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Shape Run 2012

One of the common hobbies of typical Singaporeans is running, so every year without fail, marathon events will be held on various occasions by many sponsors. As the name suggests, Shape Run is held by Shape magazine in Singapore which is a all-women run of three choices of route, 2.4km, 5km or 10km. Runs like that will mean closure of public roads or part of major roads to be part of the running route, yes, typical runs or marathons held in Singapore involves in running on the roads alongside with vehicles and seldom beaten paths. So Sunday morning is always a favorite day to hold marathon or running events because most people would sleep in late and would not hit the road till noon. I was there this morning and captured various runners near the finishing line. I used my trusty 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM (not mark II) on my 5D II. I had fun clicking away on my shutter bursting away on AI SERVO mode. Some cropping and arbitrary rotations were done on certain photos.

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“Victory” sign!
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I was lucky she looked straight at me which is cool!
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Carrying a smiling face while heading for the finish line. Wants to look good in the photo? Maybe.
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Caught her looking at the finishing line.
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Why are there guys running in a all-women run? This is the new implement that Shape did to motivate the ladies and these guys were also there as a pacer. If you are keeping up with them, you are hitting a certain timing for the distance you are running.
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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Home, Singapore

 

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Belly dancer

Having a chance to do portraiture shot with studio lighting is always a fun thing for me as I can see different faces and expressions. So there was this belly dancer who approached me to capture a shot of her in her beautiful dancing costume with my studio lights, and of course, I was elated as I have never the chance to photograph a picture like that before. I did this shoot with just two strobes, one was behind the white cloth to over expose it as my backdrop and one on my top right down to expose my subject. I love the picture so much for the brilliant colors and her pose! I was very contented as I have captured this shot spot on time when she flipped up her huge and colorful silk cloth!

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Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Home, Singapore

 

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Coogee beach

Staying in Crowne Plaza in Sydney’s Coogee beach was definitely a good choice made by me, I was so tempted to book myself a room in one of the hotels available around the city area but I was advised against it as I will not have the peaceful walk around that I want. Moreover, if I want to visit the city, I can just drive. Crowne Plaza Coogee beach, as the name suggested, the hotel is just located a road across the smaller yet beautiful and popular Coogee beach in Sydney. For my first time in my life, I learnt that along the famous Coogee beach, there is a man made pool at one end of the beach for people to swim in without fighting the strong current in the sea at any time.

It was definitely a breathtaking sight to behold while looking across the beach under the sun while the weather is rather cooling. Summer was over and only few visitors were basking themselves on the beach, so I took this chance to compose my frame at my own sweet time. The image below was taken with 16-35mm f2.8 L on 5D II but was cropped a little more to emphasize the building and the man made pool as my main object.

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Posted by on July 3, 2012 in Australia, Destinations

 

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

From where I was standing to capture the moments of the Sydney opera house, there stands the glamorous Sydney harbour bridge. I was getting excited when it gets darker and the lights turned on, the bridge turned into a beautiful nightscape for me right after I am done with photographing the opera house! With the fading dark blue sky behind, it provides a clean background for my capture of the bridge. Again, I took long exposure on my tripod with 16-35mm f2.8 L on 5D II.

I have only adjusted the brightness of the whole picture a little to show a bit more of the sky using photoshop. I knew how other tourists took their photos of the opera house as their foreground and the harbour bridge as part of the background. In my own opinion, I do not wish to have such complicated photos with so many objects in as I am not really comfortable with the compositions like that. While I was clicking on my shutter release on the bridge, I realized how beautiful the moon is just across the water on my left where the Park Hyatt hotel stands. It was really mesmerizing for me! Therefore, I composed again another shot on another nightscape to share here.

I was really satisfied with my works and after few shots, I packed up and go as it was really dark at that time. Moreover, it was getting colder, I can’t really stand cold temperature and I made my way back to my car and drove back to my hotel to have my early night rest.

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Sydney Park Hyatt hotel nightscape with the gorgeous crescent moon.
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Australia, Destinations

 

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Sydney opera house

“Finally!” I thought to myself while photographing the opera house in Sydney. Yes, I have never been to Sydney before and this is my very first visit there. I knew myself that I must have at least seen the Sydney opera house once if I’m there, it is an icon of the city! I carried my lens in my backpack and while nearing the bay just across the water, I took out my 70-200mm f2.8 L for few test shots! As I got nearer, I realized that 50mm f1.2 L would be good too and it framed nicely into my 5d II!

It was almost 1730hr when I started taking photos of the opera house, I loved the sky as it gets darker as shown in the image below. And I have also waited patiently for the spotlights to be turned on and give a nice light cast on the opera house. I mounted my camera on my tripod and took long exposure for this image to even out the water and to get nice lights around.

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Australia, Destinations

 

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