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Photography Outing to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I had not visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve for many years, I wasn’t even able to recall when was the last time I visited Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Therefore, I wanted to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve again for bird photography action since the bird migration season started and it would be great to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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I asked Weng Seng and Jensen, two great photography friends from our Hokkaido Photography trip in November 2014, to arrange a photography outing to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. They agreed and we fixed a Saturday morning to visit, Weng Seng invited his colleague Darren and his wife Teronne along too. Therefore, we had a pretty nice and small group for a bird photography outing at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

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We started there early in the morning, the weather was good and we can see the blue sky for once! It was free and easy, slow walk around the loop of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, stopping to photograph the various species of birds that were present, feeding or resting at Sungei Buloh. It wasn’t just bird photography, we were like on a science and nature outing! In between our bird photography, we spotted other wildlife such as crabs, mudskippers, crocodile, monitor lizard and monkey!

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With my experiences in nature/wildlife photography, I was able to spot the various birds faster and I would inform my fellow photographer friends on the type of bird species and location. We would then concentrate to photograph the particular bird in action. It was definitely great to share and help fellow photographer friends while shooing together at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.

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I would love to visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve again, probably in December and on a Saturday when there is low tide in the morning whereby I can spot the shore birds in action. A photography outing in the outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of the city rat race. This form of photography is fun and therapeutic for my mind and soul, to rejuvenate and recharge.

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I felt great to kickstart my bird photography exploration along with the migration season. That’s something for me to look forward to, the avenue to get away from work, stress and pressure, to be in the outdoors, enjoy the greenery and fresh air!


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Canon releases EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon recently released the long awaited successor to the their signature lens the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens. While I didn’t really get the chance to try and use the first generation, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens, I saw it this lens in action a number of times. The first generation EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens is a versatile, affordable and all rounder lens for sports, wildlife and event photography. While I don’t have the chance to get a touch and feel of the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens yet, the improvements are definitely worthy to take note!

Let’s hope I can get the chance to test it out and share some photographs with the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens! The newly released Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens is definitely going to interest wildlife, sports and event photographers! It suits both leisure and professional photographers!

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Let me share with you the press release information of the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens!

Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, today introduced the second generation of the venerable EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, which professionals and advanced amateurs have come to love for its power and mobility. With its compact size, wide zoom range for versatile scenes, and high-speed precision, the new EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is well-suited for many genres of photography including aviation, sports, and nature.

“The highly-anticipated EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a reflection of Canon’s commitment to innovation. Building on the success of the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, the new lens is set to lead in its class with its state of the art optic technology, sophisticated user operability and enhanced features. With the launch of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, Canon seeks to create a myriad of creative possibilities while fulfilling the exacting demands of professional photographers’ desire for superior rendering capabilities.’’ said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore.

High image quality with new ASC technology and IS unit

For professionals and advanced amateurs, high image quality is imperative.

With the use of one fluorite lens in conjunction with a super UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens, chromatic aberration is reduced and this results in outstanding image quality across its entire range of focal distances. With the improved optics of this lens, subjects in the entire frame are now rendered consistently sharp regardless of where they are in the frame.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is suited for daylight and outdoor situations, where backlight flaring and ghosting are legitimate concerns. To combat this, Canon has used the new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology to create a special film that includes air spheres filled with low refractive index air, effectively forming a layer with excellent anti-reflective effects and clear rendering.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a significantly enhanced IS (Image Stabilization) unit to deliver sharp and clear images in a variety of situations. The lens’ new IS unit provides an IS performance improvement from 1.5 steps to 4 steps and three different modes of optimal stabilization. As such, users are better equipped to tackle the challenges of photographing subjects with irregular movement moving at high speeds. Designed with a 9-blade aperture type EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm), the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM will be able to achieve natural and beautiful bokeh effect which blurs light sources in the background, producing an aesthetically appealing circular appearance.

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Convenient operability for close range zoom and autofocus

A vast improvement from its predecessor, the new design of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now allows focus on subjects as close as 0.98m. The maximum magnification ability of the new lens has been improved substantially to 0.31x – the best in its class. This effectively reduces the minimum focusing distance by almost half, making it possible to shoot very fine details or close-up photos of small subjects.

