A good photographer is a constant observer. Out in nature, we have opportunities to watch and study a scene, from big, sweeping changes — like the sky at dusk — to the tiniest details, like the subtle bends in bare branches.
While shooting outdoors, look for natural lines that lead your eyes to different parts of the frame. Study the bend of a stream, or the curve of a petal. How can you use these lines in your composition? – Developing Your Eye II, Lesson 4: Leading Lines – Continue reading “Natural World: Lesson 4 Leading Lines”
Younger Daughter & Loving Husband soaking up green energy at the Singapore Botanic Gardens: an agreeable silence, a tranquil reverie, a shared story.
I had an adventure this morning, running through Dairy Farm Nature Reserve, and then finding myself at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I covered only 7km but it was a delightful hour wandering through paths new to me, and while I have run through both these areas often, I did not realise they were connected. The joy of discovery! Continue reading “Mystery: Lesson 2 Manipulate Light”
This Butterfly Pea Flower, basking in the warmth of morning sun, was a pleasant discovery as I walked through the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru.
Lesson 1 of Developing Your Eye Part 2, invites us to think about light. The word photography means “drawing with light” in Greek. I must admit that I have not paused to think of what I do with the camera as drawing. As I mull on this, however, I am tickled by how apropos it is. For this assignment, we are challenged to consider the direction & quality of light as we look through our cameras. Continue reading “Warmth: Lesson 1 Quality of Light”
I have been having a lot of fun making my breakfasts higher in protein, lower in refined flours & sugars. As pancakes are one of my favourite foods (and not just at breakfast time), it seemed like a good candidate to spend some time on. Here are some of my experiments to make a healthier, higher protein, naturally sweet meal. Continue reading “Fun with Healthier Pancakes”
I spent a happy hour exploring the charming neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru last week. It is one of Singapore’s oldest housing estates turned trendy by all the cafes and shops that have taken up residence. While we visit to shop and eat here frequently, I haven’t taken the time to wander around. It is amazing how different things look when one is not pressured by time or agenda; when we have time to stop and peer at fruits growing, to discover hidden gems. Continue reading “Architecture: Lesson 10 Go Monochrome”
One of the joys of Bangkok is the number of beautiful sculptures we encounter just walking around. Benchasiri Park on Sukhumvit Road houses a lovely selection: the signs were in Thai so we weren’t able to decipher much about them. Continue reading “Bangkok Beauty: Mother & Child”
Morning runs are one of my highlights when in Bangkok. In a city where traffic starts to build up by 7:30am, we discovered this oasis some years back: Benjakiti Park (pictured above), where in a small space, one could run in relative silence, detached from the smog and traffic noises just beyond. There are several such park oases in Bangkok: Lumpini, Benchasiri and Benjakiti. Continue reading “Silence in Bangkok: Peaceful Morning Runs”
The effects of the weather and time can be harsh and unkind, very often resulting in wear & tear damage. Teak outdoor furniture is one of those exceptions, where exposure to the elements lovingly renders each piece majestically beautiful. Teak naturally contains silica, which makes it resistant to fungal infestations and the effects of water; hence, they can be appreciated with minimal upkeep.
They are an analogy for how I want to live on this other side of 50: I may be weathered, but I certainly am not worn.
Feature Photo: A much loved Teak Lounging Chair in our Balcony Garden.