Archive | July 2010

Balik Kampung Glam

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

In Malay, “balik” is loosely translated as to go back. The word “Kampung” means village or settlement, and “Glam” is the name of a particular tree, which grew in abundance in the area in early Singapore.

In the beginning, Kampung Glam was a fishing village situated at the mouth of Rochor River, Singapore. It became more populated and grew into prominence after the Sultan of Singapore, Hussein Mohammed Shah and the Temenggong signed a treaty with the East India Company in 1819.

Today, Kampung Glam remains an ethnic district with a strong Malay-Arab influence. It is a place where one will patronize for their Arab-Muslim traditional foodstuff and merchandise. There is a vast variety of rich heritage passed down from generation to generation. Some of these long enduring traditions are in the form of monuments, trades, cultures and practices. Conservation of places of worship, old school, old dwellings, some of which are still in their original form while others have been refurbished. These rich remains give a hint of the architecture and life style of the early days. Such diverse rich heritage can only come about through a sense of tolerance, sharing and bonding, all encapsulated in the Kampung Glam spirit.

New to Singapore? You can read more about Kampung Glam HERE.

This series of images was taken during our F.U.N. “Return to Kampung Glam” Outing on 24th July 2010.

Click image to enlarge.

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

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[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix F70EXR

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[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

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F.U.N. 2011 Calendar Project with Fujifilm Singapore

[written by KopiOkaya]

Fujifilm Singapore is very keen to use pictures taken by F.U.N. members USING FINEPIX DIGITAL CAMERAS to produce their 2011 desk calendar. These pictures MUST be in landscape 4:3 proportion. There will be no cost involved, but credit will be given to the photographers; with their names printed on the desk calendars.

A mixture of photographs of SINGAPORE in various themes is preferred as Fujifilm can use them according to the 12 different months. However, members may send more than 12 for their selection.

The various themes are:

  • People
  • Arts and Culture
  • History
  • Food
  • Shopping
  • Tradition and Festivals
  • Landmarks of Singapore
  • Attractions in Singapore
  • Local flora and fauna
  • Patriotism

Submit your images to me in full resolution JPEG by 19th September 2010. I accept CD, DVD, email or Yousendit.

Complimentary copies of the calendar will be given to members whose images are selected.

These calendars will be used as corporate gift to Fujifilm overseas offices and their clients, as well as, for in-house circulation.

Before submitting your photos, members must agree to the following conditions determined by FUJIFILM Singapore:-

  1. The photos provided by F.U.N to FUJIFILM Singapore are to be used solely for the purpose of printing of desk calendars for 2011.
  2. The number of desk calendars printed will be determined by FUJIFILM Singapore.
  3. Original photographs provided by F.U.N may be re-sized or cropped according to the size needed.
  4. FUJIFILM Singapore will not be responsible for any misuse of the photographs by a third party.
  5. FUJIFILM Singapore will bear no responsibility for questions of copyright and invasion of privacy that may arise in the copying and in the use of image(s), and for obtaining all necessary permissions pertaining to use.

There are a few pointers to take note so that I don’t have to search through your pictures’ EXIF one at a time –

  • Name your files as follow: “photographer’s name_place / location / subject name of your photo_running numbers.jpg”.Example: “John Doe_Singapore Merlion_001.jpg”
  • List the following information as follow: FinePix camera used, shooting mode, image size, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, Dynamic Range settings on a separate Word or Notepad document.Example: “John Doe_Singapore Merlion_001.jpg: FinePix S5 Pro, Aperture Priority, CCD-RAW, f8, 1/2 seconds, ISO 800, Dynamic Range 400%”

F.U.N. Book Project Postponed…

[written by KopiOkaya]

Due to slow response and our members’ busy work schedule, the F.U.N. Book Project will be postponed until further notice.

Thank you for your support.

The Twilight Zone at Singapore Night Festival 2010

[written by Bluffname, compiled and edited by KopiOkaya]

Singapore Night Festival 2010 was a challenge and an adventure for F.U.N. members in more ways than one.  But, as always, we enjoyed ourselves. We had FUN.

As to be expected, this being a night festival, many of the scenes were orlulu (Hokkien for “dark”). Moreover, the performances were spread out over the vast grounds of the Singapore Management University (SMU) campus and when you are at one corner, you don’t know what’s going on at the other.

The place was also crowded. If you are late, you shoot between or over the heads of the people in front of you. Meanwhile, you might suddenly get blocked or knocked by an elbow or even by a lens of the photographer next to you.

There was also the rain and the mud… The SMU grounds were muddy to the extent that, after the festival, workers were spotted re-planting grass on the lawn. And then, mid-way through the festival, KopiOKaya suddenly felt unwell and had to go – and eventually rush in a taxi – home to, errr… “detox”.

(Editor’s note: KopiOkaya had a mild stomach flu)

The greatest challenge, however, was that the performance highlight – Paraboles 2.0, an avant-garde show starring a row of gigantic satellite dishes, with musicians, a dancer and a conductor beneath the satellite dishes – was scheduled for midnight and 1 am.

Only “Ironman” Bluffname rose to this challenge – but not without hesitation, for he, too, was tired and tempted to join the rest in calling it quits by around 11 pm. A inner voice told him to say till the end, even when it started to rain after the midnight show and it wasn’t clear until about 1:15 am that the final performance would proceed.

