Pasha and Keysa

The Singapore Zoo just got two new addition to its cat family.

I got a chance to view the two-year-old siblings, getting used to their new den. While they were there, Omar the resident white tiger is kept out of sight. Perhaps for safety, but its a pity not to see them all together.

Pasha and Keysa are said to have came from Indonesia’s Maharani Zoo. They were not exactly very active when I was there. It was right after the feeding hour, so I saw them lazing around, licking themselves clean…

 

This could be Pasha
This could be Pasha
This could be Keysa
This could be Keysa
Pasha and Keysa
Pasha and Keysa

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

 

Singapore Zoo

Spent the recent Sunday at the Singapore Zoo and River Safari with the new lens.

 

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Poor Inuka having to bear the algae growth

 

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Headscarf for the playful orang utan
Has excellent grip even on thin cables
Has excellent grip even on thin cables
Young orang utan, hanging up side down
Young orang utan, hanging up side down
Young orang utan, trying to cross over
Young orang utan, trying to cross over
This one looks bored
This one looks bored

 

Found Omar (or maybe its Winnie), one of the two rare Bengali white tigers in the Singapore Zoo. The Zoo has reportedly acquired an orange Bengali tiger but has yet to join in the exhibit. I wonder how will  the white tigers react when they being introduced with the new member.

 

Lonely white tiger
Lonely white tiger. Left eye looks injured 🙁
White tiger taking a dip
White tiger taking a dip
White tiger after taking a dip in the pond
White tiger after taking a dip in the pond
What is on this cat's mind? Something yummy?
What is on this cat’s mind? Something yummy?

 

The Australian Outback was kind of bare with most of the kangaroos and wallabies hiding at a shaded corner.

 

A joey, munching on food
A joey, munching on food
Bearded dragon under the spotlight
Bearded dragon under the spotlight
Cassowary at rest
Cassowary at rest
Young Hamadryas Baboons
Young Hamadryas Baboons

 

Using the zoom lens (at 300mm) made me realize that these animals were also eyeing me as well. It was almost shocking to me when I was doing post-processing, to find out that they were staring right at me — cautiously and ferociously at times.

 

Adult Hamadryas Baboon giving me the stare as well.
Adult Hamadryas Baboon giving me the stare as well.

 

Here’s a cropped version, just to give a clearer look of the baboon’s gaze.

 

The gaze
The gaze
Red panda giving me a ferocious stare :S
Red panda giving me a ferocious stare :S
Kai Kai having his lunch
Kai Kai having his lunch
Jia Jia in an awkward position
Jia Jia in an awkward position
Jaguar licking its toes
Jaguar licking its toes
Jaguar eyeing its meal (us).
Jaguar eyeing its meal (us). Scary stare!

 

I used a telephoto zoom lens from Sony (SAL 70-300mm SSM G) which is not exactly fast since the widest aperture ranges from f/4.5 to 5.6 only. It comes with other weaknesses e.g. having to use an adapter (LA-EA4) in order to use this A-mount on the alpha 7 (E-mount). The adapter limits the focus region in the small centre area and also sacrifices a little bit of light since it uses a mirror for focusing.

 

The advantages? The 300mm focal length and the price! It is affordable for me, so I relied on higher ISO and noise reduction in post-processing.