Trishaws are no longer in common use in Singapore, being replaced by the many taxis, but a few remain to cater for tourism. Singapore's people speak English with a colorful mix of Chinese, Malay and even Tamil words, with two words of so-called "Singlish"– lah and sinseh – in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. The national anthem "Majulah Singapura" is sung in Malay.
Singapore – Photo Tip

Proper Pre-Photography Preparation Prevents Poor Pictures

Photo by Edwin A. Franken

Singapore – Photo Tip Proper Pre-Photography Preparation Prevents Poor Pictures

The best camera is the one you have with you, goes an old saying in photography. But you also have to be ready yourself to seize the moment.

Edwin A. Franken
Edwin A. Franken

In Singapore, the warm humid air clings to your body like a sweaty blanket. It will suck the energy right out of your body. Taking pictures requires light gear, so I pack a small digital SLR with 28mm and 50mm primes and a wide-angle zoom. You don’t need lots of equipment to produce good images.

After having dinner, I decided to walk back to my hotel. While following the river, I noticed a trishaw driver waiting for customers. He was still too far away for a good shot, so I increased my pace while grabbing my camera from my little messenger bag. I estimated the exposure and dialed these values in manual mode, then took the shot. It was not sharp and a bit underexposed. My camera still had over-ride settings from a previous shoot. Fortunately, I saw this young woman walking towards me so I had time to reset and capture her picture before having another try with the trishaw driver as he chatted to a passerby.

I was absolutely not prepared for this shot. Or any shot. The camera was tucked away in a bag, lens cap installed and the settings were all over the place. So, never forget the Seven Ps: Proper Pre-Photography Preparation Prevents Poor Pictures.

Take me to Singapore!

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Singapore has one of the world's lowest crime levels, and violent crime is extremely rare. It is also among the world's least corrupt countries, ranking seventh after Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. (The UK ranks at No.14 and the US at 17). Photo by Edwin A. Franken

Edwin A. Franken

Edwin A. Franken

Nikon D800

Aperture
ƒ/1.4
Exposure
1/60
ISO
1600
Focal
50 mm

Singapore has one of the world's lowest crime levels, and violent crime is extremely rare. It is also among the world's least corrupt countries, ranking seventh after Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. (The UK ranks at No.14 and the US at 17).

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