Pulau Bukom Fire – 2011

Single Shot #9

A fire broke out at the Shell oil refinery on Pulau Bukom at 1:15pm on 28 Sep 2011. It lasted 32 hours before it was put out. The affected area was at an open area at the refinery where there were a network of pumps, valves and pipelines carrying gasoline, kerosene and other refined oil products.

The fire is at the centre of the photo. The plume from the stack is not a fire. It is a flare stack which is used to burn waste hydrocarbons.

The photo was taken from Palawan beach at Sentosa Island which is about 6 km away. The time was 7 pm.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EF 70 – 300 mm at 300 mm. 1/20 sec @ f/7.1 ISO 400
(effective focal length is 480 mm)

You can read up on the background information on the fire in the Singapore Infopedia website.

Enjoyable Fear

Single Shot #8

Battlestar Galatica is a duelling roller coaster located in Universal Studio Theme Park in Sentosa Island, Singapore. One of the coasters is a traditional carriage (Humans) where the passengers are seated. The other an inverted track (Cylons) where the passengers are hung with their feet free. The Cylons will do 5 inversions per run. This is the one you see below.

The ride last an exhilarating 90 seconds along the 1 km track with top speed of  90 km/hr.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EF 70 – 300 mm at 214 mm. 1/800 sec @ f/5.0 ISO 800 (Cropped)


Cat’s Eye

Single Shot #7

Street cats have interesting behaviours. They can be cautious,  timid, curious. This one is aloof. Looking at me in the eye, he seems to be saying to me, “What are you looking at?”

What’s he saying to you?


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EF-S 17-55 mm at 55 mm. 1/60 sec @ f/2.8 ISO 200(Cropped)

Misty Memories

Single Shot #6

Two holiday makers taking a snapshot to remember their holiday at the Universal Studio. The artificial mist is created at the base of the Universal Studio’s Globe. It was a hot noon shot. The model was trying to keep his eyes open in the glare and the the watery mist.


Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EF 70-300 mm at 170 mm. 1/1000 sec @ f/5.0 ISO 200

SBB 420

Single Shot #5

The image below is a scanned photo of a Swiss Federal Railway (SBB – Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) . The location was the Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Main Railway Station) and the year was 1988. From my research, the train engine is a Swiss Railway RE 420 electric powered locomotive. It is one of the most common locomotive operated by SBB. These locomotives were produced between 1964 and 1985. It’s maximum speed is more than 75 mph. Some of the locomotives are still in service today.

Rail transport is a major mode of transportation in Switzerland and the SBB has an extensive rail network serving the entire country. This particular train operated between Zurich and Kloten Airport.



Photo Technical Data:

Nikon FM,  Nikkor 43-86 f/3.5. Scanned from negative.