More from the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Here is a companion gallery to my review of the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. As I mentioned in my original review, this is a pretty good general-purpose do-almost-everything lens. I have been using it for street photography, a little bit of architecture, some food and still life. Pretty much nearly everything you may need for a travel lens. Even for professional photographers, this lens could suffice for a non-work-related casual day out.

2018 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll HIghway on hot day.2018 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll HIghway on hot day.2018 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll Highway on hot day.

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2017 Week 27: Creating Art From The Ordinary

2017 Still Life: Shining LampUnusual Light
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I once heard an interesting concept about food and cooking: Truly great chefs are not those who create unique fine-dining cuisines with expensive and rare ingredients that are only accessible by the rich. Instead, the really great chefs are those who can make normal everyday dishes taste fantastic and rise above its peers. The reason is because it is easy to make something unique look and taste good. But making the ordinary taste amazing? – That’s the true mark of a superior craftsman. In other words, that chef in his fancy restaurant whipping up hundred-dollar fine-dinging dishes is an inferior cook to that guy in a corner store making fantastic burgers that can draw long queues of waiting, salivating customers day-after-day.

Indeed, the same idea might apply to the art of photography. Anyone can make an interesting subject, well, look interesting. 😉 But making the ordinary look interesting? Now that’s the real challenge! Continue reading “2017 Week 27: Creating Art From The Ordinary”

2017 Week 24: Singapore War Memorial Park, Random Reflections Of The Occupation

Singapore 2017: Second World War Memorial ParkSingapore 2017: The War Memorial, A Flower For The Lost
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Singapore went through a Japanese occupation during the world war 2. The island has had an overwhelmingly Chinese-majority population which lent their brethren in mainland China a lot of money and support in their fight against Japan. So when Singapore finally fell to the Japanese, the revenge of the occupiers was brutal. Continue reading “2017 Week 24: Singapore War Memorial Park, Random Reflections Of The Occupation”

Seoul 2016: National Museum Of Contemporary Art – TV Tower

In which we take a peek in the National Museum of Contemporary Art within the Seoul Grand Park. I don’t normally make pictures of other people’s art work, but this must be a signature installation that people of the world hardly know about!

Seoul 2016: National Museum Of Contemporary Art - TV Tower 2Seoul 2016: National Museum Of Contemporary Art – TV Tower 1
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 400

Seoul 2016: National Museum Of Contemporary Art - TV Tower 3Seoul 2016: National Museum Of Contemporary Art – TV Tower 2
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO 560

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent too little time in the Seoul Grand Park. But I identified this museum as a must-go place and was glad I made this decision. Sure contemporary art isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – I’ll be the first to admit that I really dislike most contemporary art produced in recent years. There was stuff that I just passed by with no interest. However, there was also stuff that I found interesting – such as this massive contraption. So do drop by if you ever visit the Seoul Grand Park! – WY

Naksan Park 2016: The Robot Art Sculpture

Naksan Park 2016: Robot Art SculptureNaksan Park 2016: The Robot Art Sculpture
Nikon D610, 18mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO 100

This is a “fun” experiment. I usually do not take pictures of other people’s art work and do not make things this saturated. However, I thought I will do this just once for experimental fun.

This area is dotted with art sculptures and graffiti. I guess it takes a geek to recognize that this contraption with two solar panels on top is made to look like a robot. 🙂 – WY