Singapore Flyer- how to shoot onboard?


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Hey all.I won the consolation Prize in the Singapore Flyer Photog Comp.And just wondering how to shoot while I use the tickets.;)


Most probably night shots.Will the Flyer stop? Tripod is a must.But I'm afraid It'll be redundant as the Flyer won't stop? Just slow movement thats all. :dunno:

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no matter how, the flyer will have to stop from cabin to cabin to load and unload passengers, that is the time you can use tripod.
 

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I've been up there twice, one to do a model shoot and one with my gf. But if u're just plainly shooting through the capsule u may be a bit disappointed as the windows are pretty dirty, especially with dried water stains.
 

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I've been up there twice, one to do a model shoot and one with my gf. But if u're just plainly shooting through the capsule u may be a bit disappointed as the windows are pretty dirty, especially with dried water stains.
I haven't been onto the flyer myself but the dried water / dust stains on the outside is also a common problem when shooting onboard LRTs / MRTs.

I'd say a polariser is a must if you want to shoot landscape in the day.
 

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Hi there!

The flyer doesn't stop even during boarding & embarking of passengers. It just moves slowly. A trip or a cycle takes 37 minutes. It's best to board between 7:00 to 7:30 pm just before sunset so that you could see 2 views of Singapore, the day & night view.

A tripod is a must to take the city lights.

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I haven't been onto the flyer myself but the dried water / dust stains on the outside is also a common problem when shooting onboard LRTs / MRTs.

I'd say a polariser is a must if you want to shoot landscape in the day.
Polariser is gd but not necessary. If only the stains on the glass are absent it'll be a lot easier.
 

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Hi there!

The flyer doesn't stop even during boarding & embarking of passengers. It just moves slowly. A trip or a cycle takes 37 minutes. It's best to board between 7:00 to 7:30 pm just before sunset so that you could see 2 views of Singapore, the day & night view.

A tripod is a must to take the city lights.

Hope this helps
Well it does stop completely in some cases when there're elderly people getting on board. I've witnessed it myself.

To be exact, each trip is only around 30mins.
 

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i'm not sure, but someone mentioned earlier on that no tripods are allowed in the cabin. maybe you can try sneaking in a monopod.

in any case, i don't really think a polariser is going to help you any - first the glass cuts out light, and you still want to add something more to give yourself shutter speed hand holding trouble? the solution is simple during the day, just smack your lens bang onto the glass, that will cut out almost all of the reflections and hopefully give you limited trouble with the glass stains.
 

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i'm not sure, but someone mentioned earlier on that no tripods are allowed in the cabin. maybe you can try sneaking in a monopod.

in any case, i don't really think a polariser is going to help you any - first the glass cuts out light, and you still want to add something more to give yourself shutter speed hand holding trouble? the solution is simple during the day, just smack your lens bang onto the glass, that will cut out almost all of the reflections and hopefully give you limited trouble with the glass stains.
That's what i did that time too, just put my lens to the window but sometimes there'll still be some reflections. And yes, no tripods allowed.
 

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That's what i did that time too, just put my lens to the window but sometimes there'll still be some reflections. And yes, no tripods allowed.
i think the trouble will be greater at night, when the relative brightness in the cabin is going to be painful.. reflections will stand out even more. add that to the fact that shutter speeds cannot be too extended then.. and you have a problem. :bsmilie:
 

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Well it does stop completely in some cases when there're elderly people getting on board. I've witnessed it myself.

To be exact, each trip is only around 30mins.
Well, obviously, its an exception especially when handicapped or elderly people will board :)

Tripods are allowed, I brought mine when I rode it. Only large size bags are not allowed (it should be check in).

Just switch off the light of the capsule when taking photos to avoid reflections of the glass.
 

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i think the trouble will be greater at night, when the relative brightness in the cabin is going to be painful.. reflections will stand out even more. add that to the fact that shutter speeds cannot be too extended then.. and you have a problem. :bsmilie:
Both times i went are during the day. At night, i'll just enjoy the scenery. :)
 

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Well, obviously, its an exception especially when handicapped or elderly people will board :)

Tripods are allowed, I brought mine when I rode it. Only large size bags are not allowed (it should be check in).

Just switch off the light of the capsule when taking photos to avoid reflections of the glass.
I was told it isn't allowed so i would still not take a gamble.
 

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I was told it isn't allowed so i would still not take a gamble.
Well for me, it's better to bring the tripod there, when it is not allowed, then you could always check it in rather than not having it when you needed it or allowed.

Perhaps it wasn't the peak day or time when I rode it, that may be the reason they're not strict.
 

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Well for me, it's better to bring the tripod there, when it is not allowed, then you could always check it in rather than not having it when you needed it or allowed.

Perhaps it wasn't the peak day or time when I rode it, that may be the reason they're not strict.
I still wouldn't though as i also take it during the day.
 

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Been twice, if at nite, my advise just enjoy.
 

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there are tripods so small it's under 30cm when folded.

Slik, Manfrotto & Velbon have these tiny wonders. they can be use conventionally, but in this case they'll need the walls as base. Spiderman teach me wan! :sweatsm:

Slik's http://www.thkphoto.com/products/slik/slik-cts-n03.html

Manfrotto's http://www.manfrotto.com/Jahia/site/manfrotto/cache/offonce/lang/en/pid/2211?livid=68&lsf=68&child=3

strangely the version with an extendable short column cannot find. i am using the Manfrotto 345 model but got a Slik's SBH-120 ballhead to support my cam. :lovegrin:

or something more specialized? like this
http://www.thkphoto.com/products/slik/slik-14-6b.html
 

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managed to bring tripod last week but you can also bring a gorilla pod and hook and position it in the railings ;)
 

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