Thursday, October 29, 2009

Kallang

So today, I decided that when I went shopping at the Kallang Centre, I’d take a wander around the area. It’s where the Singapore National Stadium is, and it’s on the waterfront, with views over the city.

Kallang Panorama

There’s not much to photograph in the area, apart from the nice view across the water, but for form’s sake, and to prove that I really did go walking about there, here are a couple more.

Lonely Parking Attendant

Star Lounge

The rest can be viewed in the set on flickr.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Singapore Orchids

It's been a few days since I was able to post anything. Not least because my Camera decided to die (or at least pass out) when we were on the ORIENT EXPRESS at the weekend - every photographer's nightmare, let down by the hardware in a situation that demands visually documenting.

Suffice to say, we'll have to go again, and I'll take a spare.

Anyway, today, I decided to try out a little macro protography, and where better than the Orchid Garden in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

There's a very pretty fountain as you enter, and I shot it (below) just for forms sake, but then I took off the normal lens and switched to macro.

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So, here are a few of the shots I managed to get. There's been a little post-processing in Lightroom, but I'm sure you'll forgive me that...

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I think I did OK, for a relative newcomer to macro.

More posts soon, I hope.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Quays

So today, I decided to venture into the City and take a walk around the Quays (Boat and Clarke). It's an incredible area of the city, always full of tourists, but very close to the financial heart of the city (the bank my Wife works for has a major office close by).

Clarke Quay

There's a lot to do in the area, restaurants and bars are by far the most popular (hence the tourists, I guess).

Boat Quay

It's quite a cultural area too, with the Asian Civilisations Museum sitting opposite Boat Quay


Statue

And, of course, no cultural area of Singapore is complete without a statue of Raffles:

Raffles Statue

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Lower Pierce Reservoir

A friend I've known for some time has moved back to Singapore, and his wife told me that she had seen some native monkeys around the Lower Pierce reservoir. So, I decided to go take a look.

Water for All
The Standard Admonishment about not polluting our water supply


In the middle of Singapore, there is an area that is designated a "nature reserve". It comprises the Lower and Upper Pierce reservoirs, the MacRitchie Reservoir, and the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I only got the time to walk around the environs of the Lower Pierce Reservoir, but it's very peaceful (at least during the day on a weekday), and I happened to bump into a troupe of Long-Tailed Macaques when I was walking.

Wild Macaques
They didn't seem at all perturbed by my presence


They seemed quite amenable to my presence, and even let me get quite close for photographs. There have been some issues in the past with people feeding the monkeys. This damages their ability to forage in their natural environment, so there's a hefty fine attached to it now (as there is for most things here in singapore *grin*), but they didn't seem too fussed about hassling me for food.

I'll post again when I've been somewhere interesting.


Wild Macaque

Monday, October 19, 2009

Walking around Geylang

In an effort to improve my fitness (and hopefully, shake loose some of the flab around my midsection), I've decided to go walking most days. I say "most days" because if I said every day, someone would pull me up on it when I miss a day for whatever reason.


Run-down Shop-Houses
Some run-down shop houses just in front of my condo


As today was the first of these little jaunts, I decided to wander around my home neighbourhood of Geylang. I wandered for about an hour, up to Paya Lebar Road, then along Geyland Road to Aljunied Road, then back home.


Bhuddist Temple Interior
There are many different religions represented in Geylang. This is the interior of one of the Buddhist Temples


I also took some pics along the way, and a few are featured here. The rest can be found in this set on Flickr