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Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Night at Tanglin Halt

It was a quiet night in a quiet peaceful neighborhood at Tanglin Halt / Commonwealth Drive. I was told that the housing in this area is en bloc and it would be nice to do some night photography here. There are about 7 or 8 blocks of this 3-storey apartment flats (as shown in the photo above). They are all refurbished with new painted walls and windows. Doesn't seem like they are on the en bloc list. Well, the ambience was nice and I managed to find this vantage spot for a little light-painting job on the concrete bench and on the tree. Here's another one.

I wouldn't say it was a good place to make night photographs but I did enjoy the atmosphere and its surrounding environment. Honestly in my heart, I wasn't keen about this place but I would always try my utmost best to capture that atmosphere and hopefully the essence of the place.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Night Street Photo - Walking Silhouette

Walking Silhouette
Nikon D70s on 17-35mm @ f/5.6, 1/125 second, Spot Metering at ISO 1600 EV -1.0, Auto WB. Post-processed in Photoshop.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sleeping Excavator 2

Sleeping Excavator 2
I took a different perspective of the excavator at a low angle and after a few takes, the clouds set in which all came at the appropriate time. Exposed for 25 seconds with a Variable-ND filter set at 3 or 5 stops down, on my Tokina 11-16mm lens at f/11. One neutral light was used as fill light on the excavator from camera left.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Sleeping Excavator

Sleeping Excavator
Second attempt on star trails at an industrial area. The area was heavily lit with sodium vapour street lights but with proper color corrections in Photoshop, the strong yellow-orange color cast can still be removed. Neutral  cool white light was used to light-paint the excavator. 20 long exposures of 1 minutes and stacked in Photoshop using Dr Brown's Stack-a-matic.

At the time of posting this blog, the excavator was removed and the langlang (long grasses) were mowed.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stargazing Water Tank

Stargazing Water Tank
This is my very first attempt on star trails photography. 20 long exposures of 1 minute were made and stacked in Photoshop using Dr. Brown's Stack-a-matic. Light-painted green on the water tank with my FENIX TA21 flashlight on green colored gel.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Night Street Photo - Under The Street Light

Under The Street Light
Nikon D70s on 17-35mm @ f/3.2, 1/15 second, Matrix Metering at ISO 1600 EV +1.0, Auto WB. Post-processed in Photoshop.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Night Street Photo - Enjoy The Joy Ride

Enjoy The Joy Ride
Nikon D70s on 17-35mm @ f/3.2, 1/30 second, Matrix Metering at ISO 1600 EV +1.0, Auto WB. Post-processed in Photoshop.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Abandoned Houses

Abandoned Houses
I was in hope that the night sky would be cleared of heavy clouds so I could make my very first star trails exposure. The night weather in Ipoh was pretty good and for this photograph I exposed for 10 minutes. Guess I was lucky to have some scattered small clouds passing by and managed to capture some star trails and clouds motion.

The interiors of both houses were lit with my Fenix TA21 covered with yellow cellophane paper and a light reflector for even and wider light spread. Some neutral lighting as fill-in on the foreground for some texture details.

So, this nocturne marks the last photo from my Ipoh trip. Yes there are not many photographs as you would expected. Personally I go for quality over quantity and I am very satisfied with these nocturnes (a total of 4).

In the next blog I will show my very first successful star trails photograph. So do subscribe to my blog for new updates. Good night and lights off!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

The Mime's House

The Mime's House
One of the abandoned houses in Batu Gajab, Ipoh, Malaysia, has this black and white hands signage pasted on the main house door. Well naturally I got attracted to it and hence this photograph was made.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Foliage Engulfment 2

Raining along the highway from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh.

Good evening fellow night dwellers and photogs!

As promised, I'll be showing one of the few nocturnes that I made during my night photography trip to Ipoh, Malaysia in late March 2015. Starting tonight, I will post one night photograph per blog on every Saturday night.

Make the jump to view...

