SEEING FAR & WILD WITH TEONG LIN NG

Travelling to exotic locations to capture land and wildlife alike, Teong has achieved some spectacular shots with his partner-in-crime, wife Nina. Their work has resulted in a few published coffee books as well as mentions by National Geographic! Intrepid explorers Teong and Nina have seen places like Scotland, Iceland, Botswana, Kenya and the Galapagos to…

BETWEEN FROZEN PEAKS AND STARRY FIRMAMENT: FENG SHUO

Mother Nature and the Universe meets in many of Feng Shuo’s photos. His fascination of the world and the cosmos beyond has served to take him further out, yet also deeper within. Here he shares some of his experience with us. Feng Shuo constantly longs for the reminder the peaks and stars give him to…

EOS WORLD INFLUENCER: AARON LAI

That’s two dashes, then one, then three. That’s Aaron Lai aka @__mr_black___ for you, who fills his popular feed with candid shots of his family, events and the occasional camera and timepiece. Find out what makes him tick and click. EOS World Influencer Aaron Lai Aaron is big on expression. He uses photography to break…

EOS WORLD INFLUENCER: ATHENA TAN

Architecture, portraits, wildlife and landscape – nothing escapes Athena’s lens when she goes travelling. Through her feed, one sees not just the wide scope of the world as she wanders, but also the breadth of images her full-frame cameras have captured. Athena attended a photo trip, and now she’s hungry to see the rest of…

EOS PROFESSIONAL: TIMOTHY TAN

You might have seen him along the circuits, snapping furiously away as the action whirrs by in a blur. Timothy sees what some of us cannot, and shares the frozen snapshot to display the full beauty of the sports. EOS Professional Timothy Tan He’s in it for the adrenaline. Timothy spends his time in the…

CHRONICLING SINGAPORE’S HERITAGE HAWKERS: ALVIN FOO

We Singaporeans love our food. There’s been a recent awareness that the local hawker trade might be in danger of fading away, with no heirs to the wok. Alvin Foo teams up with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to chronicle our legendary chefs in the project: Heritage Hawkers. Hunting down our food culture icons is…

TECHNICAL LANDSCAPES WITH JERRY WANG

Mysterious, stunning, breath-taking – Jerry’s picturesque feed documents the world in all its glory. From snowy peaks to glimmering stars, the natural settings that he captures creates a dream portfolio for any photographer. We delve into his processes and get a little bit more technical on his hobby. Landscape and travel photographer Jerry Wang You…

EOS WORLD INFLUENCER: JULIAN CHEONG

Pink and gold sunsets are paired with teal skies and seas on Julian Cheong’s Instagram. We speak with him about his palette and theme choice for his feed. You have a stark portfolio of landscape, buildings and people, featuring colour play and contrast. How did this theme come about? When I first got into photography…

ESFAHAN, IRAN – TINY POOL, BIG ASPIRATIONS (HOTEL REVIEW)

What led up to my booking at Howzak House is a tale unto itself. Having had no luck getting a budget accommodation in Esfahan for my trip, I was in a cafe trawling through the net when a friend who had just returned from Iran popped in. After exchanging greetings, I asked her for tips…

YAZD, IRAN – CURIOUS NAME BUT PURR-FECT STAY (HOTEL REVIEW)

You wouldn’t guess but behind one of Yazd’s old city mud walls is a very modern Jungle Hotel. I’m not sure what the owner was thinking of when naming the place, but when it came to the set-up, he’s got it down pat. A relatively new option, Mr Ghiyamat has fitted Jungle’s rooms with modern…

SHIRAZ, IRAN – FINDING YOUR HEART AT TAHA (HOTEL REVIEW)

Five minutes beyond the popular institution Niayesh, is this little gem of a business. When I went on a hunch to pick this over Niayesh, I was never prepared for how right it would be. Taha House is a traditional Iranian house recalibrated to give Shiraz visitors both private and dorm room options. The century-old…

COLOURFUL PORTRAITS WITH THE 5D MK III: RONALD PARAS

At the recent Holi – Colours of Spring event held at the Esplanade, Ronald Paras created portraits that captured many with their luminescent and ephemeral qualities. We find out more about his process in such a spontaneous and dynamic environment. Your portraitures at the event were very engaging. Was it a preconceived concept, or were…

USING THE CANON EOS M5 FOR INSTAGRAM: HERWIN JOHARI

We think we know Singapore, but scrolling through Herwin Johari’s feed, one realises there’s so much on the island that we miss out on, during our daily rush to get things done. Founder of the aptly-named Explore Singapore feed as well, we speak to Herwin about using the EOS M5 for his social media. Herwin…

A Quick Look Into Birding And Nature: Howard Yap

Howard Yap’s feed on Instagram features some amazing landscape, but what he is now known for are his stunning, detailed shots of regal birds in their natural habitat. We speak to him about his love for birding. Howard Yap Scrolling through your social feed, it’s clear that you have an affinity for animals, in particular,…

10 Popular Spots In South East Asia For Photos

One of the best things about living in Singapore is how central it is to many beautiful travel destinations. Just in the South East Asia list alone are countries that offer such diversity and beauty, it’s no wonder they become a photographer’s playground. We take a look at 10 of the most popular spots where…

