Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Warmth

“What does warmth mean to you? Whether you live on Nothern half of the planet or in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoying real heat on the beach or in your yard, show us your take on warmth. You can go from the literal (saunas! scarves! steaming cups of tea!) to the figurative (the embrace of family members coming together for the holidays, the look of affection on your pet’s face, or even just a photo with a particularly warm color palette, no matter its subject matter).”



The seething tropical sun blasts its last wave of heat over Singapore before retiring to other skies for the evening.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Nikon D800, AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D; 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 900

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Yellow

“This holiday season, we’re throwing you a photo challenge color curveball. Many of us around the world are ensconced in the holiday season. You may be surrounded with blue and silver if you’re celebrating Hanukkah; black, red, and green, if you’re celebrating Kwanzaa; or festooned with reds and greens if Christmas is coming to your house. With this week’s challenge, show us what yellow means to you.”


Cafe table

A quiet corner for a coffee presents a striking yellow and red colour clash.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Canon Canonet QL17 GIII; Film: Lomography LOMO X-Pro slide film, crossed processed

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Twinkle

“This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.”


Christmas tree

Our tiny little Christmas tree in all its glory. The twinkles above the Christmas tree were caused by the Christmas lights reflecting in the UV filter that I had left on the lens.

Location: Singapore
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G; 1/20, f/1.4, ISO 200

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Achievement

“This week, show us a photo that says ‘achievement’ to you: people meeting a long-worked-for goal. Something tangible you’ve created. A view from a journey you’ve completed, or the stating point of a journey not yet made or a project you hope to finish. We look forward to being inspired!”



For me, this photo of my wife and I, taken only a couple of days ago, represents two amazing achievements. One is the visit to Cambodia and Angkor Wat, pictured behind us. This trip is one of those once in a lifetime achievements and a place I have wanted to visit ever since I became aware of its existence.

But secondly and more importantly this photo was taken just before we celebrated our first anniversary. It has been an astonishing and wonderful year of married life together, full of love, laughs and travels. I am extremely fortunate to have at last found this remarkable, warm, intelligent, absolutely peerless, soul mate and even more fortunate that she had the requisite devil-may-care attitude to accept my marriage proposal.

Location: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Camera: Samsung EX1; 1/40, f/4.0, ISO 200

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Converge

“This week, explore the ways lines and shapes can converge in interesting ways through photography. You can take the theme in a literal or an abstract direction, as you see fit — from a photo of a byroad merging into a busy highway to an image of an airport terminal where people from all over the world form hectic, ephemeral communities.”


The changing of the guard ceremony at Martyr’s Shrine (忠烈祠), Shilin (士林區), Taipei.

Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8; 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 200, 8.1mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Angular

“What does angular mean to you? It might mean the corner on which you live or the intersection of sea and sky at a 180 degree angle. Angular also offers a chance to shoot from an entirely new perspective: from above, below, or even from the margins of the fray. Above all, have fun!”



A staircase intersection, deep in the New York Public Library. One of my favourite buildings in this city.

Location: Manhattan, New York, USA
Camera: Nikon D800, Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF; 1/40, f/1.8, ISO 200

Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Minimalist

“In this week’s challenge, show us your minimalist photos. Find an interesting texture, color, or silhouette. Maybe there is a story that you can tell with your minimalist photo. Try an interesting angle with your composition to turn a traditional scene into a minimalist one, by eliminating as much of the extra detail in the background as possible.”



Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, at sunrise 5.42am.

Location: Vietnam
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6; 1/320, f/8.0, ISO 200, 9mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Descent

“This week, show us your interpretation of descent — experiment with your point of view and angle, or go even deeper with the theme.”



This photo was taken over 10 years ago in July 2003 while descending, by chairlift, New Zealand’s, Whakapapa ski field. The field lies on Mount Ruapehu in the central North Island. Midyear is deep wintertime in New Zealand owing to its location in the Southern Hemisphere.

I was riding down the slopes after an afternoon’s site seeing on the upper skifields. You can see the chairlift that I’m on trailing away down the ski fields on the right of the photograph. Part way down the mountain you can see the snow machines going full blast, laying down some fresh powder, shoring up the natural snowfall.

Location: New Zealand
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-F505; 1/350, f/4.0, ISO 100, 17.1mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Cover Art

“For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?”


What Dreams May Come

One of my favourite books. I created the above image from a photograph I took in a small graveyard behind the Armenian Apostolic Church of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Singapore.

The following description of this title is lifted from the Amazon website:

“A love that transcends heaven and hell.

What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.

But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

Richard Matheson’s powerful tale of life—and love—after death was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.”

Location: Singapore
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ8; 1/13, f/3.2, ISO 100, 16.2mm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

This weeks weekly photo challenge from Daily Post is Refraction

“For this photo challenge, show us what “refraction” means to you. It could be an image taken in a reflective surface, it could be light bent from behind an object, or it could mean remedial math homework: the choice is completely up to you. I’m looking forward to seeing how you interpret “refraction.””


A clouded sky is reflected in a dark pond in the village of Hobbiton, Middle-earth. A portend of things to come?

Location: New Zealand
Camera: Olympus E-PM2, M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko II R; 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 200, 14mm