Long Exposure Photography at Blue Hour by Joey J πŸ“Έ


Making of a Photograph: Part 12 – Gardens by the Bay (Singapore)

This photo of “Supertree Grove” was shot at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore on 3 March 2020, which was less than 3 weeks before Singapore closed the border to all tourists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I remember Gardens by the Bay still having quite a number of tourists and doing Garden Rhapsody show (light and sound show) as scheduled, though. πŸ˜…

This is one of my few favourite photos that was shot with Nikon 14mm (f/2.8) lens that I used to own. It was an ideal lens when trying to shoot wide and fit in as much view as possible, but I didn’t use it as often as I thought I would, so eventually let go when I upgraded my body from Nikon D610 to Nikon Z 6II last year. I’m now back to owning a single lens only, which is my trusty Nikon 18-35mm (f/3.5-4.5) . πŸ˜…

One interesting fact about Nikon 14mm lens is that it can take on neutral density (ND) filters (albeit using gel filters on the rear), which was rare for 14mm focal length back in the days of DSLR. So, this photo was shot with a 3 stop gel ND filter, extending 3 seconds of base shutter speed into 25 seconds (at f/5.6). I just love shooting everything with long exposure even when I don’t have to! πŸ˜…

I occasionally miss 14mm focal length, but there aren’t many places requiring such an ultra wide angle lens, so patiently waiting for Nikon to release a Z mount lens starting with 16mm, as I always think that 16-35mm is the perfect focal range for cityscape photography lovers like myself. πŸ˜€


About MeAbout the Author: LASTLIGHTS.NET is a passion project of Joey J, a Singapore-based Japanese photographer primarily shooting cityscape photography with long exposure at blue hour. Visit his Home Gallery (30 most favourite photos taken) or download his free eBook, Getting Started with Long Exposure Photography.


August 12, 2023 | Permalink

Thanks for sharing this idea. We visited there in Singapore. Anita

    August 12, 2023 | Permalink

    No worries. It’s one of must-visit places in Singapore! πŸ˜€

August 14, 2023 | Permalink

Wow! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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