, relax and chill with your friends with such a magnificent landscape beauty. Yes, this is Marina Bay, located in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.

From the terrace of LeVeL33, I was able to watch the pre-parade performances from the Red Lions parachuting down from the sky landing on the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the Sea Hawk and Chinook flying below us into the Marina Bay, the National Flag Fly-Past right across our eyes and the F15 fighter jets doing the Presidential Salute, flying right above us LeVeL33. It’s really a bird’s eye view of the action and many customers at LeVeL33 are drawn to the terrace to watch the NDP 2011 action too! During my time there, I had made new friends the table beside me, had a great time sharing about my photography experiences, letting them try and hold my DSLR equipment setup and they had a nice time holding and posing with it!

While waiting for the fireworks to start at about 805pm, the changing sceneries from the evening sunset into the night from LeVeL33 is so beautiful, beyond words actually. Marina Bay Singapore definitely stands out in the world with an all rounded fun and action living and excitement. When the fireworks, started I was so happy to be able to capture it from such a bird’e eye view location!

Happy 46th Birthday Singapore!

Many Many special THANKS to LeVeL33 and URA for this special arrangement and invitation! Last but not least, enjoy the photographs on my Flickr taken from LeVeL33, you must visit them to enjoy the food, ambience and the gorgeous view of Marina Bay Singapore!

 

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Fireworks!

An upcoming fireworks that you can view on the 9th August 2011, Singapore’s National Day Parade Celebrations at the Marina Bay area.

Would you to learn how to capture Fireworks? Look no further, check out the Fireworks Photography tips HERE & my Fireworks Photos Collection!!

Bird’s Eye View from The World’s Highest Al Fresco Bar !

Bird’s eye view from The World’s Highest Al Fresco Bar, located in the heart of cosmopolitan and modern Singapore, would you like to be up there ?

I was very honoured to be selected by Open Rice Singapore, they gave me a pair of tickets to visit The World’s Highest Al Fresco Bar, known as 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar, at OUB Centre, 1 Raffles Place. This wonderful location by One Rochester, 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar, is currently not open to public for viewing, except only for patrons of the restaurant on 62nd floor and the sportsbar on the 61st. Therefore, on 9th August 2010, in conjunction with Singapore’s 45th Birthday Celebrations, “See It All, Singapore” at 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar was opened up to the public for selected viewing at designated time slots.

My designated time slot was from 3pm to 4pm, invited lifestyle blogger, Amanda up to visit too ! The weather was great, sunny clear blue skies, however, being a tropical country, the sunlight can be pretty strong around that time and it was really hot ! Nevertheless, I had an awesome time up there, enjoying the panoramic views of Singapore’s Marina Bay, Raffles Place Central Business District !! Looking a bit further out, you can see the Eastern side of Singapore (Tanjong Rhu) and Southern part of Singapore (Vivo City and Sentosa) !!


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I would like to thank OpenRice Singapore and One Rochester for the opportunity to visit The World’s Highest Al Fresco Bar, 1-Altitude Gallery and Bar ! Looking forward to visit in the evening and night to capture the beautiful night sceneries of Singapore!