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Teaser GIF Animated - Sleeping Excavator

Sleeping Excavator
Here's another teaser of a GIF Animated or so-called super-short timelapse of only 5 frames. Last night I had a great time making what I considered as good night photographs. I wouldn't talk much about it now, but do come back for new blog posts with new night photographs.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Coney Island

Coney Island

Nikon D300 on 18-70mm • Incandescent WB at native ISO 200 • Long exposure of a minute with available full moon light • Post-processed in Photoshop. The white horizontal strip of light was a passing boat.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Chalet House (HDR)

Chalet House (HDR)
Here's another chalet house but in HDR (High Dynamic Range) effect. I made 8 exposures of 2-stop difference each and merged all in Photoshop. Further processing on color correction and enhancement were made. This is my second attempt on HDR night photograph and I am quite satisfied with this result.

As usual, I want to see how it looks like in black & white tones, hence the conversion was made.

Chalet House

Chalet House
Last night I had the pleasure to visit this place located in the north-east area of Singapore i.e. Punggol Jetty Park. There's a Horse Riding Center and next to it is a row of chalet houses, as seen from the above photograph.

Minutes after sunset the area got darker and the atmosphere set in. I made a quick set up and easily created 5 different exposures for a HDR post-process. However it didn't work out well, so I decided to process in a different way and this is the result.

Well, I still love black & white images and below is the converted result. I just want to see how it looks like in black & white and somehow I find it to be more dramatic and moody.

Teaser Night Photograph - Foliage Engulfment

Foliage Engulfment

Good evening! Here's a teaser night photograph made from my Malaysia trip last week. It was a great fun and fruitful trip! More details and nocturnes to be shared soon.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Heartland Tranquility

Heartland Tranquility
Yes I'm back again. Yes I know I know. I was on hiatus again and it just couldn't get any worse than the previous one. It's 4 months and 8 days to be precise.

Well I was more focused on day and night street photography, and not totally forgotten about night photography, light-paintings and stuff. I still have a strong affinity that is stored deep inside me. Last Saturday I decided to move my ass out of the house to make some night photos, just to serve as a warm-up exercise.

I decided to pay a second visit to a place which I made some nocturnes of an old school playground before i.e. Dove playground. Visit my website to view more of my night project on old school playgrounds titled, This Used To Be My Playground.

This time round no light-paintings, no playground. The main objective was to experience and feel the night atmosphere in that neighborhood. To capture that available ambience and tranquility. News were out that these old HDB flats will be demolished. Based on the my very first visit, I recalled the night tranquility in that area which I really like it very much.

So I roamed the area and spotted a few good subjects. Heartland Tranquility is one of them. The moment I saw that hot light on the tree and silhouette and long cast shadow, I knew I have found it. I made a few long exposures ranging between 10 - 20 seconds, trying out different framing, perspectives and focal length, this is the final one after much editing during the post-production stage.

Here are the rest of the night photographs I made on that single night.

Dakota Crescent
Free Library
Sleeping on the Porch

Yes just 4 good ones. Could have more when I find time to visit the place again. I hope you enjoy your stay here tonight and have a pleasure viewing my new work. As I mentioned, this served as a good warm-up exercise for me and I will be heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next weekend, for more exciting night photography outings with a good friend of mine and fellow night photographer, CS Lee.

I'm so looking forward to this trip. So if you want to see my new work from Malaysia, do subscribe to my blog here for new updates. Thank you for your time.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

CANCELLATION of Singapore Night Hunt 2014

It came as a sad news that Singapore Night Hunt 2014 was cancelled. I received an email yesterday late afternoon from the organizer. Their reason for cancellation was due to the unfavorable weather during these past few days.

I recalled the first Night Hunt 4 years ago, it was raining too. It rained during the event briefing and then stopped. It rained again at around mid-night hour. Not those torrential type. However this year-end monsoon season is coming at the wrong time. It did rain today during the late morning towards noon hour period and then rained again in the afternoon. Just light shower. There was another short showering an hour ago (evening time around 7:00PM SGT).

At the time of writing this blog, weather is partly cloudy and based on reliable weather forecast, there's a possible thunderstorms with rain at 12-midnight.

