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Tulipmania @ Gardens By the Bay

18 May

Recently, I saw some of my friends and other bloggers posting beautiful photos of the Tulipmania @ Gardens by the Bay. I was so tempted to make a trip down to the Flower Dome and take some photos myself. I finally went on Mother’s Day and there was a 15% discount for Singaporeans buying tickets for both domes.

There were many people at the dome. Beside looking at the tulips fair, there are other flowers, cacti and succulents that we can look at too. I’ll introduce more about the other plants and Gardens by the Bay in my other blog, A Traveller’s Song. This post will be dedicated solely to Tulipmania!

The actual tulip field is right in the middle on the ground floor and is not very big. There are also tulips planted along the way from the entrance to the field. I was a little disappointed with the size of the tulip field but nevertheless was happily snapping away at the flowers with my camera.

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If you want to visit Tulipmania, remember to go by 20th May!

Basic Digital Photography 101 @ Haji Lane

5 May

I’ve always wanted to learn more about digital photography but there aren’t many workshops that teach photographers using compact camera. So when I saw a Groupon offer from Fused Studio, I quickly signed up with my friends. Armed with my humble Canon Powershot SX260 HS, I’m ready to learn what it takes to shoot beyond the AUTO mode!

During the workshop, we learn about lenses, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposures and white balance. We also learnt about the elements of a good photo – perspective, composition, contrast, lines, patterns, framing, symmetry etc. After which we had an hour of hands-on session to complete the tasks that were assigned to us. We roamed around Haji Lane to try to capture interesting photos. Satisfied with our captures, we then headed back to the studio to choose 4 photos for the assignment, explained our photos and the instructor critiqued them.

All in all, I think I did benefit from the workshop, learning more about my camera and how to adjust shutter speed and aperture. However, I’m still not that comfortable to move beyond the AUTO button. I guess I need to practise more on using manual mode.

Task 01: To capture a moving object (Shutter speed)

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I used slow to medium speed shutter 1/30 s, one that shows the movement but yet still able to show that there are 3 blades.

Task 02: To show depth of field (Aperture)

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A failed attempt. Took at f/3.5. Instructor says that maybe I could have gotten closer to the object that I want to focus on.

Task 03: To show some elements of a good photo

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Rules of Thirds. Instructor says that it can be improved by having a person seated at the table.

Task 04: My favourite photo

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Rule of Thirds and contrast of colours.

Here are some other photos that showcase the things that I learnt:

A Word A Week Challenge – Colourful

14 Oct

A Word A Week Challenge is hosted by Skinnywench from A Word in Your Ear. The challenge is to post a photograph, drawing, poem, story, quote, thought – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.. And this week’s theme is colourful.

I always feel that colours can affect our moods and we also portray how we feel by consciously or sub-consiously wearing certain colours. My post shall describe how my mood changes throughout the week. Let’s call the entry “Colours of the Week“.

Monday – Blue

Yes! As you would have guessed, my monday colour is blue simply because I always have monday blues! It’s always so difficult to wake up on Monday to work and I’ll be so slow in reacting to things happening around me at work. Guess my mind and heart are still missing the weekends!

Dark blue has a strong sedative effect on the mind. However, too much dark blue can be depressing!

Tuesday – Violet

After going through Monday, I’ve recovered from “weekend withdrawal symptoms” and can now come to terms with waking up early to work and putting in 100% for my work. It is a transformation from the “relaxed me” to the “efficient me”. I do hope I’m efficient though!

Violet and purple are colors of transformation at a very deep level, bringing peace and combating shock or fear. They also have a cleansing effect in emotional disturbances.

Wednesday – Green

It’s middle of the work week. Physically, I usually feel tired at this point but mentally I know that the weekend is coming soon. So, I would say that I’m in a balanced mood, seeking comfortness while feeling a bit lazy but yet looking forward to a brand new weekend that will arrive soon.

Green creates a feeling of comfort, laziness and relaxation, calmness, and space, lessening stress, balancing and soothing the emotions.

Thursday – Yellow

I’ll have an optimistic viewpoint on most things as it is one more day to Friday! I’m starting to feel happier and less tired. To me, Thursday is the eve of the weekend as my weeked starts from Friday’s evening.

Yellow is also a happy, bright, and uplifting color, a celebration of sunny days.

Friday – Orange

Everything is fun and happy on Friday. My colleagues and I would go further for lunch and I’ll usually arrange to meet up with friends in the evening. Even if I go home straight from work, I’ll make sure I’m occupied with doing things that make me happy. I’ll usually sleep later on Fridays too.

Orange is a joyous color. It stimulates the mind, renewing interest in life; it is a wonderful antidepressant and lifts the spirits.

Saturday- Red

This is a day when all the actions take place. I’ll try not to stay at home but go out and meet up with friends to shop or try out new cafes and restaurants, or just simply to catch some good movies. If I’m staying at home, I’ll most probably be painting or reading. There is a long list of things that I would like to do in future too, such as baking, cooking, sewing or making handicrafts.

Red is a powerful color that has always been associated with vitality and ambition.

Sunday – Turquoise

This is a day for me to calm down after all the actions. I prefer to relax at home and watch movies or surf the net. Even if I go out, I’ll try to do so in the morning and afternoon, making sure I’m back home in the evening so that I’ve time to bring myself into a “zen state” and get prepared for Monday (though not very successful).

Turquoise is invogorating, cooling, and calming. Like green, turquoise is good for mental strain and tiredness or feeling washed-out. It is an elevating color that encourages us to make a sparkling fresh start.

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All quotes from The Complete Book of Color by Suzzi Chiazzari.

Things that Make Me Happy

7 Oct

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme is Happy! I’ve already posted in my other blog, A Traveller’s Song the photos I’ve taken that made me happy during my trips. Over here, I’ll post some of the activities that make me happy when I’m not travelling.

Merging Photos without Photoshop

23 Aug

When I saw the theme for Weekly Photo Challenge, Merge, the first thing that comes to my mind is the fusion of 2 or more photos. The next thing that comes to my mind is “How am I going to do it without Photoshop?!”

An idea came to me just now, that is to use Microsoft PowerPoint. But wait, I do not have PowerPoint too! Now what am I going to do? Luckily, I’ve downloaded Open Office some time back and I tried out the idea. Guess what? It actually works! Maybe the effect is not as great as Photoshop, but it’s not too bad either. 😉

Merging of times – Modern building and old castle

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This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Gary Ng of Gnostec Photography. What he suggests is capturing different elements in a single shot, which I did in my other blog post on A Traveller’s Song.

A Dreamy Effect

14 Jul

I’ve always been taking part in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge. However, I usually post my entries in my other blog which is on travelling. That’s because most of the photos I’ve taken were from my overseas trips.

This week’s theme is Dreaming and the challenge is guest hosted by Kristin Luna of Camels & Chocolates. She suggests using long exposures to create a dreamy effect and “an otherworldly sense of escapism”.

I tried it out on my camera and it really works! Thanks for the tips, Kristin!

Photo taken manually with long exposures

Photo taken in auto mode