Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2017

Last year was the first time I got a taste of Formula 1 live action courtesy of my friend. I got to watch the Free Practice 1 and 2 sessions and I must say I was hooked by it. Hence, I decided to purchase a full 3 days ticket myself for this year’s Singapore Grand Prix. There was talk that this might be the last time for Singapore to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix, but in the end it was good to hear that they will continue to host until 2021.

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Singapore Grand Prix has always been a special one. It’s on with the longest lap time and the most turns and corners. It’s a street circuit that built from all the familiar streets that I passed by on daily basis. Hence, it added a touch of familiarity and coziness when seeing the Formula 1 race cars blazing passed all the familiar landmarks around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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If you are a Formula 1 or racing fan, please try to experience the race in live for at least once in your lifetime. The roaring of engines, the smell of burning fuel, the smoke from brushing rubber, and above all, the atmosphere and the crowd is simply amazing. Singapore Grand Prix goes a step further as you will get to be just a few feet away from the race track due to the street circuit’s design, which literally puts you in the action itself. Other than the race itself, there were other races such as the Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia going on throughout the weekend. Besides that, there were also concerts and performances by popular artists around the world. I went for the One Republic concert on Friday and it was awesome!

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I spent time exploring every corner of the tracks on Friday and snapped some pictures along the way. On Saturday, the qualifying session was so intense that I can feel the rush of adrenaline and the increase of my heart beat! In the end, Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel managed to snatch pole position ahead of the Red Bull duos. Yes, I’m a big fan of Ferrari team.

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The race day itself was eventful. I was there right before the first corner, and once in a blue moon, the cars from the front row got wiped out. Yes, my Ferraris and a Red Bull just crashed right in front of my eyes during the first ever night race in wet condition. What the hell had gone wrong?? Anyway, the remaining part of the race was just cheering for Ricciardo whenever the safety car was out and he got to close down the gap with Hamilton. Too bad he failed to seize the opportunity in the end. Hamilton drove a better strategy and race overall.

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There goes my first experience of a full weekend of Formula 1 Grand Prix. Very interesting and addicting indeed. Will I be back again next year? Probably I’ll just go for one day instead, we’ll see. These are pictures taken throughout the weekend. Most of the pictures were taken during the free practice sessions. I didn’t want to waste it for not indulging on the actual moment itself. I can live with less picture, so I just enjoy every moment to the fullest. Till then, looking forward for more Formula 1 Grand Prix experience in the future.

Photowalk and Outings are Lovely

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I always like to have some casual photowalk or outings with like minded photography friends. It’s always good to meet up with friends with same interest that we can talk about it all day long.

The fascinating part is, everyone walked the same path, shoot almost the same subject, and yet the end result can be so vastly different. This really opens up the mind and eyes especially something that seems boring in my eyes can turned out to be a great shot by others. And from there, I get to learn a new way to “see” things.

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Some other friends of mine asked: “Aren’t you getting bored for walking around without any theme or purpose?” Or they will reply me in ways like “Going to the same place again?”, “It’s too early to wake up for a walk” and so on.

Well, it really depends on how you want to look at it. For me, even a walk around the neighbourhood can be fruitful at times. You might discover some places where you have never been, you might get to know new friends along the way, you get to practice more on seeing with your eyes, you get to practice and polish your photography skills more… The list goes on.

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If you think these “purposes” are not enough for you, perhaps you are just not motivated enough to go out and shoot. The uncertainty and possibility alone is tempting enough for me to carry my camera and head out. Visiting the same place again? Then try shoot it differently than what you have shot before. No theme? Then plan some personal project for yourself to work on.

So, I hope you will get motivated and start heading out and shoot more often. Till then 🙂

Fujifilm ClubX Outings – Macro Photography

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Last weekend Fujifilm ClubX hosted a small outing for all their members at Botanic Gardens, Singapore. The theme of the outing was macro photography, and everyone got to try on things like the Fujinon XF60mm F2.4 R Macro lens, Fujifilm Macro Extension Tube MCEX-11 and MCEX-16, and a couple of close up filters.
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Fujifilm X-T1 with XF60mm F2.4 R Macro
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Fujifilm X-T1 with XF60mm F2.4 R Macro
The day begins with brief introduction to the pros and cons for different types of macro setup, followed by hands on session for members to try out the lens, extension tubes and close up filters. We took a short walk along the garden to experience and to try out each setup. Members with some experience in macro photography shared some of their tips with the rest. Through the real life shooting, people get to know which setup will be ideal for their kind of photography style.
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Fujifilm X-T1 with XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS & Close-up Filter
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Fujifilm X-T1 with XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS & Close-up Filter
The day ended as a fruitful one for everyone of us. It’s always nice to get to know other members of the club in person, get to learn from each other, and most importantly get to try out something before decide on the spending. A big thanks to Fujifilm Singapore for generously loaning few sets of XF60mm F2.4 R Macro lens and macro extension tubes for this outing. Without their support, this event wouldn’t have been such a success. Thanks for the support from ClubX members as well. Looking forward for the next outing.

Penang – A Heritage Walk

Penang, an island state in Malaysia. I’ve been to this place for twice before this (if I remembered correctly). Once when I was still very young, barely remember anything about it; once when I was around teens, attending my cousin’s wedding. Some how, I never had any find memories about this place. In fact, during my last visit, the locals I met, the places I went, pissed me off until I started to hate this place. Fast forward to December 2014, I decided to take a leap of faith (sounds too serious, right?) and travel to this place again. This time is to attend the wedding of my university’s course mate. But other than that, I also took the opportunity to walk around and explore more of this island, hoping that I can have a better experience this time.
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The first day, together with some of my old mates from university, we went to the Asia Camera Museum. It’s a small and cozy museum that host a collection of camera history and related items. Other than getting to know about the history of camera and photography, you also get a chance to put your hands on some of the vintage cameras. After the visit, we moved on to enjoy some local streets delight and exploring the Penang’s mural before heading back to hotel and call it a day.

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The next day, I head out to the streets again with my secondary school mate who is working here. After having a quick breakfast, we head on to explore the “Occupy Beach Street” event. Streets are temporary closed on this Sunday morning to allow people to carry out social activities, setup stalls for small business and son on. There’re a lot of things going on every corner.  Clown performance, street performance, food stalls and family activities to name a few. It’s a very lively Sunday morning indeed.
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Next, we head to some old heritage site to explore some of the cultural, traditional and historical side of Penang. We visited some old buildings, temples and etc. and get to know a little bit about the past history of this small island.
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To wrap up the day, we head to view the dragon boat racing competition. Other than local teams, there were teams from Singapore as well joining the competition.
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So, after so many years, do I started to like this island a little more? Well, perhaps… I would say I hate it less than I was before this. There are still things that annoys me here and there during my stay, but all in all, I do get a much better experience traveling to Penang this time round. Will I head back to this island again? Well, maybe. And hopefully as time goes by, I will get to appreciate this island more.
All shots taken with Fujifilm X-T1 and Fujinon XF23mm F1.4 R. Full album on Flickr can be viewed here.