The switch in linear-style zoom control to rotation-style allows for more control and accuracy in the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM when making minute composition adjustments to the zoom distance, and allows the lens to be operated with better balance. To retain speedy zoom, the entire zoom range can be covered with a mere 95 degrees of rotation, with the required torque adjustable to suit user preferences.

With Canon’s new EOS camera technology, high-speed image processor and optimized AF (AutoFocus) algorithms, photographers are now able to make the most of the lens’ inner focus and ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) drive – achieving high speed autofocus to catch the perfect shot at all the right moments. After AF, photographers are able to fine tune their focus with a simple twist of the full-time manual focus ring, to achieve their desired effect.

In providing further ease of use, the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is designed with a new and unique lens hood design that comes with a window on the side. By opening this window, photographers have greater access to their filters, and can adjust and rotate their filters without removing the hood.

Designed for durability

Designed for professionals, the toughness of the lens has been improved with dust and water-resistant properties to prevent dirt and water from entering the lens. The robust EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens elements, making it resistant to smudges.

The newly designed tripod mount of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM can be attached and removed while the lens is still attached to the camera. This greatly improves photographers’ response time during handheld shooting so they can effectively react to shooting opportunities. It also reduces the chance of foreign particles entering the camera.

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Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM will be advised at a later date.

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

Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 Review

Canon recently introduced its first, new and exclusive range of camera bags to their extensive family of camera gears and accessories. The range of camera bags by Canon, cater to all levels of photographers for their digital SLR and compact cameras collection. When I first read about the new range of Canon camera bags, I was impressed and keen to take a look at their professional series camera bags, especially the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01. I was looking for a heavy-duty camera backpack for my serious photography (and for my assignments too) needs!

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1Dmk3 with 300mm f2.8, 70-200mm f4, 17-40mm f4 and 580ex2

The opportunity to test and review the Canon new camera bags came true and I had the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 passed to me for review. Due to the nature of my full time job, I was only able to test it on the weekends. A serious enthusiast/professional photographer usually has a number of different types of camera bags to suit the needs for different occasions and photography shoot requirements. A professional photographer usually need (and will need) a professional camera backpack to put at least 2 camera bodies, a number of lenses (3-5 lenses) and photography accessories such as speedlites, extra batteries, storage cards etc. That’s where the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 comes in handy and highly suitable for the professional photographer (or serious enthusiast photographer) in you.

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Comfortable, thick and wide shoulder straps of the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01
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15inch MBP fitted in nicely!

Let me share with you the pros, cons and thoughts on the Canon Professional Backpack RL BP-01 –

Pros

  • Shoulder straps paddings are thick, comfortable and wide.
  • There are many pockets to store photography accessories.
  • There is a top load opening to keep/take out your DSLR camera with lens attached.
  • Waterproof zips at side pockets.
  • 15inch laptop can fit in nicely.
  • A poncho to cover the bag in the event of rain.
  • There is a clip on the camera strap to lock the strap from becoming loose.
  • The professional backpack can carry up to 2 DSLR bodies (can put in 2 x 1D series bodies) and 7 lenses + accessories
  • Detachable waist strap paddings.
  • Comfortable and ergonomic back padding.
  • Hand-carry luggage size.
  • Can carry tripod and trekking poles.

Cons

  • Waist strap padding is not wide enough.
  • Hand strap on top of backpack is not thick enough.
  • No side hand straps.

The Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 is the size of a hand carry luggage [External Dimensions: (W x H x D) 350mm x 530mm x 320mm] and it should be suitable for hand carry luggage check in at major international airports [Changi Airport hand carry luggage size: 55cm (L) x 40cm (B) x 20cm (H)]. Do check with the respective airlines and airports for hand carry baggage size limits.

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Top loading method to slot in your Canon DSLR with lens attached!
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Check out the clip that helps to lock and prevent the strap from becoming loose!

Q: Which group of photographers is the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 suitable for?

A: I think the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 is highly recommended for

  • Sports / Wildlife / Outdoors photographers (with a possible camera setup combination such as 2 x 1D series DSLR bodies, 300mm prime lens, 70-200mm zoom lens, 17-40mm wide angle lens and tripod).
  • Wedding and Events Photographer.
  • Enthusiast photographer with a wide range of DSLR camera bodies and lenses combination.
  • Travel Photographer (on assignments).

