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Marina Bay

The view from Ritz Carlton Singapore of the Marina Bay. Far left is the Marina Bay Sands and to the right is the CBD (Central Business District). Took this using the Monochrome a day or two after I got hold of one. It's really an amazing camera for just pure black and white photography. In fact I feel like the images from this due to the way the monochrome sensor acts is really something special. The sharpness and even the way in which what we perceive as "noise" in regular cameras turns out to be beautiful filmic grain in the monochrome. 

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Tenshin - Singapore

Since I haven't written for a while I thought I'd kick this new year off with a nice little tasty post!

Whilst I don't often write about food, I figured as I get more use to my cameras and take them around I might as well write about the places which I visit as well as some of the restaurants I pass through.

Recently I went to a restaurant in Singapore called Tenshin. The restaurant is located in Regents Hotel nearby to St.Regis and Traders Hotel. In fact the hotel has a few restaurants, on the same floor as this, a Chinese and an Indian restaurant. Tenshin isn't your typical Japanese restaurant though.

Tenshin specialises in Tempura. They have salads but other than that they really only serve tempura. 

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Out and about

I've got a few more photos then obviously these, posted most of these to my Instagram anyway but I've been messing around with the new Leica S. Figured I'd load a few up from my phone as that's where these got edited! All JPEGs, all super sharp and absolutely awesome to stare at on a retina display though I guess that may not come across here. Either way, enjoy!

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Hotel rooms - Saudi trip

From a few trips ago, early September I went to Saudi after a wedding in Turkey (images to come for that!). I'm resting for a day before travelling again so I figured I would present the various rooms for the hotels I stayed in. Shifting from one hotel to the other purely because the Marriot (the first three images) was pretty dark though I have to say, the images do make them look pretty inviting. Alt text

The living room Alt text

The dining room Alt text

This is the room at Park Hyatt in Saudi, this hotel was far better but I soon learnt when attempting to photograph the hotel that I was actually not allowed to take ANY photos. Regardless of whether there were women in the area or not (they have issues if any of the women are in the photos, even though you can't even see them) so I just stopped instead of trying to go stealth. Had I continued and been caught, I'm sure they would've found a nice excuse to put me in a lockup for a few days. Alt text

Until next time!

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Back to a little bit of HDR

So I was recently in Shanghai and then went onwards to a town or well, city, called Linyi. It's a great little place that has some beautiful places to photograph. Unfortunetly I wasn't there long enough to get some photos, however, I did get some photos never the less! Used the Canon 5D Mark 3 for these shots, all handheld HDR (really need to buy a tripod) with majority in 14mm.

The hotel lobby. As you can see it holds some resemblance to other hotels, the Venetian is the example here. It's rather grand but the hotel itself lacks a lot of ability in service. It's pretty much like having a Rolls Royce without the entire dashboard and engine, essentially the most important part of the car, missing. It's well maintained as it's pretty recently built, costing close to $30M for the construction alone, which is surprisingly cheap but that doesn't factor into it the various furniture and art that is around the place. One of the wooden sculptures inside costs over 100 grand. 

The rooms are beautiful and rather simple. Large and as grand as the lobby but nothing too much, its still pretty tasteful. 

A nice view out of the window, Shanghai Airport. Queue of plans in the right corner, sadly I never managed to get a shot of how long the queue actually was...

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