night photography

Kampong Glam Panorama at Night

Night scene panorama in Kampong Glam.

iPhone 4s does Kampong Glam in a panoramic format. Shot with an app called AutoStitch. The app allows you to take multiple images and then stitch them for you. A cool app if you like shooting panorama.

Fuji X100s does Little India

Fuji X100s in Little India

I brought the Fuji X100s out to shoot in Little India late last night and spent few hours there till past midnight. This time I set the camera to shoot in RAW + JPEG mode. All the images here are the JPEG files, straight out of the camera. No post-processing other than resizing them for web usage. All were shot at ISO 6400 except for two of them.

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Fuji X100s – First Impression

Fuji X100s

I rented the newly released Fuji X100s last weekend and had only few hours to play with it. But, that’s enough!!! Enough for me to rent it again today! Will play with it again some more. For those who are interested in renting camera and lenses in Singapore, visit this Camera Rental Centre near Clarke Quay.

So, that’s me shooting with the Fuji X100s near the construction site of the Jalan Besar MRT station. I managed to draw the attention of some people walking there.

All images here were shot in RAW format and then converted to JPEG with almost no post processing. I cropped two of them and converted one to black and white. I actually shot it in black and white but I don’t know why it’s showing in color when I downloaded it.

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Marina Bay in 2005

Marina Bay in 2005 - Night Photography by Hendra Lauw

I had no idea that where I stood when I took the photo above, one evening in December 2005, would become a shopping mall, hotel and one of the two Singapore’s first casinos. Slightly more than a year after I took this photo, the construction started in February 2007 and the rest is history. From June 2010, the site has become the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, The Shoppes and Casino. It’s Singapore’s first Integrated Resort at Marina Bay.

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Midnight at Little India

Buying drink at Little India at midnight.

It’s been a while since I went out shooting just for myself. I felt the urge yesterday and decided to go to Little India at midnight to shoot. It was quiet. Some have gone to sleep on a concrete bench near Desker Road. He is probably homeless. Some were still happily playing carrom. And for some, the night was still young and hence buying some drinks from a “closed” shop is needed.

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Little India at Night on iPhone 4s

Lately, one of my favorite  camera apps on iPhone, the 645Pro, has seen a lot of clicks from me in both color and black and white modes. I love it’s H5 black and white mode that has good contrast and nice grain for low light images. All the black and white images here were shot using this app in H5 mode. The color was shot in C42 mode.

Just like few other camera apps, the 645Pro can lock focus and exposure separately, which is very useful when shooting a scene with extreme highlight and shadow. Simply choose the area where you want to take the exposure reading from, lock it by pressing the AE-L button, and then recompose to focus and take the shot. Another feature that I really like is the ability to save the JPEG file in higher quality and the option to save in TIFF too! But it seems to slow down the saving process due to bigger TIFF file size. I will check it out again later. The app comes with a very good user manual too. Just press and hold the Display/Playback button to launch the user manual and you are ready to go.

In case you are wondering, no I am not paid to review this app. I just like it.   :)

This series of images of Little India at night were shot somewhere near Desker Road and Buffalo Road which is only a small fraction of Little India. I will go back there to shoot more.MORE +

A Couple by the Singapore River at Night

Camera: Minolta CLE
Lens: Minolta M-Rokkor 40mm f/2
Film: black and white Kodak TMax 400

Shot at night, wide open at f/2. Exposed to the highlight on the ground which gave me a shutter speed of 1/30 sec if I remember correctly. MORE +

Binondo at Night

Binondo or the Chinatown of Manila is very lively at night, especially the streets near the Binondo church. You will find calesas (horse carriage), decorated pedicabs and jeepneys, food vendors selling varieties of snacks on the streets and even a roadside karaoke station. I was shooting with my Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2 that night. A great lens for low light. That f/1.2 can suck in lots of lights.

According to Wikipedia, Binondo was established in 1594 during the Spanish era and it is now the oldest Chinatown in the world. The Spanish Dominican fathers made Binondo their parish and succeeded in converting many of the residents to Catholicism. The Binondo church, also known as Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, was built in 1596. One of its altar boys, Lorenzo Ruiz, who died in 1637 was canonized in 1987 to become the first Filipino Saint.

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iPhone Photography – A Red House and A Red Taxi

Night Photography using iPhone at Joo Chiat. iPhone can’t beat the DSLR yet in term of quality and control, especially for night photography, but hey, iPhone photography is about having fun taking pictures with all its limitation. So, keep shooting and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

In case you missed it, I shot this building using my DSLR before. See it here.

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f/1.2 at 112 Katong

Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 ASPH V2, shot at f/1.2 in front of 112 Katong Mall. Do they rhyme?  :)

I tried to convert the original color version to black and white and I like both, so here it is the black and white version.MORE +

Street Food Vendors – iPhone 4s Panorama

One of my favorite things to do when in Jakarta, eating the street food. Forget about hygiene. Just close your eyes, pray and eat.  :) Just before I took this shot, the guy in blue on the left, who was selling varieties of cold desserts, just dropped a block of ice when I was placing my order. He left it on the road for about 30 sec because he was serving someone else. He then picked it up and walked to the back of that yellow banner. I thought he was going to throw away that block of ice, but he just quickly rinsed it with water. I just smiled, because the next order he was going to make was mine.  :)

The above panorama was shot in Serpong using the AutoStitch app on my iPhone 4s.MORE +

What To Shoot In Singapore – Joo Chiat At Night

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, MORE +