Now that I have been to two memorial halls that have been built in memorial to the Republic of China’s National Father, I know that I should also take a picture of the Sun Yat-sen Nanyang Memorial Hall in my own backyard, Singapore. I had my great photography experiences in both locations of the memorial halls in my previous posts, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Guangzhou and Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.
One fine day, I made my way to Sun Yat-sen Nanyang Memorial Hall which is located in Balestier, Singapore. After doing some research in the internet, I got to know that the operating hours are Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 5pm and is closed on Mondays, for more information, there is an official website for Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. Since the memorial hall is so easily accessible, I made it a point to reach there just 30 minutes before the closing time of 5pm, a safe bet for me that there won’t be so many visitors by that time and I was pretty much right about it. It was very interesting to know that Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall is also known as 晚晴园 (Wan Qing Yuan). I almost thought that I was at the wrong place when I saw the signboard in mandarin characters 晚晴园 (Wan Qing Yuan) outside the memorial hall.
I was setting up my tripod when the security personnel was already preparing to close the memorial hall for the day but knowing that I have few more minutes left to take long exposure shots of the memorial hall, I was adamant to bring home the image I want from the memorial hall using BIG Stopper from LEE filter for a long exposure shot in the day.
I like the picture that I have taken which shows the classical colonial styled villa with the modern skyscrapers at the back giving the contrast of the old and the new in this picture. I took this picture using 16-35mm f2.8L on my 5D II. Putting on the BIG Stopper from LEE filter, I used a long exposure of 25 seconds to capture this image in a RAW format before doing some adjustments and cropping in photoshop.