Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Singapore and actually stay at the Marina Bay Sands. It was an “all-expense” paid trip as part of the Kraft iTaste program, and one night, I decided to slip out and shoot. Everyone was tired after doing the night safari and had gone to bed, so I was alone. I went for a walk, armed with my Pentax k-x and Gorillapod, to see part of the city at night and to shoot the hotel – it’s a pretty impressive structure, both day and night. I didn’t get very far since it was late, but mainly because I focused on shooting the hotel and as a result stayed close by. I took my time, trying different spots, moving around to include or remove certain elements from the frame. The Gorillapod sure came in handy, providing an easy way to mount the camera to the bridge railings by simply wrapping the legs around them. I stayed out for several hours and finally came back at around two in the morning. It turned out to be a really good shoot and I came back with a few keepers. Some of them I’ve posted before, but here’s another one to add to the list.
If you are wondering how I got the starburst effect, I shot at a small aperture of f/22.
Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-x
Lens: DA L 18-55
Focal Length: 18mm
4 image HDR, bracketed from -1 EV to +1.7 EV
The deadline for the K-State international programs photo contest is coming up and I’ve been going through my library trying to pick out my three entries for this year. Last year I submitted three photos and 2 of them placed – one took first and the other was an honorable mention. The one that got first place was a photo of the Marina Bay Sands that I took while I was in Singapore for the Kraft iTaste program. The other one was the coin diver photo.
Because this contest is hosted by the Study Abroad Office, more than just submitting a photo of a beautiful place overseas, I want to emphasize culture and make the viewer wonder or think about the story of the subject within the image. So in the process of looking for entries, I ran across this photo of a fisherman and his son out on Lake Sebu in the province of South Cotabato in the Philippines. Lake Sebu is home to one of the many indigenous people groups in the Philippines, the T’boli. Although the area has been modernized in many ways, you can still easily see things that probably haven’t changed in the last 50 to 100 years. In this photo the fisherman and his son are paddling back to shore after checking their tilapia nets. Their little canoe looks empty, so they didn’t bring back any fish, so maybe the went out to feed them. Take a close look at the canoe, it’s been carved out of a single tree trunk. I wonder how long it took to make it. Notice the paddle, that’s been hand-made as well, out of bamboo. Also, the fisherman isn’t riding in the canoe, he’s out on the end. These are things that I would venture to say, have remained unchanged for many years and give us a glimpse of the “original” culture of the people.
Some details about this photo:
Camera: Pentax K-r
Lens: DA-L 55-300
Focal Length: 230mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500s
Not that it really matters, but, this photo was taken at the butterfly garden somewhere in Sentosa, Singapore. Taken with the Pentax k-x with the DA-L 55-300 mm (love this lens!).
It seems that my posts are getting more and more spread out these days. I’ve been very busy and I was away for a few days. I’m currently working on a website for a school and I’m reading Sitepoint books on how to do that. I’m making progress, although slowly. I hope to get back to updating this site more regularly after Christmas. At least, that is when I hope to have the website project completed.
Back in January, I went with a group to Singapore as part of the Kraft iTaste Program. It was a two-day trip, leaving Manila early on January 21 and then leaving Singapore the night of the 22nd. While there we stayed at Marina Bay Sands. On the night of the 21st, after experiencing the Night Safari, I took a walk. Two hours and several hundred shutter actuations later I returned to the hotel. These were some of the shots I took.