Canon EOS Professional Spotlight – Stanley Cheah

While many like to capture motion, Stanley Cheah has made a point of doing speed photography in sports and events, to capture frozen stills with plenty of energy and story. We speak to him about his work. Sport Photographer: Stanley Cheah Camera: Canon 1DX MK II Lens: EF 400mm f/2.8 MK II You capture many…

The Next Instagram Trend: Lens Flare (And How to Capture It)

Straight on the heels of the Bokeh comes the next Instagram photography trend: The Lens Flare. Blame it on J.J.Abrams and his obsessive use of them in popular movies, or the insatiable appetite of Singaporeans for pretty light effects, this trending effect is flipping the table on traditional photography  rules and ruling shots on social…

A Deeper Shade Of Blue

Earth is also known as The Blue Planet. And for good reason. The skies and the seas are the canvas upon where we rest our lands, the perfect hue that tells a different story, when paired with a different shade. The colour is in abundance, but the tones are tricky to get right, as light…

EOS Professional: Nick Soo of OtterWatch

As a regular contributor to OtterWatch, Singapore’s leading project platform for consolidating otter images, full-time IT engineer Nick Soo has turned hobby into cause, with spirited and eye-catching documentations of the playful creatures. How did your journey in photography begin and how did it lead you to OtterWatch? I started my photography journey as a…

Perfecting Those Snaps On The Road

Travelling is awesome. It takes us away from our daily routine to explore the world we live in and gain new perspective. Taking photos during our travels have taken on in a big way with digital and advanced mobile technology, but with it comes the problem of over-taking. We’ve all suffered through your friend’s fifty…

7 Key Things to Remember For That Perfect Valentine’s Day Shot

Flowers wither. Chocolates get eaten. But memories stay forever. Yet capturing those Valentine’s Day moments is easily one of the most overlooked aspects for the day. With all the buzz around the activity and gifts, snapshots become an afterthought – a shame given the many iconic moments that can happen. This Valentine’s, try moving photography…

The Heart Strings Of Chinese Culture

Tucked away along Geylang Lorong 24A, is a shop not many may know about. Mr Jeffrey Eng is the third generation proprietor of Eng Tiang Huat –  a shop that is a cultural hotchpotch of Chinese opera costumes, prop weapons, orchestra instruments and celebratory tapestries. Stepping into Eng Tiang Huat today, you’ll find that little…

Stepping Into Serenity

After the book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, Bali has cemented itself as one of the world’s choice destination to find oneself. It’s thoughtful, it’s beautiful, it’s exotic – and lucky us, it’s also less than three hours away. And with budget flights readily available, it’s a no-brainer to rejuvenate your soul at our southern…

SO Sofitel Singapore (Event Space Review)

If the glitterati had a secret central playground, SO Sofitel Singapore would be it. Encased in a grey, gravelly building, the neo-classical elements of the former telecommunications office are not as apparent when one is walking hurriedly through the passages in the area. But look up from across the street and the quiet majesty of…

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (Event Space Review)

Ah, sunlight – it makes everything better. From illuminating perfect Instagram photos to bestowing a golden sheen to our skin, that natural gift from Mother Nature gives everything an enviable spa-glow quality. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Spa & Resort, languishing in natural daylight, has been a choice destination for events seeking that same quality, from luxurious…

10 Easy Eco-friendly Christmas Decorations That Look Awesome

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas… The only snow we get this time of the year comes in the form of those packing Styrofoam balls when we open some of our gifts. Not surprisingly, with all that gift buying and parties, Christmas is one of those holidays where there is plenty of excess and wastage….

The Transcendant Words of Shoko Kanazawa

It happened in a split second. As Shoko Kanazawa received a freshly-dipped brush from her mother Yasuko Kanazawa, she bent over and kissed her mother’s hand. My throat tightened – it was such a moment of spontaneous gratitude. Born with Down Syndrome, Shoko’s story is one of birth and rebirth, inked by a father’s wisdom and…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Contain Your Excitement (Hotel Review)

It’s a novel enough concept – having designer rooms carved out from containers to accommodate the quirky traveler. The Container Hotel in Kuala Lumpur pitches “sustainable architecture”. Freight containers and concrete pipes are compartmentalised into living quarters for the weary traveler. A small weary traveler preferably. An unexpectedly early bus arrival (4.30am) led me to…

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Coming From Bello (Hotel Review)

Boutique hotels have a lot of competition. Just like artisanal and handcrafted,  boutique belongs to the family of overused words that occasionally breaks their promise. Bello & Bella Boutique Hotel is situated in the residential segment of Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Amidst a colourful mix of businesses, the establishment manages to keep said promise as a curated stay in this…

Getting Around or Going In Circles?

When Circles was launched earlier this year, I was stoked. Even in the early days, I’ve liked supporting underdogs in monopolised fields. I remember Mr Branson’s Virgin Mobile fondly with their new fangled plans and snazzy stickers. So after being “under the sun” for almost 20 years with nothing to show for it except rising bills and…