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Beautiful Cavanagh Bridge over the Singapore River

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With Fullerton Hotel in background.

With Fullerton Hotel in background.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I love walking the bridges along the Singapore River.  From the Esplanade to Clarke Quay and beyond, I find myself walking this route every time I visit Singapore.   I’m not a fan of making this jaunt during the day.  But at night, well, that’s different. Most of the bridges are lit by auxiliary lights that vary in color.  Between these lights and the reflection of city lights on the water, an ordinary river by day becomes a magical stream at night.

The subject of this posting, the Cavanagh Bridge, a pedestrian suspension span crossing near the magnificent Fullerton Hotel, was built in the 19th Century and is a tribute to the Scottish company that designed and built it.  The setting is spectacular, being accented by the tall modern skyscrapers in the background.

Photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Bathed in blue.

Bathed in blue.

Narrow perspective.

Narrow perspective.

And now in red.

And now in red.

Red and narrow.

Red and narrow.

Along the river.

Along the river.

Written by leolaksi

October 18, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Bridge over the Singapore River – Nikon D700 and 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens

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At the mouth of the Singapore River

At the mouth of the Singapore River

There are many beautiful and historic bridges over the Singapore River with the oldest dating back to the late 19th Century.  All the bridges are well-lit and make for spectacular photographs at night.  This particular bridge, though neither old nor historic is at the mouth of the river and joins the Esplanade to the small seaside park where the Merlion, the mythical creature of Singapore, statue resides.  Because of this magnificent setting, the area is quite beautiful in an urban sense.  The arched supports of the concrete bridge structure with its perfect lighting placement are suggestive of sea waves and evokes a sense of calm and tranquility.

Using an ultra wide-angle lens can be perplexing so my style is to shoot the scene assymetric, bringing some part of the  object(s) forming the mid or background into the foreground.  Or finding an object in the foreground to draw the eye to the image.  The key is to experiment with the UWA.

Photos taken with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Perspective enhanced by ultra-wide angle lens.

Perspective enhanced by ultra-wide angle lens.

From the other side.

From the other side.

Partial view of the Esplanade.

Partial view of the Esplanade.

Man in the dark.

Man in the dark.

Written by leolaksi

October 11, 2009 at 7:53 pm

People-watching at the Esplanade on the Singapore River

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Sitting at the outdoor theatre on the Esplanade

Sitting at the outdoor theatre on the Esplanade

The Esplanade at the mouth of the Singapore River is popular with both Singaporeans and visitors.  From those looking to just chill out and take in the views to lovers holding hands and walking along the wide sidewalks, a photographer can find many subjects to shoot.  It doesn’t matter if it’s night or day, there are plenty of visitors.  From this vantage point, you also have a great view of the Singapore skyline.  On this trip, we walked along the Singapore River from the Esplanade to Clarke Quay, a distance of about 5 kilometers.  Besides terrific opportunities to shoot people, there are seven bridges, numerous vintage buildings and skyscrapers.  And don’t forget the reflection of these sights on the waters of the river.

Photos were taken with a Nikon D700 and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro lens.

Studying with the iPod.

Studying with the iPod.

Lost in the PSP world.

Lost in the PSP world.

Two in contact, one not.

Two in contact, one not.

And from the other side.

And from the other side.

Green, blue and orange.

Green, blue and orange. And red.

Written by leolaksi

October 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Wild and crazy theme bars at Clarke Quay in Singapore

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Faux Bollywood decor

Faux Bollywood decor

Over the years Clarke Quay has come a long way.  From the laidback comfortable bars and restaurants on the river  to the theme bars that are the dominant and sometimes bizarre species, it has gone from slightly dilapidated to super glossy.  Sure there are some tasteless establishments like the watering hole with the wheelchair seating, but overall, its more interesting than the run of the mill watering holes found in other cities.  There is a certain sense of plasticity (real word?) to the area but it’s still fun.  Kinda like a Disneyland for adults.

Photos with Nikon D700 and Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

Wheelchair seating

Wheelchair seating

The Clinic?

The Clinic?

Lounge around

Lounge around

Fashion Bar

Fashion Bar

Psychedelic hippie theme bar?  Really

Psychedelic hippie theme bar? Really

Written by leolaksi

July 15, 2009 at 7:57 pm

More photos along the Singapore River on a beautiful evening

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Singapore River wedding

The Singapore River is one of the most picturesque locations in Singapore and on this evening I walked from Clarke Quay past the Fullerton Hotel to the F1 grandstands then over to Bugis Junction. It must have been a distance of 7 or 8 kilometers although on this evening, with the weather being mild, the distance was not that difficult.  The entire length of the river and beyond has been transformed and is one of the best people watching areas of Singapore.

Photos taken with Nikon D700 and 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens, ISO 1600, RAW, no post processing.

Rickshaw man

Maclellan Bridge

bridge sign

Bridge and skyline

concert

Written by leolaksi

July 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Pedestrian tunnels and covered walkways in Singapore

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One good location to set up for photos are tunnels and covered walkways.  Instead of moving around looking for photos as you’re walking, find a location where you can stand, observe and depress the shutter. The structure of the tunnel and walkways can frame potential subjects.  And the movement of subjects is channeled by the structure itself.

And these locations are usually well-lit, adding lights, reflections, and shadows to your photos.

Photos taken with Leica M8 with Summicron 35mm f/2 and Carl Zeiss Biogon 21mm f/2.8 lenses.

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singaporetunnelindia

Written by leolaksi

April 1, 2009 at 6:50 am

“Odds and ends” photos from Clarke Quay, Singapore

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Just some photos from colorful Clarke Quay.  Ok, I promise never to post another photo of Clarke Quay. But you have to admit that it is colorful.  And on this particular day, the sun and sky were bright.  Between shadow and light, it made for a great day to take photos.

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Written by leolaksi

March 28, 2009 at 6:55 am