In my personal and humble opinion, the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 is a well thought out and well-designed photography professional backpack, especially in the areas of bringing out the most camera gears that a photographer needs without compromising the comfort of the photographer. While it may not be the most aesthetically beautiful and colourful backpack, I don’t think it is meant to be. The Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 is designed for the serious/professional photographers with a “work horse” backpack and you don’t need it to be fanciful at all.

I am currently on the look out (and researching) for a rolling (trolley) camera backpack. The introduction of the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 gives me a good alternative for serious consideration in lieu of a rolling camera backpack. I would definitely consider the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 when I am looking for a heavy-duty professional camera backpack.

On a side note, photographers do own a number of bags, from the small pouch to the mid size messenger bags, mid size backpack and professional backpack. There is something suitable for our various cameras setup and requirements. Sometimes, photography bags are never enough and only photographers will understand this unique photographers language and practices. That’s why, for the serious enthusiast and professional photographer, the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01 might be/is suitable and ideal for you the photographer.

If you are keen to own the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01, it is now available at a Retail Recommended Price of SGD $289.

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon Professional Backpack RL PB-01. *


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Canon announced EF 200-400mm f4 L IS USM with 1.4X Extender

This big lens, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender built-in, blown me away when I first read about it on DPReview.com a few years ago. This was something that got me very excited and eagerly waiting for Canon to officially announce their arrival into the Canon EF Lenses lineup. While its arrival took a bit longer to arrive in the market, it is now officially available! This is a very versatile lens that would suit Sports and Wildlife photographers and the flexibility of the built-in 1.4x Extender makes it an even sweeter proposition. If there is another big telephoto lens that I would love to add on to my EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with built-in 1.4x Extender is definitely on my list.

I did have a short hands on experience with this lens when Canon Singapore had an event outside Cineleisure Singapore and they allowed the public to test and have a feel of the various Canon L telephoto primes. The EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4X Extender prototype was available and I had a few minutes of zooming in and out, switching on and off the built-in 1.4x Extender and shooting away on the high fps of the Canon 1DX. During that few minutes of playing with the toys, I was very impressed and excited with this particular combination of Canon 1DX and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

I would also like to share useful and interesting information that I obtained from the media releases for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender.

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X incorporates a new optical design that makes use of a fluorite lens and four UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements which effectively corrects colour aberrations across the entire zoom range. This results in high-resolution, high-contrast images comparable to those taken by large-diameter super-telephoto prime lenses.

Better moving images

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X features a newly-developed compact Image Stabilizer (IS) unit that was created through optimal part placement. For optimal IS performance in different situations, the EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X offers three IS modes:

  • IS Mode 1 is designed to shoot still subjects, and achieves image stabilisation performance equivalent to a shutter speed approximately four stops faster[1].
  • IS Mode 2 is designed for panning shots, such as when shooting sporting action or moving vehicles. 
  • IS Mode 3 is for shooting irregularly moving subjects with unpredictable movements, which corrects against vibrations only during the exposure stage.

With movie shooting being an important part of photography, the EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X has a Power Focus (PF) mode which is particularly useful for creating an attractive gradual focus shift effect during movie shooting. When PF mode is engaged, rotating the playback ring enables smooth focus shift at a consistent speed. Focus shift speed can also be switched between two speeds depending on the angle the ring is rotated to.

Information above courtesy of Canon Singapore.

Price and availability

The EF200-400MM F4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens will be available end May at authorised Canon dealers. The recommended retail price is S$16,599.

I would really love to own this beautiful and awesome combination of the Canon EOS 1DX and Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender, hopefully in the future and I need to start saving lots of money!!

Beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher

The Blue-Eared Kingfisher, a small kingfisher just 17cm in size. It has a very beautiful deep-blue and orange plumage on the body and I always wanted to photograph this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher. When I got news from Facebook Groups that the Blue-Eared Kingfisher reappeared at Hindhede Nature Park (Hindhede Quarry) part of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, I decided to go down and wait for this beautiful kingfisher to appear and photograph this special bird. My first trip was on a morning and after waiting patiently with a few other photographers, the Blue-Eared Kingfisher decided not to make an appearance. I went down again in the later afternoon/evening on another Saturday, at around 515pm. The beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher flew and perched gracefully for me and 2 other photographers at Hindhede Nature Park lookout point. I quickly took a few photographs of this beautiful Blue-Eared Kingfisher and I was very happy to get a nice photograph of this kingfisher.

