Fireworks and Unhappening Dinner

Friday, I can’t remember what I had for lunch or dinner but Saturday’s breakfast was yumz at Baker & Cook. I tried to recall what I had from my posts but nothing was recorded. That’s how poor my memory can get sometimes. Tonight, after the fireworks display photo session, I had the most unhappening dinner. I remembered cos the Beef Kway Teow was bleh!

Dinner after the fireworks display photography session.

Dinner after the fireworks display photography session.

Beef Kway Teow - the beef tasted like fish fillet. Hmmm...

Beef Kway Teow – the beef tasted like fish fillet. Hmmm…

Backtrack… Anyway, after brunch I went home to do some editing work before going out to meet Gan. I was quite reluctant to go for this photoshoot as I lack the equipment and SKILL. Gan had advised me what I needed to bring – my gorillapod and the widest lens I could lay my hands on, some wine but he forgot to tell me to bring my hammock and fan. It was going to be a long day, I had no idea then and I did not question why we had to go so early.

NDP rehearsal.

NDP rehearsal.

Today was one of the Saturdays Singapore is rehearsing for our NDP (National Day Parade) which will be coming up on 9th August. I met Gan, organizer of this photoshoot event, and the rest at the customs house in central business district area opposite the infamous MBS Hotel. This was to be my first try at fireworks.  I arrived at about 3pm to find out that the shoot would take place when the sky turned dark. But we had to come early to “reserve” a good unobstructed spot. Gan explained that there would be many photography enthusiasts gathering for this. Meantime, we could do a bit of landscape photography, and if we’re lucky, we could see some of the airforce and navy display, too.

The action of the navy were on the other side. The fighter jets were too fast for me to capture. I had to make do with this one that was willing to slow down for me :)

The action of the navy were on the other side. The fighter jets were too fast for me to capture.
I had to make do with this one that was willing to slow down for me 🙂

The haze seemed to be returning. The wind was threatening to be a menace for this type of photography too. After a few hours of lounging in the open air and chatting with new friends, we shifted to a different location and started to get ready for the show. We weren’t even sure if there’s going to be fireworks at all. Nonetheless, most of the photography friends had arrived and we had our equipment set up. I fixed my gorillapod onto the railing, praying that it would hold up and that my camera would not drop into the river. And before the sky turned dark, we had a group photo taken. Seow who was late had his face post processed into the pictures.

Seow Hong was late and missed the group photo session.

Seow Hong was late and missed the group photo session.

Better late than never!

Better late than never!

Gan coached me on how to captured fireworks. The most important thing is to secure my camera onto my tripod to ensure it doesn’t move during the taking of my shots, using remote release. Then he fixed the position of my camera to frame the backgorund of my shots before giving me a black card for the session. I’m totally lost. It was monkey see monkey do situation. I have no idea what in the world he’s talking about nor why I was there and not in a restaurant taking food pictures. I had to decide if I’ll shoot portrait or landscape… And because I do not own a full frame camera, having my camera trained on the right part of the sky at the right time were gambled decisions. In the end, while all of them have had a number of beautiful shots each, I had none. I refused to unscrew my camera from the tripod. I said there’s got to be more fireworks coming up. Gan said it’s over… Just then it happened! The finale for the night and I was ready… Click!

My very first, one and only shot at, fireworks display photography.

My very first, one and only shot at, fireworks display photography.

Happy discovering 🙂

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11 Responses to “Fireworks and Unhappening Dinner”
  1. Janet Rörschåch says:

    First time fireworks photography looks pretty awesome.

  2. daniellajoe says:

    gorgeous!!! it looks perfect to me 🙂

  3. Laura Lynn says:

    Nice fireworks shot! See, patience paid off!

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol, Laura, it wasn’t patience. I just couldn’t handle the remote release and black card. Didn’t know what was happening until the end, I had this lucky one in full bloom 😉

  4. Kevin says:

    Well done on the firework shot. You should be proud.

  5. How could the beef taste like a fish fillet??
    isn’t it the texture???
    maybe it’s wagyu sliced……
    beautifull fireworks captures too Sam!

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