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

Changi Point Jetty

Single Shot #31

Changi Point Jetty is located at just off Changi Village and is part of the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. From here you can take ferry services to Pulau Ubin and to Penggerang in Johor, Malaysia. These are the bum boats which provide the ferry service. The jetty has a small immigration counter to process cross border travellers.

The place here is also called Changi Creek. Changi Village have a laid back atmosphere since most  of the visitors here are vacationers. The area has a few country clubs like Changi Golf Club and Changi Sailing Club.


The photo shows the that good images can be captured even by older generation DSLRs and lens. The 40D was launched a decade ago in 2007 and has a 10.1mp resolution. The lens was a pre-DSLR generation of the venerable 70-200 mm L (non-IS).

Photo Technical Data:

Canon 40D, EF 70 – 200 mm f/2.8L , @f/5.0, 1/200 sec, ISO 200


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.


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.



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



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.


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.


Photo Technical Data:

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