Window Cleaners

Single Shot #35

A line of window washers hanging from ropes. I guess this is more efficient than a gondola? A building gondola could perhaps hold 3 cleaners and it could be dangerous to have multiple gondolas operating side by side. See if you count the numbers of cleaners in the line.


To give context to the picture the smaller pic below shows a wider angle of the area where the cleaners are working at. This windows belongs to the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel in Macau.


Photo Technical Data:
Canon 7D, EFs 55 – 250mm, f/8.0 1/640 sec, ISO 400

Orange Life Buoy

Single Shot #34

The life buoy, also called a life ring, flotation ring or lifesaver among other names. This device can be found near water bodies or on board water vessels and is an essential safety equipment. Low cost and intuitive to use, it is an essential safety equipment. The user just need to throw it towards the person struggling in the water and pull it back to the shore or the ship with the swimmer (or non-swimmer) clinging to it. The doughnut shape makes it easy to hold, throw and cling on to.

The life buoy below was found in the VivoCity promenade. In the top right corner, you can see the outline of Hotel Michael which is on Sentosa Island.

The photo was processed to desaturate all colours except that of the life buoy. I have retired the lens used. It was a good workhorse for general walk around which is now replaced by my current favourite, the EF 16 -35mm.


Photo Technical Data:
Canon 7D, EF 28 – 135mm IS, f/4.0 1/1000 sec, ISO 200

The Hoop

Single Shot #33

The target for basketball players to place the ball through enough times to win the game. This hoop has seen better days but still serve it’s purpose. Not sure why the padlock is there, maybe there are hoop-thieves in the neighbourhood


This photo is another from my Canon 40D collection. Taken in jpg and processed by Color Efex Pro 4 (Nik collection)

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 40D, EFs 17 – 55mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 400

The Sphinx

Single Shot #32

The sphinx is a mythological creature which has a body a lion and the head of a human. There are many sphinxes in Egypt and the most famous and the largest is the Great Sphinx of Giza.  The exhibit below was from the exhibition Quest for Immortality – The World of Ancient Egypt, is from the Ptolemaic era which is between 300 – 250 BC. Scholars and archaeologist do not know of the purpose of sphinxes. They are generally associated with temples and royal tombs in Egypt.

The photo below was also from one of my earliest DSLR collection, which means it was taken by the Canon 40D. The venue was dimly lit so a slow shutter speed was used. The image stabilisation of the EF-S lens was working perfectly judging from the sharp image captured hand-held at 1/8 sec.

IMG_0028Photo Technical Data:

Canon 40D, EFs 17 – 55mm, f/4.5, 1/8 sec, ISO 800