That darn Singapore sky? I can tell you Singapore sky is very beautiful. Compare that to skies you see in Shanghai, Chongqing, Taipei and Seattle. Singapore sky is a godsend.
If you want to see different locations all the time, you can just flip some magazines or watch TV. Photography is different. It is about being there, the smell of morning dew, the view of that ray of first light. Actually it is not only about photography... have you just sat under a tree, enjoying the breeze and watching how the wind blows the trees, the rustling in the leaves? It is not about the place or the humidity. I've spend many mornings and afternoons during my JC days, just sitting under a tree at a field watching.
If one would only quiet down the heart, one will be able to see beauty in the most minute details...
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Just as you mentioned some like singapore after staying here for long, I've also come across my fair share of expatriate colleagues who say they don't like singapore because either of the weather and most commonly, it's too "wholesome" and does not have any "rustic charm". Everything looks too perfect and regulated. All of them have since left singapore to either go back to their countries or work elsewhere. In fact many of them came here cos it's a good base to see the other more interesting parts of SE asia like thailand, cambodia, etc.
I'm not saying singapore has no good places to photograph. But after a while, yeah, TO ME (my opinion), it's boring. Not cos you can't find different angles to shoot from, but it's the same old subject. The chances of you getting better lighting, fantastic skies is a lot higher in temperate countries than Singapore. Of cos there are days where the place looks terrible but not for long. But cos the places are so big, you feel uninhabited. Like I said, if you feel singapore is a joy to shoot, if there are 10 different angles you can take on the MBS or buildings for eg, then there are 1000 or more different angles and subjects you can shoot overseas!
The disadvantage with singapore is its equatorial location, and its tiny size. There is nothing we can change about that.
Ok, just how i feel. One man's meat is another man's poison...
(2) ok, you don't like the humidity. somehow, based on this statement, i suspect you would also find climbing mountains a pain in the arse, trekking 5 miles through swamps to get to a beach a pain in the arse, and going out in the winter cold a pain in the arse. i don't see how humidity is so much more painful than any other obstacles you might face elsewhere.
(3) and you think there are places with blue skies all the time? please stay in london for 3 years, and then come back again with your opinion of singapore's weather. granted, there are indeed places with nice weather... but so? i suspect that after a while, you will complain that there are no boring white skies. life is never as sweet without the sour, if you are complaining that it's not easy to get blue skies, then you have no idea how i feel when i see blue skies in london. if you're in it for orgasmic feelings, then blue skies in the midst of loads of white, grey, overcast crap would really give you an orgasm.
it's easy to sit on your high horse and say that "wa, singapore so sian". as i had pointed out earlier, there are people from overseas who can find fresh angles, to the point that i cannot recognise that it is singapore, and have to ask them where it was taken, or do my homework to triangulate the location.
at the end of the day, i don't know if you're married or attached or even in love. are you saying that after 1 or 2 years, the woman is the same, her shape is the same (or maybe she became a bit more out of shape), her voice is the same, so boring...?
you may make the statement that you don't find singapore conducive for the sort of shots you like. fair enough - singapore has its cons - it doesn't have a clear horizon (which is why soulfly has to clone most of his minimalist works), it doesn't really have grand mountains per se, nor grand sprawling cliffs at the coast. but it is by no means less unique, and it's sad that you can't see that.
Woodlands Waterfront is one of the location worth your time to visit.
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An example of amazing photo-taking expats in Singapore here:
Actually being in a tropical region, we get some of the nicest cloud formations.The chances of you getting better lighting, fantastic skies is a lot higher in temperate countries than Singapore. Of cos there are days where the place looks terrible but not for long. But cos the places are so big, you feel uninhabited. Like I said, if you feel singapore is a joy to shoot, if there are 10 different angles you can take on the MBS or buildings for eg, then there are 1000 or more different angles and subjects you can shoot overseas!
I find the equatorial location to be an advantage actually.The disadvantage with singapore is its equatorial location, and its tiny size. There is nothing we can change about that.
Apparently so. My condolences.Ok, just how i feel. One man's meat is another man's poison...
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anyway i have come to a conclusion, in city full of cars and vehicles, its hard to get blue skies (i believe that is the case for the countries u mentioned though i never been to any of them before). i dun get much blue skies in Bangkok too! But outside Bangkok, yes.
countries like i mention Kota Kinabalue, lesser cars and vehicles equates to more blue skies.
Taiwan...YEEES! Of cos some will argue, well cos you don't live there so things look fresh and interesting to photograph. Not true. It's just the location and physical size. Common sense will tell you, the bigger the place, naturally you've got more things to photograph.
Note: To the dimwit who counter-argued me above, I won't even bother typing your nick, read my posts carefully again. I say it AGAIN, one man's meat is another man's poison. Don't act like you some policeman and force opinion down on others. I stand by what I said, and I don't waste time trying to counter argue you cos this kind of discussion will have no end with stubborn-heads like you. Have a nice day dude.
Just a point to add on: You are making yourself look silly. Did I not say you can style the model differently? That's exactly what I said! You are obviously not reading carefully. What I am saying is, TO ME (darn it, how many times I have to say this), YES, the model looks different. BUT it's boring cos it's the same model. Geddit? Go get a life. You can photograph yourself, then 24/7, 365/yr. Of cos you look different every day. If that's what you enjoy doing. Oh man, CS....
thanks for making personal attacks, post quoted for reporting to mods.
and there are people who do that, self portraiture nonstop... the only limitation is their creativity, and their lack of willingess to succumb to the easy excuse that they can't do it:
lara jade and rosie hardy come to mind.
if you can't see that a subject is multi-fauceted, then i have nothing to say. unless you are saying that your model is one-dimensional in personality... well, that's certainly possible, but no one asked you to choose that particular one-dimensional model.
people are more than just a single concept that you can get so easily bored with. well, at least you can source out the ones who aren't that way.
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Actually, in many other countries I've been to, I saw many fantastic cloud formations I don't see here.
I find the non-equatorial countries to be an advantage actually.
Condolences? Why? I don't think so. We just think and feel differently.