UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Singapore Botanic Gardens

Bandstand at Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens has been inscribed as the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Singapore. The Gardens is the first and only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. I was delighted to know the news, and I wish to congratulate those who have put in the hard work to make this possible.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a huge garden with endless of beauties in it awaiting to be discovered. I will drop by from time to time as the garden is so huge, you can hardly cover all of it within a day! Yes, and having such a huge landscape of garden in the small country is really a blessing.

As the name “Gardens” implies, the whole garden was made up by a few smaller gardens namely Healing Garden, Evolution Garden, Foliage Garden and so on. Besides that, there are also a few nature-centric attraction such as the Swan Lake and Rain Forest which brings you a step closer to the mother nature.

Other than attractions for visitors, the garden hosts some research facilities for horticulture and conservation biology. The National Orchid Garden provides visitors with a glimpse of the national flower of Singapore. Everyday, the garden is filled with people who came for exercising, outings, activities and so on.

There are many spots for event as well, such as the Symphony Lake and some event hall. There are also restaurants and souvenir shops for tourist and visitors. Photography group will often venture here to take on macro photography and birding at times when the season is right.

For many of us, this is a place full of memories. Memories of wedding pictures, family outings, a walk with your lovers and so on. It’s great to see the garden has been well maintained and the history has been well preserved. Hopefully it will continue to carry on the heritage until the years to come 🙂

Macro Photography with Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 R

The XF56mm F1.2 R lens is a portraiture lens… or so they say. However, I wish to defer. Adding the MCEX-11 Macro Extension Tube and it will become a pretty decent macro lens.

I think a lens is just a “focal length” for you to use at the end of the day. What matter most is how you want to use it to create the result you want. A lens can be a landscape lens, a portraiture lens and a documentary lens at the same time. The limitation is not on the lens, it’s on you – the one who press the shutter. Grab a lens and start to enjoy shooting something different from the usual. Set your imagination free and immerse in new creativity. Till then, happy shooting 🙂

Fujifilm ClubX Outings – Macro Photography

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.
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.
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.