2017 Plans and Hopes

Happy New Year to you all! I’m already feeling excited about numerous local photography outings here in Singapore and a few overseas trips that are ahead of me in the next 12 months. I always have this itch to work hard on my hobby and try to get as much done as possible! As with Read more

Looking Back 2016: Slow but Steady Progress

It’s so fast that 2016 is ending soon! I know I’m saying this every year! This is my most favourite time of the year as the whole world slows down and lets me have a bit of break from my 9-to-5 work. Well, I hope it does… As with last year, let me revisit the Read more

What’s in My Camera Bag

Recently I was asked this particular question, so here I’m creating my version of “what’s in my bag” post (as of December 2016, my current bag is Transit BP 350 AW Camera Backpack from Lowepro ). Although I have a dedicated page for gear guide (6 Gear for Long Exposure Photography), this post serves as Read more

Using Manfrotto Super Clamp Tripod for Twilight and Dusk Photography

Places like observation decks sometimes don’t allow tripods to be brought in. There are also places that have no suitable space to set up a regular tripod. In such cases, I’ve often used Gorillapod (mini tripod), but to be honest, I’m not fully convinced with this option. Although its load capacity says 5kg (I’m using Read more

How to Use Gel ND Filters with Nikon 14mm (f/2.8)

Unlike other ultra wide angle prime lenses, Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) can take neutral density (ND) filters, albeit via a small gel filter slot at the rear of the lens, which is the very reason I’ve chosen this particular lens over others. As a cityscape photographer shooting at twilight and dusk, I simply can’t do without Read more

Everything You Own Keeps You Busy: Why I Own Only Two Lenses

For enthusiast photographers, it may be quite rare to own only two lenses like I do. Shooting cityscapes exclusively (or rather “narrow-mindedly”), all I need is Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) that I use more than 90% of the time and Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) that caters for situations where 18mm isn’t quite wide enough. Sometimes my photographers Read more

Quarterly Best Pics (July-September 2016)

From top to bottom: Singapore Skyline with Helix Bridge, Marina Bay (Singapore), Singapore Skyline with Merlion. Best pics for this quarter all come from those photographed locally. The first photo is my first attempt of a panorama shot with two individual frames, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out! Both photos are shot Read more

Going Wider than 18mm – Part 3

Going Beyond 18mm, at Last! After much deliberation, testings seen on Part 1 and Part 2 and sitting on the fence, I’ve finally purchased a lens that goes beyond 18mm. Yay! It’s Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) . With the price tag of USD2000, it has become one of the most expensive stuff I own (probably only Read more

Stop Comparing Your Photos with Others

I guess this is not just me, but I used to compare my own mediocre photos with those popular ones online and felt quite discouraged, thinking that my photos are no match and felt like quitting photography altogether. Not just once, many times indeed. It went to extremes that I even stopped seeing other photographers’ Read more

Should I Turn Long Exposure Noise Reduction On or Off?

I’m wondering whether to turn “Long exposure NR” on or off. What does it do, and how does it affect my photos taken at twilight and dusk? Question came in from Matthew What Does “Long exposure NR” Do? Photos with long exposure typically result in “hot pixels” appearing as brightly coloured little dots. Turning on Read more

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