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The Best Focal Length For Street Photography

Quiet Foggy Urban CitySingapore 2013: Quiet Foggy City Afternoon

It’s about time I start updating my gallery of street photography images. Digging through my archives, it is interesting to see how my shooting style has changed over the years. I also realize that my own opinions about what makes a street photography image good has also changed over the years as I gained more exposure and experience. Some images which I thought were unique and gained a lot of “likes” now look cliché and boring to me. I also noticed that my images actually had more variety back when I was still using a kit zoom lens. My technique may have improved today, but I seem to have less compositional and subject diversity than I used to get compared to when I was using a zoom lens. Time to rethink what is really the best focal length for street photography? Continue reading

2017 Week 10 Gallery: Chinatown Bazaar

Singapore 2017: Chinatown Bazaar - At A Food StallSingapore 2017: Chinatown Bazaar – Shoppers At The Food Stall

Posting at least one series of pictures from Chinatown has become a yearly routine. There are two major Chinese festivals in a year, so the opportunity is difficult to resist. If I didn’t visit during one festival, I would have still have the opportunity to visit during the other. Continue reading

WPC: Local – The Cobbler, His Clients, And His Audience

In response to WPC: Local

The Cobbler And His Clients And His AudienceSingapore 2016: Chinatown – The Cobbler, His Clients, And His Audience
Nikon D610, 50mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 1100

Though Singapore has developed into a modern, cosmopolitan and urban city, traditions still hold strong in certain locations. Perhaps they will disappear or change dramatically in another 30 years, as new generations are born with different points of view and ambitions in this ever-changing world. I am sure the cobbler-in-the-street here should probably vanish in that time frame. I was actually surprised to find them still active along the streets of Chinatown. Old neighbours, friends and customers still gather round for a time of comfort and familiarity. An image that one day may end up in the archives of history for this country. – WY

2016 Day 165: Festive Visitor And Warning In Chinatown

We take a brief break from our travels in Seoul to re-visit an image which I have delayed publishing as I was unsure about my preferred approach to it as an artist. Here is the final version.

Singapore Life 2016: Chinatown Visitor And Festive WarningSingapore 2016: Festive Visitor And Warning In Chinatown
Nikon D610, 28mm, f/4, 1/250, ISO 1800

Now do not let me mislead you. Singapore is generally a very safe place and crime is not rampant. However bad apples do exists in the populace, and it is not unusual for foreign crime syndicates to make a trip here during festive seasons to prey on the unsuspecting. Always pays to keep an eye on your valuables in the crowd!

Back to Seoul in my next post – WY

Photo Album 2016 Week 9: Street Photography – People At Work

In which we take look at people working at their daily jobs. A shop selling bird’s nest and foodstuffs, a barber, and a cobbler.

Selling Bird's Nest And Food StuffsSelling Bird’s Nest And Food Stuffs
Nikon D610, 28mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO 1250

Lady's Haircut At The BarberLady’s Haircut At The Barber
Nikon D610, 50mm, f/2.8, 1/250, ISO 3200

Not all women need expensive hair cuts. A string of inexpensive barber shops have emerged that charge a very economical price for no-frills haircuts.

The Cobbler And His StallThe Cobbler And His Stall
Nikon D610, 28mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 3200

Photo Album Week 49: Street Photography

In which we look at a cobbler in Chinatown and a worker relaxing under a tree on a Sunday.

Cobbler On The Square

Cobbler On The SquareNikon D610, 29mm, f/4.5, 1/400, ISO 100

Chinatown, Singapore: A cobbler finds a nice little space for his craft. Very few does this trade in this manner anymore. So he is among the last of his kind.

Worker Relaxing Under Tree On Rest Day

Man Speaking With Phone Under Tree On Rest DayNikon D610, 18mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 110

Singapore: It is the Sunday rest day, and many foreign workers are taking a well-deserved rest from their labours. Instead of meeting with a large group of friends, this gentlemen has decided to spend his rest day on the phone under a tree. Quite relaxing!