By that time, there was hardly any people left. Whereas the previous night Bluffname found himself stuck in the middle of a sea of people and barely managed to shoot Paraboles from about 100 metres away, at that final show he had the luxury not only of a front row view, but also to be able to walk around (in the mud) to shoot from various angles. He was rewarded with a set of “Dirty Dancer” images that he was extremely pleased with.

(Editor’s note: Bluffname had posted a photo essay on Dirty Dancer in JPG)

Everyone was happy. As TheChef commented about our posts on SgShoot.com: “I think this thread is one of our best series for a long time.”

To which KopiOKaya added: “One of the best detox!”

Click on images to enlarge.

Paraboles 2.0 by Compagnie Off (France) & Victric Thng (Singapore)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Boxing/Muay Thai by Fightworks Asia (Singapore)

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Taxi Girls & Taxi Boys by Jitterbugs Swingapore (Singapore)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Paths of Time by Orangedot Productions (Singapore)

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Boxing/Muay Thai by Fightworks Asia (Singapore)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Paths of Time by Orangedot Productions (Singapore)

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Taxi Girls & Taxi Boys by Jitterbugs Swingapore (Singapore)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Putho! by Phare Ponleu Selpak (Cambodia)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Mak Yong Performances by Kumpulan Seni Makyong Mantang Arang (Riau Islands, Indonesia)

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: SgSoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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Fujifilm announced 4 new digital cameras – FinePix S2800HD, F300EXR, Z800EXR and Z80

[written and compiled by KopiOkaya]

Here is a great news for all loyal fans of FinePix cameras. Today, Fujifilm has unveiled 4 new FinePix models – the FinePix S2800HD/S2900HD, FinePix F300EXR/F305EXR, FinePix Z800EXR /Z808EXR and FinePix Z80/Z81.

HERE is the product line-up.

Fujifilm FinePix 2800HD / S2900HD

Fujifilm FinePix F300EXR / F305EXR

Fujifilm FinePix Z800EXR / Z808EXR

Fujifilm FinePix Z80EXR / Z81EXR

[photos: Fujifilm]

July F.U.N. outing change of time

[written  KopiOkaya]

Sorry to inform all F.U.N. members that there is a change of time this Saturday’s Kampung Glam outing to 4:30pm. Set off time is 5:00pm.

Hope all who signed up can make it to the new timing and maybe more can join in.

See you on Saturday 24th July at Banquet Food Court at Raffles Hospital.

Cosplay weird and wonderful

[written by Bluffname and compiled by KopiOkaya]

(This photo essay can also be found at JPG)

Cosplay, or “costume play”, is wonderfully win-win.

It is when those who enjoy being photographed dress and make themselves up – outrageously – and gather at a public venue. And photographers swarm in by the hundreds.

This must be the weirdest photographer’s paradise. Where else can you find hundreds of strangers who are all too happy to pose for you, all day long? The more bossy photographers even direct them to stand against a particular background, pose themselves, their arms and hands this way, that way… and the Cosplayers happily oblige.

Cosplay has become hugely popular, both among Cosplayers and photographers.

In Singapore, many young photographers seem pre-occupied with shooting XMMs (xiao mei mei’s, Mandarin for young girls or sweet young things.) They spend their weekends shooting either girlfriends or amateur models (paid or TFCD, “trade for photo CD”) and the local photography forums are flooded with such images.

So when Cosplay comes along… Whoa! There will be plenty of coverage.

I am not young, however. I turn 55 soon. I never ever photographed XMMs, motor shows (where, I just learned, they even featured a Korean porn actress posing with some fancy car last year) and similar events. But Cosplay always fascinated me.

Some of my friends who consider themselves more “serious” photographers were less enthusiastic. “No point to go down,” one advised. “There is nothing you can do with such photos.”

“Who knows?” I replied. “Maybe there will be a Cosplay photo contest with $10,000 worth of hair dye as the top prize?”

In any case, I had a very clear idea of how I would shoot Cosplay – uptight, very very uptight.

I had seen enough of Cosplay images and none interested let alone impressed me. They were all wide-angle or at most medium-telephoto shots with plenty of distracting background. The photographers feel obliged to capture it all – the costume, the pose and the zillions of people hanging around.

No. For me, the green, purple, blue or red hair and the facial make-up are more than enough to define Cosplay. Even those may not be needed. I would also shoot just the hands, the feet, the knees… (watch this space for another photo essay on those).

And so I did not take my friend’s advise to spend the Sunday afternoon napping at home. Nor did I take another photo buddy’s advice when he said that he found his 50mm 1.4 lens “too telescopic” for Cosplay.

Nah! I went for my “virgin” Cosplay shoot with only my 80-400 VR lens. I was glad i did. I spent more than four hours at Cosfest IX, the ninth Singapore Cosplay Festival. I shot about 500 images and ended up keeping 300, which is a very high percentage by my standards.

I posted some images on the local photography forum and one viewer commented, with a “whahaha”, that they were like “macro of the face”.

Whahaha! I like that. Macro of the face!

Click on image to enlarge.

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

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The same Cosplay event photographed by other F.U.N. members.

[photo: TheChef]

[photo: TheChef]

[photo: TheChef]

[photo: TheChef]

[photo: TheChef]

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[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix F72EXR

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix F72EXR

[photo: Selim] Fujifilm FinePix F72EXR

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