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
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Making decisions — to buy or not?
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Soaking in the atmosphere
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Solemnly waiting

 

The Enclave

The morning sun gloriously painted the buildings golden but I was unable to reproduce this straight out of the camera.

I shot this in JPEG and post-processed in Lightroom to add gradient filter (teal corners) to produce this.

 

Chinatown and Telok Ayer area, surrounded by skyscrapers of the Central Business District (CBD)
Chinatown and Telok Ayer area, surrounded by skyscrapers of the Central Business District (CBD)

Vivitar 200mm f/3.5

This solid all-metal prime lens has the longest focal length in my collection today. Think it was made in the 70’s. It is super sturdy and heavy; this handsomely-built lens should easily last another 40 years or more.

I was worried that it may be too heavy for the alpha7’s E-mount adapter, but I’m glad it came with a tripod mount. It has minimum aperture of f/22 and provides adequate sharpness at wide open. I find focusing a challenge because the focusing ring is stiff. Turning the ring will shake the lens and that’s not helpful when seeing through the EVF at such long focal length.

Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 with alpha 7
Vivitar 200mm f/3.5 with alpha 7

However for the price I acquired it, the outcome makes it a real steal. Although it’s quite sensitive to stray light which causes overcast images when the lens points to bright areas, this is quite fixable by minor curves adjustment in post- processing.

Fullterton Bay
Fullterton Bay Hotel
Merlion
Merlion
LV
Louis Vuitton Island Maison
Weird vignetting
Weird vignetting at 1 edge when shooting the sun directly
Temple
Temple
Shophouses
Shophouses
Tooth relic courtyard
Tooth relic courtyard
HDB
HDB
Capitaland
Top of the Capital Tower bathed in morning sunlight
Nice stairs & colour
Nice stairs & colour

Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (2)

Continuation from Part 1.

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CNY-theme pin wheel
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Makeshift stage in the middle of the roads, by Mediacorp
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Besides the Horse, money is always in favour.
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Visitors keep coming!
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Selfie
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I think this man with the two dogs come every year
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Cosplay for dogs
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The fish that got away
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More decors
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Getting ready to bless
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Zoned out
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Great bonding
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Waiting for free sample
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Amused by the promoter
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Towers of goodies
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Balloons have customers afterall
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Other photog spotted
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Passing for a photo. They look happy
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Attempting long exposure (with 28-70mm kit lens)

Pre-CNY Photowalk Chinatown (1)

Normally I wouldn’t even consider going to the Chinese New Year (CNY) Market at Chinatown. But the night’s temperature was probably hovering around 23-25°C (yes, weird for Singapore) and the humidity lower than the usual figure — the walk quite enjoyable although the place was packed with people.

One of the anchor products this season seems to be jelly candies form Taiwan. The profit margin must be high that they were able to let customers sample them freely. And competition was not really a challenge — there were at least 10 large stalls selling these candies.

There were also florists who offered refreshing sights & scent. Other stalls offered Chinese New Year decorations like banners, buntings, ornaments, scrolls, greeting cards and also red packets.

All of these photos were shot using 50mm Minolta MD at fully opened aperture (f/1.7), manual focus. Minimal post processing done, if not none.

2014 is The Year of the Horse
2014 is The Year of the Horse
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Cute bags for your ang bao collection?
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“Will I get ripped off?” she must have wondered
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Air humidifiers
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Taiwanese jelly candies, free sampling
So so crowded
Promoter for Taiwanese Jelly
Freshness in a bag
Basket-full of goodies
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Undecided
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Willows
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Not so much biz for these traditional snacks
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Shot this behind a hanging ornament. Love the outcome.
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Singtel selling their services
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Do you wonder who will buy balloons?
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Traditional paper cut outs as CNY decor
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Off with their loot