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I would continue to explore different areas in Singapore, to photograph and document the bird species living in the different areas. This would take a certain period of time and this is where I can contribute towards bird/wildlife photography, bird census, documentation and nature conservation in my own personal capacity. While Singapore has a “concrete jungle” reputation, she is still a Garden in the City and has rich nature reserves that are home to beautiful birds like the Blue-Eared Kingfisher. There are many green outdoors areas for you to explore and I encourage you all to go and explore our nature reserves in Singapore! Do check out my Wildlife/Animal Photography collection on Flickr and Avian set on 500px!

Joe Riis Photography Seminar

Joe Riis, a National Geographic Photographer, was recently in Singapore to share his knowledge and experiences in an exclusive seminar, as well as conducting photography workshops too. I wasn’t able to attend his photography workshops due to work commitments, however I was blessed that I was able to attend his exclusive photography seminar. Joe is an amazing National Geographic Photographer, very inspiring and I loved this photography works and passion. Joe is in Singapore to share about the EOS Young Photographers Award by National Geographic Channel and Canon. For further details, you can check out my earlier post here on EOS Young Photographers Award.

What’s the EOS Young Photographers Award about? Here’s a short summary

“The heart of this inaugural region-wide EOS Young Photographer Awards initiative between Canon and the National Geographic Channel is to inspire youths across Asia to take an active interest in the creative arts and know more about the science of photography. Through this contest, both organizations hope to encourage the young generation to discover and pursue their passion in photography. In addition to the Young Photographer Awards competition, there will also be a seminar given by Joe Riis, an esteemed photographer from the National Geographic who will be sharing his photography experiences and provide some tips for photography enthusiasts.”

For more information on the EOS Young Photographer Awards, please visit www.celebrationofcolour.com.

The photography seminar was held at LASALLE College of the Arts and it was a great turnout by the young aspiring photographers and the older ones as well. Joe’s sharing was awesome and inspiring, we can sensed and see his passion for photography, wildlife conservation and projects, from his photographs, National Geographic assignments and travels to many different parts of the world. Joe shared his various assignments and how he made a difference, an impact that helped the wildlife, in protection and conservation.

One of his sharing was the Pronghorn Migration, that struck me a lot. Do check out his photos of the Pronghorn Migration here on his website, Joe showed the world how his research, observation, photography and education helped the Pronghorn Migration by getting an animal overpass built for the Pronghorn antelopes thus reducing fatalities. Here’s the news on National Geographic titled “Animal Overpass helps Pronghorn Survives A Dangerous Migration“. From Joe’s sharing of the Pronghorn Migration, it took him a few years to observe, photograph, share and present his findings, thus getting the local authorities to build an animal overpass for the Pronghorn antelopes.

As Joe shared more of his photography adventures, it was really amazing. Joe is an inspiration for all photographers and especially for the younger photographers. His passion, determination and how he approached his photography was very interesting, unique and useful for budding young photographers. Joe uses a landscape view approach to capture images of the wildlife and the relationship with the environment. It’s a beautiful combination of great wildlife photographs together with great landscape photography. Joe moved away from the telephoto style of capturing wildlife photography and his wide angle landscape capture of wildlife animals with the beautiful landscape is simply amazing and inspiring. You have to visit his websites to view his beautiful photography works. Joe shared some photography tips for the attendees at the seminar too!

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If you’d like to find out more about Joe Riis, please visit the following websites/links

 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/joe-riis/

– Follow Joe Riis on Twitter: Joe Riis

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After the seminar, I had a short gathering session with Joe Riis, courtesy of National Geographic Channel and Tactic PR. There were a few of us and we had a short up close and personal session with Joe Riis. That was where I got to know more about his perspective on using the wide angle landscape view to capture both wildlife animals and the environment.

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Photo Courtesy of Jerome Lim 

It was a really wonderful and awesome experience to listen from a inspiring and very talented National Geographic Photographer. Since I am a fan of National Geographic and my photography journey was heavily influenced/shaped by National Geographic, I am sure Joe Riis will be an excellent role model and inspiration for the Young EOS Photographers Awards. If you are a Young budding photographers within the ages of 13 to 25 years, do check out EOS Young Photographer Awards, please visit www.celebrationofcolour.com and Go For It!

