Issue 15 - April 2013
Brian Birkenhead: Singapore from Marina Bay Sands Hotel. You mentioned the hotel in your summary of your Singapore visit. This image was shot from the "boat" on the top, next to the bar, so there was a lot of pushing and shoving amongst the photographers some of whom already had more than a few jars in the bar. The other problem with the shot was that tripods are banned in the hotel and all they would allow was a monopod. But, by jamming the mono against the side of the viewing platform with my knees and putting the D80 on a fairly short timed exposure with high ISO, I reckoned I had a fighting chance as the sun set behind the towers of the business district.
DN: Well shooting from the bar is always risky! I think you’ve done well to make this shot under difficult circumstances. You’ve shot just at the right moment with the tones in the twilight sky balanced well with the lights coming on all over Singapore. With a tripod and the luxury of a less crowded vantage point the option of doing a panorama would be enticing. The building on the left displays by its proximity to the edge of the frame the diverging verticals which are symptomatic of your downward looking viewpoint. Ideally a shift lens would have been used, but in a tripod free jostling bar I can appreciate that wasn’t an option. You could try stretching the bottom of the image Brian to correct this; Lightroom does have the facility to do that. That aside it’s a strong shot of a classic view.
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