Choosing the right picture

The last blog i talk about digital contact sheet after i shot a series of images.

So i had made a selection, 2 in fact, a negative and positive shots out of 48 images. The first one below is this scene, when the sun already went below the horizon but still illuminate the sky, however been picky me, i don’t really like the streak of light across the frame, i mean is nice but it doesn’t work best for me. I thought the composition could been better.


Then i looked in the computer and spotted another problem. I realised certain buildings rooftops are not lighted up successfully, it kinda of cause a disturbance of the balance in the picture. There are many things at that moment is not easy to spot because my feelings and focus can be just on the light itself.


In the end, my favourite is above, where the sun send a warm glow across the sky, backlight the building, i love how the ray cross the side of the building giving a glow too.

Anyway this will not be my last time for this scene as i believe there are room for improvement to achieve the next better image. So you can see, to get that 1 good image requires time and effort. Is not like simply putting a camera there and expect positive result, unfortunately thing don’t work that way in life.

Digital contact sheet

The viewers marvel at that single piece of picture display on exhibition, social media, portfolio gallery. Most people who does not understand photography will not know the process and time spent behind it.

Below is an architecture scene i had made on 10th March 2019, i capture a total of 48 images having the camera fixed in a position. Then lay it all out in this digital contact sheet. Contact sheet used to be a roll of negative film, the purpose is to be able to scan the series of images and know which one to enlarged it for printing. Today digital context sheet can be also printed and used for studying the details of the image and making selection. In this case of mine, is to share with your the comparison of lighting and in various exposures setting to achieve what type of result, and through this 48 images to select the best image out of it if any.

The next blog post i will select the one i like, edit it and share.

Jurong Lake Gardens Series One

Is peaceful to visit Jurong Lake Gardens go on a weekday morning than a family weekend, where most people travel to work, i travel there to capture the beauty of the garden landscape design, the newest garden in Singapore. Here are some of the images i made on my 3rd trip and many more to come.

If want to take great picture, understand the surrounding, know where the light is coming, move slow and observe rather than taking more shots, usually each scene i like i made about 2-10 images depending the light or situation. For this trip I made about 100 images and only choose about 20 images.


Aerial view of grassland at Jurong Lake Gardens. It would be interesting to see how it look like months and years down the road. I remember in 2016, i took part in a vote organised by NParks to decide how the garden would be embraced by the public, few years later it is completed and i am surprised by how beautiful it is.