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    Default Crossing Bridges 10 - What Participants did and Testimonials of the event

    Crossing Bridges 10 left an indelible impression on many of its participants.

    During that week, we laughed, we suffered, we endured 7 days of gruelling shoots and friend-making

    I'd like to start this thread documenting activities through images during that week

    I would also ask participants to put down in images and words their testimonials of what they went through









    I'll start first

    More than a year ago after Crossing Bridges 9 in Malaysia was completed, I sat down with a group of CS'ers to begin the design and organizing of Crossing Bridges 10 which we lobbied strongly for to be held in Singapore

    Clubsnap had organized 2 previous Crossing Bridges in 2005 and 2008 in HK/Macau and in Siem Reap (Cambodia). Looking back, I feel shameful that we did not host those 2 Crossing Bridges in Singapore as then I had an unhealthy attitude that there was 'nothing' to shoot in Singapore. This shame will continue to hang over my head for the rest of my life and I take it as a lesson never to be repeated.

    I broke my addication to water buffalos, volcanoes, fishing villages, village children riding horses/playing with dogs, farmers ploughing padi fields , village women preparing wood fired meals and local tribespeople in ethnic costumes. We dont need these 'walking sticks' and 'crutches' to excel in friend-making and good photography.

    The CB10 organizing committee recognized this early and designed 7 days of activities that showed another face of our country few tourists are privileged to witness.

    We showcased our Heartlands, our people and children and we proudly showed how ordinary citizens lived in Singapore. We also showcased strength in planning and organizational abilities and we added fresh ideas . We also showed how we could get rival camera manufacturers to come and work together for a week with 7 different photography communities

    Hard to believe , but Crossing Bridges was never about shooting shooting shooting. Its about different photography communities getting together once a year for a week of networking, friend-making, discussions ..... and shooting

    The trip is never simple nor easy for any participant due to the crammed programming , the little sleep and very long tough days physically.

    Top and Foremost on our minds while planning: How do we quickly break the ice and break up the cliques/groups of different countries that were sure to form ? How were we going to make sure everyone from every country knows each others' names?

    1. Participants were split into 6 mixed countries groups after arrival in Signapore and
    2. First Full Day was designed to be a physically draining day-long sufferfest . We moved out at 5am ... walked and shot ALL DAY under the blazing sun .... and returned back tot he hostel at 10.30pm ....

    It worked... by dinner-time on Monday, cultural differences, language barriers and formalities were tossed aside as participants suffered earlier together and now laughed and ate together

    By the end of the week, during the Closing Ceremony, the partings and goodbyes were bittersweet with more than a few grown men crying and hugging amongst themselves. Everyone was friending and adding everyone else into their facebook and whatsapp ha ha ha !!

    Crossing Bridges has done its job and ensured that its message of friendship continues to spread
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    Personally I learnt the following:

    1. Delegate and Trust your fellow committee members. I believe we have grown closer and understand each others' strengths and weaknesses having worked so closely and intensely this year

    2. Diplomacy when dealing with people from different countries and with the various brand sponsors while being forthright

    3. Friendships should not be renewed once a year. I realized that I have met a few regular participants once a year only. I have to visit them more during other times of the year

    4. Learning how to under-promise and over-deliver and managing expectations of Group Leaders, Country Leaders, Sponsors and fellow volunteers

    5. Most importantly I learned how to just shut up and listen because its through listening that I learned the most about issues that are important to other people which might have escaped my perspective of matters
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    Default Re: Crossing Bridges 10 - What Participants did and Testimonials of the event

    Crossing Bridges 10 has been featured in Indonesian Photography publication EXPOSURE in its latest issue



    Click on the link below to download a soft copy of the magazine

    http://www.exposure-magz.com/2013/10...-63rd-edition/
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    was in papers, posted by Frando Culata in facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...count=1&ref=nf
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    This is what I got from the participants:

    "Hi Dan, thank you for taking great care of us during CB10 
    Too rush on leaving on the last day, n too much activities going on, didn't get the chance to talk to you
    You guys really did a amazing work.
    Out of the 3 CB that I participated, this was the best one. Enjoyed it so much, thank you!"
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    We were very touched by the support from sponsors who supplied unreleased equipment and t-shirts during the trip

