Images of a Big Island

I’m Back!

G’day Gang,

After a couple of months hanging out in Europe, I am back! Been a while since I have been o/s so this little trip was well overdue!

Briefly, My itinerary was Aus.-Singapore – Belgium-Scotland -Belgium -Singapore -Aus., saw some pretty cool things along the way and even got some photos as well.

To avoid the looong flight to Europe, I decided to have a break in Singapore both ways which is a little adventure on it’s own. Last time I was there was 2004 and there have been some changes! One thing I noticed about Singapore is that they are always building something new and when they do they don’t stuff around. Money seems to be no object and I suspect that environmental groups don’t get much of a hearing in the planning stages.

One thing I like about Singapore is that it is firmly striding toward the future but that doesn’t mean that the past will be forgotten either so  the modern,ritzy side of Singapore seems to sit comfortably alongside the older,slightly crumbling areas such as Little India,Geylang and Chinatown. Many cultures,faiths and ideologies appear to co-exist harmoniously in this island state.

i had seen some photos of Marina Bay Sands & Gardens by the Bay on postcards so I thought I would go & see if I could get some dusk shots.

Even so, I wasn’t prepared for what I came across! To put it mildly,the structures in the following images are fantastic flights of imagination that have been brought to life.

Future forestGardens by the Bay is a huge botanical garden in which they have built these stylised trees and the really cool thing is that eventually they will be covered in foliage themselves. All this is free to walk around except if you want to go on the suspended walkway and I think there is a cafe in one of the trees. A bit hard to get your head around the scale & cost of all this i have to say. Off to the left is a building that houses a rainforest with canopy walks etc.

As evening approached I found a spot down by the artificial lake to get some shots of the Marina Bay Towers which I will just let you see for yourselves.

StarshipI always thought the Spanish designer Gaudi had access to some good “gear”, but not on a scale like this! Although I didn’t go up to the observation deck where there is huge swimming pool just walking through the middle tower was an eye-opener’,opulence on a grand scale! Twice an evening they do a laser & light show set to music from the other side of the towers of which you can see glimpses of here, but that’s another story.

Twilight view of Singapore from Gardens by the Bay.

After spending an enjoyable hour or so with another photog who filled me in on some other things to shoot, it was time to see the ‘show’.

Heading back up to the main arena, it was like stepping into a futuristic fairytale. An Aussie band was doing a free concert and the lighting on the “trees”was set to the music. Pretty cool to watch, I probably should have taken a movie on the iphone but I was just trying to find places to take stills that weren’t obscured by the many trees in the area.

Light FantasticI was a very tired but happy photographer when I arrived back at the hotel late that evening! Off to Europe next.



8 responses

  1. True North Mark

    And back with a bang there big fella! Nice work!

    I was in Singapore recently and never realised this lit up so well at Night.

    Must get back there!

    Welcome back Cotter!

    May 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

  2. Cheers Mark, it’s an amazing place for sure, keen to get back there myself! Only just scratched the surface really!
    Looks like you have been busy yourself!

    May 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    • True North Mark

      Indeed…I am off on True North on Saturday as well…which should be a great trip.

      Its the PODAS gig will all photogs!

      May 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      • Sounds pretty awesome,have a great trip!

        May 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  3. You’ve just put Singapore onto my list of places I definitely should check out. That place looks amazing, and nicely captured. Thanks for sharing.

    May 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • It’s a great city to see & shoot Adam, Cheers!

      May 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  4. What an incredible place! A lovely set of images too. I particularly like the composition of the first and last – that sweeping curving line really draws the eye in and links the ‘trees’ perfectly.

    May 27, 2013 at 1:38 am

    • Cheers Noeline, it is an amazing place and constantly changing! It was actually difficult to get far enough back from the trees to get a decent image without perspective problems. some perspective correction in Lightroom certainly helped. Glad you like them!

      May 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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