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POTD: Wistful Golden Retriever behind bars – rueful dog

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Photo of the Day: Cliff the Golden Retriever is usually lively and enthusiastic. But why does he look so rueful today?

There’s a carnival just outside but it’s not time for Cliff to go for his walk yet. So after peering eagerly through the grills of the garden gate, he has resigned himself to the role of onlooker - resting his head on the grill to see the world go by.

There’s a carnival just outside but it’s not time for Cliff to go for his walk yet. So after peering eagerly through the grills of the garden gate, he has resigned himself to the role of onlooker – resting his head on the grill to see the world go by.

* All the photos in this article were taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a 55-210mm E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Cliff the Golden Retriever is a friendly fellow who loves to mix with the crowd.

Here’s Cliff looking ruefully at me while I snap his portraits from the garden.

Here’s Cliff looking ruefully at me while I snap his portraits from the garden.

There’s a rowdy carnival just outside and Cliff can see the kids out there.

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Holiday greetings: Happy Deepavali to our Hindu friends

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Deepavali, or Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and is a public holiday in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate - wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone - which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

This is the signboard at the entrance of my residential estate – wishing Hindu residents a Happy Deepavali. Taken with an HTC One max smartphone – which debuted in Singapore today. The two flare spots at the bottom are due to two spotlights shining on it.

The word “Diwali” is the shortened form of “Deepavali” which literally means “row of lamps”.

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POTD: Come play with Kitty

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Photo of the Day: This kitty had just woken up from its afternoon nap and has rolled over on its back to invite others to play with it.

Kitty says, “Come play with me!” Photo taken with a Samsung NX2000 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 20-50mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Kitty says, “Come play with me!” Photo taken with a Samsung NX2000 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a 20-50mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

This was one of four kittens in a brood that I’d discovered at a void deck under an HDB block.

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POTD: What does the cat say? Cat goes MEOW!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Photo of the Day: Discovered this brood of four kittens over the weekend, kept by this group of retirees in an HDB void deck. I’ll be sharing snapshots I took over the next few POTD postings.

Not quite as cute as the Puss in Boots in Shrek, but what beady eyes. Just enjoying the sharpness and shallow depth of field of the lens. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Not quite as cute as the Puss in Boots in Shrek, but what beady eyes. Just enjoying the sharpness and shallow depth of field of the lens. Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Apart from the four kittens, the place was also a haunt for grown-up cats in the neighbourhood.

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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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