I am glad to know that this photo of mine was selected and nominated as EOS World Photo of the Year 2013!
I am delighted that this image that I took during my recent photography trip was printed on today’s Straits Times (see page C5 of Life section). I have a 25% chance of winning a pair of SilkAir tickets to any of its destination, plus $500 cash. The winner will be announced in the Straits Times on 1 Feb 2011.
This image was taken at Dongchuan Red Land in Yunnan, China. It is famous for its red and amber coloured soil. I was fortunate to capture this dramatic view of the sun rays hitting the terraced plantation, one of my favourite landscape photography images.
Afternote : Sadly, I did not win the competition.
I am back this morning at 2 am from a 8-day wonderful trip to the Red Land and Yuan Yang in Yunnan, China. It was a formal landscape photography trip organised by Nature Photographic Society, Singapore led by Tony Png. There were altogether 12 of us.
Vincent, my brother-in-law, told me during mother’s day that he also did his 1st marathon last year. He was proud that he completed it in less than 6 hrs. He sounded very motivated and he said that he would train much harder to improve his timing this year. He encouraged me to sign up with him.
KP Tan who did very well last year is certain that he will run the full marathon this year. He is confident and determined to improve his already very good timing of 4hr, 19m. He was disappointed when William & I told him last Saturday that we had decided to sign up for half marathon instead. He called me this morning hopping that we would change our mind.
Pang, another army friend of mine and running buddy, will be doing his 6th or 7th marathon this year also urged us to reconsider.
Under my dear friends’ pressure, I have decided to do it one more time! I signed up this morning for a registration fee of $45. For those who sign up after 4 Jun, it will be much costly at $75/$85. Pang & KP already signed up. William is still undecided.
Libellago Stigmatizans (or Orange-faced Gem) is classified as “probably extinct” in Singapore. Two males species were spotted in a stream at Panti Forest where the water was quite muddy.
Panti forest is in Johor and about 20 km from Kota Tinggi and about 60km from Singapore. It is a secondary forest and many Singaporean birders like to spend a day there for bird watching and photography. Other than birds, you could also find many macro subjects, particularly butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies.
Pulau Ubin is a small island but despite being there 3 times for the past 5 years, I am still not familar of this place.
Lau, William & I went to explore Pulau Ubin this morning. After having breakfast at Changi Village Hawker Centre, we took the bumboat at 9.30 am. It is about 15 mins ride and it costs $2.50 per person. Usually, the bumboat would leave when it has 12 passengers. Otherwise, one would have to wait a little while until enough people turn up. Alternative, you can pay $30 and go straight away.
I think cycling is the best way to explore Ubin, so we rented 3 bicycles at $6 each (normal rental charges is $2/hr) where we can use it for the whole day.
To be continued ….
I went out with my friend to shoot macro at Wild Wild West (end corporation road) yesterday morning. We finished shooting at about 9.45 am. We found and sat at a comfortable bench trying to pack our camera equipment into our bags. I placed my tripod with my camera & lens affixed to it beside me. Out of a sudden, the tripod gave way and dropped to the concrete floor. There was a loud sound and I know the damage is severe. I would be sending it to JEL Corporation at Changi for repair tomorrow. I hope it is still servicable and not as serious as I thought it would be.
I hardly take any flora shots during my 2 years of active macro shooting. I decided to try it out last October and the results were surprisingly encouraging.
This is a dorsal view of a common hibiscus flower taken at “Wild Wild West” near end Cooperation Road. The same technique was used and I am glad it did not disappoint me.
I am likely to do more on this sort of photography this year.