Archive for the ‘NIKKOR’ Category

POTD: Pit Lane Walk at 2013 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

Friday, September 20th, 2013

More than 2,500 F1 fans joined S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Trade and Industry in the Pit Lane Walk at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Some 2,500 F1 fans thronged the pit lanes at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Every which way I looked, there was somebody taking a selfie. Photo taken with a Samsung NX2000 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 20-50mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Some 2,500 F1 fans thronged the pit lanes at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Every which way I looked, there was somebody taking a selfie. Photo taken with a Samsung NX2000 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 20-50mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

For the first time in the six short years of Singapore Grand Prix history, members of the public were invited onto the Marina Bay Street Circuit a day before the Circuit Park’s official opening.

Race officials/volunteers taking stock of the pit lane walk. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Race officials/volunteers taking stock of the pit lane walk. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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POTD: How a dog waits

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

I was just trying out the Nikon D7100 for the first time when Cliff dashed out the open garden door thinking it was time for his before-bedtime walk. So I snapped a few shots of him as the test subject.

That’s Cliff just outside the garden door, waiting for his walk. It was already pretty dim since the garden lights weren’t switched on. Both photos taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

That’s Cliff just outside the garden door, waiting for his walk. It was already pretty dim since the garden lights weren’t switched on. Both photos taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

At first, he was all eager and sitting upright.

After a while, when he realised that the walk was not going to be due for another 10 minutes, he resigned himself to a more relaxing posture.

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POTD: Sports Hub and sportsman – work in progress

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Snapped this photo of the Sports Hub and a lone runner just before the skies opened up and inundated the pitch.

Work-in-progress for the Sports Hub. But more poignantly, it’s also work-in-progress for the runner. In fact, any sports pursuit is in a state of work-in-progress all the time - at any point in time, the sportsman/sportswoman is constantly striving to improve and better the previous achievement, instead of resting on his/her laurels. Photo taken with a Nikon D5200 with NIKKOR 18-55mm kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Work-in-progress for the Sports Hub. But more poignantly, it’s also work-in-progress for the runner. In fact, any sports pursuit is in a state of work-in-progress all the time – at any point in time, the sportsman/sportswoman is constantly striving to improve and better the previous achievement, instead of resting on his/her laurels. Photo taken with a Nikon D5200 with NIKKOR 18-55mm kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The Sports Hub is currently being built on the 35 hectare site of the former National Stadium.

It is slated for completion in April 2014 – that’s roughly eight months from now.

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POTD: Barrels for burning incense papers in housing estates

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Photo of the Day: You know those burner barrels that taoists and the Chinese use in housing estates to burn incense papers when they pray?

How do these barrels mysteriously appear at the beginning of the hungry ghost festival (or other major pray dates) and then disappear at the end?

Mystery solved! I was having dinner in the evening when I spotted these two workers rounding up these burner barrels. I had the D5200 with me so I snatched a quick snapshot as they went by into the dusk. Photo taken with a Nikon D5200 with NIKKOR 18-55mm kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Mystery solved! I was having dinner in the evening when I spotted these two workers rounding up these burner barrels. I had the D5200 with me so I snatched a quick snapshot as they went by into the dusk. Photo taken with a Nikon D5200 with NIKKOR 18-55mm kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

These burning barrels were refurbished from oil barrels and are offered to offer a less messy alternative to burning incense paper in the open – where the ashes fly and spread everywhere when the wind blows.

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Event: Sold-out I AM NIKON DAY 2013 in Singapore

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Workshops and the two seminars at the 2-day (24-25 August) event at the refurbished Suntec City Convention Centre were sold out, as participation in this year’s event was almost twice that of the inaugural I AM NIKON DAY event last year.

* All photos in this post are from Nikon Singapore.

Participants as well as visitors passing by had fun at the Nikon Day Photo Wall, taking photo souvenirs or visiting various Nikon camera display booths showcasing the latest Nikon COOLPIX cameras and Nikon 1 series.

Participants as well as visitors passing by had fun at the Nikon Day Photo Wall, taking photo souvenirs or visiting various Nikon camera display booths showcasing the latest Nikon COOLPIX cameras and Nikon 1 series.

In line with Nikon’s slogan of “At the Heart of the Image”, the aim of the 2-day event was to enrich the public with greater photography knowledge and tips, for both beginner photographers as well as seasoned amateurs.