    Firms like Olympus and Panasonic were generous with providing pre-release cameras like the EM1 and the GX7 respectively

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    We all had alot of fun putting the Olympus EM1 through its paces....under very harsh conditions like below ha ha





    surprise surprise, participants were not only using the latest EM1 but they also brought along their personal Olympus cameras



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    Panasonic also supplied us with pre-production copies of their new GX7 which is proving to be a strong camera with vastly upgraded and improved functions and speed as well

    Panasonic even flew in their brand spokesperson , Gunther Deichmann to spend a full day with participants as well as hosting that day's (19 Sep) Lunch and BBQ Dinner . Thank you Panasonic !! Mighty kind and generous of you







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    must say.... the Panasonic GX-7 is compact and non intrusive enough to work any street paired with either their new fast kit zoom or their 20mm f1.7



    Its practically invisible in Gunther's hands
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    As I was a member of PhotoMalaysia (ClubSnap too) I came to know about their outdoor activities after visiting 4th. Annual Photography Exhibition held at Nikon Centre, K.L. in 2011. My proposal (Sri Lanka) to join CB group which was sent to Yusuf and Maxby had been unanimously accepted by all other C.B. member country leaders. Thank you all ! This is how Sri Lanka joined Crossing Bridges 'the group of friendship' and then participated at C.B.9 held in Malaysia 2012.

    Singapore's group of organisers led by Eddie Ng has done a marvelous effort to make the Crossing Bridges - 10 a great success. We were shown a number of hidden attractions of Singapore, the typical tourist hardly visit. Further more, if the generous sponsors had not come in support the whole forum wouldn't be a success. I express my gratitude on behalf of Group Sri Lanka to A'Zone, Canon, Fujifilm, Funan Digitalife Mall, My Buona Vista, Olympus, Polaroid, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, Sigma, Shutterstock, Western Digital and all others whose names were missed. Should mention the name of Bunchostel.

    One guy said this is a "Journey of Friendship". Yes, Crossing Bridges is a "Journey of Friendship of Shutterbugs".
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    It's truly one of the kind event in Singapore where you got to see so many different type of people from different country all converge to a single location, sharing n living together.

    As one of the "sleeping" community member, making this event happen is really a challenge. But the reward is priceless. Has crossing bridges come to an end? I would say, it just the beginning.

    This will be the quota from me. " Friendship will be forge. Friendship will be tested, Friendship will be broken. All these are just the attitude and mindset of a person's mind. No matter what's the outcome, it will be a chapter in one's life"

    So see everyone in the next Crossing Bridges 11- Korea

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    Samsung was very generous to loan us 30pcs of their Galaxy S4 Zoom
    http://www.samsung.com/global/micros...camera/s4zoom/

    I played with it for abit, didn't try it as a phone but my guess is it should be like regular S4 which is great!

    Now it is starting to get real confusing, is it a camera phone or phone camera? Back in Y2K, we used to joke about camera with phone functions, where reception is not good, all we need to do is to zoom the lens.

    Some will complain about the thickness. As in life, u gain some, loose some. We are talking about real 10x optical zoom (physical zoom ring like a high end compact camera, 24-240mm)!! Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)!! 16Mpixel!! Xenon flash!! There is even a tripod mount!! & many more real camera function!! So in this case, we gain many but only loose 1.

    While others bump up the resolutions & uses digital zoom, I believe most photo enthusiast prefer the image quality of a optical zoom. 16Mpixel count is dam high, I only wish they kept it to 8 to 10Mpixel with lower ISO noise, but that is not to say what is in the camera is bad. IMO, the sensor's noise to signal ration is already on par with current compact cameras.

