Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pic(k) of the week 11: MARINA BAY AT DUSK, SINGAPORE - Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 lens

Singapore, sometimes referred to as "The Switzerland of the East", is a small island state in Southeast Asia which became independent in 1965. Just about 100 km North of the equator, it has a tropical climate with a very high humidity throughout the year but still is one of my favorite cities in the Far East.

Earlier this week I spend just over 24 hours in Singapore; just enough time to test the new Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f2.8 ultra wide angle lens, which I'm presently testing for Fujifilm Middle East. One of my favorite places in Singapore for cityscapes is the Marina Bay Area which is dominated by Marina Bay Sands, an integrated resort, casino and shopping mall. Some might have seen images of the amazing infinity pool on the rooftop of the hotel. 

The lotus shaped ArtScience on the right houses 21 gallery spaces and was designed by Israeli-Canadian Architect Moshe Safdie. 

The colorful 280m long footbridge on the left is the Helix bridge and makes for an interesting compositional element. 

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T3 with the XF 8-16mm f2.8 lens
  • Single exposure (no HDR); ISO 160, 13sec, f11, 11mm 
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC
  • Photoshop CC for perspective correction
  • DxO Nik ColorEfex pro 4 for optimal contrast 

I also shot a few panoramas covering more of the Marina Bay Area; one 10000 pixel wide one, can be found here

Time permitting I hope to write a short review about the new XF8-16mm f2.8 lens before the end of the month. 

Remember: "The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo" - Desmond Morris

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