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Refreshing the site might be a start however it isn't any good if content doesn't follow. I'll be updating the blog with a new photo every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I'm looking to get a few projects started over the coming months which I'll be sharing too.

I have plenty ideas and received suggestions (more always welcome) on what to include and add to the site. These features will be up and running as soon as I can get my head around the necessary code. 

For the next month I'm in Singapore so I figure it's only fair to share a photo I took here last year. Red and yellow are powerful colours in China - red symbolises prosperity. It might be an abstract but I'm sure you can figure what it is.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85 f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/20, 0.33ec, ISO 100



Twilight Singapore

I'm now back in Singapore for the next couple of months so hopefully, being stationary in one place for a while will allow me put together regular updates. This time round I have my tripod with me so I my aim is to get out there and shoot some long exposure photos. 

To start this new swing off the photo for today was from my excursion on Sunday night to Collyer Quay and the ever changing Skyline of Singapore. It's a pretty impressive sight and the sun sets nicely behind the buildings. I arrived slightly later than I hoped however that didn't stop me trying to capture the skyline as night time fell and the lights began to turn on. This is always my favourite time of day - just before its completely dark but the lights of the building are beginning to illuminate. 

I've added the photo to the slide show on the home page and adjusted the "Featured Gallery" to singapore to reflect my change in location. 

Canon 400D EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f7.1, 8.0s, ISO 100, -0.33ev



Rows of Pots

Sometimes I really wish I was more imaginative with naming photos. Oh well, continuing onwards..

Gong Xi Fa Cai and welcome to the year of the Rabbit. I know I'm a little bit behind on the posting but I've been busy shooting the Luna New Year from China Town, Singapore - thats my excuse and the one I'll be sticking to. Before the New Year was upon us I spent an afternoon in China Town. It was heaving with thousands of people buying food, toys, and whatever else from hundreds of stalls - a lot of which I've come to realise are make shift as they now don't exist anymore - everything for a quick buck!

I wanted to try and capture the scale of the China Town, something I found rather hard, but after coming across rows and rows of these pots I figured I had something. These pots were about 3m high and went on for 10 - 15m. It was pretty impressive. 

It took me some time to get the shot empty of a person but it was definitely worth it - even if I looked foolish standing in one place waiting for quite some time!

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 28mm, f5.6, 1/20, ISO 100




Dragon Fan

After flying from Hong Kong, during which I snapped photos of the airport, I eventually arrived in Singapore. I'm going to be spending the year here for work purposes, which should be fun and provide a good base from where I can travel the region. I'm looking forward to the change of scenery but as good as 24C - 31C everyday is I'm not looking forward to the same climate everyday year round!

I was hoping to start a project that enables me take a photo from the exact same spot at 4 points out of the year - you know, show the seasonal variation. Guess that's not going to be happening this year and I'm going to have to think of something else. Suggestions are welcome.

Since I'm in Singapore again I feel it is only suitable to post a photo from a previous trip. I like the patterns on these fans - they always tell a story, however I'm unable to read all the characters so I can't read what it says. One day. Until then I'm going to enjoy the patterns and textures.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/4, ISO 400



Torro Rosso

Whilst I was in Kuala Lumpur and extremely close to Singapore I decided there was no real excuse to miss the Singapore GP. I ended up buying my air ticket fairly last minute and had to scrounge around for tickets for the race weekend. On arriving in Singapore I had a Friday session but managed to sort myself out for the following two days soon after.

I even got myself into the Johnie Walker Jet Black after party for both Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately, I didn't catch any of the drivers.

I arrived early on Saturday and spent the early part of the day taking in the sights and locating the best positions to take in the qualifying and race. Until you hear an F1 car go past you can't really appreciate the noise they general - it is fantastically loud! Thats even with the ear plugs in.

Taking photos of a F1 car at night with my basic walk about lens is pretty much impossible, even when I chose to stand at the exit of a the slowest corner - they travel that fast! I ended up spending most my time panning, which again is nigh on impossible. This is one of my better attempts.

I need a new long and fast lens before I head back to capture Formula 1. 

Canon 400 D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/40, ISO 400, -0.33ev




As I mentioned I've been looking at additional ways to market my photos other than sharing a new photo every day (least that's what I'm trying to do). One way I have since thought of is greeting or thank you cards. Many people have a small stack at home or work ready and wating incase a quick note is needed to be sent. I got a whole bunch produced by  The feedback so far has indicated that the simple generic photos work best.

With that in mind today's photo is a very simple composition and is a personal favourite. I took this as I was walking around China Town in Singapore. There were many of these lanterns hanging between buildings and I spent a fair bit of time working out the best way to capture then.

I haven't done anything to the sky - the heavens soon opened after I took this photo - and I think the colour contrast works really well. Apparently this is one of the more popular greeting cards too. You too can send this photo as a greeting card if you click on the link below. Use 9F9271 and get a 10% discount. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 85mm, f5.6, 1/80, ISO 400



Singapore Spirals

During my last stint in Singapore I was staying in a fantastic hotel right next to down town Singapore. One evening after work I grabbed my camera and heading to a location I'd previously spied to photograph the city centre. I was however, without a tripod when the sun went down. Not smart. Especially when you need to keep the camera steady for those long exposures. Rather than trying to act as a robot and hold the camera steady (which I know I would fail at) I tried to think about any other possible shooting opportunities.

This is the result. I held the camera for about around a second so that it would record the buildings before spinning the camera around. I'm amazed at how smooth I turned the camera. Hope you like it. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f8, 2.5s, ISO 100, -0.33ev



Down Town Singapore

I've posted a good amount of HDR photos on the website and I would say around 25% of the photos I've taken have been with HDR in mind. I quite like the effect that an HDR photo produces so long as it has been processed well and not over the top (I hope I'm not doing that myself..). If you browse through any photo sharing website for HDR photos I feel currently, the majority are over processed and psychedelic but as this technique gets more familiar with photographers I think this will change.

In my opinion combining exposures to create an HDR photo is a method that assists the photographer in capturing more light. With a single exposure you are limited to a set range on light but with combining exposures you can extend this, which is why HDR photography is so interesting. 

This was one of my first HDR attempts. Its a hand held three exposure shot combined together with photomatix pro. I took a single exposure photo at the same time but the HDR really allows for a strong sunset, whilst keeping the buildings and foreground exposed.

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm f4 - 5.6; 17mm, f5.6, ISO 100 - 3 exposures



Beads and Bangles

Whenever I have suffered from a lack of inspiration or photographers block I try to head to my closest market. Living in Asia, I'm lucky to have quite a number of markets I can visit but I would think that the same would apply to a weekend fair, garage sale or a car boot sale.

Over here the markets are always full of interesting subjects - the items on sale are always vibrant/ colourful and plentiful and the interactions between both parties fantastic to watch. You can even get involved! Due to this markets can offer a variety of photographic options - you can get up close and personal or just stand back and observe or even do both!

Now, due to all these options today's photo was fairly difficult to chose. I've ended up selecting a photo I took in China Town, Singapore. I like how there are so many different types of styles and varieties of jewellery all of which are different colours. I tried to use a small depth of focus so that one or two items of jewellery really stand out. 

Canon 400D, EFS 17 - 85mm; 56mm, f5.6, 1/20, ISO 400