    With the built in Xenon flash n tripod mount, taking night portrait with beautiful scenery is no problem. The flash give very nice skin tone & the tripod mount no more camera shake!! Unlike those camera phone which uses LED, weak light output with bad skin tone & camera shake due to the lack of tripod mount. I changed the setting to manual mode, YES Manual mode, ie set ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed etc!! Took a night photo of Darrell at the carpark of "The RiverWalk" with "MICA Building" as backdrop on the 1st day of CB10, even without the use of tripod the photo came out beautiful (partly due to the handsome model, credit must be given mah).

    With the tripod mount, one can use square filter system, something like Cokin's A system. So you are only limited by ur own creativity.

    Alamak, you must be saying, why all talk no photo!! Silly me forgot to insert own micro SD card, so image was saved in the phone internal memory & I forgot to download.

    Hello Samsung, I using Galaxy Note 2, but I don't mind having Galaxy S4 Zoom as backup? Hint hint... Hahaha.
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    Exhausted participants catching sleep wherever they can

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    Sri Lankan and Philippino sharing a ledge together

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    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Many thanks for Singapore Rifle Association for hosting Crossing Bridges 10. Participants get to handle the weapons up close, and each participant get to fire 5 live rounds down the range.

    Folks from SRA posing with the models.


    Participants get to see and touch weapons up close!


    Big thanks also go to Stormtroppers for their imperial escort for our Models!


    Freeze! A big thank you to our models as well LuLu, Kailing, Cassey and Sandy
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    Crossing Bridges going Yoga crazy at the Merlion!


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    Crossing Bridges participants also get to enjoy the Peranakan culture in Singapore. We got 2 beautiful models and dressed them up as Little Nonyas. A big thank you to Rumah Bebe and models Cassey and Cindy!






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    It has been a signature of every Crossing Bridges


    First crossing bridges to give off cash $$....haha


    Restaurant Waitress (Centre) is among our photo model as well..


    We "kill" many people...lol


    When Indian and Korean mixed together.... is a contrast.

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    My first Crossing Bridges was 2 years ago. We went to Vietnam. I think most of my CB8 khakis would have remembered me as the one who ate ice cream, drank coffee and sat aside. I was grateful to those photogs who, didn't in one bit, have any reservations to teach me and share their knowledge throughout the trip. I enjoyed my entire trip so much so that our Singapore team still kept in touch through our whatsapp thread (2 years running!).

    CB10, the first in Singapore (and will not be the last) was definitely challenging. The many months of planning, coordinating and execution of the entire event, down to bidding farewells on the last day, is the taste of sweetness after many bitter, sour and hot moments.

    We had our fair share of arguments and differences. We had our fair share of b*tching here and there. But hey, at the end of the day, all we had in mind was the same. To make CB10 a success.

    Personally, through CB10, I've learnt to manage my own expectations; understand that friendships are easily forged, but it is also vulnerable ( it takes great effort to maintain and sustain one, so cherish it!) and last but not least, attitude and positivity is equally important.

    No any 2 persons are the same. Even Siamese twins would have their differences.

    So, kudos to Ed for being the juggler to juggle our feedback, our nonsense, our blabbering, arguments! You Survived!

    Kudos to the CB10 committee, volunteers who had the same vision and goal in mind to ensure that the event is a success!
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    I'm not a participant nor organiser of Crossing Bridges 10, but joined the morning walk to Toa Payoh on 19th Sept
    (answered mod ed9119's call at http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1309769, not sure if I'm the only one?)

    Have to give credit to the Clubsnap admin and organisers for the meticulous planning to get the event running and also show the various aspects of Singapore to all the wonderful guests.

    I want to mention the volunteers also, who were on hand to lead the various groups around the different areas. It is hard to imagine how difficult a task of leading a group of people from point A to point B is. However with a big group of photographers it is totally different story They stop at almost anything imaginable to take photos, and not just 1 shot but also have to work the angles to get 'the shot'. Then the others notice and come over and take their own versions. Multiply that with more than 100 photographers and maybe you can have a faint idea hehe....

    The volunteers, mostly photographers themselves, have to control their urge to shoot, and still have to herd the photographers along so that they don't miss the timing for the next location (where there might be timing to meet eg for the correct light, prayer times). And not raise the ire of the photographers at the same time.

    Kudos to the volunteers
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