The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Singapore layover

If you end up in Singapore during a layover that is over 5 hours, you should definitely grab a taxi and head into this area of the city. The Singapore airport is one of the best (and most efficient) in the world, so it is definitely worth making the transit through customs and give the city a visit. Even better, in Singapore they love food, so you’re sure to grab some good grub.

Daily Photo – The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Right after I took this photo, someone leaned over and told me the lion had been moved and it was not in its original location. They said this fact with such earnesty that I could not refute it. Anyway, for one week per year, they light up the lion in various ways, and this happened to be one of those nights. Actually, the entire area around this body of water is lit up with beautiful lights. It's almost a smallish Burning Man!

The Famous Merlion in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-28 01:31:08
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/13
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO500
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Indoor Rainforest

Combining Libraries in Lightroom Tip

Note: If what I say below doesn’t make sense, be sure to get my Organize Your Photos! Tutorial here on the site.

When I come back from photo trips, I take the Lightroom Catalog from my laptop and merge it with the mommy catalog on my main computer. This can be very time consuming, but I figured out a faster way to do it.

1) The first step is to move everything manually over to the destination drive. That means moving the .LRCAT and the photos in a directory.

2) After that, open up the .LRCAT on the main (mommy) computer. It may not be able to find where all the files are, so be sure to r-click the photos directories and find their new location.

3) Then, when you go back to your main catalog, go ahead and import the new one, but select “Add”. Don’t select “Move” because that takes forever for some reason.

4) After they have been added, you can then move the photo directories from within Lightroom!

Daily Photo – The Indoor Rainforest

This isn't like a fake rainforest like in the Rainforest Cafe (which I find to be extremely annoying). But, instead, it's an actual rainforest. One big difference is that this doesn't have any food inside. Well, I guess if you are a vegetarian, it's full of food. There's sort of a path everyone walks along. Right in the beginning, you come to this very still little pond. The reflection was so perfect that I set up for a nice vertical shot here.

The Indoor Rainforest

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 23:57:46
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1
  • Aperture7.1
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Landscape or Portrait?

Today’s photo is obviously a quad shot, aiming straight down. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t really matter how it’s oriented: portrait or landscape. The only place it seems to matter is on phones and tablets! Since most people view things on mobile nowadays, I tend to twist things around to portrait mode so you can see more on the screen at once.

I’ve been to Hong Kong many times, but not until this last time did I go tramming! I don’t know if that’s an actual word or not, but I define it as the ability to get on a tram for just a few bucks and ride it all day. It goes through some of the older sections of Hong Kong and just kinda casually rolls along. Sometimes old people get on the top level and share a bottle of wine and just watch the city go by for hours and hours. I was only on there for a short time, but I made the most of it!

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Daily Photo – The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

If you click the “Singapore” category above, you'll see some previous photos of these Gardens by the Bay at night time when they light up to an amazing light show. This is what they look like in the middle of the day from above. I think it's quite a mesmerizing little scene! You can see a curve there along the left side. That's a bridge high above everything that connects a few of the trees. Unfortunately, it was closed this time, but I do recommend the little trek!

The Flower Gardens of Singapore from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 16:50:18
  • CameraFC220
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/100
  • Aperture2.2
  • ISO109
  • Focal Length4.7 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

Tane Versus the Durian

Radio Interview in Singapore

There’s sort of an “NPR” in Singapore and they sent out a nice woman to interview me while there. Here’s the interview in its entirety below!

Daily Photo – Tane Versus the Durian

It was quite rainy in Singapore while we were there, but it made for some great photos and reflections. This is the Esplanade Theater and a lot of the locals think it looks like a durian, possibly one of the worst fruits that ever evolved. This affronting fruit must have somehow stayed in the food chain thanks to monkeys or something. But, I actually know a few humans that like it. It smells so bad to most people that it is banned in hotels and airplanes.

Tane Versus the Durian

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-26 01:58:40
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.6
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Singapore from Above

Glenorchy Tip Video Part 3

And here’s part 3 in the series of videos from Glenorchy. This shows me editing more photos and also illustrating how different the light can be on Lake Wakatipu after only a few hours.

Daily Photo – Singapore from Above

I took this from the roof of the Ritz-Carlton on my first night after arrival. It wasn't easy to get up there, I tell ya. It was quite assassin's creed. I went up with security (you have to get permission) and step over all these pipes, duck under air conditioning units, slither through other pipes, and this sort of thing. But, after all that, it was worth it. I had 360 degree views of the whole city, but I think this is probably one of the best angles. I'd love to come back up here and take photos of the fireworks some time!