Outdoor and Bird Photography Adventure @ Satay By The Bay

The Gardens By The Bay South, Singapore’s latest iconic landmark and destination, attracted many local and international visitors. It was officially opened on 28/06/2012 and I was there to be part of the official opening event.  Prior to that, I was also given the opportunity to visit and photograph parts of the Gardens By The Bay South when she was in the final phase of her construction and one of my photographs was selected for the official opening and roving photography exhibition around Singapore.

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I had been back there a few times and it was great to see the second phase of the Gardens By The Bay South completion finishing soon, making the connectivity to Marina Barrage and Gardens By The Bay East fully connected. Take a look at the map of Gardens By The Bay South here; you can see that there is a lake called the Kingfisher Lake and the eating area known as Satay By The Bay. The Kingfisher lake area is nearing completion while Satay By The Bay is already opened and receiving visitors to their food haven.

This area recently became a new and popular spot for birding photographers, partly due to the arrival of a single female Daurian Redstart that is neither a resident bird nor a migrant bird into Singapore. This is a first time that the Daurian Redstart is being sighted and reported in Singapore! It’s pretty amazing that a bird that is native to temperate countries such as Taiwan and Japan flew down to Singapore and chose to reside at Gardens By The Bay South, right in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake area.  The Daurian Redstart was a “star attraction” and attracted a number of bird photographers flocking down to Satay By The Bay to photograph her presence in Singapore. The number of photographs and mentions about this star attraction bird and her location helped to rally more bird photographers down to Gardens By The Bay area for bird photography. Thus, this made Gardens By The Bay a new place for bird photographers in Singapore.

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Besides this special star bird, the Daurian Redstart, there were other bird species spotted in the area of Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake. Some of the bird species spotted are –

  • Whistling Duck
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Yellow Bittern
  • White-Breasted Waterhen and her young chicks
  • Olive-Backed Sunbird
  • Pink-Necked Green Pigeon
  • Black-Headed Munia
  • Brahminy Kite (it’s the unofficial resident bird of Marina Bay, quite easily spotted flying above the Bay area)

Considering that Gardens By The Bay South was first and foremost never a natural land/nature park area, the Marina South area whereby the Gardens By The Bay is located is built on reclaimed land. She received her fair share of both praises and criticisms. Personally, I would like to give credit where it is due and highlight that Gardens By The Bay South had transformed into a new nature sector with her trees, flora and fauna, thus attracting different bird species to reside in the area. While the numbers may not be many and plentiful yet, the arrival of different bird species is a testimonial to how an artificial location can be transformed and attracts wildlife (different species of birds into the area).

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I would love to go back again and photograph the area around Satay By The Bay and Kingfisher Lake, hoping to discover more bird species residing around Gardens By The Bay South and Gardens By The Bay East. Some raptors in the sky above Gardens By The Bay and Marina Bay area had been spotted and photographed, I would love to capture them in action and share which of the raptors were there in flying action.

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Besides being a great place for photography (wildlife, landscape), it’s a great place to relax by the Marina Bay, enjoying the breeze, peace and tranquility. It’s definitely an ideal venue for running, walking, picnic and family activities time there.  I like to hang out by the water body with the trees, flora and fauna around it such as Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay. The Marina Bay area does have her leisure and outdoor recreational sectors that complements the business, offices and retail sectors, with the Gardens By The Bay South.

Do check out Marina Bay Singapore and Gardens By The Bay for more information and updates!


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Exclusive Photography Seminar By National Geographic Photographer Joe Riis!

In my journey of photography, over a period of 20+ years since I held my first Pentax ME Super SLR film camera and starting to “fire away” by pressing the shutter and wasting precious film when I was just a young boy with no knowledge about photography. I never looked back since and today, I am enjoying my photography a lot and getting more excited with a personal growth in discovering my calling in personal projects e.g. heritage, documentation, conservation, preservation and photojournalism.

