Fusionopolis

Single Shot #30

Fusionopolis is a business park managed by Singapore’s Jurong Town Corporation (JTC). Covering 1 hectare of the One North Development, Fusionopolis houses information and communications technologies (ICT), media, physical sciences and engineering industries. The tower on the left is Connexis South and the one on the right is Symbiosis. Connexis North is hidden in the picture behind the South Tower. These 3 towers comprise Phase 1 of the complex and was designed by the Japanese architect, Dr Kisho Kurokawa. Phase 1 was officially declared open in Oct 2008.

The photo was taken from a distance of 640m (as the crow flies) from the National University Hospital (NUH) Medical Center on an overcast day.

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Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 24 – 105mm f/4L , @f/6.3, 1/320 sec, ISO 320

Boh Tea Centre

Single Shot #29

BOH tea plantations in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia have 3 tea gardens. The one at Sungei Palas has a tea centre overlooking the plantations. It is a cantilevered structure jutting from a hill. You can also enjoy a cakes and of course, a cup of tea at the balcony cafe which offers a splendid view of the plantations.

The centre also conducts a short factory tour to see how tea leaves are processed. The centre also sells some of BOH tea’s product which is not normally available at domestic retail outlets.

The photo was take taken at noon, thus the deep shadows and glint from the glossy tea leaves. I would suggest that a better time would be in the early morning or late afternoon to capture the rolling greens.

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Trivias

BOH plantations was founded in 1929 by John Archibald (J A) Russell, a British businessman. The current chairman is J A Russell’s son, Tristan Russell and the CEO is Tristan’s daughter, Caroline Russell.

The BOH tea plantation at 8,000 acres is reputed to be the largest in South East Asia

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 16 – 35mm f/4L , @f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO 160

 

Lightning

Single Shot #28

After the last post, #27 Rainy Night, I decided to post another weather related image. This time it is a lightning bolt. I tried shooting lightnings many times and almost all the images that I captured were not that great. I would rate this image as probably mediocre, but it will serve as a record of an early attempt.

It is difficult to capture lightnings because one, you need to wait for a thunderstorm and two, you need to be quick. The technique I used was to keep the shutter open and cover the lens with a black cardboard. I will uncover the lens momentarily a few times while the shutter is open. By doing so, there is a higher probability of capturing one or more lightning strikes.

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It took many tries before I managed to get a few shots, while hoping that the storm will continue for a little longer.Some colour correction was done to the image.

Lightning trivia:

The temperature of the air that is heated by the lightning bolt is around 25,000° C. This is 3 times hotter than the surface of our sun.

The lightning has an electric potential of 100 million volts. An average lightning strike discharges 20,000 to 30,000 amps and the estimated peak power of of each lightning bolt is 1,000 Gigawatts.

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 24 – 105L mm, f/16, 22 sec, ISO 100

A Rainy Night in Taipei

Single Shot #27

Shooting in the rain is always a challenge as I am wary that camera equipment and wet weather is not a good combination. Shooting on an cold early spring evening also introduce the possibility of condensation.  However, night rain  produces good mood photo scenes. The rain drops create halos around lamp lights, the wet ground reflects the colours with people huddling from the rain.

This photo was taken sometime ago in early March in the shopping district of Ximending, Taipei. It was a passing shower which lasted less than 30 minutes but boy, was it cold and wet. I took the photo while taking shelter under a Subway entrance. The lens IS system works wonderfully as the image is sharp even when shot hand-held at 1/10s.

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Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 24 – 105L mm, f/4.5, 1/10 sec, ISO 800

Plastic Autobot

Single Shot #26

Seen at the Subaru Challenge at Ngee Ann City on 5 Nov.  The Subaru Challenge is an endurance contest where participants has to place their palms on a car and keep it there until only one contestant remains. Only short rest periods are allowed (5 minutes rest every 6 hours) so one of the challenges is sleep deprivation. The 2015 winner endured 77 hours and 58 minutes and the 2014 winner, stood for 82 hbours and 16 minutes. Amazing!

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Autobots taking part are not playing fair as they have super powers and humans will not be able to outlast them at this challenge. Anyway, why would an Autobot want to win a car. I thought they would be able to transform into one.

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 70 – 300L mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO 800

Space Marines

Single Shot #25

Two United Nations Space Command (UNSC)  soldiers in full battle dress standing at ready. If you ever played Halo, the computer game, you would know who they are. Judging from their near spotless armour, they have yet to see action.

Puzzled? Those familiar with Halo will understand.  (Clue : XBox)

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Photo Technical Data:

Canon 7D, EFS 17 – 55 mm, f/3.2, 1/20 sec ISO 800

Hazy Night

Single Shot #24

Last year, 2015,  was a bad year as far as haze pollution goes. Making the best of a bad hazy night, this is a photo of a deserted street when the Pollution Standards Index, PSI was hitting a very unhealthy range.

Hazy nights are almost monochromatic so they are very suitable for black and white treatment. The post processing gives a low key treatment to give emphasis to the lit road and the backscatter on the street lamps.

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Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 24 – 105mm /f4 , f/6.3 ISO 200, 3.2 sec

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Single Shot #23

Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, so goes the song by Noël Coward. The song was written when Coward was in Vietnam and was first performed on 1 June, 1931 in New York. The song satirizes the British Colonials who ran the Empire in the 1930’s.

In his book, Noël Coward: The Complete Lyrics, he wrote, “I wrestled in my mind with the complicated rhythms and rhymes of the song until finally it was complete, without even the aid of pencil and paper. I sang it triumphantly and unaccompanied to my travelling companion on the verandah of a small jungle guest house. Not only Jeffrey, but the gecko lizards and the tree frogs gave every vocal indication of enthusiasm”.

The shot below was taken near noon in the shopping district and although I cannot confirm if that was an Englishman, I can certainly say it was one very hot day.

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Link Noël Coward’s Mad Dog and Englishmen (YouTube) – open in new window

Lyrics below.

In tropical climes there are certain times of day
When all the citizens retire to tear their clothes off and perspire.
It’s one of the rules that the greatest fools obey,
Because the sun is much too sultry
And one must avoid its ultry-violet ray.
The natives grieve when the white men leave their huts,
Because they’re obviously, definitely nuts!

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,
The Japanese don´t care to, the Chinese wouldn´t dare to,
Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one
But Englishmen detest-a siesta.
In the Philippines they have lovely screens to protect you from the glare.
In the Malay States, there are hats like plates which the Britishers won’t wear.
At twelve noon the natives swoon and no further work is done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

It’s such a surprise for the Eastern eyes to see,
that though the English are effete, they’re quite impervious to heat,
When the white man rides every native hides in glee,
Because the simple creatures hope he will impale his solar topee on a tree.
It seems such a shame when the English claim the earth,
They give rise to such hilarity and mirth.
Ha ha ha ha hoo hoo hoo hoo hee hee hee hee ……

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The toughest Burmese bandit can never understand it.
In Rangoon the heat of noon is just what the natives shun,
They put their Scotch or Rye down, and lie down.
In a jungle town where the sun beats down to the rage of man and beast
The English garb of the English sahib merely gets a bit more creased.
In Bangkok at twelve o’clock they foam at the mouth and run,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.
The smallest Malay rabbit deplores this foolish habit.
In Hong Kong they strike a gong and fire off a noonday gun,
To reprimand each inmate who’s in late.
In the mangrove swamps where the python romps
there is peace from twelve till two.
Even caribous lie around and snooze, for there’s nothing else to do.
In Bengal to move at all is seldom ever done,
But mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 6D, EF 70 – 300 mm /f4 , f/6.3 ISO 320