Personally I would suggest the organizer to collaborate with Singapore Night Festival, in joint to organize the Singapore Night Hunt, which I think it is more relevant. Alternatively they can organize the photo-marathon contest prior to the official opening of SIPF (Singapore International Photography Festival). Or they can organize during the dry season, not necessary have to be held during SIPF. It can be a separate event.

Well guess we have to wait for another 4 years for the next night photo-marathon contest. We'll see.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Singapore Night Hunt 2014

Yes Singapore Night Hunt 2014 is coming soon. The event date is stated on SIPF (Singapore International Photography Festival 2014) website, as shown in the screenshot above.

Four years since their very first night photography marathon in November 2010 which I took part and won 3rd prize for one of the four themes, Starry Starry Night. Yes I wrote about this event and my winning here.

This year SIPF organizer did not put up any event poster to promote but instead through their data base of past participants' email addresses (I think) with which they sent out invitation to them for participation. Well participants can gather like-minded friends to take part together. I can't remember if there was a registration fee for Night Hunt 2010, but I believe there was and probably wasn't as much as this year's fee of SGD$30 + SGD$2 online fee. Maybe slightly higher. Well, anyway I'm taking part and I feel excited about it. Really looking forward to the photo themes/challenges.

So if any of you readers who are keen to take part, you can register online here. Hurry! Only 19 tickets left! (At the time of posting this blog).

If you want to join me, you are welcome to contact me and we can meet up on that night. So I wish you guys good luck and hope to see you there on 15 November, Saturday. Cheers!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Grass Trails

Grass Trails
© 2005 Martin Liew Photography
Grass trails left by the lawn mower in a northern residential park. Somehow the trails formed an interesting patterns that spoke to me. The trail lines lead the viewers' eyes to the tree on the upper left frame and then right across to the lamp and more trees on the right side, finally coming back to the foreground. The overall ambient illuminated by the lamp and a hidden one behind the tree on the far right, created such beautiful night scenery and atmosphere that revealed textures from the tree leaves and grasses, that I couldn't resist in making this photograph with my Shanghai TLR. Kodak TMAX 400 was exposed for 220 seconds. Negative was scanned on Epson V700 with post-process in Photoshop.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Block 308

Block 308
Abandoned building in a decommissioned military base. With Kodak TMAX 400 loaded on Shanghai TLR camera, a long exposure timing of 3 minutes and 36 seconds was set, with a snooted LED flashlight illuminated on the building number. The film is developed in Kodak D76 for 6 minutes and scanned on Epson V700. Post in Photoshop and cropped in 6x7 format.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


© 2007 Martin Liew Photography
Do you remember this sundial?

This gigantic sundial was formerly situated at the old Marina City Park, way before Garden By The Bay was built. I believe it is one of the most forgotten landmarks in the park after 7 years of development.

This sundial was exposed under the full moon with 3 pops of flash-painting at one minute interval to create rim light for a 3-dimensional effect. In the end the strobe light caused the large blob of light at the bottom frame. However I find it interesting as it adds up to the overall mood of this photograph. During the long exposure, the moon shifted as time ticked by for 9 mins that created this elongated light orb.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Night Bridge

Night Bridge
(from Dwell In The Night series)
Good evening night dwellers!

Since June, I have had posted some night street photographs made with my Nikon D70s which I think most of you had seen them. Well, tonight I want to show a night photograph from my Dwell In The Night project as shown above. Night Bridge was made 5 years ago and I thought it would be a good idea to show it here as a teaser.

Currently I'm reviewing and re-editing all the night photographs from this project and I will make an announcement once all pictures are ready for view on my websiteDo subscribe to this blog for new updates or visit my other photography blog here.

Pleasant viewing.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Night Street Photo - Negotiation

Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/50sec. E.V. +0.7 AWB ISO 1600 Matrix Metering. Mono-conversion in Photoshop.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Night Street Photo - Bubble Girl

Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/2.8, 1/30sec. E.V. +1.0 AWB ISO 900 Matrix Metering. Mono-conversion in Photoshop.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Night Street Photo - Night Shift II

Nikon D70s on 50mm f/1.8 @ f/3.5, 1/8sec. E.V. +0.7 AWB ISO 200 Matrix Metering. Mono-conversion in Photoshop.