One personal philosophy on personal development and growth is life long learning, regardless of whether it is in work, studies or leisure. There is always something new to learn everyday. I grew up along with National Geographic and I am a great fan of their magazines, stories and their beautiful photographs. They had a huge influence on me and my photography, inspiring me and always learning from the master photographers of National Geographic through their photography guide books and National Geographic Magazine. When I received news of an exclusive photography seminar by National Geographic Photographer Joe Riis, I had to share this wonderful news with all my readers here, especially the photography enthusiasts. This is a wonderful and awesome opportunity to learn from a master in photography! Here are the details of the exclusive photography seminar –

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Photograph by Joe Riis

Look forward to an informative seminar with Joe Riis, an award-winning photojournalist with National Geographic. Among his many achievements, Joe has won an Emmy in 2011 for his pronghorn cinematography, which was featured in the National Geographic Channel’s Great Migration series. National Geographic Channel, in partnership with Canon, invites you to experience the world’s breathtaking wildlife through the eyes of Joe Riis!

Most importantly, both the seminar and the workshop are free! However, only the first 200 registrants will get to be a part of this exclusive seminar, and out of these 20040 lucky seminar participants will get a chance to participate in a private Photography workshop conducted by Joe at the Singapore Zoo! Get up close with Joe as he shares with photographers his experiences, tips and photography techniques in capturing wildlife.

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to learn from an esteemed wildlife photojournalist this April!

The details of the event are as follows:

Seminar

Date: 7 April 2013, Sunday

Time: 10am – 12 pm

Venue: LASALLE College of the Arts

                The Singapore Airlines Theatre (Basement 1)

                1 McNally Street, Singapore 187940

Workshop

Date: 5 April 2013, Friday

Time: [Session 1] 9am – 12pm OR [Session 2] 3pm-6pm

Venue: Singapore Zoological Gardens

                80 Mandai Lake Road

                Singapore 729826

How to sign up for workshops and seminar:
1. Download the registration form from the link provided (http://we.tl/23CIRniWef)
2. Send the completed form to register@thisisanagram.com

The first 200 registrants will receive a confirmation email with the details of the event. To qualify for the selection for the private workshop, simply indicate your interest in your registration form by ticking your preferred workshop session. Successful applicants for the workshop will be notified by 3 April 2013.

If you’d like to find out more about Joe Riis, please visit the following website: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/joe-riis/

 ** Information and photograph courtesy of Joe Riis and SPRG ** 

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

An Adventure with EF 400mm f5.6 L lens

Wildlife Photography, a field of photography that can be exciting and fun, photographing many different types of wildlife in your local areas and surroundings or traveling overseas to experience different climates, terrains and types of unique wildlife that can be  photographed. This photography field usually requires more dedicated and niche equipment especially the longer prime lenses because the objects (wildlife) are usually quite far away and only 400mm lenses and above would be able to capture them nicely and they are not too small in size on your photo!

Recently I was kindly loaned Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L by my photographer friend David, you can check out his photos here on 500px and he’s into bird photography. It was a very nice gesture from a fellow photographer and it’s also a very nice “poisoning” (inducing/encouraging to buy more lenses!) to make me accelerate my plans to buy a telephoto lens (I am aiming at a 2nd hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens)

I took the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 on a walkabout over 2 weekends for a wildlife photography walkabout around the greenery nearby my home. Although my main aim was Bird Photography, the 400mm f/5.6 suits other animal/wildlife photography too! The lens isn’t too heavy for a walkabout wildlife lens, however, you need to get used to the extra weight on your neck and shoulders! The Auto Focus is pretty fast and accurate, being able to track, follow, focus and photograph the animal (birds flying in the context of my post here) pretty quickly. It would not really be fair, comparing it with her cousin EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM (that I got the chance to try it out during Formula Drift 2012) though. The EF 400mm f/5.6 is a very decent and fast prime lens, highly suitable for walkabout wildlife photography whereby you don’t really need a significantly faster Auto Focus and the need for a bigger aperture.

Using the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 lens was a great fun and experience for me to venture into Bird Photography, something that I haven’t started to explore without the super telephoto prime lenses. Hopefully, when I finally get to own the EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens, I can go for my wildlife photography more often, probably equip myself with the extenders 1.4x and 2.ox to complement my EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens (hopefully in the near future!)

Take a look at my wildlife photography photographs here on Flickr !


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