Month: June 2008

Streets of Singapore – HDR

I’m back home in Singapore and have been doing a number of HDR shots of buildings – hardly a surprise as Singapore is considered as one of the world’s most densely populated countries. It was pleasant to revisit my favorite street haunts and see what I can capture in this cityscape.

Thian Hock Keng Temple (Temple of Heavenly Bliss) at Telok Ayer Street is one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore. It was built in the early 19th century at the edge of what was once the waterfront. Chinese immigrants would pray at the temple for a safe passage to and from their homeland.

Thian Hock Keng with its Southern Chinese architecture of dragons, phoenix, door gods, colored porcelain tiles, granite carved pillars and wooden beams, provide interesting subjects for any photographer. So be prepared to spend some time here.

Another area to “let your feet do the walking” is Club Street in Chinatown. Here you will see rows of colorful shophouses. Shophouses are unique to the urban landscape of Southeast Asia. As the name implies, you will find the shop located on the ground floor and the living quarters on the upper level. Club Street gets its name from the numerous clan associations or clubs that can be found in the area. Some of these shophouses have been converted into restaurants, cafes or offices.

This bank of buildings was taken along the Singapore River. Here, you will find the tallest skyscrapers in the financial district. Unfortunately, my 18-55 kit lens is simply not wide enough. 😦

There are plenty of photo opportunities if you take the time to walk and explore the streets of Singapore. All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes. And yes, do remember to dress cool in the humid tropical weather.