Shutterbugs also tried their hand at capturing shots of models in the DSLR display area which featured a central boxing ring with models posing through the day.

Shutterbugs also tried their hand at capturing shots of models in the DSLR display area which featured a central boxing ring with models posing through the day.

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POTD: Phantoms at the Opera – or Hungry Ghost Festival Getai

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Phantom of the Opera is playing in town at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. But in many places in the heartlands, special front row seats have been specially reserved for the “real” hungry phantoms from Hell.

Special front row seats for some very special guests. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. All the photos (except the one above which was taken at ISO 5000)  were taken at ISO 6400. Photo credit: John Tan.

Special front row seats for some very special guests. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. All the photos (except the one above which was taken at ISO 5000) were taken at ISO 6400. Photo credit: John Tan.

So I was driving back from the Lenovo launch in town, and thinking of the Phantom of the Opera musical that the family was going to watch the next day.

The MC for the night is this fancifully dressed lady. Does she remind you of Liu Ling Ling in the local award-winning movie 881? That’s because it is Liu Ling Ling!

The MC for the night is this fancifully dressed lady. Does she remind you of Liu Ling Ling in the local award-winning movie 881? That’s because it is Liu Ling Ling!

Another performer for the night. Each singer performs a few songs, which may include requests from the audience and the residing deity of the temple organising the Getai.

Another performer for the night. Each singer performs a few songs, which may include requests from the audience and the residing deity of the temple organising the Getai.

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POTD: Paying respect & entertaining hungry ghosts from Hell

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar is the ghost month, when the hungry ghosts from Hell are released to visit their relatives on earth – and get a good meal as well.

As the seventh lunar month approaches, huge marquees are set up in many places in preparation for festivities. All photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

As the seventh lunar month approaches, huge marquees are set up in many places in preparation for festivities. All three photos taken with a Nikon D5200 with AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm DX f/3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Since this is the hungry ghost month, I will be featuring photos that I take during visits to celebratory activities surrounding the festival.

The festival has its origins from the buddhist scriptures and is celebrated by both Buddhist and Taoist believers in Asian countries such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia etc.

An altar in the marquee pacifying the agents of Hell with offerings and (to the left) wads of Hell cash.

An altar in the marquee pacifying the agents of Hell with offerings and (to the left) wads of Hell cash.

The main theme is filial piety.

One of Buddha’s disciples visited his mother in hell and found her languishing as a “hungry ghost” (that’s a specific genre of ghost) which was perennially – what else – hungry.

She had apparently been stingy towards hosting Buddhist monks whilst indulging herself with the money that her son had left her.

As a punishment by the judges of hell, she was transformed into a hungry ghost after her death.

Buddha taught the son how to redeem his mother and the filial son succeeded after much effort to help his mother get reborn as a human.

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POTD: Suomenlinna Church off the coast of Helsinki, Finland

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Suomenlinna Church was first built in 1854 as a Greek Orthodox garrison church for the Russian troops stationed in the Suomenlinna sea fortress, and originally had five onion domes.

The simple chandelier hangs directly below the dome of Suomenlinna Church. Both photos taken handheld with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The simple chandelier hangs directly below the dome of Suomenlinna Church. Both photos taken handheld with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

During the 1920s, the Suomenlinna Church was converted into an Evangelical Lutheran church.

Its central dome serves as a lighthouse, which sends out blinking Morse code signals for the letter “H” in Helsinki.

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POTD: An imposing Irish Wolfhound on the streets of Helsinki

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

My family and I were walking back to our hotel in Helsinki when we spotted this Irish Wolfhound across the road.

Gigantic Irish Wolfhound along the streets of Helsinki. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Gigantic Irish Wolfhound along the streets of Helsinki. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Its owner was taking it for an evening walk and both of them were waiting at the traffic light to cross the road.

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POTD: Colourful flowers at Hakaniemi farmers’ market

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The stalls at Hakaniemi farmers’ market are set up every morning for the locals to buy groceries and fresh flowers, amongst other things.

Two types of fresh flowers vying for space and attention at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Two types of fresh flowers vying for space and attention at the Hakaniemi farmers’ market. Photo taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

By afternoon, however, all that’s left of the market is a large empty plaza, as stall holders tear down their stalls and call it a day.