Goodbye Singapore - A Retrospective

As I write this my time in Singapore is coming to an end. My furniture is on a slow boat back to the UK, my flat is empty and I'm marking the end of my stay here from a hotel overlooking Marina Bay - a fitting way to mark the last two years! Although the adventure is coming to an end it has been a lot of fun. And that's an understatement!

I wanted to share some of my favourite photos over the last two years and the stories behind them. It's barely scratching the surface of what I've seen & done here but here they are...

The very first photo I took in Singapore, exploring Marina Bay. I was hot & very, very jet-lagged! Soon after this was taken I experienced the first of the tropical rainstorms I'd come to love.

The very first photo I took in Singapore, exploring Marina Bay. I was hot & very, very jet-lagged! Soon after this was taken I experienced the first of the tropical rainstorms I'd come to love.

Anyone who has been to Singapore for even a short while will recognise this - it's one of the Javan Mynah birds. Very common, cheeky & confident, they are not afraid of people! This one was about 10cm away from a lightning conductor in a thunderstorm too... they aren't afraid of anything!

One of my favourite photos of all time, I've never photographed firebreathers before and was really happy to catch this one. The Night Safari is pretty awesome too.

Nature photography was something I'd never really done before coming out here. Being the City in a Garden there were opportunities to photograph wildlife everywhere - this is the first bird photo I'm proud of. Better yet, I took it while lying around beside the swimming pool in my condo!  No jungle trekking required.

This was taken out of the window of a plane coming back from Myanmar. I'm pretty sure I worried the passengers behind me, maybe the stewards too... to get this, I needed to jam my bag against the cabin wall to make a tripod, create a coccoon of blankets to get rid of all the glare and jam my camera as hard as I dared against the window. It took a lot of trial and error but I do like the end result.

Another photo from Myanmar, it was my first night staying in a floating hotel on Inle Lake. Although I was keeping an eye on the time to photograph the sunset, I was still running late! In the end this was shot just as the last ferry for the evening was pulling away from the jetty. I didn't change this in photoshop at all either, this is just how it looked.

Another photo from Myanmar, it was my first night staying in a floating hotel on Inle Lake. Although I was keeping an eye on the time to photograph the sunset, I was still running late! In the end this was shot just as the last ferry for the evening was pulling away from the jetty. I didn't change this in photoshop at all either, this is just how it looked.

One final photo from Myanmar, it was a total fluke that I was in the right place at the right time to shoot this fisherman just as he cast his net.

Another style of photography I picked up was portraiture, both studio & location. I've done loads of model shoots before but they were always practice sessions - either for me, the model or both of us. Using professional models was definitely a much more rewarding experience!

The Marina Bay Sands hotel is a hugely popular landmark and a very, very common sight in photographs. I tried to take it from a different angle and present my own vision of it in a different way.

The city & the sunsets are really photogenic. I liked how the city fades away into the distance.

Another portrait shoot, this one gave me the chance to try out a different way of presenting the portrait. This one is NOT inspired by seeing Frozen and I do not want to build a snowman... honest....

My "commute" to work was a 12km walk through East Coast park beside the beach & the ships in the Singapore Straits. It's not the best photo ever but I couldn't create a retrospective without something to remember all of the days I'd walk home with this sight a constant companion. My very very Ang Moh skintone means I still have the sunburn to remember it too....

I know, another shot of the skyline... but this one is another personal favourite for obvious reasons!

I love Kingfishers and have been trying to photograph one for years. Not only are they abundant around the coast & reservoirs, there are a few different species. This is my favourite of all the kingfishers I found.

Although the waters around Singapore aren't great for diving, there are world class sites just a few hours away. This is a photograph looking down on a huge field of plate coral off the coast of Bali. In black & white it makes for an unusual abstract.

Another Bali diving photo. I'm still a beginner diver & beginner underwater photographer so I was amazed to get this photo of a clownfish.

My final photograph from Singapore. More birds, I know :)

See you later Singapore....