night lights

Since I came to Singapore, I’ve been trying to get some good shots of the city lights. But I seriously feel that the kit lens of my D40x, doesn’t take very good night shots. Recently a colleague borrowed my kit lens, and in return, lent me his macro lens (exact model to follow, because I don’t know it, hehe). I got to do some test shots with it and had a real good time playing with it. Although I couldn’t seem to use it for everyday shots (like my kit lens) because it was too near, I saw that it was great for product shots instead. I also realized, that it was great for night scenes. Pardon the lack of technical terms of the hows and whys, but these are trial and errors.

The day before Marj left, we brought her to the Singapore Flyer, which is a giant observation wheel similar to the London Eye. It was my second time to ride the Flyer (the first time was when good friend Laine was around to visit). During my first time to ride, I hardly used my camera because the shots weren’t good at all. Laine brought her tripod though, and she was able to take some decent shots, although it had just rained in the afternoon, so you could still see the rain drops when you’d take a shot.

This time around, I didn’t need a tripod. The shutter speed was fast and the aperture was big enough to capture the scene I wanted. Of course with a tripod, it would have taken some better shots, but for a non-photoshoot activity, this would have to do.

Highways amidst the construction jungle

My only comment was the irritating “blue light” and the “exit light” that was reflected from the inside the capsule. I didn’t know how to take it out, and for some reason, most of my scenes, I couldn’t avoid it.

This was one scene where I was able to avoid the blue light. But the scene was better on the other side.

On another day, I also had drinks at New Asia bar with some friends. This was a cocktail bar on the penthouse of Swissotel (one of the tallest hotels in Singapore and the same hotel my sis and Baji also stayed in when they were here) that had spectacular view of the city. Just imagine having some cocktails with a fantastic view. Perfect night cap and some shots. 🙂

If you come to visit, definitely go to New Asia bar. Not recommending the Flyer though, unless you really want to be a “tourist” and catch all the scenes of Singapore from different views.


5 thoughts on “night lights

  1. I kind of like the blue light. Gives it an extra little something. Lovely shots. I can’t wait for the day I get to own an SLR. My day pictures work out great on my point and shoot but night pictures are a whole other story!

  2. Argh, kelan ba ako bibili ng dslr? I like the first pic, btw.

    Ey, mind if I add some suggestments?

    For night landscape shots, your kit lens will do the trick. However, you will need a tripod (maski yung maliit lang na portable) or some veeeeery steady hands as a slight shake will result in blurs.

    Now for the settings….

    A slower shutter speed is better for night landscapes. Compensate for a slightly lower aperture but not too low, as light sources will form rays around them if you get too tight on the lens opening. A too wide aperture on a slow shutter speed may wash out the entire pic, or light sources will form coronas. Again, you will need a tripod. (Ano ba address mo diyan, I’ll send my tabletop tripod to you.)

    Try it on your kit lens! Oh, did I mention focus to infinity?

    Russs last blog post..F*ck*ng wisdom teeth

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