2011 – Year In Photos

As 2011 draws to a close, I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from 2011. So here goes.

Western Australia Trip

I went for a short trip to Perth, Western Australia with my friend Clarence where we enjoyed ourselves a lot. It was also fun to catch up with our respective friends and making new ones in the process.

Perth Skyline At Dusk
One of the rocks silhouetted against the sun at the Pinnacles National Park, Western Australia
The sun sets behind the Sugarloaf Rock Formation in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA. This is a HDR image of 9 shots, tone-mapped using Photomatix.
Lightkeeper's Cottage, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

General Elections 2011

2011 is the year which we have 2 elections — the General Elections as well as the Presidential Elections. I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of the election rallies and it was quite an experience to be there. The election rallies of the opposition parties drew large crowds, and this one by the National Solidarity Party is of no exception. Nicole Seah was a hot favourite.

The crowd cheers when Nicole Seah finally gives her speech.
24-year old NSP candidate Nicole Seah giving her speech at the NSP Rally @ Tampines Stadium on 4 May 2011. Her appearance garnered loud cheers from the crowd who had waited patiently for her to show up.
An ardent NSP/Nicole Seah fan proudly holds up a placard with a marriage proposal to her. In her speech, she thanked him for the proposal and said that she's already married... to the NSP.

KTM Railway

2011 sees the return of the Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) railway land to Malaysia.  It triggered a lot of public interest in preserving the Rail Corridor left behind when it’s returned to Malaysia, and the final closure of the Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah railway stations. On the night of 30 Jun 2011, the last train finally left Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. Gilbert, David and I covered the last few weeks of operation.

Read more of the KTM railway shoots

Bukit Timah Railway Station - the only station at the time of shooting which still practice the age-old practice of token exchange which gives the holder the authority to travel on the rails.
Station Master Mr. Atan Ahmad operating a signal lever. It takes tremendous strength to operate it.
Station Master Mr. Atan prepares to hand over the token key to the worker of an incoming train at the Bukit Timah Railway Station.
Tanjong Pagar Railway StationTanjong Pagar Railway Station in the evening light.
The last passenger train departs from the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station at 10:30pm as bystanders wave to the passengers. This is not the train which the Sultan of Johore drove back to Malaysia, unfortunately.

Capitol Theatre

In its heyday, Capitol Theatre was the grand dame of the theatres. I happened to stumble across the unlocked amphitheatre while checking out the vicinity and took some shots.

Read more of the Capitol Theatre shoots

Capitol Building
The facade of Capitol Theatre
The left side of the stall seats with the statue of a pair of maidens on winged horses in the background.
The dome roof of the Capitol Theatre featuring the 12 signs of the Zodiac, shot from the circle seats.

Singapore Skyline

Though not much of a morning person, I really like the look of the Singapore Skyline and Marina Bay Sands in the early morning, before and during daybreak. There is sense of peace, calm and quiet not found after daybreak, when things get busier and even the water gets more ripply. Thus this is the only time where you can get a near-perfect reflection of the buildings.

Streaks of pink clouds appear in the sky as the day breaks over the Singapore Skyline.
Marina Bay Sands At Dawn
A stitched panoramic shot of the Marina Bay Skyline at dawn. This was shot from the promenade of the Bay East Gardens, part of the Gardens By the Bay project. The two dome-shaped structures to the left are the Flower Domes of the Bay South Gardens.

That’s all for now. Here’s to a great year ahead!

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