Joo Chiat Road is located in Katong area and it offers food, drink and entertainment with its restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and karaoke lounges you can find along it. It’s very lively at night when the place offers both the food for the stomach and the food for lonely souls. You know what I mean.
But what attracted me to shoot there was not the skimpily-dressed-girls you can find walking around, standing or sitting nicely and patiently. It’s the old Peranakan shophouses because of their unique architecture and colors. So, when you are there, just stay focused and shoot … with your camera.
I spent two days shooting the photos you see here. And it was only about 15 minutes each. That’s because I wanted to shoot only during the short moment after sunset when you could get the dark blue color in the sky rather than completely black. During this time of the year in Singapore, this “blue hour” will be anytime between 7.15pm to 7.30pm. Needless to say that I was only able to cover a small portion of this area within the two 15-minute days. I will come back to shoot more, but not too often until my wife becomes suspicious.
So, try shooting during this blue hour and you will see you can get nice pictures at night. Don’t forget to use your tripod as the shutter speed will be too slow. The photos here were all exposed for about 8 to 15 seconds at ISO 100 and shot with Canon 1D Mark IV and Carl Zeiss Distagon 21mm lens.
This blue hour also exist before sunrise, by the way. Have fun.
The last one was taken a bit too late as the sky was already much darker.