Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in Singapore

October 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Devotees @ Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple,Devotees participate in a ceremony at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple at Little India in Singapore.

I am always intrigued by the colourful and vibrant activities that happen regularly at the Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple in the middle of Little India in Singapore. A good tip, if you are ever going near that area, is to always carry your camera.

This evening was no different. From afar, the ringing of the temple bells attracted me inside. It was a beautiful ceremony. To see more images from this series

The Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. According to Wiki, Kali has always been popular in Bengal, the birthplace of the labourers who built this temple in 1881.  

Taken with Fuji XT1 with the Fuji 18mm & Zeiss 12mm.


Skyville @ Dawson

October 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A big no-no in architectural photography where lines have to be straight, but I think I liked this cartoonish effect of this shot of Skyville @ Dawson taken with a fish-eye lens. The photo does not even look real but more like an illustration. Using a Tokina 10-17mm lens, this image was shot during the blue hour from the top floor of Block 80 Strathmore Ave. As there was only a small 1.4 meter opening from the block opposite, overlooking Skyville, one could not get an exact frontal shot. 

Singapore is famous for its amazing public housing, better known as HDB or The Housing & Development Board, where many can fetch up to a million dollars.  The HDB is generally credited with clearing the squatters and slums of the 1960s and resettling residents into low-cost state-built housing. Today, as many as 82% of Singaporeans live in public housing provided by the board.

 

Skyville @ DawsonSkyville @ DawsonSkyville @ Dawson, designed by award-winning local firm Woha and commissioned by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), consists of 960 homes. This build-to-order project is the new generation of Singapore's public housing that emphasizes greenery and good living.


Gerhana Matahari Total ( Total Solar Eclipse) in Balikpapan, West Kalimantan

March 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This was the second time that I shot a total solar eclipse. The first was over 11 years ago in Kudat, in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah. The year was 1995 and we were still shooting films.

Viewing a total eclipse is one of the  most awe-inspiring experience in one's life. 

 

Almost TotalityThe moon crosses the path of the sun just seconds before totality during a total solar eclipse in Balikpapan.

Totality at Balikpapan was only 53 seconds. That didn't gave me much time to switch the solar filter off and and to re-adjust the exposure. I went from 1/125sec F8 1000 ASA with the solar filer to 1/160 sec f20 400 ASA at totality.  Halfway totality, I began to doubt my exposure, not sure if I had underexposed it to much. With out much thinking, I decided to open up the aperture to f8 and continue shooting. Alas I forgot that at f8, I will not be able to get the flare for the diamond ring image. 

Ah such is life. No regrets. Another time. 


Close encounter with a Mola Mola

March 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The eyesight of the Mola-mola, aka Sunfish, must be pretty bad as this giant of a fish came barreling straight at me, causing me to take evasive action during a dive at Crystal Bay, in Lembongan. The video, taken by my dive buddy Charles Ang in 2011 off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, shows the moment I had to swim away to avoid being hit by the giant fish. However, it still struck me with its dorsal fin. On second thought, if I had not avoided the fish, I would probably be hugging its huge bony face. Now, that would be a much nicer video. 

 


Raja Ampat's wobbegong sharks

April 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The sighting of the wobbegong sharks of Raja Ampat was among the highlights of our dive trip. It was a pleasant surprise to have so many encounters with them. In this trip, we saw the sharks five times in six days.  Unlike others,  the wobbegong shark, a species of the carpet sharks, wasn't shy, but allows divers to approach them. Their behaviour reminds me of our friend's docile cat.   

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