Posts Tagged ‘NIKKOR’

Happy New Year 2015

Friday, January 1st, 2016

A new dawn to a new day. A new year for a new beginning.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, a new year that will bring new aspirations and immense fulfillment.

About the photo

Snapped this shot while strolling on the beach in Thailand a few weeks ago in pre-dawn darkness.

It was a rare shot for me in that the horizon was clear of the usual haze and layer of clouds so the rising sun could be seen emerging from the horizon itself.

It was breathtaking how the nascent sun lit up the sky with golden and red hues as it tore itself from the horizon.

New arrivals: Nikon D5500 & 2 new NIKKOR lenses (300mm & 55-200mm)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nikon has introduced the 24.2-megapixel DX-format Nikon D5500, as well as the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F4-5.6G ED VR II and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4E PF ED VR lenses.

Available in February 2015, prices TBA.

The Nikon D5500 is available in classic black and chic red colour kits.

The Nikon D5500 is available in classic black and chic red colour kits.

Nikon claims that the D5500 is “the world’s smallest, lightest and slimmest DSLR”. It comes with built-in wireless connectivity and touch-screen.

The FX-format AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4E PF ED VR incorporates Nikon’s Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element for the first time in NIKKOR lenses, resulting in a light 755 grams.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F4-5.6G ED VR II (bottom) and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4E PF ED VR (top) lenses.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F4-5.6G ED VR II (bottom) and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4E PF ED VR (top) lenses.

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POTD: Happy New Year 2015

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

A new day … in a new year … has begun …

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

A little wild yellow flower in the old city of Jakobstad (also known as Pietarsaari in Finnish) on the coast of Finland. June 2011. Taken with a Nikon D600 with 24-120mm lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic year ahead in 2015.

POTD: Valentine’s Day 2014

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s Valentine’s Day today. This year, it coincides with Chap Goh Meh – the fifteenth and final day of the Chinese New Year – which many consider the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Here’s wishing all lovers a most romantic day/night!

Lots of lovey-dovey couples here, in the form of hugging salt and pepper bottles. I took this photo at the Hakaniemi Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland in summer. There were plenty of such charming craft stores for tourists and local Finns. Taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Lots of lovey-dovey couples here, in the form of hugging salt and pepper bottles. I took this photo at the Hakaniemi Market Hall in Helsinki, Finland in summer. There were plenty of such charming craft stores for tourists and local Finns alike. Taken with a Nikon D600 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

In many places in the world that celebrate Valentine’s Day, boys buy flowers, chocolates and gifts for their girlfriends, wives, mistresses or lovers.

Sometimes the girl reciprocates.

In Japan, it is the girl who buys for the guys.

I know – because I received plenty on Valentine’s Day when I was in Japan.

The tradition in Japan is for girls to buy white chocolates (called giri-chocos – 義理チョコ) and give them to the guys.

This does not happen just between couples that are in a relationship.

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POTD: What does the hunted mouse last see

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Photo of the Day: This is probably what a hunted mouse last sees before it realises that it is being hunted by this cat.

This adult brindle was the ugliest of the litter of cats that roam the bushes near an HDB estate. But long after the cuteness of the other cats and kittens has worn off, I find myself coming back to look at this cat - it’s so full of personality! Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

This adult brindle was the ugliest of the litter of cats that roamed the bushes near an HDB estate. But long after the cuteness of the other cats and kittens has worn off, I find myself coming back to look at this cat – it’s so full of personality! Photo taken with a Nikon D7100 with AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Crouched low and inching forward, I really wouldn’t want to be a mouse staring this feline in the eyes.

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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: 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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