Singapore from Above

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-25 00:36:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.4
  • Aperture4
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length24.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Dots in Dots

Some Book Suggestions For You

I don’t know if you’re more into Fiction or Non-Fiction. Personally, I alternate between the two. But I’ve recently updated my Book list over on Kit.com. I hope you find something you enjoy there! 🙂 Note that these are the top 10% of my favorite books… I won’t bother listing ones I’ve read that I think would be a waste of your time.

Daily Photo – Dots in Dots

If you are in Singapore, don't miss a visit to the ArtScience Museum. You can't miss it, as it is around that central lagoon. It's very family-friendly and there are very interesting visual displays inside. I have a bit of an “issue” with some of these Instagram-roadside-bingo collection points. Instagrammers love to go here to fuel their egocentric lives, but I decided to go anyway because it looked pretty awesome! As you can tell, I did not do a selfie here. Maybe it's because I can't find an “Influencer Hat” that fits my cabeza in the right proportions… but I was with my new friend @Dotzsoh and she struck a better silhouette than yours truly.

Dots in Dots

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 23:13:03
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/400
  • Aperture2.8
  • ISO3200
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

Singapore Flower Party

New Tip Video!

Here’s a “making” of video from a shot during a beautiful pink sunset in Milford Sound. You can also see a bit about my organization and selection style.

Here’s the final photo that was produced above:

The Cotton Candy Fjord

Daily Photo – Singapore Flower Party

These beautiful flowers light up every night in an amazing LED and music show. The music is a little campy for my tastes with the Jurassic Park theme song and such, but it is still worth it. I tried a few different positions up on the hillside during the show, but this was one of my favorites. I used my 16-35mm on the Sony for this one. It was just barely wide enough!

Singapore Flower Party

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-03-27 01:47:55
  • CameraILCE-7RM3
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time2.5
  • Aperture4.5
  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias+2

Singapore from Across the Pond

Singapore Tip

If you connect in Singapore and you have more than 5 hours, be sure to leave the airport and explore the city! You don’t need a Visa from most countries and it’s really easy to jump into a taxi and head down into this area to check things out! I highly, highly recommend it!

Daily Photo – Singapore from Across the Pond

I took this photo up in the club lounge area of the Ritz-Carlton, where I stayed just for one night on my way to the USA. What a pretty view, eh? I've gotta get back here with more time soon. After I took this, I went down and had a fabulous dinner before heading out into the night to take even more photos!

Singapore from Across the Pond

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-05 19:34:09
  • CameraILCE-7RM2
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture6.3
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length15.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Best DJs on Soundcloud?

If you have any favorites, let me know… always looking for new music! You can see who I follow here on my Soundcloud page

Daily Photo – Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Here’s another crazy place in Singapore that I totally didn’t expect. The outside was amazing enough, but then I decided to go inside. Amazing! And you can probably see all those little paths up there… you can just wander around and see this incredible indoor rainforest.

Amazing Indoor Waterfalls

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-20 17:47:04
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/250
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length13.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias-0.3

Ten Hours in Singapore

New Presets!

Don’t forget today’s the day for the half-price Lightroom Presets for October! Enjoy! Here’s the names of the new presets — I came up with a few awesome and crazy new presets at Burning Man this year!

“Arya Blinded”
“Batmanmobile”
“Bunny Beers”
“Greenman Juice”
“Night Beach Party”
“Sandy Robot”
“SoftHDR Blue”
“Swayze Crotch”
“The Mono Blaster”
“Undo the Sandy”

The Fluffy Cat Demands you buy them now

See his demanding fluffy stare.

Awesome Singapore

I want to go back and spend more time here for sure… Now that I live in New Zealand, whenever I go to Europe, it’s just as easy to stop here as it is Dubai. So I’ll see if I can make more time here next time… maybe have a photowalk or som

Daily Photo – Ten Hours in Singapore

I connected in Singapore on the way from Vietnam back home to New Zealand, so of course I had to go out and shoot! I grabbed a taxi immediately and then headed to the hot zone down here! I haven’t been here since they added all this crazy-awesome stuff… I was taking non-stop photos. In this part, I’m way up high on this sky bridge between electric trees.

Ten Hours in Singapore

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2015-05-20 19:31:44
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time0.8
  • Aperture4
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length11.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

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