The View Outside

It was a sunny Friday, and I was glad that the gloomy, mostly-rainy week was over. I headed back home after office hour was over. It was still bright outside and as I was about to go in my flat I saw the cloud overhead. I thought that it would make for a dramatic panorama so I whisked out my iPhone, opened AutoStitch and started taking pictures. This is the result after some editing in Camera+ (the ever magical ‘Clarity’ filter) and Snapseed (the usual tweaks: additional contrast, ambiance, saturation, dramatic filter and a bit of sharpening).

I’ve taken a similar photo back in January with my iPhone, with the same exact workflow. The sky was different back then as it was only late afternoon (unlike the above photo, which was taken early evening). The clouds were also different back then. The result was, of course, quite different.

Anyways, it’s weekend! Time to let go of all the stress and have fun. Hope you all have a blast!

Rendition of Bubur Ayam BCA Grogol

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Singapore Quarry

It was a blistering hot Sunday morning when we visited the quarry around last year’s April. My wife and I, along with some friends, were hiking Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that day before we got to the quarry. It was my first visit ever to the place and as it turned out there would be many more to come, as we often visited the place for a bit of a workout.

Somewhere along the hiking trail in the nature reserve there is a split in the path that allows you to go to Dairy Farm. From there, if you continue on towards the southwest you will get to the quarry, which was what we did that Sunday. It was late morning, and the sun was already high in the sky.

The former quarry is now a wetland, with a viewing platform for visitors to observe the local flora and fauna. They are not allowed to feed the fish though. Below the platform is a small lake, and in front of it stands a cliff where people probably used to mine minerals from. Various plants now grow on top and in the face of the cliff.

The Singapore Quarry. Click the photo above for a bigger version

While we were there to rest our legs and enjoy the view, I went out to the platform’s railing and decided to take a panorama photo. I took it using ‘Pano’, an iPhone panorama app that I often used before I found out about AutoStitch. The original photo looked a bit washed-out and the sky was over-exposed (it was a very sunny day). I used Camera+ to try and make the photo look better. I added ‘Clarity’ and applied the ‘Emo’ filter. The ‘Clarity’ scene option added sharpness and brought out the, err, clarity of the photo; while the ‘Emo’ filter added saturation to the green color in the photo. The sky was overblown, but the blooming effect is actually quite pleasant, at least for me.

After a year or so of living here in Singapore I’ve only visited the Quarry twice. The walk there can be tiring, not only because it is quite far from Dairy Farm, but also because the trail was out in the open with little protection from the scorching heat. There’s nothing much to see there, but at least I’ve managed to take this photo as a token of my visit there.

Suvarnabhumi Airport

I captured this image using my iPhone 4 when I was waiting for my flight from Bangkok back to Singapore. We were there quite early and I was getting bored waiting at the gate. So I decided to walk around and see if there was anything interesting to occupy my time with. And I found this.

This is a photo of the large hallway where our boarding gate was located. It’s basically a panorama I took using an app called ‘AutoStitch’. The app is easy to use. What I like most about it is that I don’t have to manually align the photos I took, and the photos it stitches don’t have to be taken using the app. That means the app can actually stitch photos from your photo library (provided that they can be aligned, of course). I used a filter from Path to give the photo a sepia tone.

Suvarnabhumi Gate F2

Initially I was thinking of going for a symmetrical look. As I took the left-most photo a gentleman walked by in front of the camera and down the escalator. Him being in the picture would definitely break the symmetry. I thought of redoing it, but decided to continue taking subsequent photos and see the stitching result. Turned out that the gentleman’s silhouette created asymmetry that actually made the panorama photo looks a lot better.

Anyways, I hope that you all have been having a great week so far!