Chinatown in B+W

These photos were taken during my visit to the night marketing a couple of weeks before the Chinese New Year. Instead of the usual red and yellow colour palette, I would like to show the B&W side of the people here. Although our world is not B&W, I find it true that B&W captures the essence in people and colours may add distractions in our focus e.g. the clothes they wear.

Photos were taken with 85mm FDn lens from Canon paired with the Sony alpha7.

Seniors tend to take a break here at the inner side of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Seniors tend to take a break here at the inner side of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Details of the back door to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Details of the back door to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
Fortune teller
Fortune teller
Making decisions — to buy or not?
Soaking in the atmosphere
Solemnly waiting


December through 85mm

December always comes with Christmas trees decorated with lights. Its a great time to make some portraits with bokehlicious background.

The 85mm is my to-go lens for this season, and I got the cheap Canon FDn paired with the alpha 7. Here are some of the other photos besides family portraits.


Christmas lights
Christmas lights at the airport


Yummy treats
Yummy treats


Violinist at Westgate. Great smile!
Violinist at Westgate. Great smile!


An adult baboon
Portrait of an adult baboon snacking


Photo in the lawn
Photo in the lawn at NUS UTown


Omar the white tiger
Omar the white tiger trying to take a nap (cropped)


Cat on its way home
Cat hesitating to go home


Students hogging Starbucks seats
Students slogging it off at Starbucks, but wait — aren’t exams over?


Drizzling weather -- hazy insta effect achieved by shoot through my dirty car window
Drizzling weather — hazy insta fade effect achieved by shooting through my dirty car window


Canon FDn 85mm f/1.8

This post is about Canon’s “New” FD or FDn 85mm f/1.8 lens which I got from Japan via eBay. There are not many articles on this lens on the Internet; some stuff I found out: it is constructed with 6 elements in 4 groups. The angles of view are 16° vertical and 24° horizontal. The more popular 85mm Canon lens would be the f/1.2 one which is probably why information is so scarce.

Canon FDn 85mm f/1.8
Canon FDn 85mm f/1.8

I find colour reproduction of this portrait/telephoto lens very acceptable, perhaps due to lack of ghosting and/or flare. Overall sharpness is also good but I often get slightly blurred images due to my own movements when using maximum aperture — couldn’t always nail sharp focus on the eyes when shooting portraiture at 0.85m distance. Will probably need to work more on this, or I could make use of a monopod.

The following photos are taken with Sony Alpha7.

Children warming up before their swim lesson
Portrait done with shallow depth of focus
Too bored; took photos of essential oils with lush greenery as the back drop. Love the bokeh.
Let’s jump!
Knocking off on a Friday evening at One Raffles Quay
Making a call or surfing Facebook?
One Marina Boulevard
Facades of the Chronos and Helios buildings at Biopolis
Facade of the Chronos building at Biopolis. This is my current desktop wallpaper 🙂