After 1st of June 2020

Technically speaking, the circuit breaker (a.k.a. lockdown) in Singapore has been lifted. From 2nd of June onwards, measures are gradually loosen in order to allow people to resume back their daily life, although it will not be the usual one in near future. For me, nothing much has changed other than now I will need to juggle between working from home and working in office. This turns out to be more taxing as I will either need to carry all my work related stuff with me wherever I go, or I just need to have two sets of everything, one in office and one at home.

A friend of mine asked me what I’ve missed throughout the lockdown period. Hmm… to be honest, nothing much. Perhaps I missed going to gym daily, I missed working in office instead of at home, I missed the freedom of going places or travelling, and that’s about it I guess? I believe some of us can’t wait to dine in at our favourite restaurant, visiting friends, attending concerts, hop on a cruise and so on. Well, in my opinion, the lockdown has actually taught us to identify what’s essential and what’s not. Not sure if there was a moment during this period where you realized you could actually go on with your life with just very little thing?

Taking stock on what have I done during the lockdown period: I have read some books, watched a few dramas and movies, started learning some programming language, not exercising as much as I would have hoped for but more time was spent in stretching and form improvement, rearranged some of the furniture in my house making it more spacious to live in, cooked a whole lot and learned a few new tricks and recipes, and finally completed my personal book project and started a few others. Sounds fulfilling?

I’m glad that I was able to live through this period. I have to admit I do have some downs in the beginning. Received pay cut, worried about job, worried about finance, worried about future. But I managed to pick myself up and got through everything. I know I was fortunate enough to at least be in my position during this period and I’m grateful for that. It could be much worse. Well, let’s see what challenge awaits for me in the days to come. Till then. Take care.

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix 2017

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

Street Photography in Singapore

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Shooting streets in Singapore produce less stellar result as compared to shooting streets in oversea locations. This is perhaps the general conception that most of us, who shoot and based in Singapore, have in mind. But for me, I tend to disagree with this.

True enough that the public crowd in Singapore could be more sensitive towards cameras pointing at their direction. Perhaps they have more awareness towards terrorism (haha…), or perhaps it’s just the culture and belief they hold true that makes them shy away from camera. But to be honest, it doesn’t necessary means it’s the end of the world. There are still those who don’t mind being photographed in public location. And I believe it’s going to be the same for people from other countries as well. There will always be those who are okay to be photographed and those who will feel offended.

If the subject matter is virtually the same, so why people tend to think that they can produce better street shots oversea? I personally believed it’s because we are all too used to the scene around us. We have been seeing them on daily basis until it became a little “boring” to us. When we travel oversea, everything looks “fresh” to our eyes, this is followed by the idea and inspiration to shoot that new surrounding. So is Singapore boring as a street photography scene? Well, not really. There are those who actively shoot streets in Singapore and yet it makes you feel refreshing over their shots and framing. So it certainly isn’t boring, it’s just that our own mind has blocked the creativity when we labelled the location as “boring” deep within us.

Shooting streets in Singapore can produce results that are equally stellar, if not better, than those shot in overseas. The only limitation is still the photographer. This is just my personal opinion of course. I’m not a street photographer in Singapore, but this is just how I look at this matter. It’s often to hear such remark from fellow photographers, and I got to say I disagree with them. Feel free to comment as usual if you have different thoughts. Till then.

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 🙂